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Amarinder attacks SAD-BJP govt
Chandigarh, March 10
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh arrives in the Punjab Assembly, Chandigarh, on Monday. Attacking the SAD-BJP government on the floor of the Punjab Assembly today, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the state government was telling lies to people of the state by making high-sounding statements with regard to development projects though it was just surviving on borrowed money. All attention remained focused him in the House.
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh arrives in the Punjab Assembly, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

His presence adds spice
Chandigarh, March 10
It was truly a day full of suspense till the end. Neither the ruling SAD-BJP alliance nor the Congress was sure as to how the Punjab Vidhan Sabha would react to the former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s first appearance in the House after his ceremonial swearing in as a MLA, a year ago.

House comes to Sarabjit’s aid
Chandigarh, March 10
Cutting across party lines, members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously adopted a resolution asking for commuting the death sentence of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who is on a death row in a Pakistani jail on charges of causing death of 14 persons by triggering a bomb blast.



BJP Infighting
Nangal chief, gen secy booked
Nangal, March 10
Infighting in the BJP here has come to the fore again, with the result that today block president of BJP Rakesh Sharma, general secretary Harikrishan Kaka, SC cell secretary Tarlok Bains and Kamal Gai, Bharatiya Yuva Morcha president, were among others booked by the local police on a complaint of former block president of Chander Kumar Bajaj and senior BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal.

Members of the Hindu jatha which returned from Pakistan after celebrating Shivratri at the Katasraj temple recently. Jatha rues deletion of snaps by Rangers
Attari, March 10
Members of the Hindu jatha which returned from Pakistan here today after celebrating Shivratri at the Katasraj shrine alleged that pictures clicked by them with their digital cameras were deleted and two video cassettes confiscated by Pakistan Rangers on their way back.

Members of the Hindu jatha which returned from Pakistan after celebrating Shivratri at the Katasraj temple recently. — Photo by
Vishal Kumar

Weak dollar: Cargo handling becomes highly cost-effective
Amritsar, March 10
While exporters are facing a crunch in view of the weakening of the dollar for the past few months and trying to cope up to cut the cost to remain in competition in global markets, the movement of cargo out of the Rajasansi airport can come as an economic boon due to reduced cost of cargo handling as compared to other cargos in the country.



Postpone panchayat elections, says Bhattal
Chandigarh, March 10
Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to postpone the panchayat elections and ask the finance minister to present the Budget on the due date. Panchayat elections could be held even in June, she said.

YC to hold dharnas from March 14
Chandigarh, March 10
The Youth Congress has announced the holding of district-level dharnas and demonstrations throughout the state from March 14. Vijay Inder Singla, president, Punjab Youth Congress, said here yesterday that the protest was to highlight “the failure of the Badal government to fulfil any of the grandiose promises made by it at the time of the last state Assembly elections”.


Paper work for securing loan
Arhtiyas ‘fleece farmers’
Ludhiana, March 10
Thousands of farmers in the country continue to be fleeced by commission agents (arhtiyas) in the name of paper work involved for securing loan for them.They lose a part of the actual loan amount. Loan disbursement to farmers should be made through agents who are farm university graduates.They are better qualified and equipped to guide farmers regarding loan disbursement, payment schedule and interest rate calculated in terms of actual cash burden and time for better understanding of a farmer.

Rs 20-cr grant for PAU pensioners
Ludhiana, March 10
The Punjab government has sanctioned a special grant of Rs 20 crore to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for pension to retiring employees of the university.

Man commits suicide
‘Was duped, humiliated by travel agent’
Amritsar, March 10
Fed up with the slow police probe into a case relating to duping and beating up by a travel agent for sending his nephew to New Zealand, a man committed suicide here last night.

Nayyar not allowed to board flight
Amritsar, March 10
A senior veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayyar was not allowed to board the Amritsar-Delhi Jet Airways flight last night. Kuldeep Nayyar had arrived from Lahore to take the flight to Delhi.

No, it’s not bird flu
Bathinda, March 10
The high-security animal disease laboratory, Bhopal, has ruled out bird flu as the cause of death of about 3,000 birds in a village near here. In its final report regarding the death of birds due to an unidentified disease at Gehri Bhagi village, the laboratory opined that the samples had failed the avian influenza virus (bird flu) test. Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu, director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, confirmed this while talking to TNS today.

Sidhu hospitalised
Amritsar, March 10
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu was admitted to Apollo Superspecialty Hospital, Delhi, last night for acute infection of blood and liver. He has been undergoing tests to diagnose the ailment.

95 & still kadam kadam badaye ja …
Amritsar, March 10
Sham Singh (95), a close associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, still sings “Kadam kadam badaye ja …” while trying to do quick regimental march of the Indian National Army (INA) with the help of a walking stick ! He is probably the oldest surviving member of the INA.


High Court
Remission to Rape Convicts
Notice to Punjab
Chandigarh, March 10
Taking up a petition filed in public interest for quashing instructions for the grant of remission to rape convicts, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia today issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab for May 19.


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