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Defeat leads to crisis in BJP
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab BJP has been rattled by the rout in the Assembly elections in the state. A crisis has started in the party. The blame game is on. Complaints with regard to the role played by senior leaders of the party against their own candidates at certain places have also become a matter of concern in the party.

Major reshuffle in Punjab police
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab Government has ordered the following transfers and postings in the Police Department:

13 IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, March 4
In addition to a major administrative reshuffle in the Police Department, the Punjab Government has ordered the transfers and postings of 13 IAS officers and one PCS officer today.

Old guard may block Singla’s way
Resentment among voters, party workers
Bathinda, March 4
Even as the Congress high command and state leadership has been trying to form a Cabinet which can deliver the goods, the question which is being hotly debated among the party rank and file is that will recognition be given to Mr Surinder Singla, an eminent economist, who created history by emerging as the lone victorious candidate of the party in the five districts of the Malwa region with a respectable margin, braving all odds, in the Cabinet.

Swearing in: bad news for gatecrashers
Chandigarh, March 4
Here is some bad news for gatecrashers. Don't come if you are not officially invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the new Punjab Council of Ministers scheduled for 11 a.m. at Punjab Raj Bhavan tomorrow.




Bibi questions siropa denial to CM
Amritsar, March 4
The denying of “siropa” to Capt Amarinder Singh during his visit to the Golden Temple after assuming the charge of Chief Minister is likely to snowball into a major controversy, with Bibi Jagir Kaur, a former President of the SGPC, saying that partiality in a “guru ghar” (gurdwara) was not acceptable.

Charges against VC bailable
Patiala, March 4
Round one in the ongoing attrition in Punjabi University today went to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, with District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal disposing of a bail petition filed by him saying all allegations were bailable and directing the police to give the Vice-Chancellor one day’s notice in case any fresh case was to be registered against him.


Channi engineered ‘our’ defeat
Hoshiarpur, March 4
Mr Naresh Thakur, Mr Ram Rattan and Mr Pawan Kumar Adia — all Congress candidates who lost from Hoshiarpur Mahilpur and Garhdiwala segments of Hoshiarpur district, respectively, alleged in a joint press conference here today that Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from the Hoshiarpur Parliamentary constituency, along with his political secretary, Mr Om Parkash Saini, had conspired to defeat them in the recent Assembly elections.


Unauthorised buildings mushroom
The city seems to have become a haven for encroachers as a number of unauthorised buildings, including a shopping complex, have come up in various pockets in the past few days.

No new car for Vedanti: SGPC
Amritsar, March 4
The SGPC executive had reportedly rejected the demand of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, for the allocation of brand-new luxury car.

Patiala on path of progress
Patiala, March 4
The recent bureaucratic changes have been made just as suddenly as the last ones with Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir making place for another officer keeping in view the changed political atmosphere in the state. But for the people of the city, Mr Bir’s stay has been the most rewarding in recent years.

PCMSA office-bearers
Chandigarh, March 4
Dr Jaswant Singh has been elected as the president of Punjab Civil Medical Services Association, Ropar. While Dr H.N. Sharma was elected the Senior vice-president, Dr Sukhwinder Singh was elected junior vice-president.

AITUC to oppose ‘anti-people’ Union Budget
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab State Committee of the All-India Trade Union Congress has decided to organise gate rallies, public meetings and conventions between March 6 and March 12 across the state to oppose the “anti-people” Union Budget and communalism.

Gujarat violence pre-planned: union
Bathinda, March 4
The local unit of the Technical Services Union has condemned the communal violence that claimed 450 lives in Gujarat and termed it as a pre-planned move to divert the attention of the people from problems arising due to proposals of the Railway and General Budget.


Canal breach submerges 300 acres of wheat crop
Kalalwala (Bathinda), March 4
Standing wheat crop in 300 acres was submerged after a big breach occurred in the Bhakra Main Branch near this village, bordering Haryana, late last night. Official sources said the breach occurred when the canal overflowed its banks. 

BKU restarts stir to press demands
Bathinda, March 4
After keeping quiet for some time the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) BKU (E) has restarted agitation for the acceptance of its demands and as part of it, it would hold a rally at Chandigarh on March 25, after small rallies at district and sub-division level.


Chahal for new PR thrust
Chandigarh, March 4
Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, today held a meeting with senior officers of the Public Relations Department. He urged them to give a new thrust and realistic touch to their approach while propagating the programmes and policies of the new government.


Akali worker shot dead
Amritsar, March 4
An Akali worker was shot dead in the Valtoha Vidhan Sabha constituency on Saturday night allegedly by three persons owing to political rivalry. The victim, Mahabir Singh, was shot in the neck, stomach and chest.

7-yr RI for raping minor
Kapurthala, March 4
Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, today convicted Anwar Raja of Alludipur village under the kotwali police station under Section 376 of the IPC on the charge of raping Kamaljit Kaur (15) of the same village.

Criminologist Sohal dies in road mishap
Jalandhar, March 4
Noted criminologist and Interpol officer Balwinder Singh Sohal died and about 24 passengers were injured when a Haryana Roadways bus collided head-on with a Tata Sumo, in which Balwinder Singh Sohal was travelling, at the local Kapurthala chowk today.


UK varsity to sign MoU with Rayat Institute
Ropar, March 4
The United Kingdom’s Bradford University and the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology Rail Majra, near here, have agreed to collaborate in various activities.

Efforts on to save research material
Ludhiana, March 4
Research material worth crores, pertaining to theleria vaccine for tick- borne cattle diseases, at Punjab Agricultural University here is in danger of going to waste due to a tussle between the university authorities and an immunologist.

5th flower show held
Mansa, March 4
The fifth flower show was organised by the local Environment Society on the premises of the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls here today. On the occasion, a cultural programme was presented by children.

Students back Fine Arts head
Patiala, March 4
Students of the Fine Arts Department of Punjabi University have come out in support of their In charge, Dr Saroj Rani, who has been accused along with the VC of mental torture and harassment in a criminal case registered against them by a student of the department.

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