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Question mark over Akali-BJP alliance
Chandigarh, March 11
Going beyond the ‘’official’’ partywise listing as to how people had voted in the municipal elections released by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday, one observes wrinkles developing in the Akali-BJP alliance.

‘Jungle raj’ in Jalalabad, say candidates
Chandigarh, March 11
All 15 candidates of the Jalalabad municipal committee today petitioned the Punjab State Election Commission requesting a repoll and withholding of the March 9 election results notification.

Race for chairmanships begins in Cong
Chandigarh, March 11
The run for securing the headships of various boards and corporations has begun among top Congress leaders and MLAs in Punjab. The first list of the appointments is likely to be announced by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, within this week.

Punjab lifts ban on promotions
Chandigarh, March 11

The Punjab Government today lifted the ban on promotions. A letter to this effect has been issued by Mr S.S. Khara, Joint Secretary, Personnel, on behalf of the state government to all heads of departments, Commissioners of divisions and others concerned.




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Decks cleared for Nanakshahi calendar
Chandigarh, March 11
The SGPC’s Dharam Parchar Committee, which met here today under the Chairmanship of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has endorsed the Nanakshahi calendar thus clearing the decks for its implementation. Informed sources said it would be most probably enforced from Baisakhi this year. 

Ex-DEO (Primary) in the dock
Ropar, March 11
Records of funds spent by the former District Education Officer Primary, Ms Malti Batra, under the Sarva Sikhiya Abhiyan scheme are missing. Sources told The Tribune, that the district education authorities, in a report submitted to the Director, Education, had alleged that records pertaining to about Rs 8 lakh were untraceable.


Cong ‘misusing’ public money
Bathinda, March 11
Mr Mohan Lal Garg, BJP leader and former Chairman of the Improvement Trust, alleged here today that the Congress was misusing public money on newspaper advertisements highlighting the achievements of the party and in praise of senior leaders.

Rajinder Bansal


Letter on Malta tragedy with EC
Phagwara, March 11
Dr Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Head of the Directorate General Justice and Home Affairs, of the Department of the European Commission, has told Mr Balwant Singh Khera, chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, that the President of the European Commission has forwarded the mission’s letter of appeal with information on marine tragedy of December 25, 1996, in which, many South Asians had lost their lives.

Students of Miri Piri academy playing musical instruments along with singing shabads (hymns from gurbani) in an auditorium in Amritsar during their annual prize distribution function on Tuesday.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Young girls performing Kathak dance in a last day of 2 days function organised by Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Amarican Sikhs students of Miri Piri academy performing dance in an auditorium in Amritsar during their annual prize distribution function on Tuesday. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Sans wages for 20 months
Amritsar, March 11
Part-time workers in ayurvedic dispensaries are a distressed lot due to non-payment of salaries for more than 20 months. They were last paid salaries in June, 2001.

Kidney case
Chandigarh, March 11
The arguments on anticipatory bail petitions filed by Dr Bhupinder Singh, Dr P.K. Jain and advocate Pardeep Saini in the kidney conspiracy remained inconclusive as a police officer, on way from Amritsar with a police file, could not reach the High Court till about 4.30 pm. 

‘Rehri markets’ to get land
Patiala, March 11
Permanent rehri markets are in the offing in the city with the Municipal Corporation deciding to allocate land for the rehri markets to decongest the city of ‘rehris’ which have become a traffic hazard.

Kids turn punters
Bathinda, March 11
Parents of 10-year-old Sumit, a student of Class V at a local school, were baffled at his persistent demand to increase pocket money. After repeated efforts they learnt their son was indulging in betting on cricket World Cup — 2003 results.





PSEB staff burn Haldea’s effigy
Sangrur, March 11
The effigy of Mr Gajendra Haldea, Chairman of the Haldea Committee on power sector reforms in Punjab, was burnt in the district administrative complex here today by various organisations of PSEB employees in protest against the recommendations of the committee with regard to privatisation.

US Sikh bodies flay removal of Jathedar
Patiala, March 11
US-based Sikh organisations — the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, National Sikh Centre and Sikh Council on Religion and Education — have jointly condemned the sacking of Prof Manjit Singh as Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib, claiming that the due process of law was not followed while dismissing him.

Badungar should quit: SKP
Chandigarh, March 11
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat today demanded the resignation of the SGPC chief, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Bandungar, after the SGPC task force allegedly attacked the SKP protesters who were seeking the dismissal of Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti.

All set for Hola Mohalla
Ropar, March 11
The district administration has started making arrangements for the annual Hola Mohalla celebrations at Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib from March 14 to March 19.

EOI invited for PTDC
Chandigarh, March 11
The Director of Disinvestment, Punjab, has invited an expression of interest for strategic sale of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation. Interested parties can submit their EOI till April 7.

Help centre for women set up
Amritsar, March 11
The Punjab Government set up a help centre for women at Sharif Pura in Amritsar here today. The centre will be open round the clock for complaints. A woman needs to dial 1091 and tell the location to those attending the call and within minutes the police will arrive at the scene.

Houses develop cracks
Bathinda, March 11
Some houses in Mohalla Nohria and Gali Ganga Ram Wali have developed cracks allegedly due to seepage of water from leaking water supply and sewerage connections in the area.

Civil Surgeon honoured
Patiala, March 11
The Patiala Social Welfare Society has honoured Civil Surgeon Inderjit Kaur Walia for her role in proceeding against institutions violating the PNDT Act.

BSNL asked to pay compensation
Ropar, March 11
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the local BSNL authorities to pay compensation to Balbir Singh, a resident of Khairabad village, for deficiency in service.

Five injured in clash
Tarn Taran, March 11
Five persons, including two women, were injured in a clash between the supporters of two candidates who had contested for the recently concluded municipal council elections in Nanaksar mohalla, yesterday.

Christian body seeks probe
Jalandhar, March 11
Perturbed over recent media reports that some Christian organisations were instrumental in the “conversion” of poor and Dalit Sikhs in border districts of the state, the Punjab Christian Movement yesterday urged the state government to constitute a high-level committee to inquire into these allegations.

Pak intruder apprehended
Ferozepore, March 11
The BSF apprehended a Pakistai national identified as Mohammad Ali from the border outpost at Bareke along the zero line on the Indo-Pakistan border in this sector late last night.


PSEB ultimatum to farmers
Patiala, March 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board issued an ultimatum today to farmers who have not paid the electricity bills for their tubewell connections after the free power facility has been discontinued. It has told them to deposit the bills by March 31 or face disconnection.


MC chief booked for fraud
Rampura Phul, March 11
A case of fraud was registered today against Mr Charanjit Singh Jatana, president of local municipal council, and a confidant of a former Akali minister, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka, and a former Executive Officer, Mr Bhupinder Singh, for their alleged involvement in siphoning off lakhs of rupees of the state government.

2 held for assaulting councillor
Sangrur, March 11
The police today arrested Mr Ravi Chawla, who lost to Mr Jatinder Kalra in the recently held municipal council elections, and his mother Santosh Rani for allegedly entering forcibly in the house of Mr Nanak Chand Kalra, a former chairman of the Sangrur Improvement Trust, along with others this morning and assaulting Mr Nanak Chand Kalra and his son Jatinder Kalra.

Fake registration scam unearthed
Muktsar, March 11
The police today unearthed a fake registration certificate scam, allegedly run by officials of the District Transport Office with the connivance of private agents.

Brother killed with cricket bat
Hoshiarpur, March 11

A man allegedly under the influence of liquor, clubbed his brother to death with a cricket bat in Bassi Daulat Khan village under the Sadar police station late yesterday.

Man, grandson killed in mishap
Phagwara, March 11

A man and his one-month-old grandson were killed and four others, of the family injured when their car was hit by a truck near Chiherru on the national highway late yesterday.

2 robbers arrested
Jalandhar, March 11
The police has arrested two members of a gang of robbers and seized two country-made pistols from their possession.

Travel agents booked
Jalandhar, March 11

The Jalandhar police today booked two travel agents on charges of cheating and breach of promise in sending a person abroad.


Stress on quality education in govt institutes
Rampura Phul, March 11
The Chairman of the High Powered Committee on Finance, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, here yesterday urged the students and their parents to defeat the designs of those politicians and others who were coming in the way of provision of quality education in government-run schools and colleges.

Major results to be out by June
Patiala, March 11

From the current academic session no examination centre would be established in any private academy. Results of major examinations would be declared by June 30 and admissions would not be extended beyond July 31.

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