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RO overrules EC decision
Jalalabad (Ferozepore), February 28
In an interesting case, the SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Sanjay Popli, today accepted the nomination papers of Mr Prithivi Raj Doomra, president, Block Congress Committee, Jalalabad, and party candidate for ward number 12, for the coming municipal council elections despite the fact that the State Election Commission today deleted his vote from the voters’ list by treating the same as bogus.

The police tries to disperse hooligans The police tries to disperse hooligans in SDM Complex at Jalalabad, Ferozepore, on Friday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Cong names 19 candidates for Faridkot
Faridkot, February 28
The Congress party released a list of 19 candidates who will contest the ensuing municipal elections from 21 wards of the local nagar council.

Akal Takht’s ultimatum to govt
Allows DJJS to reply
Amritsar, February 28
Akal Takht today allowed the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan, headed by controversial godman Ashutosh Maharaj, to submit its reply by March 9 before the nine-member committee constituted here.

Historic building suffers damage
SGPC accused of causing harm
Amritsar, February 28
The three-storeyed Ramgarhia Bunga, a marvel of Sikh school of architecture built by Sikh warriors in 1794, faces threat to its very existence as great damage has been done to this unique building during kar seva.

Rules flouted in leasing out village common land
SAS Nagar, February 28
Flouting regulations laid down by the Rural Development and Panchayat Directorate, village common land in certain pockets of Ropar District has been leased out to petroleum companies.

Devotees dressed as 'Hanuman' dance on the eve of Shivratri
Devotees dressed as "Hanuman" dance on the eve of Shivratri in Amritsar on Friday. — Reuters




Canadian Minister on mission Punjab
Chandigarh, February 28
As a parliamentarian, Health Minister of Ontario Tony Clement reached Chandigarh in the morning, on his way to Punjab, for a better understanding of one million Indo-Canadians residing in his constituency.


104 candidates in fray for Kharar MC poll
Kharar, February 28
Mr S.S. Gill, SDM, Returning Officer, today rejected the nomination paper of a candidate for the local municipal council election. Four candidates have, however, withdrawn their nomination papers so far. Now 104 candidates are left in the fray.


Thein Dam workers flay CM on global tenders
Gurdaspur, February 28
Mr Natha Singh, Mr Surinder Kumar and Mr Harinder Singh Randhawa, president, working president and general secretary, respectively, of the Thein Dam Workers Union here yesterday dared the Chief Minister of Punjab to hand over the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project to a private or multi-national company.

And now ‘roadside doctors’
Bathinda, February 28
A large number of ‘roadside doctors’ have appeared in the city and surrounding areas who prescribe inexpensive cures for various ailments to residents, particularly youths.

Comedians roughed up in Secretariat
Chandigarh, February 28
An eminent pair of Punjabi comedians was reportedly roughed up by an officer of the Punjab Chief Minister’s secretariat at the Civil Secretariat building this morning.
According to sources, the comedians had gone to the Chief Minister’s office in the Secretariat in connection with some work when the officer concerned took strong objections to certain comments the pair had made at a recent cultural function.

Jathedar Vedanti offers to resign
Amritsar, February 28
The beleaguered Giani Joginder Singh here today offered to resign as Jathedar of Akal Takht if charges of corruption levelled by the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat proved by a committee of “true panthic leaders”.

Notices issued to Modi, Shah
Jalandhar, February 28
The Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr A.S. Grewal, today issued notices to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, and the Gujarat Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah, in separate civil defamation sits, seeking damages of Rs 50 crores each, filed by two Punjab ministers, Mr A.S. Samra and Mr P.S. Bajwa.

Chandigarh, February 28
Disposing of a petition seeking the implementation of the East Punjab Holding (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act of 1948 in the state of Haryana, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday ruled that no further direction was required at present and the government would try its best to do the needful as early as possible.

Bail plea rejected in extortion case
Sangrur, February 28
Mr Jagroop Singh, Sessions Judge, today dismissed the bail application of Gurmeet Kaur alias Happy, who was arrested by the local police on February 17 in a case of extortion and intimidation. The case was registered on February 14 against six persons, including Gurmeet Kaur and three policemen.

Forum orders dealer to pay relief
Ropar, February 28
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the dealer of Videocon company to pay compensation to Pawan Kumar, a resident of Doburji village, near here. The complainant in a complaint before the forum had alleged that he bought an audio system from the dealer of Videocon for Rs 17,250.

Attack on Excise team flayed
Chandigarh, February 28
At an emergency meeting, the Excise & Taxation Officers’ Association, Punjab, under the Chairmanship of Mr Sucha Singh Cheema, president of the Association, a sense of disgust and anger was expressed by members over the unlawful behaviour and highhandedness meted out to the members of the inspecting teams of the Excise & Taxation Department led by Mr G.S. Punia, ETO.

Technical staff blame PSEB
Bathinda, February 28
The Technical Services Union has blamed the management of the Punjab State Electricity Board for not providing technical employees with service kits and tools, which, it said, had resulted in the death of a number of employees.

Shobha yatra taken out on eve of Shivratri
AMRITSAR: Thousands participated in a shobha yatra on the eve of Mahashivratri today. The yatra, organised by Shivalya Bhaiyan, passed through Hussainpura, Ghas Mandi, Ram Bagh and other areas of city before culminating at the Shivalya.


Gang of drug peddlers busted
Jalandhar, February 28
Giving a blow to narcotics smugglers of the Doaba region, the Jalandhar police today busted a gang of drug peddlers by arresting four of its members and recovering 15 kg of opium and 5 kg of smack worth Rs 20 lakh from their possession.

The police shows a harmonium, which was used to smuggle narcotics, in Jalandhar on Friday.
— PTI photo

The police shows a harmonium

2 teenagers held for murder
Jalandhar, February 28
The district police claims to have solved a murder case of a three-years -old boy by arresting two teenagers. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press statement issued here yesterday, said Ajay Kumar (3) of Ashahoor village in Phillaur subdivision, who had gone out of his home to play, was later reported missing on February 15.


DIET staff to approach rights commission
Bathinda, February 28
Staff members of the 17 District Institutes of Education Training are preparing a petition to be lodged before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission in protest against the denial of salaries to them for the past four months by the state government.

720 DAV students get degrees
Amritsar, February 28
Mr G.P. Chopra, president of the DAV College Managing Committee and the Arya Pradeshik Sabha, today stressed upon the need to overhaul the present education system.Top

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