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Visa centre at Amritsar soon

Kathunangal (Amritsar), March 31
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced that a visa centre would be opened at Amritsar soon for the benefit of devotees visiting Nankana Sahib and Lahore in Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with MLA Sawinder Singh Kathunangal at a rally at Kathunangal, near Amritsar, on Friday.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with MLA Sawinder Singh Kathunangal at a rally at Kathunangal, near Amritsar, on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Students, parents oppose handing of school to society
Nangal, March 31
Many persons including students, parents and supporters of political organisations, today held a rally in Naya Nagal against the decision of the NFL management to lease Capt Amol Kalia (CAK) Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary School, NFL, to an education society.

Romana for action against Jathedar
Installation of ‘Miri-Piri’ emblem at Patna Sahib
Amritsar, March 31
There was flutter at the annual general house meeting of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee here yesterday when Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, an SGPC member and President, Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee urged the Sikh high priests, for action against Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Patna Sahib for installing the Sikh emblem with two swords of Miri-Piri, at Takht Patna Sahib, which is an open challenge to the authority of Akal Takht.


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Baba Chicago given ‘tankhah’
Amritsar, March 31
The Sikh high priests have awarded a mild “tankhah” to Baba Daljit Singh Chicago, chief of Gurjot Parkash Gurdwara (Chicago), who was facing charges of moral turpitude, in a hush hush manner.

Major reshuffle in SGPC
Amritsar, March 31
A day after the strong criticism of his style of functioning, Mr Avtar Singh, SGPC chief, today transferred as many as 134 officials, including 25 managers of various gurdwaras, apart from promoting nine employees.

Punjabi University Survey
Tribune most popular among students
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
The Tribune has found maximum popularity among students, who claimed to have developed a taste for the paper for its credibility, unbiased and direct reporting. Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, emerged as the most popular Editor, while Mr Kushwant Singh came out to be the most read columnist.


BKU gives unity call, threatens protest

Jethuke (Bathinda), March 31
Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) leaders today exhorted all farmer organisations of the state to rise above differences and unite on a single platform to save their land. The unity call came at the funeral of Sarmukh Singh, a farmer who died in Ludhiana jail on Wednesday.

The bereaved family of Sarmukh Singh at their residence at Jethuke village, near Bathinda, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

The bereaved family of Sarmukh Singh at their residence at Jethuke village, near Bathinda, on Friday.

Badal opposes wheat import
Chandigarh, March 31
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today opposed the decision of the Union Government to import 1.5 million tonnes of additional wheat.


Pingalwara stops collection through boxes
Amritsar, March 31
The All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, decided to discontinue the practice of collecting donations through its designated persons in boxes.

Liquor contractors violate rules
Gurdaspur, March 31

Today being the last day for liquor vends to sell liquor quota for the preceding financial year, liquor was being sold openly on roads. Workers of liquor contractors are selling liquor on tempos. Announcements are being made on loudspeakers to attract customers to buy liquor at lower rates.

Liquor being sold openly on roads at Pathankot on Friday. — Photo by Jangi

Liquor being sold openly on roads at Pathankot on Friday.

Boozers have field day
Amritsar, March 31
In total disregard to excise norms of the state, liquor contractors have been soliciting boozers through the beat of drums and loudspeakers offering them liquor at rock bottom prices for the past few days.

Action sought against officials over missing file
Kharar, March 31
A resident of Mullanpur Garibdass has demanded strict action against certain officials of the Revenue Department for failing to carry out corrections in the farad badr, documents for which were submitted about three years ago.

TB specialist Singla honoured
Sangrur, March 31
A recipient of several awards and honours, Dr Surinder Singla, a TB and chest diseases specialist at the Civil Hospital, Sangrur, bagged another honour recently when he was honoured by the Punjab State TB Control Society for his contribution in the implementation of the revised national TB control programme (RNTCP) at a state-level function.

Medicos want better conditions
Patiala, March 31
The Joint Medical Students Union (JMSU) has urged the state government to take effective steps to improve the deteriorating condition of its medical, dental, ayurvedic and other health institutions to impart best education to the students.

Medical staff hold protest
Dera Bassi, March 31
Protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the Punjab Government, medical and para-medical staff of Dera Bassi block today observed black day by wearing black badges.

Docs oppose move on dispensaries
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
The PCMS Association at a meeting held here today resented and condemned the move of the state government to give rural dispensaries on contract.

Deadline set for Golden Temple road project
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has set a deadline of one year for the completion of the elevated road project providing easy access to the Golden Temple.


Insurance company told to pay Rs 1.23 lakh
Hoshiarpur, March 31
The District Consumer Forum, headed by Mr B.C. Gupta, has accepted the complaint of Mr Davinder Singh of Dhugga village of this district against the local branch of United India Insurance Company Limited and has ordered it to pay Rs 1.23 lakh along with Rs 20,000 as damages within two months, failing which it would be liable to pay an interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum.


16 Punjab IPS officers promoted
Chandigarh, March 31
A Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of the Punjab Government, at a meeting here last evening, promoted 16 Indian Police Service officers of the Punjab cadre.

Wildlife wing recast
Chandigarh, March 31
In a major restructuring of the wildlife wing of the Department of Forests and Wildlife Preservation, Punjab, the state has been divided into two wildlife circles each headed by a Conservator of Forests.

District Credit Plan launched
Patiala, March 31
Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, has launched the District Credit Plan, which envisages a target of Rs 2775 crore under various sectors, comprising Rs 2039 crore for agriculture and allied sector, Rs 221 crore for non-farm sector and Rs 515 crore for other priority sectors, prepared by the lead bank office of State Bank of Patiala for 2006-07.

Batala MC budget gets nod
Batala, March 31
The Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Batala, stated today that the annual budget outlay for 2006-07 of the council was passed unanimously in the town hall.


Heroin worth Rs 10 crore seized
Amritsar, March 31
Close on the heels of seizure of 19 kg of heroin in a joint operation of the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Border Security Force, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has confiscated 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 10 crore in the international market.

Mystery shrouds woman’s murder
Muktsar, March 31
The body of a woman was recovered under mysterious circumstances on Abohar Road here on Wednesday.

Man orders contract killing of brother
Phillaur, March 31
A US-based NRI, Jaswant Singh of Puadhrra village in Phillaur subdivision, gave his friends, Jiwan Singh and Bhagwan Singh, contract for killing his younger brother, Kuldip Singh, a UK citizen visiting his village, Puadhrra.

Co-owner booked for cheating,  forgery
Ropar, March 31
The Ropar police today booked the owner of Delhi- based Bandhu Trading Company for allegedly withdrawing Rs 9 lakh from the local branch of HDFC Bank here through forged cheques.


Governor for restructuring education system
Bathinda, March 31
Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues today made a plea for fast-track initiatives to restructure the education system by introducing models to develop youth’s potential and enable them to project the country’s strength. He said access to education could fasten the process of nation building.

VC committed to promoting Urdu
Patiala, March 31
The valedictory function of the two-day seminar on “Punjab as a school of thought of Persian and Urdu literature” concluded at the Senate Hall of Punjabi University here today.

ETT teachers’ list to be displayed on April 5
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
The last date for submitting applications for the post of ETT teachers in the district ended on Tuesday. The list of selected candidates would be displayed on the notice board of Zila Parishad on April 5.

Teachers of medical colleges hold rally
Amritsar, March 31
A protest rally was held on the dental college premises by the teachers’ association of dental and medical colleges here yesterday.

Varsity course for commercial pilots
Amritsar, March 31
Guru Nanak Dev University today introduced prestigious courses for commercial pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers in collaboration with Civil Aviation, Punjab, through the Amritsar Aviation Club.

Students leave for USA
Patiala, March 31
Nine students of the Punjabi University left for Pennsylvania (USA) yesterday under a student exchange programme signed by Kutztown University and Punjabi University recently.


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