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Badal for more autonomy to states
Survey for providing subsidised atta, dal soon
Apsal, (Muktsar), March 18
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today he had convened a meeting of all Deputy Commissioners tomorrow at Chandigarh to thrash out modalities of a fresh survey to identify beneficiaries of atta-dal at subsidised rates.

‘We would seek Capt’s extradition’
Ludhiana, March 18
Leader of the BJP, the legislative party and the minister for local bodies, Industry and Commerce, Manoranjan Kalia today said, his government would seek the extradition of the former Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh from Britain if the situation demanded so.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Students suffer as B-Pharma degrees not recognised
Patiala, March 18
Students and B-Pharma degree holders from five government polytechnics in Punjab are facing problems.

DFOs to be grilled for poaching, tree-felling
Hoshiarpur, March 18
Tightening the noose around Forest and Wildlife officials, the Punjab government has decided to grill the officials for illegal felling of trees and poaching in their respective areas.

Banks draw plans for financial inclusion of the underprivileged
Chandigarh, March 18
The controlling heads of all banks operating in rural areas of Punjab have been requested to bring the underserved section of rural households to the bank’s fold by opening no frills accounts and/or issuing of general credit cards.

Polluted Sutlej water poses threat to life, crops
Moga, March 18
Due to contamination of Sutlej waters with industrial pollutants from Ludhiana and sewerage from several cities, people in four southern districts of Punjab and the adjoining Rajasthan are facing not only serious health hazard but also stand to lose fertile soil to the accumulation of industrial chemicals in the soil.



Tussle between SAD leaders intensifies
Bathinda, March 18
The tug-of-war between Rajan Garg and Sikander Singh Maluka, presidents of the SAD (Badal) urban and rural district units, respectively, has intensified with the former demanding the resignation of the latter on the plea that under the leadership of Maluka the party candidates lost all five assembly seats in the assembly elections in the state.


Dal Khalsa praises Baghel Singh’s role
Hoshiarpur, March 18
A function to pay tributes to Sikh warrior Bhai Baghel Singh was organised by the Dal Khalsa at Hariana village, 15 km from here, today.

Loans to farmers Kanwaljit’s priority
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 18
Seven functions were organised to honour Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for cooperation, during his visit to the district today. People turned up in large numbers to have a glimpse of Capt Kanwaljit Singh and his son Jasjeet Singh Banni at his native village Salana, Amloh town, Nulakha, Bagrian, Tarkhan Majra and Chunni villages.

Hindu jatha crosses over to Pak
Amritsar, March 18
A 36-member delegation of Hindus from various areas such as Uttar Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, led by Sai Shish Lal, crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah joint checkpost today.

SGPC executive meeting in Thanesar
Amritsar, March 18
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee would hold an executive meeting to discuss the issue of setting up of a separate Haryana Sikh gurdwara prabandhak committee at Kurukshetra.

‘Naturopathy has cure for cancer’
Sangrur, March 18
Director of the National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, Babu Joseph, yesterday asserted that dreaded diseases like cancer could be treated through naturopathy.

50 quintals of rice sent as relief
Barnala, March 18
Several religious and social organisations in association with the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal sent 50 quintals of rice, vegetable ghee and other eatables here today as relief package for Kashmiri terrorist affected Brahmin families camping at Shastri Park New Delhi.

Zakhmi acting head of Punjab Khatri Sabha
Sangrur, March 18
Daljit Singh Zakhmi was appointed acting president of the Punjab Khatri Sabha at a meeting of the sabha here today. The meeting was presided over by state president of the sabha Chaudhary Shiv Lal.


Banker’s murder case: Family files fresh petition
Amritsar, March 18
A fresh petition was filed in the CBI Court in the murder case of Naresh Mahajan, young bank manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Putlighar branch, who was found murdered on October 23, 1998.

7-year jail for rape
Moga, March 18
A court here has sentenced a person to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a rape committed two years back.


Only free economy can boost milk production: Expert
Chandigarh, March 18
The recent ban on export of milk by the Central Government has sent the Punjab Government in a tizzy. Alarmed at the serious consequences of the decision for the dairy farmers, the Punjab Government is all set to take up the issue of the review of the "anti-farmer" decision with the Centre.
DS Bains, principal secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Punjab, addresses a seminar on "Dairy animal nutrition, reproduction and marketing" at Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
DS Bains, principal secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Punjab, addresses a seminar on "Dairy animal nutrition, reproduction and marketing" at Chandigarh


Inside Babudom
Badal govt reposes faith in young officers
Chandigarh, March 18
Sequel to change of political guards in the state governance is the administrative reshuffles. The new Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party  (SAD-BJP) government in Punjab has already brought up several changes both in the civil administration as well as the police department.


‘Crime bureau chief’ booked for cheating
Amritsar, March 18
The police has booked “international crime bureau chief” Baldev Singh Rathore, a private organisation, for allegedly cheating three persons, Swarn Singh of Akash Avenue, Navjot Kaur Gill and Hardish Sandhu of the Putlighar area here.

One killed in post-poll feud
Batala, March 18
Akali Dal workers allegedly killed one person and injured two persons in an attack on three Dalit members of a family last evening for their support to the Congress during the recent assembly elections.


GND varsity emeritus fellowships for Dhir, Dr Sharma
Amritsar, March 18
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to confer emeritus fellowships on two eminent Punjabi writers Santokh Singh Dhir and Dr T.R. Sharma, for their contribution to Punjabi literature.

Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi performs during the annual tech fest “Saturnelia 2007”at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala
Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi performs during the annual tech fest “Saturnelia 2007”at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Degrees conferred on 700 students
Amritsar, March 18
As many as 700 graduates and postgraduates of Hindu College were awarded degrees at annual convocation here yesterday.

Growth has ‘bypassed’ villages
Amritsar, March 18
Growth in India has bypassed the rural sector and in Punjab this sector has been hit hard due to uneconomic holdings to Suggesting farmers with uneconomic farm holdings take to non-farm activities, Dr G.S. Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab Farmers Commission, favoured training of farmers with the help of industry.

College holds contests on women empowerment
Kharar, March 18
The Sachdeva College of Education, Gharuan, organised several inter-college competitions on the theme ‘Women Empowerment’. Former principal of University College of Education, Kurukshetra University, Dr Usha Agarwal, presided over the competitions which included, poetry recitation, mono acting, slogan writing, art and craft, black board writing, etc.

‘Realise Kalam’s dream’
Banur, March 18
A seminar was organised by the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.


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