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CM woos Mahesh Inder Singh
Political equations change in Badal village
Badal (Muktsar), March 26
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with a view to ensuring victory for the Congress-CPI alliance candidate, Mr Nathu Ram, in the Malout Assembly election visited the house of Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, who contested as an Independent candidate against Mr Parkash Singh Badal from the Lambi constituency, to secure his support.

Frame rules for high priests’ selection: Vedanti
Amritsar, March 26
Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to frame rules and regulations for the appointment of Sikh high priests immediately.

Decision on panchayat poll likely today
Chandigarh, March 26
The election fever may continue to keep Punjab in its grip for some more months as the state Council of Ministers is all set to approve the holding of block samiti, panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections simultaneously in June or July this year.

MC ‘allowing’ change in land use
Amritsar, March 26
Ignoring all procedures under the prevailing laws for change of land use from residential to commercial the local municipal corporation and the city Improvement Trust are “illegally” permitting commercial buildings on residential land.

Stopping of grants irks councillors
Ludhiana, March 26
The Congress Government in Punjab is learnt to have taken a decision to reverse major decisions of the previous Akali-BJP government. The first casualty in this regard is the stopping forthwith the release of all development funds sanctioned by the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, during his sangat darshan programmes.



‘Golden Temple could be world heritage site’
Richard A. EngelhardtChandigarh, March 26
Richard A. Engelhardt is Regional Adviser for Culture in Asia and the Pacific. He was in Chandigarh today at the end of his tour of Punjab during which he went to various heritage sites, presented a UNESCO award to the people who had worked on the conservation of the Krishna temple at Kishankot and met conservationists, political and social leaders and architecture students.

2 NRIs convicted for tax evasion
Chandigarh, March 26
Investigations carried out by the CBI into a case of massive tax evasion by two non-resident Indians has resulted in their being convicted by the British authorities. British revenue officials had charged the accused, hailing from Phagwara, with defrauding the British exchequer of the equivalent of Rs 15 crore in Indian currency by filing incorrect tax returns and claiming rebate on non-existent income by using fake documents prepared in India.

Absorption of staff to be reviewed
Chandigarh, March 26
The issue of the absorption of at least seven officials in the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority from sick industrial units, boards and corporations during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government came under scrutiny when the minister concerned, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, announced the review of the appointments today.


Bajwa flays Badal on Sehajdhari issue
Chandigarh, March 26
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Vice-President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), today assailed Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, and other leaders of SAD, for “crying foul” over the issue of interference of the state government in Sikh religious affairs.

Tohra loyalist transferred again
Amritsar, March 26
Mr Ranbir Singh, a former personal assistant to the then SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra has been transferred for the fifth time in less than three years.
While Mr Ranbir Singh has been transferred to the publication wing with immediate effect, Mr Harjit Singh, a former personal assistant to Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been given the important assignment of assistant secretary (section 85 gurdwaras).


Dharna held against non-payment of salaries
Nawanshahr, March 26
Employees of the local municipal council today held a dharna in front of the office of the president of the council in protest against the non-payment of salaries for the past two months.

Students performing Giddha during first Cultural Festival of P.T.U. held at MIMIT, Malout. — Tribune photo

In aid of patients’ attendants
Chandigarh, March 26
Moving a step further towards what Fortis Heart Institute, SAS Nagar, chooses to call "complete health care" has started a rehabilitation centre and medical inn on its premises for the attendants of patients getting treatment here.

Foetus found, team to probe case
Bathinda, March 26
The local Civil Hospital authorities have dug out a 12-week-old foetus buried at Goniana town, 15 km from here, late last night, suspecting it to be a case of female foeticide and a team of four medical specialists has been constituted to investigate the case.

Book SMO, Insaaf urges CM
Bathinda, March 26
The Insaaf International, a non-governmental organisation, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to register a criminal case against Dr Ajit Pal Singh, SMO, local Civil Hospital, for his alleged involvement in the issuance of fake medical certificates to the kin of prisoners and place him under suspension.

Father’s illegal detention alleged
Amritsar, March 26
Narinder Singh of Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in a letter to Batala SSP has alleged illegal custody of his father Balbir Singh by the SHO and ASI of the Dera Baba Nanak police station.

Dharna by scribes
Gurdaspur, March 26
Journalists of Gurdaspur and Dhariwal held a dharna on the GT road near Upper Bari Doab Canal at Dhariwal and blocked traffic for an hour. They were protesting against police action in a case in which Dhariwal-based reporter of a Jalandhar daily Yash Mahajan’s brother Jawahar Mahajan, mother Suhagwanti and others were attacked allegedly by nine Bajrang Dal activists and his shop was damaged and Rs 5000 in cash and two cameras were stolen at Dhariwal on March 5, 2002.

Burning of ‘bir’ was accident: SSP
Ropar, March 26
The burning of “bir” at Sotal Baba village, near Kurali, a few days ago was caused due to the negligence on the part of two minor daughters of the gurdwara granthi. The SSP, Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, while addressing a press conference here today said the police did not see any involvement of miscreants, in the case.

Vikas Parishad official missing
Chandigarh, March 26
Mr Avinash Jain, Organising Secretary of the Punjab State Bharat Vikas Parishad, who has been suffering from depression, is untraceable since March 24.
His car was found abandoned, 60 km from here, on the Ropar-Nangal road today.

Mahant Sewa Dass cremated
Faridkot, March 26
The body of Mahant Sewa Dass Singh, President, All-India Akali Dal, Pheruman, and general secretary, Sadhu Sant Samaj, was consigned to flames here today. He was 55. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He died in New Delhi in the early hours today.


Diversify into other fields, farmers urged
Gurdaspur, March 26
More than 10,000 farmers from districts of Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar participated in a kisan mela here today organised by the Krishi Kendra of Punjab Agricultural University. Mr Khushhal Behl, Education Minister, was the chief guest. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, presided while Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, was the guest of honour.

Dharna against shifting of paddy
Mansa, March 26
Members of the Mansa Rice Shellers Association have been staging a dharna in front of the local office of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) since yesterday in protest against the shifting of paddy stocks outside the district for milling.

69 centres to procure wheat in Muktsar
Muktsar, March 26
Mr Babu Lal, Deputy Commissioner, presiding over a meeting of officials of various procurement agencies, representatives of labour unions and farmers here said 69 procurement centres would be set up in the district to ensure the smooth procurement of wheat.


Money wasted on non-essential items: PCMSA
Patiala, March 26
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has claimed that hurried attempts were being made by “henchmen” of the former Minister of Medical Education and Research to purchase non-essential items.

Civic poll rolls on display
Jalandhar, March 26
Complying with the Punjab Election Commission’s instructions, the district administration yesterday displayed the preliminary revised electoral rolls pertaining to elections of village panchayats, Panchyat Samitis and Zila Parishads.


Man shot at, cash looted
Amritsar, March 26
Three unidentified armed youth shot at Gopal Singh (24), a jeweller and a son of an Akali worker of Ajit Nagar here, last evening. The victim was critically injured in the shoot-out and the assailants fled from the scene after looting a bag containing cash and jewellery from his possession.

3 cops held for beating up youth
Ropar, March 26
Three cops posted at the police chowki in Dhalh village, near here, were placed under suspension and arrested today for beating up a youth, when he allegedly failed to give them bribe.

Suicide by four of family
Malerkotla, March 26
A man, his wife and two children committed suicide by jumping into Babban Pur canal 7 km from here. The bodies were recovered yesterday by the police from the canal on the Malerkotla-Dhuri road.

4 killed in road accidents
Bathinda, March 26
Harjit Singh of Ferozepore and Nirmal Jeet Singh of Shikhawali village, died on the spot, while Sanjay Kumar was injured seriously when the car in which they were travelling, collided with a truck near Jeeda village, 25 km from here, on the Bathinda-Goniana road today.

Businessman found murdered
Talwandi Sabo, March 26
Fear gripped residents of this historic town when Toti Ram, a local kiryana shop owner, was found murdered in his house.
A large number of residents, who attended the funeral of Toti Ram, earlier blocked traffic for about 4 hours to protest against the lawlessness and broke the windowpanes of a private bus.


End disruptive activities: VC men
Patiala, March 26
Following a long lull, supporters of Punjabi University Vice-Chancellors, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today spoke up in his favour appealing to the state government to put an end to disruptive activities on the varsity campus.

Employees, teachers stage dharna
Sangrur, March 26
The district units of the Democratic Employees’ Front and the Democratic Teachers’ Front today staged a dharna in the district administrative complex here. Members were protesting against the non-payment of salaries, arrears, medical expenses, and the GPF to the employees.

PTU zonal festival concludes
Malout, March 26
The two-day zonal cultural festival of Punjab Technical University concluded at the Malout Institute of Management and Information Technology late last night. Students from 26 technical institutes of the Malwa belt participated in the festival to compete in 28 events of different categories.

+2 papers at two centres cancelled
SAS Nagar, March 26
The Punjab School Education Board today cancelled papers of plus two examinations at two centres on the basis of reports of copying given by flying squads. The papers were cancelled under Chapter VI of the General Regulation of Examination.

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