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PM visits Golden Temple
SGPC submits memorandum

Amritsar, March 24
Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, accompanied by his wife Mrs Gursharan Kaur, visited the Golden Temple today morning and paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum here.

The President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh, offering Siropa to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Friday. — Tribune photo by  Manoj Mahajan

The President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh, offering Siropa to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Friday.

PM’s wife keeps date with family
Amritsar, March 24
Mrs Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today gave “shagun” at the newly opened shop “Koutons” by the brothers of the Prime Minister here today.

Punjab, Haryana to ‘lend’ water to Rajasthan
Chandigarh, March 24
The war of words over the sharing of river waters between Punjab and Rajasthan ended today as Punjab and Haryana agreed to "lend" water to Rajasthan out of their respective shares from the waters of the Beas and the Ravi.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Industrialists threaten to close units
Say Amarinder has no time to meet them
Patiala, March 24
In a significant development which could expose the hollowness of claims being made by the state government that it has been doing its best to boost industrialisation in Punjab, a major section of local industrialists have threatened to shut down their units if the "harassment" by the municipal corporation did not stop.

Nawanshahr takes lead in tackling corruption
Nawanshahr, March 24

This small district with 400 villages has virtually shown the way to the rest of the country by devising an efficient and a near “corruption-free” administrative system, wherein hardly anyone — from patwari to tehsildar — can dare to take any bribe, as all revenue and other official transactions and dealings are directly monitored by the Deputy Commissioner himself from his office with the help of ultra-modern close-circuit camera televisions (CCTVs).

STAMPED IMPRESSIONS:  Service is his motto

Deputy Commissioner Krishan Kumar

Governor exhorts youth to eradicate social evils
Amritsar, March 24
The Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Gen S.F. Rodrigues, expressed concern over social evils and exhorted the youth to take it as a challenge to eradicate female foeticide, drug addiction and dowry menace.


YC workers burn effigies of Vajpayee, Advani
Sangrur, March 24
Leaders and workers of the Youth Congress, led by Mr Jagtar Singh Dhanaula, district president of the Youth Congress, today burnt the effigies of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, and Mr L.K. Advani, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for allegedly creating such circumstances due to which Congress President Sonia Gandhi had to resign from the Lok Sabha.


Programme on TB organised
Kharar, March 24
A programme in connection with World TB Day was organised at the Civil Hospital here today.

Health staff protest govt decision
Sangrur, March 24
A large number of doctors, paramedical and Class IV employees of the Health Department yesterday staged a dharna at the Civil Hospital here in protest against the handing over of 1,310 subsidiary health centres (SHCs) to the zila parishads in the state.

Heavy rush of applicants for wine shops
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
On the last day of filing the application for a wine shop as per the new policy of the government, hundreds of aspirants queued up in front of the AETC office to deposit their application forms.

Religious clash averted
Hoshiarpur, March 24
Timely intervention by the district administration averted a clash between activists of various Hindu organisations and Christian Missionaries at Rishi Nagar where the latter were holding a congregation last night.

Woman dies of jaundice
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
Kamlesh Kumari (42), a resident of Bassi Pathana of the district, died of jaundice today. She had been suffering from the same for the past one week.


high court
Liquor vends: hearing on PIL adjourned

Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned to March 28 a PIL filed by the office-bearers of the All-India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha.


BKU (Ugrahan) burns effigies of govt in 34 villages
Sangrur, March 24
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) today burnt the effigies of the Punjab Government and the Trident Group of Industries in 34 villages in Sangrur (11 villages), Gurdaspur (three villages), Amritsar (one village), Moga (two villages), Muktsar (two villages) and Bathinda (15 villages).


1 held for sadhu’s murder
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
With the arrest of one of the three accused, the district police claimed to have solved the mystery behind the most sensational murder of a Nath Sadhu in the historical dera of Baba Mangal Nath Mandir, Sirhind, last month.


Computer teachers resent ‘raw deal’
Gurdaspur, March 24
Computer teachers employed by the Punjab Education Department were being paid less than what regular peons and watchmen of the department get President of the Computer Teachers Union of Punjab C.S. Manhas told The Tribune here today that computer teachers were getting just Rs 3960 per month.

DPI reinstates college Principal
Amritsar, March 24
In a new turn of event, Mr R.C. Verma, Principal, Hindu College, was reinstated by the DPI (Colleges).

Cultural extravaganza at Thapar
Patiala, March 24
The annual cultural extravaganza of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) —Saturnalia 2006 — commenced on a vibrant note here. The ceremonial lamp of the festival was lit by Dr S.C. Saxena, Director of the TIET.

Seminar on biological anthropology
Patiala, March 24
The myth that agriculture in India came along with genes from Eurasia has fizzled out. This was stated by Dr V.K. Kashyap, Director of the National Institute of Biological Anthropology, Noida, while presenting the keynote address at a two-day national symposium organised by the Department of Human Biology, Punjabi University.

Protesting youth seek jobs for all
Sangrur, March 24
Leaders and activists of the All-India Students Federation (AISF) and the All-India Youth Federation (AIYF) yesterday took out a protest march through the town. They burnt the effigy of the “capitalistic system” at the Traffic Lights Chowk, in support of their demands.


Khadi board for units in villages
Sangrur, March 24
Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, Chairman, Punjab Khadi and Gram Udyog Board, has 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.


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