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Party workers give Badal a tough time
Ludhiana, February 28
Claims of harmony within SAD notwithstanding, discontentment among workers of the erstwhile Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal surfaced once again here today at a meeting of Akali leaders where several Tohra loyalists virtually cornered party president Parkash Singh Badal, and accused him of step-motherly treatment. Despite denials of discrimination by Mr Badal, the workers said they were feeling betrayed.

Gujrals not outsiders: Badal
Nakodar, February 28
Projecting Mr Naresh Kumar Gujral as a real “son of the soil” and lauding the Gujral family’s contribution towards the development of Punjab and Jalandhar, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today asserted that the Gujrals were not outsiders as was being projected by some Congressmen.

Khanna, Sodhi front runners for party ticket
Chandigarh, February 28
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, and Mr Daya Singh Sodhi, a former president of the party, have emerged as front runners for the ticket to contest elections from Hoshiarpur and Amritsar constituencies, respectively.

Judicial panel moved against Tohra
Misappropriation of gurdwara land
Amritsar, February 28
A case of misappropriation of prime land of Gurdwara Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Dugri (Ludhiana), was filed in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission against Mr Gurcharn Singh Tohra and the SGPC executive here today.



Where non-Sikhs print Guru Granth Sahib
The final proofs of Guru Granth Sahib being read at Gurdwara Ramsar in Amritsar Amritsar, February 28
True to the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib, the publication of the holy book in SGPC’s Golden Offset Press in the basement of Guru Ramsar here is being managed by machine men and workers who are mostly non-Sikhs from Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, UP, Delhi and other states. With recitation of ‘satnam waheguru’, the workers are seen publishing the holy book round the clock in shifts.

The final proofs of Guru Granth Sahib being read at Gurdwara Ramsar in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

India must play key role in Central Asia, says Nayar
Amritsar, February 28
Fundamentalists were trying to convert the liberal areas of Central Asia into a terrorist-prone area. This was stated by Mr Kuldip Nayar, former MP and journalist, while delivering a key note address at the inaugural session of a two-day seminar on “Emerging socio-economic and political systems in Central Asia and India’s response” at Guru Nanak Dev University here today. The seminar was organised by the Centre for South Central Asian Studies of University.


General Samaj Party announces Bathinda nominee
Bathinda, February 28
With the announcement of its candidate for the Bathinda parliamentary constituency (reserved) at a rally here today, the General Samaj Party (GSP) launched its campaign for the forthcoming elections. Subedar Surjit Singh (retd) has been declared as its candidate for the Bathinda (reserved) constituency. The party will also field its candidates from Faridkot, Patiala, Gurdaspur and Ropar (reserved). The names of the candidates will be declared soon.

BJP meeting
Chandigarh, February 28
A meeting of the State Executive Committee of the Punjab unit of the BJP would be held at Datarpur, near Talwara, on March 13, according to Mr Rajinder Bhandari, State General Secretary of the BJP. Presidents, General Secretaries of all district units, State Presidents and General Secretaries of various cells of the party have also been invited.   

Meeting postponed
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has postponed a meeting of the ex-servicemen scheduled to be held at the Punjab Congress Bhavan here on March 1. The meeting of the Freedom Fighters wing of the PPCC had also been postponed, according to Mr Raj Pal Singh, media secretary of the committee.


BSF complains to Pak over hot air balloon
Amritsar, February 28
Even as mystery still shrouds the landing of a hot air balloon in Pakistan territory, the BSF lodged a commandant-level protest with the Sutlej Rangers today.

Forum holds police responsible for explosion
Amritsar, February 28
The fact-finding report on the explosion that rocked the city on February 19 in which about 30 persons were injured, was held the police department and the judicial system of the district responsible for the incident.

PSEB gears up to buy more power
Ludhiana, February 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board is gearing up to meet power requirements of the state during summer as it is planning to purchase power from different sources.

Ban liquor in Punjab: Bahuguna
Chandigarh, February 28
Lauding Guru Granth Sahib as the most practical treatise on life, religion and philosophy, environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna today urged Punjab to ban alcohol and revert to organic agriculture for sustained development.

Municipal pensioners seek parity
Chandigarh, February 28
The Municipal Corporation Pensioners’ Association, Punjab, has said that they are being discriminated against since July 1, 2003, in terms of benefits of dearness allowance and relief instalments, payable to other state pensioners. Earlier, there was parity but for the past two years those who retired from local bodies had not been given the benefit.

Youth Akali Dal burns CM’s effigy
Bathinda, February 28
Members of the district youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, under the leadership of the district president, today burnt the effigy of the Amarinder government in front of the courts complex here in protest against the alleged recruitment scam in the appointments of DSPs. They also held a rally and raised slogans against the government.

Panel to ensure downtrodden SCs get their due
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes will ensure that the downtrodden in the state get their due, while making sure that the rights of others are not affected in the process, says recently appointed Chairman Niranjan Singh.

Applicants throng passport office
Jalandhar, February 28
Following efforts by India and Pakistan to improve bilateral relations, the local Regional Passport Office is being flooded by aspirants, mostly hailing from the border districts of Amritsar and Gurdaspur and the Doaba region.

Bhattal not consulted on Pandey’s appointment
Jalandhar, February 28
Reacting to her absence at the Congress Latala rally yesterday, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, today said that she could not attend the rally as she was busy with regard to her court case.

Grant Pak visas to Hindus liberally, Centre urged
Amritsar, February 28
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president of the BJP, yesterday urged the Central Government to liberally grant visas to devotees so that they could visit and renovate their pilgrimages in Pakistan.


Farm labourers’ rally tomorrow
Ludhiana, February 28
The Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha will hold a state-level rally in support of its long-pending demands at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall in Jalandhar on March 1. Several outfits have confirmed their participation at the event where the future course of action will be chalked out.

Strong infrastructure favoured for farm growth
Amritsar, February 28
Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board said here yesterday that for balanced agricultural growth, a strong infrastructure was required.


In-laws’ hand suspected in woman’s death
Nabha, February 28
A newly wed Rajinder Kaur (24) died under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws house at Gunike village, 12 km from here. Her body has been brought to the Civi Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Man murdered
Kapurthala, February 28
Des Raj (60), a resident of Nawan Pind Gatewala village near the town was murdered allegedly by five persons in the village yesterday.


GCG overall champion at youth festival
Patiala, February 28
The local Government College for Girls was awarded the overall championship in the inter- zonal youth festival which concluded here yesterday. The Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr K.S Aulakh, was the chief guest.

80 papers presented on Indo-US relations
Patiala, February 28
The three-day international conference of the Indian Association for American Studies concluded at the Punjabi University campus here today. The conference had been organised by the Department of English in association with the public affairs section , US Embassy, New Delhi.

Degrees conferred on 625 students
Jalandhar, February 28
Degrees were conferred on 625 students of B.Com, BA and B.Sc by Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, MLA from Jalandhar cantt constituency and daughter of the late Beant Singh and Mr Chander Shekhar, Additional Director General of the Punjab Police, during the annual convocation of B.D. Arya College today.

Selection of ETT teachers complete
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab Education Department said today that the entire selection process of the recruitment of 1846 ETT teachers at a consolidated salary of Rs 5,000 per month had been completed.

School bags given to poor
Phillaur, February 28
State Medical Education Minister Santokh Singh distributed 4,000 bags among the poor students of 30 schools at Dayalpur village.

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