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Sikh conclave’s ultimatum to govt
Vedanti calls for “extreme step” against Editor
Amritsar, March 29
The Sikh conclave, convened by the SGPC here today, served an ultimatum on the state government to withdraw criminal cases against Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar Damdama Sahib, and his associates who had gone to stop the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Baluana or face a protest march by the Sikh sangat.

Bt cotton seed firms agree to cut prices
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Government's efforts to make Bt cotton
seed-producing and selling companies to slash the seed price have finally paid off. The firms have agreed to cut the price of the seed, depending on its variety, by Rs 300 to Rs 375 per packet of 450 gm.

Century-old haveli pulled down
17 families, 20 shopkeepers displaced
Amritsar, March 29
Under the galliara beautification project, the authorities demolished the century-old Panna Lal Jain Haveli near Harmandar Sahib in the presence of a heavy police force in the wee hours today.

Transport officials spoil marriage party
Bathinda, March 29
Some officials of the Transport Department, Sangrur, played spoilsport in the marriage ceremony by “compelling” the members of the marriage party to alight from the two buses they were traveling in before impounding both the vehicles.

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Eminent Punjabis honoured in UK
An artist gives finishing touches to the gold plating of the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, on Wednesday.Chandigarh, March 29
At a ceremony at the House of Commons of the UK last evening, organisations and individuals, who have made outstanding contribution to Punjabi art, literature, sports and values were honoured by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Punjabis.

Darbar Sahib gets back
golden sheen
Tarn Taran, March 29
The four-century-old Darbar Sahib is glittering more than usual. With almost 3 quintals of gold (about Rs 2.40 crore) used for gilding, first time after Maharaja Ranjit Singh, it is the second Sikh shrine after the Golden Temple where a huge quantity of gold has been used.

An artist gives finishing touches to the gold plating of the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Cong has been exposed, says BJP
Moga, March 29
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s decision to quit her Lok Sabha membership and the National Advisory Council could not be termed as renunciation as she did it under pressure from the Opposition, state BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna said while interacting with mediapersons here today.


70 pc schoolchildren suffer from dental diseases in
Sangrur district

Sangrur, March 29
Out of about 25,000 schoolchildren, examined under the School Dental Health Programme by members of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) in the Sangrur district recently, about 70 per cent children, especially in the rural areas, have been found suffering from various dental diseases.

Durgiana panel row deepens
Amritsar, March 29
The Durgiana Management Committee, which forcibly took over the management of the historical Durgiana Temple yesterday, would make the inventory of toshakhana.

Newborn girl abandoned
Patiala, March 29
A new born girl was allegedly abandoned by her mother at the local Mata Kaushliya Hospital, today after the mother, along with her relatives, left the hospital without taking the child along with her.

Members of the Doctor-Public Joint Action Committee protest in support of their demands at the Mata Kaushalya Hospital in Patiala on Wednesday. Doctors, medical students on warpath
Patiala, March 29
Students of various medical colleges held demonstrations at their respective institutions to protest the state government’s decision to hand over these institutions to private societies.

Members of the Doctor-Public Joint Action Committee protest in support of their demands at the Mata Kaushalya Hospital in Patiala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Madhopur headworks closed
Gurdaspur, March 29
Water in the Madhopur headworks has been stopped after about 15 years for repairs in gates and renovation. Earlier, the water at the head was stopped in 1991-92 for minor repairs.

Cantt residents oppose telecom tower
Amritsar, March 29
Close on the heels of security concerns over the satellite imagery of important airbases in North India on a website, residents of the cantonment here are perturbed over the installation of a telecom tower in the cantonment.

No agency to certify organic produce
Gurdaspur, March 29
Much has been talked about the interest of Prince Charles in organic methods of farming adopted in Punjab. However, the fact is that there is no agency in the state to certify the produce as organic. This is a major handicap faced by the farmers interested in organic farming.

Sewage contaminates groundwater
Pathankot, March 29
Faulty sewerage of Pathankot has contaminated underground water in many areas. Hand pumps installed in houses are pumping out contaminated water. Rosy, a resident of Sarain locality, said the hand pump had been installed in their house at a depth of about 30 ft. It pumped out black water that is not fit for consumption. The other residents of the area also said they had stopped using their hand pumps.

A woman shows contaminated water drawn from a hand pump in Pathankot. —  Photo by Jangi
A woman shows contaminated water drawn from a hand pump in Pathankot.

Villagers block highway
Tanda, March 29
Up in arms against police authorities for not arresting a retired police inspector, who had thrashed a Scheduled Caste woman and abused her last week, hundreds of residents belonging to Valmik community of Jora village blocked the busy Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway for over two hours near here today.

Employees seek promotion scales
Sangrur, March 29
There is resentment among employees against the Punjab government for having failed to fulfil promises made to them during Assembly elections.

Pak pilgrims honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
As many as 199 pilgrims from Pakistan, who came to pay obeisance at Rauza Sharif were felicitated on the concluding day of three-day annual Urs by the District Administration today at Aam Khas Bagh.

Patiala to get 20 deep tubewells
Chandigarh, March 29
In an effort to improve the water supply in Patiala, the Patiala Urban Planning and Development Authority, at its meeting here today, approved to install 20 deep tubewells in the city.

CM launches Sanjivni
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today launched the Sanjivni Healthcare Scheme in the state, the first of its kind in northern India. The scheme has been floated by rural cooperative societies of Punjab.

Amarinder mourns death of Bansi Lal
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today expressed grief over the death of Mr Bansi Lal, a former Chief Minister of Haryana.

17 panchayats get development funds
Pathankot, March 29
Punjab Urban Development and Housing Minister Raghunath Sahai Puri distributed cheques worth Rs 21 lakh among 17 gram panchayats of Dhar block in the Sujanpur constituency for carrying out developments speedily here on Tuesday.


Post office asked to pay Rs 9,910 as relief
Hoshiarpur, March 29
The Consumer Court, Hoshiarpur, has accepted the complaint of Pawan Kumar of Abadgarh village (Gurdaspur) and has instructed the Head Post Office, Mukerian, to pay Rs 9910 to the complainant.


CM expects increase in wheat MSP soon
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is expecting an increase in the minimum support price ( MSP) of wheat soon.


Man killed in land dispute
Hoshiarpur, March 29
A land dispute between two brothers has led to the murder of one of them. According to police sources, Gurmeet Kaur, wife of Kulwinder Singh of Dhamina Kalan, stated that her husband had gone out on a cycle on the March 27 evening but did not return home.

Two held on theft charge
Rajpura, March 29
The Railway police stationed at Rajpura today arrested two thieves and recovered Rs 2 lakh from their custody.

Robbers kill one, loot cash, jewellery
Tarn Taran, March 29
Ex-serviceman Satnam Singh (62) was killed and his wife, Amarjit Kaur, injured when armed robbers attacked their house last night. The number of robbers is said to eight.

Two hurt in road mishap
Kharar, March 29
Two persons were injured in an accident involving four vehicles on the national highway near Sunny Enclave here this evening. Mr Rajat Mehta, a resident of the enclave, said a truck coming from Mohali collided with another truck near Gilco Valley colony.


Seminar on Buddhism
Patiala, March 29
The Centre for Buddhist Studies and Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies, Punjabi University, yesterday organised a UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Buddhism in Punjab: Past and Present”.

Students inconvenienced at Charles’ visit
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
Classes for the past week at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College were affected due to the visit of Prince Charles as two helipads were made in the college campus and police guarded these pads by erecting tents at least seven days before the dignitaries arrived.

Students protest against non-issuance of roll numbers
Amritsar, March 29
Students of the final year of graduation of SR Government College for Women who had not been issued roll numbers staged a dharna along with their parents in front of the college here today.

Societies not to run colleges: CM
Chandigarh, March 29
A deputation of doctors and other employees of the Punjab Government medical and dental colleges here today met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to oppose the handing over the management of these colleges to proposed societies.

Economic challenges discussed
Amritsar, March 29
Ms Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Vice-Chairperson of the Punjab State Planning Board, delivered the inaugural Amardeep Memorial Lecture on “Punjab economy: challenges ahead” organised at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Students stage dharna
Kharar, March 29
Students of Guru Gobind College of Modern Technology staged a dharna in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the teachers. Students even shut the gate of the college and did not allow teachers to move out of the institute. This went on for quite sometime till the police intervened and got the matter sorted out.


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