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DCC ex vice-chief held on rape charge
Kuldip Rai Arora of Shankar Hospital-cum-residence arrested in Amritsar on Saturday. Amritsar, March 15
In a jolt to the Congress, a former vice-president of the District Congress Committee “Dr” Kuldip Rai Arora has been arrested for raping his helper throughout the night in his Shankar Hospital-cum-residence in the busy Putlighar Chowk here today.

Kuldip Rai Arora of Shankar Hospital-cum-residence arrested in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo by Vishal Kumar

Woman alleges attack by kin
Police fails to register case
Phagwara, March 15
Sarabjit Kaur Virk Sarabjit Kaur Virk living at Khalwara village under Phagwara police station was allegedly attacked by her aunt Harpreet Kaur and others on Wednesday evening. She said Harpreet, along with her sons Barjinder Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, daughter Rano and daughter-in-law Sarabjit attacked her with stones. She saved life by fleeing from there.

Cong plans stir for repeal of land Act
Says Kandi belt farmers suffering
Chandigarh, March 15
The Congress will launch an agitation to press the Punjab government to repeal the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) which, it said, has made life miserable for people of 470 villages of the Kandi belt beginning from Dhar block near Gurdaspur to certain parts of Mohali district.



Bid on Dera Chief’s Life
‘Parveen being framed’ by Haryana cops
Patiala, March 15
Sohanjt Kaur, chairperson, Mata Gujri Trust, which runs a school for children of slain terrorists at Kaller Bhaini village, near here, has lashed out at the Haryana Police for taking into custody Parveen Meena for alleged bid on the life of Dera Sacha Sauda chief at Karnal.


Govt targeting officers: BSP
Chandigarh, March 15
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has urged the Badal government to concentrate on governance and avoid selective targeting of officers as it will have a bad affect on the state’s official machinery.

YC men go anti-Badal over development
Patiala, March 15
Activists of the Punjab Youth Congress held a dharna on the Mall here yesterday. They gathered in front of the library and raised slogans against the state government. Later, addressing a press conference, PYC chief Vijay Inder Singla said people of the state were a disgruntled lot.


CJI inaugurates court complex
Judges decry foeticide, drug abuse
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at Moonak in Sangrur district on Saturday. Moonak (Sangrur), March 15
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan today emphasised on bringing a change in the thinking of people through a mass awareness campaign to fight social evils, female foeticide and drug abuse. He urged NGOs, voluntary organisations and the legal authorities to eradicate these social evils.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at Moonak in Sangrur district on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Debt Waiver
Loans from moneylenders not covered: Bansal
Chandigarh, March 15
While rejecting the demand of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for Rs 20,000 crore special economic package on account of depletion of natural resources, union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal said today that the government would not pay farmers’ debt due to commission agents.

Expedite works of ex-servicemen
Capt Kanwaljit warns DCs, SSPs
Ludhiana, March 15
The state minister for defence services has issued a stern warning to all district department heads to duly respect serving and retired defence personnel, failing which the deputy commissioner (DC) and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) of the district concerned would be penalised.

Rahu to take steps for return of Sikh library books
Amritsar, March 15
“I will try to bring back rare historical books of the Sikh Reference Library of the Golden Temple taken away by the Army after Operation Bluestar”. Stating this to the media here today, Pallam Rahu, union minister of state for defence, who was in the city to pay obeisance at the holy shrine, said the matter had been brought to his notice for the first time and he would initiate steps for their return if these were in the custody of the Army authorities.

Freedom fighter denied pension
Bathinda, March 15
Eightyseven-year-old freedom fighter Jagat Singh has been running from pillar to post for the past many years seeking pension to which he is entitled.

Wheat-paddy Prices
Govt to press Centre for accepting formula
Ludhiana, March 15
The Punjab government will be pressing the Union government for accepting a proposed formula on periodic hike in wheat and paddy prices instead of seeking raise in their minimum support price (MSP) every season.

Docs seek law like in AP
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 15
Moved by an ordinance passed by Andhra Pradesh Governor, doctors in the state have urged the government to come up with a similar law that prohibits violence against doctors and damage to the property of medicare institutions.


Law Panel
HC takes Punjab to task
Chandigarh, March 15
While taking up a petition filed in public interest for providing adequate staff, infrastructure, space and other facilities to the Punjab Law Commission chairman, a division Bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Jaswant Singh asked the state's additional Advocate-General Anmol Rattan Singh the reason behind half-hearted effort.

High Court
Notice to Punjab AG on Bhullar’s plea
Chandigarh, March 15
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab's former irrigation minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar and his two sons for the restoration of security cover, Justice R.S. Madan of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice of motion to the state Advocate-General.

IG’s arrest stayed till March 19
Chandigarh, March 15
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab Inspector-General of Police Rajinder Singh for blanket anticipatory bail and seven days’ advance notice if he was required by the police in connection with any complaint or FIR which may be registered against him, the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday stayed his arrest till March 19.


Singer, lyricist booked for cheating
Amritsar, March 15
The Beas police has booked Punjabi singer Sonu Singh and lyricist Kala Nizampuri for allegedly duping Dilbagh Singh, a resident of Rayya, falling under Amritsar (rural) police district, of about Rs 1.40 lakh on the promise of releasing a cassette of his son from a renowned music company.


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