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It’s Amarinder vs Badal in Malout
Capt Amarinder Singh Malout, March 17
The election for this Assembly segment, to be held on April 4, seems to have become a fight between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, as the latter has Parkash Singh Badalannounced that the victory of the Congress-CPI alliance candidate, Mr Nathu Ram, is a prestige issue for him and Mr Badal while predicting victory of SAD candidate, Mrs Mukhtiar Kaur, claimed that poll outcome would be the beginning of the collapse of the present regime.

Marriage palaces mushroomed under SAD rule
Amritsar, March 17
Cities under the municipal corporations have seen unprecedented construction during the past 5 years of the Akali-BJP rule. Not only have multi-storeyed commercial complexes flouted all norms of construction, the failing industry has led to marriage palaces coming up in a big way as alternate source of income.

Plan to revive flying clubs
Jalandhar, March 17
With a view to opening up more job avenues for the Punjabi youth in the country and abroad, the Punjab Government is considering the revival of flying clubs at Jalandhar, Patiala and Ludhiana.



Sehajdharis to back Cong-CPI candidate
Bathinda, March 17
Expressing resentment over the decision of the SGPC to disenfranchise Sehajdhari and efforts of SAD to get the word Sehajdhari deleted from the Gurdwara Act, the Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to support the CPI-Congress candidate in the Malout byelection.


Children’s home project stillborn
opes of the nearly 250 mentally retarded children of the remote areas of Pathankot sub-division seem to have been dashed to the ground with the Railways demanding Rs 60 lakh for providing railway land for St. Francis Home Project at Baghar village, about 5 km from here.

‘Strong case’ for Hindi as second language
Ludhiana, March 17
The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr Bachi Singh Rawat, said today that there was a strong case for making Hindi the second official language in Punjab. Responding to a demand on the issue by the Uttaranchal Kumaon Vikas Parishad here today, Mr Rawat said he would take up the issue with the state government and also bring it to the notice of the Central Government.

Liquor vends’ auction fetches Rs 178.56 cr
Jalandhar, March 17
The auction of 15 groups of liquor vends in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts yielded excise revenue to the tune of Rs 178.56 crore here today.

Indians more prone to CAD: cardiologist
Gurdaspur, March 17
The district health authorities organised lectures by two cardiologists of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi. As many as 48 doctors participated.

Plea to delete word “terrorist” for Bhagat Singh
Amritsar, March 17
The Hari Singh Yaadgar Manch has urged the Union Government to take up the issue of deletion of word ‘terrorist’ attached to Bhagat Singh. Bhagat Singh was referred to as ‘terrorist’ in the Indian Parliament under the British rule. The reference, thus, was never objected to and further no notice was taken of the objectionable phrase, the manch said.

CPI opposes move to cancel holiday
Bathinda, March 17
Mr Joginder Singh Bhasin, member, state executive, CPI, has urged the state government to reconsider its move about the cancellation of holiday on March 23, the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh.

Virk files complaint against SAD MLA
Sangrur, March 17
Mr Bhola Singh Virk (a leader of the Lok Bhalai Party) yesterday filed a complaint with the Barnala police against Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, SAD MLA from Barnala, that Mr Keetu had threatened to kill him in the office complex of the SDM yesterday.

Probe bunglings, Law Forum urges CM
Bathinda, March 17
The Punjab Law Forum has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to initiate an inquiry by the CBI into the alleged bunglings in the District Transport Department. A Press note issued here today by Mr Charanpal Singh Brar and Mr M.M. Behal, president and secretary, respectively, of the forum, said they had written to the Supreme Court and the Chief Vigilance Commissioner in this connection.

Demarcation issue to dominate MC meeting
Amritsar, March 17
Issues of re-demarcation of municipal wards and fresh reservation of these wards are likely to dominate the House pre-Budget meeting on March 19. The increase in wards has perturbed BJP and Akali councillors who reportedly blame the top-level leadership for failing to re-demarcate wards during its five-year rule.

Probe bunglings, CM urged
Bathinda, March 17
The Punjab Law Forum has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to initiate an inquiry by the CBI into the alleged bunglings in the District Transport Department.

Four-laning of road to be over in 2 years
Amritsar, March 17
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Public Works, claimed that the four-laining of the national highway from Jalandhar to Wagah border would be completed in next two years.


Farmers urged to use certified seed
Gurdaspur, March 17
More than 2,000 farmers, from all over the district participated in a kisan training camp held at Kahnuwan, 15 km from here, today. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD (B&R), Minister, was the chief guest.

Badal misled farmers: CM
Moga, March 17

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has charged his predecessor Mr Parkash Singh Badal with “misleading farmers in the state by saying that the Centre would not extend support of lifting the new wheat crop”.


DC seeks report on encroached land
Jalandhar, March 17
Taking strict note of the failure of government departments to remove encroachments on its land, the district administration yesterday issued fresh instructions to these departments to file complete status report about encroached land within a month. Addressing a meeting of district officials of all departments here, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K. Siva Prasad, said it was unfortunate that the departments concerned had failed to remove encroachments on their land so far.

Case filed against SMO
Chandigarh, March 17
A resident of Patiala, Gurminder Singh, has filed a complaint against the state of Punjab through Secretary, Health Punjab Civil Secretariat, and Dr Ajay Kumar Gupta, Senior Medical Officer, Bhadson and Public Health Centre Bhadson, District Patiala in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.


12 held for 6.69-cr bank scam
Mansa, March 17
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has unearthed a bank scam involving Rs 6.69 crore and have got a case registered at the police station vigilance bureau, Ferozepore, under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC read with Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Woman held for son’s murder
Amritsar, March 17
The Majitha police yesterday claimed to have solved a case in which a woman allegedly murdered her son with the arrest of the suspect, Amarjit Kaur.

Man attacks wife, kills himself
Bathinda, March 17
Two persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the district in the past 24 hours. Jagat Singh, a resident of Ferozepore, committed suicide last night by taking poison in the Heera Chowk area of the city.

Manchanda case: 9 acquitted
Moga, March 17

All nine murder accused, who had been challaned in the infamous case pertaining to the murder of Karamjit Singh Manchanda were acquitted by Additional District and Sessions Judge J.S. Chawala here yesterday.


PSEB cancels papers at 9 exam centres
SAS Nagar, March 17
In the wake of reports of mass copying at different examination centres in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts, the Punjab School Education Board has cancelled the Hindi paper of Matriculation and the General English paper of the senior secondary class at nine centres. 

History scholars urged to use original sources
Patiala, March 17
The three-day 34th Punjab History Conference ended at Punjabi University here today. Presiding over the valedictory session, a noted historian, Prof Hira Lal Gupta, said that scholars should write their papers on basis of original sources.

Probe sought into ETT test results
Bathinda, March 17
The ETT Anti-Corruption Action Committee today said that if the assurance given by the Chief Minister and the Education Minister to look into the matter of alleged bungling in the entrance test of ETT was not met to their satisfaction, they would intensify their struggle.

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