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Translation scam in Delhi gurdwara committee
Amritsar, March 13
“I can’t understand or read Punjabi … It was the grace of the Almighty which made me accomplish the gigantic task of translating Guru Granth Sahib into different languages”.

Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke, vice-president of the Global United Research and Service Institute of Knowledge for Humanity, and Mr Avtar Singh of the Naujwan Khalsa Phulwari at a press conference in Amritsar on Sunday. Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke, vice-president of the Global United Research and Service Institute of Knowledge for Humanity, and Mr Avtar Singh of the Naujwan Khalsa Phulwari at a press conference in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Gurdwara panel chief in the dock
Amritsar, March 13
The president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, is in the dock following his meeting with Joginder Singh, Editor of Spokesman, an English/ Punjabi monthly, who had been ex-communicated from the Panth.

Pollution threat looms over Katasraj
Amritsar, March 13
The holy Katasra in Pakistan, considered the second holiest shrine for Hindus after ‘Jwalamukhi’ in undivided Punjab, is connected with ancient temples of Lord Shiva and the Pandavas.




State needs special package, says Ashwani Kumar
Though the state government was yet to decide about the exact location of this Rs 3,500 crore project, Amritsar and Patiala were the front runners to grab this industry. Sources in the Punjab government maintained that an agreement with Chennai-based Ashok Leyland Limited had been reached at the instance of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi last week.

Dalit NRIs to protest in Greece today
Phillaur, March 13
At least 15,000 NRIs, including a large number of Dalits, will organise a demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in Greece tomorrow to protest against the indifferent attitude of the staff of the embassy, misbehaviour with Dalits, removal of the portrait of Dr B.R. Ambedkar from the embassy, corruption by embassy staff and the threats issued by the Ambassador to Dalit leaders.

Poisoning vegetables with pesticides
Gurdaspur, March 13
Think twice before consuming shining violet brinjals or extra large cabbage having purple colour at the stem. These vegetables that seem to be fresh and healthy might be laced with harmful pesticides.

Police arrests KCF terrorist
Nawanshahr, March 13
The police today claimed that it had arrested a terrorist belonging to the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), Rajdeep Singh of Mahalon, who had been absconding since 1990 and was living in the USA. Rajdeep was wanted in connection with two cases registered in 1988.


Pakistani cricket fans shake their legs along with bhangra dancers in Jalandhar on Sunday
Pakistani cricket fans shake their legs along with bhangra dancers in Jalandhar on Sunday. — PTI

Media urged to rid itself of obscenity
Faridkot, March 13
A state-level seminar was organised by the Multi Media Association (MMA), Punjab, here today in the memory of the late Giani Jagjit Singh, a columnist on Akali politics and the third journalist victim of militancy in 1986. The speakers sought the cooperation of both electronic and print media in the eradication of obscenity in journalism.

Blood donation camp organised
Bathinda, March 13
About 49 volunteers donated blood at a blood donation camp organised at the local Partap Nagar the by United Welfare Society.

Brigade of The Guards holds get-together
Sirhind, March 13
To maintain the espirit d' corps and strengthen associations between the present and the past generation of soldiers, serving and retired officers of the Brigade of The Guards held a social get-together here today.

Officers from the Brigade of The Guards during a regimental get-together at Sirhind on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachhar
Officers from the Brigade of The Guards during a regimental get-together at Sirhind on Sunday.

Trace missing farmer’s family, says BKU (E)
Chhaapa (Barnala), March 13
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) today held a conference at the village to ask the authorities to trace a missing farmer family. Thousands of people participated in the conference. People from the farming fraternity expressed concern over the deteriorating conditions of farmers in Punjab.

Visiting Hoshiarpur like a Haj for her
Hoshiarpur, March 13
The ongoing process for making cordial relations between India and Pakistan has created goodwill among citizens of both countries and has given them an opportunity for visiting their ancestral villages after a long gap during Partition.

Farkhanda Lodhi (right) and her husband Sabir Lodhi. — A Tribune photograph

Farkhanda Lodhi (right) and her husband Sabir Lodhi.

Rs 15,000 donated for benefit of prisoners
Patiala, March 13
Dedicated Brothers Group, a voluntary social organisation, today handed over a cheque of Rs 15,000 for the benefit of prisoners of Central Jail.

BJP flays move on market fee
Hoshiarpur, March 13
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and BJP chief Punjab, criticised Capt Amarinder Singh’s government for its proposal to make the collection of market fee on vegetables and fruits in vegetable markets through private contractors in the state.

Teenage cartoonist from Amritsar sketches into Pakistani hearts.
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GGSTP files revision petition against APFC’s order
Ropar, March 13
Claiming that the Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant, Ropar, was not liable to pay Rs 40 lakh due as provident fund to the employees and labourers working with contractors and cooperative societies, the authorities concerned of the plant have filed a revision petition against the order passed by the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner.

Case against Badal adjourned
Chandigarh, March 13
A local court yesterday adjourned a defamation case filed by Mr N.S. Minhas, a local Akali leader, against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to April 30.


BJP for all-party meeting on suicide by farmers
Sangrur, March 13
Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, general secretary of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to convene an all-party meeting immediately in connection with the suicide committed by debt-ridden farmers in Punjab, as more than 325 farmers had already committed suicides due to debt and poverty in the past three years in the Malwa region of the state.

Progressive farmers honoured
Patiala, March 13
Plantsman’s Seeds today honoured farmers who have successfully diversified their cultivation patterns by relying on flower seed crops instead of wheat and paddy.


Three arrested in fraud case
Muktsar, March 13
The district police yesterday arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in cheating people.

Constable held for smuggling opium
Talwandi Sabo, March 13
Malkit Singh, constable in IInd Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), based at Ladda Kothi in Sangrur district, was today arrested by the local police for smuggling narcotics.

One arrested for carrying intoxicants
Bathinda, March 13
About 11 boxes carrying 660 bottles of Kolsedyl, a cough syrup used as a drug for a ‘kick’, were recovered by the police today from a local resident.

Blind murder solved
Amritsar, March 13
The district police yesterday claimed to have solved a blind murder with the arrest of three persons, including a woman.

Hit-and-run victim dead
Rajpura, March 13
A 10-year-old boy Shankar Paswan, who was admitted to Civil Hospital Rajura by some car occupants after being hit by their vehicle on the Rajpura-Patiala road, died today.

2 Home Guard jawans arrested
Kapurthala, March 13
The district police arrested two Home Guard jawans yesterday after they were allegedly found siphoning off sacks of wheat from FCI godowns where they had been deployed.


Academics discuss higher education
Barnala, March 13
Academics must have professional outlook, said Prof B.D. Budhiraja, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, while delivering his presidential address as the chief guest at a symposium “Higher education in Punjab: present status and future challenges”.

Parents should not ‘foist’ their ambitions on kids
Patiala, March 13
Parents' authority is God-given, their rights are inalienable. Parents are bound by an obligation to provide, to the best of their ability, for the all-round education and well-being of their children.


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