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Polling for civic body elections today
Chandigarh, March 8
As many as 75 more municipal councils and three Nagar Panchyats in Punjab will go to the polls tomorrow in the second phase of civic polls in the state.
Polling will be held from 8 am to 4 pm. The Punjab State Election Commission here confirmed the deployment of CRPF personnel at sensitive stations in Ferozepore district, while the state administration has already suspended 18 officials and charge-sheeted 88 others for tampering with the voters’ list.

Border towns tense, CRPF yet to arrive
Jalalabad (Ferozepore), March 8
Tension has been building up in border towns of Abohar, Fazilka and Jalalabad of Ferozepore district, where polling for Municipal Council elections will take place tomorrow. The government as yet has not started the deployment of Central Reserve Police Force personnel in these areas as per the order of State Election Commissioner, C.L. Bains, issued yesterday.

Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the kidney sales scam have announced to disburse all cases of kidney transplants conducted from 1997 to 2001.
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Sharma gets judicial custody
Patiala, March 8
A local court today turned down the request of the Punjab Vigilance Department to extend the police remand of the Punjab Chief Warden (Zoos) Dr Vinod Sharma and three others and instead remanded all of them in judicial custody till March 22.

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Sikh scholars divided on Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, March 8
The Nanakshahi calendar is unlikely to be implemented by the coming Baisakhi as announced by the SGPC chief as Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, in a volte-face, announced that he would take all Panthic organisations and Sikh scholars into confidence before its implementation after finding Sikh scholars divided over the issue, at a seminar organised here today.

Insaaf threatens to move court
Inauguration of ‘unauthorised’ building by CM
Bathinda, March 8
Inauguration of a badminton hall of a local club which is allegedly constructed on encroached land, by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, could snowbull into a major controversy as a social organisation is planning to file a writ petition against the Chief Minister.

Kiran Bedi, Sunil Dutt awarded degrees
Amritsar, March 8
Guru Nanak Dev University honoured four eminent personalities — Dr Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Mr Sunil Dutt, MP and Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS, with honorary degrees and Pargat Singh, hockey star and Gurpreet Singh “Ghugi” with gold medals in recognition of their commendable contribution in their respective fields at the 29th Annual Convocation held here today.

Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, Gen J.F.R Jacob, Chancellor, Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS, Mr Sunil Dutt, MP and Dr. Satwinder Singh, Pro Vice-Chancellor

(From right to left) Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, Gen J.F.R Jacob, Chancellor, Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS, Mr Sunil Dutt, MP and Dr Satwinder Singh, Pro Vice-Chancellor, who were awarded doctorate degree on the 29th annual convocation of GNDU, Amritsar, on Saturday.
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14 N-power stations to be set up: Kakodkar
Amritsar, March 8
“Let there be no doubt that India has got strong nuclear deterrents and country is fully capable to protect itself from any adversary,” asserted the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar, here today after being awarded the degree of Doctor of Sciences (honoris causa) at the 29th annual convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University.


Cong expels 3 DCC leaders
Faridkot, March 8
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has expelled three district Congress leaders, including Mr Joginder Singh, General Secretary Punjab State SC Cell, Mr Surjit Singh Vice President, District Congress Committee, Member PPCC and a relative of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar MP and Mr Gurcharan Bhandari former President, Local Nagar Council from the party for six years following their anti-party “activities on the eve of Municipal Council elections at Faridkot.

Plea to make Razia Sultana minister
Patiala, March 8
Representatives of the Punjab State Muslim Welfare Association and the Punjab Muslim Welfare Council held a meeting at Rajpura yesterday. Mr Noormohammad, president, Punjab State Muslim Welfare Association, presided over the meeting.


Prachar panel to study Jathedar’s letter
Amritsar, March 8
Good news for Sikh women on International Women Day. The SGPC chief today announced that the letter of Jathedar, Akal Takht on the subject of allowing baptised Sikh women to perform seva inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, would be discussed at length at the meeting of the Dharm Prachar committee slated for March 11 at Chandigarh.

Border Retreat no longer cordial
Ferozepore, March 8
Indo-Pak hostilities seem to have affected the once cordial relations between the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers. If the Retreat ceremony held here daily at the joint check-post, Hussainiwala, is any indication, the guards participating in the parade exchange hostile gestures during the flag-lowering ceremony almost every evening.

‘Eschew Pak-centric approach in foreign policy’
Chandigarh, March 8
An exercise to bring together doubting minds of China and the USA and Cold War foes Russia and the USA formally began here today between Indian and American intellectuals.

Canadian group for Bhullar’s help
Chandigarh, March 8
A five-member delegation of the South Asian Human Rights Group of Canada led by Mr Jay Minhas has been lobbying here for the past one week to get the death sentence of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar revoked. The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of Bhullar in a bomb blast case.

Coop societies to build cops’ houses
Tarn Taran, March 8
The Punjab Police has taken serious note of the housing problem for police officials and has decided to form co-operative societies in the state. One such society has started functioning in Amritsar. Such societies will be formed in the four big towns of the state in the first stage and then in the rest of the state.

Statewide rally against govt policies
Ludhiana, March 8
The policies of the government during the last decade in the name of economic reforms have affected all sections of society. These views were expressed by speakers at a protest rally held by the Joint Platform of Mass Organisations. Workers, farmers, agricultural labourers, employees, youth and students from all over the state converged at the local grain market.

Rajput Hospital raided
Kharar, March 8
Following the directions of Dr Harinder Rana, Civil Surgeon, Ropar, the Appropriate Authority of Kharar, under the PNDT Act, Dr S.S. Dhanoa, SMO, Kharar, along with others raided the premises of Rajput Hospital, Kharar.


Dacoits loot villagers, injure six
Phagwara, March 8
Nearly 24 dacoits, armed with sharp-edged weapons, struck at four houses in Jagpalpur and Sikri villages, near here, looted valuables and injured six persons, including two NRIs.

Another NRI booked for marriage fraud
Jalandhar, March 8
After booking a Canada-based NRI on the charge of bigamy yesterday, the city police today booked another NRI on charges of polygamy and cheating. Giving details, district police chief Varinder Kumar said a case was registered at police Division Number four here under Sections 406, 420 and 494 of the IPC on the complaint of Kranjit Kaur, a resident of Kanpur village, near Raipur Rasulpur, in the district.

13 POs arrested
Jalandhar, March 8
The district police has arrested 13 proclaimed offenders who had been evading arrest. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here said the police had arrested 13 absconders, who had been declared POs, for evading arrest even as they were booked for their alleged involvement in heinous crimes.

Woman held for husband’s murder
Muktsar, March 8
Mr Shiv Kumar Sharma, SSP, in a press note issued here today said the police had solved the mysterious disappearance of a resident of Killian Walli village with the arrest of his wife.

Gang of robbers busted, 5 held
Gurdaspur, March 8
The police has busted an inter-state gang of robbers and arrested five of them. The SSP talking to newspersons here today said two pistols, a rifle and 17 cartridges had been seized from their possession. A stolen truck, and tyres, among other things had also been recovered.

Two held at Raja Sansi airport
Amritsar, March 8
Immigration officials today detained two persons at Raja Sansi International Airport here today on charges of possessing fake travel documents. An immigration official here said Daljit Singh, a British citizen was detained when his visa was found to be forged.

2 held, hawala money seized
Jalandhar, March 8
The police today claimed to have busted a hawala racket with the arrest of two and recovery of Rs 8.55 lakh from their possession. The SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar, stated here today that acting on a tip-off a naka was laid at the Sutlej bridge.

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