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Atta-Dal Survey
Are 39 pc families really poor?

Sangrur, May 4
Believe it or not but it is on record that more than one-third of those living in the town are poor as their annual income is only Rs 30,000 as per the survey completed by the local municipal council for the purpose of providing atta-dal at cheap rates by the state government.

Every second family earns less than Rs 100 per day
Abohar, May 4
Every second family in this ‘most-prosperous’ subdivision of the Ferozepore district now earns less than Rs 100 per day. This is what the atta-dal survey indicates. Abohar had earlier been identified as ‘cotton-rich belt’ and referred in numerous brochures as ‘Manchester of Punjab’. The subdivision has highest per capita income and had highest contribution in sales and income tax collection.

More power for Punjab
New Delhi, May 4
In a major relief to combat the on-going power crisis, Punjab will get 395 MW of additional power from May to September from the un-allotted central quota that constitutes 25 per cent of the un-allotted power. This was announced by union minister for power Sushil Kumar Shinde after a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today.Punjab would also get 500 MW of power from the 4,000 MW production from the Lara Thermal Power Project in Chhattisgarh, which is likely to be completed next year.




VB’s dilemma — where to question

Chandigarh, May 4
With the return of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Punjab, the state vigilance bureau (VB), faces a unique challenge --- where to question him so as to prevent the exercise from turning into a media ‘tamasha’ in the era of live telecasts by television channels and vast coverage in newspapers.

Rajasthan CM visits Harike headworks
Ferozepore, May 4
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, along with a large number of ministers and senior officials of the Rajasthan government, today visited Harike and Hussaniwala headworks to determine the condition of the feeder canals supplying water to Rajasthan.



SGPC takes its fight to Haryana against separate panel 
Ludhiana, May 4
The SGPC has decided to take its fight against a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana by deciding to organise a series of protests in the state itself. The protests will start on May 6 from Karnal and conclude on May 15 at Pehowa, the home constituency of agriculture minister H.S.Chatha, one of the staunch supporters for a separate committee. The protests will jointly be organised by the SGPC and the SAD (B) and likely to be addressed by its acting president Sukhbir Badal.

Three CPSs attack Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, May 4
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s allegations of vendetta politics against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance have come in for criticism from three chief parliamentary secretaries (CPS) of Punjab.


Kar seva at Golden Temple from tomorrow
Amritsar, May 4
Devotees and heads of various religious organisations will take part in the kar seva to construct lintels of corridors of the Golden Temple from May 6.

System of carrying night soil to end by 2009
Bathinda, May 4
The system of carrying night soil on the head will end in India by March 2009, and not December 2007, the previous deadline. Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Santosh Chaudhary stated this, adding that Rs 750 crore had been earmarked in the current budget to generate employment for about 3.5 lakh people involved in that occupation.

Physically challenged not harassed: SGPC
Amritsar, May 4
The SGPC has made special arrangements keeping in mind the convenience of physically challenged devotees who come to offer obeisance at the Golden Temple.

Tanker blocks traffic
Pathankot, May 4
Traffic on the busy Jalandhar-Pathankot-Jammu highway was disrupted for over 17 hours after an LPG tanker developed a fault and obstructed the highway near Damtal, near here, last evening. Traffic was restored after cranes removed the tanker from the highway this morning.


Ramdev lashes out at health minister
Patiala, May 4
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today lashed at the union minister for health, Ramdoss. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune Ramdev said the health minister had lost mental balance. “I would advise him to adopt yoga to retain his mental health”.

Rebel SGPC secretary sacked
Amritsar, May 4
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) executive today dismissed the rebel secretary Raghbir Singh on charges of indiscipline.The sub-committee of the SGPC had recommended the dismissal after a meeting held here yesterday.



Civic body officials to file property list
Chandigarh, May 4
In a bid to bring about transparency, the Punjab government today issued instructions relating to the furnishing of property details by officials of municipal bodies in the state.


Kala Singhya’s dark tales - second gang rape in 3 months
After Satya Devi, 18-yr-old girl sexually assaulted 

Chandigarh, May 4
Kala Singhya, the sleepy village in the vicinity of Kapurthala, is again in the eye of a storm. Already in news for the rape of 40-year-old Satya Devi, the village woke up to the distressing news of an 18-year-old girl’s gang rape today.

Cheated by travel agent, youth ends life
Hoshiarpur, May 4
 A youth of Sarangwal village of this district died at local civil hospital today. He was admitted yesterday evening after he consumed some poisonous substance.


Pbi varsity campus row touches new low
Patiala, May 4
Taking their mode of agitation to a new low the members of the joint action committee, seeking the removal of vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai today took a donkey through the university campus.

GND varsity takes over Mukandpur college
Amritsar, May 4
In a significant development, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to take over Amardeep Singh Shergill (ASS) Memorial College, Mukandpur, (Nawanshahr district) with a view to promoting education in the educationally backward and remote rural areas especially in the Doaba region.

Computer teachers up in arms
Gurdaspur, May 4
Up in arms against the government for adopting an indiscriminate behaviour towards them, members of the Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, organised protest rallies in different subdivisions of the district today.

Roll numbers sent to candidates
Amritsar, May 4
The semester examinations of Guru Nanak Dev University will commence from May 7. The university has despatched roll numbers to all eligible candidates.

Rural students do Punjabi varsity proud
Patiala, May 4
The rural and under-privileged students, getting their education in various streams of B.Tech (Engineering) at the Yadavindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo, have done themselves and Punjabi University proud by doing well in their first semester examinations, the vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Swarn Singh Boparai, said here today.

Computer workshop at Akal Academy
Patiala, May 4
A computer workshop was organised at Akal Academy at Reetkheri here today. This workshop was attended by computer teachers of 22 Akal academies.


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