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Badal reminds Cong of torture of ex-Akali ministers
Chandigarh, March 28
Launching a sharp political attack against the previous Amarinder government, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today in the Assembly that “dark period of mega corruption was over” and a new beginning had been made with the coming of the SAD-BJP combine to power.

Crucial SGPC, Akal Takht meetings today
Amritsar, March 28
The crucial meetings of Akal Takht and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee convened here tomorrow, coinciding with the completion of seven years of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti as Jathedar, Akal Takht, are likely to take important decisions on Panthic matters.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Governor’s address old wine in new bottle, says Bhattal
Chandigarh, March 28
Leader of the opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today termed the Governor’s address as “old wine in a new bottle”. All old development schemes of the Congress had been highlighted and the new promises made by the ruling SAD-BJP combine were no more than “white lies”, said Bhattal while speaking in the house on the address of Governor S.F. Rodrigues.

23 measurement books of MC ‘missing’
Abohar, March 28
Twentythree measurement books have been missing from the municipal council here. Some SAD and BJP activists who stormed the council this afternoon were told by municipal engineer Hakam Singh and junior engineer Sukhdarshan Singh that they were issued blank measuring books on joining duty here on January 9, 2007 and December 18, 2006, respectively.

City Centre Scam
Plea on search warrant for Moti Bagh withdrawn
Hanspal fails to get interim bail
Ludhiana, March 28
In a surprise move the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today withdrew the application seeking search warrant of Moti Bagh, the Patiala residence of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, from a local court with regard to the multi-crore city centre project scam.

Wheat procurement: Kisan unions up in arms
Chandigarh, March 28
Farmers’ unions across Punjab are up in arms against the Union Government’s move to ban private players from procuring wheat in Punjab.

SAARC car rally crosses over to Pak
Wagah, March 28
A convoy of 28 cars participating in the first SAARC car rally 2007 crossed over to Pakistan from the Wagah joint check post here today. The cars arrived at the post at 2 p.m. and after completing the immigration formalities crossed the RadCliff line where it was received by Miofar Bukhtiar, federal minister of tourism, Pakistan.

First SAARC countries rally crosses over to Pakistan at Wagah joint check post on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

First SAARC countries rally crosses over to Pakistan at Wagah joint check post


Amarinder writes to Badal
Chandigarh, March 28
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has sent a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal saying,“ Tell me where should I appear and offer myself for arrest”. The letter also reminds Badal that “my government took a decision not to arrest you during the course of investigation.

Give Badals’ case to CBI: SAD(A)
Amritsar, March 28
The investigations into the corruption cases against Akali Dal supremo Parkash Singh Badal and his family should be given to the CBI. Stating this, Baldev Singh Sirsa, spokesman, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), in a missive to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has asked him that the corruption cases against Badals be tried outside the state.


Rs 44.95-cr Patiala MC budget passed
Water, sewerage charges abolished
Patiala, March 28
Differences between the municipal corporation commissioner and the mayor came to the fore at the final meeting of the house here on Wednesday, even as the mayor passed a resolution abolishing the water and sewerage charges.

159 officials found absent
Ferozepore, March 28
As many as 159 officials were found absent in a surprise visit by the district administration in various government departments in this border district. Giving details, deputy commissioner Bhagwant Singh said he checked the presence of officials in the District Mandi Office and the Forest Office.

Back from jaws of death and smiling
Patiala, March 28
The government has brought legislations to prevent exploitation of minors. But poverty, the biggest problem being faced by children, remains unaddressed.

Owners of a cycle stand carry Sonu at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Rajasansi airport all set to be cargo hub
Amritsar, March 28
The Rajasansi International Airport is all set to emerge as an important cargo hub of north India with a main air cargo complex, which will handle both perishable and other cargo, slated to come up by May-end.

Owners of a cycle stand carry Sonu at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala

Loans to farmers on easy terms
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 28
Deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal released the annual credit plan at a meeting of the consultative committee of various banks organised by the State Bank of Patiala here today. The meeting was convened to review the progress of various government-sponsored schemes for the agriculture and industrial sectors.

Bank manager honoured for foiling robbery
Amritsar, March 28
The Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Federation and the Sultan-ul-Qauam Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Society today honoured Gurpreet Singh, the young branch manager of Centurion Bank of Punjab, who foiled a robbery bid in the bank on January 25.

Drive against encroachments remains hampered
Abohar, March 28
Even after a month of the Vidhan Sabha elections, the much-awaited drive against encroachments in rural areas remained hampered for the third consecutive month. Construction work on some of the link roads is yet to be completed, thanks to the lack of initiative on the part of the engineering wing of the Punjab Marketing Board, sources said.

DC wants projects finished on time
Amritsar, March 28
At a meeting of district officials on the status of government-sponsored schemes held here today, Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu emphasised on timely completion of projects.

SGPC to bid for Duleep Singh’s bust
Patiala, March 28
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee would arrange to bid for the bust of Maharaja Duleep Singh priced at around £ 25,000-35,000 pounds, being put on auction by Bonhams of London on April 19.

Harcharan Josh clarifies
Chandigarh, March 28
Harcharan Singh Josh, a member of the Minorities Commission and director of the Punjab and Sind Bank, has in a written statement claimed that his association with the bank has been for three decades.


Phone details lead to arrest of 6 for murder
Hoshiarpur, March 28
The district police here has arrested six of the accused in connection with the murder of Davinder Singh of Paldi within 72 hours. Anita Punj, SSP, Hoshiarpur, stated in a press note here this afternoon that the body of Davinder was found on a village road on March 25.

Two dead as bus hits car
Kharar, March 28
Three persons have been killed in two accidents near Kharar since last night. A Chandigarh resident, Ram Pal, was killed near Jhanjheri village when his cycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle.


Guru Nanak varsity ‘denying due importance’ to Amrita Pritam

Amritsar, March 28
Guru Nanak Dev University was not ready to give proper importance to the works of Jnanpeeth awardee Amrita Pritam, in the university. Noted artist Imroz, who had been associated with the famous Punjabi poetess, stated this to The Tribune here today while he was inaugurating the 73rd All-India Exhibition of Arts 2007 organised by the Indian Academy of Fine Arts.
Artist Imroz looks at a work of art at the 73rd All-India Exhibition of Arts in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Artist Imroz looks at a work of art at the 73rd All-India Exhibition of Arts in Amritsar

Women’s empowerment: Change in patriarchal set up needed
Amritsar, March 28
There was need to change attitude not only of women but also of patriarchal structure for the empowerment of women. This was observed by Prof Mahendra Narain Karna, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.


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