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Budget on schedule
Chandigarh, March 11
The Budget will be presented in the Vidhan Sabha as scheduled on March 17. The government has given an assurance to the state Election Commission that it will not announce any sops or incentives in the Budget that may influence the voters in the zila parishad, block samiti and gram panchayat elections, sources said.

Assembly Session
Cong walkout over ‘Centre bashing’
Chandigarh, March 11
“Confrontation and criticism will not take Punjab anywhere. I appeal to you to join hands with us and let us together work for taking Punjab ahead” is how Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal initially tried to win over the Opposition during his summing up of the debate on Governor’s address.

Punjab Assembly
Doctors’ salaries delayed
Chandigarh, March 11
Responding a call-attention notice given by Congress MLA Brahm Mohindra, rural development and panchayat minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura said the government had released the funds to pay salaries of the doctors recruited by Zila Parishads in the state.

CM seeks another agri package
Chandigarh, March 11
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought a package of Rs 20,000 crore from the Centre to revamp Punjab’s agriculture infrastructure. He said Punjab had suffered because it selflessly worked for the nation resulting in depletion of its water levels and overuse of land.



1,930 wheat bags missing from Punjab Agro stocks
Plinth in charge booked
Ropar, March 11
A scam in Punjab Agro Corporation Ltd has come to fore in the district as officials concerned have found 1,930 wheat bags missing from the stocks at Chamkaur Sahib. Sources here said the department was now contemplating getting a case registered against plinth in charge of Chamkaur Sahib Gurdev Singh.

15 killed as bus rams into tree
Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), March 11
Fifteen persons, including five women, were killed and 40 others injured when a private bus rammed into a tree, near here, today, the police said. The bus was coming to Batala from Gurdaspur when the accident occurred near the Bidhipur village railway crossing at around 5 pm.

1984 Riots
Sajjan incited mob to eliminate Sikhs: Witness
Mohali, March 11
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today recorded the statement of 1984 riots victim, Gurcharan Singh, who has been bed-ridden after a mob burnt him alive on the fateful morning of November 1, 1984. Gurcharan told the CBI that Sajjan Kumar, a senior Congress leader, incited the mob to eliminate Sikhs and was leading them.
Gurcharan Singh speaks to the media at his residence in Balongi village, Mohali, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Gurcharan Singh speaks to the media at his residence in Balongi village, Mohali

1984 Riots Case
Statement of key witness recorded
Ropar, March 11
The CBI today recorded the statement of Gurcharan Singh, key witness in the 1984 riots case. Joginder Prashad, a CBI official, today came to the residence of Gurcharan Singh in Ekta Colony, Kharar, with a questionnaire of 100 questions sources here said.


Rally by PSEB staff, farmer bodies
Scrapping of Electricity Act
Patiala, March 11
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) here today held a joint rally with farmers’ organisations demanding the scrapping of the Electricity Act of 2003, its non-implementation in the Board.

Members of the PSEB Technical Services Union, Punjab, hold a dharna in support of their demands in Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Members of the PSEB Technical Services Union, Punjab, hold a dharna in support of their demands in Patiala

Wife goes gaga over Badal
Hoshiarpur, March 11
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has never believed in vendetta politics with regard to his opponents. Cases of corruption against former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his associates were detected by the Vigilance Bureau of Punjab and according to its investigation these are being pursued.

Takht Patna Sahib confers Panth Ratan on US Sikh
Amritsar, March 11
Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh yesterday bestowed the Panth Rattan Award on Didar Singh Bains, affluent Sikh of the USA. While conferring the award Jathedar Iqbal Singh also returned Rs 97 lakh, including interest earned, donated to Takht Patna Sahib by Bains two years ago.

Encroachments on berms
Chandigarh, March 11
Agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah today assured the Assembly that he was prepared to launch a campaign against encroachments on berms on the either side of roads in rural areas, and the MLAs of the areas concerned should extend their cooperation.

Health dept a mess
Chandigarh, March 11
Health services in Punjab are a complete mess with most of medical institutions are running short on doctors, staff nurses, medical laboratory technicians grade I and grade-II, radiographers, public health nurses, etc.


IET Bhaddal Case
Suspended IG moves court for pre-arrest bail
Ropar, March 11
Suspended IG, counter-intelligence, Pathankot, Rajinder Singh has moved special court here for pre-arrest bail. The IG fears registration of a case and arrest following a complaint against him by trustees of the Kandi Area Friends Trust running the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Bhaddal.

High Court
Z-Plus security
Chandigarh, March 11
Nihang leader Baba Balbir Singh of Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal, Panjwa Takht, today sought Z-Plus security in view of persistent threats to his life and liberty. The petitioner claimed that he had been nominated by Baba Santa Singh, chief of Budha Dal, as his successor.

No pardon on irrelevant grounds: HC
Chandigarh, March 11
Setting aside the orders of pardon granted by the Punjab Governor to three murder convicts, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today significantly ruled the power to grant pardon could not be exercised on irrelevant grounds.

‘Withdraw work from IAS officer’
Chandigarh, March 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association has passed a resolution for immediate withdrawal of work from senior IAS officer R.N.Gupta. He is posted as financial commissioner, appeals.


Tantrik, grandmother held for infant’s murder
Amritsar, March 11
The gruesome killing of one-and-a-half-month-old Harsimran Singh by throwing him into a gutter by his own maternal aunt at the border village of Dauke took a new turn with the arrest of a tantrik baba and maternal grandmother of the child here today.

Students lathi-charged, go on rampage
Cases registered against 15
Sangrur, March 11
After a reported mild lathi-charge by the police on protesting students of Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lehragaga, today, students went on the rampage and damaged windowpanes of the institute’s building, besides furniture and two ACs.


Rice export comes to standstill
Amritsar, March 11
The recent notification issued by the Director-General Foreign Trade (DGFT) has created a piquant situation whereby the entire rice export business has come to a standstill in this region.


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