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Punjab postpones 4 matric exams
Mohali, March 17
As a damage-control exercise, the Punjab School Education Board today postponed four of its remaining matriculation examinations following the leakage of certain question papers. The board has also cancelled the mathematics paper held on March 15.

BSP list diminishes chances of pact with Congress
Chandigarh, March 17
The Congress hopes of a possible tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party in Punjab vanquished today after Ms Mayawati named her party candidates for five of 13 the seats in the state.

Coal-starved plants force PSEB to impose power cuts
Patiala, March 17
A coal crisis is looming large over the state with the Punjab State Electricity Board imposing power cuts in rural and urban areas even as the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has approached the Union Coal Ministry and the Railway Ministry to speed up coal delivery to the state’s thermal plants.

Chandumajra assured of diplomatic assignment
Ludhiana, March 17
Dissident Akali leader and former MP from Patiala, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, has reportedly been assured that he would be appointed the High Commissioner to Canada in case the National Democratic Alliance government is returned to power after the elections.




Dr Steve Taylor Punjabi immigrants face identity crisis, says expert
 Chandigarh, March 17
Immigrants of the Punjabi community suffering pangs of emotional bankruptcy in the UK are longing for an identity they can call their own. Lost in the country they have chosen as their home, they are still in search of their roots 30 years hence.

Arun ShourieAnti-outsourcing Act no threat to India: Shourie
Jalandhar, March 17
Mr Arun Shourie, Union Minister for Disinvestment and Communications, today, asserted that the Anti-outsourcing Act passed by the US administration was nothing but “a certificate of India’s achievement” and there was nothing to worry about it.

Modernisation of Bathinda power plant begins
Patiala, March 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board has started modernisation of Bathinda thermal plant with the upgradation of a Hydrogen gas plant and a dry fly ash collection system.

News Analysis
Brief sessions are the in thing
Chandigarh, March 17
The two-day Punjab Vidhan Sabha session which concluded on Tuesday saw Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh espouse the cause of the Opposition calling for convening the House for a longer period.

Chandigarh page: 718 farmers taken into preventive custody


Face to face
Ropar Lok Sabha Seat
by Chitleen K. Sethi

Poor condition of Dalits major issue
Sukhdev Singh Libra THIS is not be the first time that Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra and Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo are face to face in a political battle. In 1985 Mr Libra had defeated Mr Dullo in the assembly elections. And it is this victory that is the driving force of Mr Libra’s election campaign. Having recently completed his tenure in the Rajya Sabha, 72-year-old Mr Libra is not new to the political scene in Punjab.

Development is my priority area
Shamsher Singh Dullo MR Shamsher Singh Dullo of the Congress had won the last Lok Sabha elections fetching 3,26,651 votes by defeating his nearest rival, Ms Satvinder Kaur Dhaliwal of the Shiromani Akali Dal, by 77,341 votes. This year, the SAD has fielded a former MLA and Rajya Sabha member, Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, against Mr Dullo, who remains the choice of the Congress.

SAD (A) to oppose entry of Advani’s rath yatra
Jalandhar, March 17
Equating the rath yatra of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani with the attacks of Muslim invaders — Nadirshah and Ahmed Shah Abdaali — the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today threatened that thousands of Sikhs, Muslims, Dalits and Christians of the state would oppose the entry of Mr Advani’s rath yatra in Punjab on March 25.

Punjab violating poll code: SAD
Chandigarh, March 17
The SAD has once again alleged violation of the election code by the Punjab Government. In a letter written to the Chief Election Commissioner, SAD Secretary, D.S. Cheema has alleged that the Congress Government in Punjab was working overtime to enrol pension beneficiaries.

Panthic Board releases manifesto
Ropar, March 17
The Panthic Board was trying to form the Third Front as an alternative to the SAD BJP and the Congress in Punjab. Efforts were on to bring the SAD (A), the SAD (Longowal), the New Akali Dal of Mr Ravi Inder Singh and the BSP bring on a single platform to create a Third Front in the state.


Tribune impact
Punjab, DC impleaded in potable water case
Chandigarh, March 17
Taking suo motu cognizance of a news report appearing in these columns about non availability of potable water to the residents of Jajjal village in Bathinda district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today impleaded the state of Punjab and Deputy Commissioner concerned as respondents in the matter.

Engine driver averts train fire tragedy
Jalandhar, March 17
An alert engine driver today averted a possible fire tragedy on board the Jammu-bound 9367 Indore-Jammu-Malwa Express, near here, by raising the alarm.

BSP holds rally against police atrocities
Pathankot, March 17
A protest rally was organised here today by the Bahujan Samaj Party (Punjab BSP wing) against the alleged atrocities of the Sujanpur police, on members of a Dalit family.

Sabha to back parties favouring ban on obscene songs
Sangrur, March 17
The Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (Sekhon) today asked the people of Punjab to vote in favour of those political parties in the Lok Sabha elections which would ban the screening of Punjabi songs, picturised with obscene postures and scantily clad girls, on various channels.

BBC Radio to make two programmes on life after Bluestar
Amritsar, March 17
BBC Radio is making two programmes on the life and other aspects in the holy city 20 years after Operation Bluestar. The programmes will be broadcast in two parts, the dates for which are yet to be decided, said Mark Tully, noted journalist and author while talking to this correspondent. Tully was accompanied by Christina, a journalist from BBC Radio.

Works of rural women on show in Amritsar
Amritsar, March 17
The Arpana Trust, committed to the upliftment of rural women and slum dwellers, will exhibit their products for the first time in Amritsar. Their products are created by nearly 1750 rural women from 13 villages near Karnal in Haryana.

Master Jagir Singh dead
Tarn Taran, March 17
Master Jagir Singh, a Congress leader and former minister, died of a heart attack last night at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. He was cremated at his native village, Khadoor Sahib, 23 km from here, with full state honours today.

A novel protest against stray cattle
Moga, March 17
Activists of the Punjab unit of the BKU today adopted a novel way to protest against the “failure” of the state government to tackle the menace of stray cattle when they brought about 30 stray animals on three tractor-trailers.


Karate exponent challenges re-selection of team
Chandigarh, March 17
Acting on a petition filed by karate exponent Charanjit Singh of Amritsar challenging the decision of the Indian Olympic Association to reselect the team for representing the country in the ninth South Asian Federation Games at Islamabad in Pakistan, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for March 23.

Bar panel to seek transfer of SDM
Chandigarh, March 17
The Samrala Bar Association has resolved to approach the Punjab Chief Minister and the State Electoral Officer for transfer of Sub Divisional Magistrate Jaspal Singh Jassi. They have further resolved to boycott his court till March 23.


21 MC officials transferred
Amritsar, March 17
The Department of the Local Government ordered the transfer of 21 officials of municipal corporation here today concurring with the Chief Election Commission, Punjab.

Re-evaluate sale price of property, DC tells officials
Jalandhar, March 17
In an effort to curb revenue loss to the state government, Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, today asked revenue officials to re-evaluate the sale price of urban and rural property.

MC fails to retrieve land
Naib Tehsildar’s role creates doubts
Kharar, March 17
The Municipal Council failed to take possession of an encroached land worth Rs 1.50 crore despite court orders issued by the SDM-cum-Collector in this regard.

Safai karamcharis wait outside the office of the Kharar Municipal Council to accompany officials to the site where possession of the land was to be given to the civic body on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Safai karamcharis wait outside the office of the Kharar Municipal Council to accompany officials to the site where possession of the land was to be given to the civic body


Car thieves’ gang busted
Bathinda, March 17
The police today busted a gang involved in stealing and snatching cars. Mr Kapil Dev, SSP, said here today that Gurjeet Singh and Ranjit Singh, both, residents of Burjan village of this district, had been arrested.

Cop held for posing as Vigilance Officer
Kapurthala, March 17
The Phagwara police has arrested Rajdeep Singh, a Constable of Punjab Armed Police, on the charge of duping Amarjit Singh, owner of Telli Link Private Ltd, Phagwara, by posing as a Vigilance officer.


Midday meal suppliers await dues
Bathinda, March 17
While the state government has ended the midday meal scheme in the government elementary schools, those who have supplied meals to a section of schools in this district have been running from pillar to post to get their payments.

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