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Congress MLAs’ walkout marks session opening
Chandigarh, February 29
A subdued protest, including a walkout by Congress legislators, notwithstanding, the Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha commenced with Governor S.F. Rodrigues talking about achievements and future plans of the Punjab government here this afternoon. Led by party president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, members of the Congress legislature party walked out of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.
Led by party president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, members of the Congress legislature party walked out of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Waiver of loans: Follow Centre, Bhattal
to SAD

Chandigarh, February 29
Punjab Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has welcomed the waiver of bank loans announced in the Union budget to farmers and at the same time demanded that the Punjab government waive loans of farmers, who had borrowed from arhtiyas.

Maharaja’s birthplace: Badal forgets promises
Badrukhan (Sangrur), February 29
It seems that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has forgotten almost all promises made to the residents of this village (birthplace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh) on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Maharaja at a state-level function on November 13 last year.



The search for original Baba Farid ends after 60 years
Pritam Singh Amritsar, February 29
Pritam Singh (90), a recipient of President and Bharatiya Sahit Academy awards, after 60 years of research has established that Punjabi language is more than seven centuries old. The research, “Search of the original Baba Farid of Guru Granth Sahib”, has also challenged the research done by European and Indian scholars who believed that the hymns of Baba Farid were actually authored by Sheikh Brahm (Ibrahim). It was Farid, the second, whom Guru Nanak Dev met on two occasions.

Day before exams, students plead for roll Nos.
Chandigarh, February 29
A day before the commencement of the Punjab School Education Board’s open-school exams, a group of 12 plus II students spent the whole day trying to get their roll numbers. They got none despite having knocked the doors of all officers they could, including the chairman and secretary of the board.


Kashmir Singh’s family breaks into celebration
Hoshiarpur, February 29
The countdown has begun for the reunion of Kashmir Singh of Nangal Choran village in Mahilpur block of this district, who was arrested in 1973 on espionage charges in Pakistan, with his family. The wait will finally end for Kashmir Singh's family after 35 years.

Bedi’s googly, builds wall to restrict entry
Amritsar, February 29
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has taken a leap forward by constructing a wall to restrict the entry of the tenant to the demolished structure. Besides blocking the entry point to the demolished shed, Bedi has also removed the steel girders which were part of the roof of the demolished structure.

Re-appointed engineers in PSEB to be removed
Chandigarh, February 29
The Punjab government has decided to dispense with the services of all those engineers who have been re-appointed on important positions after retirement in the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

PSEB to hold meeting on subsidy dues
Chandigarh, February 29
Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Y.S. Ratra is expected to convene a meeting of whole-time and other members of the Board soon to put before it the issue of subsidy dues that the Punjab government claims to have cleared as per the direction of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).

Panel for zero discharge from units
Chandigarh, February 29
A committee headed by a secretary to the Punjab government wants the Pollution Control Board to ensure zero discharge of harmful chemicals, metals and effluents from units in the state. The Industries Department does not agree to the proposal.

Cheques distributed
Chandigarh, February 29
S.K. Aggarwal, regional provident fund commissioner, Punjab and Chandigarh, today handed over cheques to six employees of the Punjab Financial Corporation, Hartron, Milk Plant, Chandigarh, and Punjab Agro Industries Corporation on the day of their retirement. According to a press note, one cheque each was handed over at Ludhiana and Jalandhar and three cheques at Amritsar to the retiring employees.


Moga Sex Scandal
Remand of two extended
Patiala, February 29
The special CBI court of H.S Madan here today extended remand of two police officers Davinder Singh Garcha (SSP) and Paramjeet Singh Sandhu (SP) in custody by one more day.

AIG (Punjab Police Security) Davinder Singh Garcha SP (Headquarters) Paramdeep Singh Sandhu

Cleaning of Kala Sangha Drain
High Court directs combined meeting
Chandigarh, February 29
Continuing with its efforts aimed at the cleaning of Kala Sangha drain in Jalandhar, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the holding of a combined meeting between authorities of the Sewerage Disposal Board, PSIEC chief engineer and joint commissioner of the Jalandhar Municipal Council.


Eight booked in rice shelling scam
Rs 5-cr misappropriation alleged
Ludhiana, February 29
Eight persons, including four officials of different paddy procurement agencies of the state and owners of two rice mills, have been booked by the vigilance bureau here for an alleged Rs 5-crore rice shelling scam.

Heroin worth 25 cr seized
Ferozepur, February 29
The Ferozepur police got a shot in the arm today with the arrest of two wanted Indo-Pakistan smugglers and the recovery of a huge consignment of heroin worth Rs 25 crore in the international market, which was being smuggled inside the Indian territory.


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