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Medical, Dental Colleges
Nod to teachers to work up to 65 yrs
Chandigarh, April 21
Teachers in Punjab’s government and private medical, dental, ayurvedic colleges and other such institutions can now work up to 65 years.

Wheat crop on 400 acres gutted
Sultanpur Lodhi, April 21
Wheat crop standing on nearly 400 acres of land spread over at least four villages of Dariawal, Fattudhinga, Mehmadwal and Sabuwal of the district was gutted in a devastating fire on this afternoon.
Farmers of Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision in Kapurthala district show what remains of their standing wheat crops in a devastating fire near Dariawal village on Monday afternoon. Farmers of Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision in Kapurthala district show what remains of their standing wheat crops in a devastating fire near Dariawal village on Monday afternoon. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Wheat glut in Ropar, Kharar markets
Ropar, April 21
Punjab farmers are reaping the benefits of bumper crop this year. Wheat procurement in Ropar and Kharar has exceeded the figure achieved last season.
Wheat crop lies in abundance in Morinda grain market.
Wheat crop lies in abundance in Morinda grain market. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu



Rs 2,000 crore released for farmers
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab government has released over Rs 2,000 crore to farmers of the state for wheat procured up to last week. Chief Minister said his government had fulfilled its commitment of ensuring payment within 48 hours and of lifting of their wheat immediately on arrival in mandis.

Sukhbir seeks Sonia’s statement on terrorism charges
Chandigarh, April 21
Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to break her silence on charges that dreaded terrorists in Punjab were sheltered and aided by senior Congress leaders like Capt Amarinder Singh and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

‘Bhattal sought my help for getting her nephew rescued’
Sohan Singh, brother of slain Babbar Khalsa leader Madha Singh Vein Puin (Tarn Taran), April 21
PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, is in a spot when Sohan Singh, elder brother of Madha Singh, slain militant of the Babbar Khalsa International, made startling revelations here today that she (Bhattal) took his services to rescue her nephew Harpartap Singh from the captivity of militants.

Sohan Singh, brother of slain Babbar Khalsa leader Madha Singh



Capt: I don’t need any certificate from Bhattal
Amritsar, April 21
Upset over the allegations of providing shelter to Babbar Khalsa chief at his Moti Bagh Palace made by PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today claimed that he relentlessly fought militants when the SAD had boycotted.

I was misquoted by media: Kaypee
Accuses Amarinder of committing grave indiscipline by speaking against state party leadership
Chandigarh, April 21
The ongoing battle in the Punjab Pardesh Congress today saw its working president Mohinder Singh Kaypee claiming he had been misquoted by the media while reacting on the visit of former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to his house yesterday even as he accused Amarinder of committing “grave indiscipline” by speaking against the state party leadership.

Capt-Kaypee meeting keenly watched by SAD (B), Bhattal group
Patiala, April 21
If Capt Amarinder Singh’s “suddenly erupted love” for the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) acting chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee has baffled common Congress workers, particularly, “fence-sitters”, the largely unexpected development is also being monitored closely by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leadership as well as Amarinder’s rival Bhattal group.

PPCC interviews in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, April 21
The heightened tensions in the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today resulted in the party interviewing candidates for the Amritsar (South) Assembly constituency for which a bypoll is to be held on May 22 at the office here.


Chandigarh-Ludhiana Railway Line
Farmers begin struggle against land acquisition
Ludhiana, April 21
Activists of the Bharti Kissan Union (BKU), Punjab, began their struggle today to get the market price compensation for over a 1,000 farmers whose land would be acquired for laying the Chandigarh-Ludhiana Railway line.

15 acres of shamlat land grabbed
A labourer and a tractor-trailer at the disputed field at Manwal village near Pathankot on Monday.Pathankot, April 21
A group of politically influential persons allegedly in connivance with certain police personnel have grabbed over 15 acres of shamlat land at Manwal village near here. The group reportedly sold a chunk of their land, a hillock adjoining the shamlat land, to a brick-kiln owner for lifting the soil. While doing so the group members also got soil lifted from the shamlat land and later merged it with their fields.
A labourer and a tractor-trailer at the disputed field at Manwal village near Pathankot on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Another case of land grab
Amritsar, April 21
An owner of a large chunk of land was first hooked on to drugs and then kidnapped allegedly to grab his agricultural land.

Businessman thrashed for pestering girl
Pathankot, April 21
A renowned local businessman had to face the music for pestering a girl for the past few days. A high drama was witnessed near the Patel Chowk here today when relatives of the girl caught him and gave him a sound beating.

People urged to use RTI Act in public interest
Sangrur, April 21
The New Democratic Party (NDP), recently formed here with the motto of providing clean politics and making people aware on various public issues, organised its first seminar on the Right to Information Act (RTI) here last evening.

Lanka on Ramayana Trail
Tourism project to showcase 50-odd sites
Amritsar, April 21
The Sri Lankan government has embarked upon a special tourism project to showcase the 50-odd sites connected to the Ramayana, including Ashok Vatika, under the Sri Lanka’s Ramayana Trail.

4 injured in blast at factory
Ludhiana, April 21
Four labourers were injured, two of them seriously, when a boiler exploded at Abhi dyeing factory in Mahavir Colony on the Tajpur road at around 9.30 p.m.

Brick-kiln workers hold dharna
Sangrur, April 21
A large number of brick-kiln workers of the district, under the leadership of state general secretary of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union (LJPBMU) Tarsem Jodhan, staged a dharna and held a rally in front of the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) here today in support of their demands. They also took out a protest march through the town.


Hearing against SAD youth leader adjourned
Ropar, April 21
The hearing in the case against SAD youth president Kiranvir Kang has been adjourned till April 28.


General health care course to start in 307 institutes
Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab government has decided to start vocational course in the stream of general health care in 307 medical institutes.


German retailer to invest Rs 900 cr in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 21
Germany-based global wholesale retailer Metro Cash & Carry will soon be launching its operations in Punjab. The Indian arm of the company proposes to invest Rs 900 crore for setting up its operations across four districts in the state.


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