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Illicit cotton seeds seized from Cong leader’s godown
Bathinda, March 8
Even before the onset of the cotton sowing season smuggling of illicit cotton seeds into the Malwa region has begin. The Rama Mandi police last night seized 28 quintals of illicit cotton seeds worth lakhs of rupees from the godown of a Congress leader’s firm, which sources say, might be tip of the iceberg.

Fake IAS officer marries advocate’s daughter
Arrested along with father
Bathinda, March 8
Marriage celebrations of a senior advocate's daughter turned sour when the groom, who had projected himself as an IAS officer, turned out to be an impersonator here on Monday evening.
Gurmeet Singh, who got married to an advocate's daughter impersonating as an IAS officer, being produced at the SSP's press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday.
Gurmeet Singh, who got married to an advocate's daughter impersonating as an IAS officer, being produced at the SSP's press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib


  PSEB wastes crores on schemes for consumers
Phillaur March 8
Crores of rupees have gone down the drain due to unimaginative planning on the part of Punjab State Electricity Board which introduced the pass book system four years ago.

Chohan held from Tanda
Hoshiarpur, March 8
Taking serious note of the statements on the formation of ‘Khalistan’ by 2007, the Punjab police arrested Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, a proponent of Khalistan from his residence in Tanda town 32 km from here this morning. The police arrested Mr Chohan, even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had passed an order staying his arrest.

Furore among Sikh bodies over TV programme
Amritsar, March 8
A programme on a television channel caused a furore among Sikh organisations today, with SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar terming its telecast as a conspiracy by the Congress against Sikhs and demanding legal action.

Empowering women in rural Punjab
Chandigarh, March 8
A novel experiment in women empowerment has been successfully launched in Sangrur where 200 beneficiaries belonging to the weaker sections have been given loans to buy a buffalo each for sustaining their families.

Amritsar abuzz over Kafila shooting.
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SAD (Longowal) not to allow unloading of imported wheat
Sangrur, March 8
Members and activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) in association with various farmer organisations will not allow the unloading of wheat to be imported by the Government of India at the Mumbai port or other ports.


6 more govt departments to be brought under Panchayati Raj
Chandigarh, March 8
To strengthen local self government institution and make it more effective in rural areas, six more government departments will be brought under the ambit of the Panchayati Raj.

Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Punjab, Mr J.R Kundal (right), speaks at a seminar on capacity building of local self government institutions in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Punjab, Mr J.R Kundal (right), speaks at a seminar on capacity building of local self government institutions in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Night bus service resumed
Ferozepore, March 8
The night bus service from the border areas of Ferozepore and Fazilka to Ludhiana and Chandigarh that was discontinued long time back during the days of insurgency in the state has been resumed.

Panel seeks action against maid’s employers
Amritsar, March 8
Ms Neelam Sahota, member, SC/ST Commission, today visited Prabhjit Kaur at local Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Hospital where she was admitted after being allegedly beaten up by her employers on February 6.

Pak House to take up visa relaxation issue
Amritsar, March 8
The forthcoming session of the National Assembly of Pakistan will discuss the issue of relaxing the visa procedure to strengthen people-to-people contact further.

Two drowned in canals
Hoshiarpur, March 8
Two persons were drowned in the Shah Nehar and the Kandi canal in Hoshiarpur district today. According to police sources, Sarwan Singh, a son of Bara Singh of Ralhan, fell into the Shah Nehar at Uchi Bassi and was drowned.

Bomb hoax at bus stand


High court
Dal activist submits list of witnesses
Chandigarh, March 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activist Harkirat Singh, who has challenged the election of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh from the Patiala Assembly constituency in the February 2002 elections, today submitted the list of witnesses that he intends to produce in support of his contentions.


One held for murder
Amritsar, March 8
After seven and a half years, the family of Naresh Mahajan who was murdered under mysterious circumstances on October 22, 1998, is now hopeful of getting justice. The CBI, which has been probing into the case, has arrested one of the main accused. The arrested person has been remanded in police custody for 10 days.

Robbers decamp with Rs 95,000
Ludhiana, March 8
An alleged gang of burglars from Moradabad struck again in broad daylight today when they broke the glove compartment of a factory employee’s vehicle and decamped with Rs 95,000 kept in it.

Youth killed as car hits motorcycle
Kharar, March 8
A 22-year-old resident of Brahaman Vasi village was killed and his friend injured when their motorcycle was hit by a speeding car coming from behind on the Kharar-pannua link road here today.

2 killed in road mishap
Abohar, March 8
Inder Raj (45), son of Mani Ram of Ganguwala Jatan village, and his brother-in-law Ranveer Singh (30), son of Prithvi Raj of Faquirwali village, were killed when their car was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Khialiwali village in the neighbouring Sriganganagar area yesterday.

Clerk caught taking bribe
Tarn Taran, March 8
Kulwinder Singh, a clerk of the local treasury office, was caught red-handed yesterday while taking bribe by a team of the Vigilance Bureau.


Printed word still sacred, says Kuldip Nayar
Patiala, March 8
“Loyalty to professional requirements should be the main objective of a journalist as people still deem the printed word as sacred” remarked veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar at the national seminar on “Society and Development Communication” held today in the Senate hall of Punjabi University here.

Women’s Day celebrated at IET, Bhaddal
Ropar, March 8
Anu Neha from the College of Architecture, IET-Bhaddal, stood first in an inter-college paper-reading contest was organised to mark International Women’s Day at the Institute of Engineering and Technology here today. Students from various institutes participated in the contest.

Call for elevating status of women
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 8
The Desh Bhagat Group of educational institutions today celebrated International Women’s Day on the campus of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh.

PTU meet from tomorrow
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 8
The ninth annual athletics meet of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, will be organised at Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Stadium of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, from March 10 to 12.

CM urged to raise age limit for teachers’ recruitment
Sangrur, March 8
Supporting the demands of unemployed ETT teachers, members of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here to forward it to the CM.


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