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Nihangs display martial valour
14 lakh pay obeisance at gurdwaras
Anandpur Sahib, March 27
A magnificent display of martial art skills by thousands of Nihangs in a procession led by horsemen and Nihangs on elephants marked the last day of the Hola Mohalla festival at Anandpur Sahib here yesterday. Nihangs hold a procession to mark the Hola Mohalla festivities at Anandpur Sahib on Saturday.
Nihangs hold a procession to mark the Hola Mohalla festivities at Anandpur Sahib on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Khalsa complex Phase I by next year: CM

Victim of French ban on turban seeks help from Sikhs
Chandigarh, March 27
Jasvir Singh, a Sikh student who was expelled from a public school in France for wearing turban, his mother Surjit Kaur and his brother Karamvir Singh have come to Punjab to seek help of Sikh politicians and religious leaders. Jasvir Singh (centre), who was expelled from a French Public School for wearing turban, seeks help from Sikh organisations at the Hola Mohala festival in Anadpur Sahib on Sunday.
Jasvir Singh (centre), who was expelled from a French Public School for wearing turban, seeks help from Sikh organisations at the Hola Mohala festival in Anadpur Sahib on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

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  Akal Takht honours Tohra posthumously
Amritsar, March 27
The hastily organised function to honour Gurcharan Singh Tohra, a former President of the SGPC with the Panth Rattan title posthumously at Akal Takht, today drew flak from his close confidants. Bibi Joginder Kaur, widow of Jathedar Tohra, received the title.

Pak students bring aid for tsunami victims
Amritsar, March 27
A delegation of Pakistani girl students today brought aid for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for helping tsunami victims. The delegation will meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi tomorrow. The delegation comprising nine students and seven women teachers led by Prof Durray Nazaf Bukhari, Head Mistress, belongs to Resources Academia School, Lohare.

A 16-member group of girls and teachers arrive from Pakistan at the Wagah border on Sunday. — ANI photo

A 16-member group of girls and teachers arrive from Pakistan at the Wagah border on Sunday.

Jagmeet Brar attacks Hanspal
Chandigarh, March 27
Supported by several prominent Congressmen of Moga, former Member of Parliament and Member of the All-India Congress Committee, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, today mounted a scurrilous attack on the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal.

They ventured into crops with medicinal value
Chandigarh, March 27
They appear to be ordinary farmers like million others across Punjab, but certainly they are different from others .They have ventured in the area where others fear to tread. They are Mr Harjinder Singh, Mr Amarjit Singh and Mr Raj Pal Singh.

Harjinder Singh and other farmers examine thistle crop at Kheri Garanga village near Kharar. — A Tribune photograph

Harjinder Singh and other farmers examine thistle crop at Kheri Garanga village near Kharar.

Pall of gloom at Dhimawali
Sleepy driver caused the accident
Dhimawali (Faridkot), March 27
A pall of gloom descended on this non-descript village of the district when the news of ex-servicemen Major Singh and his family members getting killed in a road mishap reached here this morning.


Kanjhla elected district SAD chief
Sangrur, March 27
Amidst unruly scenes, hurling of abuses on each other, slogans and counter slogans by supporters of Dhindsa and Barnala groups in Darbar Sahib of the Gurdwara Nanakiana Sahib and its Langar Hall, near here, a four-hour-long exercise for electing the President of the district unit of the SAD ended in a fiasco yesterday.

Bibi Jagir Kaur faces SAD (A) protest
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 27
Hundreds of SAD (A) activists led by Mr Iman Singh Mann, son of Simranjit Singh Mann, waved black flags and raised slogans against Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the SGPC, when she came to attend annual convocation of Mata Gujri College, here today.


Save forests, says Bahugana
Sangrur, March 27
Mr Sunder Lal Bahuguna, a noted environmentalist and founder of “Chipko Andolan”, has asked the Union Government to chalk-out a Himalayan policy to save the forests and make arrangements for tree farming there.

Sukhbir lays stone for old age home
Moga, March 27
The Akali Dal MP, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today laid the foundation stone for an old age home here. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Badal said on returning to power the Akali-BJP combine would set up an old age home in every tehsil of the state, as elderly were not being looked after well these days.

Boy travelling on bus roof-top electrocuted
Bathinda, March 27
The denial of seat in a bus allegedly by the conductor to young boys, who earned their livelihood by sorting out the garbage, claimed the life of one of them when they touched the live power transmission lines while travelling on the roof of bus, today.

Bank staff hold rally
Nawanshahr, March 27
On a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association and as part of nationwide campaign against the UPA govt’s stance on the issues regarding bringing down equity in the public sector banks to 51 per cent, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation organised a protest rally here at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan yesterday.

‘Karah parsad’ distribution computerised
Amritsar, March 27
After the installation of ‘chapati’ making machine, the unique water filtration plant at Darbar Sahib, the SGPC management has once again gone hi-tech with the computerization of “karah parsad” distribution and cash collection. Computerised slips would replace the manual receipts used earlier.

Pingalwara celebrates installation day
Sangrur, March 27
The local Pingalwara, a branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, today celebrated its fifth installation day on its campus here. The bhog ceremony of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was performed in the morning. Hazuri Ragi Bhai Randhir Singh Amritsar and Dhadi Jatha of Giani Sarup Singh Kadiala performed kirtan on the occasion.

Truck union’s factions merge
Khamano, March 27
Truckers of Khamano and surrounded area heaved a sigh of relief when two factions of truck union decided to work together.

SBOP staff celebrate  Holi
Patiala, March 27
The cultural committees of the State Bank of Patiala head office and Patiala zone celebrated Holi by organising a cultural show- `Rang Tarang’ yesterday at the bank’s Auditorium.

Rs 60 cr to be spent on Punjab villages
Mohali, March 27
The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, Mr Lal Singh today announced that more than Rs 60 crore would be spent on villages before March 31. He was talking to mediapersons after laying the foundation stone of the sewerage system in Manauli village here today.


Govt ‘failed’ to take up crops losses with Centre
Amritsar, March 27
The state government has failed to take up the case of huge loss caused to crops in Punjab due to hailstorm recently with the Centre.


Rs 14.8 crore improvement trust budget cleared
Barnala, March 27
The Improvement Trust, Barnala, has passed a budget of Rs 14.8 crore for the year 2005-2006. The House passed the budget unanimously. The major thrust this year is on development and new schemes.


In-laws booked in dowry death case
Khanna, March 27
The local police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against the in-laws of Sandeep Kaur, who allegedly committed suicide at Bhamdi village, 8km from here on Friday. Daljit Singh, husband of the deceased, has been arrested in this connection.

Singer ‘dupes’ man of Rs 7 lakh, probe ordered
Moga, March 27
Taking a serious notice of a complaint against Punjabi singer Balwinder Bawa and her husband, Khushdil, the SSP has ordered a probe into the matter.

Two minor girls missing
Khanna, March 27
Two minor girl students of class VIII had been missing from Guru Harkrishan Nagar area since last Friday. The police has started investigation after receiving complaints from the parents of the girls.

30-yr-old ‘killed’ by husband
Batala, March 27
Jyoti (30), daughter of Manohar Lal, a resident of Quadian was killed allegedly by her husband Pardeep Kumar (35) yesterday. Pardeep is son of Mr Des Raj, a resident of Bhandari Gate, Batala.


Hamara School
Inculcating leadership qualities among students
SET amidst lush green surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and in a pollution-free environment, Saffron City School, Fatehgarh Sahib, was established at the dawn of the new millennium.

Varsity honours 60 students
Amritsar, March 27
Guru Nanak Dev university honoured more than 60 student who brought laurels to the university by winning the overall championship trophy of north zone and all India inter-varsity national youth festival at a special programme held to facilitate them, here today.

Jashan — 2005 opens at GND varsity
Amritsar, March 27
Mr Jatinder Brar, eminent playwright and president, Punjab Naat Shala, inaugurated a cultural programme, Jashan-2005, by lighting the ceremonial lamp at a hall on the premises of Dev University here today.

Mohindera College, GCG win titles
Patiala, March 27
Mohindera College, Patiala, has won the General Championship trophy in the men’s section in the Punjab University Inter-College Championship while Government College for Girls (GCG), Patiala, reigned the women’s section.


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