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Disappointment over verdict here, sigh of relief there
Chandigarh, March 17
Acquittal of Ripudaman Singh Malik (58) and Ajaib Singh Bagri (51) in the Kanishka bombing case has come as a disappointment not only to the families of victims but also to Justice B.N. Kirpal, a former Chief Justice of India, who headed a commission of inquiry into history’s worst-ever mass murder in the air 20 years ago.

Re-investigate case: NRI Sabha

Ripudaman a kind-hearted soul, says aunt

Villagers see pressure behind verdict

Lachhman Das, who lost his wife, daughter and three grandchildren in the Kanishka air crash.

Lachhman Das, who lost his wife, daughter and three grandchildren in the Kanishka air crash.

Cong releases Badal’s picture with kidnapping accused
Amritsar, March 17

To counter the ‘propaganda’ that senior Congress leaders had close links with Kulwant Singh Kanta, the kingpin in the kidnapping of Prabir Singh, a student of local DAV school, the Congress today released pictures of the main accused (Kanta), with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, here today.

A file photo of Kulwant Singh Kanta, alleged kingpin in abduction of Prabir, along with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and president, Shiromani Akali Dal
A file photo of Kulwant Singh Kanta, alleged kingpin in abduction of Prabir, along with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and president, Shiromani Akali Dal. — A Tribune photograph



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PSEB likely to register loss of Rs 1,100 cr
Patiala, March 17
Increased spending on power supply is set to take the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) back to its loss-making days after a brief euphoria when the board had recorded a marginal profit of Rs 175 crore.

NTT trainees being taken for a ride
Jalandhar, March 17
In the absence of any regulatory authority to keep track of the functioning of various centres providing a one-year certificate course in nursery teachers’ training (NTT), thousands of students opting for the course every year are being taken for a ride.

Municipal Council chief resigns
Malerkotla, March 17
Following sharp differences with the local MLA, Ms Razia Sultana, the president of the local Municipal Council, Ms Bholi Ismail, today resigned from the post.

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Notice issued to Alam in Razia Sultana case

Chandigarh, March 17
A Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice SK Mittal today issued notice to the Punjab Additional Director-General of Police Mohd Izhar Alam and Chandigarh Inspector-General of Police on the petition filed by Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana.


Punjab Cong leaders to meet
Chandigarh, March 17
A meeting of members of the Council of Ministers, MPs, MLAs, office-bearers of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), the heads of front organisations and cells, the presidents of District Congress Committees and members of the Pradesh Congress Committee will be held at Punjab Congress Bhavan, Chandigarh, tomorrow.


Murder witness seeks security
Phillaur, March 17
Charanjit, alias Budha, of Nawan Pind Naicha, village near Goraya in Phillaur subdivision, who was an eyewitness of a mysterious murder of a woman, Satwinder Kaur, about 12 years ago, was allegedly being threatened by the killers, including the husband of the deceased.

Villagers oppose bundh proposal
Rajada (Amritsar), March 17
Sarpanches, panches and nambardars of seven border villages in the Ajnala-Ramdass sector today rose against the proposal of the government to construct a bundh on the Ravi.

Two children buried alive in wall collapse
Amritsar, March 17
Two teenaged children were buried alive when the boundary wall of a house collapsed in Heer village, near here, after high-velocity winds lashed the city and its surrounding areas today.

2 buffaloes die in Nadiali village
Kharar, March 17
Two buffaloes of a resident of Nadiali village died today while seven of them are reported to be in a serious condition.

F&C panel okays Rs 4.10 cr for development works
Patiala, March 17
Development activity in the city has been given another fillip with the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation passing estimates of development works worth Rs 4.10 crore.

Vets put off protest
Mohali, March 17
The Punjab State Veterinary Officer Association has decided to postpone the protest that was to be held in Chandigarh on March 22 in connection with the long-pending demands.

Classical vocal musician dead
Patiala, March 17
Classical vocal musician, Pt Jawaharlal Sharma, died at his Triveni Chowk residence today.


Rs 12.50 cr to be spent on roads
Ropar, March 17
The state government has agreed to release Rs 12.50 crore for the carpeting and widening of all the link and internal roads of the various subdivision of the district including Ropar city, Anandpur Sahib, Nurpurbedi and also Garshankar.

Grants worth Rs 70 lakh distributed
Kharar, March 17
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar, MLA, distributed grants totalling more than Rs 70 lakh to the panchayats of a number of villages at a function held here today.


3 ‘travel agents’ booked
Hoshiarpur, March 17
The district police registered two separate cases against three “travel agents” for cheating people in the name of sending them abroad on Tuesday.

Drunken husband kills wife
Kapurthala, March 17
A drunken husband allegedly strangulated his wife to death as she tried to stop him from consuming liquor here late last night.

Man kills father over property dispute
Bathinda, March 17
In a bizarre incident, Jalandhar Singh, a resident of Chak Bakhtu village of this district, allegedly killed his father, Balvir Singh, over a property dispute.

Two bodies found
Bathinda, March 17
The body of an unidentified man was found lying at Bathinda-Dabwali rail line near Naruana railway station in this district today.

Gang of car thieves busted
Mansa, March 17
The district police has busted a gang of car thieves by arresting its four members and recovering four cars.

Army jawan commits suicide
Jalandhar, March 17
An army jawan allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Dhadha Sanora village, near here yesterday.

Balongi fraud case accused held
Kharar, March 17
Sukhjit Singh Randhawa, one of the tour accused in the Balongi fraud case, was arrested by the police. He was produced in a court here today and remanded in police custody for two days.


Test date clash worries students
Amritsar, March 17
Students preparing for pre-medical entrance tests conducted by various government and private medical colleges are in a state of confusion as two or more colleges are holding the test on the same day.

Welfare schemes have become ornamental, says expert
Patiala, March 17
The Department of Public Administration of Punjabi University today organised a ICSSR-sponsored regional seminar on “Comparative evaluation of welfare programmes in north-western regions” on the campus here today.

140 papers presented at symposium
Amritsar, March 17
The third day of international symposium on Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NUCAR-2005) was devoted to the advances in Radio Analytical Chemistry (RA) and the Chemistry of Fission and Activation Products (CFA). In Radio Analytical Chemistry, research papers were read by Professor A. Chatt from Canada, Dr R. Greenberg, the USA, and Professor H.A. Das, the Netherlands.

National Techfair opens today
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 17
National Annual Technical Function (Techfair 2005) of Baba Banda Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, will be inaugurated tomorrow.


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