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Propaganda on Sikh detainees motivated: BJP
Chandigarh, March 19
The general secretary and official spokesman of the Punjab BJP, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, said today that a motivated propaganda campaign had been launched by the Congress and its agents against the SAD-BJP alliance on the issue of the release of Sikh youths who were detained under TADA long ago.

Auction rules tailored to help liquor baron, say contractors
Chandigarh, March 19
If allegations being levelled by wine contractors in Punjab are to be believed, a “liquor baron” will manage to collect over Rs 2000 crore by selling liquor at three times the original prices after creating a monopoly with state help.

Rodrigues inaugurates Pushpa Gujral science city
Kapurthala, March 19
Giving a call for developing scientific temper among children, especially those from downtrodden families, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab, said Pushpa Gujral Science City could go a long way in helping achieve the desired purpose.

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Amarinder adds new dimension to Sikh politics
Chandigarh, March 19
The Chief Minister,Capt Amarinder Singh, has added a new dimension to Sikh politics in Punjab. He has brought in its loop the Sikh religious places in Pakistan, making it an important factor.

NRI Sikhs may own houses at Nankana Sahib
Wagah, March 19
The Government of Pakistan is contemplating to allow non-resident Indian Sikhs to construct their houses at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, on a request of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

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Translation scam: Sikh outfits seek action
Ludhiana, March 19
An open confrontation between Sikh high priests and various religious outfits over the translation scam involving the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee seems imminent.

NWFP Sikhs face tribal gang violence 
Chandigarh, March 19
The ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan has raised the expectations of Sikhs especially those living in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The province is a tribal area where tribal warlords have complete domination.

No salary scam, says dam official
Chandigarh, March 19
Reacting to a news-item, “Another salary scam at Ranjit Sagar Dam”, published in these columns on March 8, the Financial Adviser and CAO of the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project, Shahpur Kandi Township, has clarified that “fake employees” were not working on the project.

Physically challenged girl ‘raped’
Ferozepore, March 19
In a sordid incident which came to light recently, an adolescent deaf and dumb girl aged around 16 was allegedly raped by a boy, Pawan alias Raju, son of Siya Ram, residing in her neighbourhood in Lakhasinghwala Hithar village under Mamdot police station.


Vinod Khanna rakes up bridge issue
Kathlore (Gurdaspur), March 19
Raking up the bridge issue once again, local MP Vinod Khanna today organised a rally on the construction site of a bridge, which will connect the Narot area with the rest of the district.


Vinod Khanna addresses a rally at Kathlore in Gurdaspur on Saturday. — Photo by Jangi

Vinod Khanna addresses a rally at Kathlore in Gurdaspur


District police chief Kapil Dev donates blood at a camp organised by the police
District police chief Kapil Dev donates blood at a camp organised by the police on Saturday at Bathinda. Also seen with him is Civil Surgeon, Bathinda Yash Paul Singla.

Ongoing tussle ‘affecting’ Wakf Board functioning
Ferozepore, March 19
The ongoing tussle between the Congress MLA, Ms Razia Sultana and Mr Izhar Alam ADGP over the control of the reins of the Punjab Wakf Board is becoming more severe with every passing day.

Peace marchers cross over to India
Wagah, March 19
The first-ever International Peace March comprising NRI Sikhs crossed over to India through Wagah check post today. The march, which started from Nankana Sahib (Pakistan), the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev, on March 17, will culminate at Anandpur Sahib, the birth place of Khalsa Panth, on March 23 evening.

12 injured in road mishap
Bathinda, March 19
As many as 12 persons were injured when a mini truck coming from Malout side hit a Tata Sumo, coming from the opposite direction, at the Bathinda-Gidderbaha road, near the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today.

All set for Hola Mohalla
Anandpur Sahib, March 19
Various political parties and the local administration are ready to celebrate Hola Mohalla in Kiratpur Sahib from March 21 to 23 and in Anandpur Sahib from March 24 to 26.

Majithia enclave residents a harried lot
Patiala, March 19
September, 2004 was a red letter day for residents of Majithia Enclave, a colony which has come up on the outskirts of the city, because work on a promise made by their MP Preneet Kaur to lay water pipes in their colony finally started.

Brain hospital comes up in Patiala
Patiala, March 19
A brain camp was held under the supervision of neurosurgeon Dr Satwant Sachdeva here today. The camp, which was inaugurated by president of the Rotary Club, Mr Devi Dayal Goyal, attracted patients from far-off areas, including Pehowa, Guhla and Cheeka in Haryana.


5 Dal Khalsa activists get bail
Amritsar, March 19
Five activists of the Dal Khalsa, including Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib, accused of hijacking an Indian Airlines plane, were released on bail today.


Police reshuffle in Phillaur subdivision
Phillaur, March 19
In a major reshuffle in Phillaur subdivision, the Jalandhar SSP, Mr Satish Kumar Asthana, has transferred 55 policemen after allegations levelled by Goraya Nagar Council chief Kamaljit Singh Bittu that Goraya town had become a big centre of poppy husk and other intoxicants due to alleged connivance of cops with smugglers.


7 injured in assault
Phagwara, March 19
Seven persons were injured in an assault, at Ranipur Rajputan village last night. One of the injured, Balbir Singh, who suffered a bullet injury, was referred to the DMC, Ludhiana, in a critical condition, while the others were admitted to the Civil Hospital Phagwara.

946 bottles of whisky seized
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
The police seized 946 bottles of whisky from a canter coming from Chandigarh yesterday. These were to be sold in different parts of Punjab.


India’s urbanisation haphazard, say planners
Amritsar, March 19
Eminent social scientists and planners concluded on the last day of the two-day national seminar on “Sustainable Urban Settlements: Issues and Strategies” here today that India’s urbanisation had been haphazard and devoid of any serious planning.

Techfair concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
The National Annual Technical Function (Techfair 2005) concluded today at Baba Banda Bahadur Engineering College, here. Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, Punjab Technical University, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function while Kirpal Singh Libra, member secretary, college trust, presided over the function.

Bioinformatics conference ends
Patiala, March 19
The international conference on bioinformatics ended at Thapar College here today. In his concluding speech Dr P. Ramarav, Director, NIPER, said with the help of bioiformatic technology the production of crops would increase fivefold.


130 milk producers get bonus
Sangrur, March 19
An amount of Rs 1.33 lakh was distributed among 130 milk producers of the Manvi Milk Producers Cooperative Society as bonus at the fifth bonus distribution function of the society at Manvi village, near Malerkotla, yesterday.

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