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SAD, BJP decried for opportunistic politics
Hariana, March 14
The Dal Khalsa today appealed to Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra to withdraw their candidate from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat in favour of Mr Sarbjit Singh Maloya for the sake of Khalsa Panth. It also requested Mr Simranjit Singh Mann to project Sarbjit Singh as Panthic candidate.

Tohra releases Nanakshahi calendar, diary
Tarn Taran, March 14
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the SGPC, released the Nanakshahi calendar and diary for the year 2004-2005 today at Khadoor Sahib township, 22 km from here. The 500th birth anniversary celebrations of the second Sikh guru Angad Dev ji are being held at Khadoor Sahib.

Barnala offers to upgrade IT education
Amritsar, March 14
The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, today offered to share the latest computer technology and infrastructure from his state to upgrade the IT education in Punjab.
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, at a conference on Information Technology at DAV College, Amritsar Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, at a conference on Information Technology at DAV College, Amritsar, on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




NRIs to upgrade medical, dental colleges in Amritsar
Amritsar, March 14
Spearheading the movement to upgrade Government Medical College and Dental College, here, NRI Alumni of these colleges in the UK and the USA have decided to provide state of the art infrastructure and technology in a joint funding programme to both institutes.

Two of family charred to death
Bathinda, March 14
Two members of a family were charred to death and five others suffered serious burn injuries when their hut situated in Beant Nagar near Phase-III of Urban Estate caught fire late last night.

Deathknell for PSIEC housing scheme
Mohali, March 14
In what could be the end of the industrial housing schemes of the Punjab government, the Punjab Small Scale Industries and Exports Corporation has been asked not to allot any part of its estate in Mohali, for housing purposes.

Liquor auctions cheer none
Chandigarh, March 14
The controversy over the recent auction of liquor shops in Punjab refuses to die. Some liquor traders have even gone to the High Court. The focus of the ‘’instant auctions’’ this year has been more on liquor baron Ponty Chadha than on the state revenue or consumer interests.


Face to face
Bathinda Lok Sabha Seat

Husband’s performance got me nomination
Bathinda, March 14
Mrs Kushal Bhora, widow of CPI MP from the Bathinda (Reserve) parliamentary constituency Bhan Singh Bhora, claims her nomination for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections by the CPI leadership is due to the work done by her husband in rural and urban areas.

I want to keep father’s legacy alive
Bathinda, March 14
For Mrs Paramjit Kaur, the SAD-BJP alliance candidate from the Bathinda (Reserve) parliamentary constituency, politics and elections are not new as she along with other family members has done intensive campaigning for her father, late Dhana Singh Gulshan, who was elected MP twice from here as the Akali candidate and became the only MP from of Bathinda to become Union ducation Minister.

SAD (Longowal) to support Tur, says Zira
Tarn Taran, March 14
Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur, rebel SAD candidate, will not get the support of the Akali Dal (Longowal) if he gets support from the Congress. This was disclosed here today by Mr Inderjit Singh Zira, the man behind the revival of the SAD (Longowal). Mr Zira was in town in connection with a meet-the-Press programme to brief mediapersons about the revival of SAD (Longowal).

PM to address rallies at Amritsar, Patiala
Jalandhar, March 14
To further intensify the SAD-BJP joint election campaign in the state, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will address two political rallies at Amritsar and Patiala during this month.

Panthic board manifesto released
Chandigarh, March 14
The Panthic Parliamentary Board Secretary-General, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, today released the party manifesto and announced its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

Shiv Sena (H) may contest three LS seats
Ludhiana, March 14
The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) is planning to contest elections from three Lok Sabha seats of Ludhiana, Gurdaspur and Sangrur in Punjab as well as for some other seats in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh as well.

AICC web portal launched
Jalandhar, March 14
The All-India Congress Committee has launched a web portal,, to inter-connect 600 offices of district Congress committees across the country to reach the electorate directly during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Girl spurns dowry-seeker
Pathankot, March 14
Defying all social stigmas and other pressures, Neha (name changed), a girl of Nodholi Village of the subdivision, has refused to marry a boy of Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) in protest against his hunger for dowry.

Improvement Trust Chairman resigns
Ludhiana, March 14
The anti-corruption movement launched by Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state suffered a major jolt today when Mr Ashok Garcha, Chairman, Improvement Trust, here announced his resignation over the continuing corruption in the system.

MLA accuses DTO of corruption
Nawanshahr, March 14
Controversy between local MLA Parkash Singh and District Transport Officer Manmohan Luthra seems to have acquired political colour. The DTO, in a complaint to the SSP has accused the MLA, and president, Municipal Council, Lalit Mohan Pathak (Ballu) of threatening to kill him.

Demand to declare Shaheed Sukhdev’s house national monument
Jalandhar, March 14
The Punjab Khatri Sabha has urged the state government to get the ancestral house of Shaheed Sukhdep Thapar, who attained martyrdom along with Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Rajguru while fighting against the British regime at Ludhiana declared a “national memorial”.

Jaycees to donate 1 lakh bottles of blood
Phagwara, March 14
The national president of the Indian Jaycees, Mr Rajesh Chandak, said here yesterday that as many as one lakh bottles of blood would be donated by the Jaycees in country this year under the “Need Blood Call Jaycees” programme.

Theatre artistes back from Pak
Amritsar, March 14
As many as 60 persons, including two ministers, arrived from Pakistan via the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah today. These included artistes and directors who had performed for the first time in Pakistan.

Kala Manch’s tribute to Mukesh
Jalandhar, March 14
The Sangeet Kala Manch organised a musical “Ek Sham-Mukesh Ke Naam” on the premises of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday. Ravikant Verma started the evening with “Aansoo bhari hai ye jeevan ki rahen, koi un se keh do hamein bhool jaye”, which took music lovers down the memory laner.


Lawyers to hold protest
Pathankot, March 14
Resentment prevails among the lawyers over the abolition of the court of Additional Civil Judge, (Senior Division), here and as a mark of protest the lawyers’ body has decided to observe “no work day” till March 16.


Use latest farm techniques, say experts
Patiala, March 14
The Indian agriculture is facing many problems like deterioration of soil health and depletion of ground-water.
This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, while inaugurating a kisan mela at Rauni here.

Farmers told to increase area under floriculture
Patiala, March 14
The Director, Horticulture Department, Dr Kulbir Singh, today said the state was making steady progress in floriculture with 225 quintals of seed being exported to various countries and more than 30,000 quintals of flowers being sold annually in markets across the country.

Kisan mela on March 22
Patiala March 14
A Kisan Mela will be held at Rakhra, 15 km from Patiala, on March 22 under the aegis of the Punjab Young Farmers Association. The participating members of the association will be given foundation seeds of Pusa-44 variety of paddy to enable them to prepare their own seeds for future.


One arrested for fraud
Barnala, March 14
The police has arrested a “swindler” Inderjit Singh, a resident of Jhaloor village, and recovered Kisan Vikas Pattras worth Rs 18.5 lakh from his possession. Mr Amit Prasad Tripathi, SSP, Barnala, said here today that the accused tried to get a loan from the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala by pledging the stolen Kisan Vikas Pattras.


Students of Guru Nanak Dev University take part in a choreography at a festival in Amritsar
Students of Guru Nanak Dev University take part in a choreography at a festival in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Student’s father seeks probe by IAS officer
Bathinda, March 14
Even as the district unit of the Government School Lecturers’ Union, Punjab, today condemned the alleged defamatory article in a newspaper in which teachers were dubbed as criminals, Mr Ashok Gupta, whose son was allegedly stripped in a local examination centre on March 9 has demanded that an IAS officer should conduct an inquiry into the incident instead of the SDM, Mr S.K. Singla, who has been holding a magisterial probe.

Unfair means cases against three students
Mansa, March 14
A flying squad team of the Punjab School Education Board, led by Mrs Rakshawati, Principal of the local Government Senior Secondary Girls School, has registered unfair means cases against three students.

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