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Crores wasted on canal bed, says Central team
Abohar, March 13
The Monitoring and Appraisal Directorate of the Central Water Commission has questioned the propriety of dismantling the original concrete bed of the Gang Canal for reconstruction with a project cost of Rs 448 crore.

Daler to visit Pakistan with song for change
Patiala, March 13
Pop star Daler Mehndi will present a new song during his Pakistan trip, which will urge the peoples of India and Pakistan to “wake up” and stop “goondas” from calling the shots.
Daler Mehndi at the Sadar police station in Patiala on Saturday.
Daler Mehndi at the Sadar police station in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Tax evader’s land to be auctioned
Evasion worth Rs 3.54 cr detected
Bathinda, March 13
In a move that could have a deterrent effect on others the state Sales Tax Department authorities have decided to hold an open auction of property belonging to an automobile dealer for recovering the tax worth crores of rupees from him.

Karn, Kewal may figure in second Cong list
Chandigarh, March 13
While cine star Rajesh Khanna and former All-India Youth Congress chief Munish Tewari are still vying with each other for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, the Congress may field a couple of new faces in Punjab in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

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  Poohla issue: SGPC sees Cong hand
Amritsar, March 13
The SGPC has accused the Congress of supporting Nihang leader Ajit Singh Poohla in the illegal occupation of the historic gurdwara connected with Bhai Taru Singh at Poohla village.

Graft case: VB told to give documents to Badal
Ropar, March 13
The Special Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, today directed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to provide a copy of statements of key witnesses and video cassettes of the disputed properties to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


Congress to field young candidates
Phillaur, March 13
The Congress will put up young candidates to give representation to youths in Lok Sabha elections. All-India Youth Congress president Randeep Singh Surjewala stated this to reporters here yesterday. He claimed the Congress would field able and honest candidates. 

Cong issues whip to MLAs
Chandigarh, March 13
The ruling Congress party today issued a whip asking all party MLAs to be present in the House during the two-day session of the Punjab Assembly.

Barnala’s wife opposes Dhindsa’s candidature
Ludhiana, March 13
Ms Surjit Kaur, a former MLA and wife of Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, today demanded that the SAD should reconsider Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s candidature for the Sangrur parliamentary constituency as there was a lot of resentment among the workers over his nomination.

Chandumajra may attend PM’s rally
Patiala, March 13
Senior SAD leader and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra is expected to formally join the election campaign of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD candidate, at the March 18 rally being held here which will be attended by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

SAD to raise liquor auction issue in Assembly
Ludhiana, March 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal will raise the issue of liquor auction in the coming Assembly session. It will also bring in a call attention notice against the “backdoor appointment of tainted candidates” as DSPs in Punjab Police.


Rise in cases of HIV infection in children: expert
Amritsar, March 13
“New challenges are emerging in the reccurrence of controlled diseases and the scourge of HIV infections in children,” Dr O.N. Bhakhoo, a noted paediatrician, said in his keynote address at the annual conference of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, state branch, held here yesterday.

45 Armymen get gallantry awards
Amritsar, March 13
As many as 45 officers, JCOs and jawans were given gallantry awards for distinguished services and act of valour at a solemn and colourful investiture ceremony of 3 Western Command held at the Panther auditorium of the Panther Division here today.

Stripping case: Magistrate visits exam centre
Bathinda, March 13
Even as a magisterial probe into allegations against some teachers regarding helping children of VVIPs is yet to be completed, information gathered by TNS revealed that a number of wards of senior civil servants posted in the Deputy Commissioner’s office had been taking the examination of Class XII in the local SSD Senior Secondary School.

Traffic blocked against PUDA move
Barnala, March 13
Traffic came to a standstill for about an hour today at the Courts chowk, Barnala, when activists of the Anti- Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority Action Committee, Barnala, blocked traffic in protest against a proposed PUDA move to develop an urban estate here.

Villagers block traffic over nambardar’s death
Amritsar, March 13
A large number of villagers today held a demonstration and blocked traffic on the main Ajnala-Fatehgarh Churian road against the government and the administration of the Central Jail here. They were protesting against the death of Darshan Singh, a nambardar, who was alleged to have died in jail on March 11.

Enthusiasm in border belt
Basarke (Amritsar), March 13
Excited cricket fan Joginder Singh of this village said that the Indian tigers’ would win the series being played at Pakistan.

Traffic awareness week opened
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 13
Most accidents take place due to carelessness and negligence of drivers as well as due to lack of awareness about traffic rules. It is the need of the hour to check road accidents, as more deaths are taking place due to accidents. 

Moulding creations out of bougainvillaea
Patiala, March 13
From a rickshaw-puller to a gardener to a nursery owner and a freelance adviser 45 year-old Ram Lakhan has made his love for plants into a vocation.

Germany-based Punjabi poet honoured
Kapurthala, March 13
Rajwinder Singh, a Germany-based poet, who originally hails from Kapurthala, was honoured jointly by the district administration, the municipal council and citizens of Kapurthala at a function in the local town hall yesterday.


Principal’s revision plea dismissed
Sangrur, March 13
Mr Virender Kumar, Additional Sessions Judge, Sangrur, has dismissed a revision petition filed by Mr Ram Singh Kular, Principal of Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, against an order of framing charges against him by Mr Virender Aggarwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Sangrur, on August 24, 2002, under Sections 467, 468, 471 and 420 of the IPC read with 120-B of the IPC. In his order, he has found a prima facie case against the accused, including Mr Kular.

Life term for bid to kill wife
Sangrur, March 13
A local court today sentenced Ajmer Singh of Samaspur village, under the Samrala subdivision of Ludhiana district, to undergo imprisonment for life and a fine of Rs 5,000 for attempting to murder his wife, Surinder Kaur.


Labour Dept to look into complaint of Lalru unit workers
Lalru, March 13
Taking a note of a complaint filed by the workers union of a Lalru-based industrial unit, the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has directed the Labour Department, Punjab, to look into the matter as per the law.


Man booked for killing wife
Khanna, March 13
A man killed his wife near the railway station here by hitting her with an iron rod. The police has registered a case against the husband and step-daughter.

5 lakh looted from bank
Sangrur, March 13
Four unidentified persons today looted Rs 5 lakh on pistol point from the State Bank of Patiala branch at Jakhepal village, near Sunam.

Thieves decamp with goods worth 50,000
Kharar, March 13
Thieves broke into a house in Ranjit Nagar in broad daylight here today and decamped with gold and silver jewellery and other items worth more than Rs 50,000.


IT should reach villages, says Babu Parmanand
Amritsar, March 13
The Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, has expressed concern that around 70 per cent of the Indian population in rural areas have been denied the benefits of information technology.

Special scholarships for students soon
Talwandi, March 13
Dr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday said university authorities had been making efforts to arrange special scholarship for students who had been getting education in the local institutions with the help of private sector industrial organisations.

Decision to shift Classes XI, XII flayed
Phagwara, March 13
The decision of the Punjab Government to shift Classes XI and XII from colleges to schools was today denounced as myopic by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU).

Seminar on technical education
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 13
The local chapter of the Indian Society Technical Education (ISTE) today organised a national seminar on “Reaching the Unreached ”, a challenge to technical education, at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering (BBSBE) College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Teachers from Bhopal, Bikaner, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh presented papers on the theme of global competitiveness, resource management and innovative education modes.

Vatsyayan nominated to Punjabi varsity Senate
Ludhiana, March 13
Principal Suresh Chandra Vatsyayan, an author and educationist, has been nominated as a member of the Senate of Punjabi University, Patiala, by the Governor of Punjab. This follows his nomination to the Academic Council of the Punjab School Education Board.

Aided school teachers meet CM
Chandigarh, March 13
A deputation of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and other Employees Union today met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The union leaders urged the Chief Minister to regularise the services of 444 teachers appointed in aided schools after May 13, 2002.


Shopkeepers seek amenities
Kharar, March 12
Members of the Didar Nagar Market Association have demanded that basic civic amenities be provided in the area. They met the SDM, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, regarding their problems and presented a charter of demands to him.


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