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Ministers violated rules while furnishing houses: audit report
Chandigarh, March 31
Contrary to the rules, the Punjab Government spent Rs 26.37 lakh on the furnishing of the residential accommodation occupied by its ministers during the financial year ending March, 2004.

Navjot Sidhu backs traders
Pathankot, March 31
The former cricketer and MP from Amritsar, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today turned out in support of traders protesting against the implementation of value added tax (VAT) system.

‘Centre not giving enough funds for Amritsar’

Decision on periphery Act after panel report
Chandigarh, March 31
The Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, today informed the Punjab Assembly that an appropriate decision regarding the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, would be taken after the submission of the report of a committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill.

House adjourned

Malaysian firm may build 2 jails in state
Chandigarh, March 31
A Malaysian company, which has been into construction and the infrastructure development business, may be awarded a contract to build two medium-security modern jails at Nabha and Jalandhar at a cost of more than Rs 300 crore.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Muktsar girl to scale Mount Everest
Muktsar, March 31
Sukhwinder Kaur is on cloud nine. Known as Sukhi to her friends and kin and she left for Kathmandu yesterday to fulfil her dream of scaling Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. She reached at the base camp today.

IA flight to Kabul leaves with lone passenger
Rajasansi (Amritsar), March 31
The resumption of the New Delhi-Amritsar-Kabul Indian Airlines flight today after a decade turned out to be a non-starter.


Lakhs expected to visit Takht Damdama Sahib
Talwandi Sabo, March 31
As lakhs of devotees from different parts of the country and aboard are expected to visit this place to pay their obeisance at Takht Damdama Sahib, the land where 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh compiled Adi Granth, during the three-day mela, the district civil and police administration has started making arrangement to prevent any  untoward incident during mela days.

Buses to Nankana Sahib may not ply on Baisakhi
Chandigarh, March 31
The Pakistan Government seems to have developed cold feet regarding the plying of 10 special buses symbolically from Amritsar to Nankana Sahib on April 13, Baisakhi day. Informed sources said that though this issue was taken up by the Union External Affairs Ministry with its counterpart in Pakistan, there has been no adequate response in this regard yet.

Exhibits at Science City non-functional in nine days
Kapurthala, March 31
Many interactive exhibits displayed at Pushpa Gujral Science City that was opened for public just nine days ago have become non-functional, thanks to the rowdy crowds that have mishandled them and even stolen their parts during their visits.

Child artiste to be honoured
Chandigarh, March 31
Tiny Pragati’s dreams are too big for her age. They are not made up of sugar candies and Barbie dolls, but of working side by side with actors and actresses.

Seminar on Guru Nanak Bani concludes
Amritsar, March 31
Bhai Baljinder Singh from California, USA, exhibited the first of its kind Gurbani search engine, a software produced by him to conduct research on Gurbani, on the concluding day of a national seminar on Guru Nanak Bani "Asa Patti Mahla Pehla" a multi-dimensional study.

Roads maintenance to get a boost
Gurdaspur March 31
State roads and government building in Punjab will get a fresh lease of life. After a gap of about nine years, the Punjab Government has decided to earmark budget for the maintenance of the roads and building in the state.

100 booked for protest against new bus stand
Goniana (Bathinda), March 31
The arrest of six persons and registration of cases against as many as 100 persons for their alleged involvement in launching an agitation against the opening of a private bus stand has led to resentment among residents of the town.

15th Punjab Regiment launches motor cycle rally
Sadhuwali/Abohar, March 31
To kickstart to the forthcoming tercentenary celebrations of its Raising Day, on April 13, 2005, the 15th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment launched a motorcycle rally to the Western Himalayas.

MC House rejects plan to hike water, sewerage rates
Kharar, March 31
The Municipal Council unanimously rejected the government proposal to implement revised water and sewerage tariff at the civic body meeting held here today.

Rs 485 crore more for Patiala under district credit plan
Patiala, March 31
The district credit plan prepared by the State Bank of Patiala from 2005-06 was launched by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, today.

18 get financial help
Fatehgarh Sahib. March 31
The Punjab Government is committed to fulfil all promises made during elections and is making allout efforts for the benefit of every section of society particularly for the SCs and BCs, widows and the down trodden section of society, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, a function organised by district Social Security Department to distribute financial assistance of worth Rs 10,000 to each beneficiary under National Family Benefit Scheme.

Fire in Rail Coach Factory
Kapurthala, March 31
It was a narrow escape for the staff of Rail Coach Factory as the compressor room caught fire here this morning.

Relief for tsunami victims
Chandigarh, March 31
Punjab's Transport Minister Mohinder Singh Kay Pee yesterday presented a cheque of Rs 25.36 lakh to Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for Tsunami victims.

Wakf board member files DDR against Mohammad Mustafa
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
A special meeting of members of the Punjab Wakf Board was held at Aam Khas Bagh Sirhind today. Except Razia Sultana, MLA, all other five members Haji Khalifa, Syed Mohammed Yahya Mujeddedi, Prof Nashir Naqvi, A. Wahid and Mohammad Izhar Alam, ADGP, Punjab police, attended the meeting, which was presided over by Mufti Hilal Usmani.

Police proposes Road Safety Councils
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab police has suggested to the state government to form Road Safety Councils at the state and district levels. The councils promote and encourage road safety through education, training and publicity.


high court
Verka resident seeks registration of case against doctor

Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 21 on a petition seeking directions for registration of a criminal case against a Punjab Government doctor.

7 get life term for Dalip Singh’s murder
Barnala, March 31
Additional Sessions Judge Fatehdeep Singh yesterday sentenced seven accused to life imprisonment for the murder of Dalip Singh of Mehalkalan.

HC stays octroi contract
Ropar, March 31
The high court today stayed the octroi contract of Ropar city given to a private party in an auction conducted by the Deputy Director, Local Government, Ludhiana.


Passport racket busted, four cops booked
Jalandhar, March 31
The Jalandhar police has busted a racket involving preparation of passports using fake names, non-existent addresses, fabricated documents and fake police verification reports. It has nominated four police officials of the passport branch of the district police office as accused in the case.

DSP to probe rape of patient in hospital
Hoshiarpur, March 31
Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police, Hoshiarpur, said here today that he had deputed Mr Kuldip Singh, DSP (R), to probe into the alleged rape of a young patient belonging to Lambra village by two employees of a private hospital in Lachowal.

Youth beaten up by miscreants
Rajpura, March 31
A group of over 10 armed youths attacked Mr Harjit Singh alias Bittu, a resident of Jalbera village near Sirhind, late last night.

Man crushed to death
Banur, March 31
A 90-year-old man was crushed to death by an unidentified car, here this morning.


Sainik School to get Rs 1.01 cr grant from MoD
Kapurthala, March 31
To undertake structural restoration work of Sainik School, Kapurthala, housed in Jagatjit Palace, the Ministry of Defence has sanctioned a grant of Rs 1.01 crore.

Touts create fee hike scare
Jalandhar March 31
Much to the chagrin of the local Regional Passport Office (RPO) authorities, touts have started spreading the canard that the fee for issuance of passports and related services will be enhanced manifold beginning tomorrow. This is to fleece innocent applicants.

National workshop on forensic science
Patiala, March 31
The Department of Forensic Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, will organise a national workshop on forensic facial reconstruction from April 4.


BSNL gears up to give more connections
Chandigarh, March 31
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ( BSNL) will put up 1,000 more cell sites to give additional nine lakh connections in Punjab during the next five months to enhance its connectivity in the region.

Insurance staff observe strike
Jalandhar, March 31
As part of countrywide action, employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) today observed strike to demand immediate wage revision.


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