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Make UT sole capital of Punjab: Badal
Chandigarh, April 7
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reiterated the demand for making Chandigarh the sole capital of Punjab. After sharing the dais with Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain at a function organised at the high court premises, Badal said Punjab was the only state in the country not having its own sole capital after reorganisation.

GND, Punjabi varsities postpone exams
7,000 teachers to boycott exams
Amritsar/Patiala, April 7
Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University has postponed its annual theory examinations scheduled for April 8 due to certain administrative reasons. Stating this here today, R.S. Bawa, registrar, said the postponed examinations would now be held on April 14 (Monday).

Amarinder-Bhattal Differences
11-member panel formed in state Cong
Chandigarh, April 7
To end the ongoing Amarinder-Bhattal spat and ensure collective leadership, the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) has constituted an 11-member coordination committee in the Punjab Congress. The committee, to be officially announced, will be headed by general secretary in charge of the state, Margaret Alva, seems to be loaded against Amarinder with three Patiala-based leaders, now aligned with Bhattal being part of it.

Victims of Treachery
These women and kids have nowhere to go
Ludhiana, April 7
The misery of abandoned wives has trickled down to their next generation. Earlier, there were 30,000 women in Punjab suffering from the treachery of their NRI husbands. 

Lok Bhalai Party leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia listens to grievances of NRI wives in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



DRI seizes Rs 23 lakh fake currency, one held
Amritsar, April 7
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) today arrested Meerut-based Tehsim, alias Akbar, and from his possession seized Rs 22.84 lakh (Rs 500 denomination) counterfeit Indian currency made in Pakistan, here today. The currency was made by Pakistan’s bank, having patronage of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The currency seems to have been brought by train or bus from across the border.
Dheeraj Rastogi, joint director, DRI, said the accused was arrested on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road on the basis of a tip-off. 

Tehsim (left) at the court of the Director Revenue Intelligence in Amritsar on Monday. A Tribune photograph



Rising Prices
PM to meet CMs soon
Chandigarh, April 7
Concerned about rising prices of essential commodities, the Union government has planned a meeting of Chief Ministers of all states to seek suggestions to tackle rising prices. Sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will preside over the meeting. Opposition parties, especially allies of the BJP, have been targeting the Manmohan government. TNS


March, rally by brick-kiln workers 
Seek revision of wages
Activists of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union protest against the non-revision of minimum wages of workers at the district administrative complex in SangrurSangrur, April 7
Members of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union, led by state general secretary Tarsem Jodhan, today marched through main bazaars of the town against the state government’s failure to revise minimum wages of the unskilled workers even after seven years though prices of essential commodities have increased many times since then.

Activists of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union protest against the non-revision of minimum wages of workers at the district administrative complex in Sangrur on Monday. Photo by writer

Motor transport congress meeting on April 25
Chandigarh, April 7
The All-India Motor Transport Congress is up in arms against the Union government and ready to confront the government on issues of truckers and public carriers. The congress, that represents lakhs of truckers across the country, has convened a meeting in Kolkata on April 25 and 26 to announce action.

UNWTO-aided master plan to tap tourism potential
Amritsar, April 7
The government will prepare a tourism master plan with the help of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) consultants for the development of tourism on modern lines in the state.

200 air passengers stranded
Amritsar, April 7
About 200 passengers were stranded here today as the England-bound Air Slovakia flight took off without taking them from Rajasansi International Airport this afternoon.

Meeting to discuss water seepage from Rajasthan feeder
Chandigarh, April 7
The Union government will soon convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, officials of the Central Water Commission and other organisations concerned to tackle the problem of water seepage that is harming large tracts of land in Fazilka and Muktsar belt, from the Rajasthan feeder that carries water to Rajasthan.

66-kv sub-station inaugurated
Gurdaspur, April 7
Punjab water supply and sanitation minister Bikram Singh Majitha dedicated a 66-kv power sub-station to over a dozen villages falling in the Srihargobindpur area today.


HC seeks affidavit from Punjab
Chandigarh, April 7
Taking up a petition for the repatriation of Pakistani prisoners lodged in jails here, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the State of Punjab to file an affidavit giving details of the “latest position”. Fixing July 11 as the next date of hearing in the matter, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Jaswant Singh, directed: Let an affidavit, showing the latest position as to how many prisoners have been repatriated and when the last correspondence was made with the Union of India for repatriation of the remaining prisoners, be filed in this court.


PPSC unaware of UGC guidelines
Posts of College Lecturer
Nabha, April 7
From the essential qualifications prescribed by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in a recent advertisement for 265 posts of college lecturer, it seems the commission is not aware of the latest guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, for the appointment of college lecturer.

Australia eases visa restrictions for students
Bathinda, April 7
Indian students eager to get higher education in Australia need not worry about repaying educational loan for pursuing studies abroad. The Australian government has relaxed for Indian students the condition relating to going back after completing studies and made a provision for 18-month temporary stay to work and repay the loan, G. Bajwa, Indian Operations (Head) of the Australian Unified Pathway Programme (AUPP), informed here yesterday.


Wheat Procurement
Pawar not speaking truth: BKU

Chandigarh, April 7
While agriculture minister Sharad Pawar today claimed that the Union government had not imposed any restriction on the entry of big corporate houses to procure wheat from Punjab and Haryana, BKU leader Bhupinder Singh Mann said Pawar was not speaking the truth on the issue.


4 firms shortlisted for solar power projects
Chandigarh, April 7
The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) today announced to have short-listed four companies for establishing solar photovoltaic (SPV) projects of combined capacity of 17 megawatt.

Lotteries dept earns Rs 175 cr
Patiala, April 7
The Punjab State Lotteries Department earned Rs 175 crore last year compared to Rs 168.8 crore from the sale of lotteries in 2006-2007.


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