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Cost-cutting to start from CM’s office
dministering the state from the top appears to be the strategy of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, holding that “everything must start from the top for a clear message down the line. Austerity measures will start from my office before cost-cutting is introduced in the case of former Chief Ministers.”

Capt Amarinder Singh in different moods during an interview with The Tribune in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Capt Amarinder Singh in different moods during an interview with The Tribune in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photos

Canadian court comes to Ludhiana
Ludhiana, March 14
At first glance, it appeared like a western crew shooting a courtroom scene for a Hollywood blockbuster. A closer look revealed that for the first time in history a foreign court had been set up courtroom on Indian soil.

Cong to back CPI nominee in Malout
Chandigarh, March 14
A seven-member high-powered committee of Congress and CPI leaders has been constituted to manage the election campaign for the Malout assembly seat, the polling for which is scheduled to be held on April 4.

Talwandi’s security withdrawn
Ludhiana, March 14
The state government has withdrawn official security guards provided to Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, senior vice-president of the SAD and former SGPC chief. He had been provided more than a dozen police personnel both at his residence here and during his travels in different parts of the state and had also been given two gypsies.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Mandi Board Chairman shot at by son
Ludhiana, March 14
Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Chairman, Mandi Board, Punjab, was allegedly shot at by his son Jaskeerat Singh at their residence at Mullanpur Dakha today. The accused has been arrested. Mr Ghuman received bullet injury on his right leg and is now reported to be out of danger. He is admitted to the CMC hospital here.

Mazda patronising Lalru unit: complaint
Chandigarh, March 14
Complaints of serious irregularities in some of the state-owned or state-funded companies have started pouring into the Chief Minister’s Secretariat expecting the new government to take action and prevent any further losses to these public sector companies.

Fasting students seek doctor’s removal
Longowal (Sunam), March 14
Students of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) staged a dharna and began a relay fast at the main gate of the institute here today demanding the removal of Dr Kuldip Singh, posted at the health centre of the SLIET, while holding the doctor responsible for the death of a student, Vikrant Singh, who was seriously injured in a road accident near here and later died on the way to Ludhiana a few days ago.


SAD meeting today
Moga, March 14
Former Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal has convened a meeting of party MLAs, Ex-MLAs, SGPC members, presidents district Akali Dals and SAD working committee members at Malout tomorrow, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, a former minister in the Badal Government, said.


Ammonia leakage affects 60
Jaitu (Faridkot), March 14
A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered against the owners of an ice factory from where ammonia leaked due to explosion of a cylinder last night which caused problems like irritation in eyes and vomiting.

Sekhri’s one-man drive against graft
Chandigarh, March 14
A newly appointed minister in the Capt Amarinder Singh Ministry has on his own launched an anti-corruption drive and offered a reward of Rs 10,000 to anyone who brings a genuine case of corruption to his notice.

Bridegroom, ‘baraatis’ beaten up
Balachaur, March 14
A piquant situation arose in a village, 5 km from here, when a bridegroom, Davinder Pal of Chadiani Khurd village, refused to marry Sunita Rani of Udhnowal village on March 8.

Mazar damaged, cash looted
Jagraon, March 14
Mazar-e-Sharif of Pir Baba Mohkam Din Bali situated in Khangah chowk has been found to be damaged, its cash box broken and money looted. The police has registered a case under Sections 452/379/323/427/506/148-149 of the IPC on the statement of Mian Basant Baba, head priest of the Mazar-e-Sharif against Piara Singh, Pritam Singh, Rana Singh, Joga Singh, Sukha Singh, Sucha Singh, Mita Singh, Chinda Singh, Nek Singh and Raja Singh.

Thermal staff stage dharna
Bathinda, March 14
Employees of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant staged a dharna in front of the plant gate here today to show their resentment against the non-fulfillment of their demands.

Demonstration by bank staff
Sangrur, March 14
On the call of Central trade unions, employees of various local bank branches today held a demonstration in front of the main branch of the State Bank of Patiala here to observe an all-India protest day.

Bank employees hold protest
Bathinda, March 14
Employees of various banks of the city today wore black badges to show resentment against the policies of the government, which they said were anti-people and anti-employee.

Minister hospitalised


Farmers pin hopes on Bt-cotton
Bathinda, March 14
Cotton growers of Punjab, suffering losses due to repeated failure of crop for the past seven years for various reasons including the bollworm attack, have started pinning hopes on Bt-cotton to overcome the problems.


PSEB initiates reforms
Patiala, March 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has initiated the process of expediting reforms to revamp and strengthen the existing power infrastructure in the state.

Creation of OTA posts demanded
Barnala, March 14
The Punjab State Senior Operation Theatre Assistants, Operation Theatre Assistants, Operation Theatre Supervisors and Anaesthesia Technicians Union has demanded the creation of posts of Operation Theatre Assistant in various civil hospitals of Punjab.

Health corpn doing well, says minister
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, today clarified that he had at no time stated that Punjab Health Systems Corporation had failed to deliver desired results.


Two arrested in murder case
Mansa, March 14
The city police has arrested Balbir Singh and Puran Singh, both of Mansa Khurd village in connection with the murder of Mithu Singh. They have reportedly confessed their guilt before the police. According to the police the two accused along with Mithu Singh had consumed liquor on February 13 and after an altercation they murdered Mithu Singh and buried the body in fields.

Drive planned against poppy husk smugglers


Class X Punjabi paper cancelled at 3 centres
SAS Nagar, March 14
The Punjab School Education Board has cancelled the Punjabi paper of the matriculation examination at three centres in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts and biology paper of plus II at one centre in Kapurthala district here today.

Dharna against VC
Patiala, March 14
Teachers, employees and students of Punjabi University, on a call given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), staged a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, here today.


500 bank delegates attend meeting
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14
Mr N.K. Gaur, general secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, presided over the regional meeting of all bank branches of the district organised at the branch of the State Bank of Patiala in Sirhind today. Nearly 500 delegates and employees participated in the meeting.

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