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Vat Bill introduced in Punjab House
Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab Government moved closer to the implementation of VAT in the state from April 1 as its Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Sardul Singh, introduced the Punjab Value Added Tax Bill, 2005, replacing the ordinance in the state assembly today.

NIT Director functioning despite sack order
Jalandhar, March 24
Despite having been issued order of termination of service, the Director of Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology continues to work. He also took classes on the campus here today.

Principal ‘manhandles’ teacher
Bathinda, March 24
Ms Ravneet Kaur Sidhu, a Punjabi teacher at the local Delhi Public School, today alleged that the Principal manhandled her and subsequently forced her to quit the job.

Police officer ‘threatens’ lawyer in
Khalra case

Patiala, March 24
Prosecution lawyer and human rights activist Brijinder Singh Sodhi today claimed that he had been threatened with dire consequences by a police officer who is an accused in the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case in the court premises here.

Punjab plan to promote eco-tourism
Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab Government is working out the modalities for promoting eco-tourism in the Ropar wetland. In fact, the state government has already asked the Delhi-based Wetland International South Asia to prepare an "eco-tourism development plan" for the wetland. In all, there are three wetlands in the state.



In service of the suffering and the poor in Punjab
Chandigarh, March 24
Its the calling of the roots. After spending three decades in dealing with homeless families affected by drug or alchohol abuse or suffering from mental diseases or HIV/AIDS in the US, Ms Boona Cheema, Executive Director of Building Opportunities For Self Sufficiency, a community-based organisation in the USA, is back to her roots here to help out the poor and suffering in Punjab.
Boona Cheema

Landmine blast victims demand govt jobs
Pathankot, March 24
The persons who got maimed in mine blasts in border areas of the district have demanded government jobs. The demand was raised by an 18-year-old girl, Rama Devi, of Varsal Jattan village, who lost her leg when a mine planted by the Army in border areas in 2002 blasted. Rama raised the issue at a function organised by the Army to provide ex gratia to the persons of the borders areas who lost limbs to the mine blasts from 2002 to 2003. The mines were laid in borders areas during the said period due to escalated tension between India and Pakistan.

Rama Devi (18), a landmine blast victim. — Photo by Jangi


SGPC warning over maryada
Amritsar, March 24
Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of SGPC, today said the Shiromani Committee would not tolerate any interference of UNESCO or the government in its administration and “maryada” of the Golden Temple and might withdraw the case for seeking world heritage status.


Tiff between Army men, villagers; traffic blocked
Hariyal (Gurdaspur), March 24
Residents of Hariyal village today blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Kangra National Highway to protest against the alleged high-handedness of the Army authorities. Traffic was blocked for about two hours and the crowd raised slogans against the Army authorities.

Dowry death: police inaction alleged, highway blocked
Pathankot, March 24
Traffic remained disrupted on the Pathankot-Jammu national highway today for about eight hours as agitated residents protested against the alleged police inaction in a dowry death case.

Residents block traffic on the national highway in protest against the alleged police inaction in a dowry death case in Pathankot on Thursday.
— Photo by Jangi

Residents block traffic on the national highway in protest against the alleged police inaction in a dowry death case in Pathankot

Rape cases highest in Ludhiana
Chandigarh, March 24
As many as 1,121 rape and 2,358 murder cases were registered in Punjab between 2002 and March 10 this year. This information was tabled in the Punjab Assembly by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in response to a question by the BJP MLA, Mr Tikshan Sud, and the Akali MLA, Mr Balbir Singh Maini.

Liquor auction disgraceful: Jagmeet
Chandigarh, March 24
Describing liquor auction in the state as an "utterly disgraceful event", former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar said today that the same had brought the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, "under a clout".

Rally, seminar mark World TB Day
Sangrur, March 24
More than 5,000 TB patients have benefited under the revised national TB control programme in Sangrur district so far. This was stated by Dr Surinder Singla, in charge, district TB centre, Civil Hospital, Sangrur, at a TB awareness rally on the occasion of World TB Day at the War Heroes Stadium here today.

Drug menace discussed
Chandigarh, March 24
Cutting across party lines, members of various political parties expressed serious concern over the growing problem of drugs in Punjab. A resolution in this regard was moved by Congress MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma.

Dam area under illegal cultivation
Pathankot, March 24
More than 2000 acres along the Ranjit Sagar Dam popularly known as the Thein Dam reservoir is under illegal cultivation posing a serious threat to the dam’s security. The land was acquired and compensation to the tune of crores was paid to its owners.


Notice issued

Chandigarh, March 24
The High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion for May 16 on the petition challenging the appointment of Mr Kashmir Singh Patti as Chairman of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission.

Clerk remanded in police custody
Kharar, March 24
A court here today remanded a clerk of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in one day of police custody. Clerk Pravin Kumar was arrested by the Punjab vigilance bureau officers on charges of accepting bribe.


PSEB seeks farmers’ help
Patiala, March 24
In a unique twist of fate the Punjab State Electricity Board, which had earlier revoked the free power facility to the farming sector, is now requesting the various farmer organisations to come to its aid.


Six booked for duping man
Moga, March 24
Six persons, including three bank officials, have been booked for withdrawing lakhs of rupees from the bank account of a chemist after declaring him “dead”.

Four arrested in abduction case
Bathinda, March 24
Four out of the five accused allegedly involved in the abduction of a woman and her daughter on March 21, were arrested today. Mr Kapil Dev, SSP, in a press note said the accused identified as Balwinder Singh, Gurmit Singh, Baldev Singh and Yadwinder Singh were arrested while they were travelling in a car.

RJD leader’s son booked for brawl
Moga, March 24
The son of the state vice-president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Mr Jayant Sathi, has been booked in a case of brawl that broke out in Hotel Roop Milan a few days back.

Three nabbed with stolen goods worth Rs 1.25 lakh
Patiala, March 24
The police has today nabbed three persons with stolen goods worth more than Rs 1,25,000 in their possession. The goods recovered included 25 mobile phone sets, 35 bottles of perfume and computer decoders.

XEN held for accepting bribe
Sangrur, March 24
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, headed by Mr Rachhpal Singh, DSP, Sangrur, today arrested V.P. Goyal, Executive Engineer, Water Supply and Sanitation, Sangrur, from his office in the Kaula Park Market here when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Mr Kuldip Singh, an owner of a boring company from Rampura Phul.

Raped teenager becomes mother
Ferozepore, March 24
A deaf and dumb girl, about 16 years of age, who was allegedly raped, gave birth to a female child at the Civil Hospital here yesterday. According to doctors treating her, the mother and the infant are in good health.

Police rules out kidnapping
Patiala, March 24
A complaint by a local Phd student accusing her husband, and in-laws of kidnapping, torture and dowry demands has fallen through with the local police ruling that the kidnapping referred in the case never did take place.

Student killed in road accident
Malerkotla, March 24
A student, Mohd Faishal Farooqui (19), son of Noor Mohd Farooqui, a resident of Raianwala Mohalla inside Sirhandi Gate, was crushed to death by a truck at Chokran village, near here, today.

Factory worker killed in blast
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 24
Sanjay Chauhan (25), a resident of Mohammad Pura in Balia district of Uttar Pradesh, was killed in a blast in a scrap godown of Sundram Steels, near Ajnali village, Mandi Gobindgarh, today.


Punjabi University students play with gulal on the university campus in Patiala
Punjabi University students play with gulal on the university campus in Patiala on Thursday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Plan to give grants to pvt educational institutes: Bhattal
Ropar, March 24
The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, yesterday said the state government had worked out a special plan to provide grants in a fixed time-frame to private institutes so that the money was not misused.

Barnala stresses value-based education
Jalandhar, March 24
The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, today gave a call for compulsory value-based education in schools and colleges.

38 students awarded college colours
Patiala, March 24
The annual convocation and award presentation function of M.M. Modi College was held here today in which Dr S.P. Singh Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest Dr Ranjit Singh Dean, College Development Council, Punjabi University was the guest of honour.

Students of Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, after the convocation on Thursday.

Students of Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, after the convocation

Prize distribution function held
Patiala, March 24
At the Annual Prize Distribution Function of Government Mohindra College held today, 747 students were given prizes for their outstanding achievements in academic, sports and extra curricular activities.


Banks in Punjab open
Chandigarh, March 24
Banks in Punjab will remain open tomorrow while banks in the city and in Haryana will remain closed tomorrow on account of Good Friday.

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