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Patna Sahib Jathedar to boycott Takht meetings
Amritsar, March 9
The controversy involving Sikh clergy deepened today with Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, announcing that he would not attend any future meeting of Akal Takht.

Key witness says he was forced to retract statement
Patiala, March 9
Central Bureau of Investigation’s key witness in the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case, Special Police Officer Kuldeep Singh, today claimed that the accused police officers in the case, had forced him to retract the statement given by him to the CBI regarding the disappearance of the human rights activist.

Heroin worth 9 cr seized
Amritsar, March 9
Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, shows seized packets of heroin in Amritsar on Wednesday. The police has seized a huge haul of narcotics meant to be distributed in various parts of Punjab and the country. 

Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, shows seized packets of heroin in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Haemophilic patients seek cheap treatment
Chandigarh, March 9
Thirtyfive-year-old Sukhwinder Singh from Khanna (Punjab) is not melancholic but is haemophilic, suffering from rare hereditary blood disease, in which person bleeds profusely even by a small cut in his body.

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The Civil Hospital, Amritsar, which may be be given to a private party as ‘pilot’ project. Civil Hospital may go to pvt party; staff up in arms
Amritsar, March 9
The Para-Medical and Health workers Union, Punjab, is up in arms against the alleged move of the state government to hand over the local Jallianwala Memorial Civil Hospital to a private party.

The Civil Hospital, Amritsar, which may be be given to a private party as ‘pilot’ project. 
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Punjab for trade transit facilities with Pak
New Delhi, March 9
With an aim to start the proposed bus service between Nankana Sahib and Amritsar by the coming Baisakhi, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone of the “widening road project” at the holy Sikh Shrine during his three-day visit to Pakistan beginning on March 14.

Students’ brush with theatre
Students of Government Primary School, Tanda, Ropar, give a theatre presentation of a short story ‘ Jhuthha Aajrdi’ on a stage in the school on Wednesday. Tanda (Ropar), March 9
They never had a brush with theatre. Yet their presentation of the story “A shepard boy and a wolf” on the school stage moved the well known theatre activist, Gursharan Singh, so much that he decided to adopt the school and use art to promote learning.

Students of Government Primary School, Tanda, Ropar, give a theatre presentation of a short story ‘ Jhuthha Aajrdi’ on a stage in the school on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Elephant trick may land magician in trouble
Animal not registered with Animal Welfare Board
Patiala, March 9
Magician O.P. Sharma, who is presenting a magic show on a daily basis at Rakhra theatre here, has come under scanner of the Animal Welfare Board because of an elephant which forms a part of his troupe.


Arya takes charge as BJP chief
Sangrur, March 9
Mr Vasdev Arya today took over as president of the Sangrur district unit of the BJP at a meeting of the party here. He was appointed president by Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, Punjab BJP president, a couple of days ago, following the elevation of Mr Satwant Singh Punia to the post of vice-president of the All-India BJP Kisan Morcha.


No hand in land grab, says Patiala MC chief
Chandigarh, March 9
Reacting to a news-item, “Congress politician’s bid to grab land”, published in these columns on March 6, the Commissioner of Patiala Municipal Corporation, Mr Manvesh Singh Sidhu, has clarified that the then Municipal Committee had approved the move to lease out land to Mr I.S. Chawla.

Dashmesh Academy receives Rs 1 crore grant
Anandpur Sahib, March 9
Shri Dashmesh Academy broke into celebrations today when the Chairman of the trust and former Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, handed over a cheque for Rs 1 crore to the academy authorities as was promised two days ago.

George, a Amritsar-based cartoonist, makes a caricature depicting the political impasse in Bihar
George, a Amritsar-based cartoonist, makes a caricature depicting the political impasse in Bihar. The 20-year-old cartoonist has made caricatures and portraits of famous personalities, including many of the Bollywood stars. —ANI

Sumedh Saini to probe Park Plaza case
Chandigarh, March 9
Taking suo motu cognizance of reports regarding the alleged filming of a newly-wed couple in a five-star Ludhiana hotel, the Punjab State Women Commission today asked the state’s Director-General of Police (DGP) to look into the matter.

Plaza case: day’s remand for accused
Ludhiana, March 9
Duty Magistrate K.K. Singla today remanded the four accused in the Park Plaza video-filming case to police custody for a day on the plea of the prosecution that a video camera, allegedly used to record intimate moments of a couple in the plaza, was yet to be recovered.

Discussion on Budget proposals today
Chandigarh, March 9
The Punjab Council of Ministers will meet at Punjab Bhavan here tomorrow. It will discuss the Budget proposals and also approve the excise policy for the next financial year.

Rs 2.69 crore sanctioned for Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Chairperson of the District Planning Board, while presiding over the meeting of the board here yesterday, sanctioned Rs 2.69 crore for various government sponsored welfare schemes and development projects in the district.

Cops trace missing boys
Batala, March 9
Batala district police chief Dr J.K. Jain told mediapersons yesterday that the police had traced two boys missing since February 27. Police teams under the supervision of Qadian Deputy Superintendent of Police Amarjit Singh Bajwa were sent to Amritsar, Batala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in search of the boys.

Land grab: ex-servicemen’s panel seeks probe
Amritsar, March 9
Col (retd) G.S. Sandhu, Chairman, Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front, today urged Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, to order a high-level inquiry into the land grab case in which some 20-25 armed persons had forcibly occupied land belonging to a retired headmaster of a school in Patti area in Tarn Taran on February last.

Ambika tells DCs to give funds to all segments
Hoshiarpur, March 9
Ms Ambika Soni, member, Rajya Sabha, and General Secretary AICC, has written to the Deputy Commissioners of Hoshiarpur and Ropar to provide funds from her MP Local Area Development Fund Scheme for development works in all segments of the Vidhan Sabha falling in the Hoshiarpur Constituency on the recommendations of sitting Congress MLAs as well as defeated party candidates.

50 women attend seminar
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
The District Legal Services Authority, Fatehtgarh Sahib, has organised a seminar on legal aid for women, in coordination with the Directorate of Field Publicity and the CDPO, at Naugawan village. Fifty women participated.


Farmers urged to use better seeds, methods
Nawanshahr, March 9
Dr Gurcharan Singh Alkat, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, inaugurated the Kisan Mela at the Regional Research Centre for Kandi Area, Bullowal Saunkhri, about 30 km from here, today.

‘Taking over’ of farmer’s land decried
Moga, March 9
Activists of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Lok Sangram Manch, Aurat Mukti Manch and Pendu Majdoor Manch, today staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here.

Rakhra Kisan Mela today
Chandigarh, March 9
The Punjab Young Farmer’s Association will organise a state-level Kisan Mela at its Rakhra (Patiala) campus, tomorrow. The theme of the festival is “Pesticides for increasing productivity and protection of environment”.


Jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh looted
Kapurthala, March 9
A jeweller was robbed of 540 gm of gold here this morning. Mr Harikrishan, proprietor of Anshu Jewellers, came to his shop around 9.30 am. He was carrying gold jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh in his bag. While opening shutters, he kept his bag on the ground.

Neighbour booked in rape case
Bathinda, March 9
A married woman of Virk Khurd village in the district was allegedly raped by a resident of the same village, who was residing near her house, on March 6.


Faridkot medical college Principal resigns
Faridkot, March 9
The Principal of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Ms Geeta Sharma, has put in her papers. She was reportedly peeved with the present state of affairs at the college.

Matric exam postponed
Mohali, March 9
The matriculation examination for Health and Physical Education has been postponed till March 19.

Teachers hold protest march
Chandigarh, March 9
On a call given by the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and other Employees Union, more than 300 teachers and pensioners of aided schools from various districts of the state held a protest march against the Punjab Government here today.

Teachers ‘caught’ helping examinees
Mohali, March 9
A flying squad visiting Punjab School Education Board examination centres in Sangrur today “caught” certain teachers on invigilation duty dictating answers to candidates.

NSS unit organises seminar
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
The NSS unit of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College organised a seminar on the occasion of International Women’s Day yesterday at Mata Sahib Kaur Girls Hostel of the college.

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