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Budget session non-starter so far
Chandigarh, March 12
The Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha that began with the customary Address by the Governor, Lt-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd.), on March 1 has remained a non-starter thus far.

Shift security fencing close to border: panel
Ferozepore, March 12
The Border Area Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, has decided to fight through democratic and legal means to remove the grievances of frontier farmers which they have been facing on account of threat from across the border, harassment at the hands of para-military forces and apathy of civil administration.

Special court recalls order on Bibi’s bail
Patiala, March 12
In a turnaround, the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Magistrate today recalled his earlier order directing former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Bibi Jagir Kaur to seek regular bail from the trial court.

Talwandi joins issue with Bibi
Amritisar, March 12
Reacting sharply to the statement by Bibi Jagir Kaur criticising the SGPC decision to send jathas to Pakistan from April 13 for visiting Sikh shrines there, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief, today said the decision had been taken unanimously by the SGPC executive in due respect for the sentiments of the ‘sangat’.

Confiscated firearms for wildlife guards
Chandigarh, March 12
Wildlife guards and other staff members posted in the notified protected sanctuaries will get firearms to counter the menace of poaching in Punjab. There are nearly a dozen such sanctuaries in the state.







Ultra’s wife arrested for murder
Bathinda, March 12
The district police has achieved a major breakthrough after arresting Sarabjit Kaur, alias Sarbi, wife of a terrorist Roop Singh of Bhairupa village for her involvement in the alleged murder of three persons of the Barnala area and sending a number of youths abroad through illegal means.

No hike in fee, says minister
Gurdaspur, March 12
Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, said today that recommendations of a committee headed by Mr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, to hike college and university admission and examination fees had been turned down by the government.


Tohra hopeful of Akali unity
Amritsar, March 12
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, has claimed that unity among all Akali factions would be forged before the Assembly elections in the state.

Christians’ front stakes claim to RS seat
Amritsar, March 12
The Punjab Christians Front today staked its claim to the Rajya Sabha seat vacated after the election of Mr Raj Mohinder Singh Majitha to the Punjab Assembly.

CPI: Rail Budget ignored Punjab
Bathinda, March 12
Mr Jagjit Singh Joga, district secretary, CPI, said in a press note here today that the Union Government had ignored the state and given a “step-motherly” treatment to the northern region of the country.


Centre blamed for J&K Sikhs’ plight
Nawanshahr, March 12
Mr Sant Singh Teg, president of the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Akali Dal and patron of the Refugee Action Committee, has urged Akali leaders, the SGPC, Sikh intellectuals and human rights organisations to raise their voice to protect the interests of Kashmiri Sikhs.

Suspended accountant cries foul
Amritsar, March 12
Onkar Singh, chief accountant of the Dharam Prachar Committee under the SGPC, who was suspended from the post for alleged misappropriation of funds, has cried foul.

Tohra loyalist becomes Samana MC chief
Patiala, March 12
Draw of lots decided the fate of the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal supported candidate for the Samana Municipal Committee elections Mr Tarsem Singla who won presidentship of the Committee when his slip was pulled out by the Returning Officer.

Cong MLA accuses admn of discrimination
Bathinda, March 12
Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, senior Congress leader and MLA, Talwandi Sabo, has alleged the district administration has been discriminating against him in carrying out development works in the Assembly segment being represented by him.

Basic amenities prove elusive
Despite the fact that the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had during the Nawanshahr byelection named the newly developed colony behind Gurdwara Baba Sri Chand (Tahli Sahib, Garshankar road) here as Baba Sri Chand Nagar and assured its all-round development, the residents are still crying for basic amenities.

Jawan cremated with full honours
Gurdaspur, March 12
The body of Subedar Jagir Singh of 20th Sikh Regiment, who lost his life on March 9 while fighting intruders from across the border in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, was consigned to flames at his native village Mari Tanda in the district with full military honour yesterday. Gurvinder Singh, 14-year old son of the martyr, lit the pyre.

Conference on ‘natural hazards’ begins
Amritsar, March 12
Nearly 60 per cent of the Himalayas at present has eoughelastic energy stored to drive five to eight great earthquakes (or M8). These observations made by Dr Roger Bilham, an international expert on Himalayan earthquakes besides being a professor, Department of Geological Sciences University of Colorado, Boulderusa, Dr Bilham stated that “past two decades have seen infrequent earthquakes although an increased awareness of the potential for great earthquakes which could cause untold damage if and when they occur.

Community centre to be built in urban estate
Bathinda, March 12
A Community Centre would be constructed in the urban estate which would house lawn tennis and badminton courts and a hall that could be used for organising functions.

Tricycles distributed
Patiala, March 12
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, distributed tricycles to physically challenged at function organised by the Red Cross Society on behalf of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department at Red Cross Bhavan here today.


PUDA fetches 1.38 cr in auction
Amritsar, March 12
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has fetched Rs 1.38 crore from the sale of 19 sites. Fourteen commercial and five residential areas came under the hammer today with the maximum rate fetched for residential at Rs 8,600 per square yard and Rs 20,500 for commercial, respectively.

Delay in administrative block’s construction
Gurdaspur, March 12
Uncertainty prevails about the initiation of construction of the district administrative block here. Possession of major part of land of a poultry farm by PUDA for this purpose was taken more than three months ago. The office of the Deputy Director had also been shifted to his official residence in the premises and two sign boards of PUDA earmarking the site of district administrative block had also been fixed on both the corners of the site.

Civil aviation may go private
Hoshiarpur, March 12
Punjab is thinking of privatising its Civil Aviation Department keeping in view its ineffective functioning. A proposal for the same has been prepared.

Encourage employees to use Punjabi: DC
Patiala, March 12
The increments of government employees would be stopped if the employees do not start using Punjabi for official work. According to sources, strict action would also be taken against those IAS officers who do not do official work in Punjabi.


Arms supplier took 8 men to Pak: police
Bathinda, March 12
Bakhshish Singh, alias Shisha, a supplier of firearms and narcotics to terrorists who was arrested by the district police yesterday, used to take along anti-national persons from India to Pakistan for training in disruptive activities.


‘Unsafe’ building made exam centre
Bathinda, March 12
In a classic case of official neglect and apathy, over a thousand students from various private and government schools were made to take their exams in Govenment Senior Secondary School in Paras Ram Nagar locality, here today despite the fact that the building has been declared ‘unsafe’.

College teachers boycott exam duties
Bathinda, March 12
Following a controversy over the “breach” of protocol, college teachers boycotted plus two examination duties throughout the state today.

Exam delayed
Tarn Taran, March 12
Due to shortage of question papers for general English for class XII at examination centre No III at the local Government Senior Secondary School the examination could be started late by half-an-hour.


NFL staff to hold rallies today
Ropar, March 12
In anticipation of the government’s move to privatise the National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), its worker’s unions have decided to start an agitation to oppose it.

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