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VC uses emergency powers, passes Pbi varsity budget
Patiala, March 31
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, passed the university budget using his emergency powers today. According to sources, the budget has been passed for three months, taking into account the last year’s budget.

Malout poll: CPI presses ‘dhadis’ into service
Malout, March 31
Using “dhadis” (ballad singers) for electioneering has been an old feature of Akali politics in Punjab. However, in this Assembly segment, “dhadis” are being used by the CPI leadership at election meetings.
Mr Surinder Singh, MLA; Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister; Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, and Mr Jagmeet Brar at an election rally in Malout on Sunday.
Mr Surinder Singh, MLA; Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister; Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, and Mr Jagmeet Brar at an election rally in Malout on Sunday. —A Tribune photo.

Poll observers yet to reach Malout
Chandigarh, March 31
With less than 84 hours to go for the polling, the election observers are yet to arrive at Malout, the "heartland of malwa", where tension has started building up in anticipation of a close contest for the lone Assembly seat.

Bickerings in BJP intensify
May affect civic poll prospects
Jalandhar, March 31
The bickerings in the district unit of the BJP that intensified after it lost all four Assembly seats in Jalandhar are likely to affect the poll prospects of the party in the forthcoming municipal corporation poll scheduled for May.

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Govt gets tough against corruption, absenteeism
Chandigarh, March 31
If developments during the past some days are any indication , the Punjab Government appears to have taken the fight against corruption and absenteeism from public offices to the “field” in its endeavour to win the confidence of the people.

Finding jobs a big challenge
Chandigarh, March 31
Finding jobs for the youth poses a big challenge to the Punjab Government because the employment situation has not improved in the past years.

Clergy to take up Head Granthi’s absenteeism
Amritsar, March 31
The Sikh clergy has decided to take up the issue of Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, who has been absenting himself from the meetings of Akal Takht which is considered violation of the ‘maryada’ (Sikh tradition), at the forthcoming meeting.


Cong, CPI may upset Badal’s apple-cart
Malout, March 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has managed to get the support of a number of confidants of the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the Congress-CPI alliance candidate, and Mr Nathu Ram is likely to cause an upset in the calculation of the Akali rank and file.

Bairagis to back Cong-CPI candidate
Jalandhar, March 31
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, has decided to support the Congress-CPI candidate, Mr Nathu Ram, during elections to the Malout Assembly segment.

Sehajdharis to back Cong candidate
Bathinda, March 31
The Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal (SSAD) has welcomed the decision taken by the Punjab council of ministers regarding giving voting rights to the Sehajdharis for the SGPC elections.

Brar: Cong to push for Punjab’s demands
Faridkot, March 31
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, an MP and senior Congress leader, has reiterated the stand of the party to get the long-pending demands of Punjab accepted by the Central Government. 

CM ‘disturbing’ peace
Malout, March 31
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal alleged yesterday that Congressmen with active connivance of the Punjab Police at the instance of the Chief Minister had forcibly occupied the premises of the local Edward Ganj Public Welfare Association.


Markfed board, govt  on collision course
Chandigarh, March 31
A confrontation is brewing between the Akali-dominated elected board of Markfed and the Congress government in Punjab. There are 13 elected members of the board and four government nominees, including the Registrar of Cooperative Societies.

Hoping against hope for pension
Jalandhar, March 31
Hundreds of recently retired state government employees in the district are running from pillar to post to get their pensionary benefits, thanks to the instructions of the Finance Department asking the district treasury authorities not to release payment due to the bad financial condition of the state government.

Probe demanded into purchases for Navy
Hoshiarpur, March 31
Sq Ldr Kamal Chaudhary (retd), a former Chairman of the Standing Committee for Defence Matters has alleged that the Union Defence Minister Mr George Fernandes, has misused crores of rupees in the purchase of missiles and cartridges for the Navy, as an emergency purchase, during the Kargil war.

74-yr-old alleges torture, writes to PHRC
Amritsar, March 31
Apprehending threat to his life, Mr Balbir Singh (74), who was allegedly taken into illegal custody by the Dera Baba Nanak police and tortured for four days, in a letter to the State Human Rights Commission has alleged the involvement of the S.H.O and the A.S.I of the said police station. 

Army launches war against illiteracy
Jalandhar, March 31
The Army authorities in its bid to promote educational awareness among rural children, has undertaken a literacy programme “jagran” in the border area of Kasowal in Gurdaspur district.

People residing in border areas of Punjab welcome Army's move to de-mine certain areas facilitating the movement of the farmers in their fields.
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Four constables suspended
Amritsar, March 31
At least four constables were suspended following the escape of a prisoner of the Central Jail from their custody here last evening. The accused Manjit Singh had been in prison since 1998 on a murder charge.

PUDA to set up satellite towns
Gurdaspur, March 31
Mr Raghunath Sahaipuri, Punjab Minister for Urban Development, while talking to mediapersons here today said that the Punjab Urban Development Act would be amended to control the unauthorised constructions by individuals or colonisers.

MLA’s arrest not motivated: Bhattal
Barnala, March 31
Commenting on the arrest of Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA, in a case of alleged misappropriation of funds, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Agriculture, Rural Development, Women and Child Development Minister, said it had nothing to do with political vendetta.

Contractual recruitment of  doctors condemned
Patiala, March 30
The National Medicos Forum has condemned the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to recruit doctors and paramedical staff on contract basis.

City to have eye bank
Bathinda, March 31
An eye bank will be established in the city at a cost of Rs 10 lakh to preserve donated eyes for later use. The establishment of the eye bank will eliminate the need for finding a recipient immediately after the death of the person who has donated his eyes. 


DC spells out wheat procurement steps
Ferozepore, March 31
The administration has made proper arrangements to purchase wheat. According to Deputy Commissioner S.R. Ladhar, the district had been divided into 35 sectors and for every sector a gazetted officer appointed a nodal officer.

Licences of 6 pesticide dealers cancelled
Moga, March 31
The Agriculture Department has cancelled six licences of pesticides dealers for selling spurious pesticides in the district. This was revealed at a meeting, held under the chairmanship of the local Deputy Commissioner, to review the progress of agriculture and related departments.


Voters’ complaints
Bathinda, March 31
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, in a press note has said the state government has decided to entertain complaints of voters whose name have been deleted from the voters list.


Former SHO, constable booked for graft
Ludhiana, March 31
The Moga police has booked Balwinder Singh Sekhon, a former SHO of the Baghapurana police station and Constable Tarsem Singh under Sections 13(2) 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribe of Rs 2 lakh from Mohinder Singh, son of Mr Jang Singh, a resident of Mrar village of Faridkot district. 

Brother-in-law booked for fraud
Tarn Taran, March 31
On a complaint lodged by Gurmeet Kaur, Head Constable, posted at Amritsar, the Sarhali police has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B against her brother-in-law and seven others for grabbing about 8 acres of land standing in the name of her husband.

Keetu in police custody
Barnala, March 31
Malkiat Singh Keetu, the SAD MLA from Barnala, who was produced before Mr S.S. Mann, Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Barnala, was remanded in police custody till April 1. After listening arguments for about an hour, Mr Mann, Duty Magistrate, ordered that Keetu be remanded in police custody till April 1.


RECs fail to get deemed varsity status
Jalandhar, March 31
The Regional Engineering Colleges at Jalandhar and Warangal have failed to make it to the list of the RECs which have been upgraded by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) to deemed universities.

PTU’s first youth festival concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
Western culture is fastly affecting our rich traditional Punjabi culture and the coming generation should not run after the western culture, G.S. Tohra, MP, while presiding over the first inter-college cultural festival of Punjab Technical University being organised at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, here today.

Waiting list of selected teachers awaited
Jalandhar, March 31
Even as the session in primary schools is scheduled to start tomorrow and about 400 candidates selected for posts of primary teacher have failed to join duty during the past seven months in different parts of the state, the Education Department has done nothing to fill these posts from the waiting list of candidates.


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