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Non-lifting of wheat from grain markets
Cong to resort to ‘chakka jam’ on April 22
Chandigarh, April 18
While the slow lifting of the wheat procured by government agencies in various grain markets is turning into a serious problem for commission agents and farmers, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has decided to resort to “chakka jam” agitation on April 22 to protest against the non-lifting of wheat from markets in the state.

Indo-Pak Trade
Probe into Railways’ functioning sought
Amritsar, April 18
Exporters dealing with Pakistan are up in arms against the Railway authorities allegedly trying to scuttle the growth of Indo-Pakistan trade by setting up ‘draconian’ laws. A leader of businessmen B.K. Bajaj, along with president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal Amrit Lal Jain, urged the Union government to set up probe into the working of the Railway authorities, which were hampering trade between the two neighbours, which was growing much to the discomfiture of the Railway top brass based here and Ferozepur.

Jallianwala Bagh will be accessible to all
Chandigarh, April 18
Jallianwala Bagh, a historical landmark in the Indian freedom struggle, is set be accessible to all with Svayam, an initiative of the Sminu Jindal Charitable Trust committed towards making public infrastructure accessible to persons with reduced mobility, and the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) today announced a unique initiative ahead of the occasion of “World Heritage Day” and commemoration of its 89th anniversary.

Burning Fields of State
Sparking from overloaded power cables destroys acres of wheat crop
Ludhiana, April 18
Sparking from overloaded electricity cables continues to incinerate acres of wheat crop all over the state. Many such incidents were reported during the past week.



17,500 cattle smuggled out of state daily
Patiala, April 18
Thousands of innocent animals - bulls, cows and buffaloes - are being smuggled out of Punjab and being herded to slaughterhouses of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and across the Indo-Bangladesh border daily, thanks to well-oiled local and international gangs of conduits and middlemen, animal smugglers, slaughter house managements and police officials.


Eye on Bypoll
Majithia, Kang pay obeisance at Durgiana TempleYouth Akali Dal president Kirandip Singh Kang pays obeisance at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Friday.
Amritsar, April 18
In a bid to give secular look to the Youth Akali Dal, its newly appointed patron and president, Bikramjit Singh Majithia and Kirandip Singh Kang, respectively, paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Temple here today.

Youth Akali Dal president Kirandip Singh Kang pays obeisance at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Firing on Leader
Cong, Akalis blame each other
Jalandhar, April 18
The Congress and SAD today blamed each other for the firing, allegedly by Akali workers, on a Congress leader from Buttar village at Kapurthala chowk last evening.

Bir Devinder bats for Bhattal
Rakes up Amarinder’s past, Aroosa issue
Chandigarh, April 18
Immediately after being appointed chief spokesman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), former Assembly deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh promptly launched a full frontal attack on former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh questioning the latter’s antecedents during the period of militancy in the state, besides claiming his relationship with Pakistan journalist Aroosa Alam was an embarrassment to the party.


Reference Library of Golden Temple
Rare Sikh scriptures to be digitised
Amritsar, April 18
For the first time, rare scriptures of Sikh Reference Library in the Golden Temple will be preserved and then digitised with the help of experts.

A farmer dries wheat at the Grain Market in Bathinda.
A farmer dries wheat at the Grain Market in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Complaint against Spokesman editor
Terming Guru Granth Sahib as ‘book’
Amritsar, April 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar (SAD-A) lodged a complaint with the Galliara police under Kotwali police station here today against the editor of vernacular daily Spokesman and the writer of the editorial, “Matha tekan warge puja de Brahmani dhang Sikhan wich kadon te kithon aa gaye”.

Ramoowalia to observe hunger strike on May 15
Jalandhar, April 18
Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia will observe a day-long hunger strike here on May 15 to highlight the callous attitude of the Punjab government in providing employment to lakhs of educated youth of the state.

PF, interest of retired staff not taxable
Chandigarh, April 18
In a significant judgement benefiting retired employees in general, and the Punjab State Electricity Board staff in particular, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held any payment, including interest, received by assessees from provident fund, to which the 1925 Provident Fund Act applies, will qualify for exemption from income tax.

6 of family, driver killed in road mishap
Tarn Taran, April 18
Seven persons, including six members of a family, were killed while four others were seriously injured in a road mishap, when a speeding mini bus collided head-on with a Tata Sumo near Thathia Mohanta village, 20 km from here, today.

Infrastructure development council set up
Chandigarh, April 18
Eminent persons of high-profile companies, especially those engaged in the housing sector, figure in the newly set up Punjab Infrastructure Development Council under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. 


Awardee teacher awaits pension
Amritsar, April 18
The efficiency of state government departments can be gauged from the fact that a state-awardee teacher is still awaiting orders for his re-employment and pension benefits even when he has already completed his tenure of re-employment.


Centre cheating state farmers: BKU
Chandigarh, April 18
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) yesterday said the Union government had cheated Punjab farmers twice in the past few months.


Kidnapping of 2 leaders
Union activists gherao  police station
Sangrur, April 18
Activists and members of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union (LJPBMU) and other organisations, led by state general secretary of the LJPBMU Tarsem Jodhan, today gheraoed Sadar police station at Dhuri, near here, for four hours.

5 booked
Tarn Taran, April 18
The police has registered a case against five persons holding them responsible for the death of an old-aged person, who died last year under mysterious circumstances. The case has been registered after receiving a chemical examination report of the deceased’s viscera. Swarn Singh (65) died on May 6, 2007, under mysterious circumstances at his residence in Nathuchak village. — OC


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