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Malout: acid test for Congress
Chandigarh, March 15
Accepting the election for the Malout assembly seat as its first acid test after assuming power in Punjab, the Congress is mobilising all factions within the Pradesh Congress Committee for the success of the party-supported CPI candidate in the April 4 poll.

Cong withdrawing grants to panchayats: Badal
Malout, March 15
Former Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal, while alleging that the Congress government had started pursuing anti-development policies and were withdrawing the grants distributed to panchayats and municipal councils, claimed that the Malout Assembly election would be a turning point in the political scene of the state and would prove a nail in the coffin of the present regime.

Pro VC to ensure Syndicate meeting
Patiala, March 15
The Punjabi University Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr R. N. Pal, today banned the entry of youth leader Bhupinder Singh Cheema and his brother, who are accused of attacking a University teacher, Dr H. S. Bhatti.

Economic revamp plan for Punjab
Chandigarh, March 15
These are hard times for Punjab as it passes through a transition period before a new politico-administrative order is born and castoffs adjusted. In the prevailing uncertainty, sceptics see harrowing weeks ahead while optimists wait for the new outfit to settle and deliver.

Punjabis ‘welcome to invest in Bhutan’
Chandigarh, March 15
“Bhutan welcomes Punjabis to come and explore the possibilities of investing there,” says Mr Lyonpo Dago Tshering, Ambassador of Bhutan to India, maintaining that his country has close connections with Punjab as the people of Bhutan feel that Guru Nanak Dev was an incarnation of one of their saints.

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CDPO indicted for fake recruitment
Amritsar, March 15
A high-level probe, conducted by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Tarn Taran), Mr G.S. Bal, has indicted the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) for appointing her own sister on fake certificates.

Adopt power reforms, Punjab told
Mohali, March 15
The Union Power Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu, here today advised the Punjab Government to adopt power reforms soon as the State would not be able to get finances in the future.

Attachment of DRME property likely
Amritsar, March 15
The non-implementation of the court orders with regard to the fixation of seniority of the medical teaching cadre and promotion may lead to the attachment of the property of the Directorate of Research and Medical Education (DRME), which has put the Health Ministry in a tight spot.

Bureaucrats behind high advocates’ fee
Chandigarh, March 15
There is an interesting story behind the fixing of an exorbitant fee of Rs 1.50 lakh per appearance for special-category advocates by the Punjab Government. It also shows how a number of bureaucrats have used the state exchequer to defend cases in the Supreme Court.


CM not behind cut in security: Badungar
Phagwara, March 15
Virtually giving a clean chit to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, SGPC President Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar said he did not believe that the security of politico-religious Sikh leaders had been scaled down due to political vendetta.

SSP vows to improve police image
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 15
All-out efforts would be made to rid the police department of its bad image. The working of the police in the district would be streamlined and the police public relations would be strengthened to curb anti-social activities in the district, said Mr B. Chandera Sekhar, SSP, while talking to mediapersons after a meeting with district police officials here yesterday.

Man involved in poll violence still at large
Amritsar, March 15
A history-sheeter, booked by the police on election day after he and his men forcibly entered a polling booth at Ajanta Public School, broke windows and furniture, has not been arrested even a month after the incident. It may be mentioned that a written undertaking was reportedly given by the kin of Congress leader on the same day to the SHO, Civil Lines, guaranteeing good behaviour by the history-sheeter.

Deadlines set for cases of terrorist victims
Amritsar, March 15
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has ordered to clear pending cases of victims of terrorism and riots, besides jobs on priority, allotment of houses in addition of issuance of red cards to them.

Improvement Trust panel to probe charges
Bathinda, March 15
Even as the starting disclosure made by a trustee of the local Improvement Trust in connection with the use of substandard material in its new official complex which is under construction caused a furore in the House, the Chairman, Mr Mohan Lal Garg, has constituted a three-member panel to hold an inquiry.

Theft of bales worries workers
Amritsar, March 15
Even as panic has gripped transport workers of the Sherawala Gate area here, the functioning of the local police has come under cloud following a spurt in robberies during the past month.

Muslim-dominated town peaceful
Malerkotla, March 15
There was no apparent tension in this Muslim dominated town in connection with the Ayodhya issue here today.

‘No restrictions’ for student visa to UK
Kapurthala, March 15
British Council Education Services First Secretary Nic Humphries said today that there were no harsh restrictions in granting student visas to the United Kingdom.

Survey for AIDS awareness
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 15
A door-to door survey is being conducted in the district by the district health authorities to create awareness about AIDS, STD and RTI, Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, said addressing a meeting of health officials here today.

Cop’s wife alleges second marriage
Bathinda, March 15
Mr Ishwar Singh, district police chief, has ordered an inquiry into the allegation of second marriage entered into by a constable posted in a local police chowki. The allegation was levelled by his wife, Mrs Jaswant Kaur, a resident of Dhobiana Basti in this city.

Rally for religious harmony
Bathinda, March 15
A rally was organised by the district unit of Punjab Lok Morcha to motivate people to have religious tolerance and harmony in the wake of incidences at Ayodhya and other parts of the country.

Activists of the Punjab Lok Morcha hold a march for communal harmony, in Bathinda on Friday. — A Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Baba of Nanaksar Kaleran dead

Vedanti escapes unhurt in mishap


Gang of bank frauds busted
Ropar, March 15
The police has claimed to have busted a gang of frauds which had allegedly duped many banks. The gang was busted with the arrest of two of its members, Pargat Singh and Karamjit Kaur, both residents of Khamano in Fatehgarh, who tried to dupe a local bank. Three others have also been arrested.


SLIET students end dharna
Longowal (Sunam), March 15
Students of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) here today ended their dharna and relay fast on the assurance of Mr Ashok Kumar Singla, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Sangrur, that they would get justice with regard to their demands in the case of death of a SLIET student.

Technical education to be made affordable
Chandigarh, March 15
The Punjab Government will take adequate steps to extend affordable technical education to those belonging to economically weaker sections, scheduled castes and other backward classes.

GND varsity Sports Director quits
Amritsar, March 15
Dr Kanwaljit Singh, a senior professor at Guru Nanak Dev University who was embroiled in an alleged sexual harassment case, today resigned as Director, Sports, to pave way for independent inquiry.


Union tussle hits small truckers
Bhucho Mandi, March 15
The tussle between the present and former presidents for securing presidentship of the local Truck Operators Union is proving dear to small operators as for the past many days, the office of the union has been locked and trucks have not been booked by anybody.

Banks set up clearing house

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