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Tree felled for multiplex on controversial trust land
Amritsar, March 3
Many heads may roll in yet another land scam in the city involving senior politicians and top IAS and IPS officers of the state.
The 125-year-old bohar tree felled in Amritsar on Friday.
The 125-year-old bohar tree felled in Amritsar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Hawara’s wife files affidavit to annul marriage
Sangrur, March 3
Chief of the Babbar Khalsa International Jagtar Singh Hawara’s wife Balwinder Kaur today filed an affidavit in a case of annulment of her marriage with Hawara in a court here. Two other witnesses also got their statements recorded.

3 MLAs back bandh call against Mohali decision
Ropar, March 3
Three district MLAs, including two of the Congress, today backed the agitation of the Zila Bachaao Sangharsh Samiti against the state government’s decision to make Mohali a separate district.



Down, but not out; Bant Singh holds rally
Chandigarh, March 3
“They cannot cut through my spirit till I am alive,” stated Bant Singh, at a massive rally, organised by the Bant Singh Jabar Kand Virodhi Action Committee, today at the Plaza, Sector 17. The rally was attended by thousands of workers from all over Punjab in support of Bant Singh and his crusade.

Bant Singh at a rally organised in his support in Chandigarh on Friday.  — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Bant Singh at a rally organised in his support in Chandigarh on Friday.

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INTACH to preserve Qila Ahluwalia
Amritsar, March 3

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has decided to preserve the 250-year-old qila belonging to Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, great Sikh warrior called Sultan-ul-Qaum, which is in a dilapidated condition. Mr S.K. Mishra, Chairman, INTACH, in a letter to Mr Jagjit Singh Walia, president of the Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Society, stated that “the INTACH team will prepare detailed drawings of the two gates of Qila Ahluwalia and the estimates after which we shall approach the Punjab Government for funds.

Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, during his visit to the qila of Sikh warrior Jassa Singh Ahluwalia in Amritsar recently.
Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, during his visit to the qila of Sikh warrior Jassa Singh Ahluwalia in Amritsar recently. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


BJP gives memo to Governor against Amarinder govt
Chandigarh, March 3
A delegation of the Punjab unit of the BJP led by the party’s national secretary, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, today met the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), and submitted a memorandum against the Amarinder Singh government.

SAD (A) to meet Rodrigues
Amritsar, March 3
The SAD (Amritsar) will soon meet the Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), and apprise him of the lawlessness in the state.


CBI probes RCF purchases
Kapurthala, March 3
The CBI officials today remained busy checking records and stores of the Rail Coach Factory here. Employees unions had demanded a CBI inquiry into the purchases in the factory alleging that corruption was prevalent in the factory.

PSEB to buy power worth Rs 2,460 crore
Bathinda, March 3
In the wake of mercury soaring early this year, the Punjab State Electricity Board is already on power-purchase spree and it will buy power worth Rs 2,460 crore in the current fiscal year to meet the rising demand of electricity in the state, disclosed PSEB administrative member Raman Bhalla while interacting with mediapersons following a Pension Adalat held by the board here today.

11-year wait for compensation
Chandigarh, March 3
Farmers of Sardargarh and Jakhran villages of Patiala district are a harassed lot. Even 11 years after their lands were acquired by the Punjab Government,  44 families are  still moving from  pillar to post for  compensation.

Avtar Singh: Centre wanted to dissolve SGPC
Chandigarh, March 3
The SGPC President, Mr Avtar Singh, said yesterday that the Union Government wanted to dissolve the SGPC. He said the Union Government had failed to pass the all-India gurdwara Act but wanted to set up a separate gurdwara committee in Haryana.

Oped: SGPC museum to harm Sikh interests

DSGMC to set up school in Tohra’s memory
Tohra (Patiala), March 3
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, accusing SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal of bringing disgrace to Sikhism, said Mr Badal and his son Sukhbir should leave the party for their failure to keep its religious essence intact.

Head in disrepair, 100 cusecs of water goes waste everyday
Gurdaspur, march 3
Punjab has been losing precious water due to the poor condition of Madhopur head. According to official sources due to Madhopur headworks the state was losing 100 cusecs of water daily due to leakage in the gates which have not been repaired for the past 10 years.

Inter-state ban on poultry trade may go
Chandigarh, March 3
The Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, has assured the Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, that an inter-state ban on the movement of poultry products will be lifted shortly, according to a statement of the Punjab Government issued today.

Shortage of stamps irks people
Bathinda, March 3
A shortage of stamps of lower denomination for the past few days has irked the city residents who are clueless as to how to manage without stamps. None of the stamp vendors has a stamp of any denomination between Rs 5 and Rs 300. Only stamps above Rs 500 are available.

Hydel project mishap victims get relief
Gurdaspur, March 3
The Punjab Government today gave compensation to the kin of the labourers who died at the construction site of the micro-hydel project near Babaehali.

Protest against water shortage
Pathankot, March 3
Residents of ward numbers: 17 and 18 of the town today staged a demonstration in front of the residence of the local MLA, Mr Ashok Sharma, in protest against water shortage. The protesters were led councillors Rani Chowdhary and Ramesh.

Relay fast put off
Mansa, March 3
The relay fast that began to seek construction of an underbridge at a level crossing here was put off today as the state government gave an undertaking to the Railways. The government has also assured timely release of Rs 98 lakh required for the job.

Disaster management bodies set up
Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab Government has constituted bodies for disaster management purposes in the state. A spokesman of the government said that three bodies — the Punjab Disaster Management Authority, the State Executive Committee and the District Disaster Management Authorities — had been constituted.


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Notice issued to Amritsar DC
Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for April 27 to the Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, on a plea by a local resident for directions to the authorities to check the menace of stray dogs and take effective steps to prevent instances of dog bites.


Farmers gherao PSEB employees
Sangrur, March 3
Employees of Punjab State Electricity Board were reportedly yesterday gheraoed for more than two hours by the activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union at Togawal village, about 40 km from here.

BKU leaders, govt hold talks
Chandigarh, March 3
Negotiations between the Bharti Kisan Union and the Punjab Government started here tonight.


Surinder Pal promoted
Chandigarh, March 3
Mr Surinder Pal has been promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer in the Irrigation Department, Punjab. On promotion, he has been posted as Managing Director of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation. He has taken charge of his new assignment.


3 killed in road accidents
Abohar, March 3
Three persons were killed in separate road accidents near the town in the past 24 hours. Krishan Lal, son of Mukna Ram, was killed while Suresh Kumar, son of Lachhman Dass, and Bagga Singh were injured as a canter hit their jeep (RJ-13-1270) on the Seeto Road bypass here last night.

Dean for fresh probe into ‘plagiarism’
Amritsar, March 3
In a surprise development, the Dean (Physical Education), Guru Nanak Dev University, has withdrawn the proceedings of the Research Degree Committee meeting held on July 2, 2005, and suggested a probe into the alleged plagiarism of research papers.

Dress designing exhibition at Modi college
Patiala, March 3
An exhibition showcasing apparel designed by students of the Department of Fashion and Dress Designing, MM Modi College, was organised at the college here. Ms Satwant Kaur Boparai inaugurated the exhibition. One-year postgraduate diploma in fashion and dress designing was started last year.

Ms Satwant Kaur Boparai at an apparel exhibition held at MM Modi College in Patiala on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Satwant Kaur Boparai at an apparel exhibition held at MM Modi College in Patiala.

Students seek grace marks
Patiala, March 3
Students of plus two, whose chemistry examination was conducted by the Punjab State Education Board yesterday, have complained to the board authorities that the paper was tougher than expected standards due to which average students would suffer.


Tax relief for transporters
Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab Council of Ministers today gave relief of about Rs 17 crore to public transporters by slashing special road tax to 5.18 paise from 5.75 paise per seat, per km per day.


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