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5 Lashkar men held for Goraya blast
Jalandhar, March 30
The police has arrested five members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, said to be behind the January 5 blast on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana section near Goraya and has seized 1,250 gm of RDX from their possession. Two of those arrested had been to Pakistan and had received an ISI-sponsored crash course in arms.

CM, Bhattal differ on probe into Manawala firing
Jalandhar, March 30
While the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today indicated that there would be no probe into the Manawala incident, where one of the agitating farmers had been killed during police firing, the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has termed the incident as unfortunate and demanded a high-level probe into the police firing and the subsequent death of the farmer.

Nominations trigger revolt
Chandigarh, March 30
The names of Rana Gurjit Singh, MLA from Kapurthala, and Mr Arvind Khanna, MLA from Sangrur, as party candidates for the Jalandhar and Sangrur Lok Sabha seats were reportedly cleared at the instance of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who along with the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, reached the Union Capital late this afternoon.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Jagmeet Brar
Jagmeet Brar

Revolt in Ferozepore Congress
Ferozepore, March 30
A revolt of sorts erupted in the District Congress today with a section of its office-bearers, including Youth Congress leaders and other prominent party members, announcing their resignation from their respective posts in protest against the nomination of Mr Jagmeet Brar as party candidate.

NDA leaders to campaign in Punjab after April 25

Dhindsa allows independent campaigns
Sangrur, March 30
Following sharp differences between Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, former Punjab minister, who had recently joined the SAD after his expulsion from the party two years ago, and Mr Parkash Chand Garg, a working committee member of the SAD, the SAD candidate from Sangrur Parliamentary constituency, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today gave a “green signal” to Mr Garg and his supporters to campaign for him independently.

Sonia Gandhi cold shoulders Punjab?
Chandigarh, March 30
Has the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, knowingly omitted Punjab from the list of States and Union Territories covered by her during her “Jan Samparak Abhiyan “ - road show - as a part of the run-up for the Lok Sabha elections ?

World Punjabi conference in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, March 30
The World Punjabi conference will be held here from May 28 to 30. Mr Fakhar Zaman, a Pakistan-based chairman of the World Punjabi Congress, said here today that the theme of the conference would be “pen and peace”.

Eradi panel delays visit to the region
Chandigarh, March 30
The proposed visit of the Eardi Commission, which has been set up for fixing the share of the river waters between Punjab and Haryana, to this region has been delayed for a few days.


PTDC to close down Nangal, Kapurthala tourist complexes
Ropar, March 30
The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has decided to close down its Nangal and Kapurthala based tourist complexes. The decision regarding the closing of the complexes was taken in a meeting of the field officers of the PTDC held on March 16.

Forest land with encroachers despite eviction orders
Bathinda, March 30
The district forest department authorities have been running from pillar to post for the past three years to get its land, measuring about 50 acres, vacated from illegal occupants, but without success.

Panel’s opinion sought on abolition of post
Patiala, March 30
The Regional Director of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes which is headquartered in Chandigarh has forwarded the case of abolition of the reserve post of the Punjabi University Assistant Public Relations Officer (APRO) to the National Commission for obtaining legal opinion on the issue.

A girl dressed as Lord Rama during the Ram Navmi celebrations in Amritsar on Tuesday.
A girl dressed as Lord Rama during the Ram Navmi celebrations in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

Ram Navmi celebrated                      
Chandigarh, March 30
Ram Nawni was celebrated with gaiety and religious fervour here today. The Lakshmi Narayan, Bansi Gopal and Kharuda temples were decorated. The Ramayana was recited. There was a great rush of devotees langar was organised.

Radha Soami ‘Treasury of Mystic Terms’
Chandigarh, March 30
A set of six volumes of “A Treasury of Mystic Terms” published by the Science of the Soul Research Centre, Radha Soami Satsang, Beas, and presented to the President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, at Rashtrapati Bhavan the other day is unique in ways more than one.

1,050 pass out from police academy
Phillaur, March 30
Justice O.P. Verma, Governor of Punjab, has stressed the need for better police-public relations which would be useful to improve the law and order situation in the state. He was addressing the annual Passing Out parade of Punjab Police Academy here today.

1400 units of blood collected
Patiala, March 30
As many as 18 voluntary blood donation camps have been organised by the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the local Rajindra Hospital so far. More than 1,400 units of blood have been collected from voluntary donors.

Villagers stage dharna
Amritsar, March 30
Villagers from Vallah today staged a dharna in front of the house of the Deputy Commissioner against the delay in the shifting of the old mandi to Vallah. Traffic was also disrupted.

Goods destroyed in fire
Sangrur, March 30
About 6,000 audio cassettes and compact discs, four recording decks and furniture worth Rs 40,000 were burnt as fire broke out due to short circuit in a music shop here last night.


Call to gherao SSP withdrawn
Jalandhar March 30
The dispute between the District Bar Association (DBA) and the district police over the registration of a case against Ranjit Singh, who had allegedly attacked a lawyer on March 2, was amicably resolved when the latter tendered an unconditional apology during the General House meeting of the DBA here yesterday.


Councillors block passage of budget
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 30
Due to ongoing groupism among the councillors of the Municipal Council, Bassi Pathana, the annual budget of Rs 2.60 crore presented by the council president could not be passed as eight out of 12 members present opposed it.

30 PAP companies for poll duty in Chhattisgarh
Kapurthala, March 30
Thirty companies of the Punjab Armed Police, IRB and Commandos will go to Chhattisgarh from Punjab for security during Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 20.

MC to sell its properties
Chandigarh, March 30
The local municipal corporation (MC) has decided to sell its properties worth about Rs 32 crore to meet its annual income target of Rs 106 crore during year 2004-2005.


1.2 lakh looted from petrol station
Amritsar, March 30
Four or five robbers looted Rs 1.2 lakh from a petrol station at Attari late last night.

11 booked under NDPS, Excise Acts
Barnala, March 30
The police has during raids succeeded in seizing about  150 kg of lahan, 1 kg of opium, 40 kg of poppy husk, and seven bottles of illicit liquor. Eleven anti-social elements have been arrested.

4 of family among 5 killed in accident
Phagwara March 30
An NRI family of four was killed in a road accident which claimed five lives near   Bahr Majara village, eight km from here, late lastnight.

Three killed in accident
Moga, March 30
At least three persons were killed in an accident involving a car, a scooter and a motor cycle on the Moga-Ferozepore road, 15 km from here, this afternoon.

Scooterist dead
Bathinda, March 30
A scooterist, identified as Maghar Singh of Bibi Wala village of this district, was killed on the spot when his scooter was hit by a vehicle belonging to the Army on Bibi Wala Road of this city late last night.


Chief Secy inaugurates hostel
Abohar, March 30
Mr Jai Singh Gill, Chief Secretary, Punjab, inaugurated a hostel at Bhag Singh Hayer Khalsa College for Women here today. The chairperson of the college, Mrs Harbaksh Kaur, had donated 26 acres, besides Rs 1 crore for the building.

Exam papers’ seal found broken
Ropar, March 30
The seals of Punjabi papers of Classes X and 10+2 of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) were reportedly found broken today by examination controllers of various centres in the district.

Cultural programme mark annual function
Kharar, March 30
The annual prize distribution and cultural programme of Diamond Public School, Mundi Kharar, was organised on Sunday. The Deputy Director of the Punjab School Education Board, Mr J.S. Rahi, was the chief guest at the function. The guest of honour, Mr M.S. Sodhi, BPEO, Kharar, presided over the function.

GND varsity exams begin today
Amritsar, March 30
The annual theory examinations for under-graduate classes of Guru Nanak Dev University will commence tomorrow. Stating this here today, Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, said more than 80,000 candidates were appearing in these examinations. About 300 examination centres have been set up.


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