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Ultras were planning big strike in New Delhi
Ludhiana, March 9
While disclosing the identities of the two terrorists involved in an encounter with the police yesterday and their links with Pakistan’s ISI, the Ludhiana police today said the consignment of arms recovered from terrorists near Sahnewal yesterday was to be used in a major terrorist operation, likely to be carried out in New Delhi.

Govt anti-farmer: Deve Gowda
Jalandhar, March 9
Dubbing the recent Budget proposals as pro-rich and anti-farmer, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda today gave a call to all secular forces to unite on a single platform for waging a battle to oust communal and capitalist forces ruling the nation.

No objection if big farmers are taxed: Kisan Sabha
Jalandhar, March 9
Asserting that the withdrawal of quantitative restrictions in imports has opened floodgates for MNCs to capture the Indian market, Mr K. Vardarajan, general secretary of the All-India Kisan Sabha, said on Friday that his organisation had no objection in case big farmers were taxed as proposed by the Central Government.

The owners of the small-scale sector in Ludhiana blame wrong government policies for the closure of the industry supporting more than 70,000 work force.
(28k, 56k)

Water scarcity stares state in face
The emerging water crisis pose a grave threat to Punjab. The available good quality water is estimated at 25.34 MAF—million acre feet, whereas, the normal requirement is 39.75 MAF. Thus the net deficit is 14.41 MAF.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Police sits on commission’s order
Gurusar (Muktsar), March 9
It seems that the orders of the Chandigarh chapter of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have had no effect on the district police as reports regarding action taken against a section of police officials and a detailed inquiry report in connection with the murder of Gurmit Singh of this village asked by the commission have not been sent to it even after a lapse of two months.

Include women among ‘panj piare’: experts
Amritsar, March 9

The demand to allow baptised Sikh women to perform seva in the Golden Temple today took a fresh turn when Sikh intellectuals urged Sikh high priests to include baptised women among ‘panj piare’.

A Sikh woman performs 'ardas' at Akal Takht on Sunday for allowing baptised Sikh women to perform seva in the Golden Temple.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

A Sikh woman performs 'ardas' at Akal Takht


Pillai re-elected AIKC chief
Jalandhar, March 9
S. Ramachandran Pillai and K. Varadha Rajan were unanimously re-elected as president and general secretary of the All-India Kisan Council and Harkishan Singh Surjeet was elected as vice-president of the AIKC, on the concluding day of 30th All-India Kisan Sabha Conference held here from march 6 to 9.

Unity not discussed with Tohra: Badal
Jalandhar, March 9
Hinting at the possibility of unity among different Akali factions, SAD chief and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought to clarify that the issue was not discussed with President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal Gurcharan Singh Tohra during a meeting at a religious function in New Delhi recently.


Anti-quota rally on Baisakhi
Bathinda, March 9
“No political party will discontinue the present caste-based and discriminatory reservation policy and even after ruling the country for about five years, the party whose main poll plank was putting an end to the present setup had also backtracked from its promises — just to pocket votes of the so-called Dalits.

Disclose names of cops behind scam: Dang
Amritsar, March 9
Mr Satya Pal Dang, a senior CPI leader, today asked special investigation team to make the names of senior police officials public whose names figured in the kidney scam during investigations.

Fund for temple triggers tension
Ram Tirath (Amritsar), March 9
Anticipating trouble following the proposed beautification plan of the ancient Ram Tirath Temple, the police was stationed in strength to thwart any untoward incident at the temple here today.

‘Haldea panel not expert group’
Patiala, March 9
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has claimed that contrary to the state government’s claim, the Haldea Committee formed to suggest power reforms is not an “expert” group as only one out of its 10 members was a power engineer.

Panel blames cops for Dalits’ lynching
Patiala, March 9
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission member Narain Singh Kesri today said the lynching of Dalits in Jhajjar following allegations of cow slaughter could have been avoided if the police had taken timely action.

Three bank officials summoned
Amritsar, March 9
Mr Jaspal Verma Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Amritsar on Friday summoned Mr A. Bhattacharya, Chief Regional Manager, United Bank of India, Delhi, Mr Chaman Lal Arya Manager, and Mr Ashok Gupta, clerk, UBI, Amritsar, in a case filed by Mr Rajan Verma.

Fatehgarh Sahib to have polyclinic for animals
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
The Punjab Government would establish a veterinary polyclinic here soon. This was announced by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Fishery and Sports Minister, while addressing a public gathering at native village of Shahidgarh, near Bassi Pathana, after laying the foundation stone for the Veterinary Civil Hospital in the village.

Stadium named after martyr
Patiala, March 9
In a unique tribute to a martyred Army officer, Major Tejinderpal Singh Sohal, the district administration today dedicated the Indoor Stadium at the Polo Ground here to his memory.


Murderer nabbed with people’s support
Amritsar, March 9
The district police, with the active support of public, apprehended a murderer and three dacoits, including a woman, in the past 24 hours in the city. Mr Narinder Pal Singh, S.S.P., said that in the wee hours today Randhir Kumar, a migrant labourer, was arrested for stabbing Raju of gali Jodda Pipal to death near Chatti Wind.

Two killed, 35 injured in road accident
Ropar, March 9
Two persons — Chajja Singh of Dhanauri village near Morinda and Manjit Kaur of Dugri village near Chamkaur Sahib — were killed while 35 others injured when the bus in which they were travelling met with an accident near Dhanauri village on the Ropar-Morinda road today.

Beating up of labourers denied
Talwandi Sabo, March 9
The district police today denied beating up any labourer or rounding up anybody without any reason at Behman Jassa Singh village, 10 km from here. Sources said a police party had allegedly beaten up some migrant labourers on Thursday night suspecting them to be thieves.

Petrol station looted
Moga, March 9
Four unidentified car-borne youths looted a petrol station at Fatehgarh Korotana village on the Moga-Dharamkot road, 8 km from here on Friday night and escaped with Rs 29,000, the police said here yesterday.

3 drug pedlars held
Jalandhar, March 9
The Jalandhar police today claimed to have arrested three drug pedlars, including two women smugglers, and seized 20 kg of poppy husk and 100 gm of smack from their possession.


Fate of building hangs in balance
Talwandi Sabo, March 9
The fate of the information technology building, the construction work of which has been stopped, remains undecided. The building was to be used for running various courses of information technology and it was projected by the Punjabi University authorities that the institute would be developed as a nodal centre of the region.

NRIs to help set up nursing college
Phagwara, March 9
Guru Nanak Nursing Education Trust, Athouli, will open a nursing college with the help of NRIs and villagers, trust chairman Lehmber Singh Ghagg said here today. Initially, Rs 1 crore would be spent on the project, said Mr Ghagg, himself an NRI.

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