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CM rules out extra water for Rajasthan
Nakodar/Samrala, March 22
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ruled out releasing any extra water for Rajasthan. He said the state required canal water for the last irrigation of wheat crop.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with his deputy, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, after laying the foundation stone of the PTU building at Kapurthala on Wednesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with his deputy, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, after laying the foundation stone of the PTU building at Kapurthala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

CM’s intervention sought on dispensaries

Ajit Singh’s conditional consent to head confederation
Amritsar, March 22
Sant Ajit Singh Parivar Vichhora, a Sikh religious leader, has agreed to head the proposed confederation of rival Akali factions to challenge the Congress and the SAD (Badal) in Assembly elections, to be held in February next year, only if such leaders came on single platform.

Clash over shifting of ‘bir’ leaves 20 injured
Baluana (Bathinda), March 22
Over 20 persons were injured, one of them seriously, in a violent clash that took place between villagers and the members of the SGPC task force from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib who were here to take along 'bir' installed at a village dera.

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Company agrees to cut royalty on Bt seed
Chandigarh, March 22
Monsento Seed Company, which provides technology to Indian companies to produce Bt cotton seed, has agreed to slash its royalty by Rs 350 per packet.

No protection for cops who killed for personal gains
Chandigarh, March 22
Even as the Punjab Government is working out a scheme to save cops who are facing court cases for genuinely fighting against terrorism, it has been made clear to the Central Government that no sympathy or protection is being sought for cops, who could have resorted to killings or torture for personal gains.


Holy City wears new look ahead of PM’s visit
Amritsar, March 22
Massive preparations are on in the city to welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit. The city has been spruced up with fresh coat of whitewash on all main roads as well as in the Civil Line areas.

PM unlikely to visit family members
Amritsar, March 22
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to visit his family members on the Loharka road here during his visit to the home town tomorrow. However, the family members expect that Ms Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister would make it in all probability.

Navjot Sidhu not invited to receive PM
Amritsar, March 22
The local BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, will not be present to receive the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who would be on a two-day visit to his constituency.

PM urged to waive loans taken to fight terror
Amritsar, March 22
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, should waive loans taken by the Punjab Government to fight terrorism, besides the loans of small and marginal farmers during his proposed visit to the holy city for the inauguration of the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus service on March 24.

PM not to open panorama, residents sore
Amritsar, March 22
Residents of the city as well as staff of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama are dejected that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will not inaugurate it during his forthcoming visit to the holy city.

Cut Nankana Sahib bus fare to Rs 11, says M.S. Gill
Chandigarh, March 22
The member of the Rajya Sabha from Punjab, Mr M.S. Gill, today welcomed the decision to start a regular bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib. This was to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on March 24.

Poachers made govt open hunting: Mann
Gurdaspur March 22
The president of SAD (A) Amritsar, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today condemned the Punjab Government decision to open hunting of wild boars and bull blues in the state.

Income tax returns go ‘missing’
Amritsar, March 22
A number of complaints have been received of “untraceable” returns filed by income tax assesses here.

Mann seeks release of two party office-bearers
Chandigarh, March 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann has demanded that the Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), should intervene and allow the immediate release of Dilbag Singh and Ranjit Singh.

Police ‘picks up’ NRI from residence
Hoshiarpur, March 22
Mystery shrouds the alleged lifting of NRI Bahadur Singh (70) from his house at Thinda village in Hoshiarpur district by the Nawanshahr police yesterday morning.

Role of Punjabis in Independence discussed
Patiala, March 22
A lecture on “Voyage of Kamagatamaru” was organised by the Department of History, Punjabi University, here today.

Zila bachao panel suspends stir
Ropar, March 22
The Zila Bacho Sangharsh Committee today suspended its one-month-old agitation against the decision of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on according district status to Mohali.

157 donate blood
Ropar, March 22
As many as 157 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised at Abhipur, near here, today.

SGPC chief presides over college budget meeting
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 22
Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), today presided over a budget meeting for 2006-07 of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Education Trust, which runs the BBSB Engineering College here.

Minister asks officials to complete projects
Ropar, March 22
The Punjab Education Minister and Chairman of the District Development Planning Board, Mr Harnam Das Johar, said under various development schemes a sum of Rs 14.73 crore was allotted to the district for the current year.

Record generation by thermal plant
Ropar, March 22 The local Super Thermal Plant of 1260 MW capacity today set a new record in the power generation. Its generation reached 9,086 MU this morning, even 10 days before the end of this financial year.

CITU members burn CM’s effigy
Hoshiarpur, March 22
Members of the CITU unit of the district burnt the effigy of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, to protest against the recent violent attitude of the owners of Oswal Woollen Mills, Ludhiana, in connivance with the police towards the mill workers.


Rathore trial shifted to Patiala
Chandigarh, March 22
Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed the plea of former DGP, Haryana, S.P.S Rathore, for transfer of his trial in the case of suicide by a young girl, Ruchika Gihrotra.


Pandey absorbed into Punjab Police
Chandigarh, March 22
The long pending issue of absorbing officers of Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Force into the Punjab Police, seems to have ended last evening.

Grievances redressed on doorstep
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 22
Mr Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, Parliamentary Secretary, today inaugurated a Lok Suvidha camp at Malowal village in the district.

SHO suspended
Amritsar, March 22
Station House Officer Subba Singh and Additional SHO Gurinder Singh of Sadar police station here were placed under suspension following the firing incident at Gulmarg Colony today.


Woman shoots husband
Devigarh (Patiala), March 22
In a bizarre incident, Kuldeep Kaur, who informed the police through a relative that her husband, a commission agent, had been murdered by two persons in her house on the night of March 19, has turned out to be the accused herself.

Three Bangladeshis arrested
Amritsar March 22
Three Bangladeshis were caught while attempting to cross over the barbed wire on the Indo-Pak border here this evening.


Pbi varsity signs MoU with Canadian varsity
Patiala, March 22
Representatives of the Kwantlen University College, Surrey (Canada), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Punjabi University, here to send their students to Punjabi University for language and culture immersion programmes

Seminar on biotechnology
Patiala, March 22
The Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala, organised a national symposium on ‘’New Horizons in Fermentation and Food Biotechnology’’ here yesterday.

Students celebrate World Forestry Day
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 22
The students of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, today held a function to celebrate “World Forestry Day” by adopting Naraingarh village for a mass-plantation drive.

Uniforms given to needy students
Ropar, March 22
With a view to uplift the poor sections of the society, the Chairman of the District Child Welfare Council, Ms Kiran Garewal, distributed uniforms, stationary and books to 35 needy students at an evening school at Kambali here yesterday.


Bankers seek overtime charges
Patiala, March 22
Mr M.M. Behl, general secretary, State Bank of Patiala Staff Union, has urged the bank management to arrange for the payment of overtime charges to its employees keeping in view an increase in business and profitability of the bank.

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