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Original file of Sarabjit missing, claims sister
Amritsar, April 29
The original file pertaining to the case of Sarabjit Singh has been missing from the official record of Pakistan, which resulted in awarding death penalty to him due to mistaken identity. This revelation was made by Dalbir Kaur on her return from Pakistan after meeting her brother in Kot Lakhpat Rai jail.
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, talks to the media on her return from Pakistan through the Wagah/Attari checkpost Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, talks to the media on her return from Pakistan through the Wagah/Attari checkpost on Tuesday.
— Photo by Vishal Kumar

Amritsar (South) Bypoll
Bolaria is SAD candidate
Amritsar, April 29
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced that Inderbir Singh Bolaria, a municipal councillor, and son of Raminder Singh Bolaria, the former Akali MLA whose death had necessitated the bypoll, would be the official candidate for the forthcoming Amritsar (South) bypoll, scheduled for May 22.

Inderbir Singh Bolaria
Inderbir Singh Bolaria

EC watching activity in Amritsar
Chandigarh, April 29
The Election Commission (EC) of India is keenly watching all activity in the Amritsar (South) parliamentary segment, which is likely to witness a show of strength between the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress.



ZP, Panchayat Samiti Poll
BJP keen to contest 19 seats in Sangrur district
Sangrur, April 29
The Sangrur district unit of the BJP seems determined to enter the fray in the current zila parishad (ZP) and block panchayat samiti elections. According to sources, the unit wants to demonstrate its strength to the BJP high command and its alliance partner SAD in rural areas of the district.

Cong alleges violation of poll code
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Congress has levelled serious allegations against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for misusing government vehicles and making certain announcements, thereby violating the Model Code of Conduct.

PM’s statement shows Cong mindset: BJP
Mentioning of Ghulam Nabi Azad as ‘Wazir-e-Azam’
Jalandhar, April 29
The BJP has flayed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for mentioning Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad as “Wazir-e-Azam” (Prime Minister) of Jammu and Kashmir while addressing a public gathering at Kistwar on Saturday during his visit to Jammu.

Tehsildar under Vigilance scanner
‘Owns property worth crores’
Gurdaspur, April 29
According to the complaint following which the Vigilance Bureau has started probe against the Pathankot tehsildar, the revenue officer is a multi-millionaire. Tehsildar Yesh Paul Sharma purchased immovable and movable property during his tenure in Pathankot and surrounding areas.

Death of Indian in UAE
Family suspects murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
Terming the death of their son Dharminder Singh (33) as an organised murder, a Dalit family of Nathumajra village in Sangrur district has urged the Union government to have the killing probed by the Indian Embassy in the UAE.

Chand Singh with a photograph of his son Dharminder Singh.
Chand Singh with a photograph of his son Dharminder Singh

Moga Sex Scandal
AIG, SP get bail as CBI fails to present challan
Patiala, April 29
Punjab police assistant inspector-general (AIG-Housing) Davinder Singh Garcha and Ropar SP Paramdip Singh Sandhu, both accused in the Moga sex scandal, have been granted regular bail by special judge, CBI, H.S. Madaan, as the CBI failed to submit challan against them within the stipulated period of 60 days.

AIG, Punjab Police, Security, Davinder Singh Garcha, in the CBI Special Court after getting bail in Patiala on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

AIG, Punjab Police, Security, Davinder Singh Garcha, in the CBI Special Court after getting bail in Patiala


Do not ‘Akalise’ Punjabi conference: Cong
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is unhappy with Punjabi University vice chancellor for not inviting its senior leaders for the Punjabi conference on the university campus tomorrow. About 300 delegates, some from Pakistan, have been invited for the conference.

Vedanti’s view on ‘Khalistan’ puts SAD in fix
Amritsar, April 29
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today found itself in a sticky situation following an open support for creating “independent Sikh homeland” by Joginder Singh Vedanti, jathedar, Akal Takht, during his current visit to New York.

Kanganwal joins SAD
Malerkotla, April 29
Mewa Singh Kanganwal, former district general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), with about a dozen of his supporters today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).


Campaign against foeticide a success, claims MP
Hoshiarpur, April 29
The campaign against female foeticide, which concluded on Sunday, has sent a positive message in the society and is expected to yield positive results. This was claimed by local MP Avinash Rai Khanna in a press statement here yesterday.

Pak NGO publishes Hindu Vikrami calendar
Amritsar, April 29
The Punjab Lok Sujag, a Pakistani non-government organisation (NGO), which has been building a bridge between Indian and Pakistani Punjab has published a colourful calendar, commencing from the desi (traditional Punjabi) month ‘chet’ .

Missing documents of Pak passengers restored
Attari, April 29
The General Railway Police (GRP) yesterday recovered two Pakistani passengers’ passports and other documents which they had lost while travelling from Amritsar to Attari by the Samjhauta Express.

SGPC gets Todar Mal Haveli
Amritsar, April 29
Finally, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) succeeded in transferring the Todar Mal’s Jehaz Haveli, Fatehgarh Sahib, in the name of its gurdwara.

Nod to projects at Anandpur Sahib
New Delhi, April 29
Union tourism minister Ambika Soni today informed the Rajya Sabha that the Centre had approved development projects at Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo as part of plans to mark the tercentenary of “gur-ta-gaddi” diwas of Guru Granth Sahib.

Woman’s plea against journalist
Chandigarh, April 29
A Ferozepore resident putting up in Ludhiana on Tuesday alleged that she was ‘exploited’ by a journalist and others in the name of establishing links for solving a matrimonial dispute.


4 held in Nurpur Bedi murder case
Ropar, April 29
Four accused in Nurpur Bedi murder case were arrested today, while one of the victim’s friends, too, has been booked and arrested for hatching conspiracy in killing him. The police arrested accused Bachittar Singh, Baljeet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh Laki and Lakhvir Singh from the Morinda railway station today.

Death in Dera
Snakebite killed boy, claim attendants
Parents allege murder
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Kaustubh Sharma has deputed the circle officer, Amloh, to ascertain the cause of death of Amandeep Singh (15) whose decomposed body was exhumed from the premises of Dera Bhairon Nath near Paheri Bridge in Amloh subdivision yesterday.

Engineering student's body traced
Bhaddal college Principal, lecturer booked
Ropar, April 29
The body of Gaurav Wahi (19), a student of IET, Bhaddal, who went missing five days ago, was traced at Jalla Saunda village in Fatehgarh Sahib district today. Following this, the Ropar sadar police booked the institute's principal and a lecturer for abetting suicide on the complaint of the father of the deceased Ashok Wahi.


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