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Short circuit led to train blast?
Ludhiana, March 16
The Commissioner (Safety), Indian Railways, today began a separate inquiry into the Dhanbad Express blast even as the latest investigation by the Government Railway Police, Punjab, is pointing out that the blast might have occurred due to some short circuit in electricity wires in the coach.

Fresh rumblings on ‘Sehajdhari’ issue
Blame game will not help
Chandigarh, March 16
Though elections to the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) have already been delayed by a year and are a couple of months away, the controversy over the right of “Sehajdhari” Sikhs to vote has re-emerged and the Akalis factions are gearing up for the same.

George rules out troop withdrawal
Ludhiana, March 16
“India would not de-escalate its troops stationed along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan till the Musharaff regime hands over the 20 terrorists wanted by India”. This was disclosed by the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, during his one-day visit here today. 

PSEB advised to revise tariff
Patiala, March 16
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) may not be left with funds to pay salaries on time to its employees and deal with the reduction in coal supplies as well as the purchase of power if it does not revise its tariff structure and reimpose the concessional agricultural tariff.





Traders resist IT raid, warn officials
Bathinda, March 16
A strong resistance of traders and businessmen of Bathinda and Raman Mandi town of the district, led by Mr Kewal Krishan Aggarwal, general secretary of the District Congress Committee, thwarted an attempt made by officials of the Income Tax Department to raid some business and residential premises last evening.

Shaheed Udham Singh’s pistol
Jalandhar, March 16
The pistol used by Shaheed Udham Singh to kill General O’Dyer and printing press used for the publication of secret “Ghadar” newspaper by the foreign-based freedom fighters, and those linked with the Ghadar movement would be on display very soon.

SGPC chief raps Ranjit Singh
Ludhiana, March 16
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar today criticised the former Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh, for his reported statement that Capt Amarinder Singh was a better Chief Minister than Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

SGPC to buy TV channel
Amritsar, March 16
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has resolved to buy its own television channel to propagate Sikhism. A three-member committee has been formed to make the project report of the plan. The committee includes Mr Arwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, senior vice-president of the SGPC, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, general secretary, and Dr Darshan Singh, member of the Dharam Prachar Committee.

Workshop on water supply schemes
Bathinda, March 16
A workshop on drinking water supply schemes in rural areas under the National Drinking Water Mission was held here on Thursday by the Human Resources Development (HRD) Cell.


SYL: BKU group plans dharna
Bathinda, March 16
The Lakhowal faction of the Bharti Kisan Union will sit on dharna from March 20 to 22 in Delhi over the SYL canal issue as it felt that Haryana had no right over the canal water according to the Riparian Law.


Work stopped on Chief Secy’s orders
Tarn Taran, March 16
Following the directions of the Chief Secretary, Mr Y.S. Ratra, faxed to Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.S. Puri, development work has come to a standstill in this holy city. Ongoing works like the pavement of pre-mix on roads leading to Darbar Sahib etc have been stopped immediately after the fax message.

MC budget passed amid protests
Fazilka, March 16
The annual budget of the municipal council, Fazilka, for Rs 670.50 lakh was passed here today amidst a dharna by municipal employees. All municipal employees had been on strike for the past four days to protest against non-payment of their salaries for February.

IG’s order on DDR


Booked for killing wife, son
Tarn Taran, March 16
Manjit Kaur (22) of Walipur village was poisoned to death allegedly by husband and in-laws. Her two-month-old son too was allegedly killed by her in-laws.

Moga ASI suspended for taking bribe
Moga, March 16
Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Zora Singh has been suspended and a corruption case has been registered against him for allegedly accepting illegal gratification of Rs 2,000.


Rs 55.50-cr budget of GND varsity cleared
Amritsar, March 16
Ten per cent cut imposed by the state government resulted in the presentation of deficit budget of Guru Nanak Dev University today.

Need felt to change education system
Amritsar, March 16
Emphasising the need of evolving an educational system free from friction, tension and conflict, Hari Jaisingh, Editor of ‘The Tribune’ felt that the time to took at things afresh has come.

Dr Kanwaljit Singh’s resignation accepted
Amritsar, March 16
The syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University today accepted the resignation of Director, Sports, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, and appointed the senior-most Professor, Dr Gurpreet Dhillon, as in charge of the department.

Centre controller may face music
SAS Nagar, March 16
The Punjab School Education Board has initiated an inquiry into the wrong distribution of general-music question-papers among physically challenged students at an examination centre in Ludhiana on March 9. The question-paper was to be distributed on March 16.

Bhan for overhaul of education system
Tarn Taran, March 16
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court of India has stressed on the need to overhaul the present education system and to make the students self-sufficient.

ETT aspirants seek fresh entrance test
Bathinda, March 16
Students not selected for admission to the ETT course, have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to cancel the recently declared entrance test results and hold the test again, alleging that large-scale bungling has taken place in the test.

Govt college convocation held
Gurdaspur, March 16
Mr Khushal Bhal, Minister of Education, presided over the convocation of Government College here today. In his convocation address, Mr Bahl appealed to the students to work hard to rid the society of rampant corruption and violence which are eating into the vitals of the society.


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