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Baba Santa Singh accepts ‘tankhah’
Amritsar, March 17
After 17 years of his excommunication from the Sikh panth for carrying out construction of Akal Takht against “Sikh Maryada” (after Bluestar) Baba Santa Singh chief of Baba Budha Dal today accepted the “tankhah” (punishment for religious misconduct) pronounced by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar from the rostrum of the Akal Takht today.

3500 schools sans heads
Chandigarh, March 17
The Punjab Government continues to dither over the issue of filling over 3500 vacant posts of head teacher, head master and principal in the government primary, high and secondary schools respectively.

Corpn jittery over demolition
Amritsar, March 17
The Corporation is likely to find itself in troubled waters over the “hasty” demolition of multi-storey shopping complex covertly being built in blatant violation of byelaws of the Corporation highlighted by The Tribune dated March 15.

Industrial climate duty of state: Jatiya
Patiala, March 17
Union Labour Minister Satyanarayan Jatiya today said if local entrepreneurs were to compete in the global market it became the moral duty of the State to provide them congenial industrial atmosphere so that they could concentrate on productivity.

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Bhunder blames poll system for corruption
Mansa, March 17
Shiromani Akali Dal Badal (SAD) general secretary and Rajya Sabha Member Balwinder Singh Bhunder said, although the story of was not good for the country, but it was conspiracy of the Congress which had been involved in corruption since its inception from Nagarwala episode of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to ex-Prime Minister P.V. Narsimha Rao.

Channi seeks PM’s resignation
Hoshiarpur, March 17
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP from the Hoshiarpur Parliament constituency, demanded resignation of the NDA government led by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee on moral grounds keeping in view the expose by alleging malpractice in the defence deals in a video tape brought by it.

PM’s effigy burnt by Cong
Amritsar, March 17
Effigy of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, was burnt in the busy Hall Bazar area today by workers of District Congress Committee. The workers protested against the unprecedented scandals during the NDA regime. The rally passed through the main bazars of the city.


Two-year RI for engineer
Bathinda, March 17
Mr Surjeet Singh, Special Judge, Bathinda has sentenced Raghbir Singh Sukhija, Sub-Divisional Engineer (SDE), Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) two years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) and imposed Rs 5,000 as fine after holding him guilty in a corruption case registered against him in police station, Maur Mandi in 1993.

Army to hold rally of ex-servicemen
Ferozepore, March 17
To resolve the post-retirement grievances and improve the quality of life of ex-servicemen, the Army with the assistance of the civil administration has decided to organise a rally of ex-servicemen settled in Punjab. For this purpose, the Army has decided to set up mini-offices of various departments at the rally site to provide on-the-spot reparation, assistance and guidance to them.

Talwandi condemns killing of 2 Sikhs
Amritsar, March 17
The SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, severely condemned the murder of two Sikh youths in Poonch. He alleged that it was a deep-rooted conspiracy to oust the Sikhs from Jammu and Kashmir. He said the incident had created a fear psychosis among Kashmiri Sikhs. He urged for strict action against those who had unleashed a reign of terror amongst the Sikhs and demanded adequate compensation for them.

NFL staff oppose disinvestment
Bathinda, March 17
The National Fertilisers Employees Union has criticised the decision of the Union Government to disinvest 51 per cent equity in the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) and transfer the managerial share to private hands.

Prisoners learn to beat stress
Patiala, March 17
A seven-day-long course in ‘The Art of Living’ concluded in Central Jail here today. The course, the first of its kind in Punjab, was conducted by a two-member team of a Bangalore based group that teaches various forms of yoga and aerobics. The team comprised Ms Mohini of Chandigarh and Ms Satinder Kaur, a teacher in the local Government Model Senior Secondary School of Civil Lines.

Fire destroys cotton factory
Bathinda, March 17
A major fire broke out at a small-scale cotton factory in the industrial area of the city this evening and destroyed the machinery and the material but no loss of life has been reported.

14 huts gutted
Barnala, March 17
About 14 huts of labourers near Daraj railway crossing of Tapa, about 20 km from here, were gutted in a fire that broke out today morning at about 3 a.m.

PUDA auction fetches Rs 62 lakh
Jalandhar, March 17
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) earned Rs 62 lakh from an auction of 21 free-hold commercial and residential sites at Kapurthala yesterday.

Train halted as passenger dies
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 17
The Amritsar-Darbhanga Flying Mail going to Darbhanga was yesterday halted at Sirhind station for about an hour following the death of a passenger, Railway sources said.


Profitable but much-avoided work
Most people are not ready to open a piggery despite the fact that it is a low-investment and profitable business. The main reason for this is that people in general do not think that it is a “respectable” occupation.

Hailstorm destroys wheat crops
Hoshiarpur, March 17
Standing crops, including wheat and green fodder, on more than 2,500 acres of land under Muradpur Nariala, Dhamian, Nainowal, Badala, Dhuge, Sarhala and Bure villages were damaged by a hailstorm on March 14.

Conserve water, farmers told
Moga, March 17
In view of the ground water level going down every year in Punjab, particularly due to sowing of paddy by farmers, experts of Punjab Agricultural University have called upon the farmers to diversify from traditional paddy sowing to other crops like sugarcane so that sub soil water level should not fall further.


Optical fibre for rural exchanges
Barnala, March 17
About 70 per cent of the rural telephone exchanges in Sangrur district have been provided with the new technology, the digital optical fibre cable (OFC) which offers a broader band width and manifold lines.


Murder accused arrested
Jalandhar, March 17
The district police has arrested a person, who was wanted in a murder case by the Mumbai police, along with an illegal weapon.


New dept from next session: VC
Patiala, March 17
While addressing the annual conference of the Principals of the colleges affiliated to Punjabi University here yesterday, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, said that to encourage studies and to spread awareness about environment, university would establish a full-fledged new department of Environmental Studies on the university campus from the next session.

Teachers postpone dharna
Phagwara, March 17
Teachers working in 11 SGPC-run colleges have postponed their dharna from March 18 to March 25, it was learnt today.

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