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Discrepancies in Nanakshahi Calendar
Names of Patna Sahib Jathedars go
Amritsar, April 12
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has excluded the name of Giani Iqbal Singh from the seven-member committee on the removal of discrepancies in the Nanakshahi calendar .

Sore over govt ‘monopoly’, farmers hold back wheat
Ludhiana, April 12
Farmers across the region are sore with the government for trying to monopolise wheat purchases. After a long time, farmers have got a chance to directly sell their produce at a slightly better rate than the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,000 per quintal being offered by government.

Labourers clean the first arrival of wheat crop at Bhaktanwala Mandi in Amritsar district on Saturday.
Labourers clean the first arrival of wheat crop at Bhaktanwala Mandi in Amritsar district on Saturday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Economy to be poll plank: Sukhbir
Mohali, April 12
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal today said the Akali Dal would be fighting the parliamentary elections on the issue of the country’s economy. “The Congress has sounded its death knell by not being able to control the sky rocketing prices. The worst affected is the poor who are now not even able to afford two square meals. This is going to be the main issue in the elections,” he said.



State denied Central fund share due to official apathy
Chandigarh, April 12
Bureaucratic and political apathy have put Punjab on the path of downslide, making it the slowest growing state in the country. One example in case is that the union government has allocated about Rs 75,000 crore for the current fiscal for centrally sponsored and development schemes for various states in the country. However, Punjab will get its share only from Rs 36,902 crore because it has not implemented other schemes for which allocation is to be made from the remaining amount.


Bhattal, I following different paths: Amarinder
Ludhiana, April 12
No rapprochement seems possible between PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, with the latter stating here today that both of them were following different paths.

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Kalia defends Advani’s book
Chandigarh, April 12
Punjab local bodies minister and BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia today described as “ill-informed" the criticism of L.K. Advani's autobiographical book "My Country, My Life" by PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Badal’s defence of Advani unfair: Calcutta
Amritsar, April 12
The controversy surrounding “My Country, My Life”, the political biography of Lal Krishan Advani, refuses to die down. Veteran SGPC member Manjit Singh Calcutta and a former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Harwinder Singh Sarna yesterday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal if he had himself read the book.

Waive farm labourers’ loans: Kainth
Chandigarh, April 12
The Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) today said the silence of the Union and Punjab governments over loans of “khet majdoors” (farm labour) was disappointing.


New hope for 4,900 Sikh riot victims
Ludhiana, April 12
Providing a new ray of hope to nearly 4,900 Sikh riot victims, the state government on Thursday asked Patiala divisional commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia to have a fresh look into the 1,300 rejected cases of compensation and issuance of red cards to over 3,600 new applicants.

Mega miss: Vedanti not to receive jagriti yatra
Amritsar, April 12
Weapons of Guru Gobind Singh and other Sikh martyrs have come out of the sanctum sanctorum of Takht Hazoor Sahib for the first time in 300 years and will reach here tomorrow, but Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, will not be here to receive these as he is reportedly away to Birmingham.

Computer teachers block traffic
Sangrur, April 12
Members of the district unit of the Computer Teachers Union led by district president Gurvinder Rattan today marched from Banasar Garden to the residence of MP from Sangrur Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa here in support of their demands. They also blocked traffic and held a dharna for an hour at Nankiana Sahib chowk in support of their demands. They raised slogans against the Punjab government for alleged failure to accept their demands.

No upfront tuition fee from SC students in medical courses: Sud
Chandigarh, April 12
The Punjab government has issued directions to all government and private medical, ayurvedic, homeopathy, dental and nursing colleges in the state that they are not to charge any tuition fee and non-refundable fees from Scheduled Caste students who are eligible for post-matric scholarship.

Baisakhi celebrations begin
Anandpur Sahib, April 12
Three-day Baisakhi celebrations started here, the birthplace of Khalsa, today. Akhand path started at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sisganj, Bhaura Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib and Qila Nandgarh. At Kiratpur Sahib too a ‘path’ started at Charan Kamal Sahib Gurdwara, Patalpuri Gurdwara and Sheesh Mahal. The bhog of the akhand path will be performed on Monday.

Minister to act in play
Chandigarh, April 12
Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal will act in the play,“Vavorala,” that will be staged at Kala Bhavan (Randhawa Auditorium) here on April 16 under the banner of the International Punjabi Cultural Association. Jarnail Singh Hoshiarpuri, secretary of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, will also act in the play.


City Centre Scam
Amarinder case adjourned till May 10
Ludhiana, April 12
Court of sessions judge G. K. Rai today adjourned the hearing in the City Centre scam case till May 10 for consideration of framing charges against the accused.

Resin sculptures showcase Punjab's heritage


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