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MC elections record heavy polling
Amritsar, March 2
The Jandiala Guru Municipal Committee elections recorded 84 per cent polling here today. Out of total votes of more than 16,000 votes, more than 14,000 were polled, informed Mr Gurvaryam Singh, SDM-I-cum-returning officer for the poll. In the 13 wards of this constituency there were 31 candidates in the fray.

A party worker helps an old woman in casting her vote at Bhucho Mandi, Bathinda, on Sunday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
A party worker helps an old woman

Mann seeks N-power plant for Punjab
Sangrur, March 2
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP from Sangrur and President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), today asked the Union Government to set up a nuclear power plant in Punjab and build railway overbridges on the state and national highways throughout the state.

Revitalise economy, government
World Bank on Punjab reforms
Chandigarh, March 2
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh faces tough days ahead, given the severity of problems that beset Punjab. As he sits down to review reforms initiated in the first year, he will have the benefit of the World Bank report — “some key reform challenges in Punjab” — submitted by the mission team leader, Mr Vikram K. Chand. The team visited the state in November last.







Capt’s critics eat words at victory dinner
Patiala, March 2
The Congress victory in Himachal Pradesh seems to have given a fillip to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and silenced his critics within the party, many of which were at his New Moti Bagh Palace house late yesterday to celebrate the Himachal Pradesh victory.

Match ignites fire on border
Ferozepore, March 2
Things took an ugly turn during the retreat ceremony at the Zero Line on the India-Pakistan border when the crowd on both sides got engaged in a verbal duel that gave way to stone-pelting.

VHP to launch ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’
Phagwara, March 2
At least 2,000 Ram sevak satyagrahis would be recruited in each “parkhand” (after every one lakh population) and a “Jan Jagran Abhiyan” would be launched from March 5 to 25 in villages and towns of the country for building a movement of “parchand” (livid) Hindutava as a run-up for the “satyagraha” at New Delhi from March 27 to April 1 on the issue of Ram Janamabhoomi in Ayodhya.

BKU to stage dharna near CM’s residence
Bathinda, March 2
The Ugrahan group of the BKU will stage a dharna near the residence of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, at Patiala from March 22 to 25 to show resentment against the non-acceptance of the demands of farmers.


Surjeet trying to improve image: Pasla
Jalandhar, March 2
Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, secretary of the Communist Party Marxist, has termed holding of the proposed 30th All-India Kisan Conference here by the general secretary of CPI (M), Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet, as an effort to put a stop to the ongoing erosion of his political credibility in the country, particularly, in his home state Punjab, where he had lost the support of party cadre.


Rise in number of drug addicts in Malwa
The menace of drugs and narcotics is turning the vibrant soul of Punjab hollow as youths of this granary of India distinctively known for their hard work and patriotism are falling prey to it. This menace is not only confined to farmers and rural folks, but also urban youths, particularly, school and college students. 

VRS: PTDC union alleges injustice
Ropar, March 2
Employees of Punjab Tourism Development Cooperation (PTDC) are getting into a panic over the recent decision of the government of not offering VRS to all employees in case of disinvestment of the board.

5.67 lakh for victims of thresher mishaps
Sangrur, March 2
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, yesterday gave away cheques, worth Rs 5.67 lakh, to the victims of thresher mishaps at Khandebad village near Lehragaga. The amount of the cheques was provided by the market committee, Lehragaga.

CM inaugurates Escorts hospital
Amritsar, March 2
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today inaugurated Escorts, a super-specialty 165-bedded heart hospital built at the cost of Rs 45 crore here today.

PSSF to hold rallies against Budget
Faridkot, March 2
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) will hold district-level rallies in Punjab in protest against the anti-people, particularly government employees, Budget recently presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, in Parliament. The first rally in this connection will be held at Ropar tomorrow. During the rally the protesters will also burn the effigy of the Union Finance Minister.

Garbage collection on the doorstep
Patiala, March 2
The inner part of Patiala city, infamous for its pathetic garbage-disposal system, may witness a change with the local Municipal Corporation (MC) initiating door-to-door garbage collection in some areas. MC vans equipped with sirens will now come to the houses of residents, allowing them to throw their garbage in attached trolleys.

NTAS honours NRIs
Patiala, March 2
A series of programmes on “I Love my Patiala,” which commenced on February 13 on Patiala heritage and culture, concluded with a light music concert recently.

Five injured in accident
Bathinda, March 2
As many as five persons, were injured one of them seriously, when the car in which they were travelling collided head on with a Canter near the cantonment police station, this evening.

“Kidnapped” girl returns with groom
Amritsar, March 2
The complaint of Mrs Jagdish Kaur, mother of Ramandeep Kaur, regarding her daughter’s kidnapping turned out to be false when her daughter returned with a boy Baljit Singh with whom she had eloped.

New flights for Amritsar
Amritsar, March 2
Mr Sunil Arora, Chairman, Indian Airlines, announced that more flights would be introduced to connect the city with Chandigarh, New Delhi with a view to attracting more tourists.


4 booked for smuggling poppy husk
Bathinda, March 2
The police has booked four persons for their alleged involvement in smuggling of poppy husk.

Gang of poppy husk smugglers busted
Jalandhar, March 2
The police claims to have busted a three-member gang of poppy husk smugglers with the arrest of its two members and recovery of 420 kg of the contraband.


Polytechnics wins youth fest trophy
Jalandhar, March 2
The Government Polytechnic for Women, Jalandhar, and Mehr Chand Polytechnic, Jalandhar, bagged the overall trophy in women and men categories, respectively, of the Inter-Polytechnic youth festival, which concluded here today.


Largest employers, ‘still pauper’
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), March 2
The two-day national seminar on the management of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ended here today. Experts said in the wake of the WTO regime these, enterprises would have to be more innovative and the government policy on these issues should produce a conducive atmosphere for growth.


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