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Govt interfering in Sikh affairs: SAD
Anandpur Sahib, March 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress made scathing attacks on each other while the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the Panthic Morcha, despite their separate pandals , announced their decision to contest the coming SGPC elections unitedly, as the political conferences at the historic Hola Mohalla festival passed off peacefully here today.

Bhattal case takes new turn
Bathinda, March 28
The corruption case against the Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, took a new turn yesterday evening when Vigilance Bureau officials moved an application in the court of a Special Judge to withdraw the application which they had moved on January 2 in connection with the return of challan presented against her.

Bt cotton triggers debate
Chandigarh, March 28
The permission given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) on March 26 for the commercial cultivation of transgenic Bt cotton has triggered a debate.

Farmers sit on a pile of cotton at the Bathinda market. Farmers sit on a pile of cotton at a Bathinda market. — Photo Swarn Dhillion

Punjab gets 36 cr for damaged crops
New Delhi, March 28
The Ministry of Defence has released an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 36 crore to Punjab for paying them to farmers whose crops had been damaged during the movement of troops in the border areas in the wake of December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament.


Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


  Dharna against ex-sarpanch’s death in custody
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 28
A large number of people today blocked traffic and staged a dharna in front of the district administrative complex here in protest against the alleged killing of a former sarpanch of Alluna due village due to torture by Sirhind Police.


SGPC members may raise siropa issue
Amritsar, March 28
Some of the members of the SGPC belonging to the SAD may take up the alleged ‘siropa scam’ with the party high command during the high-level meeting being held here tomorrow.

People ‘not safe’ in Congress rule
Bathinda, March 28
Former Punjab Law Minister and senior Akali leader, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg alleged that a dacoity and murder at Talwandi Sabo, a murder at Bathinda in broad day light, a firing incident in the city and incidents of looting and snatching were strong indications that the law and order situation was deteriorating under the Congress government.


Nihang Singhs with traditional turbans
Nihang Singhs with traditional turbans talk prior to  Hola-Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib on Thursday. During the festival Nihangs, dressed in their traditional martial costumes, demonstrate their skills in fencing, horse riding and shooting.
— Reuters photo

Keetu supporters stage dharna
Barnala, March 28
The festivity of Holi was marred here today because of the staging of protest rallies by the activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) and supporters of Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA Barnala, SAD, in the local Sadar Bazar, railway station and Shaheed Bhagat Singh chowk areas.

Senior GND varsity officials ‘shielding’ Kanwaljit Singh
Amritsar, March 28
The case of sexual harassment in Guru Nanak Dev University today became more serious as Ms Anita Tamarkar, alleged victim, alleged that several senior officials of the university had been shielding Dr Kanwaljit Singh who recently resigned as director for paving the way for an independent inquiry.

Saroj Rani, Jaspal questioned
Patiala, March 28
The Head of Fine Arts Department, Punjabi University, Dr Saroj Rani and technical assistant Jaspal Singh, who were arrested by the Patiala police yesterday in the Saru Rana case, were today questioned for over two hours by senior police officials. They were arrested on the charge of conspiracy in the case.

Army camps to villagers’ rescue
Ferozepore, March 28
The Army in an effort to maintain rapport with the residents of villages situated along the Indo-Pakistan border has mooted a plan to organise a series of medical camps so that their hardships could be mitigated.

‘Bir’ burnt in accidental fire
Mansa, March 28
A ‘bir’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and two “gutkas” were burnt in a fire which broke out yesterday at a gurdwara in Rampur Mander village under the Boha police station area of the district. This was stated in a press note issued here today by the Public Relations Department. As per preliminary inquiries, the fire was caused by a short circuit.
Shaurya Chakra winner wants security back
Amritsar, March 28
Mr Balwinder Singh, his wife and three members of his family were awarded Shaurya Chakra for showing exemplary courage against terrorists during the hey days of militancy, today threatened to return the award if his security which was taken back recently, was not restored immediately.

PNB to accept IT deposits
Bathinda, March 28
Mr C.R. Khajuria, senior Regional Manager, Punjab National Bank in a press note issued here today said that the bank had made special arrangements at authorised branches for the acceptance of income tax.


CM to meet Union Minister on MSP
Bathinda, March 28
Even as wheat crop is to hit grain markets within a week or so, the worries of the state government and farmers have been increasing day by day as the Central Government has not announced the minimum support price (MSP).


Punjab postings
Chandigarh, March 28
The Punjab Government has ordered the following postings and transfers: Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chief Secretary, will continue to be Principal Secretary, Personnel, General Administration and Grievances.


3 killed as car rams into truck
Jalandhar, March 28
Three of four occupants of a car were crushed to death at Kanganan village, near Malsian, late last night.


GND varsity to sign MoU with 6 foreign varsities
Amritsar, March 28
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with six foreign universities of California, Germany, Australia, Russia, USA and Canada.

9 JAC members to face charges
Punjabi University Syndicate meeting
Patiala, March 28
The Punjabi University Syndicate, which is meeting on March 29, is in for a surprise with a controversial agenda being prepared by Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, in which a dossier has been made on nine teachers who are members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is leading the agitation against the VC.

Parents protest against fee hike
Jalalabad, March 28
To protest against the sudden fee hike and ‘‘exploitation of students by private schools’’, parents, under the aegis of the newly formed Shiksha Sudhar Committee, took out a protest march and staged a dharna in front of the SDM office here on Tuesday.

Re-exam of cancelled papers on April 7, 8
SAS Nagar, March 28
The examination of subjects of the matriculation and senior secondary classes which were cancelled by the Punjab School Education Board in the wake of reports of mass copying would now be held on April 7 and 8. The candidates would have to pay Rs 100 per paper, said a spokesman of the board.


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