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SAD set for major makeover
Chandigarh, March 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal, which suffered defeats in the Assembly byelections in recent months, is in for a major makeover. Its organisational structure will have a fresh look by the end of this month. An advisory council with 101 members will be a new addition to two other major organisational bodies of the SAD.

Jagmeet Brar has not contacted me: Badal
Chandigarh, March 8
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday said neither the senior Congress leader, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, nor any of his supporters had contacted him or any other Akali leader for joining the SAD.

No feelers were sent to Brar, says Dhindsa
Phagwara, March 8
The SAD secretary-general and MP, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today said that Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar had not approached them, nor had anybody approached him for joining the Akali Dal.

Punjab excise policy to be approved tomorrow
Ludhiana, March 8
The Punjab Cabinet will approve the excise policy of the state for 2005-2006 at its meeting on March 10. According to sources close to the state government, the government has amended the state excise rule in order to avoid litigation and allegedly to accommodate its own men at the time of auction of liquor vends in the state.

Lakhs go without pension
Chandigarh, March 8
For 20 months now, the 10 lakh beneficiaries of the Punjab’s pension scheme for vulnerable sections have been awaiting the release of a paltry sum of Rs 200 per month.




Money order(ed) is not money delivered
Chandigarh, March 8
Tanif is a daily wager from Bihar. On September 1, 2004, he sent a money order of Rs 1,000 to his family in Surajgarha, Lakhisarai. But till date, Tanif’s family has not received the amount. Tanif is not the only victim of the apathy of the postal department to transmit money, speedily and safely.

Rakesh tortured to death by police: report
Chandigarh, March 8
A magisterial inquiry regarding an alleged custodial death conducted by the Subdivisional Magistrate of Balachaur, Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi, has indicted SHO Baldev Raj and some other policemen.

KCF militant arrested after 15 years
Jalandhar, March 8
The police has arrested a militant belonging to the Khalistan Commando Force who had been absconding for more than 15 years. Balraj Singh Raja, the alleged militant hailing from Daduwal village, near Nurmahl, had absconded in 1989 when he was arrested by the Jalandhar police along with a heavy quantity of arms and ammunition after jumping bail.


Vets pay vaccination costs to meet targets
Gurdaspur, March 8
The vaccination campaign of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, is costing veterinary doctors dear. They are being forced to pay from their pockets to meet the targets fixed by the government for the vaccination of cattle across the state.

He lost mother, money to ‘land of opportunities’
Araiyawala (Faridkot), March 8
Longing for good life prompted Jagroop Singh to take a heavy debt for the journey to the land of opportunity, but his dreams soon turned sour. His travel agents cheated him as soon as he landed up in Malaysia.

Jagroop engrossed in work at his home at Araiyawala village. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Jagroop engrossed in work at his home at Araiyawala village

Ajoy Chakrabarty Mission to revive gharana
Patiala, March 8
He has come to teach but avers he is a pupil still, never mind the fact that he teaches the nuances of the Patiala gharana to 850 students at his Calcutta Music School. Today within a few hours of his visit to Punjabi University, he wanted to initiate a life-long bend with students of the region.                                                  
Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty

Anganwadi workers disrupt Women’s Day celebrations
Patiala, March 8
The state-level Women’s Day celebrations here today saw anganwadi workers claiming that the Punjab Government had turned a deaf ear to their problems. The leader of the workers even took over the mike for a short period at the function even as women shouted anti-government slogans.

Women’s Day means little to them
Amritsar, March 8
International Women’s Day means little to female inmates of the Central jail. Worse is the fate of 11 children who are also suffering along with their mothers. Nobody knows what fate holds for the two-month-old boy who was born to an inmate in the prison.

Exhibition of paintings to help tsunami-hit
Patiala, March 8
For students of the Department of Fine Arts, tsunami has given them a chance to give away what they can in a unique manner. Students have put up their paintings for sale in a exhibition in their department whose proceeds will go for the welfare of the Tsumani victims.

Om Puri nominated to alumni assn
Patiala, March 8
Prominent NRI philanthropists, actor Om Puri and Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann have been nominated as executive members of the Punjabi University Alumni Association today.

Minor fire in train carrying CRPF jawans
Mukerian, March 8
A major tragedy was averted today when a special train carrying CRPF jawans to Jammu caught fire. The incident took place this afternoon near Chakwala village, 10 km from Mukerian railway station.

Rail coach damaged in fire
Amritsar, March 8
A rail coach (04235 A) caught fire during mechanical repair in a workshop here today. The mishap occurred when the entire train was lifted for repair. However, a big accident was averted as a high voltage wire was passing overhead the site of the incident.

Fire Brigade employees extinguish the fire which engulfed a rail coach in a workshop in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Fire Brigade employees extinguish the fire which engulfed a rail coach in a workshop in Amritsar

Pervaiz Elahi’s brother calls on CM
Chandigarh, March 8
Mr Javed Elahi, the brother of Pakistani Punjab’s Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, along with Minister Mowahid Hussain Shah, today called on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.


Fireproof bank safe foils robbery
Moga, March 8
Unidentified persons tried to break into the State Bank of Patiala branch at Baghapurana, near here, yesterday. According to sources, the thieves armed with gas-cutters tried to break open the bank’s safe but it was fireproof.

Three booked for felling trees
Patiala, March 8
The Patiala Divisional Forest Officer has registered a case under Section 52 of the Indian Forest Act against three persons for illegally felling trees in the Bag Behari reserved forest in Dera Bassi sub division.

Ex-sarpanch, brother booked for fraud
Moga, March 8
A former sarpanch and his brother have been booked for duping people and finance companies of lakhs of rupees by selling off expensive vehicles on fake registration papers.

Gold chain snatched
Amritsar, March 8
Two unidentified youths snatched gold jewellery from an old woman here today. In their bid the accused also tried to strangle the woman so that she could not shout and raise the alarm.

Two travel agents nabbed
Phagwara March 8
The police has recovered Rs 2.59 lakh and 28 passports from Mr Himant Singh of Bhullarai village, running a travel agency in Model Town, HM Enterprises, and Mr Vijay Kumar of Mandhali village working as manager there.

‘Poverty’ drives man to end life
Moga, March 8
A resident of Rania village committed suicide reportedly due to his poor economic condition at Buttar village, near here, yesterday. Sources said the deceased, Bhola Singh, had three children and he was working as a daily wager.

JE held on graft charge
Gurdaspur, March 8
Vigilance officials have arrested a junior engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Gurdeep Singh, on a graft charge. He was arrested on a complaint of Balwinder Singh, a resident of Muradpur village.

Absconding travel agent held
Moga, March 8
The PO wing has arrested a travel agent accused of duping the son of a former sarpanch of Rs 5 lakh for sending him abroad. According to sources, the accused, Gurdial Singh, had struck a deal to send the son of Mahesari village’s former sarpanch Gurdeep Singh to England in Rs 15 lakh.

3 Shiv Sena leaders held
Phagwara, March 8
The police arrested three leaders of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Mr Pawan Parbhakar, state vice-president, Mr Rajesh Palta, Phagwara block president, and Mr Ashwani Chamba, a senior leader, for fear of a breach of the peace here last night.


4 copying cases registered, invigilators removed
Bathinda, March 8
Teachers of the local Khalsa Senior Secondary School, who have been posted as invigilators in this examination centre, have been removed from their respective duties following the registration of four copying cases.

DC orders probe into ‘embezzlement’ of exam fee
Moga, March 8
Following a news report in The Tribune on March 6, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, has asked the District Education Officer to probe into the alleged embezzlement of examination fee of about 40 Class X students by Guru Nanak Dev Public School, Ajitwal.

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