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SGPC ex-chiefs gun for Avtar Singh
Rs 285-crore budget passed amid boycott
Amritsar, March 30
The SGPC chief, Mr Avtar Singh, today faced embarrass- ment when Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar and Bibi Jagir Kaur came heavily on his style of working even as the annual general house session of the SGPC passed a Rs 285-crore budget amid a boycott.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh stops Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, an opposition member, during the budget session of the Shiromani Committee in Amritsar on Thursday.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh stops Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, an opposition member, during the budget session of the Shiromani Committee in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Dept error causes panic among teachers
Barnala/Sangrur, March 30
An error on the part of the Education Department has created panic among teachers of primary schools of Barnala block, especially in rural areas.



Frescos of Hindu gods missing
Tarn Taran, March 30
At least six frescos of Hindu gods, including Lord Rama and Lord Krishna, which were unique specimens of the Sikh school of art of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh era have been replaced with Sikh paintings during kar seva at Darbar Sahib here.

A view of the frescos at Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, after kar seva. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

A view of the frescos at Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, after kar seva.

Farmer dies due to ‘lack of medical attention’
Bharatiya Kisan Union to intensify stir
Ludhiana, March 30
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today decided to intensify its protest against the government when a farmer who had been arrested with 192 others in Barnala for taking part in an agitation against land acquisition by the government, died due to alleged lack of medical attention by civil hospital here today morning.
Farmers protest against the death of farmer Surmukh Singh at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Farmers protest against the death of farmer Surmukh Singh at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Farmer’s death in jail lends new turn to stir
Bathinda, March 30
Following the death of a farmer in Ludhiana Jail the Jameen Bachao agitation has taken a new turn. The farmers lodged in the local jail today announced that they would all resort to fast from tomorrow.

Punjab nets Rs 1,197 crore from liquor vends
Chandigarh, March 30
As compared to Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Punjab has done well as far as allotting liquor vends under the drastically changed excise policy for 2006-07 is concerned. Punjab has already netted Rs 1,197 crore as revenue against its target of Rs 1,278 crore from the allotment of vends.


Disabled Army man fighting for pension
Chandigarh, March 30
The Army’s failure to file an injury report and conduct a mandatory court of inquiry in an accident in which eight troops had lost their lives, has resulted in a disabled army man fighting for his pension and consequential benefits for the past 30 years.

Cops resort to lathi charge on villagers
Sangrur, March 30
The police reportedly resorted to a mild lathi charge on the villagers, who had gathered near Ballial village (Bhawanigarh) to oppose an increase in the mini bus fares, this evening. The villagers had blocked a mini bus, which was passing through the village. The police took some persons in custody in this connection.

Bankmen observe strike
Patiala, March 30
On the call of the All India Bank Employees Association and All India Bank Officers Association a Demand Day was observed by the members of Punjab Bank Employees Federation. They wore badges and took out a demonstration from the State Bank of Patiala, Zonal Office.

Protest rally by govt employees
Hoshiarpur, March 30
Hundreds of employees from various government departments under the banner of the Joint Platform Mass Organisation held a protest rally at Shaheed Udham Singh Park here today.

Village boycotts Kuldip’s killers
Hoshiarpur, March 30
After the disclosure by the police of the supari (contract) killing of SGPC member Kuldip Singh, the inhabitants of Chak Alla Bakash, his native village, alongwith its Panchayat members have decided to boycott the families of NRI Gurdev Singh and Sukhdev Singh for their alleged involvement in the crime.

DC’s office gheraoed
Amritsar, March 30
On the call given by Joint Platform of Mass Organisations (JPMO), comprising of 21 unions and associations of industrial workers, agriculture laborers, peasants, Central and state governments employees, women, youth and students organisations today gheraoed the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Martyrdom Day observed
Chandigarh, March 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association on Monday observed the 75th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Health Dept staff stage dharna
Mansa, March 30
Protesting against the state government’s move of handing over rural dispensaries to Zila Parishads, all Health Department employees took mass casual leave and staged a dharna in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office here today.

3 of family die in mishap
Kharar, March 30
Three members of a family died in an accident near Lakhnour village. While one of them died on the spot, two succumbed to their injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh.

13,000 persons examined
Ropar, March 30
As many as 13,000 persons in the district were examined in 250 camps in different parts of the district during a special AIDS awareness campaign. Only 500 persons, mostly females, were suspected to be affected with sexually transmitted diseases. “The test for HIV would be conducted on those persons who do not show any improvement,” said Y.P. Singla, Civil Surgeon.


High Court
Notice issued to Punjab
Running of rural dispensaries
Chandigarh, March 30
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the Punjab Government and other respondents for April 27 on a petition challenging the decision of the government to entrust the rural dispensaries in the state to doctors to run the same on contractual basis.

Advocates continue strike
Ropar, March 30
Continuing with their agitation for the fifth day today against the decision to accord Mohali the district status, advocates of the District Court again jammed traffic for an hour on the Ropar-Nawanshahr road in the morning.


Rana backs farmers
Ropar, March 30
The Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, and Nangal MLA, Mr K.P.S Rana, while addressing a farmers’ fair here said that he along with the Minister of Animal husbandry and tourism, Mr Jagmohan Kang, would make efforts against the privatisation of sugar mills in Morinda.


5 robbers arrested
Tarn Taran, March 30
The district police has claimed to solve several cases of robbery by arresting five members of a seven-member gang of robbers. Two members managed to escape.


Senate approves university budget
Amritsar, March 30
Guru Nanak Dev University in its budget estimates for 2006-07 earmarked Rs 50 lakh for research, Rs 1.87 crore for EDUSAT Network, Rs 30 lakh for purchase of a server, computers, etc. and Rs 13.60 lakh to enable faculty members to attend maximum number of conferences/seminars/workshops.

Academy signs pact with Greek institute
Ropar, March 30
Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy has signed a protocol with a Greece-based institution, Trinity International Hospital Studies at Crete.


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