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40 pc increase in temporary resident visas to Canada
Chandigarh, March 16
Though there is 40 per cent increase in the number of temporary resident visas granted by the Canadian High Commission during the past two years, the number of students going to Canada has remained unchanged.

Woman, daughter found murdered
Pathankot, March 16
The bodies of a woman and daughter were recovered today from their rented house near Pathankot Public School in the New Shastri Nagar locality. The neighbours had not seen the deceased 42-year-old Sarita and her 14-year-old daughter Mehak since the past 10 days.

Money transfer scam: two more cases against accused
Mullanpur Dakha, March 16
Two more cases have been registered against an NRI family, allegedly involved in a money transfer scam on the complaints made by a resident of Dango village near Sudhar and another of Mandi Gobindgarh.

Handwriting expert disputes alibi in Khalra case
Patiala, March 16
The accused in the human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case got a jolt when a government handwriting expert today submitted a report in a local court disputing the alibi of a Head Constable, who is an accused in the case.

Thermal plant unit to be operational tomorrow
Ropar, March 16
One of the six power generating units of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, which has been closed for the past some time for maintenance, will start functioning from Friday. The decision to start the fourth unit, having 210 mw capacity, was taken this evening.

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  Exam cancelled at yet another centre
Naraingarh (Amritsar), March 16
Even as the Punjab School Education Board has cancelled 10 examination centres in the state, most of them in the border belt, following mass copying, the flying squad today recommended the cancellation of yet another (SDM High School) centre, here after a surprise checking.


Petition filed to derecognise SAD
Phagwara, March 16
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, senior JD(S) leader and Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, has filed a petition before the Election Commission of India for the derecognisation of the SAD.


Village shows cleanliness is affordable
Kharoudi, March 16
The people of this village in Hoshiarpur district are proud of a huge water tank they have constructed. It is difficult to believe that it contains sewage water because it is odourless. Before the water flows into the tank it passes through an effluent filtering unit connected to the septic tank. The water smells ghastly when it reaches the unit but after the treatment, it is as good as clean water.

Treated sewage water collected in a pond is used for washing and cultivation in Kharoudi village. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Treated sewage water collected in a pond is used for washing and cultivation in Kharoudi village

Project to treat wasteland
Mansa, March 16
The District Rural Development Agency, Mansa, has started a project to treat wasteland measuring 2500 hectares located in Sardulgarh block of this district under the Hariyali scheme launched by the Centre under its Integrated Wasteland Development Project.

Nek Chand proposes rock garden in every city
Talwara, March 16
Bringing up rock gardens in each town and city of the state could prove to be an effective method for solid waste management in the country. Mr Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden at Chandigarh, stated this while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

SGPC to move court against “Spokesman” Editor
Amritsar March 16
The SGPC would shortly file a legal suit against Mr Joginder Singh, Editor of “Spokesman”, a weekly magazine. The SGPC has taken strong objection to an article published in the magazine “honoured for editing even the worst book till date, on Sikh history?” by Harchand Singh.

Site for Mukerian project approved
Mukerian, March 16
Work on the 18 MW Mukerian hydel power project of the PSEB will finally start. The proposal to shift the site of power-houses of the project has been put off after the board of consultants for the project approved the site at which the excavation was carried out earlier.

20 pc of budget should be allocated for disabled
Mohali, March 16
About 20 per cent of the state Budget should be reserved for the rehabilitation of disabled persons and for launching projects for the benefit of this section of the society.

Tackling drug abuse through persuasion
Patiala, March 16
Kanwal Nain Singh is a man determined to root out drug abuse from society. And the only method he uses against this menace is persuasion. He uses his “weapon” to good effect by visiting bus stands and railway stations in various cities or by making his body an advertisement against drugs.

IT Commissioner for whom astrology is a passion
Patiala, March 16
He had predicted the re-election of George Bush, the emergence of a dark horse as Prime Minister in India last year and even the Kargil war but would rather like to talk about the development of astrology as a science and the need to introduce accountability on astrologers.

Move to acquire land for police colony invites protest
Kharar, March 16
A number of persons and heads of organisations whose land was being acquired by the Punjab Government for the construction of a residential colony by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation protested against the move of the government here today.

Shift ghee factory, demand residents
Kharar, March 15
Residents of Khanpur village, along with 12 municipal councillors, today demanded the shifting of a ghee factory from the residential area as it was allegedly creating a lot of pollution.

Rs 4 crore granted for development projects
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
During the week-long celebrations on the completion of the three years of the Congress Government Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary laid the foundation stones and inaugurated various development projects, and handed over cheques worth Rs 4 crore for providing infrastructure in the government schools, development projects in all most majority of the villages and municipal councils of the Sirhind constituency.

Grant of Rs 1.22 crore released
Muktsar, March 16
Keeping in view the tercentenary celebrations of the sacrifices made by the 40 muktas (the liberated ones), the Punjab Government has released a grant of Rs 1.22 crore for the construction of four gates, Shri Guru Gobind Singh stadium and Kukte-e-Minar in the town.

Siren averts bank robbery
Gurdaspur, March 16
A bank robbery was averted last night as the bank siren went off after the thieves tried to cut opened the bank safe. The thieves initially broke opened the front shutter of the State Bank of India branch in Focal Point of Jharoli village.


Park Plaza case: hearing on bail adjourned
Ludhiana, March 16
The hearing on the bail application of the four accused in the Park Plaza case has been adjourned to March 21 by Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira on the plea of the prosecution that the matter is still under investigation.


Regional kisan mela organised
Bathinda, March 16
Punjab Agricultural University organised a regional kisan mela at the local Regional Research Centre today. Farmers from various districts, including Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Faridkot and Sangrur, participated in the mela.

Computerised power bills for farmers
Ropar, March 16
The state’s first pilot project for computerised billing of agriculture power consumer was launched in Ropar circle here today. The purpose of adopting the scheme is to benefit about 36, 000 tubewell consumers, informed the Director Billing, Mr I.C Mittal, after inauguration of the computerised billing system here.


Woman arrested in Prabir kidnapping case
Ludhiana, March 16
The Ludhiana police today claimed to have arrested a woman with alleged shady past from Karimpura Colony here on the charge of harbouring the three accused in the Prabir kidnapping case. The accused had allegedly stayed at her house for two nights.

Car purchased on forged pay order
Pathankot, March 16
A case of forgery has came to light today in which a young man succeeded in purchasing a Maruti Esteem car from a local dealer on the basis of a forged pay order.


8 nuclear power plants soon, says BARC Director
Amritsar, March 16
Dr V Venugopal, Director, Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, said India was on the threshold of commissioning eight more nuclear power plants.

Dr V Venugopal, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, gives away prizes at the annual prize distribution function of BBK DAV College for Women in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv

Dr V Venugopal, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, gives away prizes at the annual prize distribution function of BBK DAV College for Women in Amritsar

Leasing of NFL school evokes employees' protest
Nangal, March 16
Protesting against the handing over the Capt Amol Kalia Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary, School, run by the National Fertilizer Limited, Naya Nangal, to a private party, over 300 employees the NFL held a gate rally here last evening.

GND varsity organises seminar on Sai Mian Mir
Amritsar, March 16
“Though there is no written detail available about laying of foundation stone of Sri Harmandar Sahib by Sai Mian Mir, however, it is a tradition and tradition has its background and history”.

804 students awarded degrees
Patiala, March 16
At the annual convocation of Government College today, Dr S.C. Saxena, Director Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, conferred degrees on 804 students which included 160 postgraduates, 564 B.A. students and 80 B.Sc. students.

Mohindra College girls with their degrees at the annual convocation in Patiala on Wednesday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Mohindra College girls with their degrees at the annual convocation in Patiala

Thapar to hold bioinformatics conference
Patiala, March 16
The Computer Science and Engineering Department of the Thapar Institute of Information and Technology will organise a national-level conference on bioinformatics and computing from March 18 to 19.

Dental surgery degree course recognised
Muktsar, March 16
The Union Ministry of Health and Welfare has recognised the degree of bachelor of the dental surgery of local Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital.

Special chance for BMC students
Amritsar, March 16
Guru Nanak Dev University has granted a special chance to those students who had passed their one-year bachelor of mass communication or bachelor of journalism as their profession to appear in the MA in mass communication (Part II) examination to be held in April, 2005.

Libra is Member Secretary, BBSBET
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
Eminent educationist and senior Akali leader Kirpal Singh Libra was elected Member Secretary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Education Trust, Fatehgarh Sahib.

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