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6 RS seats of Punjab, HP to be filled this month
Chandigarh, March 2
Reluctance on the part of senior leaders, including members of the outgoing Lok Sabha, from seeking re-election, may put additional pressure on the party high commands of both the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal in deciding their nominees to fill five Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab falling vacant early next month.

RS nominations: tough task ahead for Badal
Ludhiana, March 2
Even as the dissent over the selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha poll continues are yet the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal is faced with the tricky task of choosing candidates for nomination to the Rajya Sabha.

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Rift deepens in Punjab Congress
Voices of dissent are becoming louder in the Punjab Congress. Certain top leaders, who are supposed to exhibit unity at this stage when the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner, are trying to demolish each other, albeit clandestinely.

Joining new posting against EC norms
Chandigarh, March 2
As the election code of conduct has been enforced with effect from February 29, no one can join his or her new place of posting without the permission of the Election Commission of India. This was disclosed here today by a senior officer of the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer.

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Bandh against hike in steel prices
Jalandhar, March 2
Terming the “feel good” factor of the BJP a myth, about 5000 industrial unit owners of the city today announced that they would oppose the NDA candidates all over the state in the coming general election for the failure of the NDA government to redress the issue pertaining to the unprecedented hike in steel and pig iron price ranging between 80 and 150 per cent in the past six months.

Punjabi varsity Pro-VC relieved of charge
Patiala, March 2
Within minutes of receiving the order by which the posts of Pro-Vice-Chancellor in universities of the state were abolished, Punjabi University relieved its Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr R.N. Pal, of his charge, besides withdrawing all official facilities which had been extended to him.

Silt delta reduces Bhakra Dam’s lifespan
Ropar, March 2
The water storage capacity of the Bhakra Dam will be nearly finished in the next 30 to 40 years, about 20 years before its expected lifespan of 100 years. The dam, which was inaugurated in 1964, will once again become part of the river basin with the river water just flowing through it.

Punjab Govt to give Rs 6 crore for Beant Singh’s memorial
Chandigarh, March 2
Within days of the announcement of Lok Sabha elections, the Punjab Government today agreed to pay Rs 6 crore for the completion of Beant Singh memorial in Sector 42 in the next calendar year.

Aspiring Sikh male and female models during a fashion show organised by a Canada-based event management and modelling agency in Amritsar
Aspiring Sikh male and female models during a fashion show organised by a Canada-based event management and modelling agency in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Re-construction of demolished structure comes under a cloud
Amritsar, March 2
Construction activity in the posh Basant Avenue area has once again come under a cloud with the residents of the colony complaining that owner of the building was constructing a ‘commercial establishment’, including shops and a hall. While he had got a residential plan passed from the municipal corporation.

3 Badal loyalists removed from Dharam Parchar Committee
Amritsar, March 2
The Dharm Parchar Committee of the SGPC today replaced its three members, Sant Hardev Singh Loolon, Mr Bir Singh and Dr Darshan Singh with immediate effect. They have been replaced for absenting themselves from three consecutive meetings.

Training programme for field officers
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 2
A training programme for managers and field officers of cooperative organisations was organised by Kribhco at Bassi Pathana here today.

Protest march by SAD (A)
Kharar, March 2
A march was organised here today by the members of the SAD (A) in protest against the French Government’s move to ban the wearing of turbans by school children.

Amritsar bus stand may be shifted
Amritsar, March 2
The makeshift bus stand in Mall Mandi area is likely to be shifted to yet another place following complaints of inconvenience to public and traffic chaos on the G.T. Road. The district administration has proposed to shift the bus stand.

Pak Hindu jatha to arrive on March 11
Amritsar, March 2
A 500-strong Hindu jatha from Pakistan will visit India from March 11 on the invitation of Indian chapter of the Shradhani Darbar of Raipur whose Pakistan chapater is located in Sind.

Bharat Vikas Parishad office-bearers
Bathinda, March 2
Prof Ashok Gupta (Bathinda), Mr Rajinder Garg (Mansa) and Mr Naresh Pal Kansal (Kotkapura) were elected president, general secretary and treasurer, respectively, of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Punjab (south) at the state council meeting last evening.

Punish SDM, says forum
Bathinda, March 2
The local unit of the Punjab Law Forum a body of law graduates and lawyers, today urged the authorities concerned not to adopt soft attitude towards the Pathankot Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Mr Puneet Goyal.

Seminar on novels of Yashpal
Patiala, March 2
The Department of Hindi, Punjabi University, organised a two-day national seminar on ‘The novels of Yashpal’ to commemorate the birth centenary of Hindi novelist here today. The winner of this year’s Sahitya Academy Award, Kamleshwar, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Ex-IG (Prisons) Shenmar dead


High Court
Panchayat fund
Chandigarh, March 2
In a petition filed before a Division Bench of the High Court, a gram panchayat in Sangrur district today alleged non-payment of development fund. The petitioner added that the cheque for the fund was given to an Executive Engineer for carrying out developmental work, instead of being handed over to the panchayat as mandatory under the relevant rules.

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Clubbing of liquor circles challenged
Chandigarh, March 2
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a liquor contractor today alleged that the Punjab Government was encouraging monopoly in liquor trade to favour a baron.

Dera head gets life term for couple’s murder
Faridkot, March 2
The fast-track court here has convicted and sentenced a dera head and his three accomplices to life imprisonment for murdering a couple at Khokhar village in Muktsar district on May 22, 1996.

Sukhbir directed to produce second passport in court
Ropar, March 2
The Special Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, today directed Mr Sukhbir Badal to produce his second allegedly expired passport in the court.

Police remand for PA in bribery case
Kharar, March 2
The personal assistant (PA) of the Chairperson of the Punjab State Women Commission, who was arrested yesterday by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on a charge of accepting a bribe, was remanded to one-day police custody by a Kharar court here today.

Court summons doctors
Patiala, March 2
A local court today ordered three doctors of Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi to be summoned for prosecution on the charges of causing the death of a patient from the city.

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Farmers asked to cut input costs
Amloh, March 2
The survival of marginal farmers in the era of globalisation and high costs can be made possible by adopting a scientific approach in agriculture. Also, family members, including women, should use their spare time for extra income, for which the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, has been organising awareness workshops in villages.


Man booked on charge of cheating
Bathinda, March 2
The Phul police has registered a case against Satguru Singh, a resident of Nainewal village under Bhadaur police station, under Section 420 of the IPC.

Mischief at shrine
Malerkotla, March 2
A holy book was burnt by miscreants at a place of worship here today. The police has registered a case under Section 295 A of the IPC on the complaint of the president of the management committee of the shrine.

Mobile phones, cash stolen from shop
Bathinda, March 2
Mobile phone sets and spare parts of mobile phones and computers worth about Rs 5 lakh were stolen from a shop opposite MSD Senior Secondary School here last night.


Arrange funds for farm varsities, VCs urge ICAR
The Vice-Chancellors of state agricultural universities have urged the ICAR to take up with the state governments the need for granting more funds to the varsities to meet their research and educational needs.

PTU students flay lathicharge
Jalandhar, March 2
The PTU Engineering Colleges Vidyarthi Sangarsh Committee has flayed the police for allegedly cane-charging students, who were sitting on fast last evening.

Old Students Association of Akal College formed
Barnala, March 2
Akal Degree College, Mastuana, about 30 km from here, has formed its Old Students Association. Prof Jeet Pal Singh Sandhu, Head of the Department of Mathematics of the college, has been appointed the coordinator of the association and Mr Gurdev Singh Gill, former manager Punjab and Sind Bank, is the co-coordinator.

Teachers threaten to hold protest
Phagwara, March 2
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations today threatened to hold protest in the constituencies of the Prime Minister and the Minister for Human Resource Development against the malgovernance, misleading statements in Parliament regarding issues of teachers and dishonouring of the legitimate commitments made to the AIFUCTO by the ministry on September 5, 1998.


Property dealers seek ID cards
Patiala, March 2
Members of the local Property Dealers Welfare Association today demanded that identity cards should be issued to all members of the association so that they could conduct them work in a better way.

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