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Speaker asks ministers to satisfy legislators
Chandigarh, March 26
Punjab Speaker Kewal Krishan today had to again postpone questions related to the Department of Forests as the Minister of State, Dr Harbans Lal, did not give satisfactory replies to the questions.

Cong rebel is nagar council chief
Jalandhar, March 26
Infighting in the Congress came to the fore in the Noormahal Nagar Council elections with the rebel Congress man being elected as President with the support of the SAD, the BJP, the CPM and the BSP (K) on Wednesday.

Cong men assaulted SAD councillor: Kairon
Patti, March 26
Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Adesh Partap Singh Kairon today alleged that the Congress used brute force to muzzle the election of the president of the municipal council, yesterday. 

PSEB employees’ rallies affect 
power services
Patiala, March 26
Power services were partly affected in the state following a one-day strike by Punjab State Electricity Board employees in the field areas to protest against the Haldea Committee recommendations.



All India Anti-terrorism Front activists protest against alleged Pakistani involvement in the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits
All India Anti-terrorism Front activists protest against alleged Pakistani involvement in the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits. 
— Photo Sawinder

Vat will be used to ‘harass’ traders
Bathinda, March 26
The Value Added Tax system, which is proposed to be introduced in various parts of the country is very complicated.

3 BTF militants arrested
Tarn Taran (Amritsar), March 26
The Tarn Taran police today claimed to have arrested three militants belonging to the Bhinderwale Tigers Force (BTF), who it claimed had planned attacks on the deras of Baba Ashutosh Maharaj, head of the Divya Jyoti Jagaran Sanstahan based at Noormahal in Jalandhar district, and of Baba Bhaniarwala in Ropar district.

M.Sc. (IT) paper leaked; 2 held
Bathinda, March 26
A case under Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered in the city police station against two youths who have allegedly leaked the question paper of one of the subjects of the M.Sc. (IT) course being run by the Punjab Technical University (PTU).


Train stopped to protest killings
Kapurthala, March 26
A large number of Shiv Sena activists detained the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi train for about an hour here on Wednesday to protest against the massacre of 24 Kashmiri Pandits. The agitators led by Shiv Sena’s local leader Jagdish Kataria did not allow the train to proceed to Jammu when it reached here this afternoon.

Shiv Sena activists stop the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi Express at Kapurthala railway station on Wednesday. — PTI photo
Shiv Sena activists stop the Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi Express at Kapurthala

‘Kalam Seenche Sachh’ wins DD’s zonal award
Jalandhar, March 26
Even as “Kalam Seenche Sachh”, DD’s documentary on the life and works of eminent journalist Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor of The Tribune, has won the zonal DD award, the achievement has added another feather in the cap of Mr Daljit Singh Sandhu, producer of the documentary, who has earned a number of laurels for producing a number of such documentaries, including the on the life of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, which was also appreciated by a number of connoisseurs including late Dr M.S. Randhawa.

Statement recorded in hijack case
Patiala, March 26
The special anti-hijacking court trying the Indian Airlines IC 814 hijacking case here today recorded the statement of Nepali CID officer and ordered defence to cross-examine the witness tomorrow.

Implement POTA strictly, says Gen J.J. Singh
Patiala, March 26
Army Training Command GOC-in-C Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh today said the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) must be ruthlessly implemented to ensure no quarter was given to terrorists and anti-national elements.

Sikh panel extends status quo
Amritsar, March 26
In the petition challenging the removal of Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, filed by Capt Channan Singh Sidhu, president, Sikh Forum Punjab, the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) today extended the status quo on the appointment of new Jathedar by the SGPC till April 21.

AAF clinic for ex-servicemen
Amritsar, March 26
Under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) an augmented armed forces (AAF) clinic is being set up at Military Hospital here. Col S.S. Gupta, while detailing the scheme for ex-servicemen, spouse, children and dependant parents said they would be entitled for treatment at the AAF clinic as well as reputed hospitals and diagnostic centres. The clinic will be formally inaugurated on April 1.

152 hepatitis cases in Kurali
Chandigarh, March 26
Health Minister R.C.Dogra said in the Punjab Assembly today that while 152 persons were suffering from hepatitis ‘A’ and ‘E’ in Kurali, no case of hepatitis ‘B’ had been detected there. Replying to a call-attention notice of Mr Birdevinder Singh, the minister said he had not visited the affected area so far.


Chandigarh, March 26
Continuing with the arguments on the issue of maintainability of a petition challenging the elections of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh from Patiala assembly constituency, counsel for the petitioner on Wednesday claimed the existence of a nexus between Class I gazetted officer Bharat Inder Singh Chahal and the Chief Minister.

  • Bail plea

PSEB staff protest
Bathinda, March 26
The strike by various employee unions of the PSEB had its impact here and about 50 per cent employees remained absent from duty. Sources said power generation was also affected and the authorities at Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) had to reduce the plant load factor.

Protest by pensioners
Chandigarh, March 26
On a call of the Punjab Raj Pensioners Mahasangh, hundreds of Punjab pensioners today organised a protest demonstration near the Neelam Theatre in Sector 17 here to press upon the state government to withdraw its decision to distribute pensions from banks instead of government treasury.

Indo-UK police conference
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Police Academy (PPA), Phillaur will hold an Indo-British police conference on April 1 and 2.

CJM issues arrest warrants against two
Mansa, March 26
Chief Judicial Magistrate Harsh Mehta issued arrest warrants today against Jatinder Singh Saggu, a former Tehsildar of Mansa, who was dismissed in the PPSC scam, and Jai Chand Parinda, a former Naib Tehsildar of Mansa, now posted at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district, as they failed to appear in the court despite being served arrest warrants on February 27.

Patiala Gymkhana gets Rs 5 lakh
Patiala, March 26
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh today presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the management of the local Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahindra Club.


BKU men disrupt traffic
Bathinda, March 26
Activists of the BKU (Ekta) disrupted traffic on the Bathinda-Barnala road at Rampura Phul, in support of the demands of PSEB employees, who are protesting against the proposed selling of the board.


2 women booked for cheating
Hoshiarpur, March 26
The Tanda police has registered case under Section 420, IPC, against Rajwant Kaur and Rajinder Kaur, both residents of Basti Danishmanda, Jalandhar, for getting Rs 15 lakh from Mr Bhavan Singh, Mr Amrik Singh, Mr Beant Singh, Mr Kewal Ram and others of Dehriwal village in this district on the pretext of getting them employed in various government departments or sending them abroad.


Students move Forum against Tata Infotech
Mansa, March 26
Seven students Ramandeep Walia, Mahesh Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Jaspal Singh, Vivek Jindal, Ms Jagveer Kaur and Ms Simarjeet Kaur of the Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College (NMPC) here yesterday complained to the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum against Tata Infotech Education, New Delhi and its officials including its Managing Director and principal of the NMPC and sought refund of fees and Rs 2 lakh damages for each students for harassment, inconvenience, and damage to their career.


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