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Badal to take oath tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 28
Parkash Singh Badal will take oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Punjab at noon on March 2 at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Immediately after his unanimous election as leader of the combined SAD-BJP legislature group, he called on the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues( retd) at 4.30 pm at the Punjab Raj Bhavan to hand over to him the letter of support signed by 67 MLAs of the SAD-BJP combine, besides three independent MLAs.

Overjoyed on his election as leader of the SAD-BJP legislature group in Chandigarh on Wednesday, Parkash Singh Badal garlands BJP senior leader Vankaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitlay while others celebrate the moment. Overjoyed on his election as leader of the SAD-BJP legislature group in Chandigarh on Wednesday, Parkash Singh Badal garlands BJP senior leader Vankaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitlay while others celebrate the moment. ó Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

VVIPs invited to Badalís oath-taking ceremony




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Elated, Badal buries bitter past
To work in close cooperation with Cong
Chandigarh, February 28
Parkash Singh Badal, who is on the threshold of creating history on March 2 by becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab fourth time since August,1947, appears of have decided to bury the recent bitter political past and run the state with, what he describes as, constructive political cooperation from the principal Opposition (read Congress) on social, economic and development fronts.

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Dullo may pay the price for poll debacle
Ludhiana, February 28
As the Congress begins introspection loss of elections, a few heads are likely to roll Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Shamsher Singh Dullo to be the first casualty.

Badalsí graft case: Heated exchanges between lawyers
Ropar, February 28
Even as Mr Badal is yet to form government the difference of opinion came to the fore between the state counsel representing the Vigilance Bureau in the corruption case involving SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his family members during the hearing of the case before the Special Court, Judge, G.S. Saran, today.

Kalia is leader of BJP in House
Chandigarh, February 28
MLAs of the BJP today elected former Cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia as their leader in the legislature in Punjab. Two names, Kalia and Master Mohan Lal, who is also a former Cabinet minister, were proposed and the choice was narrowed down to Kalia.

Wings of tainted SGPC secretary clipped
Amritsar, February 28
A day after the declaration of election results, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has ordered major reshuffle of senior employees with view to clipping the wings of Harbeant Singh, a 'tainted' SGPC Secretary, who was divested of two important assignments.

For Cong, Hoshiarpur same as rest of Doaba
Chandigarh, February 28
The Congress has been routed from the Assembly segments falling under the Hoshiarpur parliamentary seat, losing seven out of the eight seats to the SAD-BJP alliance. The only seat the Congress managed to retain was Garhshankar, where its sitting MLA Love Kumar Gold managed to win by 4,068 votes.

Business school to be set up at Banur
Chandigarh , February 28
The All-India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi , has granted approval to an educational trust for setting up a business school in Patiala district on the Indian Institute of Management pattern.



POLITICS

BSPís performance in Kapurthala district poorer
Kapurthala, February 28
The BSPís performance in elections worsened in all four seats of the district. What to talk of Bholath, Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi seats, it could not even save from forfeiture of the security deposit of its candidate from Phagwara seat, where Dalits voters are in large numbers.

Police clueless on firing by BJP man
Amritsar, February 28
The police still was clueless about the BJP activist who allegedly fired into air to celebrate the victory of the SAD-BJP alliance in the Assembly and Amritsar Lok Sabha elections here yesterday.

Dimpaís brother indicted
Amritsar, February 28
A day after declaring of the Assembly results, the Special Investigation Team, headed by Manminder Singh, SP (HQ), in his report today indicted Harpinder Singh Rajan, younger brother of Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a former MLA, and nine others in connection with poll-related violence at Beas on January 29 that left an Akali worker dead and four injured.

Confusion over votes secured
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Confusion prevailed in the office of the election tehsildar here over votes secured and victory margins in the Sirhind and Amloh Assembly segments.

COMMUNITY

Kabir Park huts: Dang writes to Badal for help
Amritsar, February 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government to be formed in the state should provide shelter to rehabilitate 90 families in Kabir Park of the Kot Khalsa area of city whose huts were demolished by the Amritsar improvement trust on February 22.

 
COURTS

J.P. Gupta heads lok adalat
Bathinda, February 28
A permanent lok adalat has become fully functional here with the appointment of former district and sessions judge J.P. Gupta as its chairman. Former Public Health SE Rakesh Kumar Gupta and former PSEB SE Krishan Dev Uppal have been made its members.

CRIME

Boy kills paramour
Hoshiarpur, February 28
The illicit relationship of a mother with her neighbour has compelled a son to kill her paramour at Muradpur Narial village of the district.

Train collides with tractor, 3 hurt
Barnala, February 28
Three persons were injured when a military train collided with a tractor-trailer at an unmanned level crossing this afternoon.

EDUCATION

Ranbaxy selects eight students
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
The on-going joint campus placement drive at RIMT-IMCT, Mandi Gobindgarh, received a big boost today, when the pharmaceutical giant Ranbaxy visited the campus to recruit the students as management trainees.

44 get campus placement
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Forty-four students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, were selected during the campus placement drive conducted by Cognizant, Pune, at the college today.

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