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Cong, SAD-BJP ‘cordiality’
Bhattal differs with Amarinder’s observations
Chandigarh, March 20
Countering former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s observations on Punjab Congress leadership playing a friendly political match on various issues with the ruling SAD-BJP coalition headed by Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said it was victory of the Congress that made the coalition put off panchayat elections.

Andropause and declining libido
‘Ego, stigma keep many away from expert advice’
Ludhiana, March 20
Male ego is the single biggest factor behind sexual problems remaining swept under the carpet for years before a medical expert’s advice is sought. A majority of the affected has wasted thousands by going to quacks before approaching an andrologist.

Army’s UAV crashes
Bhucho Kalan (Bathinda), March 20
Army personnel load the wreckage of the UAV into a truck at Bhucho Kalan village near Bathinda on Thursday. An unmanned aerial vehicle of the Army got entangled in high-voltage wires and crashed in the fields near Adesh Medical College here last evening. There was no loss of life or property.

Army personnel load the wreckage of the UAV into a truck at Bhucho Kalan village near Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Maliat Singh



Prisoner flees, 3 suspended
Amritsar, March 20
Three warders were suspended after a prisoner escaped from the Central Jail here today. A joint search operation by the jail authorities and the police has been launched to nab the prisoner.

Punjab Police Act-2007
20 cops facing trial posted as SHOs
Chandigarh, March 20
Punjab government does not seem think twice before entrusting the responsibility of safeguarding life and property of people to cops facing criminal cases. The government has posted more than 20 such cops as SHOs in 288 police stations of the state.

Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab, confers honorary DLit on Punjabi novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal at the annual convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University on Thursday. Novelist Kanwal given DLit
Amritsar, March 20
More than 650 degrees and medals in various disciplines were awarded at the 34th convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University here today. Punjab Governor and university chancellor S.F. Rodrigues presided over the ceremony.

Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab, confers honorary DLit on Punjabi novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal at the annual convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Amarinder ends political banwas
Chandigarh, March 20
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to end his self-imposed political exile. After staying away from active politics for over a year, he now wants to take on his political detractors with a vengeance. “The bonhomie between the SAD and Congress leadership has led to the neglect of Congress workers and the real issues facing Punjab. I have decided to tour the state and revive the party at the grassroots level,” he said.


Rising prices: MES contractors a harried lot
Chandigarh, March 20
The sharp rise in cement, steel and bitumen prices has caused a serious security concern for the nation as the MES Builders Association of India, an all-India body that undertakes defence contracts for the Military Engineering Service (MES) feels that many defence contracts and projects may not be completed in time.

Acquisition for Mohali Airport
Farmers to get Rs 1.5 cr per acre plus sops
Chandigarh, March 20
Mohali International Airport today moved a step closer to realisation as the Punjab government announced major across-the-board compensation to the farmers whose land would be acquired for the project.

Swapandeep Can prove Sarabjit’s innocence: Daughter
Chandigarh, March 20
Terming one-month reprieve to his father by the Pakistani authorities as a “ray of hope”, Swapandeep, daughter of Sarabjit Singh, today claimed that the family had enough evidence to prove his father’s innocence.

CM urges FM to slash import duty
Chandigarh, March 20
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged union finance minister P. Chidambaram to take effective steps for scrapping duty on import of scrap and imposition of 20 per cent duty on export of semi-finished steel.

Rural poll deferred
Chandigarh, March 20
Accepting the plea made by the Punjab Assembly yesterday by passing a resolution, state election commissioner A.K. Dubey today postponed the panchayat, block samiti and zila parishad elections till May 15. He said as the elections had been postponed the code of conduct would no longer be in force in the state and it would be imposed only after fresh announcement of dates for the poll.

PSEB gets back old power house
Sangrur, March 20
Following the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a property in the Old Power House complex here was completely restored to the PSEB authorities today. The property is said to be worth crores of rupees given its location near the main bus stand and district administrative complex.

No penalty on dues cleared by March 31
Chandigarh, March 20
Punjab Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia today announced in the Vidhan Sabha that no penal interest or any other penalty would be charged in case the dues related to sewer and water charges and property tax were cleared by the person concerned in urban areas by March 31. He said the penal interest and any other penalty would be waived at the time of the depositing of the dues.

Rights panel seeks report from secy
Chandigarh, March 20
Taking cognisance of the news item on mid-day meals leading to death of two students that appeared in The Tribune columns, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the principal secretary, school education, to submit a report on the matter.

CM’s Holi greetings
Chandigarh, March 20
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended greetings to the people on the eve of Holi.

No hotel plan at Sainik school
Chandigarh, March 20
Responding to the issue in Punjab Assembly raised by Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today said the government had no plan to take Sainik School Kapurthala’s land and hand it over for building a hotel. Badal said he was surprised at such reports. Khaira had stated in the House it had been reported the government wanted Sainik School to part with large chunk of the land and hand it over to Punjab government. TNS


Govt uses extinct rules in reply to petition
Chandigarh, March 20
Sakari babus often do not apply their mind while preparing replies to court cases may be a well-established fact. They also rely on extinct rules to support their contentions came to the fore during the hearing of a petition filed by inspector-general of Punjab Police Rajinder Singh.

Moga Sex Scam
Barjinder’s bail plea turned down
Chandigarh, March 20
Turning down the anticipatory bail plea of Barjinder Singh, son of senior Akali former minister Tota Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled his custodial interrogation was "extremely necessary to unravel the fathoms of the conspiracy" in the Moga sex scam.

Ex-OSD Bhullar denied bail
Chandigarh, March 20
Additional sessions judge Ferozpur Jagjit Singh Chohan has denied anticipatory bail to Major Harminder Singh Bhullar, a former officer on special duty to Punjab’s former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and five others in a house deal case.

Custodial Death
Govt to pay 2 lakh
Chandigarh, March 20
Taking view of the circumstances leading to the custodial death of Jaswant Singh, an undertrial, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh. It also gave the state government the option to recover the compensation money from the delinquent official in accordance with law.

IG says his suspension contempt of court
Chandigarh, March 20
Just over a fortnight after Punjab’s inspector-general of police Rajinder Singh was placed under suspension by the Punjab government, he today claimed the action against him amounted to contempt of court.

Insurance firm told to pay Rs 1 lakh
Sangrur, March 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has directed New India Assurance Company to pay Rs 1 lakh as insurance claim, along with interest 9 per cent interest from June 22, 2007, till realisation to Nazma, whose husband Abdul Shakoor died in May 2006 in an accident. Nazma is now residing with her father at Malerkotla.


Farmers prefer migrants to local labour: PAU study
Ludhiana, March 20
A study of the Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, finds mixed type of relationship between migrant labour and local labour in rural Punjab. At some places,local labourers were supportive of the migrants while at others places, relationship between them had conflicts and sometimes even hostilities.


6 police officers shifted
Chandigarh, March 20
The government today transferred six police officers with immediate effect. Naunihal Singh, SSP, Bathinda has been given additional charge of SSP, Barnala, while Paramjit Singh Grewal, SSP, Barnala, has been attached with the IGP/Zonal-1, Patiala.


Murder case solved, one held
Amritsar, March 20
The police claims to have cracked a murder case within three days of a body being spotted in a paddy field in the Kot Khalsa area on Sunday.


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