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Akalis undecided on unity
But one on clemency for Davinderpal Singh Bhullar
Anandpur Sahib, March 18
The various Akali Dals at separate conferences on the eve of Hola Mohalla here today, demanded clemency for Davinderpal Singh Bhullar sentenced to death by the Supreme Court for bomb blast in front of India Youth Congress office at New Delhi.

Ramoowalia’s call to root out graft


A Nihang boy prepares "bhang" while youths look on at Hola Mohalla celebrations in Anandpur Sahib on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Karam Singh

SGPC chief: no row over Kalam’s visit
Anandpur Sahib, March 18
The SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, today clarified that there was no controversy or confusion over the visit of the President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to the Golden Temple complex next week.

Punjab robbed of share in UT taxes?
Chandigarh, March 18
Does anyone know how the Centre over the decades has “profited’’ from Chandigarh and why it has cleverly let Punjab and Haryana fight over its possession? Or how in this process Punjab has suffered an irreparable economic loss while Haryana has reaped all advantages from its proximity to New Delhi?

Anandpur Sahib



NGO helps mother, daughter return home
Bathinda, March 18
Ms Sudesh Rani and her daughter Shikha, residents of Indore, had never thought that a humanitarian gesture by two fellow passengers at the Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi would lead them to unknown places in Rajasthan and Punjab and deprive them of their belongings.

MLA in custody has no right to attend session
Chandigarh, March 18
A member of the Legislative Assembly, in lawful judicial custody under court orders, has no legal right or privilege to attend the Vidhan Sabha session — the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled in a significant judgement.


Loser Cong candidates blame Kangar
Bathinda, March 18
The Congress leaders, who lost in the Municipal Elections in Rampura Phul have blamed local MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar for their defeat.

Cong coordination panel in Punjab
Chandigarh, March 18
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has set up a committee for coordination between the Punjab Government and the Pradesh Congress Committee. Mrs Mohsina Kidwai, General Secretary of the party and in charge of the party affairs in the state, said such committees had been set up in all states ruled by the Congress.

Channi flays Cong rule
Nawanshahr, March 18
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from Hoshiarpur, said at the ‘Sharadhanjli Samaroh’ today at the Samadhi of his father, former minister Dilbagh Singh, in nearby Barnala Kalan village that the Amarinder government had no achievements to show in its one year of rule.

Chandumajra hails unity move
Sunam, March 18
Terming the unity move between the SAD and SHSAD leadership as good for the Sikhs and the Panth, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the SHSAD, said unity should be for all times to come.

Dinanagar posts go to Congress
Gurdaspur, March 18
Mrs Neelam Mahajan and Mr Shaminderpal Saini both of the Congress were elected president and vice-president, respectively, of Dinanagar Municipal Committee at a meeting at Dinanagar today. Mr Vimal Kumar Setia, District Transport Officer, was the presiding officer. Both were elected unopposed.

SAD nominees get Longowal Municipal Council posts
Sangrur, March 18
Mr Daljit Singh Sidhu and Mr Darshan Singh Gill, both SAD Municipal Councillors, were today elected president and vice-president, respectively of the Longowal Municipal Council. Mr Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, SDM, Sangrur, supervised the election.


PM to inaugurate bridge on Beas
Gurdaspur, March 18
The Naussehra Feri Bridge on the Beas river in this district will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee according to information given by Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for External Affairs to Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner. The bridge will be ready by April 30 and the inauguration ceremony will be held on May 16.

Vigilance probe into MC irregularities
Mansa, March 18
Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, Administrative Secretary of the Local Government, has handed over the case regarding irregularities committed by the Municipal Council of Bareta to the Vigilance Department. The council had allotted plots for a residential colony to its employees.

CBI team visits bank to probe murder
Amritsar, March 18
The CBI, which is here to investigate a four-year-old murder case of a bank manager, has intensified its probe to nab the culprits. The CBI team headed by Mr J.S. Bhatti, SP (CBI), has been enquiring for last three days from various employees of the bank and other witnesses in the case.

Register case: Khalsa panel
Amritsar, March 18
The Khalsa Mission Committee has demanded to appoint a judicial inquiry from the state government over the violent situation prevailing at Naurangabad village, 7 km away from Tarn Taran, between Sikhs and followers of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, known as Noormahalias.

Girls take lead in Holi celebrations
Bathinda, March 18
Holi was celebrated with traditional gaiety and style here today and girls took the lead in the celebrations. Groups of girls were seen making rounds of the city in their vehicles with no check by the police, that otherwise, was deployed in large numbers.

Check conversions, SGPC urged
Faridkot, March 18
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) has urged the Dharam Parchar Committee of the Shri Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to take initiative for checking the conversion of Dalit Sikhs to Christianity in the state.

Lok Adalat settles 15, 687 cases
Jalandhar, March 18
As many as 15,687 cases have been settled at 131 “Lok Adalats”, organised by the Jalandhar District Legal Services Authority so far.

Sangathan threatens agitation
Hoshiarpur, March 18
Addressing a meeting of the Punjab Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangathan here yesterday, Mr Kulwant Singh Saini, general secretary of the sangathan, said according to reliable sources, it was noticed that the Punjab Government was preparing lists of all those municipal employees whose retirement was due in 2005.


2 kg of heroin seized; two held
Sahnewal, March 18
One cop was injured in an encounter between the Ludhiana police and a three-member gang of narcotics smugglers near Government Senior Secondary Girls School, here this afternoon.

Travel agent held
Jalandhar, March 18
The police has arrested a travel agent on the charges of cheating and tampering with a passport while four others were booked on the same charges. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here today, said a case was registered under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, following receipt of complaint from the Regional Passport Office authorities. 

Fake currency notes seized
Bathinda, March 18
The Talwandi Sabo police has seized 11 fake currency notes of Rs 100 denomination from Hansa Singh, a resident of Mansa, and registered a case under Section 479 of the IPC. A police party arrested the culprit and seized Rs 1,100 fake Indian currency from his possession.


14 copying cases detected
Fazilka, March 18
A flying squad of the Punjab School Education Board led by Mr Parminder Singh, Member, Academic Council, in raids conducted in six schools of Ferozepore district detected 14 cases of copying yesterday.

School for mentally challenged opened
Moga, March 18
Deputy Commissioner G. Ramesh Kumar yesterday inaugurated VISTA, a school for mentally challenged children by the district Red Cross Society on the Katcha Zira road here today. The school has the capacity to enroll 35 children.

National seminar on folklore
Amritsar, March 18
Guru Nanak Dev University will organise a two-day seminar on “Folklore: tradition and modernity” on March 21.


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