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Rural Poll
BJP challenges SAD supremacy in Sangrur

Sangrur, April 30
With the filing of nomination papers by BJP candidates for a Zila Parishad (ZP) seat and three block Panchayat Samiti seats in Sangrur district today, the supremacy of its alliance partner SAD has been virtually challenged in the rural areas by it for the first time since the launch of “aao gaon chalen” campaign several years ago in the state.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal takes blessings of Punjabi writer Pritam Singh at the first All-India Punjabi Conference at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday. Dalip Kaur Tiwana Raj Babbar
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal takes blessings of Punjabi writer Pritam Singh at the first All-India Punjabi Conference at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday; and (right) writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana and actor Raj Babbar with their plaques. — Tribune photos by Rajesh Sachar

CM for promotion of Punjabiat in big way
Patiala, April 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Punjabi diaspora settled in India and abroad to promote Punjabi language and culture in a big way.

Sex Scandal
SP-rank officer to hold probe
Ludhiana, April 30
After a sex scandal exposed through a petition to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the alleged victim and her woes were aired by India TV this evening, SSP R.K. Jaiswal has asked an SP to find out facts.





Amritsar Bypoll
Ticket: Cong placates angry aspirants
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Pradesh Congress (PPCC) has brought about reconciliation among the candidates who were discontented at the allotment of party ticket for the Amritsar (South) byelection to Navdeep Singh Goldy.

SAD to abide by seat-sharing pact: Sukhbir
Bathinda, April 30
Sukhbir Singh Badal has said the SAD would abide by the recommendations about seat sharing between the party and the BJP in the coming elections for Zila Parishads and other local bodies in the state.

Amarinder overreaching himself: Bhattal
Chandigarh, April 30
The war of supremacy in the PPCC is set to rip the party apart in the state with on the one hand former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh pressing for a change in the leadership and on the other committee chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal claiming that the former is overreaching himself by commenting on leadership change.


EC comes to rescue of Oppn
Chandigarh, April 30
The state Election Commission (EC) today swung into action to facilitate nomination of Opposition candidates for the panchayat elections by instituting a provision, allowing candidates to file an affidavit before the returning officer in case they are unable to get an NOC in time from the competent authorities.

Barapind for Sikh state through democratic means
Amritsar, April 30
Former militant of Khalistan Commando Force (Panjwar) Kulbir Singh Barapind has stressed the launch of a national movement to attain independence for the Sikh community through democratic means.

Mid-day Meal Scheme Scam
Absentee children ‘marked’ present
Students collect fallen wheat ears from a field at Pohir village near Ahmedgarh. Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 30
Failing to persuade students to attend school despite luring them with sweet dishes, cooked rice and dal-roti under the mid-day meal scheme, many teachers marked the presence of absentees. The practice, though unfair, enabled them
feed smaller number of students with otherwise insufficient funds available for the purpose.

Students collect fallen wheat ears from a field at Pohir village near Ahmedgarh. — Photo by writer

New policy aims at minimum transfers
Chandigarh, April 30
Punjab today issued posting and transfer guidelines of government officers and officials during 2008-09.

Kuka Movement
Apology sought from PM, Sonia
Chandigarh, April 30
Senior BJP leader and medical education minister Tikshan Sud has said by not recognising the Kuka movement as freedom movement of India, the government has shown disregard to thousands of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the freedom of the country.

84 Riots Relief Scam
Officials did not follow rules: Probe
Ludhiana, April 30
The inquiry report by S.K. Ahluwalia, commissioner, Patiala Division, on the 1984 Sikh riots victim compensation scandal discloses how a number of cases based on fake ration cards had been approved.

Jyani is chief of Privileges Committee
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha yesterday appointed Surjit Singh Jyani chairman of the Privileges Committee. Avtar Singh Brar has been appointed chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, Capt Balbir Singh Bath chairman of the Committee on Estimates, Gurdeep Singh Bhullar chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings, Sohan Singh Thandal chairman of the Committee on Welfare of SCs, STs and BCs.

Punjab postal dept ties up with Centurion Bank
Chandigarh, April 30
Expanding the bouquet of financial services being offered by post offices, they will now be retailing foreign exchange services in Chandigarh and Punjab. The service is being launched in collaboration with the Centurion Bank of Punjab (CBoP). 




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