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Sikh bodies seek removal of Josh
from NCM

Amritsar, March 19
Even as various Sikh organisations have sought the immediate removal of Mr Harcharan Singh Josh as a member of the National Commission for Minorities for challenging the distinct identity of the Sikhs, he (Mr Josh) dared them saying “Let Akal Takht summon him”.

Action against SGPC secy sought
Amritsar, March 19
Baba Gurpinder Singh of Gurusar Satlani in a press conference here today urged the government and the authorities concerned to take action against Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee secretary Raghbir Singh, who is also the receiver of the Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani, and other employees for allegedly attacking and injuring sevadar Gurmej Singh.

Conversions worry Sarna
Ludhiana, March 19
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee president, Mr HS Sarna today expressed grave concern over the large scale conversion of people to Christianity in some Punjab districts like Gurdaspur. He also sought to blame the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, although not directly, by maintaining that it (the SGPC) had not performed its role well.
DSGMC President H.S. Sarna addresses a press conference in Ludhiana DSGMC President H.S. Sarna addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday.
— Photo by Inderjeet Verma

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CM selling interests of Punjabis, says Badal
Ferozepore, March 19
An atrocities inquiry commission headed by a retired high court judge would be constituted to look into the cases of excesses being committed by the present Congress regime in the state once Akali Dal (Badal) is voted back to power, stated Former Chief Minister and President SAD, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal while talking to mediapersons at the residence of former Irrigation Minister, Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon here today.

Liquor to flow freely in Punjab
Patiala, March 19
Punjab was once known as the land where streams of milk flowed. Now from April 1, 2006 the state will acquire the new status of the land of liquor streams as the Capt Amarinder Singh's government has decided to make an unprecedented increase in the liquor quota for the consumption of people.

Cultivation of orchids: Punjab can follow Karnataka
Chandigarh, March 19
In an experiment that could show Punjab farmers a way of diversifying into profitable cultivation of orchids, a self-help society of Karnataka farmers-Kanflora- has undertaken cultivation of hybrid clones of orchids suitable to the locally available environment.

With love to Pak kids from Indian students
Largest letter to be taken in padyatra to Lahore
Amritsar March 19
Irrespective of differences that adults, governments and politicians of India and Pakistan may have shared, children rushed unhindered today to sign the world's largest love letter from students of India to students of Pakistan at the historic Jallianwala Bagh, here.


Badal asks EC to disqualify Sonia also
Ludhiana, March 19
Supporting the stand taken by its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today asked the Election Commission of India to disqualify Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the same reasons it disqualified Samajwadi MP Jaya Bachchan.

Efforts on to unite rival Akali factions
Amritsar, March 19
Efforts are on to form an amalgamated Akali Dal that could be projected as formidable ‘third front’ against the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) before the Assembly elections, scheduled for February next year.


Plan for development of fisheries in saline water
Ludhiana, March 19
The Punjab Government has made a provision of Rs 61.25 lakh to launch a pilot project for the development of fisheries in saline/brackish water in the south-west districts — Faridkot, Ferozepore, Muktsar, Moga, Bathinda and Mansa — in the Tenth Plan.

Need to revise Police Act
Muktsar, March 19
Need to revise the Police Act, check on political interference in the police working and curbing social evils were underlined at a seminar on the “Role of media in constructive policing” organised by the Muktsar police here today.

Amritsar being neglected: manch
Amritsar, March 19
Amritsar city was being deliberately neglected in the allocation of Central as well as the state government projects to other parts of Punjab by the state government”. This was stated by Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala, President Amritsar Vikas Manch in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here today.

Rise in TB cases in Sangrur district
Sangrur, March 19
There is a significant rise of more than 45 per cent in the cases of tuberculosis, considering the calendar year 2003 as a baseline, in the Sangrur district when the revised national TB control programme was implemented.

‘Re-introduce martyrdom day in holiday list’
Hoshiarpur, March 19
In a memorandum to Capt Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, through the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, Mr Sukhwinderjit Singh Sangha, the grand nephew of Sardar Bhagat Singh, criticised him and the government for cancelling the martyrdom day from the state gazetted holiday list.

Pak win jubilee celebrations
Ferozepore, March 19
The Fateh Shibji Jammu and Kashmir Rifles of the Indian Army which had repulsed the brigade sized Pakistani attack herein Hussainiwala on the night of 18/19 March,1956, organized an impressive function yesterday to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the victory over Pakistani forces.


Man’s bid to marry off minor daughters
Abohar, March 19
Residents of Kala Tibba village, near here, stopped a widower from getting his minor daughters married to grooms aged between 40 and 45 years, sources said. According to information, Mr Amar Singh Dhanak had migrated to the village from Raisinghnagar (Rajasthan) along with his five daughters after the death of his wife some time ago.

Couple crushed to death
Abohar, March 19
A couple was crushed to death on Sunday by a passenger train as they tried to cross an unmanned level crossing near Sarupewala village in this district. According to information available with the GRP, Lakhbir Singh, a son of Munsha Singh of Dhaani Kamrewala, was going along with his wife, Piaro Bibi, on a motor cycle.


PTU to introduce seven courses
Jalandhar, March 19
Punjab Technical University has decided to introduce seven professional courses from the coming session. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council chaired by Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor.

282 college students get degrees
Hoshiarpur, March 19
The annual convocation of the Government Arts and Science College was held at Talwara, 80 km from here, yesterday. Degrees were conferred on 282 post-graduates and graduates by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab.

Academy students honoured
Amritsar, March 19
The strength of the Miri Piri Academy here will be doubled in the coming years and the stress will be on the all round development of the students. Ms Sada Anand Kaur, Principal of the academy, stated this at the annual day function of the academy held here late last evening.

Conference on computer science concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
A two-day national conference on computers, “NCCSIT-2006”, organised by the Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, concluded here today.

ETT members hold protest
Amritsar, March 19
ETT members, who have done their diploma from out of the state, held a protest against the Punjab government decision to debar them from applying for the forthcoming recruitment of teachers at Ram Bagh here today.

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