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Kalam for rivers’ linking
Amritsar, March 24
Endorsing the 2020 vision paper of the country, the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, emphasised the need to double the growth rate from the current GDP (Gross Domestic Product) 4.5 to 9 per cent to eradicate poverty and illiteracy.

ST concession to Golden Temple: SGPC sceptic
Ropar, March 24
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the SGPC, doubted Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s statement on Sales Tax on items supplied to the Golden Temple complex

Development allocation slashed
Amritsar, March 24
The local municipal corporation’s budget for 2003-2004 has projected a top heavy allocation for the third consecutive year. Hence, a major part of its income, which is a whopping 63 per cent, will be utilised for maintenance and the staff salaries, 21 per cent for exigencies and merely 16 per cent for development.

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LADT to replace octroi; LTC restored
Punjab Budget pegs deficit at Rs 682.60 cr
Chandigarh, March 24
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today unwrapped his Budget basket and cleverly juggled and juxtaposed concessions, incentives and tax proposals while revealing a deficit of Rs 682.60 crore.




Punjab revives subsidy on farm tools, gypsum
Bathinda, March 24
The Punjab government has introduced several schemes of subsidy on agriculture and allied activities to encourage diversification of agriculture and and bring the farmers out of the wheat-paddy cycle.

Discussion on Guru Granth Sahib
Chandigarh, March 24
The Parliament of World’s Religions (Chicago) has decided to devote full one day to Sri Guru Granth Sahib at its next International Conclave in Barcelona (Spain). This decision has been taken in response to the call by the World Congress of Faiths (UK) given on January 30, 2002, at its special conclave hosted by Punjabi University, Patiala.

Fissures in Cong lead to defeat of nominee
Faridkot, March 24
The Congress today got a major jolt when five of its 14 municipal councillors namely Mr Gurtej Singh Gill, Mr Gurcharan Singh, Mr Harvinder Pal Singh, Ms Amarjeet Kaur and Ms Sukhdeep Kaur disobeyed the high command orders, resulting in defeat of the official persidential nominee for the local nagar council.

Jalalabad, Abohar MC poll stayed
Chandigarh, March 24
In less than 24 hours before polling for electing the President of Jalalabad and Abohar Municipal Council were scheduled to be held, along with that of Lohian Nagar Panchayat, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the same.

Cabinet panel to oversee liquor auctions
Chandigarh, March 24
A three-member Cabinet subcommittee, headed by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was today constituted to oversee the auction of pending liquor shops in Punjab.

Charges framed against Sidhu
Patiala, March 24

District Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today framed charges against former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu and eight others, who have been accused in the much publicised cash-for-job scam in the PPSC.


Kidney case: bail plea of two doctors rejected
Chandigarh, March 24
In just over two months after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today confirmed the bail granted to advocate Pardeep Saini and another accused in the case. Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court also rejected the bail application of two doctors in the case.

Stones of contention removed
Gurdaspur, March 24
Controversy relating to foundation stones in Banda Bahadur Park here came to an end when the district administration removed all stones in the park on the directions of the Chief Secretary yesterday. Three stones, two in the names of the then Deputy Commissioner and one in the name of Municipal Committee, Gurdaspur were installed in the park.

Monitor anti-TB drugs: expert
Sangrur, March 24
On the occasion of World TB Day today, the state secretary of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association, Dr Surinder Singla, who is also a TB and chest diseases specialist, has urged the government to strictly and regularly monitor the quality of anti-tuberculosis drugs and issue licences to manufacture and market anti-TB drugs only to those pharmaceautical companies which maintain the highest standards.

147 jaundice cases in Kurali
Kurali, March 24
As many as 4734 houses have been surveyed in the panic-stricken Kurali to detect cases of jaundice after 147 residents tested positive. 
Mehar Singh, a patient suffering from jaundice, shows the open drain and garbage along the Kurali-Morinda road in Ward No. 11, Kurali, and (right) a hand-pump, a water sample from which was found unfit for drinking.

Sensitising masses about rights
Hoshiarpur, March 24
The Public Awarness Council, Hoshiarpur, has welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court declaring the amended poll reforms law as unconstitutional. The council has resolved to sensitise the masses about their rights.

Clemency sought for Bhullar
Bathinda, March 24
Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Takhat Sri Damdama (in middle) leads a march A section of Sikh religious leaders and organisations, led by Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh Acting Jathedar, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo today organised a rally to demand clemency for Davinder Singh Bhullar, sentenced to death.

Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Takhat Sri Damdama (middle), leads a march at Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera. 

Drug store, nursing home raided
Amritsar, March 24
The district health authorities recovered 24,000 tablets, some capsules and 2,000 injections containing banned narcotics substances worth over Rs 25,000 from Love Medical Store at Majitha here today.

Fire breaks out in shop
Bathinda, March 24
The flames rise high from the a shop dealing with paints Panic gripped the shopkeepers on the Bathinda-Goniana road near Ganesha Basti this afternoon when a fire broke out at a shop dealing in paints used for motor vehicles. No casualties were reported. The fire that broke out due to short circuit engulfed the shop, Shiva Auto Paints, in a few minutes as the containers of paints, thinners and turpentine oil inflamed.

A paint shop on fire at Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera.

2 crushed to death by trains
Jalandhar, March 24

Two unidentified persons were crushed to death by trains in two separate accidents here today. According to sources, one person was crushed to death at platform number one of city Railway station while the other one was killed at Railway line of Domoria Pul on the Jalandhar-Amritsar Railway section.


Ziledar caught taking bribe
Bathinda, March 24
Mr Balwinder Singh, Ziledar, was today allegedly caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from Mr Iqbal Singh of Kot Bhai village for fixing the turn of canal water for irrigation of his 6.25 acres of land.

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