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Bhattal penetrates Capt’s citadel
Patiala, March 30
Repulsing the attack of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal not only sought to corner the former by saying that he was “insulting the party high-command” with his utterances against her, but also managed to break his citadel by garnering the support of his confidants in his home town.

A Congress leader offers a laddoo to Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, at Rajpura on Sunday.
A Congress leader offers a laddoo to Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, at Rajpura on Sunday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi 

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Truth has prevailed, says Bhattal
Chandigarh, March 30
“Truth has prevailed”. This is how many of the Congress MLAs and other party leaders have described the clearing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal of the charges she was facing.

Guru’s Armour
SGPC urges PM to stop auction
Amritsar, March 30
The SGPC chief today shot a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with copies to the UK High Commission, to halt the auction of a rare body armour believed to be that of the 10th Sikh Master, Guru Gobind Singh, till its authenticity was established by Sikh experts.

  Govt to talk to Centre

Centre clears Sahnewal, Bathinda airports
Ludhiana, March 30
The long-pending demand of the region for an air link with the country is set to be realised in three months, with the union government giving the nod to start domestic flights from Sahnewal and Bathinda.





CM for global movement to preserve Punjabi
Chandigarh, March 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for worldwide movement to preserve and promote Punjabi language and culture.

Bikram Singh Majithia Rs 200 cr for roads in border villages
Gurdaspur, March 30
Instead of putting the state on the path of progress, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh spent government money lavishly, alleged Punjab information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
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Sukhbir waits under tree for 3 hours
Gurdaspur, March 30
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal had to sit under a jamun tree for over 3 hours in a ground adjacent to the Dhariwal woollen mill near here after his chopper failed to turn up. The chopper reportedly had left for Amritsar for refuelling after dropping Badal.

Kansa stream diversion illegal: Mann
Chandigarh, March 30
The SAD (Amritsar) said yesterday that an inquiry should be ordered to find out how water resources of Punjab have been exploited by the union territory of Chandigarh. Holding that UT had diverted Kansa Nadi illegally as there was no agreement with Punjab, president of the party Simranjit Singh Mann said here that changing the course of a seasonal stream was a flagrant violation of the rights guaranteed to Punjab by the constitution.


World Punjabi Conference
‘Punjab gave secularism to the world’
Chandigarh, March 30
“Punjab can legitimately take the credit for having given the concept of secularism to the world”, said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while quoting “Awwal Allha Noor Upaya, Kudrat De Sab Bande” and the gift of “ Pangat and Sangat in Langar” while inaugurating Panjab University’s first, two-day World Punjabi Conference at the campus today.

Violence due to curbs on drug smuggling: Jail suptd
Jalandhar, March 30
Terming the undertrial’s death and alleged scarcity of water as mere excuses by prisoners for indulging in violence, jail superintendent Gursharan Singh Sidhu told The Tribune several prisoners were annoyed with him as availability of drugs in the jail had drastically reduced since he took charge about two and a half months ago.

NHAI official hears grievances of traders
Pathankot, March 30
Chief general manager of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) A.K. Bajaj, accompanied by union minister of industriers for states Ashwani Kumar, yesterday visited Damtal in Kangra district of Himachal, near here.

Agencies doubt claims on Sekhon’s death
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 30
Contrary to the belief of security agencies, relatives of former KLF chief Pritam Singh Sekhon said he died in 2000. His bhog was held at his native village of Dulman today.

Tributes paid to Sikh warrior
Hoshiarpur, March 30
The Dal Khalsa today criticised Parkash Singh Badal for avoiding a direct answer on the issue of annulment of Clause 5 of the Punjab’s Termination of Agreements Act, 2004.

Power cheaper by 3.5 pc from tomorrow
Patiala, March 30
Power in Punjab will be cheaper by 3.5 per cent from April 1 as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will stop charging increased tariff from its consumers in 2007-2008.

Bansal is Sutlej Club gen secy
Ludhiana, March 30
Yogesh Bansal was elected general secretary of the local Sutlej Club in its elections held here today. He defeated his nearest rival Varinder Goel by 144 votes.


Three-day mela to boost organic farming begins
Nabha, March 30
NGOs' Nabha Foundation and Kheti Virasat organised a three-day Jaivik Krishi Mela on today to boost organic farming in the state. A large number of farmers and 60 organisations are participating in the event. This is the first initiative of its kind in the state where prominent associations and farmers practising organic farming are participating.


Teenager runs over two migrants
Amritsar, March 30
Two migrants were crushed to death by a car driven by a teenager Inderjit Singh, who is matriculation student here today.

Undertrial escapes from hospital
Amritsar, March 30
An undertrial, who was recently caught by the police on the charges of vehicle lifting, reportedly escaped from the civil hospital today evening. According to information, Sonu was caught by the district police on March 27 and remanded to police custody. He was suffering from blockage in urinary bladder. — OC


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