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Tohra, Mann factions to join third front
Amritsar, March 24
In a significant development, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra and the Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann have decided to join the third front at the national level.

Movement to fight TB
Amritsar, March 24
The Punjab Government is generating a community-level movement in the state to focus public attention on the ensuing tuberculosis epidemic in the country.

Seepage destroys Sheesh Mahal chamber
The large painted chamber at the Sheesh Mahal complex along with its glass-covered antechamber is befittingly its piece de resistance. Seeing the chamber from inside is barred for tourists thronging the site.

CM wooing voters with grants: Ramoowalia
Nathana (Bathinda), March 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is trying to woo the voters by distributing “grants” at various sangat darshans keeping an eye on the coming Assembly elections.

Basic rail facilities lacking at Kapurthala
Kapurthala, March 24
Once an advanced erstwhile princely states, this district comprising the historic Sultanpur Lodhi, considered to be the fountainhead of Sikhism where Guru Nanak attained enlightenment, is perhaps the most backward district in respect of railway travel facilities.

11 more held in sacrilege incident
Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab police has arrested 11 more persons in connection with the incidents of alleged sacrilege and hurting of religious sentiments at Patiala and Amritsar early this week, the police said today.





Tohra demands PM’s resignation
Dhanaula (Barnala), March 24
Demanding resignation of Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee on moral grounds in the wake of Tehelka expose, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), strongly advocated in favour of the implementation of Inderjit Gupta Committee’s report on poll reforms to effectively curb corrupt practices and money power in elections in India.


Badal gives sweets to Pak Rangers
Hussainiwala (Ferozepore), March 24
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Union Minister for Non-Conventional Energy, Mr M. Kannappan, Mr Vikoo, General Secretary, MDMK, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon and scores of civil and police officials crossed the zero line last evening to distribute sweets to Pakistani Rangers on the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Shane-e-Hind’ gate.

Dyal wants panel on terrorism
Chandigarh, March 24
The CPI has urged the Punjab Government to set up a commission under the chairmanship of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to determine who was responsible for terrorism in the state.

Man seeks probe into son’s ‘murder’ 
Amritsar, March 24
In a complaint to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Kashmir Singh president of Kasal village, Tarn Taran, police station Sarai Amanat Khan Amritsar District has sought a fresh probe into the death of his son Tejinder Singh.

Telephone subscribers resent rental hike
Pathankot, March 24
Resentment prevails among subscribers of telephones in this telecom district on account of sudden burden imposed on them by resorting to charging arrears of rent from April 1, 2000.

Rice millers concerned over govt policies
Patiala, March 24
The Punjab Rice Millers Association said here yesterday that millers of the state were disturbed over policies framed by the Centre as the chances of milling of paddy for 2000-2001 are bleak despite their best efforts.

Panel exonerates PTU VC
Ludhiana, March 24
The inquiry committee set up by the Punjab Government to probe charges against the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) has not found substantial evidence against him and has recommended the setting up of a high-powered committee to further probe the alleged malpractices committed in the university during the past few years.

LIC facility for customers opened
Amritsar, March 24
Metro area network (MAN) for the five local branches of the city and branch office ‘Chheharta’ of the LIC of India Amritsar Division was inaugurated on Friday by Mr K.C. Jindal, GM, BSNL. Mr Jindal, speaking on the occasion, said that this would connect all five city branches and ‘Chheharta’ branch with one another for better customer service and the policy holders.

Privatisation of Railways ruled out
Kapurthala, March 24
The Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr Digvijay Singh, today ruled out the possibility of the privatisation of Railway.

Police academy renamed
Phillaur, March 24
The Punjab Police will soon have special cells at all levels to check the growing crime against women and children. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, today directed the Director-General of Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, to immediately create these cells to check the growing incidence of crimes against women and children in the state.

Postal stamp on Bhagat Puran Singh soon: Dhindsa
Sangrur, March 24
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilisers, today announced that a postal stamp on Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Amritsar Pingalwara, would be got issued soon.

Govt urged not to privatise PSEB
Bathinda, March 24
The People’s Law Forum (PLF) has urged the Punjab government to withdraw its decision to privatise the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and not violate provisions of the Constitution of India.

Rice millers stage dharna
Sangrur, March 24
Members of the local Rice Millers Association, Sangrur Industry Chamber and the local Arhtiya Association today took out a protest march throughout the town and staged a dharna for about four hours in front of the local police station demanding arrest of president of local Truck Union and some other persons.


Farmers unhappy with wheat price hike
Moga, March 24
A deputation of progressive farmers of this district headed by former president of the Punjab unit of Bharatiya Kisan Union Kuldip Singh Sandhu said that the increase in price of wheat by Rs 30 per quintal was a cruel joke with the farmers. 


Punjab may set up hydel units in Uttaranchal
Sangrur, March 24
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Uttaranchal, today said Punjab and Uttranchal might set up hydel units in a joint venture in Uttaranchal as talks were in progress in this direction between both governments.


Gang selling women busted
Tarn Taran, March 24
The police has busted two gangs involved in the circulation of fake currency and indulging in the sale of women.

Constable killed in road mishap
Bathinda, March 24
Gurmail Singh, a police constable in the Haryana Police posted in Rohtak district, died on the spot late last night near Dera Tapp village on the Bathinda-Goniana road when his scooter was hit by a four-wheeler.

One arrested for rape
Bathinda, March 24
A 20-year girl residing in a locality near the railway station was allegedly abducted and raped by two businessmen on the evening of March 20.


Future of students uncertain 
Order to shift ITI courses
Amritsar, March 24
A recent order of the Industrial Training Department has inconvenienced students of industrial training institutes (ITIs).

Question paper not from syllabus, says union
Bathinda, March 24
The question paper of Physics of class XII for which the examination was held on March 17 was not according to prescribed syllabus, thus creating difficulty for students.

Punjab Govt to upgrade 1,404 schools
Lalru (Patiala), March 24
The Punjab Government has decided to upgrade 1,404 schools during the next academic session apart from boosting computer education along with technical education in the state.


Wood sellers create problems at mandi
Bathinda, March 24
Piles of wood, steel rods and heaps of garbage and animal dung can be seen on the space meant for storing agricultural produce for auction at the local grain market.


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