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Power reforms imperative
Chandigarh, March 3
The proposed power reforms is a livewire issue in Punjab. For fiscal sustainability and rejuvenating the economy, it is imperative that power reforms are properly plugged in for the sake of other reforms.

Manjit Singh: charges figment of sick mind
Patiala, March 3
Former Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar Prof Manjit Singh today in an open letter to people released here, said that Sikh Panth must analyse whether the allegations against him were the figment of the imagination of a “sick mind”.

SHSAD mobilising people on farmers’ issues
Dhanaula (Sangrur), March 3
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal today launched “jantak laambandi” (mobilisation of people) campaign seeking Rs 700 per quintal as minimum support price for wheat and rollback of fertiliser and diesel prices and against the alleged “wrong” and “anti-people” policies of the Central and state governments at a religious function here.

BKU (E) activists stage a dharna near the Primary Agriculture Development Bank, Bathinda

BKU (E) activists stage a dharna near the Primary Agriculture Development Bank, Bathinda, on Monday to show resentment against arrest of defaulting farmers.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

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11 elected unopposed to Batala MC
Gurdaspur, March 3
With the unopposed election of 11 municipal councillors of Batala Municipal Committee for which elections will be held on March 9 the chances of the Congress taking over the reins of Batala Municipal Committee, have brightened.

NRI’s death: murder charge added
Phagwara, March 3
The case of an NRI’s death at a marriage function on February 23 has taken a new turn as Section 302, IPC, was added to the case yesterday. It was only after this that body of the NRI, Mohan Singh of Raipur-Rasulpur village was cremated after a week yesterday.

Young lovers killed by girl’s kin
Bhodipur (Jalandhar), March 3
Two young lovers belonging to the Dalit community were allegedly done to death with sharp-edged weapons by an uncle and other relatives of the girl at the girl’s house in this sleepy village on the Nakodar-Kapurthala road today.


Corruption voted out in Himachal: PPCC
Chandigarh, March 3
Mr Parminder Singh, General Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has described the landslide victory of Congress in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections as a categorical rejection of the communalisation of Indian politics by the BJP.

Lal Singh violated election code: Mittal
Ropar, March 3
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, has violated the code of conduct for elections by issuing a statement regarding the abolition of octroi in the state from July 1. With a number of municipal councils in the state going to the polls, the statement of Mr Lal Singh is aimed at attracting voters.

Overseas Cong chief greets Amarinder
Chandigarh, March 3
Mr Balwant Kapoor, a freedom fighter and President of the Indian Overseas Congress, London, who is camping in Chandigarh, has congratulated the government of Punjab for completing one year in office by providing the state with a clean and transparent people’s government.

Justice J.V. Gupta is BVP chief
Phillaur, March 3
Justice Jatinder Vir Gupta, retired Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been appointed national president of the Bharat Vikas Parishad in place of Justice M. Rama Joyaas, who was appointed Governor of Jharkhand by the Union Government.


Two kidney trade victims released from jail
Amritsar, March 3
Seven migrant labourers were enticed to donate their kidneys for Rs 1 lakh but instead landed in jail. Vijay Kumar (25) and Kasim (24) were recently released from prison after having undergone two-and-a-half-year jail term. The two penniless donors were helped by Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP leader, who pooled money to sent them back to their village.

A man cycles to work during a warm morning in Amritsar
A man cycles to work during a warm morning in Amritsar on Monday. Temperatures in most parts of northern India have been rising after a winter spell in South Asia that claimed the lives of some 1,170 people. — Reuters

Blocked sewers: people take to streets
Amritsar, March 3
Residents of Bambay Bazar took to streets to protest against overflowing sewerage in their area here today. The Commissioner, corporation, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir led a team headed by an Executive Engineer to clear the blocked sewerage aggravated by polythene litter.

Cops spying for private individuals?
Jalandhar, March 3
Has the Jalandhar police been snooping on some journalists, officials and politicians and seeking details of calls made from their mobile telephones during the rule of the previous government? The answer seems to be in the affirmative if some officials and the other sources and instances are to be believed.

Police recommends action against SHO
Jalandhar, March 3
Perturbed over yesterday’s violent protest by the relatives of Roop Lal, a resident of local Santokhpura locality, following the recovery of his mutilated body from the railway track near Tanda Chowk here on Saturday, the district police has recommended strict departmental action against SHO of Government Railway Police for his failure to timely register a murder case.

Security at Retreat ceremony up
Wagah (Amritsar), March 3
The beating Retreat ceremony was observed here amid tight security today after stone pelting incident was reported from the Hussainiwala border in Ferozepore district yesterday.

Running from pillar to post
Bathinda, March 3
Mr Gurdip Singh, a company commander with the Punjab Home Guard, has been running from pillar to post for promotion despite orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

DPRO office gets computer, scanner
Patiala, March 3
A computer system along with a printer and a scanning machine has been installed at the District Public Relations Office here for the convenience of the media as well as government functionaries by philanthropist Vimla Devi Goyal in memory of her late husband V.P. Goel.


Medicines seized in raids on drug firm
Jalandhar, March 3
A special team of the Punjab Health department seized medicines and raw material worth Rs 85,000 in a special raid on a local drug-manufacturing company today. The company was, allegedly, involved in unlicenced sale, distribution and manufacturing of drugs.

Two Punjab IRB personnel killed in Tripura
Patiala, March 3
Two personnel of the Punjab Indian Reserve Battalion were killed in a road accident, near Barapani, in Meghalaya yesterday while returning after the completion of election duty in Tripura.

Farmer murdered
Bathinda, March 3
Mr Sukhdev Singh, a farmer of Bagha village was allegedly done to death by two brothers Mewa Singh and Kulbir Singh and their father Ram Singh when the deceased resisted the throwing of soil in his field by the accused.

Two die after consuming liquor
Bhucho Mandi (Bathinda), March 3
Bhura Singh (60) and Laxman Ram (55), both residents of this town, today died after allegedly consuming liquor in large quantity. Police sources said while Bhura Singh died on the spot, Laxman Ram died in Civil Hospital here.

Burglary at two religious places
Machhiwara, March 3
More than 10 armed persons looted Dera Baba Bhagti Nath and Mandir Brahm Shivala on the Ropar road, here in the early hours of today morning. They looted thousands of rupees.


Punjab announces eligibility criterion
Admission to technical courses
Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab Government today announced the general eligibility criterion for admission to various technical courses being run in the State, including graduate, post-graduate and diploma courses in engineering and technology, architecture and pharmacy as well as modules being offered by the industrial training institutes.

Cadets undergo training during a NCC camp
Cadets undergo training during a NCC camp under the Supervision of Commanding Officers at D.A.V Collage, Bathinda, on Monday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Teachers put on exam, poll duty simultaneously
Fazilka, March 3
Even as the annual examinations of 10th and plus two classes to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board are to commence from March 5 and annual examinations of sixth, seventh, ninth and plus one classes are to begin from March 6, a large number of teachers have been put on poll duty for municipal council elections to be held on March 9.

Ex-students display works at alma mater
Patiala, March 3
Five artists practising diverse art forms and dreams but with the same feeling of love and affection for their alma mater have come together to showcase their best at a unique exhibition being organised at the Museum of Fine Arts of the Punjabi University.

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