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L.K. Advani’s effigy burnt
Sangrur, March 25
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), under the leadership of Ms Gurdip Kaur Alloarkh, district president of the women’s wing of the party, today blocked for an hour the Sangrur-Barnala road at Badrukhan village, near here, in protest against the arrest of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, SAD (A) chief, and 14 other leaders of the party at Dirba yesterday.

Mann’s arrest, political drama, says Badal
Jalandhar, March 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today termed the preventive arrest of SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann as a political drama enacted by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to ensure political mileage for Mr Mann’s party during coming elections.

Heavy deployment marks security for PM
Amritsar, March 25
The heavy security arrangements with regard to the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to receive the “Bharat Uday Yatra” of Mr L.K. Advani has affected life here.
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Girls wear traditional costumes at the Folk Art Mela organised by Government College of Girls in Patiala
Girls wear traditional costumes at the Folk Art Mela organised by Government College of Girls in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Badal uses Panth to solve his problems, says Gill
Bathinda, March 25
Mr Jagroop Singh Gill, Chairman, Improvement Trust, Bathinda, and senior Congress leader, today cautioned the people that they should be aware of the “tactics” being adopted by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to get their votes in the Lok Sabha elections.  In a press note issued here today, Mr Gill alleged that it was Mr Badal who played an active role in disturbing the law and order situation in Punjab in 1984 by instigating the ‘dharmi faujis’.

Revamp of school board after elections
Chandigarh, March 25
Rattled by the question paper leak in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), the Punjab Government has decided to go for drastic changes in the existing structure of the board. The restructuring process of the board will start immediately after the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Missing question paper packet found
Mohali, March 25
In an interesting development, the Punjab School Education Board Chairman today stated that they had ‘found’ the question paper packet that had gone ‘missing’ from Gurdaspur, thought to be the source of Class X question paper leakage.

Father searching for soldier son for 3 yrs
Faridkot, March 25
Naib Subedar Roop Lal (retd), a local resident, is moving from pillar to post for the past three years to get information about his only son, Naik Sukhpal Singh, a serving soldier, missing for the past over three years.

BSNL mobile fraud case: official suspended
Patiala, March 25
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today suspended its Rajpura-based Junior Telecom Officer, who was responsible for activating connections of subscribers of the town who defrauded the company of Rs 80 lakh even as further investigation revealed that the racket might be even bigger than the Rs 1 crore figure.


Sukhbir Badal accuses Cong of nepotism
Faridkot, March 25
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary of the SAD asked people of Punjab not to be misled by propaganda against senior Akali leaders by the government of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


Spinal injuries centre before year-end
Mohali, March 25
The Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Mohali will start functioning before the end of this year. After three years of the Punjab Government running the centre from temporary premises at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, finally the unfinished building of the centre in Sector 70 will be completed with construction starting this week.

Homecoming for rickshawpuller’s son
Abohar, March 25
Four-year-old Gobinda, who was allegedly sold by his father, a rickshawpuller for Rs 4,000 to an issueless milkman here last fortnight, would be restored to his family, sources said.

Bid to grab gaushala land alleged
Kapurthala, March 25
A delegation of representatives of the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), the RSS and temple committees of the town today met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Kumar, in connection with the change in revenue records of the land pertaining to a gaushala.

Culture endorses bias against women: paper
Amritsar, March 25
More than 24 research papers were presented on Folklore on the second day of the Indian Folklore Congress hosted by the School of Punjabi Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Protest against ‘disowning’ of martyrs today
Jalandhar, March 25
To lodge protest against the “disowning” of the Kamagatamaru freedom fighters by the Union Home Ministry, which had filed an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court expressing doubts whether the Kamagatamaru passengers had any link with the country’s freedom struggle, members of the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Committee have decided to converge at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar tomorrow.

Octroi collection staff beat up truck driver
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 25
Octroi contractors of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib area and their employees have allegedly beaten up a truck driver for refusing to pay more than the fixed fee for getting a transit pass.

‘India Shining’ hollow claim, says former CBI Director
Jalalabad, March 25
Mr Joginder Singh, member Interpol and former CBI Director, has said that  during the past five years of the NDA rule, the economy of country has improved but the claim of “India Shining” seems to be far from  reality.

PSSF gears up for today’s rally
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) has claimed that there was great enthusiasm among the government employees for the proposed state level protest rally at Patiala on March 26 against the indifferent and apathetic attitude of the state government.

Rs 1280 cr credit plan for Sangrur
Sangrur, March 25
Mr Sarvjit Singh, DC, Sangrur, today launched the annual district credit plan of Sangrur district for 2004-05, prepared by the State Bank of Patiala at a district-level Review Committee Meeting here.


Rape victim can’t be quizzed about character
Chandigarh, March 25
After amendment to the Indian Evidence Act, an accused in a rape case could not be allowed to adduce evidence for proving immoral character of the prosecutrix, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held in a significant judgement.

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Two rescued from illegal detention
Chandigarh, March 25
A warrant officer, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, reportedly rescued two Jalandhar district residents from lock up after raiding a police station late Wednesday night.

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Jagir Kaur’s security officer out on bail
Patiala, March 25
Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur’s personal security officer and Sub- Inspector Nishan Singh was today released from the Central Jail here after he submitted a surety and a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each on the directions of a local court.

Lawyers want judge shifted
Pathankot, March 25
Lawyers here continued the boycott of the court of Mr Ranjit Singh, Judicial Magistrate, for the third day here today. They are demanding his transfer.



Inspections reveal anomalies in MC contracts
Ropar, March 25
A major bungling in the sanitary contract of the Mohali Municipal Council was detected during the annual inspection conducted by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain.


Executive Engineer caught taking bribe
Bathinda, March 25
Mr Baldev Singh Mittal, Executive Engineer, Public Health, Mansa, was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Vinod Chaudhary, accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a civil works contractor yesterday.

Patwari held on bribe charge
Amritsar, March 25
The Vigilance Bureau has nabbed Mohan Lal, a patwari, in Sri Hargobindpur sub tehsil of Gurdaspur district while taking a bribe of Rs 6000 for issuing copy of Intakal. This was informed in a press release by Mr Dilraj Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Vigilance Bureau here, yesterday.

3 arrested for smuggling bats
Pathankot, March 25
The Pathankot police has arrested three persons for smuggling bats from Srinagar and seized 5,700 bats loaded in two trucks. Their accomplice, however, managed to escape.


Stir threat by college teachers
Chandigarh, March 25
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association today threatened to stage a dharna in front of the private residence of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at Patiala. The General Secretary of the Association, Mr Jaipal Singh, said that several demands of college teachers were hanging fire for the past several years.

Notice against leaders motivated, say students
Patiala, March 25
The Punjabi University Students Confederation (PUSC) has asked the university authorities to withdraw a notice, banning the entry of three student leaders on the university campus.

Teachers denied salary for want of approval
Fazilka, March 25
Sanjeev Kumar Grover a JBT teacher who has been teaching in government-aided Satsang Primary School, here since September 20, 2002, has not been paid salary for want of sanction from the Finance Department, Punjab.

Job placement at engg college
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 25
Leading placement company VinzinfoZ visited the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur (BBSB) Engineering College for campus placements here yesterday. Recruitment Officer Ramandeep Singh interviewed 107 final year students of electronics and computer engineering of the college.


Annual credit plan of Mansa launched
Mansa, March 25
Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, today launched the annual credit plan of the district.

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