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Sarabjit Case
‘Fresh plea after Mush steps down’
Pak rights minister ‘unaware’ of plea rejection
Amritsar, March 6
Pakistan human rights minister Ansar Burney, who had traced Kashmir Singh during a visit to Lahore's central jail and ensured his release purportedly feigned “ignorance” about the rejection of mercy petition of Indian citizen Sarabjit Singh on death row in jail in Pakistan for alleged bomb blasts, by President Pervez Musharraf.

CM seeks PM’s intervention

Pension: Govt to bail out PAU
Ludhiana, March 6
At last, the government seems to have been moved by the plight of the pensioners of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) who have not received their pension for the past four months.

Diversification talks come hollow
Hit by worst winter, owners digging up their orchards
Chandigarh, March 6
Digging up of orchards hit by worst winter in their neighbourhood has been no dampener for UK-based development economist S.P.S Sohi and his British wife, who have been nursing their 10-year-old 10-acre guava-mango orchard like a child.

Need of the hour: Policy on groundwater
Ludhiana, March 6
Punjab needs to seriously formulate a policy to deal with the problem of fast receding groundwater table. The matter gains importance in the light that the latest data collected by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre here reveals that only 51 per cent of the total land in the state has quality groundwater for irrigation.



Bail out debt-ridden farmers, Kanwaljit to experts
Rauni (Patiala), March 6
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh yesterday called upon agricuture experts of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to adopt a new approach to develop means to increase crop production and subsequently strengthen the monetary conditions of farmers.

Vicky Dhillon From taxi driver to Brampton councillor
Jalandhar, March 6
Vicky Dhillon , who hails from Rampura Phul in Bathinda, has become the first Sikh councillor of Brampton city in Canada. From driving taxi to managing affairs of a Brampton ward in Canada, Dhillon has covered a long way. He was 21 in 1991 when he went to Canada in search of greener pastures after graduation from Punjabi University Patiala. Then he had not imagined of such an achievement.

                                                         Vicky Dhillon



Moga Sex Scam
CBI officials quiz Tota Singh’s son
Chandigarh, March 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today questioned Barjinder Singh, son of former Punjab education minister Tota Singh, in connection with Moga sex scam. Sources in the CBI said Barjinder was quizzed for about an hour by the investigating officials during the preliminary session.

Laungewala Battle
AOP overreacting, says Ex-services League chief
Ludhiana, March 6
Lt-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president, Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, recently described as unfortunate the controversy over the Laungewala battle of 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Devotees pour milk over the Shivalingam at a temple in Amritsar on Maha Shivratri on Thursday.
Devotees pour milk over the Shivalingam at a temple in Amritsar on Maha Shivratri on Thursday. — AFP

Regularisation of power connections to tubewells
PSEB invites applications
Patiala, March 6
The poor families which have built or intend to build houses or renovate ancestral property with high tension wires passing through their land and property, the PSEB has decided to release connections in these cases provided the the SDO’s clearances as required for 11kv or higher voltage are available at the site.

Suspended IG to move court
Chandigarh, March 6
Suspended IG of the Punjab Police Rajinder Singh today said he was suspended in retaliation to his filing of a case seeking promotion.

Attack on Banker
Police accused of inaction
Nabha, March 6
The family of a bank employee who was beaten up by the SOI men here has accused the police of inaction. Mohinder Singh, who is working with the ICICI Bank in Mohali and a resident of the town, was attacked on the Cantonment road by 12 youths belonging to the SOI on Tuesday. He was on way to his uncle’s house when the incident happened.

10 injured in accident
Ropar, March 6
The diversion of entire heavy traffic to the Nangal-Nurpurbedi-Ropar road has led to many accidents. In the past two months eight persons have lost their lives and hundreds have been injured in accidents on this road.

Ugrahan asks CM for addl loan waiver
Sangrur, March 6
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) has asked the Badal government that if it really felt that the loan waiver, announced by the Centre, was not enough, then it should announce a separate loan waiver for the state farmers to bail them out of loans taken from moneylenders and arhtiyas.

Tribune journalist bereaved
Bathinda, March 6
Mrs Urmila Sinha (66), mother of Sandeep Sinha news editor of the Bathinda edition of The Tribune, today expired at Asansol.

Govt staff to hold rally in Ludhiana
Jalandhar, March 6
Government employees will hold a state-level rally at Ludhiana on April 10 in protest against the anti-employee policies of the state and unfulfilled poll promises.

Sanjay Bhai imparts training to make agarbatti to inmates of Shiv Shankar Birdh Ashram at Sangrur on Wednesday. Keeping them busy and fit
Sangrur, March 6
The authorities of Shiv Shankar Birdh Ashram here yesterday made arrangements to train inmates in making incense sticks, detergent powder and ‘pappad’. The training was given by in charge of the Ahinsa Prashikshan Kendra, Sherpur, Sanjay Bhai, who is from Nalanda district in Bihar.

Sanjay Bhai imparts training to make agarbatti to inmates of Shiv Shankar Birdh Ashram at Sangrur on Wednesday. — Photo by writer



PF Bungling
Punjab, PSEB get High Court notice
Chandigarh, March 6
Taking up a petition, seeking inquiry into the circumstances leading to cancellation of a case pertaining to alleged bungling of over Rs 1 crore in provident fund of employees of Ropar-based Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwlia of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab and PSEB for July 17.


Punjabi varsity to start job-oriented courses
Patiala, March 6
Punjabi University here has decided to introduce some new courses. A decision to this effect was taken at the Senate meeting held today. Presiding over the meeting Dr Jaspal Singh vice- chancellor stated “Punjabi University is all set to start a good number of short-term, long-term and add-on and job-oriented courses from the next academic session.


2 female foetuses found
Amritsar, March 6
Two female foetuses were found at separate places here today. The incident is being considered a setback to the ambitious “Pangurra” scheme, launched by the district administration and Red Cross Society recently to tackle the rising problem of girl child abandonment.


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