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PSHRC chief goes on LTC 3 days after joining
Chandigarh, March 4
The appointment of a new Chairman notwithstanding, work at the Punjab State Human Rights Commission continues to be at a standstill. The new Chairman, Justice N.C. Jain, who joined late last week, has proceeded on LTC and is expected back only by month-end. 

NCM chief unhappy with SGPC
Amritsar, March 4
In a letter to the SGPC chief, chairman of the National Commission for Minorities took serious note of the ‘unceremonious’ removal of Prof Manjit Singh as Jathedar, Kesgarh Sahib. 

Cong groupism may benefit SAD-BJP
Gurdaspur, March 4
Election to the Municipal Council are slated for March 9 and 76 candidates have filed nomination papers out of which two are independents. Independents Prabhjeet Singh Bhola and Pritam Devi are contesting from ward number 3 and 1 are Congress rebels. Subhash Mahajan contesting an independent from ward no. 21 is a BJP rebel.

Moves towards Akali unity under way
Amritsar, March 4
The undeclared “ceasefire” by all senior Akali leaders of various factions has sent signals that mediators are working for rapprochement between warring Akali factions.





Badal seeks PM’s intervention
Chandigarh, March 4
SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to intervene to roll back the hike in fertiliser and diesel prices announced in the Union Budget.

Roll back fertiliser, diesel prices: SHSAD
Chandigarh, March 4
The SHSAD today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor seeking rollback of the fertiliser and diesel prices, exemption to Sikh women from wearing helmets, revocation of the death sentence to Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar and the release of grants to private educational institutions.

Bikramjit elected ZP chairman
Bathinda, March 4
The state Congress leadership today made Mr Bikramjit Singh Chairman of the Zila Parishad Bathinda district. Mr Bikramjit Singh was elected as member of Zila Parishad from Nathana zone in June 2002.


All procedures followed, says Milkfed
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab Milkfed yesterday strongly refuted the allegations made by the BKU leader, Mr Balbir Singh Rojewal, about “bungling” in its operations. In a statement, a spokesman of the Milkfed said these so-called allegations had been made by “certain disgruntled elements who are working against the interests of milk producers of the state”. 

Patiala, famous for its royal wonders of architecture and a rich blend of handicraft, has stood out a symbol of Punjab's rich cultural wealth for centuries.
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Dead birds: DC seeks legal advice
Ropar, March 4
In connection with the perishing of birds near the Nangal slaughterhouse, the Deputy Commissioner, of Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, has sought legal advice to know if the culprits can be taken to court. The advice has been sought after receiving a report from the Forest Department on the issue.

Uprooting of towers to be probed
Patiala, March 4
The Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday took serious note of the uprooting of its two towers on the Dhuri - Malerkotla line in Sangrur district two days ago following high-velocity winds in the area by forming a committee to inquire into the reasons for the incident.

Mini-bus operators form breakaway group
Bathinda, March 4
The tussle between two groups of mini-bus operators union of the district deepened today when a group led by Mr Sukhvir Singh Brar formed a separate union. The conflict between the groups started some days ago, when one group showed dissatisfaction with the performance of office-bearers of the union.

BKU dharna enters 2nd day
Farmers play cards during dharnaBathinda, March 4
The BKU (E) today claimed that it had got freed a defaulting farmer lodged at the Central Jail, even as the indefinite dharna of the union, near Primary Agriculture Development Bank, entered second day today. Mr Jhanda Singh Jethuke, district president of the union, said the farmer, Major Singh of Malooka village, was released due to the pressure of the union.

Farmers play cards during dharna in Bathinda on Tuesday . — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Vedanti to speak on Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, March 4
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, would deliver presidential address on Nanakshahi calendar at a seminar being organised at Khalsa College on March 8.

CM’s function cancelled
Bathinda, March 4
The visit of the Punjab Chief Minister here to lay the foundation stone of the Transport Nagar on March 5 has been cancelled after distributing invitation cards to officials, Congress leaders, press persons, as the state Local Bodies Minister was unable to attend the function.

Power shutdown
Bathinda, March 4
The Sub Divisional Officer, Cantt Subdivision, Punjab State Electricity Board, in a press note here today said due to some urgent repair and maintenance tasks the power supply would remain suspended from 7 am to 7 pm on March 7 in the following areas: Ajit Road, Bibi Wala Road, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Aggarwal Colony, Bhatti Road, Ganesha Basti, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Hazoora Kapoora Colony, Adarsh Nagar, Joga Nand Road. 

Jagman’s statement held legal
Ropar, March 4
The Special Judge at Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, has dismissed the application of a former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, in which, he had said that the statement given by his one-time associate, Jagman, as public approver in the case against him was illegal.

SGPC concerned over conversions
Amritsar, March 4
Taking a serious note of conversions by Christian missionaries of Sikh villagers of Goindwal Sahib, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, said it was a matter of grave concern as poor and Dalit sections were being converted by missionaries.
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Ministerial services staff to hold rally
Bathinda, March 4
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union said today that a state-level rally, to press for their demands, would be held at Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana.

Test put off again
Chandigarh, March 4
It was the second time today that the Punjab State Aids Control Society sent back aspirants for the post of Document and Duplication Officer without assigning any plausible reason for postponing the pre-interview test.

Traders hold dharna, block traffic
Sangrur, March 4
Shopkeepers of Sherpur and Katron villages near Dhuri today kept shops closed in protest against the police inaction against a taxi driver who allegedly had “beaten up” Mr Badri Prashad of Sherpur who has a shop at Katron, on February 27 last.

Two injured in scuffle
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), March 4
Two persons were injured when they entered into a scuffle at this town today. Although the family members of the injured said the scuffle was due to personal enmity but sources feared that it could be related to elections of the local municipal council to be held on March 9 as both of them belonged to different political groups.


DSP booked for graft
Bathinda, March 4
A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Mr Manohar Lal, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bathinda city, in the Vigilance Bureau police station, Amritsar.

Ex-DSP booked for torture
Moga, March 4

At the instance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the police registered a criminal case against Amrik Singh retired DSP for allegedly torturing Manga in the police custody when he was in charge of the Moga police station.

2 chain-snatchers arrested
Jalandhar, March 4
The district police has arrested two chain-snatchers, who were identified as Santandip Singh and Ramesh Kumar.

Poppy husk seized; 7 held
Bathinda, March 4
The district police seized six bags of poppy husk and arrested three persons in this connection today. According to a press note issued here today, a police party stopped a Tata Sumo (DL-3J-4072) at Sangat Crossings here and found the poppy husk kept inside.


PCCTU rally on March 20
Phagwara, March 4
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today announced that the march to the Punjab Assembly will be held on March 20 and 21 union leaders will court arrest during the Budget session in Chandigarh.

64-cr released under abhiyan
Jalandhar, March 4
With a view to eliminating illiteracy, the Punjab Government has released an amount of Rs 64 crore of the total amount of Rs 130 crore to the Education Department under the Sarb Sikhiya Abhiyan.

National seminar on media held
Patiala, March 4
Stressing that newspapers should ensure that they faithfully dispense their social responsibilities, Dr B.K. Kuthiala, Dean, Media Studies at Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar stated that the newspapers should act as a concilliator and adopt a constructive approach towards different issues besides highlighting the vices which plague the society.

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