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Manjit Singh removed in Panth’s interest: Badungar
Anandpur Sahib, February 26
Prof Manjit Singh had lowered the dignity of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. Over the past few years reports had been appearing levelling charges against him and Prof Manjit Singh failed to come clean on the allegations of corruption which lowered the dignity of the post he was holding. Charges of corruption against the Jathedar of Sikh Takht made the SGPC remove Prof Manjit Singh from the post.

Tough days ahead for Amarinder
Punjab Government's first year in office
Weathering many a storm, Capt Amarinder Singh has survived the first year in office as Chief Minister. After taking the oath of office on February 27 last year, he had promised a ''transparent, effective and clean'' administration and to adhere to the party's election manifesto.

Performance of schemes ‘poor’
Chandigarh, February 26
Planning Commission officials, who recently held a quarterly performance review of the state Plan schemes of Punjab, have gone back with a “poor opinion” as far as the performance of first two quarters of the current financial year is concerned.

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib


Tina Ambani comes out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple
Tina Ambani comes out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo 

Delimitation notice challenged in HC
Early MC poll now unlikely
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 26
Though the elections to the Municipal Council of Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib have been deferred due to a fresh delimitation of wards, factionalism and infighting among the Congress councillors has come to the fore. Five of them have challenged the delimitation notification.

Co-op farm bank chief held for rape
Abohar February 26
Mr Surender Kumar Kamboj, Chairman, Primary Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank Jalalabad West and BJP worker had been arrested in a rape case, official sources said today. According to information the police registered FIR No. 95u/s 376, 342, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC and 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act at Jalalabad West police station on the Abohar-Ferozepore road on October 27, 2002 on the complaint of a woman.


MC poll: SAD, BJP finalise seat-sharing
Gurdaspur, February 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Bharatiya Janata Party have finalised seat adjustment for Municipal elections in Gurdaspur, Dhariwal, Dinanagar, Sujanpur, Pathankot after district presidents of the said parties met here today.

SAD’s plea to Advani on helmets
Chandigarh, February 26
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that party leaders who met the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, yesterday, had also sought an amendment to Motor Vehicles Act to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets. Mr Advani had assured to do the needful after getting the issue legally examined, he added.

13 candidates file nominations
Dera Bassi, February 26
On the third day of filing nominations, 13 candidates belonging to the Amrit Pal Singh group (a Congress group) today filed their nomination papers for the municipal elections here.


Partition hit Sikhs more: historian
Amritsar, February 26
“Sikhs had to suffer more because they opposed the formation of Pakistan. Hence, they became the target of the Muslim vendetta”, said Prof Kirpal Singh, a renowned historian while speaking at a one-day seminar on ‘Partition of Punjab and Amritsar’ at Guru Nanak Dev University here yesterday. The seminar was organised by Department of History of the university.

Protest against VB ‘high-handedness’
Jalandhar, February 26
Hundreds of irate local Municipal Corporation employees and 10 Congress councillors today staged a dharna at the PNB chowk here to register their protest against the alleged high-handedness of Vigilance Bureau officials. As a result, the traffic remained disrupted for about four hours.

Bail of kidney racket accused extended
Chandigarh, February 26
In less than two months after the kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today extended interim bail granted to advocate Pardeep Saini and another accused in the case till March 6.

Police gets tough on noise pollution
Patiala, February 26
The Class X board examination seems to have acted as a catalyst for the police to get into action against sources of noise pollution, with a special drive being conducted in the district against this menace.

PRTC stops issuing student passes
Patiala, February 26
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) authorities have stopped issuing concession bus passes to students, causing confusion at various bus depots in the state.

Increase in revenue expected: minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 26
The Punjab government will fulfil all its promises made in the election manifesto in a stipulated period, besides providing a transparent and public friendly administration, said Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forest and Food Supplies, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Border farmers stage dharna at DC’s office
Amritsar, February 26
Thousand of farmers and labourers of at least six border associations from 55 villages staged a massive protest dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. They threatened to permanently jam trains in case their demands were not met immediately. Addressing the gathering, Mr Rattan Singh Randhawa and Jatinder Chhinna said both state and central governments were fooling farmers.
Farmers from the Indo-Pak border protest against the government in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo
Farmers from the Indo-Pak Border protest against the government

Rail traffic disrupted
Phillaur, February 26
Rail traffic was disrupted near the Goraya railway station at about 6 p.m. this evening following the derailment of two bogies of the DMT train, engaged in departmental work.

Safai karamcharis hold rally
Bathinda, February 26
Safai karamcharis of the Municipal Council today staged a rally in the city in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.


Farmers gherao PSEB officials
Moga, February 26
Confrontation between Punjab State Electricity Board officials and villagers owning tubewell connections started for the non-payment power bills in the district when six Board officials headed by an SDO of the Board were gheraoed at Khosa Pando village last evening for one and a half hours.


2 IAS, 4 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab Government today transferred two IAS and four PCS officers. Mr D.K. Tiwari whose suspension was revoked on Monday has been appointed Special Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs here.


Two held in foreign exchange racket
Jalandhar, February 26
The police has busted a four-member gang specialised in illegal transaction of foreign exchange in the area with the arrest of its two members and seized foreign currency worth about Rs 1.52 lakh.

Lahan seized from factory, 9 booked
Tarn Taran, February 26
A joint party of the local police and the excise staff, led by Mr J.S. Hans, DSP (HQ), recovered huge quantity of lahan from a thread factory at the focal point today. Nine persons have been booked in this connection under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act.

Panel indicts cops for rape
Bathinda, February 26
The district unit of the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) will approach the National and State Human Rights Commissions for getting registered a case against two police personnel of Mansa district for allegedly raping a woman, at the Sardulgarh police station on December 13.

More rice millers booked
Ferozepore, February 26
The Vigilance Bureau has registered another 11 cases against rice millers for misappropriation of government paddy to the tune of Rs 18 crore.


133 ITIs face closure
Gurdaspur, February 26
As many as 133 industrial training institutes, including 89 for boys and 44 for girls, are on the verge of closure due to lack of interest by the successive governments. Out of total of 1,600 sanctioned posts of instructors about 900 posts, including 700 in ITIs for boys and about 200 in ITIs for girls, are lying vacant.

Changes in curriculum from next session: minister
Patiala, February 26
Punjab Higher Education Minister Khushal Behl today said curriculum at the undergraduate level would be changed from the next academic session with stress on specialisation in subjects chosen by students.

Invigilators ‘help’ Class V students
Bathinda, February 26
In an interesting case, about three invigilators at an examination centre for the annual examinations of Class V, being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, at a village in the district allegedly wrote answers of various questions of the Punjabi paper for about six candidates on February 24 to facilitate them to score pass marks.

Students leave computer paper blank
Bathinda, February 26
Almost all students of computer science of Class VIII, appearing in this district and nearby districts today left their answersheets blank, allegedly because the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) had failed to publish the textbook in time and the teachers had taught their ‘own’ syllabus.

16 school kids contract chickenpox
Rampura Phul, February 26
As many as 16 students of a government school located in Phul town of Bathinda district have contracted chickenpox in the past about one week. A number of parents have stopped sending their wards to school.

Take action against SHO: students
Sangrur, February 26
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) will hold a demonstration tomorrow at Sunam to compel the government to take departmental action against the SHO (City), Sunam, and to withdraw alleged false cases registered against two leaders of different organisations and two students by the Sunam police.


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