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Special Economic Zones at Mohali, Amritsar soon
Chandigarh, March 3
The Centre, on the recommendation of the Punjab Government, has finalised the setting up of two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the state for “boosting exports, and the state’s overall economy”. A formal announcement in this regard is likely to be made soon.

Fake visa racket busted
Jalandhar, March 3
The Jalandhar police has busted a racket involving in fabrication of documents and arranging of visas to foreign countries.

Doraha to have 1,000 MW gas plant
Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will enter into a joint venture with GAIL for the setting up of a 1,000 MW gas plant near Doraha at a cost of over Rs 4,000 crore, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today.

School boy concocts kidnapping story
Hoshiarpur, March 3
To remain with his classmate, for one more year, a student of class XII of Government Senior Secondary School, Rajpur Bhaian, disappeared from the school, reached Anandpur Sahib and told a concocted story of his kidnapping to the police last evening.

18 hurt as buses collide
Moga, March 3
Eighteen persons were injured, four of them seriously, when two buses collided head-on near Rajeana village, near here, today.

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CM misused power in byelection, says Sukhbir
Bathinda, March 3
Senior SAD leader and former union minister, Mr Sukhbir Badal, said today that by using police force, government machinery, money and muscle power, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had managed to save his chair but had become “most hated” person in Punjab.

Badal accuses CM of muzzling democracy
Chandigarh, March 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here today that if the government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh continued to be allowed to muzzle democracy in the state, political parties and the people would soon have no faith left in the democratic structure of the country.


Durgiana Temple ex-panel in a spot
Amritsar, March 3
The Congress-led Durgiana temple committee headed by Mr Gopi Chand Bhatia, president, and working president, Mr Surinder Arjun, has charged the BJP-led former temple management of embezzlement of temple funds.

Commercial complexes flaunt building bylaws
Jalandhar, March 3
Throwing norms and building bylaws to the winds, scores of multi-storeyed shopping complexes are coming up in different residential and other localities of the city under the very nose of the Municipal Corporation.

BJP protests against Jharkhand Governor
Sangrur, March 3
Activists and members of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) today took out a march from the local BJP office to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here in protest against the Jharkhand Governor’s action, regarding the swearing-in of a seven-member UPA ministry, headed by Mr Shibu Soren, in Jharkhand yesterday.

Effigy of Governor burnt
Amritsar, March 3
The Bharatiya Janata party activists today burnt the effigy of Jharkhand Governor Sibtey Razi for his controversial decision to invite Mr Shibu Soren to form a government.

Punjab MLAs’ visit to Pakistan put off
Chandigarh, March 3
Punjab MLAs’ visit to Pakistan has been cancelled for a while. Twentyfive MLAs of different political parties of Punjab were to visit Pakistan from March 20 to March 28 under the command of the Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan. They were invited by Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi.

Need to reduce Punjab’s fiscal deficit: Malhotra
Chandigarh, March 3
Since Punjabis could be found all over the world there is much scope of making the state global, especially in respect of its contribution towards India’s GDP. This was stated by the Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, at an interactive session on “Pre-Budget Memorandum for Punjab Budget 2005-06” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Punjab State Council, in Chandigarh today.

Rs 2 crore allotted for development
Faridkot, March 3
Funds allotted for various beneficiary schemes and development works in the district should be utilised to the optimum before March 31. Any official found guilty of negligence in the work would not be spared.

Swayam Sidha Scheme a boon, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 3
To make women aware of their legal rights, empower them financially and raise their social status, the Swayam Sidha scheme of the Centre is proving to be a boon in the district.

PSEB staff gherao power expert
Patiala, March 3
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today blocked the gates of the headquarters building here in protest against the visit of a US power expert who had reportedly come to deliver a lecture on transmission and distribution losses.

PSEB staff protest against US expert’s visit
Sangrur, March 3
Employees of the PSEB, under the banner of the PSEB Employees Joint Forum, today held a rally in front of the PSEB’s circle office here in protest against a visit of Mr Bill Griffin, an engineer from the International Executive Services Corporation (IESC) of the USA, to Sangrur today.

Bhattal visits folk art exhibition
Patiala, March 3
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today visited the Folk Art exhibition held at Government College of Girls here.

Gurmat Vidya Martand title for Maskeen
Amritsar, March 3
While paying tributes to noted Sikh scholar Giani Sant Singh Maskeen at the bhog ceremony held at Alwar (Rajasthan), he was conferred the title of “Gurmat Vidya Martand” posthumously by Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today.

Jaundice cases in Gurbax Nagar
Amritsar, March 3
Three out of five water samples taken from the Gurbax Nagar locality have failed. The samples were taken after about a dozen reported jaundice cases in the area in the past fortnight.

Alag, his wife felicitated
Patiala, March 3
The local Guru Arjan Kirtan Mandal today organised a function at which members of around 20 literary art and social organisations presented siropas and gifts to the Sikh scholar, Dr Sarup Singh Alag, and his wife, Ms Jasbir Kaur Alag, for their efforts in spreading the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev through their writings and distribution of literature around the world free of cost.


SPO grilled in Khalra case
Security beefed up in court complex
Patiala, March 3
Overzealous Patiala cops today set up a security picket at the entrance to the District Courts complex here and allowed security personnel accompanying accused police officers in the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case to enter but denied the same facility to CRPF security personnel accompanying SPO Kuldeep Singh, who is the prime prosecution witness in the case.

Construction of sewerage line stayed
Kharar, March 3
A local court today stayed the construction of a sewerage line on the Randhawa road here. Issuing a notice of motion to the local Municipal Council for tomorrow, following a petition by certain local residents, Judicial Magistrate Ranjan Khullar has asked it to file a reply in the case.

Bid to dig pitch: order reserved
Kharar, March 3
A local court today once again reserved its order on the Punjab Police plea seeking arrest warrant against Jai Bhagwan Goyal, North India president of Shiv Sena, in the case pertaining to the attack on the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on February 10.


Rains harming wheat crop
Moga, March 3
After taking away the smiles from the faces of potato growers, intermittent rains over the past few weeks have started damaging crops like wheat, mustard, menthol, and pulses.

Members of the Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, hold a dharna at Matka Chowk in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Farmers hold dharna, seek free power, canal water
Chandigarh, March 3
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), which held a protest dharna here today, has urged the Punjab Government to effect a drastic cut in the interest rate on cooperative loans which are advanced for farming purposes.

Members of the Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, hold a dharna at Matka Chowk in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Progressive farmers to be honoured
Ludhiana, March 3
Three progressive farmers, Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Mr Daljit Singh Gill and Mr Harbans Singh will be honoured on the occasion of annual PAU Kisan Mela here tomorrow.


Four selected to PCS (Executive)
Chandigarh, March 3
Mr Mohinder Pal Singh, Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been selected to the PCS (Executive Branch) by the Punjab Public Service Commission. He has been selected under the Register All-1996 category.


Two cops surrender in custodial death case
Jalandhar, March 3
Two of the three police personnel accused in case with regard to torturing a Dalit to death in Lohian police station last month, surrendered before the police yesterday.

Bank officer, family booked for forgery
Abohar, March 3
A field officer of Punjab National Bank, his wife, son and daughter-in-law have been booked by the city police under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC for fraudulently mortgaging immovable property of a person to get a limit sanctioned for their business house.

PO arrested
Moga, March 3
The police has arrested a proclaimed offender who is accused of snatching Rs 1 lakh from a telecom employee and killing two petrol station employees.

Youth injured in clash
Jaito, March 3
A youth sustained serious injuries during a clash between two groups of youths near the local bus stand yesterday.


Teachers go on mass leave
Bathinda, March 3
Hundreds of activists of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) working in private college in Punjab affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala, and Panjab University, Chandigarh, today proceeded on mass casual leave and staged a dharna in the local DAV College to lodge their protest against the non-acceptance of their demands by the authorities concerned.

Student exchange programme held
Batala, March 3
On the initiative of the Principal, Prof Hepesh Shepherd, the Landscaping Environment for Tomorrow (LEFT) Club, Baring Union Christian College, organised the first-ever “Students exchange programme” here yesterday.

Move to hike water, sewerage rates
Batala, March 3
The Municipal Council has revised the rates of sewerage and water supply.

Relevance of Guru Nanak’s teachings discussed
Patiala, March 3
The relevance of Guru Nanak’s teachings in the present time was discussed at “Guru Nanak Dev Commemorative Lectures” organised at the Department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies at Punjabi University here today.

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