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Alliance with BSP possible at state level, says Hanspal
Amarinder Singh skips rally at Hola Mohalla
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), March 6
Political rallies by various political parties today remained the mainstay of the fifth day of Hola Mohalla here today. Leaders of major political parties, as usual, levelled allegations against one another at these rallies rather than giving any concrete programme for the people of the state.
Punjab Pardesh Congress chief H.S. Hanspal and Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh at the Congress conference at Anandpur Sahib
Punjab Pardesh Congress chief H.S. Hanspal and Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh at the Congress conference at Anandpur Sahib on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Dhindsa, Tota Singh meet Baldev Mann
Sangrur, March 6
In an attempt to win over the confidence of the Barnala faction, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Secretary-General, SAD and candidate from the Sangrur parliamentary constituency, along with Jathedar Tota Singh, a former minister today visited the residence of Mr Baldev Singh Mann, General Secretary, SAD, and close confidant of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Andhra Pradesh, at Sulargharat, near Dirba. The closed-door meeting lasted for about an hour.

Sikh bodies to resist Advani’s yatra
Amritsar, March 6
Seven Sikh organisations in a joint press conference here today have threatened to resist ‘Bharat Udai Yatra’ from entering in Punjab. The yatra headed by Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani will start from Kanyakumari and scheduled to reach Amritsar on March 26 where Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would welcome the yatra.

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Sonia to hold roadshows in Punjab
Jalandhar, March 6
The state Congress chief H.S. Hanspal today said the party President Sonia Gandhi would visit the state for roadshows in the third week of March. Mr Hanspal told PTI by phone that exact dates and places for the roadshows would be finalised soon.

Memorial to mark 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev
Ludhiana, March 6
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to raise a minaret-type “Gurmukhi Smark”, a memorial at Khadur Sahib to mark the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev on April 18. The history of Gurmukhi script would be inscribed on it.

FDO’s circular creates ruckus in GND varsity
Amritsar, March 6
Trouble is fomenting in Guru Nanak Dev University here as the Finance and Development Officer and various associations of the university crossed swords over certain ‘purchases’ in alleged violation of statutes of the university.

Father’s fight for memorial to Uphaar tragedy hero
Chandigarh, march 6
Capt Vardeep Singh Bhinder of Amritsar is fighting a different battle. Armed with an order of the Delhi High Court declaring that his son Capt Manjinder Singh Bhinder’s death in Uphaar cinema tragedy was attributable to military service, he is struggling to get a memorial constructed in his only child’s memory.

Mai Roop Kaur — a profile
PPSC to rebuild confidence in selection process
Mai Roop Kaur Chandigarh, March 6
The prefix ''Mai'' intrigued the select gathering at Raj Bhavan on Friday when the Governor administered the oath to Roop Kaur as a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission. Polite enquiries did not reveal much, except that just as ''Bhai'' is a prefix in the case of men, ''Mai'' in the case of women who belong to a particular Bagrian family whose ancestors are traced to Raja Bhagtu in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.


Holy revellers violate
traffic rules
Jalandhar, March 6
While young Holi revellers violated traffic rules in all parts of the city with impunity, residents here celebrated Holi with traditional fervour in their homes and at public places in the city.

A group of Holy revellers ride two-wheelers without helmets in front of the Model Town gurdwara in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
A group of Holy revellers ride two-wheelers without helmets in front of the Model Town gurdwara in Jalandhar on Saturday. Photo: S.S. Chopra

Yash Chopra winds up shooting
Attari (Amritsar), March 6
The film unit of Yash Chopra today wound up the shooting schedule at the Attari railway station, a day ahead of the schedule. According to information, a communication in this regard has been forwarded to the in charge of the railway station in this regard.

Gurdwara poll panel to meet parties
Chandigarh, March 6
The Chief Commissioner of Gurdwara Elections has called a meeting of various political parties to discuss the issue of elections of the SGPC on March 16. The Union Government had announced May 21 as the tentative date to hold the general election of the SGPC. The commission has made all preparations to hold the elections.

Mann to seek transfer of judge
Bathinda, March 6
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (Amritsar), along with his party workers will stage a dharna in front of the district courts complex here on March 16 to press the authorities concerned to transfer Mr Justice Nirmal Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, whose wife Mrs Paramjit Kaur is the SAD nominee from the Bathinda seat for the Lok Sabha elections, to some other high court.

A woman carts a pile of bricks at a brick kiln on the eve of International Women's Day
A woman carts a pile of bricks at a brick kiln on the eve of International Women's Day,
in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Health Dept team serves notices on eateries
Phagwara, March 6
A team of the Health Department, headed by District Health Officer, Dr DS Gill, today inspected Metro Food Super Market on Palahi road, Hot Stuff Restaurant, opposite the Bus stand on GT Road and rehris in the eating joint of the local Hargobind Nagar.

Sardool clarifies on liquor vends’ auction
Jalandhar, March 6

Reacting over the allegations levelled by the opposition parties that the Congress has taken Rs 20 crore from liquor baron Ponty Chadha in lieu of awarding him liquor vends in the state, Mr Sardool Singh, Minister for Excise and Taxation, today refuted the allegations and said that not even a single penny was taken from him.


Local Self Dept to adjust surplus staff
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 6
It is matter of concern that all municipal councils and corporations except for the Mandi Gobindgarh Municipal Corporation in the state are spending more than 50 per cent of their budget on salary and wages and the rest on other expenses and minimum amount is left for the development of projects.

Water supply tenders cancelled
Amritsar March 6
Tenders worth crores dealing with the operation and maintenance cell of the Municipal Corporation have been cancelled by the Commissioner, MC Mr KS Kang, on allegations that a councillor, who was also chairman of the department of Water Supply and Sewerage Works of the corporation, had signed and issued the tenders.


Man booked for forging warrants against VIPs
Abohar, March 6
A case has been registered against Boota Singh of Bhagsar village in the border tehsil of Anoopgarh under Sections 465, 466, 467, 468 of the IPC for allegedly forging warrants of attachment of immovable property against a dozen persons, including the Presidents of India and Pakistan.

One held on abduction charge
Bathinda, March 6
The district police today arrested Sandeep Kumar, who had allegedly abducted a minor girl of the city on February 23. The police claimed that the girl was recovered from his possession.


Plaint against Principal admitted
Amritsar, March 6
Taking a prima facie notice, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has admitted a complaint against Dr B.S. Bedi, Principal Government Medical College here, in the case of admissions of students to the MBBS course who were lower in merit.Top

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