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Budget: Chaos in Amritsar MC
Amritsar, March 5
Unruly scenes were witnessed in the General House of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation here today with the Congress and a section of the SAD councillors alleging that the budget for the financial year 2008-09 was passed without a detailed discussion.

Councillors protest against the passing of the budget without discussion in the Amritsar Corporation House on Wednesday.
Councillors protest against the passing of the budget without discussion in the Amritsar Corporation House on Wednesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Many more Kashmirs still in Pak
Hoshiarpur, March 5
Rano, wife of sepoy Jagdish Lal of Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) and Nirmal Kaur, wife of Subedar Asha Singh of Nanak Nagar, Jammu, whom husbands had been arrested during the Indo-Pak war in 1971, have urged the government to take up the issue of release of their husbands languishing in Pakistan jails.

If only he could advance his release
Amritsar, March 5
Kashmir Singh, who was released from Pakistan’s high-security jail after 35 years of rigorous imprisonment yesterday, felt unfortunate on learning that his mother Swarn Kaur had died only three months ago. His father Sansar Singh had died awaiting the release of his son.



‘Allot him bus routes’
Hoshiarpur, March 5
The release of Indian soldiers from prisons of other countries should not be politicised for petty gains. Monetary help should be provided by the Union as well as state governments to patriots .

Clash: Deepa alleges police high-handedness
Sangrur, March 5
A prominent leader (with Congress background) of the Sunam area Rajinder Deepa today claimed that he had not fled from the Sunam Civil Hospital the previous day as he had gone from there with the permission of the doctor on duty. He also alleged that he had left the hospital due to the high-handedness of the police against him as the police had registered a false case against him and his wife Sonia Arora (daughter of ex-minister late Bhagwan Dass Arora), in place of his brother-in-law (wife’s brother) Aman Arora and his supporters.


Ropar Development
SAD MLA threatens fast
Ropar, March 5
Desperation is creeping among SAD leaders of the district. The SAD MLA from Anandpur Sahib, Sant Ajit Singh, while talking to newsmen in the presence of adviser to CM Dajit Singh Cheema said he had contested elections for the people of Ropar. He had no interest in any post.

Cong’s Delhi-chalo call
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, too, is going the SAD-BJP way. The party has announced a trip to Delhi for the “who’s who” in the party setup and its workers later this week. 

MC wards to be reserved afresh
Chandigarh, March 5
As the elections to municipal committees will be held before April 30, the Punjab Local Bodies Department has decided to reserve municipal wards for various categories afresh in the committees going to the polls. Sources said the department had devised a new formula to reserve the wards for SCs and women.


Nanded to be air-linked with Chandigarh, Amritsar
Amritsar, March 5
The Sikh devotees across the world, especially from North India have a reason to cheer. Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded, would be air-linked with Chandigarh and Amritsar before the tercentenary of the Gurgaddi Divas of Guru Granth Sahib to be celebrated from October 31 to November 3 at Nanded.

Of missing 23-year-old son, hapless father, police apathyAmandeep Singh
Chandigarh, March 5
Fear of unemployment and not being able to live up to the expectations of parents made a 23-year-old youth walk away from home. His father, a former Army subedar, is desperate to find him. Concern for his son’s well being has led him to every corner of the state, including gurdwaras and industrial units. The Punjab Police too has failed to help him find his son. 
Amandeep Singh

Safe Water
Rs 24.11 cr for 7 dists
Chandigarh, March 5
The Union government today released Rs 24.11 crore to Punjab for better safe drinking water in seven districts.

Dist-wise weather forecast soon
Chandigarh, March 5
From June this year, Punjab will be able to issue district-level weather forecasts for the benefit of its farmers. Right now, only state-level weather advisory is issued which can’t fully cover the risks involved in the planning of agricultural operations.

Rs 5 cr for growth of Punjabi sought
Chandigarh, March 5
Noted journalist Kuldip Nayar’s revelation about Unesco report predicting the disappearance of Punjabi language in 50 years, should serve as a wake-up call for Punjabis all over the world, and the Punjab government committed to Punjabiat, said Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, president, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation.

Demand for Punjabi papers in trains
Patiala, March 5
Punjabi author and president of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha Patiala Mohan Singh Prem has urged the Railways to supply Punjabi newspapers along with English and Hindi papers in trains.

3-day Urs of Sufi saint begins
Bassi Pathana, March 5
The three-day annual Urs in the memory of Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui Sirhindi started at Rauza Sharif yesterday. Earlier, a jatha of more than 200 pilgrims from Pakistan used to come, but this year only 48 pilgrims from Pakistan, led by Sayeed Musharar Husain Alipur Saheedan, have come to pay obeisance.

Panthic representatives’ debate on March 9
Amritsar, March 5
Organised by the Dal Khalsa a meeting of Panthic representatives will be held on March 9 to suggest a procedure for the appointment, removal and functions the Jathedar of Akal Takht. This was stated by Kanwar Pal Singh, its general secretary, today.— TNS


Expedite matters involving Punjab Speaker: HC
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Ropar Special Judge to expeditiously proceed with matters involving Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon, while dismissing two petitions filed by him.

Moga Sex Scam
HC breather for Tota Singh’s son
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted “limited” protection till March 10 to Barjinder Singh, son of Punjab’s former education minister Tota Singh. He was seeking directions to the investigating agency to release him on bail in the event of his arrest in the Moga sex scam.

City Centre Case
Ex-CM seeks court nod to attend House
Ludhiana, March 5
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, an accused in the City Centre scam, has moved the Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, seeking permission to attend the state’s Assembly session on March 10.


MoU to boost urban coop banks
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab government will sign an MoU with the RBI on March 7 to strengthen urban cooperative banks and their economic revival.


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