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10 teachers with fake degrees sacked
Chandigarh, February 11
Though the Punjab Government has dismissed 10 teachers who got jobs on the basis of fake degrees, it has not taken any conclusive action on the cases of recruitment of teachers decided by the late Justice D.V. Sehgal, Lok Pal, Punjab.

Lalli summoned by PPCC chief
Jalandhar, February 11
Congress MLA Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, who created ripples by openly accusing the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of ignoring the Congress MLAs, has been summoned by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, to “explain” his position and the reasons behind his outburst against the Chief Minister.

Zila Parishad chief’s election put off
Sangrur, February 11
Elections to the posts of Chairman and vice-chairman of the Sangrur district Zila Parishad (ZP), scheduled for today, have been postponed .

Kuldeep Kaur heads Ropar Zila Parishad
Ropar, February 11
Ms Kuldeep Kaur of the Congress from the Bharatgarh zone was unanimously elected as President of the Ropar Zila Parishad in the election held today under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) here, Mr Vikas Garg.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Cop facing criminal cases gets VIP treatment
Bathinda, February 11
The hangover of unbridled powers enjoyed during the heyday of militancy in the state by a dismissed Inspector of the Punjab police, Budh Singh, seems to he still continuing.

Now cinemas turn to 
World Cup
Bathinda, February 11
Facing a slump in business over the past many years due to dwindling number of cinegoers and heavy overhead expenses, including taxes, a section of cinema houses of Punjab has tried to increase income by showing all one dayers of ICC World Cup 2003 on big screen.

A cinema house in Bathinda put up a board in connection with the telecast of cricket World Cup matches. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
A cinema house in Bathinda put up a board

‘Punjab on brink of precipice’
Chandigarh, February 11
Thousands of Akalis, who had participated in “rasta roko” by converging on the main roads of Punjab on Monday have returned home. So have six of the 20 MPs who had met Capt Amarinder Singh at Punjab Bhavan in Chandigarh to discuss the state’s problems/issues that the Chief Minister expects them to raise in Parliament.


BJP spreading communalism, says CPM
Tarn Taran, February 11
Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, general secretary of the CPM has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party heading the Union Government was spreading communalism only to retain power at the Centre.


Chhattisgarh’s offer on power plants
Chandigarh, February 11
Punjab is exploring the possibility of setting up a thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh to bring down its per unit expenditure of 25 paise per kw to 3 paise.

‘Strengthen’ groups of Red Cross volunteers
Jalandhar, February 11
Dr Vimala Ramalingam, Secretary-General of the Indian Red Cross Society, today advocated further strengthening of groups of volunteers across the country to serve without any discrimination.

Railway anti-collision device’s commissioning in Dec
Patiala, February 11
Union Minister of State for Railways A.K. Murthy today said the Anti-Collision Device developed by the Railways would be commissioned in December this year after testing the device throughout the country.

PSEB imposes penalty of 61 lakh
Patiala, February 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today claimed it had imposed a penalty of Rs 61 lakh on both industrial and general consumers found indulging in power theft during a five-day anti-theft drive conducted by its enforcement wing.

Raids in Haryana likely
Ropar, February 11
The Punjab police is planning to conduct raids in Haryana to arrest 10 residents of the state booked on the suspicion of having purchased 350 acres in Naglian and Khairpur villages of Ropar on behalf of the former Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Arrest of 3 stayed in kidney scam case
Chandigarh, February 11
In less than a month after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the arrest of a doctor, an advocate and another accused in the case.

Rally by PRTC men
Bathinda, February 11
The 24-hour fast of the PRTC employees ended peacefully with a rally addressed by senior PRTC employee union leaders here today. Mr Pritam Singh, a senior leader of the union, alleged that the government was not serious on the revival of the PRTC and interests of workers were being ignored to benefit vested interests. He said that state transport authorities were not taking action against illegal plying of buses and taxis, affecting the business of the corporation.

Phone services in bad shape
Gurdaspur, February 11
Telephone services in the city are in bad shape. A number of complaints have not been attended for a long time.

ASI dies in mishap
Malerkotla, February 11
An ASI of the Punjab police, Mr Harvinder Singh Lali (34), son of Mr Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Sant Ram Street Malerkotla, was killed in a road accident near Barnala last night.

Manch workers hold dharna
Amritsar, February 11
Hundreds of workers of the ‘Rashtriya Bihar Vikas Manch’ today held a dharna in front of the post-mortem room here. 

Pak intruder arrested
Ferozepore, February 11
Troops belonging to the 14 Battalion of the BSF have apprehended a Pakistani intruder near the Gatti Hayat border outpost in Mamdot block.

Sacked labourers taken back
Bathinda, February 11
Mr Kiranjit Singh, state president of the Dalit Sena, said here today that the sacked contract labourers of the NFL had been taken back afer a fast and protests by the Dalit Sena.

Train derailed in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, February 11
Two coaches of the city-bound 10FF Fazilka-Ferozepore passenger train derailed near the Ferozepore Cantonment railway station last night, railway sources said today. However, nobody was injured in the incident.


Farmers gherao PSEB office
Tarn Taran, February 11
Hundreds of farmers from Gohalwar, Kot Dosandhi Mal, Behla, Rataul, Pandori Takhat Mal, Pandori Rehmana, Pandori Sidhwan and other villages of the area gheraoed the subdivisional office of PSEB, Gohalwar, in protest against the move to charge power supplied to tubewells.


Eight drug inspectors soon
Hoshiarpur, February 11
The state government will appoint eight doctors as drug inspectors soon. This was disclosed by Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health Services Punjab, while talking to a deputation of chemists here yesterday.


Two held, fake currency seized
Amritsar, February 11
Acting on a tip-off, the police yesterday arrested two persons and seized fake currency notes, worth Rs 900 from them.


Students go on strike
Ropar, February 11
Students of Ropar Government College today went on strike to protest against the illegal detention of a student by the police allegedly at the behest of a local cable operator.

Rs 2.46 cr for Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 11
The district administration has launched comprehensive plan to implement the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan in the district and Rs 2.46 crore have been earmarked for the same.

GND varsity wins overall trophy
Amritsar, February 11
Guru Nanak Dev University has won the all-India Inter-varsity overall national youth festival trophy for the third consecutive year.

VC honours sportsmen
Patiala, February 11
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai today honoured sportsmen of the varsity who excelled in the All-India inter-university championship held at Gulbarga in Karnataka recently.

Class VIII exam from Feb 14
SAS Nagar, February 11
Over 10 lakh students from the region will be appearing in the Class VIII, X and XII final examinations to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board. While the Class VIII examinations are scheduled to begin from February 14, the Class X and Class XII examinations will begin from March 5.


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