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Amarinder loyalists seek action against dissidents
Condemn ‘negative’ role during HP poll

Bathinda, March 1
Immediately after the Congress victory in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, loyalists of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh prepared themselves to launch another offensive against that section of the Punjab Congress leadership, which allegedly played a negative role in the elections to show Capt Amarinder Singh in a poor light before the party high command.

Akalis in LS for Mann as spokesman
Chandigarh, March 1
In an endeavour to bring all Punjab MPs on a common platform to lobby for the interests of the people of the state in general and farmers in particular, the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has invited them to dinner on March 6 after all three Akali members of the Lok Sabha requested the Speaker to treat them as members of a single group.

Bungling by Milkfed MD alleged
BKU for CBI probe into charges
Chandigarh, March 1
The Bharti Kisan Union has levelled serious allegations of bungling against the Managing Director of Milkfed. Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here today, the General Secretary of the BKU, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, said the BKU wanted that the inquiry against the MD and the affairs of Milkfed should be handed over to the CBI immediately.

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Unclear status compounds handicap of kidney recipient
Patiala, March 1
From fighting for two years to get a disability certificate for himself and leading the struggle to get the same for other kidney recipients, Vishal Mohindra has come a long way. Vishal, who had to fight a two-year battle to get a disability certificate from the local Civil Surgeon in 1997, is still unsure of his status even as he gets ready to appear in the re-examination for PCS Executive posts in April next.

Council elections: nominations withdrawn
Dhuri, March 1
Out of the 113 nomination papers filed for the elections to 17 wards of the Dhuri Municipal Council, 22 nominations were rejected yesterday and 12 candidates withdrew their nominations today. Now 79 candidates have been left in the fray. The elections will be held on March 9. Mr Kesar Singh of the Congress had been declared unopposed from ward No 12.

SAD fears violence, rigging
Zirakpur, March 1
Apprehending large-scale rigging and violence during the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has written to the State Election Commission for deputing additional force under the supervision of unbiased officers.


Trees drying and dying in Punjab
Bathinda, March 1
Even as the authorities concerned have been trying to find the reasons for the death and dryness of a large number of kikar (Acacia nilotica) and tahli (Dalvergia sissoo) trees in Punjab over the past more than two years, the high mortality rate in the neem (azadirachata), maharukh (ailanthus) and Cassia manzium trees during the past three months has added to their worries.

NSS volunteers wait for their turn to present giddha at the annual prize distribution function
NSS volunteers wait for their turn to present giddha at the annual prize distribution function in Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Pension payment from banks opposed
Sangrur, March 1
Resentment prevails among government pensioners over the transfer of pension payment from the government treasuries to the nationalised banks in the state. A meeting of the Punjab State Pensioners Union of Sangrur district, held under the presidentship of Mr Avtar Singh, Kaptan, president of the union, here today criticised the letter, the Punjab Government transferring of pension payment from the treasuries to the nationalised banks, and urged the government to withdraw it.

Ban humour: Punjab artistes
Chandigarh, March 1
A number of eminent Punjabi big screen and small screen stars, led by Jaspal Bhatti, today urged the Punjab Government to “ban humour” and designate the Principal Secretary to the Government for clearing all “songs, comedies and skits” before public performance.

‘Bring pollution under control’
Bathinda, March 1
Mr Sharat Chander Mahajan, General Manager, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, yesterday said that the increasing pollution had been causing serious damage to environment and urgent steps were needed to be taken to bring pollution under control.

Vajra Corps celebrates Raising Day
Jalandhar, March 1
Vajra Corps celebrated its 53rd somewhere in the Western Sector today. Having drawn its name from the Lord Indra’s powerful thunderbolt ‘Vajra’, 11 Corps has been proving its mettle right since its inception on March 1, 1950. The corps was raised at Ambala under the leadership of Lieut- Gen Kulwant Singh, who was the first corps commander. Later the corps was commanded by Lieut Gen S.P. Thorat, Lieut-Gen V.P. Malik, Lieut- Gen H.B. Kala. Lieut-Gen Chaudhary and Lieut-Gen Kamal Davar. The battle honours of the corps, which was presently headed by Lieut-Gen K. Nagraj, included Asal Uttar, Dera Baba Nanak, Dogri and Barki.

‘Make Amritsar pilgrimage destination’
Amritsar, March 1
Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman National Minorities Com-mission, has urged Union Minister for Tourism, Mr Jagmohan to promote Amritsar as a pilgrimage destination on the pattern of Kurukshetra.

Canadian minister calls on Punjab CM
Chandigarh, March 1
Mr Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, Ontario (Canada), called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today to discuss the prospects of improving health-care services between Canada and Punjab, besides building a base for mutual exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Bus pass row: PRSU men threaten stir
Sangrur, March 1
The Punjab Radical Students Union has condemned the withdrawal of bus pass facility to thousands of students in the state. In a press release issued here yesterday the union leaders, including Mr Amarjit Raju, state president, and Mr Harbans Sonu, state secretary, said the withdrawal of the bus pass facility had affected a large number of students.

Shivratri celebrated
Patiala, March 1
Shivratri was celebrated with gusto in a number of Shiv temples in the city on Saturday. Most of the temples saw a heavy rush of people. Patiala MP Preneet Kaur paid obeisance at Shiv Mandir in the Bishen Nagar locality here.

Praying with milk: MP Preneet Kaur pays obeisance at a Shiv Mandir at Bishannagar in Patiala on the occasion of Shivratri on Saturday. — Photo Subhash Patialavi
Praying with milk: MP Preneet Kaur pays obeisance at a Shiv Mandir at Bishannagar in Patiala

3 arrested for NRI’s death
Phagwara, March 1
The police has arrested Jagmohan Singh of Raipur Rasulpur village, Jatinder Singh, alias Lucky, of Sarbha Nagar Reru and Avtar Singh of Reru near Jalandhar on charges of killing Mohan Singh, an NRI of Rasulpur village on February 23.

Girl refuses to marry addict, abducted
Amritsar, March 1
A girl (20) was allegedly abducted from her house in Rup Nagar locality by four persons including three women here last evening. Jagdish Kaur, mother of the victim in a complaint has alleged that the four accused entered her house, locked her in a room and kidnapped her daughter in a car.


Varsity probe into institutes of IT complete
Talwandi Sabo, March 1
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai today said that an inquiry into the establishing and functioning of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Gobind Singh Institutes of Information and Technology, Bathinda and Patiala, respectively, had been completed and senior officials of the university and a very senior leader of a political party were involved in it.

Probe irregularities in college, says PCCTU
Sangrur, March 1
The district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today demanded a thorough and impartial probe into the various “irregularities”, allegedly committed by the management of Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal (Dhuri), with regard to the non-payment of salaries and arrears of revised pay scales to the teaching staff.

Education Dept intervenes in school row
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 1
The conflict between the Principal and the management of MG Ashoka Girls Senior Secondary School took a new turn today with the intervention of the state Education Department. The DPI (S), in an order to the DEO (S), Fatehgarh Sahib, has appointed her the correspondent of the school till further orders. The DEO (S) has directed the school Principal to submit the school record in her office.


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