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City Centre Scam
Rs 40 lakh recovered from Improvement Trust official

Ludhiana, April 23
The Vigilance Bureau (VB) investigating the City Centre scam today claimed on the basis of fresh investigation that a trustee of the Improvement Trust apart from ex-minister Ch. Jagjit Singh and ex-chairman P S Sibia was present in Room No, 517, called Latala House, of Park Plaza hotel where bribe money allegedly exchanged hands.

Dullo: Amarinder must stand by Cong men
Ludhiana, April 23
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo said today former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh must return to Punjab to stand by his supporters. 
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Dera Sacha Sauda secular pillar damaged
4 cops suspended, case registered
Mansa, April 23
Tension gripped the region after the secular pillar erected by the followers of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda at Mansa crossing was damaged by some anti-social elements late last night.



Cong to serve ultimatum on SAD-BJP govt

Chandigarh, April 23
Cautioning the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) coalition government against pursuing its politics of vendetta, the Congress has decided to adopt the path of confrontation.

‘Manpreet’s views on free power personal’
Badal, April 23
Taking serious note of rising number of incidents of smuggling of narcotics and reports of police atrocities, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he would meet senior police officials on April 28 to ensure that law and order prevail in Punjab.

Palace on Wheels to run in Punjab from next year
Patiala April 23
The Palace on Wheels will run on railway tracks in Punjab from next year. The Rs 31-crore project of the Punjab government has been cleared by the Ministry of Railways. The state government will invest Rs 13 crore in the project and Rs 7 crore will be put in by the union government for the promotion of tourism.The rest will be contributed by the Railways for developing coaches with five-star facilities.



Punjab municipal elections in June
Jalandhar, April 23
Elections to the five municipal corporations in Punjab will be held in the first week of June. “It has been decided to hold the elections for five municipal corporations of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar and Bhatinda in the first week of June and notification as well as the exact date of the poll will be announced soon,” Punjab Local Bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia told reporters here today.

Bibi Jagir Kaur’s move on Banjara Sikhs
Amritsar, April 23
Bibi Jagir Kaur ,a former SGPC chief,has sought a proposal from Banjara Sikhs living near Nagpur for the introduction of Gurmat Mission in gurdwaras there to make them conversant with Sikh tenets. She said the move would help them bring back into the community’s fold.


Pak team bowled over by democracy in India
Hoshiarpur, April 23
Members of a delegation from the Hazrat Maulvi Gulam Rasool Academy (HMGRA), Faislabad (Pakistan), were impressed with the functioning of democracy in India.

Hike in DA for pensioners
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab government today announced 6 per cent increase in dearness allowance for state government and family pensioners.

Hari Singh Tarak cremated
Sangrur, April 23 
A staunch supporter of the democratic rights and state president of the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab, Hari Singh Tarak (69), who died last evening after sustaining serious injuries in a road accident in the Sunam area, was today cremated at Lehragaga. Two sons of Tarak, Jugraj Singh and Baghi Shamsher Singh, lit the pyre.

Bhagrana cremated
Rajpura, April 23
The last remains of Inderjit Singh Bhagrana, a member of the Punjab state committee of the CPM, who succumbed to his injuries at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, were consigned to flames at his native village Bhagrana, near here today.

Punjab CPM secretary Balwant Singh consoles the family of Inderjit Singh Bhagrana at Bhagrana village in Rajpura on Monday.—Photo by J.S. Virdi

Punjab CPM secretary Balwant Singh consoles the family of Inderjit Singh Bhagrana at Bhagrana village in Rajpura on Monday

Patiala parks losing to encroachers
Patiala, April 23
Government land worth crores of rupees has been encroached upon in the city while the municipal corporation has decided to keep mum over the matter.

Top honours for Ashu, Riya
Patiala, April 23
The Rotary Club (Mid-Town), Patiala, with the help of the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahendra Club jointly organised an on-the-spot painting competition for school children in memory of Late Rtn B.S.S. Bedi in the lawns of the club, here, yesterday.


Relief for weather-hit farmers
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab government has ordered the conversion of short-term cooperative loans into long-term ones in the case of farmers who had suffered crop damage recently because of hailstorms.


Youth employment board on cards
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab government is all set to constitute a youth employment board. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who had made promises to deal with the huge unemployment problem in the state, has consulted experts on this issue.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal welcomes Vidya Khemka, director, Sun Group, at Badal village on Monday.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal welcomes Vidya Khemka, director, Sun Group, at Badal village on Monday.—A Tribune photograph

Ad hoc staff rally behind V-C
Patiala, April 23
Ad hoc employees of the university, who had been appointed during the stint of present V-C Swaran Singh Boparai, today came out openly in his support.

154-year-old revenue record found tampered
Amritsar, April 23
The 154-year-old revenue record, which remains under lock and key in the Deputy Commissioner’s office, has been found tampered.

PSEB steps for setting up thermal plants
Patiala, April 23
The PSEB has formed special purpose vehicles (SPVs) for setting up thermal plants of 1,200 MW each at Talwandi Sabo and Nabha.

Withdraw cases, demand Nihangs
Bathinda, April 23
The war of succession between two groups owing allegiance to Baba Santa Singh, head, Budha Dal, took a new turn today when the group headed by Surjeet Singh submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner.

A delegation of Nihangs submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Bathinda on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

A delegation of Nihangs submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Bathinda on Monday.

Local govt dept told to generate resources
Chandigarh, April 23
Keeping in view the financial position of the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the local government department to make efforts to raise its own resources.

Govt urged to enact law to check piracy in films
Amritsar, April 23
Iqbal Dhillon, director, producer of Punjabi films urged the Punjab government to make laws to check piracy of films and enforce these to save the film industry in the state.


Servant commits murder, arrested
Barnala, April 23
With the arrest of Jugraj Singh two murder cases have been solved. Claiming this here today, Parmjeet Singh Garewal, SSP, Barnala told that Jugraj Singh, alias Bhola, killed two persons in last two year. He was arrested within 24 hours after he committed another murder at Kattu village.

3 held for kidnapping, raping minor
Bathinda, April 23
The district police has arrested three youths identified as Satpal Singh, Resham Singh and Lakhvir Singh, who were allegedly involved in kidnapping and raping a minor girl belonging to Phallad village of this district.


Biotech course at Badal college
Chandigarh, April 23
The first-ever full-fledged course in biotechnology will start at Dashmesh Girls College in Badal village.


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