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Land Acquisition for Chd-Ludhiana Rail Track
Farmers threaten morcha on compensation

Ludhiana, March 26
Nearly 1,200 farmers of 40-odd villages in this district have sounded the "morcha" bugle to oppose the acquisition of their land for laying the Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line in case they are not paid compensation as per the prevailing market rate.

Ensuring Fiscal Accountability
PAC finds itself powerless

Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha is supreme of all government institutions, including the executive, and its Public Accounts Committee( PAC) is the most powerful body for ensuring fiscal accountability in the state. But the PAC has been reduced to “issuing reminders” by government departments.

With panchayats’ term over, sarpanches avoid WB project
Kharar, March 26
With the term of nagar panchayats expiring this week and no poll in the next three months, village sarpanches are reluctant to apply for the World Bank-aided rural water supply and sanitation project.

Panel to draft Panthic code
Working of Sikh Clergy
Amritsar, March 26
Even as controversies continue to dog the SGPC for its failure to implement the directive issued by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, in 2000 to frame rules and regulations on the working of Sikh clergy, Sikh bodies today formed a 17-member committee that would formulate a procedural system for the post of Jathedar.





Cong infighting reaches Delhi
Chandigarh, March 26
Infighting in the Punjab Pradesh Congress has reached the party high command in Delhi.


Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents
Phase-I to cover six districts

Mohali, March 26
The Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) programme is being launched in six districts of Punjab in the first phase.

Depts unmoved by VB indictment
Mohali, March 26
Sometime this month last year when Sumedh Singh Saini took over as the Punjab vigilance bureau chief, many VIPs in the state went scurrying, trying desperately to hide their skeleton-stacked cupboards.

Functions in countries visited by Guru Nanak
New Delhi, March 26
In what will gladden the hearts of Punjabis, especially the Sikh community, the government of India has decided to organise annual commemorative functions in Indian embassies in the countries which were visited by Guru Nanak Dev.

BSF jawans get new-look uniform
BSF jawans in new (left) and old uniformsAttari, March 26
Border Security Force (BSF) jawans at the Indo-Pakistan joint check-post will now sport a more attractive uniform at Beating the Retreat ceremony. In contrast to the earlier uniform, the new dress has accessories rather a simple white leather belt. While shirts come with an overdose of golden decoration, the dominant colour of the headgear has also been changed from red to golden. “The look reminds us of what BSF Rangers mounted on camels wear for the Republic Day parade.

BSF jawans in new (left) and old uniforms . Photo: Vishal Kumar

‘Pursue Sarabjit case with new Pak govt’
Amritsar, March 26
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, along with members of all religions, at a protest march in Amritsar The Indian government should immediately take up the matter of the release of Sarabjit Singh with the newly formed government in Pakistan. Stating this to the media here today, Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit, said her brother had already suffered a lot due to the dilly-dallying attitude of the central government. 

Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, along with members of all religions, at a protest march in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Padamjit asks PSEB to relieve him on March 31
Chandigarh, March 26
Padamjit Singh, former chief engineer who is advisor to the member (distribution) in the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), has urged the board authorities to relieve him on March 31.

SGPC to go through film scripts
Shooting at Golden Temple
Amritsar, March 26
Head Granthi of the Golden Temple Giani Gurbachan Singh and manager of the Darbar Sahib Harbhajan Singh have said they won’t allow the shooting of any picture without scrutiny of its script in future. “I was out of station at the time of the shooting of the film at the Golden Temple and the action of Rishi Kapoor and Rekha putting prasad into the mouth of each other was violation of the Maryada,” the manager said.

Rangers’ team arrive
Attari, March 26
Misuse of mobile and other advanced communication links for illegal activities across Indo-Pak border would be discussed at the coming biannual meeting of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers. This was stated by BSF DIG Muhammad Akil after receiving a delegation of 14 officers of Rangers at Attari joint checkpost here today.

Stray dogs kill another sambar
Ropar, March 26
Stray dogs today killed another sambar that had come to the Bhakra canal near Patti village, near Nangal, for drinking water. According to villagers, the sambar rushed to its habitation to protect itself. People too tried to protect it from the dogs. They scared the dogs away from the animal, however, the damage was done. The dogs had injured the animal and it died later.


Embezzlement Case
Bhattal’s receipts not genuine: Complainant
Chandigarh, March 26
It was an interesting sight at the District Courts today when a battery of lawyers argued on the withdrawal of a petition in the Rs 20 lakh embezzlement case against former Punjab Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhatal.


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