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High Court clears bus service to Nankana Sahib
Chandigarh, March 18
The last legal hurdle in the start of the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus was cleared today when the Punjab and Haryana High Court partially lifted the stay imposed by it on the finalisation of the tender process under the Punjab Government’s Golden Rozgar Bus Scheme.

Deluge of visitors from Pak
Chandigarh, March 18
By all counts, it is virtually a deluge of visitors from across the border to India. As many as 1.20 lakh persons from Pakistan have visited India in the past few months. This number has been officially confirmed by the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad, Mr Shiv Shanker Menon, a soft talking pleasant person.

Pak Punjab Governor avid reader of
The Tribune

Chandigarh, March 18
The Pakistan Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen, Khalid Maqbool Khan (retd), is an avid reader of The Tribune. He made this disclosure when the Indian delegation led by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called on him yesterday.

Trade delegation returns from Pakistan
Hopes for better industrial climate
Patiala, March 18
For the four young industrialists from Patiala, a trip to Pakistan as part of a trade delegation along with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been full of hope for their fellow brethren of the city.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Move to link Lahore, Ludhiana fruit markets
Patiala, March 18
In a move aimed at riding on the goodwill created by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh's visit to Pakistan Punjab, the State Mandi Board has proposed linking the fruit and vegetable markets of Ludhiana and Lahore by giving them the nomenclature of sister market committees.

Pakistan Gandhian regrets Partition
Wagah, March 18
Aman Nul Mulak (99), a cotemporary of Mahatma Gandhi who resembles Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (called Sarhadi Gandhi or Badshah Khan in Pakistan) and crossed over to India through the Wagah joint check-post here today along with 91 followers of Gandhi to participate in the ‘Dandi March’, regretted Partition of the country.

Opposition boycotts Governor’s Address
Chandigarh, March 18
While blaming the ruling Congress Party for the brutal murder of democracy, breakdown of the constitutional machinery in the state and unprecedented corruption emanating from the Chief Minister’s Office, both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party boycotted the Governor’s Address on the opening day of the Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today.
SAD members, including its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, hold a protest rally outside Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.
SAD members, including its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, hold a protest rally outside Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

India self-reliant in missile technology: ASL chief
Bhaddal (Ropar), March 18
“The process to upgrade ‘Agni’ missile will continue and scientists have been entrusted with the responsibility to improve its range and capability. We are self-reliant in missile technology and will come up with ‘Agni-III’,” remarked the Programme Director of ‘Agni’ and Director, ASL, Hyderabad, Dr R.N. Aggarwal, here today.

Gujral not invited for science city inaugural
Inder Kumar GujralKapurthala, March 18
While Pushpa Gujral Science City, near here, is heading for opening tomorrow by the Punjab Governor and Chief Minister, but what is ironical is that the Punjab Government has failed to invite former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who had not only envisaged the project, but also laid its foundation stone in 1997 as the Prime Minister of the country.

Match food produce with distribution, says Borlaug
Ludhiana, March 18
A Nobel Laureate, Dr Norman E. Borlaug, today emphasised the need for matching adequate food production with equitable distribution among the people. Delivering a lecture, “From Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution: a 21st Century Challenge”, Dr Borlaug specifically mentioned India, saying, “Although you have solved the problem of production, but there needs to be equitable distribution of food among all sections of people.” Dr Norman E. Borlaug being received by the Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor and other scientists on the campus in Ludhiana on Friday.
Dr Norman E. Borlaug being received by the Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor and other scientists on the campus in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma


Inclement weather has become a cause of worry for the farmers in Punjab. A farmer watches his flattened wheat crop at a village near Jalandhar on Friday
Inclement weather has become a cause of worry for the farmers in Punjab. A farmer watches his flattened wheat crop at a village near Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

‘Punjab a symbol of development’
Patiala, March 18
The 37th session of the three-day Punjab History Conference on “Punjab through the ages”, organised by the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, started here today. Renowned historian Prof P.L. Mehra was the chief guest and Mr Surjit Hans, former Professor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, presided over the conference. Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor S.S. Boparai while welcoming the guests said Punjabis comprised the biggest and vital element of the Indian culture.

Stage set for auction of liquor vends tomorrow
Ludhiana, March 18
Deviating from the past practice of holding yearly auction of vends of country liquor and India-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at the district or divisional headquarters, running over a period of a week or 10 days, the Excise and Taxation Department is all set to complete the task on a single day on March 20, and that too at just one place — Ludhiana.

Bibi welcomes release of Malik, Bagri
Amritsar, March 18
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today welcomed the release of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri by a Canadian court in the Kanishka jet blast case.

Housing project for soldiers launched
Jalandhar, March 18
The Army authorities laid the foundation stone for the construction of 1,570 dwelling units for its married personnel at a cost of Rs 114 crore in the cantonment here under the ongoing Married Accommodation Project.

Restaurant damaged in fire
Jalandhar, March 18
A fire broke out in a restaurant situated at Adarsh Nagar Chowk here today. According to the police, though no loss of life was reported, the restaurant was damaged in the fire. Three fire engines of the Municipal Corporation were pressed into service to extinguish the flames.


CBI opposes bail plea to ex-Addl DC of Ferozepore
Chandigarh, March 18
The CBI has opposed the plea for an anticipatory bail filed by Ram Gopal Sahota of Panchkula, the main accused in a case relating to the issuance of fake arms licences. Sahota is a former Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore.


Student kidnapped, traced
Bathinda, March 18
The kidnapping of a schoolstudent and an attempted kidnapping of a schoolteacher, besides recovery of a single-barrel 12-bore gun along with 19 cartridges were reported in the past 48 hours in the district.

ETO arrested for accepting bribe
Bathinda, March 18
Shashi Bhushan Sharma, Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), Sales Tax, Kotkapura, was today caught red-handed while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh in lieu of filing the sale tax return of a Kotkapura-based firm.

Lottery agent hurt in attack
Barnala, March 18
Over 10 persons attacked a lottery agent, Rakesh Kumar (36), with swords and other weapons and took away Rs 22,000 in cash, lottery tickets worth Rs 55,000, and two mobile phones from his shop near bus station yesterday afternoon.


Encourage students to opt for science, say scientists
Amritsar, March 18
Scientists who gathered here on the concluding day of the four-day International Symposium on Nuclear and Radiochemistry were of the view that despite India being one of the few countries in the world that had mastered all aspects of nuclear power production starting from mining of uranium, design and operation of nuclear power plants, recovery of protonium from the used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste management but regretted that the youth were not motivated to take up research work in this field.

Conference on bioinformatics
Patiala, March 18
Experts from across the region attended the conference on Bioinformatics and Computing organised by the faculty of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), which commenced on its campus here today.

IETE chapter inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 18
The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), College chapter, was inaugurated Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

NSS volunteers donate blood
Patiala, March 18
The NSS Department of Punjabi University organised a blood donation camp sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala on the campus here today.


Online gaming main attraction of Techfair
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 18
The online gaming was the main attraction on the first day of the National Annual Technical Function (Techfair 2005) at Baba Banda Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh, today.

Protest against VAT at Batala
Batala, March 18
Businessmen of Batala went on fast here yesterday in response to a call given by the All-India-Beopar Mandal against the imposition of the VAT (value added tax).


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