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Wiremesh to separate counting staff, agents
Bathinda, February 21
The Election Commission of India has instructed the election authorities in Punjab to doubly barricade the counting centres. The wiremesh barricading inside the counting hall will separate the counting staff and counting agents. 

New SAD MLAs meet on Feb 25
Chandigarh, February 21
The SAD general secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today said that the newly elected MLAs of the party would meet at the residence of the President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here on February 25. The meeting would discuss the post-result political strategy.

Shun gurdwara politics, Akalis told
Amritsar, February 21
Akalis should shun gurdwara politics and not mix politics with religion, said Mr Kuldip Nayar, noted journalist and member of Parliament, while inaugurating a two-day seminar on “Punjab politics: the Communal Cauldron” today at Guru Nanak Dev University.

Finance panel recommendations-II
Restructure property tax, impose profession levy
Chandigarh, February 21
In Punjab, the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) comprise municipal corporations (four), councils (98) and nagar panchayats (32). The state’s urban population is 32.5 per cent, as per the 2001 census.

Hepatitis cases detected in village
Sooch (Bathinda), February 21
Fear has gripped residents of Sooch and surrounding villages after several cases of patients suffering from hepatitis A and B have been detected in this tiny village having population of at least 3000 persons.



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  Lights were installed on Feb 12: inquiry
Ropar, February 21
The inquiry conducted by the district administration into the installation of streetlights in the slumps of Ropar just one day before election has established that the act was committed but it has failed to identify the culprits.


‘Civilian candidate used Capt prefix’
Amritsar, February 21
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) a candidate from Amritsar (West) Assembly constituency has sought attention on the usage of prefix “Captain” before the name by a candidate from the same constituency in the recently concluded Assembly elections.


Patient awarded compensation
Ropar, February 21
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed Rajput Hospital allegedly run by quacks to pay compensation to a complainant for deficiency in service.

No Hindu jatha for Pak: Billa
Amritsar, February 21
Hindu organisations have decided not to send any jatha to visit Pakistan. The jatha was scheduled to visit Katasraj Chakkwal district, on the occasion of Shivratri, which falls on March 12.

Thermal plant staff seek overtime benefits
Bathinda, February 21
Hundreds of employees of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant held a rally to show their resentment against decisions taken by the management of the PSEB.

A symbol of religious harmony
Bathinda, February 21
In times when religious hatred is prevailing in some parts of the country, Gurdwara Haji Rattan named after a Muslim saint situated nest to his tomb and a mosque, in the city could be an eye-opener for people having narrow thinking and religious intolerance.

Foeticide: erring scanning centres to face action
Moga, February 21
The district level advisory committee of medical experts, set up by the Muktsar Deputy Commissioner, has directed the ultrasound scanning centres to maintain proper record of the tests conducted at their centres and also submit weekly reports of the tests conducted on women between the age group of 15 years and 45 years to check the increasing cases of abortion, particularly of female foeticide.

Bid to grab govt land
Kapurthala, February 21
The district administration yesterday foiled attempt of 12 persons to encroach on prime government land behind the Kanjali road. Mr Arvind Parkash, tehsildar was deputed to oversee the removal of the encroachment.

Defamation case: Sukhbir to file reply
Chandigarh, February 21
A local court today directed Mr Sukhbir Badal to file a reply in the case filed by Capt Amarinder Singh for seeking quashing of the defamation complaint filed against him by the former.

Spurious drugs on sale
Mansa, February 21
The sale of the spurious and expired medicines is rampant in this district. The sale of intoxicating medicines has also gone up and certain chemists are reportedly selling medicines without prescriptions of doctors. The number of Drug Inspectors and other checking staff here is insufficient.

Two crushed to death
Tarn Taran, February 21
Charan Kaur, a resident of Joga Singh Wala village, was crushed to death by a tanker at Khabbe Dogran village today when she was waiting for a bus. The police has registered a case against the driver of the tanker.

2 die as car, tanker collide
Sangrur, February 21
Two persons died on the spot when their car collided with an oil tanker near Sehjra village in Barnala subdivision in the district today.

Setting up of NRI welfare cell sought
Phagwara, February 21
Mr Daljit Singh Sahota, Chairman, Overseas Congress, the UK, yesterday demanded the creation of the NRI Welfare Cell to safeguard interests of non-resident Indians, particularly Punjabis. 


Farmer shot over land dispute
Gurdaspur, February 21
A farmer, Gurmej Singh, was allegedly shot dead over a land dispute in Gunian village under the Sadar police yesterday.


Parents resent forcible collection
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 21
The Class V examinations started in the district today, but the students were seen sitting on the ground without having any mats at most of the examination centres.

Student bodies’ strike on Feb 26
Patiala, February 21
In face of the ongoing allegations of misconduct by the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, almost all student unions of Punjabi University have decided to observe strike on February 26 in case the Vice-Chancellor does not resign by then.

GND varsity convocation
Amritsar February 21
The joint annual convocation of humanities’ students of Guru Nanak Dev University will be held on February 23 at 2 pm at the Guru Nanak Bhavan auditorium in the university here.


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