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Cops accused of extra judicial killings to be protected: Singla
Phillaur, March 21
The Punjab government is preparing a proposal to save from prosecution the police officers and police cats who used “out of the box” means to fight terrorism.
DGP Punjab S.S. Virk being presented with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service by Finance Minister Surinder Singla at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, on Tuesday. Other awardess are seen in the background.
DGP Punjab S.S. Virk being presented with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service by Finance Minister Surinder Singla at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, on Tuesday. Other awardess are seen in the background. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

“Medical societies” to end PPSC role in docs’ recruitment
Amritsar, March 21
The Director-Principals of medical colleges would virtually act like Vice-Chancellors of deemed universities after the formation of “medical societies” that would provide enough autonomy to the medical fraternity in the state.

Unemployed doctors rue govt apathy
Jalandhar, March 21
Hundreds of young qualified doctors of Punjab have not got jobs for years altogether as no vacancy of doctor has been filled by the Punjab Government through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) after 1998-1999.




Boys falsely linked to Bheora, allege families
Hulka (Rajpura), March 21
Till yesterday, this native village of Jasbir and Bhupinder, two alleged associates of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief of operations Paramjit Singh Bheora,who were arrested by the Delhi Police, was another sleepy Punjab village.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar kickstarts work to broaden passage to Takht Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo on Tuesday.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar kickstarts work to broaden passage to Takht Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Punjab begins negotiations on Bt seed price
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Agriculture Department has opened negotiations with various Bt cotton seed companies to make them slash prices.

Wheat procurement to begin on April 1
Moga, March 21
Though area under wheat cultivation has decreased from 34.82 lakh hectares to 34.30 lakh hectares wheat production in Punjab is expected to be 145 lakh tonnes this year, stated Mr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, at a meeting with officials of the Agriculture Department and procurement agencies here today.

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Amritsar: PM reminded of promises
Chandigarh, March 21
Politicians have reminded the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, of the promises he had made with regard to the development of Amritsar, where he will be arriving in the next 48 hours to flag off the inaugural trip of the bus that will ply between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib on a regular basis.


Cops feel betrayed by change in promotion rules
Phillaur, March 21
Nearly 160 Punjab Police personnel have been left in the lurch following a midcourse amendment in the popular promotion against qualification scheme announced by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at the police academy here in November 2002.

Handing control of dispensaries to ZPs upsets pharmacists
Fazilka, March 21
Mr Ravinder Luthra and Mr Gurinder Singh Sodhi, president and secretary, respectively, of the Punjab State Pharmacists’ Association and Mr Shashi Kant (Fazilka), President of the Ferozepore district unit, in a joint release here yesterday alleged there was resentment among the pharmacists of Punjab Health Department due to non-acceptance of their demands.

Functions marks Bhagat Singh’s anniversary
Ferozepore, March 21
Massive preparations are currently underway both by the state government as well as local NGO’s to commemorate the 75th martyrdom day of three heroes of the freedom struggle Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who lit the eternal flame of liberty and embraced gallows on March 23, 1931, at Central Jail, Lahore.

Josh’s volte face on definition of Sikhs
Amritsar, March 21
The newly-appointed member of the National Commission for Minorities, Mr Harcharan Singh Josh, today made volte face on his controversial statement regarding distinct identity of Sikhs. Mr Josh said he would write to the Jathedar of Akal Takht to clarify his position.

Forcing bride to dance ends marriage
Bathinda, March 21
Marriage celebrations of a boy hailing from Jeonda village turned sour when the bride’s family forced him to leave without taking along his newlywed wife after he ‘forced’ her to dance with him.

Nagar kirtan to mark Guru's martyrdom
Bathinda, March 21
The SGPC would take out a massive nagar kirtan from Amritsar to Lahore to mark the quadracentennial martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16. This was stated by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar while addressing a press conference after kicking off preparations for "Sampooranta Diwas" at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo today.

PSEB told to revise bills
Hoshiarpur, March 21
The District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, headed by Mr B. C. Gupta, president, Mr Amarjit Singh Jauhar and Ms Manjeet Valia, both members, has accepted the complaint of the Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur and has ordered the Punjab State Electricity Board to revise the bills of street lights from March 21, 2005 to December 22, 2005 and issue fresh bills to the complainant on the basis of the actual meter reading as recorded in the 42 meters installed at various poles of street lights in the city because no contrary agreement executed between the parties could be produced by the PSEB before the forum.

World Forest Day observed
Rajpura, March 21
The World Forest Day observed at the Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes at Ramnagar,near here, today.

IMA seeks action against attackers
Sangrur, March 21
The action committee against assault on doctors of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, today strongly condemned the “attack” by a mob on Nitin Nursing Home at Patiala yesterday following the death of a woman patient at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The mob was blaming the doctor for the death of the woman patient.

2 injured in road accident
Amritsar, March 21
Two schoolchildren were injured when the pilot Gypsy escorting the Delhi-Lahore bus “Sada-e-Sarhad” hit their motor cycle near the Vallah bypass here today. The bus was going to Delhi from Lahore.

Hepatitis lands Patiala villagers in city for protest
Chandigarh, March 21
Hundreds of people from Babarpur village in Nabha subdivision of Patiala district today held a demonstration here in front of the office of the Director, Health Services, Punjab, urging him to send medical teams for the treatment of people suffering from hepatitis and certain other diseases such as cancer and arthritis.


Old man attacked, hospitalised
Abohar, March 21
Mr Satpal Thathai (62) a former Intelligence Officer, was assaulted today during the auction of commercial plots at the Improvement Trust here. He was taken to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital by friends. His lips were bleeding. He complained of pain in abdomen.

Exam centre head ‘beaten up’ by cop, teachers’ union protests
Amritsar, March 21
The Government Teachers Union has decided to take up the alleged beating up of a woman superintendent at the examination centre at government senior secondary school when she opposed copying.

Four booked for NFL mishap
Bathinda, March 21
Four persons have been booked for the incident in which two labourers died when a mechanised winch failed while in operation at the local NFL plant yesterday.

3 booked for raping nurse
Amritsar, March 21
The C-division police has booked three persons, including two sons of the Principal of a DAV School, for allegedly raping a nurse working in the hospital owned by the Principal’s sons. Dr Suraj Shoor and Mr Deepak Shoor are sons of Mr J.P. Shoor, Principal of DAV School, in the walled city.

Cancel case against doctor: IMA
Patiala, March 21
Even as the local police registered a criminal case against about six persons for their alleged involvement in trespassing and damaging Nitin Nursing Home yesterday, the Patiala unit of the Indian Medical Association has urged the police to cancel the criminal case registered against Dr Neena Gupta, owner of the centre, following the death of patient Devinder Kaur.

Patwari flees after Vigilance raid
Patiala, March 21
Ashok Kumar, a revenue patwari of the Dharmeri circle of this district, today escaped from the net of the Vigilance Bureau.

Man found murdered
Batala, March 21
Rajinder Singh, a son of Mr Ajit Singh of Kothy village was murdered under mysterious circumstances.


Poultry farmers’ memo regarding ban by J&K
Ludhiana, March 21
Lifting of ban on the import of chickens and broilers by the Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to redress grievances of Punjab’s poultry farmers who daily are said to be incurring loss of Rs 2 crore due to ban.

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