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Punjab passes VAT Bill with concessions
Chandigarh, March 29
Amid a walkout by BJP and SAD MLAs in protest against the non-acceptance of amendments moved by them, the state Assembly today passed the Punjab Value Added Tax Bil, 2005, after incorporating significant amendments in the original draft introduced in the House on March 25.

Beopar Mandal calls for strike against VAT
Chemists to observe bandh in Ropar

Rs 256 crore SGPC budget passed amid symbolic boycott

Amritsar, March 29
The annual general house session of the SGPC today passed a Rs 256 crore budget amidst a symbolic boycott staged by members from Haryana, the Panthic Morcha and the sole independent member from Chandigarh at Teja Singh Samundari Hall here today.

Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, tries to pacify members of the committee from Haryana and the Panthic Morcha, who observed a symbolic boycott during the budget session of the SGPC in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, tries to pacify members of the committee from Haryana and the Panthic Morcha, who observed a symbolic boycott during the budget session of the SGPC in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

2 jail officials booked for fraud
Gurdaspur March 29
The Deputy Superintendent, Gurdaspur jail ,Mr S.K. Bansa, and the Head Warden, Mr Harpal Singh, have been booked for committing a fraud. According to highly-placed sources, the jail officers have been booked for allegedly claiming fake medical bills for treating a patient lodged in the jail.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



CPI gives call for ouster of Amarinder government
Chandigarh, March 29
The CPI General Secretary A.B. Bardhan today gave a call for the removal of Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government in the state as it was following anti-people policies.

Amarinder camp becomes more active against Brar
CLP meeting

Police fires in air to disperse warring groups
Tarn Taran, March 29
Tension prevailed in Muradpur village in this historic town after a clash between members of various Sikh organisations, including the Khalra Mission Committee (KMC), the local Sukhmani sewa societies and followers of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan of Noormahlias.


Work on Bathinda refinery to start soon: CM
Chandigarh, March 29
How are government schools functioning in Punjab? Here are two examples. There are 19 government secondary schools in Ajnala tehsil of border belt. But none has a Principal.

Commuters forced to cover extra distance
Phagwara, March 29
The 5-km U-turn, through which traffic heading from Phagwara bypass is diverted to Jalandhar, has become a source of inconvenience to thousands of road users daily.

Police action averts communal tension
Gurdaspur, March 29
A major communal tension was averted after the police thwarted efforts by some miscreants to forcibly take control of a temple at Ali Nangal village falling under Dorangla police station. Sources available here said that two accused in the case, Bua Singh and Rana, along with their 10 to 15 supporters threw out idols from an over hundred-year-old unguarded Shiv Temple in the village.

Kalash yatra gets warm welcome
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
Kalash Yatra led by Mr Vishnu Sharma, Mayor Municipal Corporation, Patiala, was accorded a warm welcome on the GT Road Sirhind, by residents of the town led by Dr. Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

Workshop lays stress on educating women
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
To create awareness among women about their economic, political, social and legal rights and to uplift their financial and social status, the District Social and Security Department under the Swayam Sidha Scheme organised a workshop at Badali Ala Singh village on Sunday.

District credit plan released
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
A special meeting of the District Consultative Committee was convened by the State Bank of Patiala, at Bachat Bhavan today.

Senior citizens for more IT exemption
Patiala, March 29
The Senior Citizen’s Welfare Society, Urban Estate, has urged the government to increase the current income tax limit to 2.25 lakh even as they claimed that they had to spend more on inflation and health care.

Power generation at Ganguwal halts
Anandpur Sahib, March 29
Power generation at the 76.65-MW power house of the BBMB at Ganguwal and two power houses of the Punjab State Electricity Board at Ganguwal and Nakkiyan in Anandpur Sahib came to halt as the water supply was stopped from the Bhakra Dam.


Rakesh Gupta is Bar body chief
Patiala, March 29
The elections to the Patiala Bar Association today saw Rakesh Gupta being elected president of the Bar.

SAD MPs move High Court in intranet scam
Chandigarh, March 29
The petition filed by Shiromani Akali Dal MPs, led by former Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, seeking a probe by Central Government agencies into the alleged Punjab Intranet scam, came up before a Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court today.


Bad road: Preneet asks DC to act
Patiala, March 29
The Patiala MP, Mrs Preneet Kaur, has asked the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, to initiate an inquiry into the poor condition of the Patiala- Samana- Patran road after receiving reports that the PWD authorities had bungled while repairing the road.


Youth fired at, injured
Bathinda, March 29
Shapinder Singh, a local youth, has been battling for his life after he was injured by another youth identified as Jassi by firing two shots at him when the former made an attempt to stop the latter from harassing his friend’s sister today.


Guru Gobind Singh’s contribution to Hindi ‘lasting’
Amritsar, March 29
An eminent Hindi thinker and critic of national repute, Dr Kunwarpal Singh, former Dean of Aligarh Muslim University, has observed that when literature or religion are engulfed in politics, they are bound to lose their existence and identity as well.

Varsity nod to neighbourhood campuses
Patiala, March 29
The Punjabi University Syndicate, which met here today under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.S. Boparai, approved the setting up of neighbourhood campuses to give a fillip to education in the rural areas.

Varsity professor given premature retirement
Patiala, March 29
Punjabi University has decided to give premature retirement to Dr H.R Verma of the Physics Department after an inquiry by the authorities following charges of harassment of a girl research scholar.

GND varsity exams from March 31
Amritsar, March 29
The annual theory examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate courses of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held from March 31 to April 19.


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