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Privatisation of ITIs
Students block traffic
Sangrur, April 3
On the call of Joint Student Front, members and activists of student organisations, including the Punjab Students Union (PSU), the Students Federation of India (SFI), the Punjab Students Federation (PSF), the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), today blocked traffic in many towns and cities in the state against proposed handing over of ITIs to the private companies under public-private partnership (PPP) scheme in the state.

Use of Punjabi language
Govt to seek legal opinion
Chandigarh, April 3
In view of repeated violations of the state language policy, especially by bureaucrats, the Punjab government has decided to seek legal opinion of the advocate-general and other legal luminaries in this regard. The government is keen to make the punitive portion of the proposed ordinance on Punjabi language implementation in the state legally water-tight.

‘84 riot victim fights callous UP babus, cancer
Even his meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in December last year failed to elicit a positive response
Chandigarh, April 3
At 73, Joginder Singh, a resident of Ludhiana and a victim of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, is fighting two battles -- one against the insensitive system to get compensation and another against a potentially fatal cancer. 

Joginder Singh, 73, an anti-Sikh riot victim and cancer patient, at the PGI in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Joginder Singh, 73, an anti-Sikh riot victim and cancer patient, at the PGI in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



New policy to benefit big industrial plot owners
Mohali, April 3
When the Punjab government issued a notification of the state’s new policy for the setting up of educational institutions, hospitals, multimedia centres and hotels, what went unnoticed was a bumper offer made by the state for industrial plot owners in the state.


Neither SAD nor Cong seized of it
Ludhiana, April 3
Even after a year of the formation of the SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab headed by Parkash Singh Badal, it has been working on negatives only. Two slogans - discrimination against Punjab and coffers left empty by the previous Congress government - are fed to the masses.

Demand for central varsity status opposed
Amritsar, April 3
The Principals’ Association of non-government colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, here today opposed the demand of teachers of the GND varsity campus to convert the university into a central university.

I am still alive, Mr Advani: DangSatya Pal Dang
Referred to as ‘late’ in ‘My Country My Life’
Amritsar, April 3
“I am still alive and leading an active political life, Mr Advani,” commented veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang, who has been referred to as “late” by Advani in his much talked-about political autobiography “My Country My Life”.                        
Satya Pal Dang

Farmer cremated after police assurance
Sangrur, April 3
Unmarried farmer Pargat Singh (22) son of late Hakam Singh, of Janal village, 4 km from Dirba, who allegedly committed suicide yesterday by consuming poisonous substance in his field, was cremated today at his village in the presence of villagers and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) leaders.

Recruitment of 2,350 cops on cards
Chandigarh, April 3
The Punjab police proposes to recruit 2,350 police personnel as well as recommend the intake of 15 deputy superintendents of police to prop up operational efficiency in field areas.


HC amends stay order for six PCS promotions
Chandigarh, April 3
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recommended the names of six PCS (Executive) officers for promotion to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

Sale of land stayed
Chandigarh, April 3
A Division Bench of Justice S.K. Mittal and Justice Rakesh Garg today stayed the sale of land and building of JCT Electronics Limited having a unit at Mohali. The writ petition in this regard was filed initially by the State of Punjab through the secretary, Department of Industry and Commerce. However, a private counsel was engaged.

‘Police avoiding arrest of Poohla’
Amritsar, April 3
The Beas police was allegedly not arresting Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla and Joga Singh to give them more time to seek anticipatory bail in a murder case.

Punjab rethinking red beacons for SGPC members
Chandigarh, April 3
Appearing in the case against allowing SGPC members to use red beacons atop their vehicles, Punjab Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the government was reconsidering the entire issue.


Madrasa Torture Case
Administrator, teacher held, freed on bail
Malerkotla, April 3
The Malerkotla police today arrested Abdul Rashid and Kari Mohd Ahsan, administrator and teacher, respectively, of Madrasa Tamir-e-Seerat, Khanna road, in the student's torture case.


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