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Badal wants CM to come clean on refinery issue
Chandigarh, March 21
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal said here today that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was disgracing his office and the state by choosing to speak like a chartered accountant of the Reliance Group of Industries to help it snatch the Bathinda oil refinery from Punjab.

Poll scenario no different than in 1999
Chandigarh, March 21
Even as the mercury rises and the parliamentary election fever slowly firms its grip, it seems that Punjab today is not much different from what it was at the time of the 1999 Lok Sabha election in terms of the financial, economic and socio-political situation.

Seva dal to expose Advani’s yatra
Bathinda, March 21
Mr Parhalad Yadav, chief organiser, All-India Congress Seva Dal said today that their activists would organise parallel shows in villages to expose the real design behind the “Bharat Uday Yatra” being taken out by Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

Akalis are with BJP: Tohra
Chandigarh, March 21
The Akalis are committed to the Bharatiya Janata Party. This is evident from the election speeches in various parts of Punjab where the alliance is contesting. This was stated by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, while talking to mediapersons at the party office of the BJP in Sector 33 here today.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC President, and Mr Satya Pal Jain, BJP candidate from Chandigarh, are all smiles during a rally at the BJP office in Sector 33, Chandigarh THE SWORD UNSHEATHED: Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC President, and Mr Satya Pal Jain, BJP candidate from Chandigarh, are all smiles during a rally at the BJP office in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Sunday, while Mr Yashpal Mahajan (extreme right), president of the city BJP unit, looks on. — A Tribune photograph




Govt fails to release subsidy on khadi products
Ropar, March 21
The Congress Government in the state has withdrawn 5 per cent subsidy on the khadi products sold in the ‘Khadi Bandars’. The khadi products that are generally hand made by the village artisans across the country are marketed in the Khadi Bhandars.

2 booked for running illegal stock exchange
Mohali, March 21
Following instructions issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India to the Chief Secretary Punjab, the Mohali police has booked two persons on charges of running an illegal stock exchange from their Mohali residence and working for the Northern India Stock Exchange, Chandigarh, declared illegal by SEBI.

Board makes changes in datesheets
Mohali, March 21
The Punjab School Education Board today announced some changes in the new datesheets of Classes X and XII.
The Class X social studies paper for both regular and compartment candidates, that was to be held on April 4, will now be held on April 7.


BKU non-committal on support to any party
Amritsar, March 21
Describing the Punjab Chief Minister’s threat on sugar in the state as a “dramebaji” state Bharatiya Kisan Union president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal asked the farmers, how does the Chief Minister proposes to sell the sugar stocks while 85 per cent of it is pledged for loans.

National and state leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union at the 34th kisan panchayat sammelan in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

National and state leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union at the 34th kisan panchayat sammelan in Amritsar

Bairagis seek Cong ticket
Sangrur, March 21
Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, national president of the All-India Bairagi Vaishnav Mahan Mandal and member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has asked the Congress High Command to allot at least one ticket to the Bairagi community in Punjab for Lok Sabha elections as the Bairagis had more than six lakh voters in the state.

SAD submits representation to CEC on ads
Chandigarh, March 21
Objecting to certain advertisements that have appeared in some newspapers, senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday urged the Chief Election Commissioner to stop the publication of such advertisements as these are in “clear violation of the mandate of the Election Commission and further constitute a corrupt practice.”

YC chief admits differences in party
Phagwara, March 21
Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress president Raminder Singh Amla today admitted there were differences in the youth body but declared these would soon be resolved. Trying to play down the opposition of one faction to his appointment, Mr Amla told mediapersons, differences will be ironed out and I feel no danger as 21 out-of 22 district Youth Congress presidents are with me”.

Cong leaders back Preneet
Dera Bassi, March 21
To express their solidarity with Ms Preneet Kaur, Congress candidate for the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency, members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee held a meeting here today.

Ex-servicemen join PPCC
Patiala, March 21
A number of ex-servicemen joined the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee in the presence of the state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today.
Discussing the problems of ex-servicemen and the general apathy towards the families of martyrs, Capt Amarinder Singh condemned communal politics and said these divisive forces would destroy the country.


Pak delegation to study historical buildings
Amritsar, March 21
A 22-member delegation from the National College of Arts, Lahore, headed by its Principal, Ms Sajida Vandal, today arrived here to study historical buildings in Punjab. The delegation, including faculty members, will visit Ram Bagh, Khalsa College, Kila Gobindgarh, buildings in Patiala and historical gardens.

Named on panel six years after death
Abohar, March 21
The first recipient of the Indira Priyadarshini Environment Award, Sant Kumar Bishnoi, who died on January 24, 1998, has been nominated as a non-official member of the Punjab State Environment Council reconstituted vide a notification by the state government on February 27, 2004, according to information received at the Wild Life office here.

BDPO told to recover 20 lakh from ex-sarpanch
Dera Bassi, March 21
The Director of Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, has issued directions to the Block Development and Project Officer, Dera Bassi, to recover Rs 20 lakh from a former sarpanch of Saipura village.

Fate of women volunteers uncertain
Ferozepore: Women volunteers who were selected by the Punjab Home Guards and Civil Defence Department for deployment at fencing gates along the Indo-Pakistan border to frisk women who accompany farmers to the fields situated across are a dejected as their fate hangs in balance.

Jal Mahal — a picture of neglect
BATALA: Batala, one of the oldest towns in the erstwhile province of Lahore, even older than Amritsar, still preserves in itself as many as 14 old monuments of religious and historical importance.

A feast for theatre lovers
Jalandhar, March 21
It was a stunning effort and a feast for the theatre lovers, as they were made to relish the candid and wonderful world of Ismat Chugtai’s observations of the world around her by Naseeruddin Shah through his directorial venture, “Ismat Apa Ke Naam,” a three-act play in Hindustani, dedicated to the memory of eminent author late Ismat Khanum Chugtai.
Naseeruddin Shah presents "Gharwali", one of the three stories of "Ismat Apa Ke Naam", a three-act play, at the Red Cross Bhavan in Jalandhar
Naseeruddin Shah presents “Gharwali”, one of the three stories of “Ismat Apa Ke Naam”, a three-act play, at the Red Cross Bhavan in Jalandhar. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Illuminating Deepak
Patiala, March 21
“Dekh to saare rahen hain”, but why do I write, is the continuous lament of Swadesh Deepak, the man who gave us the acclaimed play “Court Martial” recently released his autobiography “Maine Mandu Nahi Dekha”.

PSEB demand can’t be met, say pole makers
Patiala, March 21
Concrete pole manufacturers today claimed that the sudden huge demand of poles by the Punjab State Electricity Board, which wanted to take up the electrification of 4,000 villages by June this year, could not be met due to the lengthy manufacturing process.

500 doctors participate in medical conference
Hoshiarpur, March 21
The Punjab State Medical Conference of Indian Medical Association, PIMACON-2004, was inaugurated by Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, here today, in which more than 500 doctors from various parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kerala and West Bengal participated.

24 poor girls married off
Faridkot, March 21
As many as 24 couples belonging to the weaker section of the society from Muktsar and Faridkot districts including one from Rajasthan were married at a simple function organised by the Bharat Vikas Prishad unit of Faridkot at Mahatma Gandhi Senior Secondary School here today.

14 couples tie the knot
Kapurthala, March 21
The local Rotary Club today organised a mass marriages function at Subash Palace on the Sultanpur Lodhi road where 14 couples from poor families tied the knot. The club served breakfast and lunch to members and relatives of brides and bridegrooms.

Anganwari workers hold protest
Phagwara, March 21
Anganwari workers and helpers from different parts of Punjab today held a demonstration in the home constituency of the Minister of Social Security. Led by Ms Hargobind Kaur, president, Anganwari Mulazam Union, Punjab, protestors held a state-level rally in the local Municipal Park.

Probe paper leak scam, says Bhaur
Phagwara, March 21
SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur said today that a government which could not even conduct matric and plus two exams or keep question papers in safe custody should not be expected to govern Punjab properly.


Lawyers’ fake degrees: Bar Council to probe
Jalalabad, March 21
Mr Chander Mohan Munjal, the newly elected Chairman of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council, said cases of advocates practising with fake law degrees were being investigated at  the bar council level.


Bt cotton seed units fleecing farmers in North
Ludhiana, March 21
Cotton growers of the northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are allegedly being fleeced by the companies supplying Bt cotton seed which is meant to be sown in other regions of the country.

Stress on diversification at agriculture camp
Jalandhar, March 21
Under its diversification programme, the Punjab Agriculture Department will make efforts to persuade farmers to replace conventional crops of wheat and paddy with pulses, cotton and maize.

Cheaper device to test seeds, pesticides
Moga, March 21
Punjab Agricultural University experts developed a ‘Nitrogen’ Card, a device useful to farmers for testing seeds, pesticides and other chemicals at a low cost. With the help of this device farmers need not visit laboratories for minor problems.

Kheti Virasat for saving water
Amritsar, March 21
Mr Umendra Dutt, Director, Kheti Virasat, today urged the state government to review decision on new power connections to tubewells as it would harm state’s ecology in future.


Three of marriage party killed
Sangrur, March 21
Three members of a marriage party, including a child, were killed and two others, including the bridegroom, injured when their car overturned and fell into a nullah near Bahadurpur village, 9 km from here, this morning.

Married woman gangraped
Tarn Taran, March 21
A married woman of Nonne village was gangraped by five residents of Bhaini Sidhwan village last night. A case has been registered under various sections of the IPC in this regard.

Suicide by Armyman
Batala, March 21
An Army man committed suicide by hanging himself. He had come on leave at his Bhatti village. His relatives said today that he was depressed.


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