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CM contradicts himself
Ferozepore, March 23

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, seems to have adopted “double standard” for selecting Congress candidates for the coming Lok Sabha elections.  Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, PPCC President H.S. Hanspal and other senior Congress leaders pay homage at the Shaheed Samarak constructed in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Husseniwalla border in Ferozepore district on Tuesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, PPCC President H.S. Hanspal and other senior Congress leaders pay homage at the Shaheed Samarak constructed in the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Husseniwalla border in Ferozepore district on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh observed
Abohar, March 23
Slogans of “Inqlab Zindabad, Vande Matram and Jab tak suraj chand rahega Bhagat Singh tera naam rahega” were raised as the Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch organised a march to observe the martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev here this morning.

CM pays tributes to Bhagat Singh
Mocks at ‘India Shining’ slogan of BJP
Khatkar Kalan (Nawanshahr), March 23
Subjecting the “India Shining” slogan of the BJP to satire, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said India was shining for just two per cent of top and influential BJP leaders and not for over 30 crore countrymen, who were still living below the poverty line.

Army issues notices to residents of prohibited area
Pathankot, March 23
More than 40 years after residential colonies came up in the area within 1,000 yards from the periphery of the Ammunition Sub Depot (2 ASD), Mamun, the Army authorities have served notices, asking people to stop construction with immediate effect.

Cricket fans prefer road route
Only 95 travel by special train
Attari, March 23
A long waiting period proved a major drawback for the special train to Lahore for cricket fans as less than 100 passengers arrived here from Delhi today to watch the final of the one-day international cricket series to be played in Lahore tomorrow.

Ms Parkash Kaur, sister  of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, sits in front of her brother's statue at Khatkar Kalan village on Tuesday
Ms Parkash Kaur, sister  of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, sits in front of her brother's statue at Khatkar Kalan village on Tuesday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

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Mr Simranjit Singh MannMann gets French reply on turban issue
Chandigarh, March 23
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has received a reply from French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin on the turban issue that he had raised with him. Mr Villepin informed that the “law project on turban will not be in effect until the following school season in September and hence this time should be used in removing all kinds of misunderstanding”.

8 leave BSNL holding bills worth 80 lakh
Patiala, March 23
In a massive fraud, eight men took BSNL Cell One mobile connections simultaneously, ran up bills amounting to Rs 80 lakh in February and disappeared. BSNL has been left high and dry as the men had given fake addresses in their application forms.


Akalis, secular forces should join hands against Badal: Zira
Bathinda, March 23
A former Punjab minister, Mr Inderjit Singh Zira, who has revived the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) in the recent past, said yesterday that he was of the opinion that all Akali Dals and other secular forces should join hands to field common candidates against the SAD-BJP alliance and Congress candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Barnala supporters join Dhindsa’s poll campaign
Sangrur, March 23
The election campaign of Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Shiromani Akali Dal candidate for the Sangrur parliamentary constituency, today got a shot in the arm with leaders of the Barnala faction starting campaign in favour of Mr Dhindsa. Mr Baldev Singh Mann, general secretary of the SAD and a close confidant of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, kicked off the campaign from Mehlan village.

Don’t carry derogatory ads, urges Badal
Bathinda, March 23
Former Chief Minister and President, SAD, Parkash Singh Badal has appealed to publishers of various newspapers to not carry any derogatory advertisements against him and his family members without verifying facts.

Cong leader decries BJP’s attack on Sonia
Bathinda, March 23
Dr Malti Thapar a former Congress minister, while accusing BJP leadership, including the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of indulging in personal attack on Ms Sonia Gandhi and her family members in their election campaign, yesterday claimed that only a selected few, who had unaccounted wealth, were “feeling good” under the rule of the BJP-led NDA government.

Shiv Sena not to enter into alliance
Phillaur, March 23
Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Punjab, vice-president Pawan Parbhakar and its chief spokesman Jagdish Kataria have claimed that the Shiv Sena will not make any poll alliance with any political party.


NFL, PACL may buy power from other states
Ropar, March 23
Owing to high cost of power industrial units in Punjab are exploring the possibilities of buying cheap power from other states due to the opportunities available after the passing of the electricity Bill, 2003.

Exploit potential of Punjab rivers: experts
Amritsar, March 23
Town planners participating in the national seminar on “Challanges and priorities in urban and regional planning” were of the unanimous opinion that geographical advantages like gas pipeline from Iran to Punjab should be exploited to make the economy of the country strong.

Library holds book exhibition
Bathinda, March 23
The local public library today held a book exhibition which was inaugurated by Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development). Mr Kharbanda said reading was a good habit. Reading books was like chatting with intelligent people.

Special plane to take 150 holy books to Canada
Amritsar, March 23
The Sacha Sauda Society, Canada, will take 150 volumes of Guru Granth Sahib in a chartered plane to Canada on April 3.


High Court
Mann’s case
Chandigarh, March 23
Taking up a petition filed by Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann seeking directions for shifting Prime Minister’s residence from Race Course Road to any other “safer place” will come up for hearing on April 6. The petition was filed in less than a fortnight after Punjab Chief Minister’s aircraft hovered over the Prime Minister’s residence.

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Gang of robbers busted
Jalandhar, March 23
The Jalandhar police has busted a six-member inter-district gang of bank robbers and kidnappers by arresting all its members and recovering firearms, cash and vehicles used in crime from their possession.

Woman strangled
Abohar, March 23
The Sadar police has booked Sheokaran, a resident of Kula village in this subdivision, for allegedly strangling his wife to death, official sources said this evening.


Singla nominated to Senate
Patiala, March 23
Senior Congress leader and Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla has been appointed a member of the Punjabi University Senate.


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