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Political, farmers’ bodies propose agri policy to Centre
Chandigarh, March 12
Punjab-based political and farmers’ organisations have urged the Union Government to redraft its agricultural policy by removing the ceiling on agricultural land and putting in place a system to ensure remunerative prices to farmers and better quality of grains besides introducing insurance and waiving loans.

Stone for indoor stadium at Palahi village laid
Phagwara, March 12
Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Verma today lauded the role of NRIs for their contribution in community development here, but also exhorted them to avoid wasteful expenditures.

Pesticide traces in viscera mislead probes: expert
Chandigarh, March 12
The indiscriminate use of pesticides and insecticides seems to be contaminating humans if post-mortem reports are to be believed. Chemicals used in pesticides and insecticides are now commonly found in bodies during autopsies.

Principal, lecturer missing, elopement alleged
Pathankot March 12
Tension prevails among staff and students of Mata Gujri National College, Jakho Lahri village near here after the disappearance of a woman lecturer of the college under mysterious circumstances.


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Abducted boy rescued, four arrested
Budhlada (Mansa), March 12
A two-and-a-half-year son of an industrialist was abducted in broad daylight by two motorcycle-borne persons when he was playing in a street in front of his house. The police has arrested four abductors and rescued the boy within a few hours of the crime.

Sanjeev Kumar holds his son after he was rescued from abductors in Budhlada. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Sanjeev Kumar holds his son after he was rescued from abductors

Residents allege selective land acquisition
Bathinda, March 12
A controversy has erupted over the acquisition of a piece of land by PUDA for the development of Phase 4 and 5 in the city after some residents alleged that their land, including dwellings, had been a “deliberately acquired”.


Emergency panel set up on foot-and-mouth disease
Chandigarh, March 12
For preventing the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in the state from neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab Government has constituted a high-level State Animal Disease Emergency Committee.

Death of 28 buffaloes: two vets suspended
Kharar, March 12
Two veterinary doctors and a Class IV employee of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, have been suspended in connection with the death of 28 buffaloes due to mysterious disease in Swara village over the past two months.

SGPC urged to let Bhai Lal perform kirtan
Patiala, March 12
The Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO) has appealed to SGPC to grant permission to Bhai Lal, a descendent of Bhai Mardana, to perform kirtan at Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar.

Punjabi conference highlights social issues
Patiala, March 12
The three-day International Punjabi Development Conference organised by the Punjabi Language Development Department concluded here today. Dr A.K. Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, was the chief guest.

‘Shahrukh Khan got his name from me,’ claims Pak Olympian
Chandigarh, March 12
“Do you know from where Shahrukh Khan got his name,” asks Sehzada Shah Rukh, a retired Director of the National Bank of Pakistan, and a “rare double” Olympian, who represented his country both in hockey (1948) and cycling (1956).
“Bully off”. This is how veteran Olympians Balbir Singh (senior) and Sehzada Shah Rukh gave a glimpse of their hockey skills to young players at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh
“Bully off”. This is how veteran Olympians Balbir Singh (senior) and Sehzada Shah Rukh gave a glimpse of their hockey skills to young players at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday. Also in the picture is Olympian Tarlochan Singh Bawa. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Indian artistes appreciated in Lahore fest
Amritsar, March 12
The Indian theatre group which participated in the week-long Panj Paniyan Festival in Lahore received acclaim from Pakistanis. A leading theatre artiste and director, Neeta Mahendra, who returned after participating in the festival, said Indian theatre was technically better equipped.

Employees of Punjab Roadways hold a rally as part of a two-hour strike in Jalandhar
Employees of Punjab Roadways hold a rally as part of a two-hour strike in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Badal seeks CBI probe into captors’ role in poll
Chandigarh, March 12
Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into reports claiming that alleged kidnappers of Prabir Singh had actively campaigned for the Congress candidate in Ajnala byelection last month.

House used by Prabir’s kidnappers searched
Ludhiana, March 12
A joint team of the Amritsar and Ludhiana police this evening conducted a search operation at a house in Dugri here where Prabir, a youth from Amritsar, was allegedly held captive by kidnappers for 10 days.

Dandi March anniversary commemorated
Nawanshahr, March 12
A large number of activists of the local unit of the Congress led by Mr Kuldip Rana, district Congress president, participated in the Dandi march here today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the march taken out by Mahatma Gandhi.

National safety week observed
Rajpura, March 12
The education wing of Punjab Police in collaboration with the local unit of Punjab Red Cross Society observed ‘National Safety Week-2005’ in the premises of Siel Chemical Complex, Rajpura, a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit, near here.
Mr NS Virdi, assistant general manager, Siel Chemical Complex, Rajpura, presents a plant to Mr Kastumbh Shrama, SP (Traffic), Patiala, on the closing of ‘National Safety Week-2005’ in Rajpura
Mr NS Virdi, assistant general manager, Siel Chemical Complex, Rajpura, presents a plant to Mr Kastumbh Shrama, SP (Traffic), Patiala, on the closing of ‘National Safety Week-2005’ in Rajpura on Saturday.

‘Hand over hospital to private party’
Patiala, March 12
The Executive Committee of the Forum for Common Cause, at a meeting here today under Presidentship of Mr Mohinder Singh Walia, urged the Punjab government to hand over the Jallianwala memorial civil hospital, Amritsar a private concern.

Drug awareness camp for cops
Patiala, March 12
The Drug Awareness and Counselling Centre of Lala Lajpat Rai Bhavan today organised a seminar in the Police Lines, Sector 26 to educate the police officers and their wards on the bad effects of alcohol.


Girl fakes kidnapping to escape from parents
Jalandhar, March 12
The district police today claimed to have solved a case of alleged kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl within three hours of the incident and recovered the girl allegedly from the room of a city hotel.

3 migrant labourers ‘drugged’
Rajpura, March 12
Three migrant labourers were found unconscious at different places along the Rajpura-Patiala and the Rajpura-Ambala highways, here today. The trio had fallen unconscious after some members of a gang active in the area allegedly fed them eatables with an intention to loot them.

6 rice traders held for evading market fee
Sangrur, March 12
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested six persons, said to be owners of five rice shellers of Barnala in 1999-2000, in connection with alleged evasion of market committee on paddy. The paddy was reportedly purchased during 1999-2000 from outside Punjab by these owners of the rice shellers.

2 hurt in group clash
Tarn Taran, March 12
Two activists were injured in a clash between Sikh organisations and the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan here last midnight. The Sikh organisations have called a meeting here tomorrow to chalk out the next plan of action to counter the alleged misinterpretation of the preachings of Sikh gurus.

Six bookies arrested during raid
Abohar, March 12
The interrogation of six bookies, arrested in a raid at Jawahar Nagar, Sriganganagar, last night, has revealed that over Rs 1 crore betting had already been done on the Indo-Pak test match at Mohali.

Gang of thieves busted, 13 cars recovered
Bathinda, March 12
The police today busted an inter-state gang of car thieves by arresting six of its members. Thirteen stolen cars were also recovered from them. The gang would steal vehicles from across the country and used to get fake registration certificates prepared from advocate based in Mansa.

3 die in bus-car collision
Patiala, March 12
Three persons died when a bus of Sukhdev Transport Company collided with a car on the busy Chandigarh-Patiala Highway at Bahadurgarh here early today morning.


Baba Farid varsity’s Registrar goes on ‘long leave’
Faridkot, March 12
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, which has remained mired in one controversy or the other since its inception in 1998, suffered another jolt on Thursday when its Registrar, Dr A.S. Sekhon, went on a long leave.

Revamp higher education system: ex-VC
Amritsar, March 12
Dr Amrik Singh, an educationist and former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, today made a strong plea to change the system of higher education.

147 students given B.Tech degrees
Ropar, March 12
The third convocation of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, was held on the college campus today.

Function on Mian Mir on March 16
Amritsar, March 12
Makhdoom Syed Pir Qadri, nineteenth descendent of Mian Mir who laid the foundation of Harmandar Sahib, today visited Guru Nanak Dev University. Syed Qadri assured Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, that his organisation would extend cooperation for preaching the message of Mian Mir.

NCC commanders meet
Patiala, March 12
A conference of all the NCC Group commanders of Punjab Haryana HP and Chadigarh was held at NCC Group Headquarters here which was presided by Brig DS Dhillon, Deputy Director General, NCC Directorate.


New services launched at SBoP
Patiala, March 12
State Bank of Patiala has introduced another revolutionary dimension in customer service by introducing Business process Reengineering initiatives after achieving the landmark of cent per cent computerisation and single window service.

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