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Punjab EC: no CRPF, no repoll in Jalalabad
Chandigarh, March 13
The state Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, has written to Chief Secretary Y.S. Ratra, seeking deployment of the CRPF in Jalalabad and Abohar for the municipal re-elections there on March 16.

Cong, Akalis map session strategies
Chandigarh, March 13
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha meets here tomorrow for its Budget session, with Governor J.F.R. Jacob delivering his inaugural Address at 2.30 pm. By then the ruling Congress and the main Opposition party, the SAD, would have finalised their respective strategies.

Probe into police firing on farmers
Sheron (Tarn Taran), March 13
The Kisan Sangharsh Committee today lifted its three-day-old dharna when Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged police firing on the agitating farmers. Addressing the farmers, Mr Sidhu said the inquiry report would be filed within a fortnight and action would be taken against those found guilty during the investigations.

Kalam’s proposed visit boon for villagers
Khatkar Kalan (Nawanshahr), March 13
The proposed visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to this ancestral village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh on March 23 has virtually transformed the lives of residents and the shape of the village for the better, thanks to an overdose of efforts being put in by the state government and the district administration as well.




Devotees cleaning the golden dome of Akal Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo

The Golden Temple in Amritsar gets two new Nishan Sahibs amid a huge gathering. 
(28k, 56k)


DSGMC’s tribute to Bhai Kanahiya
Amritsar, March 13
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee would revive the three-century-old ‘mashks’ (water skins) once used by Bhai Kanahiya, a follower of Guru Gobind Singh, who treating friends and foes alike served water to wounded soldiers in the battle-field.

PSIEC Superintending Engineer suspended
Chandigarh, March 13
The Managing Director of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation has suspended Mr C. R. Sharma, Superintending Engineer in the corporation. The suspension order has been issued after the alleged detection of irregularities and losses worth Rs 90.06 lakh with the regard to the works executed under Mr Sharma’s supervision, when he was an Executive Engineer in the corporation.

Murder case solved
Ferozepore, March 13
The police here has claimed to have solved a murder case involving a woman, who in connivance with her stepson, allegedly killed her husband.
According to Mr Praveen Sinha, Senior Superintendent of Police, on the night of March 10, the police got information that Mohinder Singh, son of Banka Singh, a resident of Hazarasinghwala village under the Mamdot Police Station, had been found murdered in his house.


Cong members for action against Gagowal, Mofar
Mansa, March 13
Congress members of the district have demanded the removal of Mr Sher Singh Gagowal, Mansa MLA and Mr Ajit Inder Singh Mofar former Sardulgarh MLA from the party for their role in the Municipal elections held recently. They held both leaders responsible for party’s defeat in the Municipal elections.

Ajnala expelled from Congress
Amritsar, March 13
District Congress Committee (Rural) President Inderjit Singh Baserke today announced the suspension of senior Congress leader Harpartap Singh Ajnala from the primary membership of the party for six years for anti-party activities.


Conversion reports condemned
Jalandhar, March 13
Catholic priests of Punjab have condemned “provocative” reports of conversion appearing in a section of the media and have given a call for maintaining peace and harmony.

Men exhorted to go in for vasectomy
Muktsar, March 13
Despite the extensive campaigning by the government agencies about simple and painless operations, the males constitute only 2 per cent of the total number of persons operated upon under the family planning programme.

100 defluoridation plants for Malwa
Patiala, March 13
Defluoridation plants are being set up in about 100 canal based rural water supply schemes located in the flouride-affected belt of Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Faridkot and part of Ferozepore and Sangrur districts at the tail ends of the canals.

Chandigarh, March 13
Taking up a petition filed by three students seeking directions to the state of Punjab and Punjabi University to declare revised result after awarding additional marks as recommended by subject expert and paper setter in electronics measurement and instrumentation of B.Tech fourth semester, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion to the respondents.

Pak denies entry to peacenik
Wagah (Amritsar), March 13
Peacenik Mr Mohammed Iqbal, who had come all the way from Mumbai to Amritsar on his bicycle as a messenger of peace, was crestfallen at the border checkpost today after he was denied to entry to Pakistan and had to return to the city.

med Iqbal outside the immigration office at Wagha on Thursday.Photo Rajiv Sharma

Patrolling on motor cycles inaugurated
Sangrur, March 13
Mr Anil Kaushik, IGP (Patiala zone), today flagged off eight motor cycles for police patrolling at the Police Lines here. These motor cycles have been provided to the police by Sangrur block of the District Industrial Chamber.

Discrepancy of Rs 2 cr in IT returns detected
Patiala, March 13
Patiala Division Commissioner of Income Tax R.S. Mathoda today said his department had found a discrepancy of around Rs 2 crore during a survey of returns of various industries this year.

Judge named in DDR
Bathinda, March 13
The drive to ensure the smooth movement of vehicles led to the naming of a Judicial Magistrate in a daily diary report when she tried to park her vehicle on Mall Road near the Hospital Bazaar, here on Tuesday.


Zero tillage showcased at kisan mela
Patiala, March 13
Low-cost eco-friendly technologies like zero tillage and bed-planting were showcased at the kisan mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University here. Besides, 9000 packets of seeds of improved qualities of field crops and vegetables were distributed among farmers.


MC fails to meet revenue target
Patiala, March 13
The local municipal corporation has recorded a loss in revenue in five of its nine branches even as it has fallen short of its revenue target of Rs 30.2 crore for this financial year. It has been able to earn only Rs 23.35 crore. In the last financial year, it had earned Rs 27 crore against a target of Rs 30 crore.

Posts of 9 civic chiefs reserved
Faridkot, March 13
The Punjab government has reserved the post of presidentship of nine Nagar Councils in the state. According to reports available a letter 3/4/2003 of March 2 by the Secretary, Local Body, Punjab, posts of president in the Municipal Councils of Faridkot, Fazilka, Garh Shanker and Banur have been reserved for Scheduled Castes, whereas Bhadaur Nagar Council’s post will go to a Backward class candidate.


Travel agent held for cheating
Jalandhar, March 13
The district police has arrested a travel agent for duping Gurjiwan Singh of Rs 5 lakh on the pretext of sending him to England. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, stated here today that Amardeep Singh and Amarpreet Singh of Professor Colony here had promised that they would send Gurjiwan Singh of Shahbad Markanda in Haryana to England and demanded Rs 5 lakh for it.


Colleges told to follow new guidelines
Amritsar, March 13
In a circular sent to managements of all its affiliated colleges, Guru Nanak Dev University has asked them to implement the new criteria and guidelines (score card) for the recruitment of lecturers as laid down by the state government in toto. The Syndicate of the varsity adopted the guidelines at its meeting held here recently.

235 students get degrees
Nawanshahr, March 13
Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised its annual convocation function yesterday. The Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, was the chief guest and Dr S.S. Johal, Vice-Chairman, State Planning Commission, presided over.

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