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Badal’s power(ful) sop
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, while interacting with industrialists at Mandi Gobindgarh today, declared that they would be allowed to generate power at their own cost or purchase it from other states.

Badal gets 10 days to resolve Trident row
Sangrur, April 22
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought 10 days’ time from farmer unions for settling the Trident land acquisition issue by taking up the matter with owners of the Trident group, for whom the Amarinder government had acquired 376 acres of farmers’ land in Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sangherra villages near Barnala.

Patiala Gharana losing ground
Dr Surinder Kapila Patiala, April 22
The famous art form associated with Patiala is losing ground in the place where it reached its zenith. The khyal form of Indian classical singing, popularly known as Patiala Gharana, is not finding any takers in the city these days. Due to lack of government support, no one teaches Patiala Gharana form of classical music.

Dr Surinder Kapila

Fatehgarh Sahib


Bikram Singh Majithia, Hira Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Jagdish Garcha at a youth convention in Ludhiana on Sunday. Dhillon to continue as SAD youth chief
Ludhiana, April 22
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon may continue to be the chief of the youth wing of the SAD for the time being, despite some subtle and obvious suggestions made during a youth convention here today, seeking his replacement.

Bikram Singh Majithia, Hira Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Jagdish Garcha at a youth convention in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

A bulb change : Saving Rs 250 cr
Chandigarh, April 22
Worried over the rising cost of power purchase that virtually cripples the state’s economy, the Punjab government has hit upon a plan to save a couple of hundred crores by just using new technology power-saving bulbs and tubes in its offices.


Punjabi film festival opened
Amritsar, April 22
The first-ever international Punjabi film festival, dedicated in the memory of late Punjabi film superstar and film maker Varinder, started here today. A large number of Punjabi artists from the Bollywood and Punjab are likely to participate in the ambitious four-day film festival ‘Sur-Sanjh’ which was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu.

Mangal to sensitise youth on drug addiction
Mangal Dhillon addresses mediapersons during the preview of “Sarvnash” in Amritsar on Sunday. Amritsar, April 22
Alarmed over the rise in drug addiction cases in the state, noted Bollywood actor, producer and director Mangal Dhillon today released two-hour-long documentary “Sarvnash” at a special preview for mediapersons here today.

Mangal Dhillon addresses mediapersons during the preview of “Sarvnash” in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Move to set up govt rehab centres
Amritsar, April 22
The Punjab police has sent a proposal to the state government for setting up infrastructure for treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts in Amritsar.

MPs cross over to Pak
Amritsar, April 22
A seven-member delegation of Indian parliamentarians led by Rajya Sabha member Nirmla Deshpande today crossed over to Pakistan to take part in the two-day conference organised by the Indo-Pak forum of parliamentarian s to be organised in Islamabad from tomorrow.

MP for Adampur airbase use as civilian airport
Chandigarh, April 22
Punjab Rajya Sabha member Naresh Gujral has impressed upon defence minister the need to allow the Adampur airbase to be used as a civilian airport on the lines of Chandigarh airport as this would benefit people of the Doaba region.

Blood donors’ directory on the cards
Sangrur, April 22
About 205 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the local Sant Nirankari Mandal in association with the Blood Donors and Healthcare Society at Nirankari Bhawan here today. Civil surgeon S.K. Bansal inaugurated the camp.

Photographer wins first prize
Bathinda, April 22
Shamsher Singh Dhillon, a city photographer, who works for a Punjabi daily also, has been awarded first prize in the international photo competition jointly organised by Punjabi Sath, Lambra, Manjki Punjabi Sath, European Punjabi Sath and Asia Vision.


Officer gets notice for not providing information
Chandigarh, April 22
The Punjab State Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to the public information officer (PIO) in the office of the secretary to the Punjab government (PWD, B&R), for failing to provide information under the provisions of the Right to Information Act,2005.

Right to info: Sangrur officer in the dock
Chandigarh, April 22
Taking a serious note of denial of information by Sangrur’s district revenue officer, the Punjab State Information Commission has asked the state government to take disciplinary action against him. A penalty of Rs 25,000 has also been imposed on the erring officer.


‘White gold revolution’
Ludhiana, April 22
Punjab stands on the cusp of “white gold revolution”, thanks to the adoption of Village Cluster Adoption Programme launched in the cotton belt of Malwa by the Vardhaman-led consortium of spinning mills and banks. The programme was launched in 2003-2004 with the cooperation of Punjab Agricultural University.


415 packets of medicine seized from quack
Sangrur, April 22
In an effort to check the sale of medicines and treatment to patients by unauthorised persons, Sangrur drug inspector Sanjiv Kumar and Bhawanigarh hospital SMO A.S. Azad today raided a dharamshala at Bhawanigarh, about 22 km from here, and seized a huge quantity of “purrian” (folded pieces of paper containing doses of medicine in powder form) from a person, who allegedly runs a “dawakhana” at Bathinda and comes every Sunday to Bhawanigarh to give these to patients.

Student dies in road accident
Sangrur, April 22
Navneet Kumar (15), a Class X student of a local school, died on the spot while his friend Sahil Sharma sustained injuries in a road mishap that took place at the Traffic lights chowk here yesterday. Both were returning to their homes after attending a marriage.

Woman burnt to death, husband arrested
Amritsar, April 22
Kamaljit Kaur, a resident of Daburji falling under Sultanwind police station, was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws for dowry. The police has arrested Balkar Singh, husband of the deceased, while Balwinder Kaur and Bhan Singh, parents-in-law of the bride, was absconding.

18-yr-old girl killed in accident
Patiala, April 22
Eighteen-yr-old Shikha, a resident Lehal colony, was killed in an accident near the bus stand this evening.

Son kills drunk father, held
Amritsar, April 22
Fed up with the habit of consuming liquor, a son killed his father here today. The police has arrested accused Gurpreet (19), a resident of Suchander village near here.


Kauni home science college to be restarted
Kauni (Muktsar), April 22
In a significant move, which can give a boost to the educational setup in this one of the backward districts of Punjab, the state government has decided to restart Kauni-based home science college by introducing bachelor of education (B.Ed) course and nursing and paramedical course classes in it from the current academic year.

Panjab varsity to start MBA programme at Ludhiana centre
Chandigarh, April 22
Panjab University is all set to start a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme at its regional centre in Ludhiana. Following a nod by the university’s syndicate and senate, the programme will commence from the forthcoming session with 60 seats to begin with.

Principal denied benefits by former college
Mukerian, April 22
The management of a Pathankot-based government-aided college and a former lecturer of the same institution have locked horns over the release of gratuity and other benefits of the latter.

Move to recruit ad hoc teachers flayed
Patiala, April 22
Teachers have condemned the government move to appoint the faculty on an ad hoc basis in medical colleges. They are suffering due to lack of promotional avenues.


State plans heritage hotels
Chandigarh, April 22
Punjab now wants to follow the heritage tourism model adopted successfully by Rajasthan and Gujarat.


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