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3 killed, 18 hurt in water boiler blast
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 24
Three workers were killed and 18 suffered severe injuries after a 28-tonne water boiler exploded, apparently due to excessive steam pressure, here this morning. Two factories were damaged in the blast.
The factory at Mandi Gobindgarh where a water boiler exploded, killing three persons The factory at Mandi Gobindgarh where a water boiler exploded, killing three persons, on Monday.
— Photo by Bhushan Sood

House passes Budget, Appropriation Bill
Chandigarh, March 24
While the Punjab Assembly passed the Budget (2008-09) as well as the Appropriation Bill, allowing the government to pay Rs 31,568.59 crore from the consolidated fund, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal replying on the Budget in the House announced to create a new corpus fund of Rs 50 crore to boost research in agriculture sector, besides enhancing allocation of funds for some other proposals.

A homoeopathy medicine: Cong
Chandigarh, March 24
Branding the budget as a homeopathic medicine, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said neither it was good nor harmful for the health of the state.



Heroin Smuggling
Cong rocks govt boat in House, walks out
Chandigarh, March 24
The Congress left no opportunity to embarrass the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the Vidhan Sabha over the arrest of a senior leader of the Youth Akali Dal for smuggling heroin. As the issue rocked the House, the Congress demanded a thorough debate on the issue.

Dairy Farming
Govt to import germplasm
Chandigarh, March 24
Value addition is not just the mantra in the IT sector. To give a new lease of life to the dairy sector, the Punjab government has decided to replenish the exotic dairy stock by importing germplasm of high-yielding varieties.

Pension, Relief to World War II POWs
‘UK govt initiates process’
Ludhiana, March 24
The Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom, has initiated a process to provide pension and compensation to prisoners of war (POWs) of World War II. Lt-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president of the Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, stated this here yesterday.


Postponement of Panchayat Poll
CLP pats its back
Chandigarh, March 24
A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) held here today placed on record efforts of the CLP in seeking the postponement of panchayat elections in Punjab till May 15.


Quarrying auction cancelled amid protest
Pathankot, March 24
Officials of the Punjab Mining Department cancelled quarrying auction for 56 sites in river beds in Gurdaspur district amid protest and tension here today.

Many heads may roll
Amritsar, March 24
Many heads may roll in the coming days with the Directorate Revenue Intelligence (DRI) starting a scan of the phone book of Akali leader Parshotam Lal Sondhi, who was nabbed with 22.3 kg of heroin yesterday.

CJ for people’s movement against female foeticide
Ropar, March 24
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain has called for a movement in the state to tackle female foeticide. He said the problem of female foeticide in Punjab was the ‘jagirdari’ system which prevailed in the country for 200 years.

Police most questioned under RTI Act
Ludhiana, March 24
The Police Department is the focus of public scrutiny in the state under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Approximately 62 per cent of the total applications under the Act pertain to the functioning of the department.

Search at Sondhi’s house likely today
Jalandhar, March 24
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is likely to unseal Youth Akali Dal general secretary Parshotam Lal Sondhi’s house and three shops located at Arjun Nagar here tomorrow.

Virk case transferred to Mohali
Ropar, March 24
The disproportionate assets case filed by the Punjab government against former DGP S.S. Virk was transferred today to special judge, Mohali, by district and sessions judge, Ropar, Rekha Mittal.

CM all praise for Sanjivani
Chandigarh, March 24
On the occasion of World T.B. Day today, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal lauded the pro-active role of Sanjivani, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in fighting the deadly disease.

Three officers shifted
Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab government today transferred three police officers with immediate effect. Charanjit Kumar, assistant commandant 7th battalion, PAP, Jalandhar, has been shifted as SP, (headquarters), Ropar.

Badal’s assurance to bazigars
Chandigarh, March 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assured the Bazigar Sewa Dal that members of the Bazigar community would soon be bestowed upon the ownership rights of houses.


High Court
Gram panchayat poll: Hearing on May 7
Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed May 7 as the date for further hearing a writ petition challenging Punjab ordinance vide which the mode of election to gram panchayat had been changed from direct to indirect.


Problems galore at Shaheed Udham Singh College
Sangrur, March 24
Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam, 13 km from here, has been facing shortage of regular lecturers for the past several years. The college authorities have to appoint guest faculty lecturers, to whom salaries are given from the PTA Fund.


Ban on Early Sowing of Paddy
Admn launches campaign in Amritsar dist
Amritsar, March 24
The district administration today launched a campaign to educate farmers of eight blocks of the border district not to sow paddy before the stipulated time.


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