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Govt to raise memorial to freedom fighters
Ferozepore, March 23
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, today announced to set up “Punjab Memorial” in memory of known and unknown freedom fighters, soldiers and patriots who sacrificed their lives for the country. The Chief Minister was here to pay tributes at the Samadhi of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their 75th Martyrdom Day.

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, along with Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, pays tributes at Husainiwala Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, along with Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, pays tributes at Husainiwala on Thursday on the 75th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Special relief plan for widows of terrorist violence
Khatkar Kalan (Nawanshahr), March 23
As Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal failed to turn up and pay their tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh due to their “busy schedule” for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Amritsar visit, PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo strived hard to fill the void and to simultaneously repulse the attacks mounted by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal against the Congress.
Ms Parkash Kaur, sister of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, pays tributes at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial along with Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, at Khatkar Kalan village in Nawanshahr Ms Parkash Kaur, sister of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, pays tributes at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial along with Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, at Khatkar Kalan village in Nawanshahr on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

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BJP seeks disqualification of 12 Punjab MLAs
Holding office of profit
Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab unit of the BJP today submitted a complaint against the 12 Congress MLAs seeking their disqualification. In a complaint sent to the President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the BJP has sought the action against the MLAs under the Punjab State Legislature( Prevention of disqualification) Punjab Act No 7 of 1952.

Politicians, bureaucrats close to CM minting money, says Jagmeet Brar
Ferozepore, March 23
Infighting in the Congress again come to fore as senior Congress leaders Jagmeet Singh Brar, Vijay Sathi, Ratinder Singh Saiyanwala, Chander Mohan Handa, both Secretaries PPCC, Congress Councillors and others skipped official function presided over by the Chief Minister organised to pay homage to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev and visited their memorial before the CM’s arrival on the occasion of then 75 Martyrdom Day.

Govt, Sikh clergy lock horns over shootout case
Amritsar, March 23
The state government and the Sikh clergy are on the warpath following the Balluana shootout incident and the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days. While Chief Minister Amarinder Singh categorically announced that law of the land would take its own course and anybody whosoever high he may be would be arrested if he had taken the law for granted.

Scholars seek support for Sanskrit
Amritsar, March 23
Saluting the rich contribution of “greater” Punjab towards the propagation and flourishing of varied and superior aspects of Sanskrit, mother of all languages, scholars of the language, who had congregated here today for a national seminar, urged for stronger support to the language that could unravel mysteries of the world, before the developed countries usurp the researches as their own.


Leaders want Deve Gowda to quit as JD(S) chief
Hoshiarpur, March 23
Janata Dal (S) crisis at the national level deepened when Mr Varinder Kumar, MP and leader of the Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha, demanded the resignation of Mr H. D. Deve Gowda from the post of party President for recognising his son H. D. Kumaraswamy as party leader in the Karnatka Assembly.


Probe against Civil Surgeon, SMOs begins
Jalandhar, March 23
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has initiated probe against Jalandhar Civil Surgeon Dr S.P. Sharma, certain senior medical officers (SMOs) and other officials of the office of the Civil Surgeon for corrupt practices.

No flu in migratory birds: Wildlife Department
Gurdaspur March 23
The Department of Wildlife has allayed suspicions that migratory birds might bring bird flu to the state. The department recently conducted a survey to ascertain if migratory birds infected with bird flu virus were present in the state.

CM to get Gobindgarh Fort’s keys today
Amritsar, March 23
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is likely to hand over the keys of historic Gobindgarh Fort, currently under the Army’s control to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a public rally scheduled to be held here on March 24 to mark flagging of much-awaited Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus.

Amritsar discriminated against: welfare body
Amritsar, March 23
On the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit here members of the Save Amritsar, a welfare organisation today demanded city’s ‘due share’ in development projects the Centre was contemplating for the country.

Treat police cats as per law, says Bitta
Hoshiarpur, March 23
Without mentioning the name, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, today alleged that certain senior police officers who worked in various capacities in the Vigilance Bureau and were still holding key posts, were misguiding leaders of political parties for their selfish motives.

22 relatives allowed to meet PM
Amritsar, March 23
A list of 22 immediate relatives has been approved who would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his two-day visit to the holy city.

Awareness camp by Gram Udyog Board
Sangrur, March 23
Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, Chairman, Punjab Khadi and Gram Udyog Board, said that rural industrial revolution in the state would take place by 2015 as the Punjab Khadi and Gram Udyog Board was initiating major steps to achieve this goal.

Residents block traffic
Hoshiarpur, March 23
Hundreds of residents of Sutehri Khurd, Santokh Nagar and Ward No 17 localities led by Mr Bakhshi Ram, Ms Kamaljit Kaur, Municipal Councillor and Mr Lal Chand Bhatti, blocked vehicular traffic by staging a dharna for more than four hours on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road near SD College here today.

Protest by bank staff
Patiala, March 23
On the call of the State Sector Bank Employees Association, a body consisting of the staff of the State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Indore, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur held a demonstration in front of the head office of the State Bank of Patiala here today.


Wheat arrivals pick up
Rajpura, March 23
The arrival of wheat crop, which started in the local grain market on March 21, has started picking up momentum. According to official sources, elaborate arrangements have been made for the procurement of wheat.

Finetune wheat lifting: arhtiyas
Barnala, March 23
Mr Ved Parkash Tallewalia, president of the Kacha Arhtiyas Association, Barnala, has urged Mr K. R. Lakhanpal, Chief Secretary, Punjab, to gear up wheat procurement agencies to avert the recurrence of the paddy procurement season shortcomings in the Barnala region.


24 IAS officers on poll duty
Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab Government has deputed 24 IAS officers for election duties in five states where Assembly elections are to be held in the near future. Elections are to be held in Assam, West Bengal, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. — TNS


Drug addict ends life
Kharar, March 23
A middle-aged person allegedly committed suicide at Bhajoli village, near here, yesterday. According to the police, Kuldeep Singh, was a drug addict.


Sainik School gets grant of Rs 1.78 crore
Kapurthala, March 23
It is a joyful time for the administration and students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, for they have received three grants to the tune of Rs 1.78 crore from the state and central governments this month.

Meritorious students awarded
Hoshiarpur, March 23
The Deputy Commissioner of Hoshiarpur, Mr D. K. Tiwari, at the annual prize distribution function of the local Government College, yesterday presented awards and rolls of honour to brilliant students.

‘Autonomous status for DAV institutes soon’
Amritsar, March 23
The DAV College Managing Committee has initiated the process of making its top institutions of higher learning to acquire autonomous and deemed university status. Mr D.R. Gupta, Director (colleges), DAV College Managing Committee, said the committee was formulating a policy to allow the institutes under its management to adopt better educational infrastructure and chalk out comprehensive plan to become autonomous.

Medical teachers want decision deferred
Amritsar, March 23
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association has urged the government not to take the decision of formation of medical societies for restructuring of medical and dental colleges in haste and to defer the process of registration of societies.

Painting exhibition on Guru Granth Sahib
Patiala, March 23
"A Symphony- a homage", an exhibition of paintings on Guru Granth Sahib by Hardev Singh of the Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, Patiala, was organised here today.

Seminar on Punjab economy
Patiala, March 23
A national seminar sponsored by the UGC on "Punjab Economy—challenges and opportunities" organised by the Economics department of the university was inaugurated by Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, today.

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