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Sonia’s resignation mere drama: Badal
Ludhiana, March 26
The SAD chief Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today claimed that Sonia Gandhi had quit her Lok Sabha seat only after coming to know that President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would not sign an ordinan- ce to bail her out of the office of profit controversy and it was a mere drama.
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, addresses a gathering at Guru Nanak Simran Kender in Ludhiana on Sunday.
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, addresses a gathering at Guru Nanak Simran Kender in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

FCI to be restrained from direct wheat purchase: CM
Patiala, March 26
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh while making an appeal to commission agents to reduce rate of interest on the money being lended to farmers declared yesterday that the Food Corporation of India would not be allowed to buy wheat directly at some of its depots in Punjab from farmers.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  PM urged to finalise import policy for DAP
Gurdaspur, March 26
The non finalisation of the import policy for DAP fertilizer for 2006-07 was having an adverse affect on its availability in Punjab. The farmers of Punjab consume 7.5 lakh metric tonne of DAP and 25 lakh metric tonne urea annually.

CM admits signing Amritsar declarationAmarinder Singh
Patiala, March 26
Making a startling disclosure, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today admitted that he along with former Chief Minister of Punjab Surjeet Singh Barnala had put signatures on the Amritsar declaration in Amritsar. He said this was done in the larger interest of Punjab.

Punjab Govt owes over Rs 20 crore to PU: VC
Chandigarh, March 26
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor today stated that the Punjab Government owed over Rs 20 crore to the university as part of its share of the yearly maintenance grant pending since 2000.

Patiala ready to receive British royalty
Patiala, March 26
After a gap of 84 long years, Patiala is once again all geared up to extend a ceremonial welcome to the visiting members of the British royalty — Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles who arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit.

All ready to take off: Trial landing of helicopters at the phase VIII Dasehra ground in Mohali which would act as a make shift helipad for the visit of Prince Charles. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

All ready to take off: Trial landing of helicopters at the phase VIII Dasehra ground in Mohali which would act as a make shift heli pad for the visit of Prince Charles.

NSG broke toshakhana locks, says temple panel chief
Amritsar, March 26
The locks of the toshakhana of Durgiana temple had been broken on the orders of the National Security Guards (NSG) of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during their visit to the holy city and the lockers therein had not been touched.


Stop befooling people, Sidhu tells CM
Amritsar, March 26
While projects announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his last visit in September 2004 was still pending with the planning board, the fate of new announcements would have to be seen, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP, said here today.

‘Congress govt has failed on all fronts’
Patiala, March 26
Mr Paramjit Singh, chairman, Sudhar Sabha, while claiming that state government had failed on all fronts, alleged that farmers and poor people were committing suicides and addiction had been spreading its tentacles.


Using technology to solve murder
Chandigarh, March 26
A few strands of hair on a cap, found at the scene of murder, have led to the arrest of a murderer. It may seem straight out of a science fiction movie, but the Punjab Police, using technology, got the hair on the cap and the hair of the suspect examined through a chemical analysis to nab him.

Pak pilgrims centre of attraction at urs
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 26
A jatha of 199 pilgrims from Pakistan, led by Abdul Razak, arrived at Rauza Sharif, Fatehgarh Sahib, yesterday to pay obeisance at the shrine during the annual ‘urs’.

More Phillaur areas to get sewerage
Phillaur, March 26
After spending about Rs 20 crore on the development of rural and urban areas in the town in one year, local MLA Santokh Singh presented a cheque for Rs 1.3 crore to Nagar Council President Narinder Goyal for the overall development of the town.

Vidhan Sabha panel inspects work done under NREGA
Hoshiarpur, March 26
The Vidhan Sabha Estimate Committee headed by Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, yesterday visited Hoshiarpur district and inspected ongoing works in various villages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and interacted with the gram panchayats and villagers.


Keep record to make farming profitable: experts
Muktsar, March 26
Farmers should maintain proper record of expenditure incurred and their income so as to make agriculture profitable within their limited resources, felt experts at a state-level cotton seminar organised under the Mini Mission Scheme here today.

BKU to intensify stir against land acquisition
Sangrur, March 26
With a view to intensifying its agitation against the acquisition of 376 acres in Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sangherra villages, near Barnala, by the Punjab Government for the Trident Group of Industries, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) has chalked out an action programme to force the government to hand over the acquired land to the farmers.

Awareness campaign for cotton growers
Abohar, March 26
An awareness programme on the utilisation of cotton plant stalks held at Patrewala village near here yesterday. While addressing the gathering, Mr R.M. Gurjar, Principal Scientist, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, said around 500 processing factories could be set up to create 20,000 new jobs if 120 lakh tonnes of cotton stalks produced annually were not used as domestic fuel.


SDO held for graft
Batala, March 26
A Vigilance Bureau team led by DSP Kashmir Singh from Amritsar yesterday arrested Chaman Lal, Sub-Divisional Officer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, from his office here for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from Avinash Kumar Malhi.


Theatre transforms village school kids
Tanda (Kharar), March 26
A year ago, children of this village were not punctual at the school and suffered from low communication skills. Learning theatre has changed their lives.

National anthropology symposium concludes
Patiala, March 26
Various aspects of Biological Anthropology like gene therapy, gene doping, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, formogenetics and other recent advances were discussed by scientists from all over the country during the two-day National Symposium on Biological Anthropology-Recent Perspectives organised by the Department of Human Biology, Punjabi University, Patiala.

Foundation stone of Urdu Academy laid
Malerkotla, March 26
The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, yesterday laid the foundation stone of Punjab Urdu Academy at Malerkotla. The foundation stone was laid in the building of the hostel of Government College near Delhi Gate.

Engg students conferred degrees
Ropar, March 26
As many as 156 students were awarded with degrees in the three engineering disciplines at the annual convocation of the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, RIEIT, Rail Majra, near here today.

Dr R.S. Nirjar, former Chairman, AICTE, inaugurates the convocation of the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology at Rail Majra, near Ropar, on Sunday.

Dr R.S. Nirjar, former Chairman, AICTE, inaugurates the convocation of the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology at Rail Majra, near Ropar, on Sunday.

College students get degrees
Ropar, March 26
As many 200 students were awarded degrees on the convocation at the Rayat College of Education, Rail Majra, near Ropar.

Computer teachers seek full grade
Amritsar, March 26
The Computer Teachers Union Punjab (CTUP) submitted a memorandum of demands to Mr Harnam Das Johar, state Education Minister, here on Friday.

DAV College convocation
Amritsar, March 26
As many as 981 scholars of DAV College were awarded graduate and post-graduate degrees at its 48th annual convocation held here yesterday.

‘De Innovatives’ rock
Patiala, March 26
On the second day of “Saturnalia— 2006” being held at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, students from all over the region got themselves registered for taking part in various events.


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