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Bus fare hike on cards
Chandigarh, March 13
Bus passengers in Punjab should be ready to pay more. The Punjab government will recover toll charges from them for travelling in Punjab Roadways and PRTC buses.

Panel on mishaps: No debate in House
Chandigarh, March 13
Concern for rising number of deaths in road accidents in Punjab that dominated Zero hour in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, with the ruling alliance and the opposition showing unanimity to redress the issue, was not allowed to be debated further by speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon.

Release of Sarabjit Singh
SAD chief wants PM to intervene
Chandigarh, March 13
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal today sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention to secure the release of Indian citizen Sarabjit Singh.

Misuse of Funds
Board of labour societies dissolved
Ropar, March 13
The joint registrar, Cooperative Societies, Punjab, has dissolved the board of directors of the Labour and Construction Societies Union, Ropar, following a complaint of alleged misuse of union funds by office-bearers.

Another in debt ends life
Sultanpur Lodhi, March 13
Another man in debt committed suicide in the Doaba region in a month. Jaswinder Singh Kala hanged himself to death at Karshaidpur village under Nakodar police station in Jalandhar on February 11.

Privatisation of ITIs
Students hold rallies
Sangrur, March 13
Activists of the Joint Student Front, comprising Punjab Students’ Union (PSU), Punjab Radical Students’ Union (PRSU), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), All India Students’ Association (AISA), and Punjab Students’ Federation (PSF) today held rallies and demonstrations at various places in the state against the proposed handing over of ITIs to private companies under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme in the state.


SAD forms panels for ZP poll
Chandigarh, March 13
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has said the party will contest the zila parishad and block samiti elections on the party symbol.

Farmers under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) sit on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday.
Farmers under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) sit on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manas Ranjan Bhui




A part of the upper portion of Darshani Deori in the Golden Temple being repainted with gaudy colours. Repainting of Darshani Deori
Crude, say experts; work stopped
Amritsar, March 13
Repainting of the upper portion of Darshani Deori, which leads to sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, with gaudy colours, crude workmanship and inappropriate materials through “kar sewa” has been stopped on the intervention of senior SGPC officials.

A part of the upper portion of Darshani Deori in the Golden Temple being repainted with gaudy colours. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Student dies under mysterious circumstances
Tarn Taran, March 13 
Bharpoor Singh (16), a class 10 student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala, Goindwal, died under mysterious circumstances here today.

‘Debt waiver a political gimmick’
Jalandhar, March 13
Debt waiver to farmers is a cheap political gimmick and if the government is really serious in bailing out the farmers it should link all agricultural produces to the market price index.

Mann’s memo to Pawar
Chandigarh, March 13
The SAD(A) today submitted a memorandum to union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar to bring to his notice various issues related to agriculture and the sad plight of farmers in the state.

Eco kits to educate villagers
Chandigarh, March 13
In order to sensitise the common man on environmental issues, the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology has developed educational kits under a UNESCO-sponsored project.

Depleting water table threat to Punjab
Chandigarh, March 13
“The state of Punjab has a serious ecological and environmental threat if the depleting layer of surface water, underground water and water table is any indicator”, says Rajendra Singh.



High Court
Punjab told to pay Rs 5,000 for denying benefit
Chandigarh, March 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the State of Punjab to pay Rs 5,000 for declining the grant of benefit of the state government’s Balri Rakshak Yojna to minor daughters of an employee.


Moga silos storage made market yard
Chandigarh, March 13
The Punjab government has declared the silos storage at Moga as a market yard. This will enable the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to procure wheat directly at the silos storage rather then first procuring it from the mandis and then transporting it to their storage.

Urban, indl sector consume more water: farmers
Ludhiana, March 13
The farmers who converged here for kisan mela inaugurated by Dr G.S.Kalkat, chairman, Punjab State Farmers Commission at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today wanted effective and viable alternatives to wheat and paddy crop.


State Crime Graph
Mystery shrouds NFL labourer’s death
Nangal, March 13
Death of a contract labourer of coal handling plant of National Fertilizers Ltd (NFL) here is enveloped in mystery. Body of Ram Dev labourer was recovered by the police from coal yard of the NFL plant yesterday evening.

2 Akali leaders booked for youth’s death
Ajnala, March 13
Pressure exerted by the public and relatives of the deceased, Jindi Masih, today forced the police here to book two persons close to senior Akali leaders of the area.

Granthi held for rape bid
Sangrur, March 13
The Lehragaga police has arrested a granthi of a gurdwara at Ramgarh Sandhuan village, near Lehragaga.

Two cops held for bid to rape
Ludhiana, March 13
Two cops on duty with an under-trial prisoner admitted to civil hospital here attempted to rape a 17-year-old girl, who was taking care of her sick father, admitted to the male ward, at 2 am today.


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