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Cops avert clash, Phagwara on the edgeTraders protest in support of a bookseller whose shop was forcibly closed by Dalits in Phagwara on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Cops avert clash, Phagwara on the edge

CM placates Dalits, okays renaming roundabout as Samvidhan Chowk; General Samaj protest today25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

PHAGWARA:The town is yet to recover from communal tension, which came to the fore following the April 2 Bharat bandh.

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Ashok Kaura

Phagwara, April 24 

The town is yet to recover from communal tension, which came to the fore following the April 2 Bharat bandh.

The local police on Tuesday managed to avert a clash after shopkeepers of Bazar Bansan Wala shut their establishments in support of a bookseller whose shop was forcibly closed by a few Dalits. Activists of the General Samaj Manch (GSM) rushed to the spot and asked all shopkeepers to protest the Dalits’ action. 

The situation turned tense when few Dalits too reached there and challenged the activists in the presence of SP Parminder Singh Bhandal.

Later amid slogans against the civil and police administration, hundreds of manch activists sat on a dharna on the Phagwara-Banga road. They demanded arrest of Lok Insaf Party leader Jarnail Nangal and Harbhghan Suman and transfer of the Phagwara SP, ADC and the SDM.

Meanwhile, an indefinite strike by Bahujan Sangharsh Organisation leader Rajinder Ghera ended on Tuesday after SSP Sandeep Sharma announced that the names of seven persons booked in connection with a clash between two groups on April 13 were excluded from the FIR. 

In another development, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday gave in-principle approval for renaming the city's Gol Chowk as Samvidhan Chowk.

The CM on Tuesday met a delegation of Dalit Samaj, including the families of the victims of the violence.

"There is nothing wrong in naming the roundabout as Samvidhan Chowk, as our Constitution does not belong to any particular caste or creed. We all are proud of it," Capt Amarinder said, while directing the local administration to follow the procedure to rename the chowk.

The CM also directed DGP Suresh Arora to assess if stringent provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act could be invoked against perpetrators of April 13 violence. 

He appreciated “restraint” shown by the Dalit community. On their demand for the cancellation of FIRs against Dalit youths, Capt Amarinder directed the IGP, Jalandhar Range, to examine all such cases and submit a report to the DGP.

The CM was told that more than 3,500 policemen have been deployed in and around Phagwara to prevent any untoward incident.

Opposing the chowk renaming, the manch has announced "social boycott" of local Congress leader Joginder Maan. Its activists raised slogans against Congress MP Santokh Singh and MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal. Several local Congress leaders announced to quit the party.

The activists gave a bandh call for Wednesday. They demanded that the chowk be named as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk.

Fire breaks out at sweets shop in Patiala

Fire breaks out at sweets shop in Patiala

25 Apr 2018 | 1:54 PM

PATIALA: A fire broke out at a prominent sweets shop at Tripuri here on Wednesday morning. Kohli Sweets was engulfed in a thick smog and fire.

Won’t allow indiscipline in police force, CM warns again

Won’t allow indiscipline in police force, CM warns again

25 Apr 2018 | 12:01 PM

CHANDIGARH:The office of the Chief Minister will not tolerate indiscipline in the police force, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh made it clear while interacting with the media here on Tuesday.

I lied to my Pak hosts: Amarjit

I lied to my Pak hosts: Amarjit

25 Apr 2018 | 10:19 AM

ATTARI:Amarjit Singh (24), a member of a Sikh jatha in Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations who had gone missing, was traced to Pakistan’s Sheikhupura and sent back home on Tuesday.

Cop suspended for ‘sharing’ indecent video

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

FARIDKOT: Inspector Gurmeet Singh has been suspended for sharing an indecent video featuring a minor girl and three boys on the social media.

Punjab among top 4 states failing air quality standards

Punjab among top 4 states failing air quality standards

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

PATIALA: Stuggling to contain stubble-burning, Punjab features among the top four states with maximum cities that have failed to meet the national air quality standards in India.

State’s wheat yield at all-time high

25 Apr 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: The state has recorded an all-time high average per acre wheat yield of 21.5 quintals, which is way ahead of the highest average per acre yield of 20 quintals in 2011-12.

Farmers upset as FCI ‘slows’ purchase

25 Apr 2018 | 2:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:The delay in wheat procurement by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) is posing problems for the farmers as also the state government.

Scam comes to light at FCI’s Moga depot

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

MOGA: A multi-crore scam pertaining to the purchase of gunny bags and transportation of wheat from grain markets to silo (steel storehouse) by the local authorities of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) during the past five years has come to light in Moga district.

Furore as Central varsity student dies on campus

Furore as Central varsity student dies on campus

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

BATHINDA: Students of the Central University of Punjab (CUP) blocked the Bathinda-Mansa highway for five hours on Tuesday after a student died of cardiac arrest on Monday night.

3 years on, parents wait for Ropar youth missing in Iraq

3 years on, parents wait for Ropar youth missing in Iraq

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

ROPAR: Old parents’ wait for their son, who left for Iraq four years ago in 2013, seems to be unending as they had not received any communication from him for more than three years.

Amarinder for revival of Indo-Pak rural games

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has called for strengthening of trade and people-to-people ties with Pakistan and revival of Indo-Pak Punjab Games to defuse tension and promote better relations between the two neighbours.

Kabaddi: SAD trains guns on Sodhi

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: The SAD on Tuesday flayed Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi for “killing the mother-sport of Punjab” by announcing to end support to kabaddi.

Jalandhar villagers confront NHAI over ‘right of way’

Jalandhar villagers confront NHAI over ‘right of way’

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

JALANDHAR: A majority of the villages situated on the National Highway-3 on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road have locked horns with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) over the “right of way” being denied by the latter due to the widening of a 58-km stretch between Rama Mandi and Chouhal.

Drive against ‘Parho Punjab’

Teachers’ signatures on protest paper under lens

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

SANGRUR: The Sangrur District Education Officer (DEO), Elementary, on Tuesday formed special teams to verify 1,100 signatures of teachers, who have announced to boycott the “Parho Punjab” project.

Rs 2 cr spent on 15 village haats, none operational

Rs 2 cr spent on 15 village haats, none operational

25 Apr 2018 | 2:16 AM

KAPURTHALA: Fifteen village haats constructed in five districts during 2011 to 2015 by spending Rs 1.99 crore have been awaiting artisans as none of them is functional.

Congress leaders denied ticket to head boards

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: After placating the annoyed legislators, the state Congress leadership has set its eyes on adjusting the leaders who were denied party ticket during the 2017 Assembly elections.

No replication of teacher transfer policy for now

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: The replication of the Education Department’s new transfer policy has been put on hold in other departments following opposition from three Cabinet ministers.

3 cops clash at naka, injured

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

Three policemen were injured in a quarrel over monetary dispute between each other on Monday.

High Court raps SSP for signing affidavit mindlessly

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: Rapping Faridkot SSP Dr Nanak Singh, an IPS officer, for signing an affidavit without applying his mind in a bail matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the matter be brought to the notice of the DGP.

Cong let down Backward Classes: SAD

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH: The SAD on Tuesday condemned the Congress government for not inducting any MLA from the Backward Classes in its recent Cabinet expansion, terming it “betrayal with the underprivileged”.

CM’s appeal to give up subsidy falls on deaf ears

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

MUKTSAR: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s appeal in June last year to affluent farmers to give up power subsidy on tubewell connections has failed to yield desired results.

Sarkaria, Jakhar visit fire-ravaged villages

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

FATEHGARH SAHIB: A team led by Minister for Revenue Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, MLAs Navtej Singh Cheema and Kuljit Singh Nagra on Tuesday visited fire-affected villages where thousands of acres of standing wheat crops was destroyed in the last few days.

‘Bir’ theft bid: Activists gherao police station

‘Bir’ theft bid: Activists gherao police station

25 Apr 2018 | 2:37 AM

MUKTSAR: Activists of several Sikh organisations led by parallel jathedars Baljit Singh Daduwal and Amrik Singh Ajnala on Tuesday gheraoed Kotbhai police station in Gidderbaha, demanding strict action against those arrested for an attempt to steal Guru Granth Sahib from a gurdwara at Bhundar village.

To save water, sowing of paddy delayed

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

CHANDIGARH/PATIALA: The falling water table in the state has forced the state government to delay the sowing of paddy nursery and transplanting it by five days.

4 expelled councillors get chance to reply

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

MUKTSAR: Almost a fortnight after dismissing four councillors of the local municipal council, including its vice-president Yadwinder Singh “Yadu” of the Congress, for not attending the House meetings, the Local Bodies Department has again given a chance to them to give a reply.

Man, kin booked for murder of wife, daughter

Man, kin booked for murder of wife, daughter

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

SANGRUR: The police have registered a case against a man and his three relatives for the alleged murder of his four-month-old daughter and wife, whose bodies were recovered from a canal near Dhuri city on Monday night.

Drive to cover bridges with graffiti begins in Sangrur

25 Apr 2018 | 2:37 AM

Sangrur: Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Tuesday launched a “graffiti project” to make the town more beautiful.

Youth booked for attempting to molest 15-year-old girl

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

Abohar: The police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 354, 452 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against a youth, Nirmal Kumar, alias Jammu, of Seetogunno village.

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ATM fraud: Army man loses Rs 1.28 lakh

25 Apr 2018 | 1:52 AM

Ropar: Fraudsters withdrew over Rs 1 lakh from the bank account of an Army man through ATM. The victim, identified as Mandip Singh of Bajrud village is posted as a sepoy in Ladakh.

MLA Simarjeet Bains booked for forced entry at Passport Sewa Kendra

MLA Simarjeet Bains booked for forced entry at Passport Sewa Kendra

24 Apr 2018 | 10:30 PM

CHANDIGARH: Ludhiana police officials have ordered registration of an FIR against Lok Insaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains for alleged forced entry, videography and brandishing weapons on Tuesday at the Passport Sewa Kendra at Akashdeep complex Ludhiana.

Top UK diplomat apologises for calling Golden Temple a mosque

Top UK diplomat apologises for calling Golden Temple a mosque

25 Apr 2018 | 2:08 AM

LONDON: A top UK diplomat has called one of India’s holiest places, the Golden Temple, a mosque following which he apologised for the gaffe amid protests by the Sikh community.

No farmer will suffer due to late lifting of wheat: Punjab food minister

No farmer will suffer due to late lifting of wheat: Punjab food minister

24 Apr 2018 | 7:30 PM

CHANDIGARH: Facing criticism over “slow” lifting of wheat from mandis, Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Tuesday said the department will ensure timely procurement of each and every grain of the crop.

My job is to ensure discipline, says Capt

My job is to ensure discipline, says Capt

25 Apr 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: A day after counsel for the state police chief accused him of contempt by calling meeting of high ranking officials, CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday remarked that it was his job to ensure discipline. (Watch video inside)

Wanted to see Facebook friend, says Amritsar man who went missing in Pakistan

Wanted to see Facebook friend, says Amritsar man who went missing in Pakistan

25 Apr 2018 | 2:08 AM

ATTARI: The 24-year-old Amritsar man, who had gone missing in Pakistan during Baisakhi celebrations, has disclosed his ‘real purpose’ behind the tour.

Pass percentage in border dists slips

24 Apr 2018 | 10:47 AM

CHANDIGARH:More than 69 per cent candidates studying in government schools passed the PSEB exams against 66 per cent in private schools.

65.9% clear PSEB Class XII exam, Ludhiana girl topper

65.9% clear PSEB Class XII exam, Ludhiana girl topper

24 Apr 2018 | 9:35 AM

MOHALI:Pooja Joshi (Humanities), a student of Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, topped the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII exams, result of which was declared on Monday.

Non-bailable warrants issued against SHO

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

MUKTSAR: The court of Judicial Magistrate in Gidderbaha has issued non-bailable warranst against Sub-Inspector Krishan Kumar, SHO, Kotbhai police station, ordering him to appear in the court on May 2.

Sarpanch dismissed for embezzlement

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

FEROZEPUR: The Director, Rural Development and Panchayat (DRDP), following an inquiry conducted by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D), Ferozepur, has dismissed Gurjit Singh, sarpanch of the Attari gram panchayat under Ferozepur block, for the alleged embezzlement of Rs 4.

2 held for bid to steal ‘bir’ from gurdwara

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

MUKTSAR: The district police have arrested two persons, including a woman, for allegedly disrespecting Guru Granth Sahib at a gurdwara in Bhundar village here.

‘Tortured’ by foster mother, 8-yr-old girl rescued

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

ABOHAR: The Nar Sewa Narayan Sewa Samiti, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Monday claimed to have rescued a girl who was repeatedly “tortured” by her foster mother in Guru Kripa Colony here.

Over Rs 45-lakh ‘misused’ in Dhuri sub-canal repairs

Over Rs 45-lakh ‘misused’ in Dhuri sub-canal repairs

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

SANGRUR: The utilisation of a grant of Rs 45.

Submit report in drug case by May 9: HCto SIT

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

CHANDIGARH: Less than a month after Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay claimed probe against an SSP in a drug case was leading him to top cops Suresh Arora and Dinkar Gupta, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday asked the special investigation team (SIT) headed by him to submit its final report in a sealed cover by May 9.

Make CSAT qualifying exam: Activists

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjabi writers and Punjabi language activists on Monday demanded that Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) should be treated as the only qualifying in nature in various Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recruitment examinations instead of a competitive paper.

Sidhu: Mining potential huge, can earn Rs 4,000 cr

Sidhu: Mining potential huge, can earn Rs 4,000 cr

24 Apr 2018 | 1:31 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The mining policy is almost ready and it will soon be handed over to the government for approval.

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