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Punjab Budget to be mix of sops, taxes
Chandigarh, March 22
When the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, presents his second Budget to the Vidhan Sabha on Monday, more than the common man, the happiest will be the law-makers themselves — MLAs. Because, when the Cabinet approves the Budget on Monday morning, it will also stamp a substantial hike in the allowances of MLAs, which would mean an additional annual burden of about Rs 20 crore on the exchequer.

Cong man is Malerkotla MC president
Malerkotla, March 22
Ms Bholi, Congress municipal councillor from Ward Number 5, was today elected president of the local municipal council. He was backed by 12 Congress concillors and nine independents. Mr Balwinder Singh, councillor from Ward number 6, has been elected Vice-President of the council.

War brings scrap bomb fear to Mandi Gobindgarh
Mandi Gobindgarh/Ludhiana, March 22
War in Iraq but scare in Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana? Sounds out of place but to those who know the issue of live bombs in iron scrap, brought here for moulding from West Asia after the US-Iraq war in 1991, the fear of more such munitions reaching here looks imminent resulting in yet another series of loss of human lives and property.




PPCC to participate in Delhi rally
Chandigarh, March 22
PPCC chief H.S. Hanspal today called upon the party leaders to take the programmes and policies of the party to the grassroots level to restore the earlier glory to the Congress Party. Mr Hanspal said this while presiding over a meeting of the presidents of the DCCs and the BCCs at Punjab Congress Bhavan here today.

Families anxious for kin in Gulf
Jalandhar, March 22
With the Gulf War entering the third day, parents and relatives are worried about their near and dear ones who had gone to the Gulf nations, particularly to Kuwait to earn money so that back home their parents could lead a comfortable life.

Tarlochan SinghAkali unity still elusive: Tarlochan
Chandigarh, March 22
Worried over disunity in the Akali ranks, the Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, came out with his own political thesis in this connection while speaking at a meet-the-Press programme at the Press Club here today.

Varsity fails to honour Punjabi scholar
Patiala, March 22
Punjabi University has ‘ditched’ a Punjabi scholar, who was referred to as the “Bhisham Pitamah” of Punjabi language and study by its own Academic Council, by failing to honour him with a DLitt (honorous causa) at its recent convocation.


VHP ‘jagran yatra’ reaches Batala
Batala, March 22
The “jagran yatra” of the VHP reached here today. It was led by Swami Adhwatt Maharaj of Ayodhya.

10 hurt in Cong, BJP supporters’ clash
Fazilka, March 22
At least 10 family members and supporters of the Congress and the BJP were injured in a group clash around midnight today. Pawan (26), Vipan Kumar (28) both sons, Sapna (25) daughter of Ramesh Verma, BJP Councillor and president, BJP mandal, Fazilka, and Nirmal Verma (35), Saroj (35) and Madan Lal (49) were injured in the clash with Satya Rani (40), wife and Raj Rani (41), sister of Dharm Pal Gandhi, former Municipal Councillor of the Congress and Vidya Rani (50) and Ramesh Kumar (38), all residents of Gandhi Nagar.


Dept decides to relocate liquor vends
Talwandi Sabo, March 22
The state excise and taxation authorities today decided not to open liquor vends in the holy city of Talwandi Sabo housing the Fifth Takht of Sikhs The auction for these vends was held here yesterday by the state excise and taxation authorities.

Auction of liquor vends put off
Amritsar, March 22
The Excise and Customs Commissioner in a last minute decision postponed the high profile liquor auction for Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts here today. The large number of liquor contractors from both the districts were disappointed when the state government officers decided to defer the auction without assigning any reason.

Seminar on folklore tradition, modernity
Amritsar, March 22
Meaning in any kind of folk literature lies in dialectical inter-relationship between anthropological and cosmological domains. Due to the tension inherent is such a dialectical inter-relation, folk literature is written both at level of real and surreal, said eminent linguist Dr Harjit Singh Gill, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in his keynote address at a two-day national seminar of “Folklore: tradition and modernity” organised by the School of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, here yesterday.

SGPC not to raise clemency issue with Kalam
Talwandi Sabo, March 22
The SGPC chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, said today that the SGPC would neither raise an issue pertaining to seeking clemency for Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhuller, who had been awarded a death sentence by a Delhi court in a bomb blast case, nor submit any representation to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his visit to the Golden Temple, Amritsar, tomorrow.
The SGPC chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, along with Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, releases a booklet against drug addiction at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, on Saturday. —Photo Kulbir Beera

Elaborate security for Kalam

Students ‘forced’ to welcome President


A sniffer dog in front of the Flame of Liberty at the historical Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on the eve of A.P.J Abul Kalam's visit on Sunday. —Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

A sniffer dog in front of the Flame of Liberty

Rs 1.25 lakh for student’s death
Mansa, March 22
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, has got a compensation of Rs 1.25 lakh awarded to Mr Jasvir Singh and his wife Ms Rajinder Kaur for the death of their minor daughter, Beant Kaur, who had died to roof collapse at a model school in Budhlada. The forum also awarded Rs 500 as cost of litigation.

Exhibition train draws crowds
Bathinda, March 22
The exhibition train depicting the achievements of the Indian Railways during the past 150 years reached here today. Men, women and kids came in flocks to see the train.

Mela special trains from today
Phagwara, March 22
The Northern Railways will run 12 mela special trains from Ferozepore to Hussainiwala tomorrow, the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.

3 of a family end their lives
Hoshiarpur, March 22
A case of suicide pact in which three members of a family of Motiana village ended their lives has been reported in Mahilpur police station last evening. According to police sources, Mehna Singh, his wife Surjit Kaur, alias Jeeto, and son Dharminder of Motiana village committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance.

IT officers told to pay Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, March 22
Coming down heavily on the Income Tax authorities while pronouncing orders on a petition alleging the demand of bribe by officials for “not opening” a case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has imposed costs of Rs 10,000 “to be paid personally in equal shares by an Assessing Officer and another officer who granted sanction” for going ahead in the matter.

Two workers electrocuted
Phagwara, March 22
Two workers, Surinderpal, alias Shangu, 28, and Shakul Dev, 45, were today electrocuted at Madhopur village when the iron rod of a shuttering accidentally touched the high tension wire passing over the house. Another worker, Kashmiri Lal, sustained burn injuries. 


Illicit relations lead to child’s murder
Bathinda, March 22
A man allegedly murdered a three-and-a-half-year-old son of his paramour, as he was against her illicit relations with her former paramour.

Sarpanch, panch held
Bathinda, March 22
The state vigilance authorities have arrested Baljit Kaur, sarpanch and Jit Singh, member panchayat, Burj Dalla village for embezzlement of Rs 2,32,520 from the funds given to the village for various development works.


Steps to curb copying in exams
Chandigarh, March 22
The Punjab Education Department has decided to expose the “black sheep” involved in the promotion of copying in annual examinations in the countryside. A number of measures have been planned in this connection, according to highly placed sources in the department.

GND varsity passes Rs 61-cr budget
Amritsar, March 22
Guru Nanak Dev University today passed its budget of Rs 61.75 crore with a deficit of Rs 3.97 crore at a budget meeting of the Senate here today. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, while addressing the meeting said the Punjab Government had imposed a 10 per cent cut on the maintenance grant being given to the university.


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