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Zee News showed doctored clip: Bittu
Ludhiana, March 9
Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, president of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal, today alleged that there was a “definite design” by the Indian state to malign the image of people, who were fighting for their democratic and constitutional rights. Daljit Singh Bittu, president of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Daljit Singh Bittu, president of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. —  Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Fresh case against Chohan; Khalsa Raj Party office sealed
Badal for probe into controversial TV programme
Anti-national forces won’t be spared: Amarinder

House seeks release of 54 Indian soldiers
in Pak

Chandigarh, March 9
Exhibiting rare unity, the Treasury and Opposition benches today unanimously passed a non-official resolution asking the Union Government to take up the matter regarding the release of 54 prisoners of the 1971 war lodged in Pakistani jails.

Centre forms core committee for Wagah, Attari: Sidhu
Chandigarh, March 9
Bowing to the pressure mounted by the BJP, the Union Government has constituted a core committee under the chairmanship of a Union Secretary to make recommen- dations for improving infrastructure at Wagah and Attari, a BJP MP from Amritsar, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, claimed today. Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photo
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photo










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Copying rampant in exams
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), March 9
Rampant copying is going on in the Class XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board in this part of the district.

Outsiders help candidates in copying at the Government Senior Secondary School in Sujanpur, Gurdaspur district, on Thursday. — Photo by Jangi

Outsiders help candidates in copying at the Government Senior Secondary School in Sujanpur, Gurdaspur district, on Thursday.

Rain winds flatten wheat crop, farmers’ hopes
Bathinda, March 9
Even as unexpected spell of hot weather in February took heavy toll on wheat crop sown late, rain accompanied with strong winds last night flattened early sown varieties of wheat over thousands of acres adding to the apprehensions of crop losses among the region’s farmers. The Tribune team today spotted lodging (flattening) of wheat crop on vast stretches of land in the villages adjoining the city where the farmers were lamenting uncertain weather.
A farmer assesses damage to his crop at a village in Bathinda district on Thursday.
A farmer assesses damage to his crop at a village in Bathinda district on Thursday. —  Photo by Kulbir Beera


POLITICS

36 cops on SAD ‘hit list’
Tarn Taran, March 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has prepared a list of 36 police officers who have “committed atrocities” and have registered “false” cases against SAD workers on the behest of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during the past four years term of the state government.

COMMUNITY

Trees marked for felling without criterion?
Gurdaspur, March 9
Has the Forest Department marked trees on government land for felling? Though forest officials deny it but there was no way to ascertain the fact.

Case against kin false, says Dalit
Rights panel seeks report, DSP denies charges
Sangrur, March 9
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, through ADGP/IVC-cum-Human Rights, Punjab, on or before the next date of hearing — May 8, 2006 — on the complaint filed by a Dalit woman, Ms Malkeet Kaur, wife of the late Gurmukh Singh, resident of Burj Sedha village in Dhuri Tehsil in this district.

Doctors opposed to contract system
Patiala, March 9
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has demanded regular selection of doctors through the Punjab Public Service Commission. The association has opposed temporary recruitment of doctors through zila parishads on contract, saying that it would do more harm than good and was against the interest of the public as well as the doctors.

Telefilm on female foeticide released
Bathinda, March 9
‘Kanjka da Katal’, an 82-minute telefilm aimed at curbing female foeticide, was released to mark International Women’s Day here yesterday.

Centre concerned over PSEB losses
New Delhi, March 9
The Union government has expressed concern over the mounting losses of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) which is touching Rs 596 crore during 2005-06 as against a commercial profit of Rs 175 crore during previous financial year.

Animal lovers flay move on hunting
Gurdaspur March 9
Conservationists and animal lovers across the state have flayed the Punjab government move to allow hunting of wild boars and blue bulls. They have termed the decision to allow hunting of endangered wild animals as arbitrary and unjustified.

Govt wants ‘proof’ of publicity campaign
Gurdaspur, March 9
With the countdown to the Assembly elections in the state already began, the Punjab Government has gone all out to convey its message to the ground level. The officials of publicity department have been directed to personally carry the message of the government to the sarpanches across the state.

Ex-servicemen seek quota of seats in Parliament
Sangrur, March 9
The district unit of the Indian Ex-Services League has warned the government that if the demands of the ex-servicemen were not met soon, they may follow the path of agitation to get their demands fulfilled.

All set for Hola Mohalla
Ropar, March 9
The administration and SGPC have made separate arrangements to facilitate lakhs of devotees from India and abroad to visit Anandpur Sahib to pay obeisance at historical gurdwaras on Hola Mohalla, the five-day festival starting tomorrow.

Vehicles stoned during Army recruitment rally
Amritsar, March 9
A large number of youths, gathered at the Khasa cantonment, about 8 km from here on the Amritsar-Attari road, for recruitment in the Army, stoned vehicles plying on the GT Road today. At least nine persons were injured.

Punjabis can now meet on the Net
Jalandhar, March 9
Lakhs of Punjabi families could now meet on the Net, thanks to the efforts of a Jalandhar-based journalist who has launched a website which is dedicated to all Punjabis of the world.

Sarpanch beaten up
Rajpura, March 9
Mr Pali Ram, Sarpanch of Surl Kalan village, was injured when he was allegedly beaten up by three residents of the village on the premises of the AP Jain Civil Hospital here today.

COURTS

Six get 18-month RI for trespass, assault
Abohar, March 9
Six persons — Manohar Lal, Ajay Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ram Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Jagdish — of Haripura village, near here, have been sentenced to 18 months’ rigorous imprisonment by a local court.

AGRICULTURE

Rakhra kisan mela on March 17
Chandigarh, March 9
The Punjab Young Farmers’ Association will organise a state-level kisan mela at Rakhra, near Patiala, on March 17.

US team for adopting modern farm techniques
Hoshiarpur, March 9
Though the soil of Punjab is rich and people are capable and have strong potentiality to provide the desired results, orthodox techniques in agriculture make them lag behind in farm production compared to the USA.

CRIME

Three die after consuming spirit
Sangrur, March 9
Three residents of the local Dhebar Nagar today died after allegedly consuming spirit. There were rumours about three more deaths in the town due to consumption of liquor or spirit in the past 24 hours, but these could not be confirmed.

Robbers’ gang busted
Nawanshahr, March 9
Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP, in a press release issued here today claimed to have busted an inter-district gang of robbers by arresting its four members, Avtar Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Amandeep (residents of Ludhiana) and Sat Pal of Makkowal Jabha village (Kathgarh), on the basis of a complaint lodged at Rahon police station on March 8 by Bhag Singh of Usmanpur village (Nawanshahr).

Brick-kiln worker murders wife
Abohar, March 9
In a bizarre incident, a brick kiln worker allegedly axed his wife on Tuesday night and made an unsuccessful bid to commit suicide, sources said yesterday.

2 die in mishap
Hoshiarpur, March 9
Two persons were killed when their Mahindra jeep (HR-22-4454) going from Hamirpur to Jalandhar, rammed into a parked truck (HP-23A-9331) in front of a dhaba at Ram Nagar Dehan village 14 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road last mid night.

EDUCATION

Seminar on skewed sex ratio held
Nawanshahr, March 9
A seminar on female foeticide was attended by officials of different departments, sarpanches, panches, councillors, doctors, teachers, students, NGOs etc, was organised at Shivalik Public School here yesterday, to mark ‘International Women’s Day’, to spread awareness among people on decline in sex ratio.

Khalsa College for Women wins
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Declamation Contest
Amritsar, March 9
Khalsa College for Women here won team championship of Kalpana Chawla Memorial Declamation Contest organised by the NSS unit of Guru Nanak Dev University to mark International Women’s Day on the University campus here yesterday.

NSS volunteers, students celebrate Women’s Day
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle unit of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College and the NSS today organised a function on the college campus to celebrate International Women’s Day.
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