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PSEB staff strike work
Impact negligible, says board chief
Patiala, February 4
Punjab State Electricity Board employees struck work today in protest against the proposed dismantling of the board today. The strike partially affected services in the field even as work continued on a normal pace in the board headquarters here.

14 Local Govt officials charge-sheeted
Winked at building rules violations
Amritsar, February 4
The Punjab Government today charge-sheeted 14 senior Local Government officials allegedly who allowed large-scale violation of rules and regulations by owners of 27 buildings in this city.

Kidney scam: PCMSA’s arguments ‘hollow’
Amritsar, February 4
Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran Communist leader today stated that arguments of Dr Ajay Bagga of the PCMS Association on the kidney scam were “hollow” and “flawed”.

Punjab made to follow RBI directive
Chandigarh, February 4
At last, the Reserve Bank of India, which had been pressing the Punjab Government over the years to account for Rs 2700 crore that was advanced to it as cash credit for the procurement of foodgrains, has had its way.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Students' band of Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Bargari, Faridkot district, plays during the annual function of the school on Mondays. 
— photo Kulbir Beera

First step towards cultural revival
10-day event to feature music, fashion, sports, crafts
Chandigarh, February 4
It’s never too late to have space for culture in a land otherwise more famous for political shades. 

60,000 khair trees face axe
Chandigarh, February 4
Nearly 60,000 khair trees valued at nearly Rs 8 crore in Mirzapur forest along the Shivalik foothills in Kharar tehsil of Ropar district of Punjab may be put to the axe following a controversial order issued by the government, permitting fresh felling in violation of a ban imposed by the Supreme Court.

BKU men force bank staff to free two farmers
Arrested for ‘failure to repay loan’
Jaitu (Faridkot), February 4
Two farmers who allegedly had defaulted in the repayment of cooperative bank loan Primary Agriculture Development Bank by the activists of BKU (Ekta) and employee unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board while they (farmers) were being taken to Faridkot central jail after having them produced in the court of local SDM today.


PCS candidates to be shown answer sheets
Chandigarh, February 4
Acting on a bunch of petitions in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the answer sheets should be shown to the PCS (Judicial) candidates.

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More BSF deployed on WB border: Addl DG
Hoshiarpur, February 4
Mr A. K. Mitra, Additional Director-General, BSF, said today that keeping in view the attempts of Bangladeshi nationals trying to enter India in the area of Satgachi, Cooch Behar district, the deployment of BSF jawans had been increased on the West Bengal border. 

Kala Afghana refuses to appear before Akal Takht
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
The Canada-based Sikh scholar, Mr Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana, has reportedly refused to appear before Akal Takht on February 10, and his opponents are making all-out efforts to submit an online petition against him before Akal Takht.

Army canteen inaugurated
Jalandhar, February 4

Fulfilling the long-standing demand of ex-servicemen of Una district in Himachal Pradesh, the Army authorities have set up an ultramodern canteen at Daulatpur, replacing extension counter which was set-up in 2000.

Block samiti poll results declared
Hoshiarpur, February 4
The elections for the chairman and the vice-chairman of Garhshanker, Hajipur, Mahilpur and Bhunga block samities of Hoshiarpur district were held today. The Congress, the BJP and the SAD (B) captured the chairmanship of Bhunga, Hajipur and Mahilpur blocks, respectively, while an Independent became the chairman of Garhshanker block.

Thandal’s remand extended
Kharar, February 4
Ms Preeti Sahni, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today extended the police remand of Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, a former minister, till February 6. He was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in connection with corruption case.

‘Takht Punjab’ staged
Chandigarh, February 4
The National Theatre Arts Society Patiala presented two shows of "Takht Punjab", a Punjabi musical play directed by theatre couple Pran Sabharwal — Sunita Sabharwal, at Patiala and Ferozepore.

Clinics for backache needed: expert
Lower back pain may have become common but there is little awareness of its prevention and cure. A mechanical engineer-turned-professor orthopaedics, presently working in the USA recommends the opening up of special clinics to treat people with spinal problems.

Bairagi Mandal decries Hindutva
Chandigarh, February 4
The Bairagi Mahamandal, Punjab, today said that the minorities were scared as the BJP leadership was indulging in the extreme postures of Hindutva.

4 injured in separate incidents
Bathinda, February 4
As many as four persons, including a girl received injuries in separate incidents in the district today. Mamta (16) a resident of the local Subash Street, sustained 100 per cent burn injuries today. 

10 more buffaloes die of disease
Faridkot, February 4
With 10 more deaths of sick buffaloes at random last night, the pecullar disease of rinderpest, commonly known as ‘gal ghotu’, has taken its toll to 100 in Pakka village alone in the district in the past three months.


Fake voter lists: 7 patwaris to be suspended
Gurdaspur, February 4
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner today said that seven patwaris whose suspension was recommended by the Chief Election Commissioner, Punjab, for committing irregularities while preparing new voter lists in October last year for the municipal poll, were being issued charge sheets.

9 JEs reverted
Amritsar, February 4
Nine more Junior Engineers working in the Civil wing of the municipal corporation here were reverted to their original posts. Eight of them were working as work mistris and one as a surveyor.

Herd registration ordinance draft approved
Chandigarh, February 4
The Council of Ministers at its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, today approved the draft of the Punjab Herd Registration Ordinance.


Fake affidavit lands couple in police net
Gurdaspur, February 4
The police has arrested Sawinder Singh and his wife Surinder Kaur, residents of Mann under the Kahnuwan police station, on charges of forgery. SSP Varinder Kumar said today that the accused had prepared fake documents to help their son secure a green card in the USA by changing his name, date of birth and address.

NRI dupes girl
Amritsar, February 4

The police has registered a criminal case against an NRI based in Malaysia for allegedly defrauding an Indian girl with whom he solemnised second marriage after concealing the fact that he was already married and that his wife was living in Malaysia.

Cong leader ‘murdered’
Malerkotla, February 4
Congress leader Santokh Singh (40), son of Bachan Singh of Dasondha Singh Wala village, was murdered allegedly by a person of the same village, near here, last night.

MLA’s sons booked
Moga, February 4
The Baghapurana police in this district has registered a criminal case against local MLA Sadhu Singh Rajiana’s two sons and three others for threatening, beating and wrongfully confining a man on February 2.


500 technical words in Punjabi approved at workshop
Amritsar, February 4
Nearly 500 technical words in Punjabi were coined and received the approval of experts and linguists. Similarly, 2000 technical words were also coined at the five-day workshop to update ‘Punjabi Technical Terminology’, which concluded here today.

Educate poor, SGPC urged
Mattewal (Amritsar), February 4
A former Advocate-General, Mr H.S. Mattewal, has urged the SGPC chief to make concerted efforts to spread education among the poor in the state. Mr Mattewal stated this while speaking at a function at his native village school after inaugurating the computerisation of education in the school yesterday.

PTU to hold common entrance test
Chandigarh, February 4
At a meeting held today under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, it was decided to hold a common entrance test for the engineering degree courses being run by various universities in Punjab.

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