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Bhaniarawala produced before NSA board
Chandigarh, March 25
Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala, accused of sacrilege, appeared before the Advisory Board, constituted under the National Security Act, at the Punjab and Haryana High Court this morning amidst tight security.

BBMB employees fear repatriation
Ropar, March 25
It is for the second time in the past six months that the fear of repatriation is stalking the employees of the Punjab Government serving in the Bhakra Beas Management Board. 

Rs 32 lakh Forest Dept scam
Jalandhar, March 25
A scam amounting to Rs 32 lakh has been unearthed in the Punjab Forest Department by a Vigilance Bureau team today. 

Index page:
Punjab deep in debt: White Paper
Makes subtle indictment of SAD-BJP govt


Now, VC picks a row  with Pro-VC
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia
Patiala, March 25
Another controversy has erupted in Punjabi University over with a wall constructed to block a newly opened gate adjacent to a girls’ hostel on the campus being demolished on the orders of VC, Dr J.S.Ahluwalia who claimed that the Pro Vice-Chancellor had exceeded his powers by ordering the closure of the gate in his absence.

12 UK teachers to tour schools
Kapurthala, March 25
A 12 member delegation of teachers from United Kingdom today reached Kapurthala on a six-day educational tour of this district. 



Rise in migrant labourers’ wages
Ferozepore, March 25
Lakhs of migrant agricultural labourers from various states, who have become the mainstay of Punjab farming and have edged out a majority of local hands to other professions have registered a significant increase in their wages over the past few decades.

Paddy worth crores rotting
Ferozepore, March 25
In a country where lakhs of people are unable to secure two meals a day with some even dying of starvation, paddy worth crores of rupees is damaged every year bringing not only financial loss but endangering the lives of human beings.


Campaigning yet to pick up in Malout
Malout, March 25
Even as the contest for this Assembly seat has acquired the dimension of a proxy war between a former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, campaigning is yet to pick up.


‘River waters must remain state subject’
Chandigarh, March 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he would strongly oppose the nationalisation of river water sources. A meeting of the Chief Ministers has been convened on this issue by the Union Government on April 1 in New Delhi.

Getting jobs via kitchen
Chandigarh, March 25
The revelation today by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that 55 per cent of the policemen on security duty with VIPs have been working as their domestic helps presents only a part of the picture.

Devotees offer liquor following an old tradition at the shrine of a Muslim seer near Amritsar during a three-day annual fair in honour of the holy man.
(28k, 56k)

Vote-on-account passed
Chandigarh, March 25
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today passed vote-on-account amounting to over Rs 5929.69 crore for April, May and June. 

Institute on ‘gurmat maryada’ soon
Amritsar, March 25
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhadak Committee announced to set up a institute to training impart in “gurmat maryada”.

1.5 cr TB patients in India
Jalandhar, March 25
There are 1.5 crore tuberculosis patients in India, one-third of the world’s total TB-affected population, while about five lakh patients die every year in the country due to this disease. 

Panel to probe corruption cases: Rinwa
Fazilka, March 25
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday, said the Punjab Government was determined to wipe out rampant corruption from the state.

Rumours over foreign currency seizure
Jalandhar, March 25
Rumours about a raid by officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intellegence and recovery of foreign currency to the tune of Rs 1 crore from a local garment shop owner created panic among the business community of the city here last evening.

Yeoman’s service to handicapped
Bathinda March 25
The local Helping Hand Educational Society has been rendering yeoman’s service to the handicapped by providing them artificial limbs and other equipment free of cost for the past many years.

Liquor vendors seek re-auction
Amritsar, March 25
The liquor vendors in the city today threatened to launch an agitation and stage dharnas in front of the houses of the Chief Minister and the Excise Minister if the government did not hold a re-auction of the liquor vends of the four and seven groups. 

Camp on upkeep of solar pumps
Bathinda, March 25
Officials of the Punjab Energy Development Agency yesterday organised a camp in which farmers who had installed solar water pumps were taught about the maintenance of the pumps at Mehma Sarja village, near here.


Rakhra Kisan Mela on April 1
Patiala, March 25
A Kisan Mela will be held at Rakhra, 15 km from here, on April 1, under the aegis of Punjab Young Farmers’ Association. The theme of the festival is to achieve crop diversification as a short-term measure by substituting the maximum area under cultivation of paddy with Basmati-1 variety which has established its market internationally.

Farmers learn about urea production
Bathinda, March 25
The local unit of National Fertilisers Limited arranged a visit of farmers to the plant in connection with the World Consumers Rights Day for four days from March 20.


Policeman killed in accident
Amritsar, March 25
A policeman posted at the Sultanwind police station, Vijay Kumar, was killed and four others were injured seriously in a road mishap here on Saturday. According to reports the auto rickshaw they were travelling in was hit by a truck from behind. The vehicle turned turtle after the accident and Vijay Kumar was killed on the spot. The truck driver is absconding and the police has registered a case.


No move to abolish college grants
Jalandhar, March 25
Contrary to a recent decision of the Congress government to impose a cut of 10 per cent during the next five years on one non-planned expenditure, Punjab Higher Education Minister Khushal Behl today declared that the state government would not abolish grant-in-aid scheme, falling under non-planned expenditure category, for privately managed government-aided colleges.Top

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