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Amarinder vows to get Chandigarh

Rajasansi (Amritsar), February 28
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, who had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Temple, said his government would fight tooth and nail to ensure the transfer of Chandigarh and other Punjabi-speaking areas to Punjab.

Capt Amarinder Singh and his wife Parneet Kaur at the Golden Temple on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Capt Amarinder Singh and his wife Parneet Kaur at the Golden Temple on Thursday.

Major administrative changes on anvil
Chandigarh, February 28
In its endeavour to tone up the administration and make it “efficient, clean and transparent”, the Punjab Government has decided to appoint young and energetic officers in the field besides contemplating major changes in the entire administrative set-up, including that of the police.

Mr Mahil Singh BhullarBhullar takes over as DGP
Chandigarh, February 28
Mr Mahil Singh Bhullar, an IPS officer of the 1965 batch, today took over as the new Director-General of Police, Punjab, relieving Mr Sarabjit Singh, who has proceeded on long leave.

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: Big challenge ahead in Punjab
Will Capt Amarinder Singh deliver the goods?
Hari Jaisingh
he Congress is back in the saddle in Punjab. Its electoral success, however, remains to be tested on the touchstone of governance. A number of questions are already in the air. Will Capt Amarinder Singh's senior colleagues work as a team? What about the party's factionalism?

4 new faces in Punjab Assembly
Sangrur, February 28
Four new faces from this district have entered the Punjab Assembly by winning the recently concluded elections from Sangrur, Malerkotla, Dhuri and Dirba. Among them, two belong to the Congress and one belongs to the Shiromani Akali Dal while the fourth is an Independent.

32 Secretary-level officers shifted
Chandigarh, February 28
In a major administrative shake-up in Punjab today, 32 secretary-level transfers were effected and at least 10 Deputy Commissioners shifted.

Mr Harbhagwan SinghHarbhagwan Singh is Punjab A-G
Chandigarh, February 28
Mr Harbhagwan Singh will be the new Advocate-General of Punjab. He comes in place of Mr H.S. Mattewal who resigned after the previous SAD-BJP government was voted out of power. Mr Harbhagwan Singh, who was Advocate-General of Punjab, for a brief tenure in 1996-97, had been the Advocate-General of Haryana (1981-85) also.

Punjab bandh today
Ludhiana, February 28
The state organising secretary of the VHP, Mr Mohan Upadhyaya, said at a protest rally here that a bandh would be observed to express solidarity with kar sevaks who lost their lives in yesterday’s gruesome incident. He said a befitting reply would be given to anti-national elements behind the incident.

33 lakh voters registered for SGPC elections
Ludhiana, February 28
As many as 33 lakh voters have been registered in Punjab for the election to the general House of the SGPC sofar while 3.5 lakh voters have enrolled themselves in Haryana. At least 20,000 voters have also been registered in Himachal Pradesh , according to official information available here yesterday.


Punjab BJP to review its downfall today
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab BJP, which will hold its brain-storming session here tomorrow to enlist the reasons for the party’s poor performance in the recently concluded Assembly elections, will also submit the report to the RSS chief, Mr Sudarshan, who will be in Punjab for three days, starting tomorrow.

Has NRI Sabha changed colours?
Jalandhar, February 28
Has the NRI Sabha, Punjab, by welcoming the appointment of the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, as the leader of the CLP, changed its colours in view of the change of guard at the state headquarters?


Migrants return to border areas
With elections to the state assembly having been concluded, normalcy seems to be returning to the border villages in the Fazilka sector with confidence-building measures take by the Army. As a result, the majority of the 34,000 residents of 54 border villages who had migrated due to threat of war have started returning.

Lawyers to boycott court
Bathinda, February 28
In an unprecedented move, which could have far reaching consequences, members of district Bar Association, today started an indefinite boycott of the court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Karnail Singh, against his attitude towards members of the Bar.

Sirhind town facing drinking water problem
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Resentment prevails among residents of Sirhind against the working of the Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib as it has failed miserably to provided even a basic necessity like drinking water. 

Now ISI-trained monkeys
Ferozepore, February 28
The BSF and the Army posted along the Indo-Pakistan border here have been put on alert as dozens of monkeys said to be trained by the ISI have entered the Indian side of the border. A few of them were also seen on the outskirts of the city.

Pensioners duped by agents
Amritsar, February 28
Cases of involvement of agents in misleading people to get their pensions has come to light with the detection of another pension case in which an agent took money to deposit a pension form and told an old couple that the department was corrupt and had not released their pension.

MC staff not paid salaries
Amritsar, February 28
As many as 25 of the local municipal corporation’s employees have not been paid their salaries for the past five months. The employees had been transferred to the corporation by the Department of Punjab Small-Scale Industries and Export Corporation on July 1 last year. From October onwards, they had not been paid by the corporation.


Petrol thieves active in region
Bathinda, February 28
Petrol station owners in the area need to be on their guard as a gang of petrol thieves has been active in the region for the past many days.

2 bodies with injury marks found
Tarn Taran, February 28
The local district police has found two bodies. The body of a 24-year-old Sikh youth bearing sharp-edged weapon injuries was found from the Verowal police station area.


Protect interests of students: experts
Amritsar, February 28
“A legal framework wherein different universities from abroad and India can enter into joint collaboration for internationalisation of higher education, collaborative steps by Indian and foreign governments to popularise their courses, and to have a framework to protect interests of international students in India as well as abroad should be taken.”

Refresher course in history concludes
Amritsar, February 28
Discipline of history is under stress and pressures come from every direction particularly when the question of re-writing history arises. 


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