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Enhanced MSP ‘may’ hit sale of wheat
Ludhiana, March 25
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have heaved a sigh of relief following the decision of the Central Government to increase the procurement price of wheat and other rabi crops. The decision has been taken against the recommendations of the Commission of Agriculture Costs and Prices.

Nihangs recognise Santa Singh as jathedar
Talwandi Sabo, March 25
The controversy regarding jathedar of the Budha Dal was put to rest with heads of various Nihang sects recognising Baba Santa Singh as the real jathedar after he completed his ‘tankha’ after 17 years of his excommunication, at Likahsar gurdwara here today.

Baba Santa Singh (sitting) with the chiefs of various Nihang sects after he was recognised real jathedar of the Budha Dal.

Sheesh Mahal dome cries for repair
Sheesh Mahal is one of the finest palaces built by the Phulkian dynasty, which ruled Patiala for around 200 years. Built by Maharaja Narinder Singh, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani style with huge European-styled gardens. While most of the building is at present occupied by the National Institute of Sports, part of it is under the Punjab Government which has converted it into a museum.



  Malta boat tragedy facts on website
Hoshiarpur, March 25
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, said in a press note here yesterday that the CBI had decided to place information on Malta boat tragedy on its website. Mr S.K. Upadhyaya Joint Director, CBI, whom a deputation of the mission met at Delhi, said human trafficking was increasing day by day and the prevailing laws were not sufficient to deal with the craze of the youth for going abroad.


BSP eyeing non-Dalits’ votes
Jalandhar, March 25
The Bahujan Samaj Party, which has decided to go it alone in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly poll, has left most other political outfits far behind as far as election preparations are concerned.

No poll pact, says Lok Jan Shakti
Bathinda, March 25
The Lok Jana Shakti will have no alliance with any party in the coming Assembly elections of the state and will contest all 117 seats on their own. Stating, this, Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, state President of the party, talking to mediapersons said here today, that the party would not enter into any alliance before or after the elections.


Widow may have to pay for MC’s fault
Abohar, March 25
Poonam, widow of Vinod Kumar, an employee of the local municipal council, may have to pay a heavy price for the negligence of the authorities in not depositing the amount of the life insurance premium which had been deducted from the salary of the deceased.

Rs 2 crore spent on Talwandi Sabo: MP
Bathinda, March 25
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, senior Akali leader and Member of Parliament, today said Rs 3.50 crore was being spent on the construction of a new water house and so far the Punjab Government had spent Rs 2 crore for the development of Talwandi Sabo, a historical and a religious place.

Milk vendors plan tit for tat
Jalandhar, March 25
Irked over the move of the Punjab Government to hold camps to check the quality of milk supplied by vendors, the Punjab Dodhi Union, has decided to counter the government move by organising similar camps for testing milk processed and packed by government milk plants.

Jathas may face insults: Bibi
Phagwara, March 25
Joining issue with her successor on several counts here today, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC President, asserted that without the required amendment in the SGPC Act 1925, it was an insult to the SGPC as well, as the Sikhs to accept a Pakistani Muslim as head of the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and send Sikh jathas to Pakistan.

Give up slave mentality, Dalits told
Bathinda, March 25
Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, President, Dalit Sena, Punjab, said the Dalits would have to struggle to be psychologically independent in today’s world.

Saplings given at eye camp 
Jalandhar, March 25
A unique eye checkup-cum environment awareness camp was organised at the local Akal Eye Hospital today where apart from free diagnosis, saplings of various species of shady trees were distributed by the hospital management among at least 1000 patients.

Traders ‘harassed’ by ST officials
Bathinda, March 25
The Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal (PYBM) has alleged that traders are being harassed by the Sales Tax officials after the Punjab Government took the decision to realise more sales tax from traders.

TSU decides to intensify stir
Bathinda, March 25
Activists of the Technical Services Union (TSU) has decided to intensify their struggle in protest against the Power Minister, Punjab and the Superintending Engineer (SE), Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).


IG announces remission for convicts
Sangrur, March 25
The IG, Prisons, Mr K.L. Sharma today announced a remission of five days, per month, of the sentence undergone on the basis of good conduct for each convict of the local district jail. There are about 125 convicts in the jail.


57 kg opium seized
Abohar, March 25
The sadar police on Saturday arrested Avtar Singh, Jasbir Singh and Lakhwinder Singh of Amritsar and seized 57 kg of opium from their possession. Mr Harchand Singh Sidhu, SSP, had reminded the subdivisional police that on the eve of harvesting of wheat crop, there had been a spurt in smuggling of poppy husk and opium in the past. Poppy husk was freely available in Rajasthan province bordering this subdivision and opium had been smuggled from Madhya Pradesh en route Rajasthan.

2 constables held
Barnala, March 25
Two constables Surjit Singh and Parminder Singh have been arrested and a case has been registered against them under Sections 399 and 411 of the IPC. According to police sources, following efforts of the CIA staff the arrest of the constables became possible.

Liquor vend looted
Jalandhar, March 25
Three persons looted 28 bottles of wine and Rs 2,700 cash from a liquor vend at Lakhanpal village late last night. According to the police, the trio came to the vend and ordered for some bottles of liquor which were given to them by the vendor Gobind Singh.

Ludhiana woman dupes 22 persons
Amritsar, March 25
A fraud involving a Ludhiana-based woman, who duped 22 persons of Rs 60 lakh, came to light when they presented themselves before the media yesterday. The lady had promised them migration to Canada in lieu of Rs 2 lakh each.


Inquiry ordered against “erring” invigilator
Dharamkot (Moga), March 25
An overly duty-conscious invigilator who disallowed a student to go out and relieve himself during the board exams, is all set to face an inquiry. Amandeep Singh, a Class X student, had sought permission to ease himself during the mathematics paper, but was told by the Superintendent to wait till the exam was over.

Students criticise exam postponement
Amritsar, March 25
In a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, post-graduate students of three major Government Medical Colleges have decried the postponement of examinations till September or later than that.


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