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No raise in wheat MSP, says Akhilesh 
Chandigarh, May 8
Issuing a veiled “warning” to farmers and companies which are holding back their wheat stocks, union minister of state for agriculture and food Akhilesh Prasad Singh made it clear: There would be no increase in the minimum support price of Rs 850 per quintal for wheat while the Government of India is to import up to Rs 50 lakh tonnes of wheat.
Akhilesh Prasad Singh (left) at a press conference in Chandigarh
Akhilesh Prasad Singh (left) at a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Nihang leader released 
Bathinda, May 8
The tension in this district following the initiation of war of succession between leaders of two factions of Nihangs owing allegiance to Baba Santa Singh, head, Budha Dal, was diffused today after Surjeet Singh, one of the leaders who was lodged in the jail after registration of a criminal case against him on the complaint of Balbir Singh, another Nihang leader, was released today.

Surjeet Singh
Surjeet Singh

Fatehgarh Sahib


SAD leader Libra cremated with honours
Ludhiana, May 8
The mortal remains of Jathedar Kirpal Singh Libra, former MLA and senior SAD (B) leader, were consigned to flames with full state honours at his native Libra village today. His son Sonu Libra lit the pyre.Libra passed away last night following a heart attack. He is survived by a son, a daughter and wife, Surinder Kaur Libra.


Lives after death; donates eyes

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh lays a wreath on the body of Kirpal Singh Libra, former MLA and senior SAD(B) leader at his cremation at Libra village in Ludhiana district on Tuesday
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh lays a wreath on the body of Kirpal Singh Libra, former MLA and senior SAD(B) leader at his cremation at Libra village in Ludhiana district on Tuesday

Canadian firm submits project on pilot-training institute
Chandigarh, May 8
A Canada-based company here today submitted a proposal to the Punjab government to set up a pilot-training institute in the state. The company has eight institutes of pilot training and technology in Canada and other parts of the world. It has some NRIs as its promoters, it is learnt.

3 Forts
Tourism Dept asks govt for control 
Patiala, May 8
The Department of Tourism has urged the government to hand it over the three historical forts in Bahadurgarh in Patiala district, Ludhiana and Sultanpur Lodhi forts. These are presently in possession of the Punjab Police.
The Bahadurgarh fort, 10 km from here, houses the commando training centre of the Punjab Police.
A view of the Bahadurgarh fort in Patiala.
A view of the Bahadurgarh fort in Patiala.

Electronic media call off boycott of govt
Chandigarh, May 8
The electronic media of Punjab has withdrawn its call to boycott all Punjab government functions after the government assured it that any case involving a journalist will be investigated by an officer not below the rank of DSP. This decision was taken at a meeting between the representatives of the state government and the members of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ).

Focus on empowerment of farmers: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, May 8
Emphasising the need for increasing collective endeavour for imparting a new dimension to the agriculture economy, the Punjab Governor and UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today asked FICCI and EUROGAP to play a pro-active role for giving a major boost to crop diversification programmes, initiated by the Punjab State Farmers Commission in collaboration with Punjab Agriculture University and other state agencies.


Political vendetta
Cong MLAs may form group against ‘govt repression’
Congress vs SAD-BJP
Jalandhar, May 8
Perturbed over ‘increasing government repression’ against Congress leaders and workers, young Congress MLAs are contemplating forming a group. Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Bholath in Kapurthala district Sukhpal Khaira has said he would participate in the rally, which is being organised by Congress MLA Gurpreet Kangar at Rampura Phul in Bathinda district tomorrow.

Bhattal meets CM on ‘false’ cases 
Chandigarh, May 8
The leader of the opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, yesterday led a delegation of Congress leaders to meet the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, here and alleged that false cases were being filed against Congress workers and demanded that the SSPs be told not to act in a partisan manner.

BJP reminds Amarinder of political threats during term
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab unit of the BJP yesterday criticised former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and reminded him of the threats he handed out to his political opponents during his five-year tenure.

No-confidence motion
MC meeting deferred amidst high drama

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
High drama was today witnessed outside the Bassi Pathana Municipal Council office where Congress workers, led by Dr Harbans Lal, former MLA, and SAD-BJP workers raised slogans against each other.


BPL scheme
Bectors Food denies receiving wheat from FCI 

Chandigarh, May 8
The promtors of Mrs Bectors Food Specialities today denied the company was involved in any wheat subsidy scam and had not received wheat from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) under the below povert line(BPL) scheme, rather the wheat was supplied to them as part payment for the biscuits they made for the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations.

State round-up
3 modern market terminals to be set up

Chandigarh, May 8
In a move that could transform agricultural marketing in Punjab, the state government will set up three market terminals with global linkages and high-tech infrastructure in the public-private partnership mode in Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Muktsar district at an estimated cost of over Rs 500 crore.

Bridegroom fails to turn up for marriage
Bathinda, May 8
The joy of Puneeta, a young girl of this town, knew no bounds when she was engaged to Rahul, a local youth, a few months ago.However, the dreams of Puneeta were shattered today when her would-be bridegroom did not turn for the marriage after her parents failed to meet the demand of dowry raised by Rahul and his brothers.

Ban on Fashion TV sought
Malerkotla, May 8
Malerkotla cable operators are airing Fashion TV despite the ban imposed by the Indian Government.The government has banned Paris-based Fashion TV, saying some of the channel’s programmes lack decency and are likely to affect public morality.

Charge distribution
Row among PSEB members

, May 8
The distribution of charge among the newly-appointed members of the  Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has created a row. S.C. Sabarwal, member, Transmission, who was allegedly  posted at the behest of the BJP, the alliance partner of the SAD, has been given a raw deal in the allotment of work by PSEB chairman Y.S. Ratra.

Nanakshahi calendar may kick up fresh row
Amritsar, May 8
The Nanakshahi calendar may kick up a fresh controversy in the coming days since Takht Hazoor Sahib is determined to hold the tercentenary celebrations of “Gurgaddi Divas” of Guru Granth Sahib on October 30 next year as per the traditional Bikrami Samant. However, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee will celebrate the same on October 20 as per the Nanakshahi Calendar.

School trust chief claims majority
Barnala, May 8
The ousted chairman of BGS School, Piara Singh, has challenged his ouster from the school. SGPC executive committee member Tek Singh Dhanula took the control of the school a few days ago.

Unemployment cuts short promising career
Ludhiana, May 8
Unemployment claimed the life of a national-level handball player who allegedly committed suicide at his house in Dasmesh Nagar, Haibowal, last night. Twentyseven-year-old Avtar Singh, member of the twice national champion handball team, was in dire straits as he could not get any job. He had taken the examination and tests for the post of constable in the Punjab police the selection for which had been delayed.

Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh

Policy on mega projects to be reviewed
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab government has released Rs 45 crore for improving the infrastructure at various industrial focal points in the state. Meanwhile, the government has decided to review the policy with regard to mega projects. After the review, sources said, a report in this regard would be prepared by the chief secretary for the state cabinet.

Bundh to tame Ghaggar
Patiala, May 8
The Punjab government has decided to construct an earthen bundh along the Ghaggar river in the Samana area on the Punjab Haryana border. The 22-km bundh will be constructed at a cost of Rs 84 crore.

Punjab irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon addresses mediapersons in Patiala on Tuesday.
Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Punjab irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon addresses mediapersons in Patiala on Tuesday.

Septuagenarian couple helps families reunite
Patiala, May 8
The zeal to work has no age bar. Even at the age of 78, O.P. Gupta, a former administrative officer of the Thapar Institute of Engineering, along with his wife Harjeet Gupta, continues his work to resolve disputes and bring separated families together.



No violation of Constitution: Mattewal
Chandigarh, May 8
Even as the Supreme Court has issued notice to Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, on a PIL alleging violation of the constitutional provisions relating to the strength of his ministry, the advocate-general, Punjab, H.S. Mattewal, today maintained that the ministers’ appointments were in accordance with the Constitution and there was no violation in any manner .

high court
Notice to ministry on missing youths

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the union ministry of external affairs, the ministry of home, the state of Punjab and others on a petition related to the issue of 37 Spain-bound youths who went missing in November, 2004.

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Amendments to industrial Act in offing
Chandigarh, May 8
The additional solicitor-general of India today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the union ministry of labour and employment was considering amendments to provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act related to the appointment of presiding officers of the labour courts.


Chowki staff suspended
Amritsar, May 8
Following a number of complaints regarding a nexus among the police and the smugglers operating in the Anngarh area here, SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh suspended the whole staff of the Gate Hakima police chowki late last evening.

5 officers transferred; Mansa district gets none
Chandigarh, May 8
While the Punjab government today ordered the transfer and posting of five officers, a good number of important posts have not been filled in Mansa district yet.Tejveer Singh has been given additional charge of special secretary, planning, vice R.L. Mehta, who has been posted as director, small savings, and ex officio special secretary, finance.


Ex-minister’s kin injured in dispute
Abohar, May 8
Two sons and a grandson of former minister Chaudhary Satya Dev were injured in a land dispute in the family at Choohriwala Dhanna village, near here, today. All were admitted to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital.

Policeman commits suicide
Fatehgarh, May 8
Avtar Singh, a head constable posted at Kumano police station, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with ceiling fan.Sources here said when Avtar Singh did not come out of his house today constable Amar Singh peeped through the window and found him hanging.

Rs 7.03 lakh looted from Goraya bank
Phagwara, May 8
Robbers looted Rs 7.03 lakh from the branch of Canara Bank at Goraya this afternoon.Phillaur DSP Harpreet Singh Benepal said five robbers carried out the robbery.


Punjabi varsity pacts lend ‘wings’ to students’ career
Patiala, May 8
Punjabi University has signed MoUs with three foreign universities under which Punjab School of Management Studies (PSMS) students will get a chance to visit these universities to attend workshops, summer internship programmes and the like.



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