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Nod to PCS (Judicial) recruitment
Chandigarh, March 6
The Punjab Cabinet here today approved that the Punjab and Haryana High Court could proceed to recruit PCS (Judicial) officials. The Cabinet also approved computerisation of all ‘’first information reports’’ registered in the state police stations. Punjab is lagging in this respect and a memorandum was presented for greater efficiency and transparency in registering FIRs.

Haldea panel submits report
Chandigarh, March 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he wanted to open up the power sector so that more power could be produced and supplied for meeting the growing demand from the agricultural, industrial and domestic sectors.

SAD wields power despite ouster
Bathinda, March 6
Even as the SAD (B) was ousted from power in the state about more than a year ago, a section of its leadership seems to have been ruling Bathinda ever since the Congress formed its government in Punjab.

Oust capitalist forces: CPM

Jalandhar, March 6
Dubbing the recent Budget proposals as explicitly pro-rich and anti-farmer, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet, today gave a call to the peasantry of the country to be united.

Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet at the All India Kisan Sabha Conference in Jalandhar.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Mohammad Iqbal, who is travelling on his bicycle from Mumbai to Mecca, passes through Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Illegal CTU operations in Punjab?
Chandigarh, March 6
Have CTU and Haryana Roadways bus been plying a number of buses illegally in Punjab. Yes, if one is to believe private bus operators, who have taken up this issue with the Punjab Government asking it to intervene to stop this.

Summon Badungar to Takht: Manjit Singh 
Amritsar, March 6
Prof Manjit Singh, the sacked Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, today offered to accept any directive or religious punishment as per the Sikh traditions if proved guilty by the Sikh clergy.

Dharna by witness SPO
Patiala, March 6
The main witness in the Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, Special Police Officer Kuldeep Singh, today sat in a dharna in front of the court complex demanding that the Punjab DGP be hauled up in court for stopping his pay and not giving a serviceable vehicle to him to ensure his protection.

4 Cong candidates elected unopposed
Nawanshahr, March 6
Four Congress candidates Mr Sita Ram from Ward No. 9, Mr Lalit Mohan Ballu from Ward No. 3, Mr Vinod Pinka from Ward No. 6 and Ms Prem Lata Markanda from Ward No. 8 — have been elected — unopposed to local Municipal Council. The election for the remaining 11 seats will be held on March 9.

Warrant officer recovers man
Ropar, March 6
In a new development in the otherwise peaceful election scene of the forthcoming municipal council elections here on March 9, a warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court recovered Ashok Ahuja, a resident of the town, from the shop of Mr Ashok Wahi, the only candidate of the Congress who has been declared elected unopposed from ward no 12 yesterday evening.


Dal(A) to mobilise support for rally
Bathinda, March 6
Mr Barinder Singh Mann, district president of the SAD(A), today said that the party would hold meetings in the district to motivate workers to participate in a rally in front of Parliament House on March 25 in protest against the registration of a case under TADA against party President Simranjit Singh Mann.

Police ‘harassing’ SAD-BJP men
Jalalabad, March 6
Mr Zora Singh Mann, SAD MP, today started a dharna in front of the local police station to protest against the alleged police excesses on the SAD-BJP-supported candidates in the elections to the local bodies.


20 held for attack on waste disposal plant
Jalandhar, March 6
The district police has arrested 20 persons in connection with the alleged attack on the bio-medical waste disposal plant at Saipur last night and for involvement in the acts of damaging property, arsoning and sabotaging.

Pre-arrest bail plea of 7 rejected
Ropar, March 6
The special judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today rejected the anticipatory bail applications of seven residents of Haryana — Kulbir Singh, Amir Singh, Manjeet Singh, Balwinder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Sandeep Singh and Kanwarjeet Singh — against whom cases were registered in benami land deal in Nanglian and Khairpur villages of Ropar.

Anti-encroachment drive biased, allege traders
Bathinda, March 6
While the district authorities continued with the third phase of the anti-encroachment drive till this evening, a large number of affected shopkeepers and traders alleged that the policy was not being implemented uniformly.

Women allege discrimination
Amritsar, March 6
Two women, Ms Tarsem Kaur from the UK and Dr Harjit Kaur from Canada, were allegedly not allowed to participate in a “sukhasan” ceremony three days after the incident of gender discrimination at the Golden Temple on February 13. 

Tehsildar gets bail
Pathankot, March 6
Mr K.K. Garg, Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge, Gurdaspur, today accepted the bail pleas of Tehsildar Subhash Padam and two others allegedly involved in a case pertaining to the sale of church property near Madhopur.

BKU(E) men stage dharna
Bathinda, March 6
The BKU(E) today held a march in the city and sat on dharna near the office of the Deputy Commissioner as part of their ongoing agitation for freeing the defaulting farmers lodged at the local Central Jail.

IT raids on Maruti showrooms
Ludhiana, March 6
Officials of the Income Tax Department today conducted raids on two leading showrooms dealing in Maruti cars. While the IT officials remained tight-lipped about the raids, it was learnt that they have detected tax evasion by both dealers.

Kohar released on bail
Jalandhar, March 6
Former Akali minister and sitting MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, who was arrested by Vigilance Bureau officials on August 9 last year for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, was released from the local Central Jail on bail today.

Dairy conference begins today
Chandigarh, March 6
More than 1,500 delegates and over 100 organisations from different parts of the country are expected to participate in the three-day 32nd Dairy Industry Conference which will open here tomorrow.

Missing gold case


DC gives new moong variety to farmers
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Pratap, today distributed the new improved variety of moong seed, SML 668, free of cost to farmers of Chunni Kalan, Chunni Khurad, Bassian, Mehdudan and Patton villages under the Seed Village Programme at Chunni Kalan village, 20 km from here today.



Poppy husk seized, 6 arrested
Bathinda, March 6
The police has seized 195 bags of poppy husk from different parts of the district. Six persons, including a woman, have been arrested in this connection. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that four persons were arrested near Malooka village in the district while they were carrying 175 kg of poppy husk.


Schools may resort to fake admissions
Bathinda, March 6
If the Punjab Education Policy-2002 is implemented, there will be fake admissions, inflated results and a significant drop in the quality of passouts. This was stated by highly placed sources in the Education Department, who added that as per the new education policy, the schools having less than 20 students in VIII, X and XII classes would be downgraded. 

Chahal for English at primary level
Patiala, March 6
Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister B.I.S. Chahal said today that there was a need to introduce English from the primary level to cope with rapid advacements in Information Technology.

5 pvt candidates face loss of academic year
SAS Nagar, March 6
Five private candidates from Rajpura face loss of an academic year for not having received roll numbers from the Punjab School Education Board to appear in the ongoing class X and class XII examinations. The first two examinations of the session are already over today.


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