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Dhillon, others apply for bail
Liquor case: Cong MLA’s name in FIR
Barnala, April 17
PPCC vice-president and Barnala MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon has come under the scanner of the local police as it is investigating an old case against him pertaining to recovery of huge quantity of liquor. Apprehending his arrest Dhillon has moved an application in local court for seeking anticipatory bail. The bail application will be taken on April 19.

Four Nihangs expelled from Dal
Followers asked to boycott them
Talwandi Sabo, April 17
In a significant development, which could initiate a war of succession in the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal (Panjwan Takht), four Nihangs belonging to the sect, who allegedly attacked another follower Balbir Singh on April 15 with fire arms, have been expelled from the Dal by its head Baba Santa Singh.

CLU issue: Crucial meeting today
Amritsar , April 17
The crucial high-level meeting, convened by Som Parkash, Chief Administrator, PUDA, will be held at Mohali tomorrow to assess the change of land-use (CLU) approvals, granted to promoters of mega-housing projects in the state by the previous government.

Contempt: Chahal not coming to court today
Chandigarh, April 17
B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, will not be present in the Punjab and Haryana High Court when a Full Bench resumes hearing of the contempt case against him.



Raids at chemist shops, intoxicants seized
Bathinda, April 17
Three teams of doctors, including drug inspectors, set up by the state health authorities, today carried out raids at 14 chemist shops in various parts of the district and made huge seizure of intoxicants.


Evolve guidelines for mentally ill inmates: Prisons reforms report
Chandigarh, April 17
The report on prison reforms in Punjab calls for guidelines to manage mentally ill prisoners held in custody in the jails of the state. Underscoring the need for a new prisons act and new prisons manual, the report lays down rules for reconfiguration of prisons to consolidate prison resources of the state.

A decorated golden palanquin carrying Guru Granth Sahib leads a procession to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Amritsar on Tuesday.
A decorated golden palanquin carrying Guru Granth Sahib leads a procession to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Amritsar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Parliamentary secys’ appointment
Attempt to circumvent central law
Ludhiana, April 17
The appointment of 14 chief parliamentary secretaries (11 on Monday and three earlier) by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has raised many questions of propriety and the way the present political system functions in the country. There was no limit for appointing ministers in the Constitution.

42 villages to be in Lehragaga subdivision
Sangrur, April 17

With a view to translating into actuality the announcement of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to give subdivision status to Lehragaga sub-tehsil, the district administration had sent a proposal a week ago to the financial commissioner (revenue), Punjab. As per the proposal 15 villages of the Gaga Kanungoi circle and 27 villages of the Lehra Kanungoi circle are to be included in the proposed new Lehragaga subdivision.

30 cases settled at sangat darshan
Muktsar, April 17
About 30 cases were settled on the spot while 40 others were handed over to officers’ concerned to sort out the matter with in a week in the second sangat darshan organised by deputy commissioner Vikas Garg and SSP Parmod Ban along with officials of other departments of the district.

Call of faith

A nagar kirtan being taken out on the eve of Gurpurb in Patiala on Tuesday.
A nagar kirtan being taken out on the eve of Gurpurb in Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

‘Unsigned apology by Mandira unacceptable’
Amritsar, April 17
Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has refused to accept the unsigned apology sent by cricket anchor-cum-model-cum-actress Mandira Bedi in a recent controversy in which she had appeared with a tattoo in a TV show supporting Ek Onkar (God is one).

Bus operators block traffic
Hoshiarpur, April 17
Private bus operators today blocked traffic for more than an hour today in protest against the authorities of toll plaza for breaking the agreement of charging toll once in a day instead for every trip of their vehicles till a decision on the issue by the Punjab government, at Lachowal toll plaza on the Hoshiarpur-Tanda, Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) road.

Dimpa’s mother petitions Governor
Chandigarh, April 17
Satvinder Kaur, mother of Jasbir Singh, alias Dimpa, former MLA of Beas, today petitioned the Punjab Governor saying women in her family were being falsely implicated in police cases under political pressure.

Foundation stone vandalised
Phillaur, April 17
Some unidentified miscreants vandalised the foundation stone of the Master Gurwanta Singh memorial community hall on the local municipal council premises yesterday.

16-hr power failure in Malerkotla
Malerkotla, April 17"
There was a power breakdown in some areas of Malerkotla last night. Power engineers struggled to resume the supply till today evening.

Gosain pays obeisance at Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 17
Deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Satpal Gosain after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Temple said today that the government would take steps to meet power shortage in the state besides initiating various developmental projects.

MLA: Oppn impeding development
Mohali, April 17 
Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said here today that municipal councillors belonging to the opposition group were allegedly trying to create obstacles in the way of development by levelling allegations of discrimination.


Death for triple murder convict
Jalandhar, April 17
A city court today awarded death sentence to a person who had killed his wife and two children in March 2005.

high court
PIL seeks special tribunals for poll petitions
Chandigarh, April 17
A PIL seeking directions to the Union government and others for setting up special election tribunals to exclusively deal with election petitions came up for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.


Inside Babudom
New regime: Will IAS officers be reverted?
Chandigarh, April 17
The bureaucracy in Punjab is abuzz with happenings in the past. Questions are being raised if half a dozen-odd IAS officers, who had been promoted into the IAS from the Punjab Civil Services cadre, may face the embarrassment of being reverted ?

Licences of 19 ration depots cancelled
Rampura Phul, April 17
The district food and supply controller (DFSC), Bathinda, has got registered criminal cases against two licence holders of ration depots apart from cancelling the licences of 19 depot holders of this subdivision on the directions of the director, Food and Supplies, Punjab, after they were found guilty of making bunglings in the distribution of subsidised food and other items to the beneficiaries.


Sex racket: 9 cops get notices
Abohar, April 17
Nine policemen, including two ASIs, have been issued notices under Sections 16 and 17 CC (service code of conduct rules) for their alleged involvement in the sex racket that had rocked the region on the arrest of two girls from the girls hostel run by the Department of Social Welfare at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, on June 25, 2006.

Man booked for raping daughter-in-law
Hoshiarpur, April 17
A father-in-law has been booked for raping his daughter-in-law and torturing her for bringing more dowry.

Opposed, lovers commit suicide
Moga, April 17
Faced by opposition from parents, two lovers committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance here today. Their bodies were found on an abandoned piece of land near Kotkapura bypass.

Two killed in accidents
Rajpura, April 17
Two persons, including a minor girl, were killed in separate road accidents on the Patiala-Chandigarh road today. The driver of an Indica car (HP-62-0673) was killed on the spot when the vehicle collided head-on with a PRTC bus coming from Patiala. The identity of the deceased could not be ascertained immediately.

The mangled remains of a car that collided with a bus on the Rajpura-Patiala road on Tuesday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

The mangled remains of a car that collided with a bus on the Rajpura-Patiala road on Tuesday.

Slapping: Girls resent GND varsity inaction
Amritsar, April 17
Resentment is brewing up among girl students of Guru Nanak Dev University over yesterday’s incident, in which a boy had slapped a junior girl student, as the varsity authorities were yet to take any action against the accused.

Entrance test dates clash
Chandigarh, April 17
The combined entrance test (CET) of Panjab University, scheduled to be held on May 20, is clashing with the medical entrance test of Delhi University. Students who have applied for both tests have requested the Panjab University to change the date of the CET so that they can appear for both tests.

PTU merit list
Kharar, April 17
At least eight students of GGS College of Modern Technology, here, have made it to the merit list of B.Tech computer science (seventh semester) of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. These students are Harleen Kaur, Simerpreet Kaur, Gaurav Bakshi, Sandeep Kaur, Neha Dogra, Nalini Thakur, Kavita Chaudhary and Sugandha.


Poultry farmers up in arms against mega projects
Chandigarh, April 17
Poultry farmers in Punjab are up in arms against the integrated poultry projects being sanctioned by the previous Congress government. Demanding a rollback in these projects, these farmers have threatened to take an agitational recourse.


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