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Embarrassment for Badal at SAD rally
Tohra (Patiala), March 5
The rally organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in connection with the second death anniversary of SGPC President Gurcharan Singh Tohra at his native village here today failed to have any impact as on the one hand his widow, Mata Joginder Kaur, was conspicuous by her absence and on the other the party leadership, including its President Mr Parkash Singh Badal, faced criticism from senior Akali leader Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta and former SGPC President Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi.

Punjab offers aid to NRIs, investors to set up projects
Chandigarh, March 4
Enormous opportunities are now available for non-resident Indians, investors, entrepreneurs and developers to get actively involved in a host of ongoing development projects in Punjab.
Delegates at the International Summit on Infrastructure, Housing and Real Estate in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Delegates at the International Summit on Infrastructure, Housing and Real Estate in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

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Chaos at Congress’ pension camp
Bathinda, March 4
The ruling party’s bid to woo electorate prior to the Assembly elections boomeranged today when a pension camp organised by the local Congress leaders led to harassment of not only hundreds of elderly and disabled but also of students of the school where it was held.

Raj Kumar, a physically challenged, fills forms of pension seekers at a camp held in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Raj Kumar, a physically challenged, fills forms of pension seekers at a camp held in Bathinda on Saturday.

Banerjee panel has no legal standing: Jaitley
Amritsar, March 4
Reacting sharply to the interim findings of the Justice U.C. Banerjee Committee report on the Godhra carnage, Mr Arun Jaitley, national general secretary of the BJP, today claimed that the commission had no legal standing.

Golden rice rich in vitamin A soon
Chandigarh, March 4
Soon the country will have rice with a golden look and rich in vitamin A that will be a boon to the poor and other marginalised people. The International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines in collaboration with Indian rice breeders has been working for some years to develop such a variety of the rice suitable for the country.

Amla sweets for German market
Chandigarh, March 4
Punjab’s herbal sweets are set to enter the European market. Sweets prepared from amla have found a niche in Germany. Amla grows in substantial quantity in the kandi belt, including Ropar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts. However, the concentration of amla trees is heavy in villages around Talwara.


Coop bank poll sparks row in Cong
Lambi, March 4
Close on the heels of internal bickering in the Congress over cooperative bank poll in Kapurthala, Mr Gurbaj Singh Wanwala, former general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, has decided to approach the PPCC president Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo to lodge a complaint against a Congress minister whose alleged phone call tilted the balance of power towards the Akalis in cooperative agricultural development bank elections here yesterday.


Pak Govt to restore occupied land to dera
Abohar, March 4
In yet another goodwill gesture Mr Pervez Elahi, Chief Minister, West Punjab province in Pakistan, has asked the revenue officials to get agriculture land measuring 992 murabbas (nearly 2350 acre) restored to Dera Baba Bhumman Shah near Haveli Lakheki in Sulemanki sector.

Calendar on Hindu gods released in Pak
Wagah (Amritsar), March 4
Members of the Hindu jatha, who returned to India from Katasraj on Thursday, brought calendars with pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses with them. The calendars had been released in Pakistan for the first time by Davender Kumar Ghai and Munawar Chand, founding president and secretary, respectively of the Krishna Temple Trust, Lahore, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The calendars had pictures of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha.

Save Pak gurdwara from demolition: AVM
Amritsar, March 4
The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) in a letter addressed to the various high authorities, including the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has urged the protection of the single gurdwara of Karachi (Pakistan), Rattan Talla, which was established in 1932, from demolition.

Bhagwant Singh on Asia Pacific dental panel
Dr Bhagwant SinghLudhiana, March 4
Dr Bhagwant Singh, a senior city-based dentist, was elected vice-president of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation/Asia Pacific Regional Organisation at the Asia Pacific Dental Congress held in Karachi, Pakistan, recently. Dr Bhagwant Singh is the only dentist from north India and second from India to get elected to the coveted post.

Snake hisses out of tea pack
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 4
In a shocking incident, a live snake hissed out of a 1 kg tea pack at Mandi Gobindgarh town today.

Belgian delegation calls on CS
Chandigarh, March 4
A 15-member parliamentary delegation of the Walloon region of Belgium led by its Vice-President, Mr Michel Lebrun, today called on the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, and evinced interest in strengthening the ties between the two states keeping in view the large scope for business in the near future.

Hike in water rates opposed
Hoshiarpur, March 4
Hundreds of inhabitants of various localities of the city led by Capt Tirath Ram (retd.) staged a demonstration in front of Municipal office here yesterday in protest against the enhancement of water and sewerage rates.


Sarpanch held for selling government wheat
Hoshiarpur, March 4
The Sadar police here arrested Romesh Kumar, sarpanch of Manan village, for allegedly selling government wheat in the market on Thursday evening.

Cop nabbed at Golden Temple
Amritsar, March 4
The SGPC task force today caught a Punjab police constable Satnam Singh working under Majitha police district for a theft in the Golden Temple complex. He was later handed over to the Galliara police.


XANSA — 2006 concludes
Amritsar, March 4
A three-day management fest XANSA- 2006 organised by the Department of Commerce and Business Management of the Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here today.

PhD degrees conferred on 92 students
Patiala, March 4
The Governor of Punjab and Chancellor, Punjabi University, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), conferred degrees on students at the 30th convocation of the university that held at the Convocation Hall here today.

India facing acute cultural crisis: expert
Amritsar, March 4
Expressing concern over the visible value collapse, eminent scholar Prof Kapil Kapoor from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, said there was lack of peace, increasing conflicts and culture of violence in thoughts, words and deeds prevailing all around in the country.

396 get degrees at centennial convocation of Khalsa College
Amritsar, March 4
Appreciating an increase in the number of women joining the judicial services, Justice H.S Bedi, Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, said, ‘‘It is heartening to note that women are equipping themselves even more efficiently than their male counterparts in the legal profession.’’

Justice H.S Bedi awards degree to a student at the 100th convocation of Khalsa College in Amritsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Justice H.S Bedi awards degree to a student at the 100th convocation of Khalsa College in Amritsar on Saturday.

Exam Superintendent removed for poor management
Chandigarh, March 4
The Superintendent, who was deputed to conduct annual examinations of class plus II at Government High School, Dera Bassi, was on Thursday removed because of poor management at the examination hall.

Media gurus to share views at seminar
Patiala, March 4
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, will organise a two-day international seminar on “Society and Development Communication” at the Senate Hall from March 8.

Convocation of GND varsity organised
Amritsar, March 4
The convocation of the Law Department of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) was held here today.

Moot court contest at Rayat College
Ropar, March 4
Former Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court R.S Mongia inaugurated a two-day moot court competition at Rayat College of Law here today. Students from more than 32 law schools across the country are participating in the competition.


Khadi board to hold exhibition
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board, in collaboration with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, will organise an exhibition on March 15 at Anandpur Sahib.

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