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4 SGPC men shifted:
The fact-finding committee, comprising two SGPC secretaries Dalmegh Singh and Joginder Singh, today submitted a preliminary inquiry report into yesterday’s incident of a youth occupying “Guru’s peehra” meant for Guru Granth Sahib in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and at least four employees of the SGPPC were transferred on charges of laxity. Meanwhile, the SGPC has beefed up security in the Golden Temple complex by Task Force. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was in the town and reportedly asked the SGPC president not to play up the issue due to the Lok Sabha elections.

Pak national arrested: The police arrested a Pakistan national when he was roaming in suspicious conditions near border village of Attari. During preliminary investigations, it was found that Mohmad Isa, a resident of Karachi in Pakistan, had been living in Delhi since 2004. However, he never returned to his native country even as his visa and passport got expired during this period. The police said the accused was waiting to cross the border. A case under relevant section of the Indian Passport Act and 14-F Act against him.

Peddler held with smack: The Narcotic and Cross Border Crime Cell of the district police has nabbed a drug peddler, Surinder Kumar, resident of Guru Nanak Colony, Tarn Taran Road, at present living at Gali Uthan Wali, Pragdas Chowk, and recovered 60 gm of smack from him. He was arrested near Jallianwala Bagh and a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against him.

SAD-BJP core committee meet:
Amid the reports of absence of local BJP leadership from the election campaign causing anxiety among its coalition partner SAD, Sikander Singh Malooka, district president of the SAD, held a meting of the SAD-BJP core committee, where all were urged to collectively work for the betterment of the alliance, considering the forthcoming parliamentary polls.

Manmohan to address rallies on May 2:
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday announced that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would address two election meetings in Jallalabad (Ferozepur) and Taran Tarn (Khadoor Sahib) on May 2. Announcing this here, party spokesman Raj Pal Singh said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi would address elections meetings at Jalandhar and Gurdaspur on May 3.

PC’s resignation sought: SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister P Chidambran for getting India bracketed with rogue nation like Pakistan alleging cricket teams were refusing to visit the country fearing threat to their lives. In a statement issued here, Sukhbir said first the IPL organisers were forced to look for a safer alternative due to threat perceived by international cricket players and now Australia had refused to send its tennis team to India.

Complaint against PPSC:The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) was today accused of violating the model code of conduct for fixing the interview for the post of Sub Divisional Engineer (Civil and Mechanical) during the election process. The complaint, by Sukhwant Singh of Hoshiarpur to the Election Commission, claimed that there was likelihood of favouritism in selection of candidates. The complainant claimed when PTU had postponed its examinations, the PPSC should also have postponed the selection procedure. He urged the EC to get the interviews scheduled for May 13 postponed.

Grooming class for coaches:
The two-day state level coaches training camp for special Olympic games concluded at Jagjit Singh Sachdeva Asha Kiran Special School for Mentally Challenged Children at Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, on Sunday. Coaches from special schools from all over Punjab participated in the event. The function was presided over by State Special Olympics Chaiperson Suvria Aggarwal, Punjab Special Olympics Sports Director Principal Savita. National trainer Kuldeep Kaushal from Patiala and Anju Saini from Hoshiarpur provided training to coaches of special schools.

27 hurt in bus mishap:
As many as 27 passengers were injured, two of them seriously, in a bus-truck collision at Doraha on Monday morning. A private bus, owned by Preetam Bus Service, was on its way from Patiala to Ludhiana when it rammed into a truck from the back. According to the passengers, the bus driver was driving rashly and it collided with the truck during overtaking. He has been booked. The injured were taken to various hospitals of Doraha and Khanna.

Man kills 2, commits suicide:
Ranjit Kumar (32) allegedly killed his wife Asha Rani (23) and mother Sheela Rani (55) and injured his brother Puneet Kumar (25) with a sharp-edged weapon at the Hiramal locality here on Monday. Later, he also committed suicide. According to Puneet, Ranjit was under treatment for depression. He attacked his wife and mother and when he heard cries, he intervened to protect them but was also attacked and injured by Ranjit. The police has registered a case.

‘Hold poll to medicine body’:
State president of the National Integrated Medical Association Kamal Bharti on Monday urged the government to hold elections to the Punjab unit of the Central Council of Indian Medicine, which is the governing body of all ayurvedic colleges and graduates of the Indian System of Medicine. Bharti said the elections to it had been held in 1994, while according to rules these should be held after every five years.

Mann seeks Rs 50,000 cr grant for Punjab:Instead of buying about $ 10 billion (about Rs 50,000 crore) International Monetary Fund (IMF) bonds, the Union government should grant Rs 50,000 crore to Punjab to develop power projects, increase the minimum support price (MSP) of crops, spend more on rural education and overcome the malnutrition crisis in rural area children, besides setting up of a PGI in Sangrur and a centre for the treatment of cancer in the Malwa belt. Demanding this here today, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann further said when Punjab required thousands of crores of rupees for development works, at this stage the country could not be allowed to buy $ 10 b IMF bonds.



Poll awareness:
While Tata Tea and certain other business and media organisations have been carrying on a campaign to make people aware of the value of votes, there is one NGO-- Navyug Nirman---which is also doing its bit in creating awareness on this issue here and other parts of the Sirsa parliamentary constituency. The NGO owned by Kunal Bhadoo, son-in-law of the Chief Minister, has been making people aware of their voting right by distributing pamphlets and organising meetings, particularly of those who will be exercising their right for the first time. The pamphlets calls upon people to exercise their right to vote.

The All-India Brahman Welfare Trust celebrated Parshuram Jayanti here on Monday. The festival was organised at Hanuman Temple at Sanjay Gram Colony.

Minor raped:
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her uncle who called her on the pretext of fetching water in Rawar village, near Madhuban, on Monday. The police has registered a case under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC against the accused, Rajinder Singh of Rawar village, who is absconding.

Parshuram Jayanti:
Efforts should be made to create awakening among the Brahmin Community so that it can face the peculiar challenges prevailing in society. This was stated by Brig. Dr Ashok Pathak at a function organised on the occasion of Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti at Brahman Dharamshala on Monday. He said it was a matter of concern that the community felt insecure in the present scenario.

Driver killed in mishap:
Ramjaan (60) was killed when the three-wheeler he was driving was hit by a car coming from the opposite direction near Khijrabad here on Monday. Ramjaan died on the spot. The car driver fled the spot. The police has registered a case against the car driver, who could not be identified, under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC.



50 hurt as buses collide:
Around 50 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, when HRTC bus (HP-65-7511) and Thakur coach private bus (HP2B-1344) collided sideways after the private bus driver tried to overtake the HRTC bus, near Jahlwanmore on the Mandi-Jogindernagar highway, today. The police has booked the driver of the private bus.Only three passengers sustained major injuries and were reported to be out of danger. The eyewitness said the private bus driver in his bid to cover time drove fast and tired to overtake the HRTC bus. As a result the buses collided giving testing time for the passengers, they rued. The HRTC bus was on its way from Drubal to Chandigarh. 

Two POs arrested:
The police has arrested proclaimed offender (PO) Singh Bahadur of Jeuri Kotla (Shimla) after 12 years. He was first arrested in 1997 when huge quantity of illicit liquor had been seized from his possession. The police had presented a challan against him in the court at that time, but he did not turn up for hearings. Later, the court declared him a PO. The police also arrested Toni of Chhanni who was declared a PO by the court on April 18. He was first arrested in 2005 with 80 litres of illicit liquor at Kandor village. After bailing out he did not appear in court for hearings.

INTUC elections: The election for the workers’ union of the State Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has been scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Parwanoo. This was sated by state INTUC general secretary Rajnesh Sharma in a statement here. He said there were around 127 different workers’ unions with 1.2 lakh members in the state having affiliation with the INTUC and 175 delegates would take part in the election process. He said national organising secretary of the INTUC Chander Parkash Singh would be the election observer.

Eight arrested: In a raid conducted on Sunday at Chhanni in this subdivision the Kangra police succeeded in smashing a bootlegging network. In the raid, which lasted for four hours, the police recovered 1.87 lakh millilitres of illicit liquor contained in cans. About 300 quintals of ‘lahan’ kept in drums was also destroyed. Eight persons, including three women, were arrested on the charges of bootlegging and selling of illicit liquor. Those who booked under the Excise Act included Nirmala, Bittu, Jeet Kumar, Hans Raj, Bittu, Tarsem, Chhindo Devi and Bittu.

Painting competition:
Earth Day was celebrated enthusiastically at CSK HP Agricultural University here on Monday. A documentary “Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore was also screened and experts delivered lectures on environment. Around 200 students from 25 schools of the region participated in a painting competition. While giving prizes to the winners, Vice-Chancellor Dr Tej Partap exhorted all to preserve natural resources and keep the surroundings and earth clean as they keep their homes clean. In the painting competition, in group-I (class I to V) Sharang (Adarshila School), Akanksha (ABM) and Twinkle (DPS) bagged first, second and third prizes, respectively. In group-II (from class VI to IX) Kanav (St Paul’s), Vaishali (Mt Carmel) and Sahil (Crescent) bagged first, second and third prizes, respectively. In class X to XII group Kajal (Chand Public), Rahul (Crescent) and Sahgun (Crescent) bagged first, second and third prizes, respectively.

L&T told to refund money:
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Mumbai-based company L&T Case Equipment Private Limited and its Chandigarh dealer to refund Rs 15,67,740, the sale consideration of the L&T Case Loader Backoe machine to the complainant Sada Nand Chauhan. Chauhan had alleged that the machine purchased by him for levelling land had not been functioning properly ever since its purchase. The opposite party denied it, but the forum observed that the machine sold to the complainant had a manufacturing defect.

School board to provide Braille books:The Hiamchal Pradesh Board of School Education will provide Braille books for all classes for the convenience of the visually impaired students. This was stated by chairperson of the board Dr CL Gupta while speaking at a seminar organised by the Panchnad Shodh Sansthan on “Rights of physically disabled and the role of society”, here today. He said providing quality education to such persons was essential to bring them into the mainstream. He said the board was taking all steps for the benefit of the physically challenged and it had already decided to allow them an hour’s extra time for writing examination.


Five in fray for Ladakh:
Five candidates are left in the fray for the lone Ladakh parliamentary constituency after the withdrawal of candidature by nine candidates here today. Five candidates are Phunstog Namgyal of INC, Ghulam Murtaza of PDP, and three Independent candidates, including Asgar Ali Karbalaie, Thinless Angmo and Hassan Khan. Thinless Angmo is the only woman candidate in the fray. She is supported by Ladakh Union Territory Front (LUTF), a regional formation based in Ladakh.

Air Marshal visits air force station:
Air Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik visited the air force station here along with the Vice-Chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Chief of Integrated Services Committee  for a Tri-Services Vice Chief Committee (VCC) conclave. The two-day conclave began at the air force station here today, a Defence spokesman said. Air Marshal PV Naik is a highly decorated officer and is the designate Chief of Air Staff. He would take over as the Chief of Air Staff on May 31.

Geelani calls for  50-hour strike:Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a 50-hour strike from tomorrow evening till the polling is over in Anantnag on April 30. A Hurriyat leader said the strike would begin at 6 pm tomorrow to make their poll boycott effective. The decision was taken at a meeting of leaders of the Hurriyat faction headed by Geelani. Hurriyat leaders said it would help them consolidate their support for boycott. The call has come as a surprise as the separatists usually reserve the strike call for the day elections are held.


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