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Refinery contract to cause Rs 15,000-cr loss, says CM
Patiala, March 20
The state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said Punjab would stand to lose Rs 15,000 crore in the next 15 years in case the refinery was established under the present terms and conditions.

PCS (Executive) selections challenged
Chandigarh, March 20
Taking up yet another petition challenging the appointments to the PCS (Executive) posts of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to the Punjab state as well as the PPSC for May 14.

Visa hunters chase Pakistan officials

Amritsar, March 20
Many cricket fans who were left high and dry after the abrupt wrapping up of the make-shift visa office here at 3 p.m. today chased the officials of Pakistan High Commission up to New Delhi with a hope to get visa for the one-day cricket match scheduled to be played at Lahore on March 24.
Visa hunters approach Pakistan visa officials in Amritsar on Saturday
Visa hunters approach Pakistan visa officials in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pakistan envoy for daily bus service to Lahore
Wagah, March 20
The Pakistan High Commissioner, Mr Aziz Ahmad, has advocated the running of a daily shuttle bus service between Amritsar and Lahore to increase travel facilities for people of both countries.

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  Envoy to take up corridor issue with Pak
Amritsar, March 20
The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Shiv Shankar Menon, would take up the issue of corridor for Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib with the Pakistan Government on a priority basis.

Mr Shivshankar Menon, India's High Commissioner in Pakistan, being honoured at the information centre of SGPC inside the Golden Temple on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Mr Shivshankar Menon, India's High Commissioner in Pakistan, being honoured at the information centre of SGPC inside the Golden Temple

Ranjit Singh Kalha75 pc prisoners are undertrials, says Kalha
Chandigarh, March 20
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is keen on bringing down the population of under trials who are 75 per cent of the total prisoners in the country, says Mr Ranjit Singh Kalha, a member of the commission, revealing that the prisons are overcrowded by 31 per cent.

PUDA chief divested of powers to issue licences
Mohali, March 20
The Punjab Government has divested the Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), of his powers to issue licences to real estate promoters to colonise.

Politics not for me, says Naseer

Jalandhar, March 20
Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has said that theatre has a future. Refusing to comment upon the “new-found love” of most of Bollywood artistes in politics, Naseeruddin, who was here to stage his “Ismat Apa Ke Naam,” said since politics was not his cup of tea, he would not try his hands on it.

Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah and his wife and co-actress Ratna at a Press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah and his wife and co-actress Ratna at a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday.

YC seeks Bathinda seat for its nominee
Sangrur, March 20
Mr Raminder Singh Awla, president of the Punjab Youth Congress, today said that it had demanded from the Congress High Command party ticket for its nominee, Mr Jagtar Singh Dhanaula, president of the Sangrur district Youth Congress, for Bathinda (reserve) Lok Sabha seat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mann decries Vajpayee on linking of rivers
Sangrur, March 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), a candidate from Sangrur parliamentary constituency, yesterday criticised Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for his statement on linking of rivers of the country, at Patiala.


Death in mishap: police shielding accused, says victim’s father
Amritsar, March 20
Even after two weeks the Majitha police has failed to arrest three youths who were allegedly involved in an accident in which seven-year-old girl Bikramjit Kaur died on March 7.

Closure notice to 300 industries producing hazardous waste
Chandigarh, March 20
Closure notices have been served on the owners of about 300 industrial units which were defying the directive of the Punjab Pollution Control Board with regard to the disposal of hazardous waste in the state.

Bank staff oppose waiving of loans taken fraudulently
Ropar, March 20
Employees of Ropar Central Cooperative Bank have opposed the decision of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, to waive a sum of Rs 43 lakh fraudulently taken as loans from the two societies of the Nurpurbedi area by a secretary.

Installation of tower on roofs dangerous, says SDM
Amritsar, March 20
The installation of a tower by the Hutch company in the Kot Atma Ram and Sultanwind areas, has raised a controversy. The Subdivisional Magistrate I in his report has said the installation of tower on the roofs of certain houses along with generator in the area could prove dangerous to life and property.

Boy’s ‘selling’: SDM orders probe
Abohar, March 20
Taking suo motu notice of the media reports on alleged sale of four-year-old boy Gobinda for Rs 4,000 to a milkman by his father a poor rickshaw-puller Teja Ram of Bhagwanpura locality here, SDM Yash Raj Bhatti has asked the Naib Tehsildar (Executive Magistrate) Virender Garg to probe the matter.

Mill owner fined Rs 1.9 lakh
Kot Kapura, March 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have imposed a penalty of Rs 1.9 lakhs on a rice mill located in this area.

Truckers form association
Chandigarh, March 20
The Truck Operators Welfare Association was set up today in Punjab to protect operators from exploitation by various agencies and also to solve their other problems.


Plea of undue favour to firm dismissed
Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by a Ludhiana-based firm claiming that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was showing undue favour to another firm while allotting work for the construction of an indoor stadium.



20-yr-old girl strangled
Hoshiarpur, March 20
Some unidentified persons killed Navjot Kaur (20), daughter of Kuldip Singh by strangling her with her dupatta today. The young girl was killed around 11 am at her home in ward No. 6 of Mahilpur town, 24 kms from here.

Bid to take over building, 7 booked
Bathinda, March 20
Even as a criminal case has been registered against seven persons for their alleged turning to illegally take over a building owned by a local trader, the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), Punjab Police, Faridkot Range, placed Mr Gulzar Singh, in charge, police chowki, Civil Lines, under suspension not taking proper action in this regard.

Labourer commits suicide
Bathinda, March 20
Maghar Singh, an agricultural labourer and a resident of Pakka Kalan village of this district, today committed suicide by jumping before a running train on Bathinda-Dabwali rail section.


Controversy over law entrance test
Chandigarh, March 20
The conducting of the entrance test for Panjab University’s Law College, Muktsar, has stirred up a controversy. While PU has been holding the test since the college came up in 1999, this year the Punjab Government has expressed its desire to conduct the test through Punjabi University, Patiala.

Copying case: Dang for action against parents, invigilators
Bathinda, March 20
A senior communist party leader and former MLA, Mr Satya Pal Dang today sought serious action against those VVIPs, who were involved in forcing the invigilators to help their wards in copying appearing at one of the examination centres set up in local SSD Senior Secondary School for the plus two board exams.

Govt decision on paper leak probe hailed
Mohali, March 20
Members of the Punjab School Education Board Employees Association today welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government to hold its own inquiry into the leak of question papers of the board.

Punjab history conference ends
Patiala, March 20
Dr Balwant Singh Dhillon, Head of the Department of Guru Nanak Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, said the history of Sikh culture began with Guru Nanak.

Language skills must for effective communication, say experts
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 20
A national seminar on “Importance of communication skills” yesterday was organised at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.  Dr A. Kalanidhi former-Vice Chancellor of Annamalai University, Chennai, presided.

Registration in govt school starts
Kharar, March 20
The registration of students of Government Model Senior Secondary School started here today. As many as 45 students were registered on the occasion.

289 get degrees at convocation
Kapurthala, March 20
Justice O.P. Verma, Governor of Punjab, today said that India would not be able to achieve its goal of becoming a developed country by 2020 without ensuring complete women literacy.

1,000 B.Tech students appear for test
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 20
The placement cell of Punjab Technical University organised placement test for 1,000 B.Tech students at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Students from the 14 engineering colleges affiliated to the university sat in the test.


Trust recommends cancellation of allotment of 7 shops
Pathankot, march 20
The sub-committee appointed by the Pathankot Improvement Trust House has recommended the cancellation of allotment of seven shops in Dr Shayama Prasad Mukherjee Market here. The shops had allegedly been allotted by flouting rules and using unfair means.Top

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