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Kisan Sangharsh Committee splits
Parallel rallies held
Tarn Taran, March 29
The Kisan Sangharsh Committee, which had been fighting for farmersí issues, has split, almost vertically. Fissures in the committee came to light today on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Manawala incident in which one farmer had died in police firing. Both factions tried hard to mobilise support for parallel rallies organised at Manawala Railway station and Bakipur village.

Kin say ex-KLF chief Sekhon dead
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 29
Relatives of one of the most wanted terrorists, Dr Pritam Singh Sekhon, former KLF chief and main accused in Romanian diplomat Raduís kidnapping, have declared him dead. He had been on Interpolís wanted list since 1997. His posters can be seen on notice boards of all police stations in the state.

Cremation of Unclaimed Bodies
NHRC proposes panel for identifying remaining 657
Chandigarh, March 29
The issue of the cremation of what the police had described as unidentified and unclaimed bodies in Majitha, Tarn Taran and Amritsar in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Punjab went through a turbulent period is back in the reckoning.

Custodial Death
State told to pay compensation
Chandigarh, March 29
In yet another case of custodial death, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the State government to pay compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the widow of Avtar Singh, a convict, who died in Civil Hospital, Khanna on November 13, 2006.






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CM keen on houses for poor
Mohali, March 29
Punjab will soon have a state housing and habitat policy. A meeting of leading builders of the state and chief administrators of various urban development authorities was held here recently under the chairmanship of secretary, housing and urban development, Arun Goel to discuss the policy.

COMMUNITY

No promotions for docs even after 20 yrs
Unavailability of ACRs cited reason
Ropar, March 29
Doctors in the state are ruing lack of promotions and poor pay scales. Many have not been granted any promotion even after more than 20 years of service. Lack of promotion is also leading to exodus of doctors from the Punjab Civil Medical Services.

Bias adds to woes of HIV-positive patients
Chandigarh, March 29
Fifty persons living with HIV/AIDS yesterday showed how the issue of stigma and discrimination was deeply rooted in a debate on the pandemic. Each one of them has at some point in his life suffered discrimination during treatment. Naturally, they seemed desperate to know what legal recourse could be taken to battle biases.

Fraud marriages: UK to back police
Chandigarh, March 29
The British government is working out an arrangement with the Punjab police to provide it access to public records of immigrants with a view to check growing marriage frauds. There is already an arrangement to share information between the police of the two countries, but keeping in mind the rising number of fake marriages by NRIs, the Punjab police will soon be provided an access to public records, especially areas that reveal the marital status of a person.

New visa norms from April 1
Chandigarh, March 29
The new UK visa system will come into force from April 1 making the process more transparent and simple for genuine visitors to the UK. All five categories under the new visa system will, however, not be introduced in India yet as the UK does not need low skilled migrant workers, the requirement for which is fulfilled from the European Union countries, deputy high commissioner Creon Butler has said.

Rs 3 cr to develop Maharaja park
Ropar, March 29
The union government has sanctioned Rs 3 crore for the development of the site of historic meeting between Maharaja Ranjit Singh and then Governor General Lord William Bentick, as Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bagh situated on the banks of the Sutlej at Ropar as tourist and cultural centre.

SGPC ready to pay any price for Guruís relic
Amritsar, March 29
The SGPC has decided to pay any price for the rare relic of Guru Gobind Singh to be auctioned by UK-based Sotheby's after ascertaining its authenticity.

Pak woman prisoner may walk free
Amritsar, March 29
Farzana Sheikh of Lahore, who has already completed her seven-month sentence in Central Jail here, may be released shortly even as the state government has asked the Central government for providing her consular access at the earliest. She was arrested at the Attari railway station on April 26 last year on charges of bringing fake currency in the  Samjhauta Express.

Punjabi: Bains seeks report in a week
Chandigarh, March 29
Harcharan Bains, media adviser to the Chief Minister, Punjab, today asked the director, Information and Public Relations, Punjab, to submit a report in a week after studying the language policies of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

 
CRIME

Man kills brother in accidental fire
Sangrur, March 29
Ravinderdeep Singh (15) was killed when a gun, wielded by his elder brother Ramandeep Singh, as per police investigations, went off accidentally. The incident happened at Longowal village, about 20 km from here, last night. Ravinderdeep had reportedly appeared for Class IX examination recently.

Irregularities in arms records detected
Tarn Taran, March 29
The district administration has detected serious irregularities in the records of the Arms Branch of the deputy commissionerís office.

Youth misbehaves with traffic cops
Sangrur, March 29
A youth from Maur Mandi in Bathinda district yesterday allegedly misbehaved with traffic policemen, including ASI Gursewak Singh, at Mahavir Chowk here when the policemen were checking vehicles.






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