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Farmer’s widow refuses ex-gratia; Badal gives 1 lakh
Amritsar, March 31
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal today tried to take political mileage by wooing the widow of Angrez Singh, allegedly killed in police firing on March 29 by giving her ex-gratia relief and a job.

CM should quit over liquor vend issue,
says Badal
Jalandhar, March 31
A Former Chief Minister and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on moral grounds following the high court ruling to cancel the auction of liquor vends in three districts.

15 Akali MLAs seek quashing of liquor vends’ auction
Chandigarh, March 31
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, 15 Akali MLAs and two others today sought directions for quashing liquor vends auction in the entire state of Punjab. Directions have also been sought for reauctioning the vends in the state under the supervision of independent observers.

MLAs directed to ensure lead for Tewari from segments
Ludhiana, March 31
In an apparent bid to end dissidence and to ensure the victory of its candidate, the Congress high command has put all local leaders to test by linking their political future with the poll outcome.

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3 silver bowls missing from Golden Temple
Amritsar, March 31

Even as the controversy over the missing of one gold spade refuses to die down, three silver bowls of the five donated by the Bank of Punjab have also been found missing. Baba Amrik Singh, representative of kar sevaks, said the gold spade and silver bowls would be traced after clearing of all iron bowls.

A woman enjoys a “holy” shower as water is being drained out from the rest of the ‘sarovar’ to pave way for the second phase of kar seva in the Golden Temple on Wednesday. The kar seva is likely to start quietly to avoid rush of devotees. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma
A woman enjoys a holy shower as water is being drained out from the rest of the sarovar to pave way for the second phase of kar seva

A file photo of Sagar Ganga A file photo of Sagar Ganga, a metal vessel given by Guru Gobind Singh to the ancestors of Pakistani MP Rai Aziz Ullah Khan, whose family belonged to Raipur, near Ludhiana. The Pakistani MP has offered to exhibit the holy relic in India.

Amarinder writes to PM on Bathinda refinery
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today requested the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, that the Centre should bear the cost of the proposed Guru Gobind Singh refinery project at Bathinda to make it financially viable.

PAU passes Rs 165.74 cr budget
Ludhiana, March 31
The Board of Management of Punjab Agricultural University has passed budget estimates for 2004-2005 to the tune of Rs 165.73 crore.

Amitabh in company of classmates
Patiala, March 31
A reunion. After more than 40 years. Amitabh Bachchan was reunited with two of his classmates of the class of 1958 in Sherwood College, Nainital, last night. The actor drove down to the farmhouse residence of his classmate Sqn. Leader Sukhpal Singh Bajwa (retd) at Jhungian village near Zirakpur to partake of a quiet dinner and relive his youth all over again.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan reliving memories at classmate Sukhpal Singh Bajwa’s farmhouse near Zirakpur
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan reliving memories at classmate Sukhpal Singh Bajwa’s farmhouse near Zirakpur on Wednesday. —  Photo by Rajesh Sachar


No smooth sailing for Karan Brar
Faridkot, March 31
Ms Karan Brar, daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister, Mr Harcharan Singh Brar, and Congress nominee from Faridkot Parliamentary constituency, is likely to face stiff opposition from the people of three Assembly segments of Faridkot, Kotkapura and Panjgrain in this district.

Congress NRI Sabha leader quits
Jalandhar, March 31
The Punjab Congress today further suffered a setback when a former Lok Sabha member from Jalandhar, Mr Balbir Singh, resigned from the post of vice-patron of the NRI Sabha, Punjab, for being ignored by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Congress not to tolerate dissidence
Chandigarh, March 31
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today said that he would not tolerate dissidence in the party at any level in the state.

SAD govt ignored farmers, says Preneet
Dera Bassi, March 31
Charging the previous Akali-BJP government with bringing the state on the verge of bankruptcy, a Congress candidate from the Patiala Parliamentary constituency, Ms Preneet Kaur, alleged that the government has been paying Rs 10 crore per day as interest of the loan amount borrowed by the previous government.

Dhindsa supporters finalise campaign
Sangrur, March 31
After the green signal to the group led of Mr Parkash Chand Garg, a working committee member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, SAD candidate from Sangrur, to campaign for him independently, supporters of Mr Garg gathered at Gurdwara Jyoti Sarup here this evening and finalised an aggressive plan to campaign for Mr Dhindsa.

Brar faces stiff opposition from within party
Ferozepore, March 31
The Congress candidate from Ferozepore, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, is facing a tough challenge not only from opposition candidates but from within the party also as protest against his candidature continues.

Jogi elected vice-president of Bassi Pathana MC
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
Mr Bharat Bhushan Jogi, a councillor from newly-formed Bassi Vikas Manch, was elected vice-president of the Municipal Council, Bassi Pathana, in the elections held today.

SAD members reiterate stand on BJP
Chandigarh, March 31
Members of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) in a press note here today “openly resolved to reiterate their earlier stand to support its alliance partner, the BJP as per the instructions of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, party President”.


No-trust motion against MC chief passed
Rampura Phul, March 31
In a significant development, a no-confidence motion was passed against the president of local Municipal Council, Mr Suresh Bahia, at a meeting held here today. Mr Bahia was elected president of the council as a Congress candidate by 15 out of total 17 municipal councillors.

Move to resolve Chief Khalsa Diwan row fails
Amritsar, March 31
The Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, Mr Tarlochan Singh, who had specially flown down to Amritsar today failed to resolve the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) row as both the warring groups continued to stick to their respective stands.

Chetna marches to mark quincentennial celebrations
Amritsar, March 31
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee would organise two Khalsa Chetna marches in connection with the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev. These will culminate at Khadoor Sahib on April 16.

Guru Granth Sahib path to expose corruption
Kapurthala, March 31
Congress leader and sarpanch of Nadala village (under Bholath subdivision) Jarnail Singh has planned path of Guru Granth Sahib in Bholath tehsil office to expose corruption there.

Suvidha Kendra inaugurated
Faridkot, March 31
Under the Punjab Government plan to provide various services related with different revenue department in the district at one window Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot Division, inaugurated a Suvidha Kendra at the Mini Secretariat here today.

Updated telephone directory released
Amritsar, March 31
The Telecom Department will soon establish Dot-Soft equipment at district headquarters of Amritsar, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur and Ropar for facilitating billing, commercial, directory enquiry and fault complaint at a single platform.

Sikh gurus heralded golden era, says Osho’s brother
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
If there is secularism in the country, it is only due to the sacrifices made by the Sikh Gurus from time to time for one, enabling us to live a harmonious life. The period of 1506 to 1708 is termed as the golden era in the history as during this period 10 enlightened Sikh masters taught spiritualism, said Swami Shalendra, younger brother of Osho Rajneesh and head of the Osho Dhara organisation, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Bill to separate politics from religion sought
Bathinda, March 31
The Federation of Indian Rationalist Association (FIRA) today demanded that a Bill be enacted to separate politics from religion and implement of uniform civil code, as envisaged in Article 44 of the Constitution.

Commandos leave for Chhattisgarh today
Patiala, March 31
Additional Director-General of Police D.R. Bhatti today addressed Punjab Police commandos, who will leave for election duty to Chhattisgarh tomorrow, at a function organised at the Commando Complex at Bahadurgarh, near here, today.

Sikh jatha to leave for Pakistan on April 6
Amritsar, March 31
A jatha of 3,000 Sikh pilgrims to be led by Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary of the SGPC, will visit Pakistan from April 6 on the occasion of Baisakhi.

50 complaints received daily: Vigilance chief
Hoshiarpur, March 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau receives 50 complaints daily relating to corruption charges and about 20 cases are registered every month, Mr A.P. Pandey, Chief Director of the bureau, said here yesterday.


Remand of human trafficking accused extended
Patiala, March 31
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate P.S. Dhanoa today extended the police remand of Dhian Singh, alias Harchand Singh, till April 2 in the human trafficking case in which he is one of the main accused along with pop star Daler Mehndi and the latter’s brother Shamsher Mehndi.


Punjab's sugar scene bitter
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab Government again pleaded with the Centre today to release adequate free and levy sale sugar quota for the state, failing which it would be constrained to sell sugar in the open market.


Rs 472 cr annual credit plan launched
Muktsar, March 31
Mr B.R. Banga, Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar, today launched an annual credit plan worth Rs 472 crore, prepared by the lead branch of the State Bank of Patiala (SBOP), in this district.

Rs 20 crore council budget passed
Pathankot, March 31
A Rs 20.22 crore budget of the local Municipal Council was passed today even as the Opposition BJP members staged a walkout.

Red Cross shop: fresh probe ordered
Kharar, March 31
Inquiry has been ordered again into the alleged renting out of a Red Cross medical store on the premises of the Civil Hospital here.


Nurse booked for conception that wasn’t!
Amritsar, March 31
The police has booked Ramesh Rani, a nurse, for defrauding a childless couple of Patti village. She had been arrested last year for changing new born babies.

SMO held on bribe charge
Amritsar, March 31
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested Dr Gurmit Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Ajnala, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000.


Punjab school board officials relieved
Mohali, March 31
The news of the arrest of eight persons, allegedly responsible for the leakage of question papers leakage of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has come as a relief to the board officials.

NSUI to take up students’ poll issue with CM
Amritsar, March 31
The state unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), today said the ban on students elections in universities should be lifted.

DC postpones Khalsa College Council poll
Amritsar, March 31
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr Raminder Singh, today gave directions to postpone the election of the local Khalsa College Council immediately.

Ludhiana institute wins top honours in carnival
Jalandhar, March 31
Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management, Ludhiana, dominated the proceedings on the third day of the state level Lovely Carnival — 2004, which concluded on the premises of Lovely Educational Trust Complex near here today.

Varsity toppers awarded
Moga, March 31
The annual function of Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology was celebrated here on Monday.


Punjab to introduce monthly lottery
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab State Lotteries will be introducing its monthly lottery ticket on the occasion of Baisakhi. While the price of the ticket will be Rs 20, the first prize will be for Rs 11 lakh. This was stated by the Director of Punjab Lotteries, Mr Sher Singh Sidhu, while speaking at a function organised here today to honour the winners of the Lohri bumper draw.

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