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Punjab ignorant about rollback in
urea prices?

Chandigarh, March 14
Is the Congress Government in Punjab ignorant about the rollback made by the Union Government in the prices of various fertilisers? It seems to be so if the Governor’s Address delivered in the state assembly today is any indication.

Punjab on difficult path
Time for honest talks between govt, beneficiaries
Chandigarh, March 14
Will Punjab make progress in difficult areas and lay the foundations for revitalisation of its economy and governance? This is the least the World Bank expects in its assessment of the state’s economic reform review report.

CM orders reshuffle of portfolios
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, tonight effected a minor reshuffle of portfolios of four Ministers of State, according to top official sources.

PSSSB case: accused gets police remand
Kharar, March 14
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Gurmail Singh who was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in connection with corruption cases of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board of the previous SAD-BJP government in police custody till March 15.

Bogus pensioners under scrutiny
Jalandhar, March 14
The district administration has decided to initiate strict action against those fake pensioners, who had continuously withdrawn pensions under various social security schemes, by submitting forged documents even as they were not fulfilling the prescribed norms in this regard.


The Punjab Government decides to privatise the State Tourism Development Corporation.
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Hola Mohalla: Akalis not to share stage
Ropar, March 14
All Akali parties will hold separate rallies during the Hola Mohalla celebrations at Anandpur Sahib. This has negated any possibility of Mr G.S. Tohra and Mr Parkash Singh Badal sharing the stage or sinking their differences.


Cong MLAs want to be “educated”
Chandigarh, March 14
At the Congress Legislature Party meeting today, MLAs expressed their desire to get educated on the government policies, programmes and fiscal/economic reforms, particularly, in respect of some of the “controversial” reports, before they could go to the people and build public opinion in favour of the government and what it intended to achieve.

Bhai Kanahiya kin undecided on offer
Mohiwal (Ropar), March 14
About 50 descendents of Bhai Kanahiya who are residing at Mohiwal village near Anandpur Sahib are undecided about taking up the job of reviving mashks (water skins) as proposed by the DSGMC. There are perplexed about the decision of the DSGMC to recognise the centuries-old service of their family by providing them the job of reviving the mashks. Mr Bachan Singh, Mr Rattan Singh, Mr Sheetal Singh, and Mr Ram Singh are the heads of these families.

Employees take a holiday that wasn’t
Bathinda, March 14
A large number of government employees enjoyed a holiday today as a report that appeared in a Punjabi newspaper said that the Punjab Government had declared a holiday today.

MLA to get 7-day notice
Chandigarh, March 14
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, Mr Justice K. C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of a seven-day notice in any first information report registered against him.

Hike in excise duty on pumps opposed
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14
The Punjab Centrifugal Pump Manufacturers’ Association has criticised the Central Government for increasing excise duty on pumps in the Budget and demanded its withdrawal. The association said it was an “anti-farmer and anti-industrialist” step.

Lectures on heart ailments
Sangrur, March 14
Mr D.S. Guru, Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, will inaugurate the 57th state-level conference of the Punjab unit of the IMA on March 16 at Mansa.

Rs 25,000 grant as ‘ghund chukai’
Mansa, March 14
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, had to pay Rs 25,000 as “ghund chukai” (removal of veil) to women of Kahnewal village in the district. The DC visited the village yesterday and many women attended his meeting with veils on.

2 abducted girls traced
Muktsar, March 14
The police has recovered two Dalit sisters, abducted on March 2 from Gidderbaha town of the district by two boys of Kot Bhai village. Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, said that two Dalit sisters were abducted by Gathi Singh and Gora Singh from this town.

Kidnapped Dalit child found
Sangrur, March 14
A Dalit child, Sunil Kumar, who was kidnapped on July 19, 2001, by a woman from the Siva temple near the main bus stand here, was recovered today and handed over to his parents.

PSHRC seeks report on demolition
Jalandhar, March 14
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a comprehensive report from the local District Magistrate regarding the alleged demolition of houses of Scheduled Castes by the members of the upper caste community in Para village of the district about two months ago.

Bhattal to honour freedom fighters’ kin
Chandigarh, March 14
A lot of political significance is being attached to the function being organised by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Rural Development and Agriculture Minister, at Dhanaula (Sangrur), on March 16. According to sources, the function will be organised under the banner of the Baba Hira Singh Memorial Trust, which is headed by Ms Bhattal.

2 contestants to boycott repoll
Jalalabad, March 14
Mr Prem Kumar Valecha, president of the local Municipal Council and candidate of ward no 9, and Mr Rajnish Kumar Bindru, candidate of ward no 12 of local Municipal Council, have decided to boycott the re-elections of the wards to be held on March 16.


Scientists favour organic farming
Amritsar, March 14
Distinguished food scientists say that many pesticides have become less effective and organic farming can help farmers maintain the soil and groundwater health. Organic foods have better nutritional quality and low content of heavy metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury.


Travel agent held in fake passport case
Jalandhar, March 14
The district police has arrested a travel agent on the charges of enabling a criminal, who was convicted in an extortion case and later released on bail by the court, to flee the country on a fake passport.

Three booked for threatening lawyer
Gurdaspur, March 14
A case has been registered against Lakhwinder Singh of Sarna, Gurmeet Singh of Nangal Bhoor and an associate on the charge of threatening Mr S.S. Bhullar, a Pathankot lawyer, who was here in connection with a hearing.


PTU exams rescheduled
Jalandhar, March 14
Keeping in view the late receipt of question papers for the re-appear exams in some centres yesterday, the Punjab Technical University has rescheduled the exams for various courses under its Distance Education Programme.

Mass copying in board exams
Moga, March 14
The District Education Officer transferred one superintendent and the supervisory staff of at least four examination centres, following reports of mass copying in the matriculation and class XII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board.

Denial of bus passes: students threaten stir
Patiala, March 14
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has stopped concession to students whose institutions do not undertake to compensate the Corporation. The Corporation earlier stopped issuing concessional bus passes to all students, has started reissuing these to the students of government schools and colleges. Students of a few institutions, which undertook to compensate the corporation for the concession made to the students, are being given passes.


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