to link Lahore, Ludhiana fruit markets
In a move aimed at riding on the goodwill created by the Punjab Chief
Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh's visit to Pakistan Punjab, the State
Mandi Board has proposed linking the fruit and vegetable markets of
Ludhiana and Lahore by giving them the nomenclature of sister market
Gandhian regrets Partition
Aman Nul Mulak (99), a cotemporary of Mahatma Gandhi who resembles
Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (called Sarhadi Gandhi or Badshah Khan in
Pakistan) and crossed over to India through the Wagah joint check-post
here today along with 91 followers of Gandhi to participate in the
‘Dandi March’, regretted Partition of the country.
boycotts Governor’s Address
While blaming the ruling Congress Party for the brutal murder of
democracy, breakdown of the constitutional machinery in the
state and unprecedented corruption emanating from the Chief
Minister’s Office, both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the
Bharatiya Janata Party boycotted the Governor’s Address on the
opening day of the Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha
|SAD members, including its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, hold a protest rally outside Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
self-reliant in missile technology: ASL chief
(Ropar), March 18
“The process to upgrade ‘Agni’ missile will continue and
scientists have been entrusted with the responsibility to improve its
range and capability. We are self-reliant in missile technology and
will come up with ‘Agni-III’,” remarked the Programme Director
of ‘Agni’ and Director, ASL, Hyderabad, Dr R.N. Aggarwal, here
invited for science city inaugural
While Pushpa Gujral Science City, near here, is heading for opening
tomorrow by the Punjab Governor and Chief Minister, but what is
ironical is that the Punjab Government has failed to invite former
Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who had not only envisaged the
project, but also laid its foundation stone in 1997 as the Prime
Minister of the country.
Laureate, Dr Norman E. Borlaug, today emphasised the need for
matching adequate food production with equitable distribution
among the people. Delivering a lecture, “From Green Revolution
to the Gene Revolution: a 21st Century Challenge”, Dr Borlaug
specifically mentioned India, saying, “Although you have
solved the problem of production, but there needs to be
equitable distribution of food among all sections of people.”
|Dr Norman E. Borlaug being received by the Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor and other scientists on the campus in Ludhiana on Friday.
— Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Inclement weather has become a cause of worry for
the farmers in Punjab. A farmer watches his flattened wheat crop at
a village near Jalandhar on
Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
a symbol of development’
The 37th session of the three-day Punjab History Conference on
“Punjab through the ages”, organised by the Department of Punjab
Historical Studies, started here today. Renowned historian Prof P.L.
Mehra was the chief guest and Mr Surjit Hans, former Professor, Guru
Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, presided over the conference. Punjabi
University Vice-Chancellor S.S. Boparai while welcoming the guests
said Punjabis comprised the biggest and vital element of the Indian
for auction of liquor vends tomorrow
Deviating from the past practice of holding yearly auction of vends of
country liquor and India-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at the district or
divisional headquarters, running over a period of a week or 10 days,
the Excise and Taxation Department is all set to complete the task on
a single day on March 20, and that too at just one place — Ludhiana.
welcomes release of Malik, Bagri
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today welcomed the
release of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri by a Canadian
court in the Kanishka jet blast case.
project for soldiers launched
The Army authorities laid the foundation stone for the construction of
1,570 dwelling units for its married personnel at a cost of Rs 114
crore in the cantonment here under the ongoing Married Accommodation
damaged in fire
A fire broke out in a restaurant situated at Adarsh Nagar Chowk here
today. According to the police, though no loss of life was reported, the
restaurant was damaged in the fire. Three fire engines of the Municipal
Corporation were pressed into service to extinguish the flames.
bail plea to ex-Addl DC of Ferozepore
The CBI has opposed the plea for an anticipatory bail filed by Ram Gopal
Sahota of Panchkula, the main accused in a case relating to the issuance
of fake arms licences. Sahota is a former Additional Deputy Commissioner
The kidnapping of a schoolstudent and an attempted kidnapping of a
schoolteacher, besides recovery of a single-barrel 12-bore gun along
with 19 cartridges were reported in the past 48 hours in the district.
arrested for accepting bribe
Shashi Bhushan Sharma, Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), Sales Tax,
Kotkapura, was today caught red-handed while he was accepting a bribe
of Rs 1.25 lakh in lieu of filing the sale tax return of a
agent hurt in attack
Over 10 persons attacked a lottery agent, Rakesh Kumar (36), with
swords and other weapons and took away Rs 22,000 in cash, lottery
tickets worth Rs 55,000, and two mobile phones from his shop near bus
station yesterday afternoon.
students to opt for science, say scientists
Scientists who gathered here on the concluding day of the four-day
International Symposium on Nuclear and Radiochemistry were of the view
that despite India being one of the few countries in the world that
had mastered all aspects of nuclear power production starting from
mining of uranium, design and operation of nuclear power plants,
recovery of protonium from the used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste
management but regretted that the youth were not motivated to take up
research work in this field.
Experts from across the region attended the conference on
Bioinformatics and Computing organised by the faculty of the Thapar
Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), which commenced on its
campus here today.
Sahib, March 18
The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers
(IETE), College chapter, was inaugurated Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
volunteers donate blood
The NSS Department of Punjabi University organised a blood donation
camp sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala on the campus here today.
gaming main attraction of Techfair
Sahib, March 18
The online gaming was the main attraction on the first day of the
National Annual Technical Function (Techfair 2005) at Baba Banda
Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh, today.
against VAT at Batala
Businessmen of Batala went on fast here yesterday in response to a
call given by the All-India-Beopar Mandal against the imposition of
the VAT (value added tax).