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Dharna, adjournments fail to stop repeal of vigilance act
Chandigarh, March 21
Uproar, slogan raising, dharna and two adjournments forced by an agitated opposition were brushed aside as the treasury benches rushed through the legislative procedure to repeal the Punjab Vigilance Commission Act.

Debate on Governor’s address begins on sweet, sour note
Chandigarh, March 21
After a stormy start to today’s proceedings witnessing a walkout, slogan raising, dharna and two adjournments, the discussion on the Governor’s address in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha started on a sweet and sour note with members of both the treasury benches and the opposition making biting interventions.

Cong MLAs get tough with Badal
Chandigarh, March 21
Sweet talk witnessed between the ruling SAD-BJP combine and the opposition Congress in the past few days in Punjab is over. Daggers are out, though discreetly.

Chahal in Scotland, ill
Chandigarh, March 21
B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to previous Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that he is sick and has been advised complete bed rest. He has claimed that he is at present in Glasgow (Scotland).

Fatehgarh Sahib

Today is World Water Day

Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar


Father-in-law of Chahal’s son questioned
Chandigarh, March 21
The father-in-law of B.I.S. Chahal’s son, was questioned by a team of the Punjab vigilance bureau at his home in Daad village in Ludhiana tonight. A team of the bureau led by a DIG-level official visited the house of Jagdish Singh, whose daughter is married to Bikram Singh Chahal.

Cop who probed Badal may probe Chahal, others
Chandigarh, March 21
In what may be a surprise, Surinder Pal Singh, former SSP of Ropar, who, in his capacity as SP, economic offences wing of the vigilance bureau, was the investigating officer in the cases of corruption against Parkash Singh Badal, continues with his posting in the VB.

Punjab formulating state forest policy
Chandigarh, March 21
Punjab is in the process of formulating the State Forest Policy to achieve its target of bringing 15 per cent of its area under forests by 2017. Currently the state has only 6.33 per cent area under forests.

Pakistan contemplates curbing human organ trade
Amritsar, March 21
Lahore for Indian kidney patients is likely to be out of reach since organ transplant has become costly these days. Moreover, the government of Pakistan is contemplating an ordinance to curbing human organ and tissue trade following pressure from human rights organisations in the country.

GND varsity honours Khush, Ganguly with honorary degrees
Amritsar, March 21
Guru Nanak Dev University today honoured international rice breeder and Padmashree recipient, G.S. Khush of the University of California, Davis (USA) and an eminent medical scientist, N.K. Ganguly, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, with Doctor of Science (honoris causa) degrees in the Faculty of Life Sciences at its 33rd annual convocation here.
Punjab Governor and Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Gen S. F. Rodrigues (retd), confers degree of doctor of science (honoris causa) on G.S. Khush at the 33rd convocation of the university in Amritsar.
Punjab Governor and Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Gen S. F. Rodrigues (retd), confers degree of doctor of science (honoris causa) on G.S. Khush at the 33rd convocation of the university in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma



Naresh Gujral promises to lobby for state in Delhi
Jalandhar, March 21
"Parliamentarians from Punjab need to participate in a debate for the betterment of the state. I feel Punjab is in need of a great degree of lobbying with various ministries in New Delhi for the solution of various long-standing problems and issues. But to achieve this goal, we have to do a lot of networking in the Capital." These are views of Naresh Gujral, the newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Punjab.

Cong MLAs meet Governor over Bill
Chandigarh, March 21
Led by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a group of Congress legislators presented a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F Rodrigues (retd), to protest against the repeal of the State Vigilance Commission Bill, 2007.


New model of Durgiana temple to be installed at airport
Amritsar, March 21
Ending the controversy of model of Durgiana Temple put up at Rajasansi international airport, which could not be traced after the shifting of the terminal to new building, the airport authorities here today said a move was on to install a new model, matching with look of the new terminal.
Residents of Patiala wait for their turn at a municipal corporation water tap in Abhlonwal, Patiala, on the eve of World Water Day
Residents of Patiala wait for their turn at a municipal corporation water tap in Abhlonwal, Patiala, on the eve of World Water Day on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Common man still ‘ignorant’ about RTI Act
Sangrur, March 21
Though the Centre enacted the Right to Information (RTI) Act-2005 to bring transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority but the Punjab Government has not initiated sufficient and effective programmes for the promotion of the Act and enable common people to get information from various government departments in public interest in an effective manner.

Ophthalmic officers condemn DHS’s attitude
Nabha, March 21
An emergency meeting of the Ophthalmic Officers Association condemned Director Health Services (DHS) Sukhdev Singh for his dictatorial attitude towards the members of the association.

SGPC meeting put off
Amritsar, March 21
The meeting called by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to counter the move of the Haryana Government to set up a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee for the state will now be held on March 29, instead March 24, as was announced earlier.

Another book on ‘Operation Bluestar’ released
Chandigarh, March 21
Reiterating All-India Sikh Students Federation‘s (AISSF) panthic agenda, firebrand leader Bhagwan Singh Sandhu today said the federation was about to launch state-wide agitations. The purpose of agitations, he said, was “consolidating the youth of the state, raising the demand for Punjab’s self determination and demanding the rights of Sikhs”.

Dr Bhagwan Singh Sandhu on the occasion of his book's release.

Dr Bhagwan Singh Sandhu on the occasion of his book's release.

Quake rumours create panic
Chandigarh, March 21
Panic gripped the people following rumours of a possible earthquake in Punjab and Chandigarh late last night.
An old man prays outside his home following rumours of an earthquke in Patiala.
An old man prays outside his home following rumours of an earthquke in Patiala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

2 pilgrims killed in road accident
Gurdaspur, March 21
Two pilgrims, including a 2-year-old boy, died and five others were injured seriously when a car in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary truck on the Gurdaspur-Amritsar highway in Mahadev Khurd village ,near here, in wee hours of Monday.

Two youths crushed by speeding train
Malout, March 21
Two youths of Burja Sindwan village,7 km from here, were crushed to death by a speeding train at an unmanned railway crossing situated on the outskirts of the village today.

Drive to make Fatehgarh Sahib green
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
The District Environment Protection Society, in collaboration with district forest department, observed World Forest Day by holding a function at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, today.



Crop damaged as hailstorm lashes Patti
Amritsar, March 21
It rained sorrow for farmers in the Patti area of Tarn Taran, about 45 km from here, today as a hailstorm damaged wheat crop which was almost due to be reaped in many villages.

Special girdawari sought
Chandigarh, March 21
Punjab Public Relations Minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, today asked the Revenue Department to conduct special girdawari in Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts where recent hailstorm caused a heavy damage to rabi crops.


DGP orders review of security cover
Chandigarh, March 21
Within days of taking over, director-general of the Punjab police N.P.S Aulakh has ordered a review of the security cover provided to various VIPs, besides civil and police officials. This will include MLAs, former MLAs and MPs.


4-year-old girl raped
Amritsar, March 21
A four-year-old girl of the Bangla Basti area falling under Islamabad police station was allegedly raped by a cobbler here today.

One held for impersonation
Bathinda, March 21
The flying squad of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) today caught Baljinder Singh, a resident of Mandi Kalan village, for impersonating as Sukhwinder Singh, another student, while writing the English paper in the class 10 examination at Arya High School, Rampura Phul.


Refresher course on Punjabi
Amritsar, March 21
A 21-day refresher course on "Punjabi language, literature, culture and folklore: contemporary concerns" organised by Academic Staff College at Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here today.

Experts throw light on Sikh martyrs
Patiala, March 21
The 39th session of the three-day Punjab History Conference on the theme “Martyrdom and the Sikhs: Concept and Traditions”, organised by the department of Punjab historical studies, Punjabi University, concluded here today.

Panel passes Punjabi varsity budget
Patiala, March 21
A meeting of the finance committee was held here under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, S. Swarn Singh Boparai. Secretary, Finance, Punjab, Baldeep Singh attended the meeting along with other members of the committee.


Blankets sent
Amritsar, March 21
With Rajasansi international airport emerging as a trade air route for people of the region, a 45 tonne consignment of woollen blankets was sent to West Asian countries in an I-76 TD chartered plane by a local mill here today.


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