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Tape episode not to hit govt: Maya
Jalandhar, March 30
While criticising the Samajwadi Party of using tampered video tapes to dislodge her government, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati, today asserted that the BSP-BJP coalition government would complete its tenure despite stiff political resistance from the opposition parties.

Scribes can change society: Hari Jaisingh
Ludhiana, March 30
Noted journalist and Editor of The Tribune, Hari Jaisingh has exhorted upon writers, poets and journalists to have the courage of conviction for bringing in transformation in society. He pointed out that it was essential to improve society for the welfare of the common man.

Dr Kewal Dheer, Mr Y.P.S. Bhalla, Mr O.P. Munjal, Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Mr Hari Jaisingh, Mr Satish Babbar, Mr Suresh Munjal and Mr Prem Nath Gupta after the Adeeb International award presentation ceremony in Ludhiana Dr Kewal Dheer, Mr Y.P.S. Bhalla, Mr O.P. Munjal, Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Mr Hari Jaisingh, Mr Satish Babbar, Mr Suresh Munjal and Mr Prem Nath Gupta after the Adeeb International award presentation ceremony in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana page: Mushaira on Sahir Ludhianvi’s 82nd anniversary




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Two held, 2 kg RDX seized
Muktsar, March 30
Punjab militants based in Pakistan, have started luring youths from Rajasthan for realising their subversive plans. An incident came to light when the police arrested two Rajasthan-based youths with 2 kg kilogram of RDX. The youths, have been identified as Pritpal Singh and Jhamak Lal, residents of Udaipur (city of lakes) of Rajasthan and were arrested yesterday.

7 booked for raping minor
Phagwara, March 30
The police here has registered a case under Sections 366, 376, 342, 343, 404, 506, 120-B of the IPC for rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement intimidation, mis-carriage without women’s consent and conspiracy against seven persons, including Gurdip Singh and two doctors Niranjan Kaur and Dr Babbu on the complaint of a minor girl Preet Nagar Mohalla.


District admn ‘ignoring MP’
Ferozepore, March 30
Member of Parliament from Ferozepore, Zora Singh Mann in a letter Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani has alleged that the central government-sponsored Border Area Development Fund meant for development works in the border area was being used according to whims of the Congress men and the Lok Sabha member was being ignored regarding its distribution by the district authorities.

Sarna flays Bitta’s remarks
Amritsar, March 30
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Paramjit Singh Sarna today criticised All India Anti Terrorists Front Chairman M.S. Bitta for his reported statements asking him to appear before Akal Takht and said he had no right to say such things.

Bir Devinder ‘quite happy’ now
Ludhiana, March 30
While asserting that “voice of dissent” was quite important in a democratic set up and it should not be gagged, the dissident Congress leader and the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Bir Devinder Singh said today that he was “quite happy” with the responsibility he had been assigned.


A child artiste performs Kathak dance
A child artiste performs Kathak dance at a function in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI

Border villagers want anti-flood steps
Gurdaspur, March 30
Residents of border village Rossa and surrounding areas are a worried lot as the Punjab government has not undertaken anti-flood steps on Ravi river on a scale undertaken by the Pakistan government. BSF sources said Pakistan had constructed 5/6 km-long bandh opposite Rossa BSF observation post near Ravi.

Ropar to have equine farm
Jalandhar, March 30
In its bid to explore potential for export of horses in the international market and to conserve threatened breed of Sindhi horses for the benefit of state farmers, the Punjab Government has decided to set up an equine farm at Ropar, for which the Central Government has already agreed upon to release a grant of Rs 1 crore.

Set up ‘special economic zone’
Bathinda, March 30
The industrial development in south Punjab has not caught up with other parts of the state due to neglect of governments and even the much-hyped industrial growth centre project initiated by the SAD-BJP government has failed to deliver the goods,” said Dr Prem Kumar President Bathinda Management Association.

Vedanti justifies removal of jathedars
Patiala, March 30
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti Jathedar, Akal Takht justified the removal of jathedars by the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and added that conditions had been created leading to the removal of the Jathedars.

Holding of dual charges resented
Hoshiarpur, March 30
The working in some of the wings of the Punjab Irrigation Department has been adversely hit due to irregular appointments of chief engineers. According to official sources, chief engineers of some of the wings of the department are holding charges of one or more than one post of their counterparts in addition to their assignments.

Simplify procedure in accident cases
Amritsar, March 30
Expressing concern over the alleged harassment of the persons who help in taking road mishaps victims to hospital, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, former BJP MLA, alleged that this attitude was keeping common public away from accident victims.

Viscera sent to Patiala
Mullanpur Garibdass, March 30
The Ropar police has sent the viscera of Hari Singh, who died on Thursday allegedly after being beaten up by his neighbours in Mullanpur-Garibdass village, to Patiala for further examination as the post-mortem of the victim did not reveal any fatal injuries.

Provide more staff, says FCI staff body
Bathinda, March 30
Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, president, FCI Quality Control Staff Welfare Association while addressing the delegates at a meeting held here today said proper procedures must be adopted for the disposal of complaints received regarding the despatch of foodgrains by the FCI.

Mela in memory of freedom fighters
Amritsar, March 30
Hundreds of people today participated in the fourth cultural mela organised in the memory of the freedom fighters at Kathunangal near here by ‘Swatantarta Sainani Comrade Hari Singh Baaghi Yaadgari Manch’.

6 hurt in mishaps
Bathinda, March 30
Six persons, including one girl, were injured in four separate accidents, which took place in the past 24 hours in the city. Ram Singh, (50) who was on his way to home near the old Thara Road was injured when he was hit by iron rods being unloaded from a truck.


EO, ex-councillor of MC arrested
Pathankot, March 30
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Executive Officer of the Municipal Council Jagtar Singh and former Municipal Councillor Girdhari Lal, and booked three others including a former MC chief for allegedly committing irregularities and embezzlements, and misuse of their position.

Four held for cheating
Bathinda, March 30
Mr Paramjit Singh of Naruana village in his complaint to the police said that his loan of Rs 1.20 lakh raised from a commission agent swindled by his neighbour, Manga Singh son of Bachhiter Singh, who lured him into doubling the amount. He said that he had contributed Rs 15,000 and he was planning to buy a tractor.

Four held for immoral trafficking
Jalandhar, March 30
The police busted a call girl racket in near-by Baring village under the Sadar police station last night. A police release here today said four persons, including a woman and two young girls were arrested.

Car taken away at gunpoint
Amritsar, March 30
Two unidentified clean-shaven persons took away a white Maruti Zen (PB-02AD-0549) on Friday at gunpoint from a driver of Vinod Grover when the driver was cleaning the vehicle.


Beopar mandal calls for bandh
Amritsar, March 30
Trade and industrial units will observe a two-day bandh from March 31 to protest against the imposition of value-added tax.Top

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