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Inclement weather may hit wheat yield
Ludhiana, March 11
There are apprehensions of adverse affects of weather on wheat yield. Both scanty rain and associated temperature fluctuations during the winter are likely to play spoilsport in respect of rabi crops this year. This was stated by PAU agrometeorologists PS Sehra and KK Gill in their report on impact of weather on wheat crop.

Debt-burdened farmer ends life
Abohar, March 11
Finding his dream of starting a debt-free life shattered, Naib Singh, a small farmer at Bishanpura village, near here, committed suicide last night. The body has been brought for a post-mortem at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, here.

Farmers head to Gujarat for cheap
cotton seed
Bathinda, March 11
While deceiving cotton seed dealers are sharpening their knives to fleece unsuspecting farmers of cotton belt, the latter are following their footsteps and are boarding train to Gujarat for purchasing seeds of their choice at lower prices.
Farmers with cotton seed bags purchased from Gujarat come out of Bathinda railway station on Saturday.
Farmers with cotton seed bags purchased from Gujarat come out of Bathinda railway station on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera



  Court annuls Hawara’s marriage
Sangrur, March 11
Mr Jaspal Singh Chugh, Additional District Judge, Fast Track Court, today annulled (ex parte) the marriage of Balwinder Kaur (20) with Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of Babbar Khalsa International in India, on a petition filed by Balwinder under Section 12 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, for the annulment of her marriage with Hawara.

BBMB’s ambitious bio-diesel project
Plans to plant Jatropha in wastelands
Gurdaspur, March 11
The Bhakra Beas Management Board has devised a novel method to earn profit out of its wastelands. The Talwara-based management of the board has planned to venture into generating bio-diesel by resorting to commercial farming of Jatropha plant.

Youths' charge against HIV positive woman
Patiala, March 11
In a bizarre case, some youths here today alleged that they had become HIV positive after they were "lured by an HIV positive widow, whose husband had died of AIDS about a year ago".

Chinese team for closer ties
Ropar, March 11
It’s high time when we should forget the past differences and work for strengthening the friendship between India and China, said the head of a delegation of the Chinese People Association for Peace and Disarmament, Mr Liu Jingquin, here today.

NRI for comprehensive development of state, Amritsar
Amritsar, March 11
The Punjabi diaspora has decided to help the state government to build world-class infrastructure, especially in the field of education and health.

A helping hand for NRIs
Hoshiarpur, March 11
In order to solve the problems faced by non-resident Indians back in India, “Hoshiarpur NRI Helpline” has been set-up by a group of local social workers and a couple of NRIs hailing from the UK.


SAD men allege favouritism in bank poll
Gurdaspur, March 11
Workers of the SAD today protested against the Punjab Government for allegedly favouring Congress workers in the elections to the posts of the directors and the Chairman of Gurdaspur Central Cooperative Bank.

Disqualify secretaries, demands ex-minister
Patiala, March 11
Former Akali minister Dalip Singh Pandhi has petitioned the Punjab Governor against the appointment of several MLAs as chief parliamentary secretaries, on the ground that their appointments are violative of the Constitution.

Union Budget has ignored Punjab’s interests: BJP
Hoshiarpur, March 11
While commenting on the Union Budget for 2006-07, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and state BJP chief, said the Finance Minister had completely ignored the interests of Punjab.


Health centre needs ‘‘treatment’’
Hazipur (Hoshiarpur), March 11
The ill-equipped Community Health Centre (CHC) here is crying for “treatment” despite being situated in the home district of the state Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra.

BJP seeks probe into ‘shady’ land deals
Amritsar, March 11
Local BJP leaders has sought CBI enquiry into the alleged land scams involving the local bodies minister, Choudhry Jagjit Singh, Amritsar Improvement Trust and the municipal corporation.

Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum holds symposium
Chandigarh, March 11
Patiala-based Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum, a leading socio-cultural organisation devoted to the cause of peace, harmony and propagation of ethical values through an ideal education system, held a symposium at the Chandigarh Press club today.

Panel chief reviews welfare schemes for SCs
Bathinda, March 11
The Chairman of the Punjab State SC Commission, Mr Niranjan Singh, on Thursday held a meeting with the district administration and police officials to take stock of the implementation of schemes for the Scheduled Castes.

Sarbjit’s family threatens immolation
Amritsar, March 11
The family members of Sarbjit Singh, alias Manjit Singh, who has been awaiting the amnesty from death penalty in Pakistan awarded due to ‘mistaken identity’, today threatened to commit self-immolation at the Wagah Joint Check Post if the Government of India failed to take up his case with Pakistan within a month.

Hoshiarpur on list of backward districts
Phillaur March 11
Hoshiarpur has been selected as a pilot district and has been included among 200 backward districts of the country to be covered under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme launched by Union Government.

Protest against police raids on MC chief’s house
Barnala, March 11
Cutting across the party lines various political activists today came together on a common front to protest against the alleged police highhandedness against their leaders. The city observed a complete bandh against the police raids on the residences of municipal committee president Makhan Sharma and two others late last evening.

1 killed, 3 hurt as earth caves in
Hoshiarpur, March 11
One labourer was killed and three others were wounded when earth caved in while they were removing blockage in a sewerage pipe, opposite the main gate of the police lines here this afternoon.

Truckers jam traffic
Nangal, March 11
A large number of commuters today faced inconvenience at the Ajauli road which connects the town to Una district of Himachal Pradesh when truck operators jammed the traffic for more than hour.


Forum gives relief to consumers
Hoshiarpur, March 11
The District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, headed by Mr BC Gupta, president, and Mr Amarjit Singh Jauhar, member, has accepted the complaint of Ms Balwinder Kaur, resident of Pandori Mallian village in this district and has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to release the tubewell connection to the complainant on the basis of seniority in the category concerned immediately if her turn for the tubewell connection has matured and if persons junior to her have been released connections.

Rly inspector remanded in graft case
Patiala, March 11
Ms Harinder Kaur, Special Magistrate (CBI), today remanded Pardeep Kumar Sharma, Chief Inspector of Works, Northern Railways, who was allegedly caught accepting Rs 20,000 as bribe from a contractor for clearing bills yesterday, to judicial custody till March 24.


Cop, three others booked for registering complaint in back date
Gurdaspur, March 11
The police has booked a Head Constable Baljit Singh posted as “munshi” at the Kalanaur police station and three others on charges of forgery. The cop has been accused of registering a complaint in back date to help a party in a property dispute case.

1 beaten to death: 12 booked
Abohar, March 11
Twelve persons have been booked for allegedly beating to death Mohinder Soni of Parlika village in neighbouring Sriganganagar, official sources said today.

Dealer held for ‘illegally’ selling spirit
Sangrur, March 11
In connection with the death of four persons allegedly due to consumption of spirit on March 8 and 9 in Dhebar Nagar here, the local police today arrested a spirit dealer, Amarjit Singh, resident of Ranjit Basti, Patiala Gate, on the charge of selling spirit illegally to the poor and addict people. His wife Jaspreet Kaur has already been arrested in this case last night.

Woman commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, March 11
A case of suicide by a housewife on account of her alleged regular beating by her drunkard husband was reported in the city police station here yesterday.

Youth hangs self from ceiling fan
Kharar, March 11
A youth committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself from a ceiling fan at Balongi village last night.

3 booked for abandoning newborn
Ropar, March 11
The police today booked three persons for abandoning a newborn in a private nursing home here.


Annual function of CMTR held
Kharar, March 11
The Centre for Management Training and Research organised its 7th annual prize distribution function here today.

Punjabi University to introduce courses for UGC exam
Patiala, March 11
A meeting of the Punjabi University Syndicate was held here today under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor S.S Boparai and attended, among others, by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA.


Punjab to promote rural tourism
Chandigarh, March 11
A code of ethics, on international lines, will be developed in Punjab to minimise the negative social and environmental impact when tourism brings people of different nationalities and cultures in contact with each other.

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Tourism, Punjab, releases Vision Paper on “Innovative Strategies for Integrated Tourism Development in Punjab ” in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Tourism, Punjab, releases Vision Paper on “Innovative Strategies for Integrated Tourism Development in Punjab ” in Chandigarh on Saturday.


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