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Political heads of boards ‘must go or face sack’
Chandigarh, March 7
All political chairpersons of various government boards and corporations, appointed by the previous Badal government, will be removed by following legal procedures if they do not resign.

SGPC meeting avoids thorny issues
Ropar, March 7
Against expectations the crucial meeting of the SGPC executive held at Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib today ended without mulling over controversial issues. The meeting which started at about 11 a.m. ended in just two hours. Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president of the SGPC, later while talking to mediapersons said just two major issues were discussed in the meeting.

Kewal Krishan is pro-tem Speaker
Chandigarh, March 7
Dr Kewal Krishan, a veteran Congress leader, took the oath as pro-tem Speaker today.

‘Two Ts’ led to Badal’s fall
Chandigarh, March 7
Television and Tohra have been identified by the SHSAD as the two most important factors responsible for the downfall of the Badal government in the elections to the Punjab Assembly last month.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Minister’s warning to defaulters
Jalandhar, March 7
The Punjab Local Bodies Department will initiate a probe into the non-realisation of penalty, running into crores of rupees, by the fund-starved municipal corporations from those who have constructed huge buildings in all corporation cities of the state without seeking prior approval of their building plans.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in Delhi on Thursday.Probe into deletion of voters’ names
New Delhi, March 7
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today a high-level inquiry had been instituted into the “eleventh hour deletion’’ of names in the voters list that made the Congress lose at least 20 seats by a narrow margin, particularly in the Malwa region.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in Delhi on Thursday.
— Tribune photo

Pro-VC told not to take decision sans VC nod
Patiala, March 7
In further dramatic developments in Punjabi University, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today sent a fax message from outside the city for ‘’strict compliance’’ in which he directed that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor should not take any decision without his prior approval.


City wing of BJP dissolved
Councillor blames Rinwa for defeat
Abohar, March 7
The city unit of the BJP was dissolved yesterday. Mr Brij Mohan Sharma has replaced Mr Pramil Kalani as president of the unit. All allied wings of the party also stand dissolved.

MLA’s widow given Malout ticket
Malout, March 7
Former Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today nominated the wife of late Sujan Singh, former Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Mrs Mukhtiar Kaur, for the Assembly election of the segment, which was adjourned by the Election Commission following his death during the General Elections.

Another bid for Akali unity soon
Chandigarh, March 7
Another bid for Akali unity will be made soon. This was disclosed here today by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, founder general secretary of the World Sikh Council.

Henry — a surprise exclusion
Jalandhar, March 7
The non-inclusion of Mr Avtar Henry, senior Congress leader and Vice-President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), in the Punjab Council of Ministers has come as a surprise for staunch supporters of Mr Henry in particular and local residents in general.

Khanna leader of BJP Legislature Party


Poor not benefiting from WB policy
Chandigarh, march 7
The World Bank mandate of providing a corruption-free, efficient, poor and women-friendly healthcare services notwithstanding, a poor woman has to shell out a minimum of Rs 1,186 to deliver a child at any outlet of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

Complex premises being illegally used
Amritsar, March 7
Nearly 200 labourers have been illegally using the premises of the elite multi-storey Nehru Plaza shopping complex here allegedly in connivance with the employees of the improvement trust here. They have been using more than 10 of the unsold shops of the complex as dormitories’ beside using the terrace for the purpose of cooking.

Repair road, forum tells MC
Muktsar, March 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (DCDRF) has directed the Secretary, Local Bodies Punjab and local Municipal Council to reconstruct/repair the road from Railway road to telephone exchange and beyond it up to the Officers’ Colony in the city.

Kikar dying in 5 dists
Bathinda, March 7
Extreme winter and hot summer seasons, erratic rainfall with long dry spells during active growth season, short rainy season and extremely foggy days during the past 10 years are the key factors which have induced high rate of mortality in shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) and kikar (Acacia nilotica) trees in Punjab as per the preliminary study carried out by scientists of the Regional Centre of the Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni-Solan (H.P.)

Tumultuous welcome to ministers
Jalandhar, March 7
The four ministers belonging to Jalandhar were received by their supporters at the local Circuit House today with pipe bands, dhols and bhangra parties on their visit as ministers after taking the oath of office.

‘Umeed’ gets help from Japan
Sangrur, March 7
The Government of Japan will provide two tractors, two trailers and two fogging machines to Sangrur-based non-government organisation (NGO) “Umeed” for its project “Eradication of mosquito-borne diseases.” These items will be given by the Japanese government under its scheme of “Grant assistance for grassroot projects.”

Gen Sehgal visits Signals units
Jalandhar, March 7
Lieut-Gen D.P. Sehgal, Director-General of Signals, who is on a three-day visit to the forward areas of the western sector, visited Signals units at Jalandhar today.


New SSP takes over
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 7
Mr B. Chanderasekhar today assumed the charge as the new SSP of the district. He replaced Mr P.P.S. Sidhu.

PSEB engineers want technocrat as head
Patiala, March 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association yesterday urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to appoint a technocrat as Chairman of the Board, besides calling for immediate reforms to get the Board out of its debt trap.


Gang busted
Patiala, March 7
The Patiala police today nabbed members of an inter-state gang of criminals, actively involved in killing and looting for quite some time in the region and adjoining area. The gang members, including Balwinder Singh, Vijay Kumar, Shashi Kumar and Surinder Kumar, have been detained by the police for interrogation.


Poor Mansa students visit Chandigarh
Mansa, March 7
The local Young Patriots Club organised a visit for its members and some students of poor family to Chandigarh on Tuesday. The visit was organised under Into-British project and 30 students participated in it.Top

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