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SAD protest against Amarinder govt

New Delhi, March 15
The SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and a large number of party leaders and supporters today demonstrated in the Capital against the “misrule” and “murder of democracy” in Punjab.
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal along with 
Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, SGPC, Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, and Balvinder Singh Bhundar stage a dharna on Parliament Street in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal along with

Rodrigues launches programme for farmers
Jalandhar, March 15
To give impetus to diversification of agriculture and to bring about qualitative improvement in produce, Gen S.F. Rodrigues, (retd), Governor of Punjab, today launched a programme envisaging shifting of focus to agricultural marketing for increasing income of the farming community.

The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), speaks at a seminar on “Promotion of eurepgap standards for farmers in Punjab” in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjab orders dropping of charge sheet against ADGP
Chandigarh, March 15
The Punjab Government has reportedly ordered the dropping of a chargesheet issued against state’s Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) D.R. Bhatti in the alleged multi-crore wireless scam.





Kanishka judgment: experts’ testimony holds the key
Amritsar, March 15
Even as much awaited judgement in the Kanishka bombing case would be delivered in Canada tomorrow, Mr Baldev Durhe, a certified court interpreter for Ajaib Singh Bagri , one of the accused, who works as an agent with the Ministry of Attorney General in British Columbia province of Canada said that the profession (interpretation) required phenomenal skills’ as a single mistake could mar the career of a interpreter.

Poachers attack peahen, leave it bleeding
Chandigarh, March 15
February and March are rather unceremonious for the peacock population in Punjab or so it seems. Only last year, a Punjab Government official was caught on February 28 for alleged killing of the national bird.

Changing the face of Indian village
Kharoudi, March 15

In his address at the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Awards on February 24 last in New Delhi, President APJ Abdul Kalam referred to this village in Hoshiarpur district as a “model” that understood the necessity of clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as a method to foster public health of the village community.

Children enjoy working on the computers as Dr Gill watches.
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Children enjoy working on the computers as Dr Gill watches.

Move to excommunicate Badal, aides from Panth
Amritsar, March 15
The Khalra Mission Committee (KMC), led by Mr Dalbir Singh, today announced to mobilise the Sikhs against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and SAD president, along with his associates, after the revelations made in the RSS report published in a section of the Press.

BSP workers hold rally
Nawanshahr, March 15
The state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today organised a massive rally here to mark the birthday celebrations of its founder, Mr Kanshi Ram. The rally was organised with twin objectives — to pray for his speedy recovery and to mobilise workers for strengthening the party.


Daughters perform last rites of father
Amritsar, March 15
In a state having one of the worst sex ratios in the country daughters performed the death rituals of their father here recently. It was indeed a good effort to break free of ‘Manuwadi’ restrictions.

Burns victim not allowed to change dying declaration
Family seeks action against police
Patiala, March 15
In a piquant situation, the family of a young woman who died today morning due to burn injuries claimed that the woman wanted to change her earlier statement in which she had absolved her in-laws of wrongdoing but that the authorities of the relevant police station did not act in the matter despite necessary instructions issued by the district police chief.

Vasectomy leaves man homeless
Sangrur, March 15
In a bizarre incident, a 35-year-old rikshaw-puller was today reportedly forced to leave his house by his wife when she came to know that her husband had been operated upon for vasectomy at the local Civil Hospital a few days ago.

Dy Chairman of PHRO gets threat calls
Amritsar, March 15
Mr Kirpal Singh Randhawa, Deputy Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Organisation and prime witness in the abduction and murder case of Jaswant Singh Khalra, a human rights activist, today allegedly received threatening calls from the SP CID, Mr T P S Sandhu, here to withdraw his statements in the case.

Power supply to MC tubewells cut
Ferozepore, March 15
Punjab State Electricity Board, (PSEB) today cut the electricity supply to some of the tubewells supplying potable water in the city.

Govt staff block highway
Abohar, March 15
Traffic on the National Highway No. 10 had been blocked for half an hour between Abohar and Fazilka by hundreds of employees of the state government and various corporations who had assembled to hold a rally at Khuikhera.

PSEB serves notices on cable operators
Abohar, March 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board has served notices on local cable operators directing them to deposit the amount of penalty for using electricity poles to give connections to consumers in different localities.

87 cattle feed units closed
Chandigarh, March 15
Taking serious note of the manufacture and sale of substandard cattle feed, Punjab’s Dairy Development Department has ordered the closure of 87 cattle feed factories for specified periods.

BSNL employees stage dharna
Bathinda, March 15
Members of the United Forum of BSNL Executives comprising the All-India BSNL Executives Association and the Sanchar Nigam Executives Association today staged a dharna in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, BSNL, and started three-day relay fast.


PTL ordered to replace engine
Sangrur, March 15
The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab Tractors Limited, Mohali, Sawdeshi Tractor, Bhawanigarh and Sawdeshi Tractor, Sangrur, to replace the engine of Swaraj tractor of Mr Harpal Singh and Mr Joginder Singh, complainants and residents of Majhi village, Bhawanigarh, with a new engine of the same specifications free from any defect and to pay a sum of Rs 7,000 to the complainants as compensation and litigation expenses.

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Student challenges amended eligible criterion

Chandigarh, March 15
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Ms Justice Nirmal Yadav today issued notice of motion for March 31 on a petition challenging the amended eligibility criteria for the post-graduate entrance test (PGET)-2005 conducted by Baba Farid University.

Ex-Judge denied membership of Bar association
Chandigarh, March 15
The attempt of a former Ropar District and Sessions Judge, Maghar Khan, to take membership of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association came to a naught today. As many as 111 members of the association voted against grant of membership to him.

Alleged racketeers get police remand
Phagwara, March 15
The local court yesterday remanded in police custody three alleged racketeers who were virtually running a parallel UK visa office here through fake documents.


Sarpanch suspended
Patiala, March 15
The Dakala Sarpanch, Mr Madanjit Sharma, has been placed under suspension by the Rural Development Department under controversial circumstances.


7 robbers arrested
Amritsar, March 15
The Majitha police today claimed to have foiled kidnapping and dacoity attempts with the arrest of seven persons in two separate incidents. Two persons managed to escape.

Deaf, dumb minor raped
Ferozepore, March 15
A 16-year-old deaf and dumb girl was allegedly raped by boy Pawan, alias Raju, son of Siya Ram, residing in her neighbourhood at Lakhasinghwala Hithar Village under the Mamdot police station.

Minor girl alleges abduction, gangrape
Hoshiarpur, March 15
A minor Muslim girl, daughter of Abdula of Shehbajpur, village made a complaint to the Tanda police yesterday that four youths, abducted her, kept her in their custody for a month and gangraped her.

2 cops, 4 women held for drug smuggling
Muktsar, March 15
Two police officials and four women were arrested by the different police teams of the district during a campaign launched to check smuggling of narcotics. The arrests were made in the past 48 hours and huge quantity of opium, poppy husk and smack were recovered from them.

Principal booked for raising false alarm
Jalandhar, March 15
The police has booked a school principal for raising a false alarm against a person alleging him of kidnapping schoolchildren.

7 lottery stall owners booked
Kapurthala, March 15
A PCR team detained seven lottery stall owners near the bus stand for allegedly indulging in betting on government approved online lotteries here yesterday.

Meri Duniya editor held
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 15
The district police has arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper Meri Duniya, being published from Mandi Gobindgarh town for allegedly blackmailing a PCO owner for extorting money from him. A case has been registered.


7 copying cases registered
Flying squad sees staff’s hand

Ferozepore, March 15
Seven copying cases were registered and huge copying material seized from students at the local examination centre during the Punjabi paper of Class X being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board yesterday.

Ramayan period historical fact, says scholar 
Patiala, March 15
Noted scholar and Panjab University professor, Dr Ved Prakash Upadhya, today claimed that contrary to popular conception, the Ramayan period was not a myth but a historical fact.

College teachers to court arrest
Jalandhar, March 15
Protesting against the “anti-education policies” of the Punjab Government, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union have decided to court arrest at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on March 17.

Law students meet VC
Jalandhar, March 15
Protesting against the undue restrictions imposed on them, the students from the School of Legal Studies from the regional campus of Guru Nanak Dev University, Ladhewali, here met the Vice-Chancellor today.

School starts book bank
Patiala, March 15
Students and management of S D Model High School today started “Our Own Book Bank” with more than 200 students signing ‘oath letters’ stating they would donate books to the book bank.

18 students shortlisted by Dell
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 15
Eighteen final year students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib were shortlisted by Dell International Service, Mohali.


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