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Excise auctions rock House
Chandigarh, March 21
Tabling of Justice B.S. Nehra Commission of Inquiry report in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha this afternoon was lost in the din of slogan raising by both Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party legislators who wanted an immediate discussion on "blatant irregularities committed in the ongoing excise auctions in the State."

Liquor vends of two districts go for
Rs 239.59 cr

Ludhiana, March 21
Vends of country liquor (L-14A) and Indian-made foreign liquor (L-2) in the excise districts of Amritsar I and II and Jalandhar II (comprising revenue districts of Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur) for the next financial year were auctioned for Rs 239.59 crore at the Rotary Bhavan here today.

Pathankot woman dies of jaundice
Residents gherao MC office
Pathankot, March 21
Irate residents of the town gheraoed the Municipal Council office for over two hours and raised slogans against the local authorities and government after a pregnant woman, Mona, of Acharjian locality died of jaundice.
Residents protest in the office of the Executive Officer of the MC, Pathankot, after the death of a woman of jaundice Residents protest in the office of the Executive Officer of the MC, Pathankot, after the death of a woman of jaundice on Monday.
— Photo by Jangi

NRI couple, dentist case takes political hue
Jalandher, March 21
The dispute between an NRI couple and a local dental surgeon has taken a political turn with the Bahujan Samaj Party demanding that the couple should be booked for lodging a “false” complaint against the doctor.




Three IAS officers charge-sheeted
Chandigarh, March 21
Three IAS officers have been charge-sheeted in various department cases under Rule 8 of the All-India Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, by the Punjab Government.

So near, yet so far
Jailed Indians’ kin kept waiting
Wagah, March 21
Much to the disappointment of hapless families, the repatriation of 61 Punjabi youths and 529 fishermen could not be materialised due to unspecified reasons given by the Pakistan government.

Nehra panel: no truth in charges against Raninder
Chandigarh, March 21
The Justice B.S. Nehra Commission has held that there was no truth in the allegations of hawala transactions made against Mr Raninder Singh, son of Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, in the Punjab Intranet company case.

Rain dampens day one of Hola Mohalla
Kiratpur Sahib (Ropar), March 21
Sudden downpour played spoilsport on the first phase of the six-day Hola Mohalla, which began here today. Around 25,000 devotees paid their obeisance in various gurdwaras both here and at Anandpur Sahib today.


MC clears budget of Rs 486 lakh
Kharar, March 21
The municipal council cleared a budget of over Rs 486 lakh for the year 2005-06 at a special meeting held here today. The budget proposals showed an income of Rs 475.95 lakh while the balance carried forward from the previous fiscal was Rs 10.17 lakh.

Rodrigues for crusade to save forest cover
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, General S.F. Rodrigues (Retd.), called for a crusade against degradation of environmental heritage and loss of forest cover, adding that conservation of ‘flora and fauna’ and preservation of forest resources is very essential for maintaining ecological balance and livelihood security.

Civil Surgeon’s salary stopped
Ropar, March 21
Civil Surgeon, Rana Harjinder and Accounts Officer, Surinder Kumar Jindal, of the Health Department have been facing an unusual problem as the Punjab Finance Department has stopped their salary for the month of February following audit objections.

Punjab to form trust to maintain Katasraj
Mohall, March 21
The Punjab Government has decided to form a trust for the upkeep and maintenance of the famous Katasraj temple in Pakistan. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while talking to media persons following the inauguration of the Dell Customer Care Centre here today.

Temple management to probe ‘illegal’ meeting
Amritsar, March 21
The Congress-led Durgiana Temple management committee would inquire into the alleged participation of former minister in the Akali-BJP regime Dr Baldev Raj Chawla and former district BJP chief Mr Om Parkash Kalia in an alleged “illegal” meeting of the BJP-led Durgiana Sangharsh Committee.

Councillor faces music for ‘abusing’ position
Amritsar, March 21
Principal Secretary, Local Government, has issued a show-cause notice to Mr Rajinder Bhalla, Municipal Councillor from ward no 45, following the allegations of "abuse" of position by the councillor in allotment of tenders worth crores.

Traffic disrupted as LPG tanker overturns
Jalandhar, March 21
Vehicular traffic on the
Jalandhar-Phagwara highway got disrupted as LPG started leaking from a 18-ton LPG tanker after it turned turtle near Chaheru village this morning.

A tanker carrying LPG overturns at Chaheru village on the GT Road between Jalandhar and Phagwara on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

A tanker carrying LPG overturns at Chaheru village on the GT Road between Jalandhar and Phagwara

NFL employees stage dharna
Nangal, March 21
Employees of National Fertilisers Limited stage a dharna outside the NFL unit today to protest against the decision of the management to shut down the CAN plant, for giving Capt Amol Kalia Fertiliser Senior Secondary Model School on lease to a private party and also against the medical policy.


high court
Arrest stayed
Chandigarh, March 21
The High Court has stayed the arrest of Rajasansi MLA Vir Singh Lapoke who had been booked during the recently-held Assembly by-elections for Ajnala constituency.


5 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Government’s Department of Personnel today ordered the transfer and postings of five PCS officers. Estate Officer with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority at Mohali Darshan Singh has been posted as Kharar’s Sub-Divisional Magistrate.


Three killed, 15 injured in LPG cylinder blast
Amritsar, March 21
Three persons were killed and 15 injured in an LPG cylinder blast in a double storey house in Tiwariyan bazaar in the Lohgarh area, here today. Three firebrigade vehicles were pressed into action to douse the flames.

20 injured in bus mishap
Sangrur, March 21
Nearly 20 persons were injured, five of them seriously with head injuries or multiple fractures, when a PRTC bus, coming from Malerkotla side, dashed against a roadside tree on the Sangrur-Dhuri road, about 5 km from here, today.

2 killed, 11 hurt as tempo, truck collide
Hoshiarpur, March 21
Two women were killed and 11 passengers were wounded when a tempo in which they were travelling collided with a truck (PB-32-9911) near Mehtiana, 18 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road last evening.

Gang of thieves busted
Hoshiarpur, March 21
The district police arrested three members of an inter-district gang of thieves who used to break open the shutters and locks of banks and shops, last night.

Shot over bottle of liquor
Ferozepore, March 21
Enraged over the denial of a liquor bottle on credit, an ex-serviceman in a fit of rage opened fire from his licenced .12-bore rifle, killing one person on the spot and injuring two others.

Man arrested with 7 kg opium
Muktsar, March 21
In its drive against the smuggling of narcotics, the district police has arrested a person and seized 7 kg of opium from him today.

MC Councillor killed in mishap
Ropar, March 21
Municipal Councillor, Kurali, Lakhmir Singh, and former MC, Krishan Lal Tandon, were killed while two others received serious injuries in an accident on the Ropar-Nangal road here. The accident took place when a truck hit a car carrying four persons.


GND varsity earmarks 1.5 cr for EDUSAT connectivity
Amritsar, March 21
Guru Nanak Dev University has earmarked Rs 1.5 crore for its regional channel under EDUSAT connectivity for 2005-06. The decision was taken at a Senate meeting held here today.

Seminar on Policy Reforms in India today
Patiala, March 21
The Department of Economics, Punjabi University will organise a two-day National Seminar on March 22 and 23 under the special assistance programme of the University Grants Commission.


Traders observe fast against VAT
Sangrur, March 21
Members of the local Beopar Mandal, led by Mr Amarjit Singh Titu, today observed fast and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner here in protest against the proposed implementation of the value-added tax from April 1 in the state.

Punjab CII council office-bearers
Chandigarh, March 21
Mr MC Munjal and Mr Harpal Singh have been elected as the new Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the CII Punjab State Council. Mr M.C. Munjal is Managing Director of Majestic Auto, an exporter of mopeds from India.

Harpal Singh
Harpal Singh

M.C. Munjal
M.C. Munjal


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