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State PSUs run in losss of Rs 1,360 cr: CAG report
Chandigarh, March 14
In a telling commentary on Punjab's financial health ahead of the state Budget, a majority of the 46 public sector undertakings (PSUs) in Punjab have turned into white elephants, accumulating losses worth Rs 1,360 crore till the year ending March 2007. With the PSUs becoming a dumping ground for rejected politicians and kin of the powers that be, favourtism rules the roost in the selection of their functionaries.

Atta-dal scheme generates
heat in Assembly

Chandigarh, March 14

The much touted atta-dal scheme of the SAD-BJP government today led to exchange of heated arguments between cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh and leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in the Punjab Assembly.

SGPC Decides
Experts to take care of Golden Temple

Amritsar, March 14
The SGPC has finally decided to engage experts for the restoration work of ancient Ramgarhia Bungas and Gurdwara Baba Atal, keeping in view the wanton destruction of heritage buildings through “kar sewa” in the past.

Dera Chief Murder Bid
Haryana cops pick up woman suspect

Patiala, March 14
The Haryana police, after prolonged investigations into the assassination attempt on Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the Dera Sacha Sauda near Karnal, picked up a woman suspect from Patiala. The cops arrested Parveen Meena (21), a Mohindra College BA-I student, from Kaler Bhaini village, on the Patiala-Dakala road.



Moga Sex Scam
Sufficient evidence to nail Tota Singh’s son: CBI

Chandigarh, March 14
Nearly months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed the Moga sex scam apparently was “nothing less than the Jammu sex scandal”, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) today stated it had sufficient evidence to show the involvement of Barjinder Singh, son of senior Akali leader and former minister Tota Singh.



Ramoowalia sounds election bugle 
Likely to contest LS poll from Sangrur
Sangrur, March 14
Though it was the talk of the town that president of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) Balwant Singh Ramoowalia will announce his candidature from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency for the ensuing Parliamentary elections at his party’s “Punjab Di Kaya Kalap” rally here today, he asked the gathering of thousands of people to give him time to think over on the issue.

Ferozepur poll put on hold
Ferozepur, March 14
The state Election Commission has put the panchayat elections in this border district on hold. Confirming the development, state election commissioner A.K. Dubey said the elections for all panchyati raj institutions had been postponed in Ferozepur district for certain voters list could not be finalised owing to stay imposed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the publication of voters list of Ferozepur Cantonment (96) and Ferozepur city (95) Assembly constituencies.

Cricket bonhomie pervades House
Chandigarh, March 14
The game of cricket, which created bad blood not only between Indian and Australian teams but also among large section of people of both countries, has proved otherwise in the case of the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab for a while.

CPI leader Didi dead
Chandigarh, March 14
Veteran trade unionist and CPI leader Madan Lal Didi (83), who died in Delhi early this morning after a prolonged illness, will be cremated here at the Sector 25 electric crematorium here tomorrow at 3 p.m.


Dalits gherao Kanwaljit
Nabha, March 14
Minister for cooperatives Kanwaljit Singh found himself in a piquant situation at a function today when a large number of Dalits and poor villagers gheraoed him, demanding immediate allocation of plots free of cost under the five marla scheme. They alleged that the organiser of the function, organised at Mandaur village, about 10 km from here, to honour him, had told them that they would get land papers at the function.

Hurt over special treatment to Kashmir
Ludhiana , March 14
While the Punjab government announced a family allowance of Rs 10,000 per month for the family of Kashmir Singh, who languished in Pakistan jails for 35 years, the government has turned its back on many who spent the prime of their youth in enemy jails, largely on account of spying. This was said by Kishorilal Sharma, alias Amarik Singh, alias Saleem, a trained automobile engineer, who spent eight years in Pakistani jails on charges of espionage during the ’70s, while talking to The Tribune here.

Kishorilal Sharma
Kishorilal Sharma

Supplementary demands passed
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today passed the supplementary demands, totalling Rs 1274.49 crore for the current financial year ending March 31. These demands, pertaining to various departments, were passed by voice vote.

State gets momentary breather
Chandigarh, March 14
Punjab has got a momentary breather as the Centre has clarified that the release of grants under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for 2006-07 will be unconditional. But to get future grants after the current fiscal, the state will have to strictly adhere to certain mandatory norms.

Erring chemists to lose licences
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab State Pharmacy Council has decided to cancel the licences of all those chemists in the state who had been convicted by the court or had been found guilty of any infamous conduct in any professional respect or had committed the similar offence twice in 12 months.


GND varsity ties up with China varsity
Amritsar, March 14
Guru Nanak Dev University today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, to develop academic cooperation and exchange programme between the two universities for a period of five years.


Farmer couple symbol of success
Ludhiana, March 14
Mohinder Singh Dosanjh and his wife Mohinder Kaur receive awards from Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor M.S. Kang at a Kisan Mela in Ludhiana When quite a number of farmers across the country are faced with distress and depression, some even committing suicide, Mohinder Singh Dosanjh and Mohinder Kaur Dosanjh, a farmer couple from Jagatopur village, Nawanshahr district, have set an example for others. The septuagenarian couple bagged nine awards at the annual Kisan Mela here for their outstanding performance in farming.

Mohinder Singh Dosanjh and his wife Mohinder Kaur receive awards from Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor M.S. Kang at a Kisan Mela in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Govt gears up for wheat procurement
Ludhiana, March 14
The Punjab government is gearing up for wheat procurement starting from April.


SHO, 9 men of ex-MLA booked for assault
Amritsar, March 14
The Lopoke police today booked SHO Rachhpal Singh and nine supporters of a former Akali MLA for allegedly assaulting and injuring a woman Congress leader Balwinder Kaur , a Block Samiti member and a resident of Chak Mishri Khan village.


Sikhs celebrate their New Year 

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