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Punjab House flays Bluestar
Chandigarh, March 22
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously condemned Operation Bluestar at the Golden Temple complex in 1984. The resolution, the first on the issue in the State Assembly, was moved by Mr Gurdip Singh Bhullar and Mr Mantar Singh Brar of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, and saw the role of the Congress being criticised during debate on it.

Punjab employees oppose privatisation
Chandigarh, March 22
Thousands of employees of the Punjab Government, semi government and public sector undertakings held a massive rally against privatisation of public sector and state services and also for the realisation of long-pending demands of the state employees at Matka Chowk here today.

Badal seeks Canadian Consulate
New Delhi, March 22
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Centre to facilitate the setting up of a Canadian Consulate office in Chandigarh.

Tehelka Brigade to fight graft
Jalandhar, March 22
Beware, if you belong to the corrupt lot of politicians and officials in Punjab, who are involved in shady deals. Members of the Tehelka Brigade”, a newly formed organisation, might be keeping a tab on your activities even though they might not be well-equipped with hi-tech cameras to capture the wrong doers.

Punjabis, be ready for severe power cuts
Ludhiana, March 22
Attention Punjabis — get ready for a severe power cut during April. All hydel projects, except the UBDC project of Joginder Nagar, as also the thermal units of Punjab will be closed for annual maintenance next month to ensure a smooth power supply for June to September.

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  Sehajdharis’ voting rights curtailed
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), March 22
The Sehajdharis who had the voting right according to the SGPC Act, 1925, will now not be allowed to vote in future SGPC election after an amendment to Sections 10, 10 (A) and 11 of the said Act. Now only those Sehajdharis who are eligible to vote under the DSGMC Act, 1971, Section (9), will be allowed to vote in the SGPC elections.

Stock scam unearthed, broker absconding
Jalandhar, March 22
The Punjab police today claimed to have unearthed a stock scam following the disappearance of a local share broker Naresh Aggarwal.


Moga PPCC member expelled
Chandigarh, March 22
Capt. Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has expelled Mr Tara Singh Sandhu, Member, PPCC, from Moga for breach of party discipline.

Withdraw case against Joshi: BJP
Tarn Taran, March 22
Hundreds of BJP workers today marched to the local SDM’s office and presented him a memorandum against the registration of a case against party leader Anil Joshi under Section 307, IPC, at the city police station and demanded the immediate withdrawal of the case.


Mosque desecration condemned
Chandigarh, March 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today condemned the incident of sacrilege at Amritsar yesterday and the attempt made at Patiala to disturb communal harmony and peace.

Problem of infanticide in Punjab serious: HR
Chandigarh, March 22
"The problem of female infanticide is serious in Punjab. We have asked the Institute for Development and Communication to conduct a thorough study of the problem in the state and submit us a report," says Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, Additional Director-General of Police, Punjab Human Rights Commission.

Sugar mill staff to get pay
Chandigarh, March 22
All employees of Budhlada Sugar Mills would be paid their lawful dues, including salaries , for 54 months, after the mill is auctioned, the Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, announced in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today.

42 hepatitis cases in 3 villages
Faridkot, March 22
As many as two cases of hepatitis-B and 40 cases of hepatitis-A have been detected in Tehna, Pakka and Moranwali villages of this district in the past two days.

Hospital being shifted despite protests
Bathinda, March 22
The work for shifting the general and children hospital located in the heart of city to the premises of the Civil Hospital has been started.

Malerkotla bandh today
Sangrur, March 22
Various social, religious and political organisations have decided to observe a bandh in Malerkotla tomorrow in protest against the burning of the Quran Sharif at Amritsar yesterday.

MC beats up EO
Samana, March 22
Mr Sham Lal Garg, Municipal Councillor Nagar Council, Samana with his supporters entered the office of Mr T.R. Sharma, Executive Officer, Nagar Council, Samana today and beat him up. They also broke office furniture and Mr Sham Lal threw a chair on the head of the Executive Officer injuring him.

Registration of case ordered against ASI
Pathankot, March 22
On a complaint lodged by Mr Bishamber Dass, resident of Dhaki road, the District Magistrate ordered registration of a case against ASI Baldev Singh under Sections 323, 342, 379 and 504 of the IPC.

Urdu Mushaira on March 25
Phagwara, March 22
The Rotary Club, Phagwara South East would organise an All-India mushaira here on March 25.

Foreign scribes visit RCF
Kapurthala, March 22
A delegation of 19 foreign journalists from Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, the Maldives, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa and other countries visited the rail coach factory (RCF) yesterday.

Son fulfils father’s wish
Bathinda, March 22
Mr Baldev Kumar Garg, an employee of Canara Bank, has fulfilled the wish of his father Mansa Ram who always wanted to donate his eyes after his death.

Two farmers commit suicide
Barnala, March 22
Two farmers are reported to have committed suicide at Daangarh and Katoo villages of Barnala.


6 booked for attack on rice mill owner
Rampuraphul, March 22
As many as six industrialists, most of them rice mill owners, have been booked in a criminal case for allegedly attempting to murder Naresh Kumar, another rice mill owner, by attacking him with sharp-edged weapons in the city today.

Impersonator arrested
Gurdaspur, March 22
The police has arrested Jatinder Singh of Sarna near Pathankot for posing as a CID Inspector and forcibly taking Inderjit Kaur, a B.A.-II student, of Khanpur under Pathankot Sadar police station to her boy friend Kulbhushan of Kothe Nanwal under Shahpur Kandi police station.

Dismissed SPO arrested on smuggling charge
Bathinda, March 22
Pawan Kumar, who was dismissed from the post of Special Police Officer (SPO) in 1997 because of his involvement in smuggling and other criminal cases, has been arrested by the district police.


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