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Stray animal leads to death of 4
Ropar, March 1
A stray animal led to the death of four residents of Amritsar on the Ropar-Chandigarh road, 8 km from here, this morning. The car (PB-02-AJ-0770), in which the four persons were travelling, collided head-on with a truck when the stray animal abruptly came on the road.

Action plan for development of Sultanpur Lodhi formulated
Sultanpur Lodhi, March 1
The district administration has formulated an action plan for the development of the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi for the next 20 years. A meeting to get suggestions from prominent citizens on the action plan was held here today.

India-born Canadian doc develops new heart drug
N.S. DhallaChandigarh, March 1
India-born Canadian doctor N.S. Dhalla has achieved a breakthrough in inventing a drug to revolutionise the heart treatment in the world.

N.S. Dhalla interacts at a press conference at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Nayar vows to save Punjabi
Punjabi language will disappear in 50 years: Unesco report
Chandigarh, March 1
Noted journalist Kuldip Nayar has taken it on himself to preserve the Punjabi language and culture. “I have gone through a report prepared by Unesco which says the Punjabi language will disappear from the world in 50 years. It shocked me. I am out to save Punjabi language and culture,” he said here today.





Embezzlement Case
Bhattal submits rejoinder

Chandigarh, March 1
Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today tried to set the record straight in the Rs 20-lakh embezzlement case against her. She submitted a rejoinder to the reply filed by the complainant, Balwant Singh Dhillon, regarding the prosecution’s plea for withdrawal of the case.

Leaders differ on Budget
Chandigarh, March 1
While former Congress Minister Umrao Singh and former chairman of the Mandi Board Choudhary Darshan Singh have hailed the Union Budget as a new landmark in the history of the country, senior Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra said the Budget’s reality would soon be exposed and lead to frustration, especially among farming community.

Congress meeting on March 5
Chandigarh, March 1
To discuss the forthcoming elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions and municipal committees, the Punjab Congress will hold a meeting on March 5 in the Punjab Congress Bhawan. Punjab Congress spokesman Jagmohan Singh Kang said here today that the meeting would be presided over by PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.


NRI repents the good done for village
Manuke (Jagraon), March 1
An NRI, who had donated his ancestral house to the panchayat of his native village in 2003 to be used as a senior citizens home, was pained to see it razed to the ground, and no signs of a new project coming up there either. The NRI, Ishar Singh Sandhu, is on a trip back home from Canada.

‘Panthic martyr’ status demanded
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 1
Darshan Singh Fauzi, Sadhu Singh Former minister and in charge of the Kila Raipur Assembly constituency Jagdish Singh Garcha has demanded the status of “panthic martyr” for Darshan Singh Fauzi (53) of Jangpur village and Sadhu Singh (60) of Lehra village, both SAD activists, who died during the course of the Insaf Rally, organised in Delhi on Tuesday.

Darshan Singh Fauzi, Sadhu Singh 

Rural medical officers protest against Chawla
Patiala, March 1
Representatives of the Rural Medical Services Association (doctors working under zila parishads in Punjab) met Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, regarding amendment to PPSC rules on basic qualifications of PCMS doctors recruited through the PPSC.

Sohal takes over as director, health services
Mohali, March 1
S.P.S. Sohal today took over as director, Health Services (DHS), Punjab. He will also hold the charge of director, Family Welfare.The post of DHS had fallen vacant after the retirement of Dr Sukhdev Singh on February 29. Also H.K.Nagpal, joint secretary, Health, has been given the assignment of director, ESI, Punjab.

Research on Baba Farid
The photograph of Prof Pritam Singh, who had put in 60 years of research to zero in on the original Baba Farid, was erroneously carried in these columns on March 1. The Tribune regrets the embarrassment it inadvertently caused to the family of the scholar. 

Pritam Singh
Pritam Singh


Framing of Charges in Dowry Cases
Only prima facie allegations to be considered: HC

Chandigarh, March 1
In a significant judgement the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that at the time of framing charges, only prima facie allegations are to be seen in dowry harassment cases and truth and veracity of the allegations is not to be gone into.

Judicial remand for Garcha, Sandhu
Patiala, March 1
A special CBI court remanded accused in the Moga sex scam AIG Davender Singh Garcha and SP Paramdeep Singh Sandhu in 14-day judicial custody here today. The case had ben entrusted to the CBI by the High Court.


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