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Rs 817 cr for Gurgaddi tercentenary
“SGPC not representative of all Sikhs”
Amritsar, March 16
Even as the Maharashtra Government has sanctioned Rs 817 crore plan for the overall development of Abchalnagar, Nanded, town of Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib for forthcoming “Gurgaddi” tercentenary of Guru Granth Sahib. Sikhs have sought the re-constitution of the Gurdwara Board held in abeyance for the past five years.

Rs 10 crore in SGPC budget for Sikh university
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
The SGPC has made a provision of Rs 10 crore in the present SGPC budget for the Guru Granth Sahib World Sikh University to be set up at Fatehgarh Sahib. He said that the Architects are busy in finalizing the model of the university and the first block of the university would be ready by the end of this year, said Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president SGPC, while talking to the media persons here today.

New policy on clearing farmers’ coop loans
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab Government will introduce a one- time settlement policy to clear the outstanding cooperative loans taken by farmers in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced in the Assembly here today

‘Lower’ floor prices surprise many
Gurdaspur, March 16
The process of disinvestment of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation is again in the news. The advertisements inviting tenders for the disinvestment of the PTDC complexes were issued in newspapers recently.

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40 hurt as police, labourers clash
Ludhiana, March 16
A clash between labourers and police personnel outside Oswal Woollen Mills at Sherpur Kalan Chowk here left 40 persons, including five policemen, injured.

Farmers seek genuine seeds, relief
Bathinda, March 16
While spurious Bt cotton seeds are flooding the market, the Agriculture Department has failed miserably in curbing its sale, the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, alleged, urging the department to make available genuine Bt cotton seeds to the farmers.

PM to flag off Nankana Sahib bus on March 24
Chandigarh, March 16
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will flag off the inaugural Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib bus service on March 24. The inauguration had been postponed thrice in the past couple of months. The Punjab Government had wanted that the Prime Minister should flag off the bus. The Prime Minister will also witness a function where a memorandum of understanding will be signed for the setting up of the special economic zone in Amritsar. He is expected to arrive in Amritsar on March 23. TNS

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Reshuffle reports baseless, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that he had no plan to reshuffle his Council of Ministers. He said reports regarding the reshuffle, appearing in print media, were speculative and had no basis. “I have not taken any decision to drop any minister from my Cabinet,” he asserted.


Joint protest for Sarbjit’s release
Amritsar, March 16
Ms Dalbir Kaur, prayed at Jama Masjid Khairuding here today for the release of his brother Sarbjit Singh, who has been awarded death penalty by Pakistan Supreme Court. She swore to visit the mosque along with her entire family after the release of her brother.

Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Ms Dalbir Kaur during a protest in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Ms Dalbir Kaur during a protest in Amritsar on Thursday.

Badal opposes converting RCF into PSU
Chandigarh, March 16
The issue of converting the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, into a public sector undertaking (PSU) was taken up by the Congress and also the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly here today.

Jalandhar: Sidhu demands transfer of RCF General Manager

PRTC to connect Patiala with religious sites
Patiala, March 16
Pepsu Road Transportation Corporation (PRTC) has decided to introduce bus service to connect this town directly with different religious places dotting Himachal Pardesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pardesh.

830 treated at eye camp
Barnala, March 16
As many as 830 patients were treated at a four-day free eye operation camp organised by the Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti at the Civil Hospital here.

10 hurt as temple roof falls
Sangrur, March 16
Nine labourers and a mason were today injured at Bhawanigarh, 22 km from here, when an under-construction roof of a hall of the Bhawani temple (Kali Mata Da Mandir) collapsed.

Cotton mill causing pollution, say residents
Abohar, March 16
Doctors have confirmed that residents of Friends Colony located on the old Fazilka road were suffering from respiratory problems, including chest infection, due to pollution caused by a cotton processing mill.


High Court
Restrain govt from releasing names of CATs: Sukhi
Chandigarh, March 16
Terrorist-turned-police informer Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, who had been declared dead in an encounter with the police but was recently found leading a normal life in a Jalandhar locality with his family, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to the Punjab Government and the Punjab Police not to disclose to the media information about government policy via-a-vis people like him.


Illegal custody of youths: SHO suspended
Batala, March 16
The SSP of Batala, Mr Jatinder Jain, has suspended the SHO of Qudian, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, after the warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court recovered two persons kept in illegal custody at the police station on Monday.


Jail inmate commits suicide
Patiala, March16
Gurnam Singh, a youth of Pathan Majra village, who has been in the local central jail, today hung himself from the roof of the toilet of his barrack with a piece of cloth being used by him as his head gear.

Pilgrim killed, eight hurt in road accident
Hoshiarpur, March 16
One pilgrim died on the spot and eight others were injured when their Mahindra jeep (PB-2L-4524) in which they were travelling, collided head on with a TATA-407 truck (PCP-6975) near Sehbajpur village (Tanda), about 45 km from here, yesterday.


SGPC chief honours 20 students
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
Mata Gujri College here today organised its annual prize distribution function on the college campus. Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, was the chief guest. Jathedar Kirpal Singh Badungar, former SGPC president, was also present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, the SGPC president said it would release funds to the institution. He called upon students to work hard and to get ready to face the challenges.

Protest march by ETT members
Hoshiarpur, March 16
On a joint call of the State Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, the Elementary Teachers Union and the Diet Students Welfare Association Punjab, unemployed ETT teachers of Hoshiarpur district staged protest march in the main bazars of the town. They went to the Zila Parishad office in a procession in support of their demands here today. They raised slogans against the Punjab Government and staged a rally in the Zila Parishad complex.

School principal’s transfer recommended
Bathinda, March 16
Taking serious notice of the charges levelled by Chughe Kalan residents against a school principal, the Deputy Commissioner has recommended his transfer to the Education Department.

AICTE Chairman to address convocation
Amritsar, March 16
Prof Damodar Acharya, Chairman, All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi would address the campus convocation of science, engineering and technology, physical planning and architecture faculties of Guru Nanak Dev University on March 18.


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