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Wordy duel between CM, Badal in House
Chandigarh, March 1
A wordy duel between the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, marked the passing of the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address in the Punjab Assembly today. Motions moved for amendments to the Governor’s Address by the Opposition were rejected by the Treasury Benches.

Hooda turns up at Assembly
House panel to probe exemption to colonisers
State not to opt for online lotteries

Mohali to be 18th dist from April 13
Chandigarh, March 1
It is official now. Mohali will start functioning as the 18th district of Punjab from April 13, at the time of the Baisakhi festival in this region.

Mohali to be ultramodern police district
Chandigarh, March 1
Policing in the new district of Mohali will be on ultramodern lines, says the Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk. All police stations in the district will have computer connectivity.

Nod to international airport at Halwara
Chandigarh, March 1
The Union Government has given its nod to the Punjab Government’s proposal to set up an international airport at Halwara, near Ludhiana. This was stated today by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in the state Assembly.



  SGPC wants list of youths killed by police cats
Ludhiana, March 1
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh today appealed to the government to release the list of the innocent youths killed by the rehabilitated terrorists (cats) so that parents of such victims stop search for their “missing” children.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh at a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

SGPC chief Avtar Singh at a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Punjab farmers’ suicides not related to debt alone, says study
Chandigarh, March 1
"It would be unfair, unjust and untruthful to say that the pressures of farming are such, so as to lead a person to commit suicide. At the same time, farming does not yield sufficient income to meet important social and personal expenditures and this often leads to crisis. But there is no evidence it leading to suicide," said Dr M Rajivlochan at Panjab University here today.


BSF seizes heroin in Amritsar.
(28k, 56k)


SAD (A) office-bearers face disciplinary action
Amritsar, March 1
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann said his party would take strict disciplinary action against its vice-president Dhyan Singh Mand and general secretary Jaskarn Singh for their participation in the “Virsa sambhal Sikh sammelan” organised by Damdami Taksal and a section of Sant Samaj in violation of the party directive.


Protest against Bush’s visit
Bathinda, March 1
While activists of the Lok Morcha, Punjab, are gearing up for protest against US President George W. Bush’s visit to India outside the US Embassy in New Delhi, BKU (Ekta) activists today burnt Mr Bush’s effigy to lodge their protest on the issue.

BKU (Ekta) activists burn an effigy of US President George W. Bush in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

BKU (Ekta) activists burn an effigy of US President George W. Bush in Bathinda on Wednesday.

Sikligirs flee as probe into child marriage ordered
Abohar, March 1
Members of the Sikligir tribe late last night migrated to unknown places as the Tehsildar-cum-Executive Magistrate, Mr M. L. Puri, reportedly recommended in his inquiry report that the parents of the minor brides and grooms be booked under the Child Marriage Prevention Act, sources said.

Kang writes to Azad on poultry ban
Mohali, March 1
The Minister for Animal Husbandry Fisheries and Dairy Development, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today wrote to the Chief Minister, J and K, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, and requested him to lift the ban on import of poultry and poultry products from Punjab.

Cases of atrocities on SCs to be reviewed
Ropar, March 1
“The conviction rate in cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes in the state has been only 8 per cent since 1989. So it has been decided to review all cases that were cancelled earlier due to lack of evidence etc,” said Mr Naranjan Singh, Chairman of the Punjab State Scheduled Caste Commission.


Lawyers’ protest continues
Ropar, March 1
Protesting against the proposal of the state government to make Mohali a separate district, advocates of the district courts today, again remained struck work. Several political leaders of various political parties expressed anguish at decision.


A.K. Dubey is CMD of FCI
Chandigarh, March 1
Punjab’s former Home Secretary A.K. Dubey has been appointed Chairman-cum- Managing Director, Food Corporation of India. Orders to relieve him of his present duties were issued today. Mr Dubey, a Punjab cadre IAS officer, had opted for deputation with the Government of India, when he was not selected as Chief Secretary in January.


JE looted, hurt
Kharar, March 1
A junior engineer was looted by persons armed with knives near Bhukri village here this evening.


Class XII students of Patel Public School, Rajpura, discuss their question paper after taking the CBSE exam.
Class XII students of Patel Public School, Rajpura, discuss their question paper after taking the CBSE exam. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Contest for aspiring lawyers
Ropar, March 1
Aspiring lawyers from across the law schools in the country will meet to compete for the National Consumer Law Moot Court Competition, to be held at Rayat College of Law on March 4 and 5.

Dashmesh academy: old students meet to discuss crisis
Ropar, March 1
Old students of the Dashmesh academy today met on its campus at Anandpur Sahib with a purpose to help it to overcome financial constraints. Members of the Old Students Academy Association passed a resolution to lend help to the academy to overcome the financial crisis it has been going through for some time.

Non-payment of taxes by Registrar alleged
Amritsar, March 1
Mr Varinder Pal Sharma, Finance and Development Officer, Guru Nanak Dev University, in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, stated that the Registrar had not paid taxes on non-monetary perks for the past three years.


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