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Badal to meet PM over package for industry
Ludhiana, May 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that the situation for Punjab with regard to industry was no better than it was during the days of terrorism. He said while earlier the industry shifted from here due to militancy, now they were doing the same as heavy concessions were being granted by the Centre to the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal being presented a memento by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ludhiana
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal being presented a memento by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Deras a cause of worry for Badal
Ludhiana, May 13
The SAD-BJP government has been in office for the past two months and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been assuring people that they will honour the pledges made during the election campaign.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Coop Dept to enter retail market: Kanwaljit
Patiala, May 13
The Cooperative Department of the state is planning to enter retail marketing sector to give competition to corporate giants. The department would soon establish a marketing wing hiring marketing experts that would coordinate the marketing operations of various cooperatives of the state.                                     
Kanwaljit Singh
Kanwaljit Singh

Glitz ‘n’ Glamour

Models showcase traditional wear during a fashion show organised by the Centurion Bank of Punjab at Phagwara
Models showcase traditional wear during a fashion show organised by the Centurion Bank of Punjab at Phagwara on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Extra-judicial killings by police
Majha Human Rights Front for probe by HC judge, CBI
Amritsar, May 13
Extra-judicial killings of innocent youths in Punjab during militancy by security agencies required a probe by the CBI or a sitting Judge of the High Court to unearth the truth.

18 inquiries against varsity officials
Amritsar, May 13
Many heads are likely to roll in wake of the spate of inquiries ordered against senior officials of Guru Nanak Dev University by the vice-chancellor and the Syndicate. Some of the inquiries pertain to alleged financial irregularities.

Punjab to develop freedom fighters’ sites
Centre sanctions Rs 8 crores for the project
Chandigarh, May 13
Punjab is all set to immortalise the sites connected with the memories of freedom fighters. With the Government of India offering support to the state government’s ambitious project that seeks to develop freedom fighters’ trail from Delhi across to Punjab, all locations of historic importance will stand preserved in the coming times.

International money transfer
Post offices earning huge profits
Chandigarh, May 13
International money transfer has become the biggest revenue grosser for the post offices in Punjab circle. In the past one year, the Punjab postal circle has more than doubled the number of remittances with an increase of Rs 96 crore in the remitted amount.


Haryana vexed over SGPC rallies, says Avtar
Amritsar, May 13
SGPC president Avtar Singh today said the Haryana government was irritated with the peaceful meetings being organised by the SGPC in the state. In a statement issued from Gurdwara Hazoor Sahib in Maharashtra where Avtar Singh has gone to hold meetings regarding the installation anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib.


Govt considering increase in retirement age
Muktsar, May 13
The Punjab Government has been seriously considering increasing retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years. Stating this here today, finance minister Manpreet Badal said the alliance government was willing to fulfil this promise made to the employees.

‘Implement’ reservation policy
Nawanshahr, May 13
The General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, at its executive meeting held here at JSFH Khalsa Senior Secondary School today, has decided to serve an ultimatum to the state government for the implementation of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the reservation policy given in October last year.

Cops feel the heat
Policemen asked to vacate houses at earliest
Bathinda, May 13
In a significant step, deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari has cancelled the allotment of government houses, which were in possession of about 35 policemen in town.

Patiala to have parade ground soon
Patiala, May 13
The city is all set to have a parade ground which would be used exclusively for staging protests with a view to saving the local population from inconvenience that it suffers on account of traffic blockades by agitators.

N-deal casts shadow
Army goes soft on ‘Shatrunash’
Dakha (Ludhiana), May 13
Four tanks crossing an Army-made bridge across Sidhwan Canal and three helicopters making a few rounds above the same site. This sums up the war exercise ‘Shatrunash’ conducted by the Vajra Corps that was presented before the media along the canal at Dakha in Ludhiana here today.

Army tanks move on to capture the enemy area during war exercise “Shatrunash” at Dakha in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Army tanks move on to capture the enemy area during war exercise “Shatrunash” at Dakha in Ludhiana

Thousands pay tribute to Libra
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
Political leaders cutting across party barriers and thousands others today gathered at Diwan Todar Mal Hall, Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara, to pay tributes to former MLA Kirpal Singh Libra on a bhogh ceremony.

Revival of sick drug companies sought
Sangrur, May 13
The immediate revival of sick public sector drug companies, mainly Indian Drugs Pharmaceuticals Limited and Hindustan Antibiotics Limited, was demanded at the state conference of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union here yesterday.

Work on AIR Amritsar starts
Amritsar, May 13
People of Amritsar will soon be able to listen to their favourite Punjabi programmes relayed through a local radio station, as the work on the setting up of a 300-metre-high transmission tower has been started. It is likely to start functioning by 2008.

Hindu Shiv Sena stages protest
Amritsar, May 13
Activists of various organisations, including the Hindu Shiv Sena and the Bajrang Dal, burnt the effigy of civil aviation minister Praful Patel to protest against the non-installation of a model of the Durgiana Temple at the Rajasansi International airport here today.

AISSF for ban on Dera Sacha Sauda
Amritsar, May 13
The All -India Sikh Students Federation has urged the state government to immediately ban the activities of the Dera Sacha Sauda for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community all over the world. Taking a serious note of the advertisement which appeared in a section of the press today.


Using treated water for organic farming
Kapurthala May 13
Several farmers of Sultanpur Lodhi using treated water for organic farming shared their experiences with their counterparts of Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur districts. Farmers Santokh Singh Bhagorian and Jaswant Singh Kaura of Sultanpur Lodhi told a large gathering of other farmers gathered at a seminar

Farmers’ suicides
Govt to strengthen cooperatives: Minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
Farmers in the state are facing financial crisis as the agricultural sector has failed to sustain growth due to increased cost of production. At the same time, the price of their produce has not increased proportionately.


Man beaten to death
Pathankot, May 13
Residents of Shastri Nagar beat an unidentified man to death, when he was allegedly found in the house of a hotelier in the same locality, late last night. The body of the man was found in a lawn of the Civil Hospital today morning.
According to eyewitnesses, the person was brutally beaten up by employees of Mohinder Puri, owner of Hotel Parag.

Wife stabbed to death
Goniana (Bathinda), May 13
Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Dyalpura village, killed his wife Balwinder Kaur by attacking her repeatedly with a knife in the wee hours of today, when she, along with her daughter, was going for work. The accused, who was already undergoing imprisonment for a murder, which he had committed at fled from the scene, the police said.


Govt asked to set up career guidance dept
Sangrur, May 13
Career counsellor and director of Gurdev Singh Kang Memorial Rural Institute for Career Courses Swarn Singh Bhangu yesterday asked the Punjab government to set up a career guidance department for the convenience of students of Classes X and XII in selecting courses for a bright future.

207 get diploma at NIS
Patiala, May 13
The graduation ceremony of the 44th diploma course in sports coaching 2006-07 was held at the Netaji Subhash Chander Institute of Sports here today. Mool Chand Sharma, UGC vice-chairman, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Career counselling workshop held
Patiala, May 13
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management organised a career guidance workshop at Hotel Flyover here today. Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group, inaugurated the programme while Shalini Gupta, director, presided over the workshop.


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