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Takht chief ‘getting threats’ on calendar
Patiala, March 25
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badungar today said that an attempt was being made to stall the release of Nanakshahi calendar by threatening Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti if he took this decision.

SAD allowed to move motion
Violence in municipal elections
Chandigarh, March 25
Punjab Speaker Kewal Krishan has allowed the SAD MLAs to move a substantive motion on the issue of violence in the municipal elections. Making a special reference to yesterday’s incident in Zirakpur where allegedly a number of pro-Akali Municipal Councillors were allegedly assaulted at the time of the election of the officer-bearers, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, a SAD MLA, raised this issue in the House today.

Cong wins top MC posts
Gurdaspur, March 25
The Congress today captured the posts of president and vice-president in the municipal committee poll of Gurdaspur and Dhariwal. The election was presided over by Mr Amarjit, Sub-Divisional Magistrate.




Woman raped; husband, brothers-in-law booked
Amritsar, March 25
In a sensational incident, a woman was allegedly raped about 12 days ago by her husband and his two brothers at gun-point. The police booked five persons, including two women, on the orders of the Duty Magistrate here late last evening. The woman was allegedly raped by the accused thrice.


Two quacks held for making youths addicts
Bathinda, March 25
Beware! The next time you go to doctor, make sure that the person is a qualified doctor and the medicines prescribed by him are for treating the ailment and not for intoxication. Any laxity on your part could end up in you being a drug addict.

Kurali prone to diseases
Kurali, March 25
Kurali may have escaped the spread of jaundice with no casualties, but it is prone to many more diseases, with the town not having a sewerage system and adequate garbage bins.

Witch-hunt charges in land grab case
Bathinda, March 25
The registration of a criminal case, pertaining to the grabbing of a piece of land worth crores of rupees here against a close kin of a Congress leader, Mr Tehal Singh Sandhu, member, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, by the city police yesterday seems to have started snowballing into a major controversy.

Kashmir carnage condemned
Kapurthala, March 25
Members of the local District Bar Association today abstained from work in the judicial courts to protest against the killing of 24 Hindus in Kashmir by militants. In a resolution passed at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Ashok Kumar Sabharwal, president of the association, the members condemned the killing of innocent persons.

Dental college told to refund money
Mansa, March 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, has ordered Mr Naginder Singh Harika, managing director, Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan, in the district to refund Rs 1 lakh, along with interest at the rate of 18 per cent per annum, each to Ms Reetu Khullar and Ms Kamaldeep Kaur, both of Moga, and Ms Cherry Singla and Ms Jaswinder Kaur, both of Ludhiana, all students of the dental college.

Student’s plea allowed
Chandigarh, March 25
Allowing a petition filed by a student claiming that eligibility certificate was not required for taking admission against the NRI seats in case of students passing their 10 plus two examinations from PSEB, CBSE and ICSE boards, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and its Vice-Chancellor to issue eligibility certificate for enabling him to seek admission.

Chemists observe strike against VAT
Bathinda, March 25
A large number of chemists here today observed a one-day strike against the proposed implementation of the value added tax on medicines. Mr R.D. Gupta, president, Punjab Chemists Association, said that medicines should be kept away from all kinds of tax to help the sick and needy.

Bhagat Singh’s statue to be installed in Parliament
Ferozepore, March 25
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, MP, while talking to mediapersons today criticised the attack on Iraq without United Nations approval. Mr Brar also visited the National Martyrs Memorial, Hussainiwala, to pay floral tributes to the heroes of the freedom struggle.

Anti-drug march flagged off
Bathinda, March 25
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner here, has said that for eradicating the menace of drugs, the social and religious institutions and the residents cooperate with the government departments concerned and help in the success of various anti-drug canpaigns launched by them.

‘Directory’ released
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 25
The Sirhind branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at a function held here yesterday released a public utility directory dedicated to a renowned social worker of the area, the late Jagdish Mittar. Mrs Om Kanta Mittar, wife of the deceased social worker, presided over the function and performed the releasing ceremony.

Trucker’s death: probe ordered
Kharar, March 25

Ropar Deputy Commissioner Seema Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of a truck owner in SAS Nagar following alleged harassment by the police last week and entrusted the inquiry proceedings to SAS Nagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate Darshan Singh.

Car with bomb found
Amritsar, March 25

An old car with a crude bomb planted inside it was found by the police during routine patrolling on the Tarn Taran road in the city here today.

MC involved in clash
Samana, March 25

An octroi contractor, Mr Wazir Chand, and his servants last evening allegedly clashed with Mr Gian Chand, Municipal Councillor who also deals in electrical goods, over a sale deal and payment of octroi.

DIC, ITI buildings attached
Bathinda, March 25
A court notice announcing that the buildings of the District Industries Centre and the ITI in the city be auctioned on April 19, was pasted on the said buildings today. These buildings were attached as the Department of Industries could not pay compensation for the land acquired to set up Industrial Growth Centre on the Bathinda-Mansa road.


BKU (E) to block traffic today
Bathinda, March 25
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) has decided to stop traffic in at least 10 districts of Punjab tomorrow in protest against the privatisation of state-owned corporations, health and education system.

Kisan mela a big draw
Gurdaspur, March 25
More than 10000 farmers from border districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar participated in Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricutural University here today. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the varsity was the chief guest and Mr K. A.P. Sinha Deputy Commissioner, presided over mela.


Superintendent’s suspension sought
Bathinda, March 25
A section of the students who have been appearing in the annual matriculation examination being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board yesterday demanded the suspension of the superintendent of the centre in the Goniana area of the district for the alleged involvement in facilitating copying in the examination.

Teachers’ stir from March 28
Phagwara, March 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today expressed shock at the 20 per cent cut imposed on the grants for non-government colleges in the Budget yesterday and declared to launch a sadtyagraha from March 28.

Medical teachers’ posts to be filled
Chandigarh, March 25
Worried over the increasing number of medical and dental teachers seeking voluntary retirement Medical Education and Research Minister Santokh Singh today directed the officers concerned to find ways to retain them. The government, he said, would fill vacant posts in medical and dental colleges

Slogans mar college function
Bardwal (Dhuri), March 25
Protesting against the alleged “disgraceful behaviour” of the authorities of the local Desh Bhagat college at the annual prize distribution function of the college here today, some Dhuri municipal councillors, including Mr Ram Nath and Mr Darshan Kumar, newly elected president and vice-president, respectively, shouted slogans against the college.

726 Mohindra College students get degrees
Patiala, March 25
As many as 726 degrees, including 119 postgraduate, 61 B.Sc and 521 BA besides others, were awarded at the annual convocation of Government Mohindra College here today.

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