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Punjab Police missed chances to nab Bheora
Chandigarh, March 20
For the second time in less than a year, the Delhi Police, has managed to nab a dreaded terrorist while the Punjab Police, that was also in hot pursuit, could not succeed in doing so.

Bheora’s news brings relief to family
Bheora (Ropar), March 20
The family members of Paramjit Singh Bheora have expressed relief over his arrest by the Delhi Police saying they are happy that their son is alive.
Jagjit Singh, 86-year-old father of Paramjit Singh Bheora, shows articles written by his son at Bheora village in Ropar district on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Jagjit Singh, 86-year-old father of Paramjit Singh Bheora, shows articles written by his son at Bheora village in Ropar district on Monday.

SGPC to honour PM with siropa
Amritsar, March 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has conveyed to the state authorities to for providing foolproof ‘security umbrella’ by its task force to Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister inside the Darbar Sahib complex, during his visit, scheduled for March 24.



  SGPC chief for removal of Josh
Amritsar, March 20
Taking a serious note of clubbing of Sikhs with Hindus in a statement by newly appointed member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Mr Harcharan Singh Josh, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar today called for his immediate removal as NCM member.


Irregularity in MC contract alleged
Amritsar, March 20
Alleging irregularity of Rs 1.20 crores in the Municipal Corporation here, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress vice-president Gagan Bhatia, demanded a high-level or judicial probe at a press conference here today.

Sangrur MC passes annual budget
Sangrur, March 20
The local Municipal Council (MC) passed its annual budget of about Rs 10.83 crore for the financial year 2006-07 at its meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Parminder Bajaj, acting president of the MC, here today. The budget was passed for Rs 6.58 crore for the 2005-06 financial year.

Tainted BPEO back, teachers protest
Gurdaspur, March 20
Primary teachers of Gurdaspur block today organised a dharna in front of the office of the District Education Officer (DEO), Elementary, Gurdaspur, to protest against the reinstatement of tainted Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO).

DC comes to rescue of mentally challenged man
Faridkot, March 20
Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar today came to the rescue of another mentally challenged man Pipal Singh, hailing from Koharwala village of Ferozepore district, and got him admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

Kin of deceased accuse doctor of negligence
Patiala, March 20
Even as the police has registered a criminal case against Dr Neena Gupta, who runs a private nursing home here, for allegedly causing death to Devinder Kaur due to negligence, dozens of kin of the deceased vandalised the nursing home and staged a dharna in front of it.

Staff burn Budget copies
Patiala, March 20
On a call given by the Punjab and UT Joint Action Committee, employees of various departments today assembled at the mini-secretariat complex and held a rally in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands.

CM urged to raise age limit for docs
Patiala, March 20
The in-service doctors’ wing of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, today urged the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to abolish the upper age limit of the doctors for appointments in rural dispensaries or at least 10 years’ relaxation be given as there had been no appointments of doctors in the state for the past eight years.

Society for holiday on Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom day
Hoshiarpur, March 20
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Toni and Mr Anil Kumar Matharu, activists of Sankalap Society, yesterday started a hunger strike at the Old Adda, Mahilpur, in protest against the state government's decision to cancel the gazetted holiday on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Labourer falls to death at NFL plant
Bathinda, March 20
A labourer died and four got injured when a mechanised winch erected by an epoxy-painting contractor failed while in operation at National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) plant here today.

Foundation holds health check-up camp
Sangrur, March 20
The local Umeed Khanna Foundation (UKF), a non-government organisation, today organised a community health check-up camp at Badrukhan village near here.

Mock exercise at factory creates panic
Sangrur, March 20
A mock exercise at the factory of Indian Acrylic Limited at Harkishanpura village on Sangrur-Patiala road, about 10 km from here, today created panic not only among the people of the nearby areas but also among the police as no prior information regarding the exercise was given to the police.

Two canals to remain closed
Chandigarh, March 20
An official spokesman of the Irrigation Department, Punjab, said today that the Rajasthan feeder, a canal, will remain closed for urgent repairs from April 1 to 20.

Hindu jatha from Pak
Amritsar, March 20
A 140-member Hindu jatha from Sindh, Pakistan, arrived in India via the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah today.

Power panel puts off hearing
Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission has postponed to March 27 a public hearing ,which was to be held tomorrow, with regard to the reply of the Punjab State Electricity Board in connection with its( PSEB) annual revenue requirement.


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Recruitment of constables: Punjab restrained

Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the Punjab Government and the Punjab Police from finalising the process of selection of 675 constables for the proposed Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB).

Justice Dhaliwal made Lok Pal
Chandigarh, March 20
Justice Daljit Singh Dhaliwal, a retired Judge of the Patna High Court, has been appointed the Lok Pal of Punjab.


Farmers ‘arrested’ before holding protests
Bathinda, March 20
Hundreds of farmers who had converged in Barnala to participate in anti-government protests under the Jameen Bachao Morcha were arrested in the wee hours today, alleged BKU (Ekta) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan.

Tight security foils BKU stir
Barnala, March 20
Elaborate police arrangements in and around Barnala yesterday foiled Bharatiya Kisan Union's bid to begin an indefinite dharna in front of the SDM's office to protest against the Punjab Government's decision to acquire 376 acres in Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sanghera villages for setting up a sugar mill ,a paper mill and a textile unit.

Use technology to benefit farmers: expert
Amritsar, March 20
“Nano-technology is the science of future and US scientists are trying to find out new nano-material that could be imbedded in the sole of the shoes to walk on the walls.”


Thieves decamp with gold, cash
Bathinda, March 20
In a daylight robbery, thieves struck at a Birla Mill Colony residence and decamped with gold jewellery and cash here today.

Man kills step-mother, step-sister over property dispute
Yamunanagar, March 20
A 25-year-old married man allegedly threw his three-month-old stepsister on the floor to death after killing his stepmother Vanita in Joriana, here, this morning. He also allegedly made a murderous attempt on the younger sister of his stepmother.

One held for molesting minor
Rajpura, March 20
The Ganaur police has arrested a 20-year-old youth—Anshuman—on the charge of outraging the modesty of a minor girl.


526 students awarded degrees
Hoshiarpur, March 20
The annual convocation of Government College was held here today. Dr A.K. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, announced the convocation opened and degrees were conferred on 104 postgraduates and 422 graduates by Ms Paramjit Kaur Pasricha, Principal of the college.

Teachers oppose societies running medical, dental colleges
Patiala, March 20
Dr Baljeet Singh Dhillon, Chairman, Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association, said today that formation of societies to run government medical and dental colleges in the state would be opposed.

History conference concludes
Patiala, March 20
The three-day Punjab History Conference, organised by the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, ended with the conclusion of its 38th session on “Social stratifications in Punjab : politico cultural manifestations” here today.

Engg institute opens collegiate club
Rajpura, March 20
The Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) inaugurated its collegiate club under the aegis of the Society of Automotive Engineers (International), Northern India Section, on its campus here today.


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