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Hola Mohalla festival begins
A Nihang and his 3-year-old son in their traditional headgear on the first day of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib on Monday.Anandpur Sahib, March 13
Over one lakh devotees thronged the town to pay obeisance at the gurdwara on the first day of the Hola Mohalla festival that began here today. The three-day fair began with religious prayer by Jathedar Tarlochan Singh, along with head granthi, Sukhwinder Singh, and head granthi of Darbar Sahib, Gurbachan Singh, at Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Gurdwara, in the morning.

A Nihang and his 3-year-old son in their traditional headgear on the first day of Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib on Monday. — Photo by Pardeep Tiwari

Upgrade facilities at Amritsar airport,
says M.S. Gill

Chandigarh, March 13
"There is an urgent need to upgrade infrastructure at Amritsar International Airport," says Mr Manohar Singh Gill, MP, maintaining that “it could serve as a gateway to the Western world, maximising its trade and business potential”.

Govt cut development expenditure,
says CAG

Chandigarh, March 13
Notwithstanding the bright picture being painted by the Amarinder Singh government with regard to the state’s fiscal position, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India indicates that the finances of the state continue to be under stress and revenue receipts are not keeping pace with revenue expenditure.

Anandpur Sahib


  AG objects to fresh loss of Rs 63 crore
Chandigarh, March 13
Taking note of the huge financial concessions being passed on to industrialists in Punjab, the Accountant-General has ticked off the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation saying it is running schemes which are "financially imprudent".

Losses of 7 PSUs touch Rs 990 crore
Chandigarh, March 13
In a telling commentary on the state of public sector undertakings of the Punjab Government, the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India has said that seven loss-making PSUs had collectively accumulated a loss of Rs 990.82 crore.

Protesting shopkeepers and residents of the Putlighar area raise slogans against Municipal Corporation at Town Hall in Amritsar on Monday.Protest over demolitions stalls MC budget session
Amritsar, March 13
The budget session of the Municipal Corporation was postponed here today following protests by residents and shopkeepers of the Putlighar area against the demolition of kiosks in the wee hours of March 12.

Protesting shopkeepers and residents of the Putlighar area raise slogans against Municipal Corporation at Town Hall in Amritsar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


BJP workers burn Singla’s effigy
Sangrur, March 13
Members and activists of the district unit of the BJP, led by Mr Satwant Singh Punia, vice-president of the All-India Kisan Morcha, today burnt an effigy of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla at the Traffic Lights’ Chowk, near main bus stand here.


SGPC revives Sikh Itihas Board
Amritsar, March 13
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today revived its prestigious Sikh Itihas Board which had been almost non-operational for a long time. The SGPC President, Mr Avtar Singh, who presided over the meeting of the SIB, said a world-level Sikh library would be set up here that would cater to the need of those who were interested to do research on Sikh history.

Teachers’ deputation in UT for limited period
Chandigarh, March 13
The Punjab Government will introduce changes in its policy on sending teachers on deputation to the Chandigarh Administration, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said during question hours in the Punjab Assembly here today.

Protest against recruitment of docs on contract
Sangrur, March 13
The staff of the local Civil Hospital, including doctors, para-medical and Class IV employees, today organised a two-hour-long rally on the campus of the hospital to protest against the recruitment of doctors on contract basis and privatisation of the health services. They demanded recruitment of the doctors on regular basis.

Rotary project for elderly kicked off
Kharar, March 13
The Rotary Club, Kharar, started 'Rotary Care' project for old people today.

A function organised by the Kharar Rotary Club to start “Rotary Care” project in Kharar on Monday.
A function organised by the Kharar Rotary Club to start “Rotary Care” project in Kharar on Monday.

Cutting short the National Anthem tune
Chandigarh, March 13
The General Secretary of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Vijay Sampla, today claimed that the Military Band playing the National Anthem at the concluding function of the Ambassador Cup Polo tournament at Patiala, finished playing the tune in just seven seconds instead of playing it for the full 52 seconds.

52 hurt as bus overturns
Anandpur Sahib, March 13
As many as 52 persons were injured, 19 of them seriously, when a Punjab Roadways bus on its way to the town from Naina Devi overturned today. The injured, most of them from Ludhiana and Amritsar districts, were coming after paying obeisance at Naina Devi temple.


Dharna by lawyers
Ropar, March 13
Advocates of the district courts today staged a dharna in the court premises to express their resentment against the decision of the Punjab Government to give a district status to Mohali here.


Hisar youth found murdered
Bathinda, March 13
The body of a youth belonging to Hisar, who was reportedly kidnapped a couple of days back, was found tied with a rope near Multania Bridge here today. Sources said the deceased, Manoj Kumar, had come to the town on March 9 for purchasing mobile phone handsets from Deepak and Jalbir Singh.

‘Gang of brides’ rounded up
Amritsar, March 13
The “gang of brides” and their conduit were rounded by the CIA staff of the Majitha police district here today. According to sources, the “brides”, with the help of middlemen would marry bachelors. They had already duped more than 10 “husbands”.

Two gas agency workers held for fraud
Bathinda, March 13
Two employees of a local gas agency have been arrested for mixing water in LPG gas cylinders. According to sources, Prem Kumar and Ratan Singh, both from Uttar Pradesh, were working in a gas agency having dealership of Hindustan Petroleum.

Clash leaves 2 injured
Kharar, March 13
Two persons were injured in a clash in Jayanti Majri village last night. Both of them were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Mohali. Mr Som Nath, a member of the panchayat, said his son was attacked by a group of 10 persons in the village last night and when he went to help his son he too was attacked by the group.

Three killed in road accident
Sangrur, March 13
Three members of a family were killed and two injured when their car, in which they were travelling, and a private bus, going towards Barnala from Sangrur, met with an accident on the Sangrur-Barnala road, near Harigarh village, last evening.

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