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Talks with farmers fail
Chandigarh, March 16
The second round of talks between agitating farmers and the Punjab Government broke down today as the farmers refused to withdraw agitation until their demands were on paper. Informed sources said a team of the Punjab Government, led by Mr Lal Singh, Finance and Cooperation Minister accompanied by Mr Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, held a meeting with the representatives of farmers in the Punjab Bhavan.

Dhindsa for Bill on banning conversions
Jalandhar, March 16
Terming reports of a spurt in “conversions” as a matter of grave concern for the peace of the state, the Union Minister and general secretary of the SAD, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today advocated that the state government should bring a Bill to impose a complete ban on “conversions” in the current session of the Punjab Assembly.

Row over commercial plot’s allotment 
Amritsar, March 16
The allotment of a prime commercial plot to a publisher for a song in the Rs 119 crore “galliara yojna” scheme for the beautification of the surroundings of the Golden Temple has kicked up controversy.

Narco-terrorism, drug menace cast shadow on Punjab
Chandigarh, March 16
As a transit state, Punjab is under the dark shadow of narco-terrorism and drug menace. Alarmed by this twin threat, the state has approached the Centre for help through MPs.




A bouquet at a flower show at the Baradari Gardens in Patiala on Sunday.

A cricket fan put a small kite with a message wishing the Indian cricket team success, inside a bulb, in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI 

Poppy husk sellers smuggle narcotics to Punjab
Muktsar, March 16
Employees of poppy husk shops in the neighbouring state of Rajasthan have started smuggling narcotics.

PM urged to intervene in Bhullar case
Faridkot, March 16
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) unit of Punjab has appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to personally intervene in the conversion of death sentence to life imprisonment of Prof Devinder Singh Bhullar who was allegedly involved in the murderous attack on Mr Manjinder Singh Bitta, President, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front.


Cong to issue show-cause notice to MLA
Patiala, March 16
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said that a show-cause notice would be served on the Congress legislator from Rajpura, Mr Raj Kumar Khurana, for his anti-party activity during the recent municipal committee elections.

Politicians ‘patronise’ caste system
Lehra Mohabbat (Bathinda), March 16
Mr Sham Lal Sharma, state president of the General Categories Welfare Federation, said a state-level convention against caste-based reservation to be held at Talwandi Sabo on April 14 by the association would herald a new chapter in building a casteless society.

Boycott of Address in bad taste: Mann
Phagwara, March 16
Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Punjab Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Social Security and Development of Women and Children, today said the boycott of Governor’s Address on the opening day of the Assembly session by the Opposition combine of the SAD-BJP was in a bad taste.

Party to mobilise forces: Kainth
Nawanshahr, March 16
Mr Satnam Kainth, president of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha and a former MP, said here today that the Amarinder government was “directionless” and its one-point agenda was “political victimisation of opponents”.

SAD(A) sets up village units


Policemen charged with torturing kabaddi players
Jalandhar, March 16
The district police today registered cases against two policemen, including Om Parkash, head of Ganna police post in Phillaur, on the charge of torturing two kabaddi players in illegal custody on March 8.

Decks cleared for MC chiefs’ election
Gurdaspur, February 16
Decks have been cleared for the election of Mr Naresh Puri and Ms Satya Devi as presidents of the Municipal committees of Sujanpur and Dinanagar, respectively though elections in this regard will be held next week but the results are just a foregone conclusion.

Ind wins Majitha byelection
Amritsar, March 16
An Independent candidate, Mr Salwant Singh, today defeated the ruling party candidate, Mr Dilbag Singh, with a big margin in the Municipal Committee Majitha byelection.

Mann for panel of preservationists
Phagwara, March 16
The SAD(A) President, MP and SGPC member, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, in a letter to the SGPC President, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, has urged him to constitute a panel of preservationists from among the members of the SGPC for framing rules against renovation, alteration or pulling down of old Sikh historic structures without the approval of the panel which would act on the advice of experts.

Cable operators deny charge
Amritsar, March 16
The list of defaulter cable operators, made public by Amritsar Communication Network Private Limited, has opened a Pandora’s box as the cable operators associations have started levelling allegations and counter-allegations against each other.

Centre forms panel for Hoshiarpur schemes
Hoshiarpur, March 16
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, has constituted a district-level vigilance and monitoring committee for Hoshiarpur under the chairmanship of Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Member of Parliament, to monitor the schemes of the ministry in the district.

Bhaura seeks social security for farm labour
Faridkot, March 16
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura Member of Parliament and President, Khet Mazdoor Union, Punjab, has demanded the implementation of the legislation for the welfare of farm workers in the country.

Minister promises jail reforms
Ludhiana, March 16
Punjab’s newly appointed Minister of State for Jails and Urban Development, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, today promised to bring in “sweeping” reforms in jails.

Give up liquor, spend on education, parents told
Chak Suhelewala (Ferozepore), March 16
Dr Rupinder Singh, Principal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SBSCET), Ferozepore, said that time had come for the educational institutions in the state to produce global competitors for the survival of the nation.

Govt move irks women councillors
Faridkot, March 16
Mrs Amritbir Kaur Sidhu, newly elected Congress municipal councillor, has expressed surprise over the Punjab Government’s decision to convert the post of president from the general category of women to that of Schedule Caste candidates in the local nagar council.

Few turn up for repoll
Abohar, March 16
At least 71 per cent polling was recorded during the repolling in the highly sensitive ward 25 of the local municipal council today. Hardly 22 voters, more than last Sunday, turned up to exercise the franchise under heavy security arrangement.

Widow’s pension: probe ordered
Amritsar, March 16
Following the appearance of a news on pension of Ms Gurvail Kaur, widow of a freedom fighter, published in The Tribune on August 27, 2002, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Chief Secretary to state government and the Deputy Commissioner here to submit a report in eight weeks.

World Consumer Day celebrated


Man kills mother over property
Phillaur, March 16
Mahinder Singh, alias Tiddi of Patti Rawal Ki village, shot dead his mother Surjit Kaur (62) and shot at his younger brother Balbir Singh at Rurrka Kalan village this morning.

2 held for extortion
Jalandhar, March 16
The police claims to have busted a five-member gang of impostors with the arrest of its two members. The two were held on the charge of extorting money by posing as policemen.

Panch murdered
Tarn Taran, March 16
Mr Sawinder Singh (45), a panch, was allegedly murdered this morning at his native Naurangabad village by Rachhpal Singh of the same village.

Two killed in collision
Bathinda, March 16
Two occupants of a jeep were killed while three others were injured when their vehicle collided head on with a bus near the Sirsa railway crossing on the Bathinda-Dabwali road this evening.

Two arrested for assault
Phagwara, March 16
The police arrested two persons last night and registered cases against some others under Sections 353, 332, 186 and 120-B, IPC for assault and for using criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty.


Action against schoolhead sought
Bathinda, March 16
The district administration here has written to the Secretary, Education (Schools), Punjab, demanding disciplinary action against the head of government high school, Malooka village of the district for facilitating former Union Minister and senior SAD leader Sukhbir Badal criticise Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh by organising a function for the inauguration of a block on March 5.

Stress on quality education
Amritsar, March 16
“The educational institutes must lay stress on quality education instead of results” stated Prof V.N. Rajasekhran Pillai, Director National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), at the two-day workshop-cum-seminar for accreditation of affiliated colleges and teaching departments of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Batala students honoured
Batala, March 16
The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Batala held a function in community hall of Khajuri Gate here today to honour brilliant students of the town.

Mann gives grant to village schools
Ludhiana, March 16
The SAD (Amritsar) has condemned the SAD (Badal) and the SHSAD for not recognising the sacrifice of those Punjabis who were killed during the police firing during a rasta roko andolan on April 4, 1993, at Kup Tota, a hamlet near here.

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