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Childhood desecrated
Madrasa administrator, maulvi booked for student’s torture
Malerkotla, April 2
The police booked two persons, including an administrator and a maulvi teacher of a madrasa situated on the Khanna road, here today on the charge of illegal confinement and torture of a seven-year-old student. A case under Sections 342, 323, 506 and 34, IPC, was registered on the complaint of the mother of the child.
Ishfaq with his mother at the Civil Hospital in Malerkotla he madrasa building Ishfaq with his mother at the Civil Hospital in Malerkotla on Wednesday; and the madrasa building . Photos: Mahesh Sharma 

Will sacrifice life to save Sarabjit: Burney
UN Human Rights Council member Ansar Burney, his family and Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia at Attari Amritsar, April 2
Newly fostered bonds between India and Pakistan, initiated with the release of Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, may further bear fruits, even as Pakistani human rights activist and former minister Ansar Burney has announced that he would even sacrifice his life to save Sarabjit Singh

UN Human Rights Council member Ansar Burney, his family and Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia at Attari in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar



Ending hostility, his mission

He kept waiting for Pak ex-minister

Restore our share in UT admn, Badal to PM
Chandigarh, April 2
In a tough stance on various issues related to the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to restore Punjab’s 60 per cent share of employees in the Union Territory as envisaged in the State Reorganisation Act of 1966. Punjab wants its officers on deputation be given prime posts as was the case in 60s and 70s.

Suicide attempt by peasant family, 1 dead
Machhiwara, April 2
A peasant family of Kariana village, near here, attempted suicide after Nihang Virsa Singh, who had come to prevent eviction from panchayat land they had been cultivating for years, fell unconscious due to alleged police thrashing and stabbing by unknown persons.

PAU can’t use grant to pay pension: Govt
Ludhiana, April 2
Though the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities have started paying pension to its former employees through a fund set up with a part of the recent grant of Rs 20 crore, the Punjab government is understood to have told it to make its own arrangements to provide pension to its retirees.



Ban on Turban
SGPC seeks Burney’s help

Amritsar, April 2
The SGPC here today urged Ansar Burney, a member of the advisory committee, United Nations Human Rights Council, for help in finding a lasting solution to the turban issue in France. The issue was taken up with him after Burney paid obeisance at the Golden Temple along with his wife and son.

He ‘served’ nation, but got a raw deal
Former spy seeks salary for period 
he spent in Pak jails

Chandigarh, April 2
In yet another case, the country “failed” to look after the family of a secret service agent, on death row in Pakistan after being caught by the rangers while “serving nation”.

Physician’s concern for mother tongue
Amritsar, April 2
Will the third generation of Punjabi immigrants forget the language of their forefathers in 50 years as predicted by an American linguist ? This question has been raised in a survey of the Punjabi language by Dr Harshindar Kaur, a paediatrician at Government Medical College, Patiala.

ITBP forced to cancel expedition to Everest
Ludhiana, April 2
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been forced to cancel its 28-membered ambitious mountaineering expedition to Mount Everest later this month. A communication with regard to no official clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the mountaineering expedition reached the ITBP in the third week of March.

Megha’s kin want life term for husband
Shailja RazdanPathankot, April 2
The family of Capt Megha Razdan of 113 Engineer Regiment breathed a sigh of relief after it received information that Chaitanya Bhatwadekar, husband of Captain Razdan, had been arrested by the Jammu police for driving her to suicide.

Shailja Razdan, mother of late Capt Megha Razdan, at her residence in Pathankot on Wednesday. Photo by writer

Change Jail Act of British era: DGP
Jalandhar, April 2
Director- general of police (prisons),Punjab Mohammad Izhar Alam has recommended to Punjab government to replace existing Prison Act, 1894 for mending, reforming and rehabilitating prisoners in jails of the state.

Panel to ascertain genuineness of Guru’s armour
Even though Sotheby’s, one of the biggest auction houses of London, has announced that the rare body armour did not belong to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) here today has constituted a six-member committee to ascertain the genuineness of the relic.

Arhtiya-CM meeting on April 7
Chandigarh, April 2
As per the existing government notification government agencies are bound to make payment direct to farmers by cheque for wheat or other foodgrains purchased, but sources said the state government would have a meeting with the Association of Arhtiyas of Punjab on April 7 to discuss the issue further.

‘Harassed’ by arhtiya, farmer kills himself
Sangrur, April 2
Farmer Pargat Singh (22) son of Hakam Singh, resident of Janal village, 4 km from Dirba, today allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his field.

Join drive against female foeticide: CJ
Nagri (Sangrur), April 2
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain today called upon people to join campaign launched by Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court against female foeticide in a big way. He also said there was a dire need to change the mindset of people to work against female foeticide and for this “we have miles to go”.

Randhawa refutes allegations
Chandigarh, April 2
Refuting the reports of allegation of corruption against him, former parliamentary secretary during Amarinder regime Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said here today that he was prepared to face any investigation and would not seek any anticipatory bail. He said he was not involved in any corruption.

Barnala discharged after surgery
Chandigarh, April 2
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who underwent bypass surgery at a Chennai hospital, has been discharged from the hospital. He is hale and healthy, a release from Chennai Raj Bhawan said today. — UNI


HC: Infidelity not abetment to suicide
Chandigarh, April 2
Your spouse’s decision of committing suicide because of your alleged infidelity may not send you behind the bars. In a new significant ruling, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that the abetment to suicide cannot be imputed if the conduct of any spouse is not up to the expectations of the other and it results in the commission of suicide.

Allotment of Liquor Vends 
Notice to Punjab, Ponty Chadha group 

Chandigarh, April 2
Taking up a petition filed by two Punjab MLAs for setting aside the allotment of liquor vends to the Chadha group, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab and others.


Teachers to boycott varsity exams
Amritsar, April 2
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) and the Government College Teachers Union (GCTU) have decided to boycott the annual examinations by three universities in the state on April 8 in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.


Allow corporates to procure wheat: Farmers
Chandigarh, April 2
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana stage a protest in Chandigarh Farmers from Punjab and Haryana today staged a demonstration in the city in protest against the decision of the Centre to ban corporates from procuring wheat from their states.

Farmers from Punjab and Haryana stage a protest in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


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