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Protests hamper work on toll roads
Hoshiarpur, April 20
With the “politicising” of toll collection on the Balachaur-Dasuya and Hoshiarpur-Tanda roads, which has been leading to frequent protests, the public-private partnership that came forwarded in developing this infrastructure in the state appears to have suffered a jolt.

Right to info: Record missing, probe ordered
Bathinda, April 20
The principal secretary, department of technical education and industrial training, Punjab, has written to the senior superintendent of police (SSP), Chandigarh, to register an FIR and subsequently investigate a matter pertaining to the misplacement of official record of the department.

Top cops out to implicate me: Virk
Chandigarh, April 20
Former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk has apprehended that he will be implicated in fabricated cases. In a representation submitted to the Union Home Ministry, seeking revocation of the suspension orders issued by the SAD-BJP government, Virk has claimed that he has information from “reliable sources that the Punjab government has deputed a few officers to fabricate some cases” in order to involve him in a serious criminal or disciplinary proceedings so that he can be retained and harassed in Punjab.

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Atta-dal: YC threatens stir from May 1
Patiala, April 20
The Punjab Youth Congress has decided to take on the SAD-BJP government on the atta-dal issue. Its president Vijay Inder Singla while addressing a press conference today alleged that the SAD-BJP had taken people of the state for a ride on the atta-dal issue.

President of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Vijay Inder Singla addresses a press conference in Patiala on Friday.—A Tribune photograph

President of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Vijay Inder Singla addresses a press conference in Patiala on Friday

Free power: Personal views, says Manpreet
Chandigarh, April 20
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today clarified that media reports about the impact of providing free power and other freebies on the state's economy were his "personal views".

Rebel Akali alleges threat to life
Amritsar, April 20
A veteran rebel Akali Jathedar Mohan Singh Matiya, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (1920) (Rural), has expressed threat to his life from the supporters of SAD member of Parliament and his MLA son, Amarpal Singh Boney, due to political vendetta.


Pollution: Paper mill faces closure
Patiala April 20
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has ordered the closure of Rana Paper Mill owned by the family of the Congress MP Rana Gurjeet Singh under Prevention of Water Pollution Act. The mill was located in Mohali district.

Four taken ill after drinking cooler water
Patiala, April 20
Four employees of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had to be hospitalised this morning after allegedly consuming water from a cooler in the head office of the board.

Sabha seeks control of temple
Patiala, April 20
Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha here has demanded that the control of the Kali temple be handed over to it as it was the oldest religious institution of the city.

Residents fear malaria outbreak
Patiala, April 20
Residents of Urban Estate, Phase II, here are a distressed lot. They have been troubled by mosquitoes for the past few days. Despite complaints to the health authorities, no fogging has been carried out in the area.


Improvement Trust records examined
Jalandhar, April 20
Officers of the Punjab Local Bodies Department, led by D.S. Bains, inspected the records of the local Improvement Trust yesterday. Administrator of the trust Sarojini Gautam Sharda was also present during the closed-door meeting.

PSEB introduces spot billing
Patiala, April 20 The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to introduce spot billing machines (SBMs) for domestic and commercial costumers.

13 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, April 20
The Punjab government tonight ordered the transfer of 13 PCS officers.

‘Retirement at 60’ revived
Chandigarh, April 20
The proposal to enhance the age of retirement of employees of the Punjab government to 60 years from 58 has been revived.


Two injured over land dispute
Amritsar, April 20
Two persons were injured in firing over a land dispute at the Loharka Road near the Jalandhar-Wagah bypass road here today.

20 sentenced for sexually exploiting minor
Abohar, April 20
District and Sessions Judge Atul Kumar Jain today sentenced 20 accused for sexually exploiting a minor girl. The victim had on October 18, 2001,told the police that three persons had raped her at a farmhouse near Behlolnagar village.They were charged with stripping the girl naked, taking her photographs and blackmailing her.The designate court for dealing with cases relating to atrocities on SCs and STs had earlier acquitted two accused, Rohtas and Sanjay,on benefit of doubt.

Drug pedlar in police net
Patiala, April 20
A man was arrested for allegedly selling psychotropic drugs without a licence and bill here today.

Two held with smack
Rajpura, April 20
The police yesterday arrested two persons with 100 gm of smack.

3 killed in road accidents
Bathinda, April 20 Three persons have been killed in two road accidents that took place in the district during the past 24 hours. The youths identified as Bohar Singh and Gurcharan Singh died on spot after a harvester combine hit their motor cycle near Mehma Sarkari village, today. The sharp cutters of the combine pierced the bodies of the youths, who died on the spot. A case has been registered against the driver of the harvester combine.

7 students hurt in mishap
Barnala, April 20
Seven students were injured, three of them seriously, in a road accident here today. The students were returning after taking exams from a private academy situated at Sandhur village, about 10 km from here.


PTU to review fee refund regulations
Chandigarh, April 20
Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided to review its regulations regarding the refund of fee by students seeking admission to more than one engineering colleges in the state.

Students seek grace marks
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
The students of BA (II), who attempted public administration (paper A) of Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday, have alleged that the question paper was set in English medium whereas they opted for the Punjabi medium.


No takers for shopping complex
Patiala, April 20
Did improvement trust Patiala waste crores of rupees in the construction of a shopping complex in the narrow lanes of Dharampura Bazar?



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