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River Waters
Bhattal corners Badal

Chandigarh, March 29
The Congress led by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today cornered Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during zero hour in the Punjab assembly on the river waters issue, especially on the stand taken by the state government in the Supreme Court yesterday with regard to section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004.

Vote on account passed
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Appropriation (Vote-on-Account) Bill, 2007, was passed today by the Punjab assembly authorising the payment and appropriation of Rs 6945.53 crore from and out of the consolidated fund of the state government for three months, that is up to June 30.

BJP made Badal change stand: Bhattal

Fatehgarh Sahib


The cast of Punjabi film “Lakh Pardesi Hoie” during the shooting in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
The cast of Punjabi film “Lakh Pardesi Hoie” during the shooting in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

HC notice to Centre on NRI-abandoned women
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 12 on a PIL seeking directions to the government of India to protect the interests of 15,000-odd women living in Punjab after having been deserted by their NRI-husbands.

Separate gurdwara panel
Sikh conclave’s ultimatum to Haryana
Amritsar, March 29
The Sikh conclave held in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee complex here today served 15-day ultimatum on the Haryana government asking it to desist from going for separate gurdwara committee in the state as promised in the Congress manifesto before the assembly elections in Haryana.

CAG slams state govt
Chandigarh, March 29
In what should be a wake-up call for Punjab, the Comptroller and Auditor-General today pointed at money-guzzling public sector undertakings that are eating into resources and also the fact that 78 per cent of all revenue was being used to pay salaries and pensions to employees besides interest payments on debts.



Girl accuses parents of ‘domestic violence’ and forcible marriage
Chandigarh, March 29
Twentyone-year-old Ramandeep Kaur apprehends danger to life from her own parents. After allegedly enduring torture and illegal detention at their hands, she has dragged them to the Punjab State Women’s Commission, which earlier took police help to rescue the girl from her own house in Ludhiana.

SGPC writes to PM on PSB issue
Ludhiana, March 29
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to disband the Board of Directors of the Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) and reconstitute the board with new directors who should be well versed with the banking system.

Union defends bank director
Chandigarh , March 29
Reacting to a news-item, “Can a matriculate be the director of a bank?”, carried in these columns on March 27, the All India PSB Officers Union (Regd.) has clarified that all directors, except for one, are highly qualified with a proven track  record.

State to approach centre
Aid for border farmers
Chandigarh, March 29
Intervening in a question asked by Sher Singh, SAD MLA, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he would soon approach the union government to seek the revival of payment of compensation to farmers owning land across the fence on the Indo-Pak border.

Wildlife Dept to get tranquiliser guns
Patiala, March 29
To save wild animals that stray into human habitations from being killed, the state Wildlife Department has initiated the process of procuring tranquiliser guns. Sources in the department said orders had been placed for two long-range and one-short range tranquiliser guns.

Home Guards’ plea on parity in pay scales
Abohar, March 29
The Punjab Home Guards Association today urged the state government to bring parity in pay scales of Home Guards and the Punjab police.

Police probing Jain incident, says Badal
Chandigarh, March 29
Giving a statement in the Punjab assembly regarding an incident that occurred on March 26 at Moga in which Congress MLA Joginderpal Jain was allegedly manhandled, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said both parties -- Jain and certain Akali municipal councillors-- had submitted their complaints to the police.

CM’s wife dusts shoes of sangat
Amritsar, March 29
Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today paid a surprise visit to Guru Ram Dass Langar hall to have information about the quality of the langar being served there.

Cops burn 30 quintals of drugs
Bathinda, March 29
Jatinder Jain, DIG, Punjab police, Faridkot range, today said police chiefs of districts falling in the neighbouring states would be involved in efforts to check smuggling of narcotics.

Ranike allays fears of poultry firms
Rajpura, March 29
“The SAD-BJP government will allow mega projects of the previous government in the poultry sector to continue provided these companies take care of farmers’ interests,” said minister for animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries Gulzar Singh Ranike at Jai Nagar, near here, today.

19 pilgrims hurt
Bathinda, March 29
About 19 persons, including seven women, were injured when the bus in which they were going to a religious place located near Moga from Gill Patti village of this district to pay their obeisance overturned near Jeeda village after one of its tyres burst.


Senior officials found absent
Muktsar, March 29
Senior officials and other staff members were found absent from duty by two teams led by Subdivisional Magistrates (SDMs) of Muktsar and Gidderbaha subdivisions in a surprise visit today morning.

DC issues ban orders
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
Deputy Commissioner Alaknanda Dayal, in an order issued under Section 144 today, banned the carrying of weapons, explosive material, iron rods, swords, knives, tridents in public places. She has also banned display of posters, sign boards on all the government properties, particularly on all four memorial gates.

0001 fetches Rs 1.40 lakh
Patiala, March 29
The craze for smaller registration numbers for vehicles is growing among the rich and famous of the city. The district transport authorities today auctioned the PB-11AF-0001 number of the new series for Rs 1.40 lakh.


Man killed over gurdwara dispute
Amritsar, March 29
Tension prevailed in Loharka Kalan village after the death of Dalbir Singh after he reportedly objected to the recitation of path in the backyard of a gurdwara.

Sleaze CD: Actor surrenders
Tarn Taran, March 29
Amandip Singh, alias Prince, who had appeared in a sleaze CD, today appeared in the court of Gurnam Singh, subdivisional judicial magistrate.


Chemical technology discussed
Sangrur, March 29
Director of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) S.K. Pandey on Tuesday called on scientists to generate ideas on the advancement in the area of chemical technology.

Students remember Kalpana Chawla
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
Students of Scholar Fields Public School, Akali Majrian, paid tributes to Kalpana Chawla here today. They highlighted the life and achievements of Kalpana Chawla.


Ensure safety in industries: chief secy
Chandigarh, March 29
Ramesh Inder Singh, chief secretary, Punjab, has called upon industrialists to take preventive measures to check chemical-related accidents in their units and save precious human lives besides environment.


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