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Army reveals startling facts on Bluestar
Says Longowal surrendered

Amritsar, March 19
The Army has come on record for the first time, giving startling facts on the infamous Operation Bluestar in June 1984, including the break-up of the casualties of officers, civilians and militants, apart from the persons who had surrendered.

Mann’s beamers at Amarinder
Chandigarh, March 19
As promised, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued an open letter to his successor Parkash Singh Badal asking him to issue instructions to stop harassing his colleagues and officers.



Punjab, Pak cotton traders sign pact
Bathinda, March 19
In a significant development which could make the governments of India and Pakistan to open up the Wagah and Hussainiwala borders for the smooth flow of trade. The Punjab Cotton Factory and Ginners Association and the Indo-Pak Cotton Ginners Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) late last evening to start cotton trade between the two countries.

Rajasansi airport to be expanded
Civil Aviation team to inspect it next month
Amritsar, March 19
The Punjab government will get the Rajasansi airport, Amritsar, inspected by officials of the Civil Aviation Department next month for facilities provided to passengers at the international airport and a plan will be prepared for its expansion.

Governor’s Address
SAD-BJP extends hand of cooperation to Opposition

Chandigarh, March 19
Besides extending its hand of friendship and cooperation to the Opposition, the SAD-BJP says it is determined to consign all bitterness to the realm of the past and go ahead with its date with the promised goal of peace, prosperity and all-round development.

Bhattal objects to skipping of Vande Matram
Nachhattar Singh Mavi, secretary, Vidhan Sabha, tries to explain a point to the leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in the House in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, March 19
The main Opposition led by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today strongly objected to the skipping of the playing of the national song, “Vande Matram,” in the Punjab Assembly.

Nachhattar Singh Mavi, secretary, Vidhan Sabha, tries to explain a point to the leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in the House in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


Cong men present set of excuses
Chandigarh, March 19
A set of beleaguered Congressmen, all losing candidates in the last month’s Assembly elections in Punjab, besieged the party office here today with their versions, opinions and theories on “why the Congress lost the elections”.


Rs 1.5 crore given to CM’s relief fund
Chandigarh, March 19
In response to an appeal by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh, agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah and chief administrator, PUDA, Som Parkash today contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh each towards the CM’s relief fund.

3 commandos of CM's security hurt
Sangrur, March 19
Four members of the Punjab Chief Minister's security staff, including three commandos, were injured when their vehicle and a truck collided near Dhanaula village on the Sangrur-Barnala road last night. The names of the injured persons were Satish Kumar, T.C. Yateesh, C.B.S. Reddy (all commandos), and driver of the vehicle Narinder Singh.

‘Puri’ shop owner in tax net
Patiala, March 19
The income tax authorities today raided the premises of Sadhu Ram, owner of a puri-kachori shop at the Arya Samaj crossing area of walled city. People relish his preparations sitting on wooden benches in his small shop. Long queues of puri-kachori seekers can be seen in front of it in the morning and evening.

Villagers pull down “disputed” structure
Barnala, March 19
Angry residents today demolished a wall erected near gurdwara at Bhaduar village. Hundreds of angry villagers who had gathered at the gurdwara to offer prayers took back the possession of the disputed land between the gurdwara and Nanksar thath. In retaliation, members of the Nanaksar thath fired in the air.

Holidays on Bhagat Singh’s birth, death anniversaries
Chandigarh, March 19
The state government will organise year-long celebrations to observe the 75th martyrdom day and 100th birth anniversary of Sardar Bhagat Singh that fall this year.


Saini as VB chief: High Court seeks record of transfers
Chandigarh, March 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab government to produce the record of recent police transfers, which include the posting of IGP Sumedh Singh Saini as Vigilance Bureau (VB) director.


Chief parliamentary secys sworn in
Chandigarh, March 19
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today administered the oath of office and secrecy to Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Mohinder Kaur Josh and Jagdish Raj Sahni as chief parliamentary secretaries at a simple but impressive ceremony. Phillaur and Josh belong to the Shiromani Akali Dal while Sahni is from the BJP.


A labourer at the receiving end of a police lathicharge near the circuit house in Bathinda on Monday. Labour unions clash, 4 hurt
Bathinda, March 19
At least four labourers (members of the Punjab Pardesh Paledar Union) engaged in loading and unloading of foodgrains were injured in a clash with members of the FCI Paledar Union near the local circuit house where both parties had come to fill tenders floated for loading and unloading of foodgrains by government agencies.

A labourer at the receiving end of a police lathicharge near the circuit house in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Ex-MC chief held for cheating
Rajpura, March 19
The police today arrested Rajinder Kumar, alias Lucky Talwar, former president of the local municipal council, on charges of cheating and forgery.


Pak scribe gives tips to students
Patiala, March 19
Haroon Adeem, freelance journalist and columnist for the Daily and the Din, published from Pakistan, interacted with students of journalism and mass communication at Punjabi University here today. Adeem said: “Journalism has now become an industry in Pakistan though conditions are not much favourable there”.


DRIP scheme comes a cropper in Punjab
Chandigarh, March 19
The slow progress in the District Rural Industries Project (DRIP) in Punjab has now forced the state government to have a re-look at the project and ascertain reasons for the poor show.


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