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Bumper crop, courtesy prolonged winter
Wheat procurement crosses 84 lakh tonnes
Chandigarh, May 1
It is a fashion to talk of global warming and blame one or other country for environmental disasters and so on. But recent prolonged winter saw the country out of the woods on food security front. The cold wave till late March this year is the main factor for a bumper wheat crop in Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country.

SGPC chief too flays Vedanti
Amritsar, May 1
After Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, flaying Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, for advocating creation of “Khalistan”, SGPC president Avtar Singh, who is in New York, said Vedanti should “think before he speaks”.

Attack on school staff; 6 hurt
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 1
Tension gripped the area today when an armed group of about 20 persons attacked Rajjoana Public School near here and damaged property, besides injuring six persons.

State youth hostels non-functional
Patiala/Sangrur/Ropar, May 1
Give Punjab a good thing and see how it makes a hash of it. Three of the four youth hostels that the Union government got constructed in the state in the 1990s are virtually non-functional.

Virtual tuition catches on in region
Chandigarh, May 1
D.C. Panday interacts with his students during a virtual teaching session. This may be the beginning of the end of private coaching classes in tuition hubs of Chandigarh, Bathinda and Jalandhar, as more and more academies and private coaching institutes in the region take recourse to virtual tuitions.
D.C. Panday interacts with his students during a virtual teaching session. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik





Difficult to follow Amarinder: Lal Singh
Chandigarh, May 1
A former minister and senior Congress leader Lal Singh said today he was senior to Amarinder in politics and could not follow blindly someone who always was “changing roads”.

Seat Sharing
BJP alleges bias
Chandigarh, May 1
The BJP, which did not like the interest shown by its alliance partner, the SAD, in the elections to the municipal bodies, is now in the same position vis a vis the panchayat elections and is being given a short shrift on the issue of seat sharing.

Sangrur unit adamant
Sangrur, May 1
The district unit of the BJP said today that it would contest four Zila Parishad and 15 Block Panchayat Samiti seats at any cost as per its earlier programme.


Harassment of Medical Students
Probe complete, tabs on Punia
Patiala, May 1
The much-talked about Government Medical College girls’ “harassment” case has drawn closer to decision stage with the completion of the preliminary inquiry into the conduct of Anaesthesia Department head T.S. Punia by the Punjab department of Medical Education and Research. The college authorities have been directed to keep a tab on the movement of Dr Punia during his duty hours.

River Pollution
Board begins quality analysis
Patiala, May 1
Waking up to river and water bodies’ pollution in the state, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has started the process of water quality analysis and the determination of pollution level of Sutlej, Beas, Harike wetland, Budha Nullah, Sirhind canal and the Rajasthan feeder.

Bypoll blessing in disguise for farmers
Amritsar, May 1
The byelection to the Amritsar South constituency has come as blessing in disguise for farmers of this region as the district administration officials are visiting grain markets to oversee wheat procurement and hear grievances of farmers.

BJP workers welcome Navjot Singh Sidhu at the Amritsar railway station on his return to the city after about three months, on Thursday. I am reborn, says Sidhu
Amritsar, May 1
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today returned to a rousing welcome after two months of recuperation at his ancestral house in Patiala. Senior BJP leaders, including health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, information and pubic relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia, mayor Shawet Malik, MLA Anil Joshi, besides other leaders and workers gathered to receive him at Amritsar Railway station.

BJP workers welcome Navjot Singh Sidhu at the Amritsar railway station on his return to the city after about three months, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vishal Kumar

No threat to Punjabi language: Expert
Patiala, May 1
The views and thoughts expressed during the academic session of the All-India Punjabi Conference, being hosted by Punjabi University here, witnessed a near reversal of what had happened in the inaugural session of the conference in the morning.

J.J. Singh salutes Punjabi spirit
Patiala, May 1
Paying rich tributes to Punjabis, Gen J.J. Singh, former chief of the Army, said Punjabis are a highly spirited, dynamic and vibrant community. “Nobody can stop them from excelling in whatever field they are given or they choose,” he said.

Mohali Airport
Land acquired, state tells Centre
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab government on Tuesday informed the Union government about having acquired the land required for converting the airport here into a modern international airport.

Rs 2.50 crore to restore Todar Mal Haveli
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
The SGPC will spend Rs 2.5 crore to restore Jahaz Haveli of Diwan Todar Mal. Pictures of the haveli, clicked by a British national in 1886, will be brought from London.



High Court
Move to paralyse supply of oil not acceptable: HC
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear, any move to paralyse the supply of oil and diesel would not be acceptable.


Issuing of red cards to ’84 riot victims
Mohali DC ordered to probe authenticity
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Mohali deputy commissioner to hold an inquiry into the issuance of red cards to the 1984-riot victims. Issuing the directions in an open court, a Division bench of the high court comprising Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice Sabina also asked him to submit a detailed report in the matter within 10 days.


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