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Guru Angad Dev vet varsity approved
State Budget on March 22

Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab Council of Ministers approved the setting up of a university of veterinary and animal sciences at its meeting here today. It will be named Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and start functioning from July in Ludhiana where a building is available adjacent to the campus of Punjab Agricultural University.

Ajnala repoll goes off peacefully
Over 75 per cent voters exercise franchise
Ajnala, March 1
An ITBP jawan keeps vigil at a polling booth at Kamalpur, Ajnala, on Tuesday Unlike widespread violence during Ajnala byelection on February 23, repolling in 14 booths, held under the watchful eye of the ITBP, went off peacefully here today.
An ITBP jawan keeps vigil at a polling booth at Kamalpur, Ajnala, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Govt for equitable growth of urban, rural areas: CM
Barhampur (Ludhiana), March 1
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has said the development of rural infrastructure is the topmost priority of his government. He said his government was committed to the equitable growth and development of the rural areas along with the urban areas.



Footprints led to arrest of train dacoity suspects
Chandigarh, March 1
You would have dismissed it as a script fit for a thriller. But if claims of Punjab Police are to be believed, footprints and a shoe box led to the arrest of four migrants allegedly involved in the Ludhiana train robbery.

Four migrants allegedly involved in the Ludhiana train robbery being paraded before the media in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Four migrants allegedly involved in the Ludhiana train robbery being paraded before the media in Chandigarh

Villagers told to return land compensation amount
Gurdaspur, March 1
The land of Mr Pathania, resident of Karoli village, was acquired by the armed forces in 1990-91. He was awarded the compensation for the land. Now the land acquisition authorities of the Army have issued notice to him that the Army did not acquire his land. He has been directed to return the money paid as compensation to him, along with an interest of 15 per cent.


Govt to give more funds for development, says Bhattal
Jalandhar, March 1
The Congress-led state government has decided to pump in more funds for development projects in the next two years. Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said this during a press conference at Children’s Park, where she laid the foundation stone of a proposed 132 KV substation here today.

Gold spades row takes new turn
Amritsar, March 1
Baba Amrik Singh Karsewawale has been summoned from Pakistan by the Shriomani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to ‘arrange’ for the missing gold spades and silver bowls which were donated by Bank of Punjab during the ‘kar sewa’ of the holy sarovar at the Golden Temple last year. 

Five more water samples fail in Pathankot
Pathankot, March 1
Five more water samples collected by the district health authorities from various areas of Pathankot have been declared as unpotable. With this nine out of the 12 samples taken from water sources of the municipal council have been found to be unfit for drinking. Earlier four out of five samples were declared unpotable.

Ropar roads await completion
Ropar, March 1
Even after two months the deadline fixed by the Punjab Government, the development project to widening of the Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road along Sirhind canal and the Chamkaur Sahib-Bela road is not complete.

High-level contamination in rural water supply
Ropar, March 1
A majority of the people living in the rural areas of the district have been consuming water unfit for human consumption. The fact came to light as the water samples taken by the Health Department in the rural areas were found unfit to drink.

Help remove bitterness, says Mian Mir’s kin
Faridkot, March 1
Begum Naila Qadri, second wife of Hazrat Sai Mian Mir Maqdoom Syed Chan Pir Qadri, chief patron, Sai Mian Mir International Foundation and a descendant of Hazrat Mian Mir, who laid the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1589 at the request of the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, has appealed to Sufi saints in Pakistan and heads of different religions in India to come forward to bring the people of both the countries closer.

Gastroenteritis claims one life
Patiala, March 1
Gastroenteritis and typhoid cases were today reported in the Khalsa Mohalla area of the city following the reported contamination of the area’s water supply. One person is reported two have died due to this.

Respite Care for mentally challenged launched
Patiala, March 1
Sadhu Basant Residential Care Centre, an institution committed to the care of mentally challenged persons here, has launched a `Respite Care` service which is aimed at providing temporary relief from stress to the family members of special children.

Vajra Corps celebrates Raising Day
Jalandhar, March 1
Vajra Corps celebrated its 55th Raising Day here today. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Vajra Corps War Memorial. Lt-Gen P.K. Singh, GOC of the corps, laid the wreath in memory of gallant soldiers.

Two Punjabi writers awarded
Amritsar, March 1
The Sahit Vichar Kendra on Sunday presented “Bawa Balwant award” and “Sujan Singh award” to Mr Ajaib Kamal (Kenya) and Dr Joginder Kairon, Punjabi writers, at a function held at Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women here.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar casts spell in Patiala
Patiala, March 1
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, cast his magical spell over a few thousand people who collected to attend his discourse and seek answers for their worries at the Polo Ground late yesterday evening.


Amarinder, Badal case adjourned
Chandigarh, March 1
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Neerja Kulwant Kalson, today adjourned a case filed by the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, seeking Rs 5 crore damages from the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to May 11.

Congress leader Safdipur granted bail
Patiala, March 1
A local court today granted bail to Congress leader Balwant Singh Safdipur who was arrested on February 11 on charges of criminal conspiracy.


Patwari suspended for committing fraud
Mohali, March 1
The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, today suspended Dilbagh Singh Patwari of Chilla Manouli village near here. The patwari has been suspended following the Kharar SDM’s report, who was asked by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, to inquire into allegations of fraud levelled by 85-year-old Pritam Singh of the same village.

Training programme for cops begin
Patiala, March 1
A 10-day training programme for investigating police officers was started in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in the Government Medical College here today.


One arrested for making fake licences
Bathinda, March 1
A minor girl of Puhla village in this district was allegedly raped by her neighbour, Binder Singh, on the neght of February 27 when the victim went to his house for taking water.

Eight thieves held, nine vehicles recovered
Muktsar, March 1
The district police achieved a major success today when two police parties arrested eight members of two gangs of auto-lifters and recovered nine vehicles from them.

BJP leader beaten to death
Sunam, March 1
A local BJP leader was beaten to death last night by four persons here while he was sleeping in his house with his wife and children, the police today said.

Teenager killed over love affair
Moga, March 1
A teenager was killed by a group of youths reportedly over his love affair with a dancer on Sunday night here. According to sources, 16-yr-old Davinder, alias Sonu, a resident of Friends Colony, was close to a dancer of Dhaleke village and used to frequent her house.

Cop arrested on graft charge
Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested constable Rajinder Pal on the allegations of demanding and accepting bribe. The constable was posted at Sadar police station in Jalalabad.

Wireless operator killed in accident
Ropar, March 1
A wireless operator, Gurmukh Singh, working at the residence of the SSP, Ropar, was yesterday killed when he was hit by a bus near Kiratpur Sahib. The deceased was on the way to his village in Nurpurbedi town.


DC inaugurates free textbook scheme for SC students
Sangrur, March 1
Under the scheme of Welfare Department’s “Supply of textbooks free of cost to the Scheduled Castes’ students studying in first to tenth classes”, free textbooks to the tune of Rs 1.22 crore will be given to more than 1 lakh Scheduled Castes students by April 15 for the academic session 2005-06 in Sangrur district.

PTU to revamp distance education
Jalandhar, March 1
Punjab Technical University is all set to transform its distance education programme from the coming academic session. The newly constituted council headed by Dr O.P. Bajpai, Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Chandigarh, is likely to hold its maiden meeting on the university campus in the first week of March.

Punjab education board exam from today
Mohali, March 1
As many as 7,37,110 students will appear in the matriculation and Class XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board commencing tomorrow.

US prof addresses budding engineers
Patiala, March 1
San Jose University Computer Engineering Department Professor and Chairperson, Dr Sigurd Meldal, today addressed students of the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology. The lecture on computer software engineering was part of expert lectures being organised by Punjabi University, Patiala.


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