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PM keen on opening Hussainiwala route: Dullo
Chandigarh, March 18
Shamsher Singh Dullo
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is keen to get the Hussainiwala border opened for travel and trade between India and Pakistan. At present the trade between the two countries is allowed through the Wagah border in this part of the country.

Trade bias in Punjab only till 2007: minister
Bathinda, March 18
Punjab would no longer face discrimination in industrial development and tax concessions extended to its neighbouring states would not be retained beyond 2007, stated Union Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar while interacting with mediapersons today.
Union Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Saturday.
Union Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

SGPC plea to PM on kirpans
Amritsar March 18
Mr Avtar Singh, President, SGPC, urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convince the US government to allow Sikh students to attend classes with their kirpans.

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Sikhs part of Hindus: Josh
Amritsar, March 18
Even as Mr Harcharan Singh Josh, newly appointed member of the National Commission for Minorities, today kicked off a controversy by describing Sikhs as part and parcel of Hindus, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, the SGPC President, Mr Avtar Singh, and Mr Tarlochan Singh, former Chairman of the NCM, have deplored his statement.

Sidhu in a fix on corruption query
Bathinda, March 18
BJP MP Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu found himself in a tight spot when mediapersons fired a volley of questions on him regarding Ravi Sidhu case and cash-for-query scam that saw involvement of six BJP MPs while he was leveling charges of corruption against the Congress government at a press conference here last night.

From India, with love
Amritsar, March 18
The world’s largest love letter from students of India to students of Pakistan would unfold a new era in Indo-Pak friendship, with the younger generation coming forth to offer a hand of friendship to their neighbouring friends, say Mr Mark Jacobs, Mr John Silliphant and Mr Amitabh Saksena of the Friends Without Borders team that arrived here from Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad.


INA hero cremated with state honours
Abohar, March 18
Lieutenant Lakha Singh of the Indian National Army (INA) was cremated with full state honours at his native village on Sriganganagar-Padampur road yesterday. The eighty years old stalwart died on Thursday after a protracted illness.

Akali workers clash, 8 hurt
Samana (Patiala), March 18
At least eight activists of SAD (Badal) belonging to two different factions each led by Akali MLA Mr Nirmal Singh Shatrana and former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh were injured after they pelted stones and clashed with each other in this city today.

PSEB's coal mine project commissioned
Patiala, March 18
PSEB Chairman Y.S. Ratra has claimed that the captive coal mine project of the board, which is a joint venture with Eastern Minerals Trading Agency, has turned into reality with the first rake from the coal mine rolling into the Guru Nanak Thermal plant Bathinda on March 15.

Faulty sewerage damages houses
Verka (Amritsar), March 18
The foundations of a number of houses in the Verka constituency, near here, have sunk due to the alleged defective sewerage, resulting in severe damage to the houses, streets and narrow lanes of the area. The problem aggravated after the daylong rain in the city on March 14.

Constables recruitment tests from March 20
Ludhiana, March 18
The physical test for the recruitment of Constables for India Reserve Battalion and Punjab Armed Police will commence from March 20 at Parade Ground. Commando Complex, Rajpura Road, Bahadurgarh, Patiala.

Badal appears in defamation case
Chandigarh , March 18
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal, today appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ms Neerja Kalson, in a defamation suit filed by him against the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


Many cases decided, says Tribunal
Chandigarh, March 18
The Debt Recovery Tribunal, Chandigarh, has, during the last one year, disposed of 188 original applications, seven scrutinisation applications, 24 miscellaneous applications, 14 execution applications, 590 interlocutory applications and 12 appeals.


PAU mela for kandi farmers draws crowds
Nawanshahr, March 18
Thousands of farmers from Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, and Gurdaspur districts and adjoining Himachal Pardesh thronged the one- day Kisan mela organised by Punjab Agriculture University on the theme of ‘Save water, save Punjab’ at Ballowal Saunkhari, about 30 km from here, yesterday.


‘Bride-for-a-day’ scandal: 2 suspended
Amritsar, March 18
Two cops, whose names were figured during the interrogation of the kingpin of the “bride-for-a-day” gang, has been suspended by the Majitha police. The SP (D), Mr S.K. Agnihotri, has been asked to conduct a probe in this regard.

Bakhshi elected MC vice-chief
Malerkotla, March 18
The election for the post of vice- president of the local Municipal Council was held here last evening. Tight security arrangements were made by the local police for these elections.


Husband strangulates wife
Pathankot, March 18
Ravinder Kumar, a street vendor allegedly strangulated his wife Nisha Kumari to death at their residence in village Ghiala today.

Peon booked for rape bid on child
Bathinda, March 18
Close on the heels of incidences of rape of girl students by their teachers in the neighbouring Haryana, a shocking incident of a government middle school peon allegedly attempting rape on a Class IV student has come to light at Balahar Mehma village, near here.

Vigilance Inspector held on graft charge
Chandigarh, March 18
A Vigilance Bureau Inspector Surjit Singh, who was posted at Ropar, was arrested today on a charge of accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe from Mr Kesar Singh, who is posted as a clerk in the Municipal Council at Mohali.

Woman held in murder case
Abohar, March 18
Gurpreet Kaur (25), wife of Jangir Singh (45), has been arrested by the police for alleged involvement in killing Manjit Singh, alias Titu (24), son of Lakhwinder Singh, at Chunawadh in Sriganganagar area, the police control room said yesterday.

Councillor, brother held for assault
Barnala, March 18
The Barnala police has booked Mr Karamjit Singh Bitta, Municipal Councillor, Barnala, his brother Mithu Singh, Kesar Singh Jaggal, Sonu Pandit and Jit Singh in an assault case under Sections 392,323,506,148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code, and the Arms Act at the Kotwali police station

One killed in accident
Batala, March 18
A car was hit by a Tata Sumo today near village Kandila on Batala-Srihargobindpur road killing Tarsem Singh, resident of Yadhpur Sekhwan village on the spot and seriously injuring his wife Manjit Kaur, his sister Balwinder Kaur and his two sons.


Silver jubilee conference at Rajindra Hospital
Patiala, March 18
The North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association (NZIOA) started its three-day silver jubilee celebrations at the local Rajindra Hospital late last evening.

Teacher in dock for ‘harassing’ girl
Ropar, March 18
A 14-year-old girl, appearing as a private candidate for the Class VIII examination at the Senior Secondary School in Salempur village here, was allegedly harassed by a teacher on the pretext of favouring her with more marks.

Awareness of Punjabi identity a recent idea, says Prof Grewal
Patiala, March 18
“The articulation of regional identity was an old idea whereas the consciousness of Punjabi identity is a recent one,” said Prof J.S. Grewal, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, during the 38th session of a three-day annual Punjab history conference on “Social stratifications in Punjab: politico-cultural manifestations”.

College employee unions against transfer of funds
Bathinda, March 18
Employees’ unions of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology today opposed the state government’s alleged move to transfer funds from the college to a new engineering college coming up at Lehragaga, constituency of Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Degrees conferred on 256 students
Hoshiarpur, March 18
The Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, conferred degrees on 256 postgraduates and graduates of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, 24 km from here, during the annual convocation today.

Transform higher education: AICTE chief
Amritsar, March 18
“If India is to transform itself into a ‘knowledge society’ by 2020 and into a ‘creative society’ in the next two decades, the higher education system, particularly at the university level, needs to be radically transformed.”

Conference on computers & IT
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 18
A two-day national conference “NCCSIT -2006”, organised by the Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here was inaugurated by Dr SC Saxena , Director, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, here today.

Workshop on Rababi Kirtan
Patiala, March 18
The Department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, started a four-day Rababi Kirtan training workshop at Guru Gobind Singh Bhavan on Thursday. Ashik Ali Bhai Lal, a descendent of Bhai Mardana, taught students the nuances of Rababi Kirtan style. TNS


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