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CM promises fora for Sikhs, farmers
Kapurthala, February 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said to provide a common platform to the Sikhs of the world and farmers of the state, the state government would set up the Guru Nanak Vishwa Foundation and the Confederation of Punjab Farmers.

Area under paddy, maize to be hiked
Crop diversification in Punjab
Chandigarh, February 27
The immense response to diversification in agriculture has made the authorities concerned to revise upward their estimate of 3 lakh acres of land that was to be earlier covered under the scheme.

Jathedar paid price for backing CM?
Amritsar, February 27
Prof Manjit Singh, the sacked Jathedar, had to allegedly pay the price for opposing the move to single out Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, for summoning at Akal Takht for sending the police inside the SGPC complex on the eve of the annual election of SGPC office-bearers.

Sikh foreign bodies’ plea to SGPC
Amritsar, February 27
International Sikh organisations today made an appeal to the SGPC to enforce Sikh women’s right to do seva at Darbar Sahib. A fax received by The Tribune from New York, signed by 12 organisations, sought the implementation of ‘principles of gurmat’ in all respects and in particular with regard to provision of equal rights to Sikh women.

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Mr Richard Giordano, Chairman of British Gas, and Lady Marguerite Giordano come out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple
Mr Richard Giordano, Chairman of British Gas, and Lady Marguerite Giordano come out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Hundreds file papers for MC poll
Sangrur, February 27
On the last day for filing nomination papers for 21 wards of the Sangrur Municipal Council, 81 nomination papers were today filed by the candidates of different political parties and Independent candidates. Thus, a total of 115 nomination papers had been filed for the elections to the local Municipal Council to be held on March 9.

Bank’s novel way to make defaulters pay
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 27
The officers and staff of Punjab National Bank, Sirhind branch, has devised a noble method to extract money from the defaulters and to intensify its war against the defaulting units to decrease its non-performing assets portfolio.


Capt’s rule full of shocks: BJP
Chandigarh, February 27
Punjab BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa and General Secretary, Avinash Jaiswal today termed the one-year rule of Captain Amarinder Singh as full of “shocks for the people, be they farmers, traders, Dalits, urban or rural.”


Cricket lovers celebrate India's victory over England
Cricket lovers celebrate India's victory over England by distributing sweets in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI

10 lakh sought for bereaved teacher
Narri Megha (Tarn Taran), February 27
Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP leader and the former MLA, has alleged that politicians in connivance with some other influential persons were behind the alleged rampant copying in exams being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board in the border belt.

Eunuchs seek quota in politics
Jalandhar, February 27
Eunuchs from all over the country, Gathered here to celebrate the death of one of their community, Janaki, demanded reservation in politics as well as in the employment like the provision made for women and for the persons from different castes.

Felling trees with impunity
Phagwara, February 27
Throwing environmental norms to wind, old shady trees around the local railway station are being felled, much to the chagrin of environmentalists. As many as four trees, were felled yesterday. A sprawling peepal tree at the back of the railway station is also planned to be chopped.

Negligence charge against doctor
Bathinda, February 27
Mr Tarsem Chand Singla, a local resident, has alleged that his son, Yashpal Singla, who was admitted to a local hospital had died due to doctor’s negligence some days ago.

PCS officer’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, February 27
Dismissing a petition filed by PCS officer G.R. Bansal against the state of Punjab and other respondents, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that it was open for the official respondents to take appropriate decision and action on the recommendations of the selection committee.

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Sri Hemkunt Sahib felicitates Panchhi
Chandigarh, February 27
Mr D.S. Panchhi, former Chief Fire Officer of the Chandigarh Administration, and Honorary Fire and Security Adviser to the Tribune Trust, was felicitated during the 25th annual day function of Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust held at Rishikesh on February 20.

MC employees observe strike
Jalandhar, February 27
Hundreds of employees of the local Municipal Corporation observed strike and sat on a dharna at the PNB chowk here today in protest against the registration of a case against six employees of the corporation and a former Congress councillor for preventing the Vigilance Bureau officials from discharging their duty yesterday.

15 cows found dead on road
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), February 27
As many as 15 cows (eight, according to official sources) died today under mysterious circumstances while four were injured seriously on the Maur Mandi-Talwandi Sabo road.

Power panel shown black flags
Amritsar, February 27
Members of the Kisan Sangarsh Committee greeted the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission by raising slogans against it and holding black flags outside the Bachat Bhavan here today.

Rs 40 lakh grant for villages
Ferozepore, February 27
The Punjab Government has released a special grant of Rs 40 lakh for the development of villages falling under the Fazilka and Abohar sub divisions which were severely affected by the recent squall and heavy rainfall.

Show-cause notice to 4 ultrasound centres
Sangrur, February 27
The Appropriate Authority for Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act-cum-Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, yesterday issued show-cause notices to four ultrasound units for the violation of various provisions of the PNDT Act.

Decision reserved in Sidhu’s case
Ropar, February 27
The Special Judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today reserved the decision on the application of former Chairman of the PPSC, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, challenging the statement of Jagman Singh, his one-time associate, as public approver for March 4.

Thandal’s bail plea rejected
Ropar, February 27
The Special Judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today rejected the bail application of former Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Sohan Singh Thandal, who was arrested on charges of corruption.

Godhra carnage condemned
Batala, February 27
Activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, Mahadev Samaj Sudhar Sabha and Batala Jagran Manch here today took out a procession and staged a dharna in protest against the Godhra carnage last year.


Man held for raping daughter
Amritsar, February 27
The police arrested a resident of Majitha last evening on a charge of raping his minor daughter. The accused was arrested after it was reported that he forced his daughter to undergo abortion. A nurse was also arrested for conducting the abortion.

Attempt-to-murder case for abortion
Rajpura, February 27
An attempt-to-murder case has been registered against a nurse who allegedly conducted an illegal abortion. An ultrasound machine has also been seized as it was being run by an unauthorised person in the name of a fictitious doctor.


Rajan lauds Guru Gobind Singh philosophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 27
Students and staff of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, observed ardas divas yesterday. On this day students performed kirtan after the bhog of Sri “Akhand path”. On this Occasion Dr Y.S. Rajan, VC, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, and a scientist of international repute, took part in the celebrations as chief guest.

More DAV colleges on cards: Chopra
Amritsar, February 27
The president of the DAV College Managing Committee New Delhi, Mr G.P. Chopra, says that it is the duty of private educational institutions to provide quality education.


Corpn blacklists 850 units
Amritsar, February 27
Massive evasion of house tax to the tune of crores of rupees has spurred the municipal corporation authorities here to take stringent action against erring establishment owners to effect the recovery.


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