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Sukhbir, Adesh behind Ponty’s entry into Punjab
LUDHIANA: The tussle between two brothers-in-law resulted in the entry of UP liquor baron Ponty Chadha in the Punjab liquor trade during the SAD-BJP government headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

No support to INLD: Badal
Jalandhar, March 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that his party would not support the Indian National Lok Dal, led by the Chief Minister, Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, during the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Badal meets Chandumajra
Patiala, March 9
Shiromani Akali Dal President Prakash Singh Badal held a closed-door meeting with senior Akali leader and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra at the latter’s residence in Urban Estate in the city late yesterday evening.

Punjab Congress chief H.S. Hanspal offers sweets to senior Akali leader and former MLA Gurdev Singh Sidhu Punjab Congress chief H.S. Hanspal offers sweets to senior Akali leader and former MLA Gurdev Singh Sidhu in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sidhu's joining the Congress along with his supporters at Punjab Congress Bhawan, Chandigarh, on Monday. — PTI

Fatehgarh Sahib


Officials of the administration work out the arrangements for the Lok Sabha poll. Refresher training in operating electronic voting machine was also imparted to the Returning Officers.
Officials of the administration work out the arrangements for the Lok Sabha poll. Refresher training in operating electronic voting machine was also imparted to the Returning Officers. — Photo by Sawinder Singh Amritsar

PM to address rally in Patiala on March 18
Chandigarh, March 9
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will kickstart the election campaign of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) combine in Punjab on March 18 by addressing a rally at Patiala, the home town of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Neglecting Kambojs may cost parties dear
Ludhiana, March 9
The ire of the Kamboj community over their continued neglect in the political arena in Punjab will be faced by the major political parties during the Lok Sabha elections. The 32-lakh-strong secular community, comprising the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims, constitutes 13 per cent of the total population of the state, has a dominating presence in 25 out of the 117 Assembly constituencies in the state.

Punjab RS poll on March 26
Chandigarh, March 9
The Election Commission of India today issued the schedule for holding the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Punjab.

BJP to announce candidates by March 15
Phillaur, March 9
The Punjab BJP will finalise recommendations for BJP candidates for three seats of Lok Sabha Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur by 13 and the panels of candidates would be send to BJP high command which would announce BJP candidates by March 15.

Bhai Ranjit Singh to campaign for SAD (A)
Bathinda, March 9
Former Jathedar of Akal Takht Bhai Ranjit Singh, while accusing former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of harming interests of Sikhs by playing into the hands of the RSS, today said he would campaign for SAD (A) candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Beware of touts, cautions PPSC chief
Lieut-Gen Tejinder Singh ShergillChandigarh, March 9
When a Tribune team met Lieut-Gen Tejinder Singh Shergill (retd.), the new Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), at Shivalik Retreat in the Western Command headquarters this morning, he was helping wife Rindy pack bags to leave for Patiala. She looks forward to a ‘’more challenging’’ job that her husband has been assigned with.

Synthetic milk racket busted 
Basic supply from UP
Rajpura, March 9
The district health authorities today destroyed 1,000 litres of synthetic milk seized in a raid on a plot in the factory area here today. Apart from ingredients like detergent and urea, it also had flies and other foreign particles in it.

Assembly session from March 15
Chandigarh, March 9
A two-day brief session of the Punjab Assembly will commence here on March 15. On the opening day, state Governor O.P. Verma would present his address which would be followed by obituary references, Assembly Secretary N.S. Mavi told reporters here today. Mr Mavi said the next day, according to the tentative programme, vote-on-account would be presented. — PTI


Turban issue: Mann’s poser to Dhindsa
Sangrur, March 9
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today asked Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, to clarify whether they misled the Sikh community or French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin misled them over the issue of a ban on turban by the school-going Sikh children in France.

A vendor sells posters of cricketers in Amritsar
A vendor sells posters of cricketers in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI

Sikh judicial panel’s notice to Tohra
Amritsar, March 9
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) today issued notices to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra SGPC chief to reply to allegations made by Mr Baldev Singh, a member of the Dugri Panchayat, in the case of allotment of prime land on lease, at cheap rate to a confidant of the SGPC chief.

Spokesman Editor may be ex-communicated today
Amritsar, March 9
The Sikh clergy is likely to excommunicate Mr Joginder Singh, Editor monthly Spokesman from the Sikh Panth tomorrow.

‘Akal Purukh di Fauj’ to educate 10,000 youth
Amritsar, March 9
As part of the 500th birthday celebrations of Guru Angad Dev, the ‘Akal Purukh di Fauj’ has decided to arrange for the education of 10,000 youth from 98 villages in the Khadoor Sahib subdivision in the 15-35 age group.

Panthic board to organise Khalsa march

Panthers Party condemns J&K Bill
Ludhiana, March 9
The Punjab unit of the Panthers Party has condemned the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir Government to divest women of their residency rights in case they marry outsiders.

Ex-servicemen hold rally in city
Bathinda, March 9
More than 400 former servicemen of the district today held a rally and took out a march in the city to lodge their protest against the non-acceptance of their demands by successive governments at the Centre.

1 student killed in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
A student of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, was killed while four others were seriously injured in a road accident near Peerjain village on the Sirhind-Chandigarh road, today.

One killed in cylinder blast
Batala, March 9
Mangal Masih (45), a resident of Shastri Nagar, was killed and six others injured when an LPG cylinder exploded in a house in the Gobindgarh mohalla here this morning.

2 killed in mishap


High Court
Arbitrator appointed
Chandigarh, March 9
Acting on a petition filed by a Mohali-based builder, a Division Bench of the high court has appointed Justice A.L. Bahri as arbitrator. In his petition, Dhandi Builders Limited had earlier sought directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents for quashing an order passed by an executive engineer with the Punjab Police Housing Corporation regarding the construction of certain house at Jalandhar.

  • Refixation of pay scales
  • Officers’ list

Scrap income support scheme, says BKU (Rajewal)
Sangrur, March 9
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) today asked the Union Government to scrap ‘Income support scheme’, if it was sincere to the welfare of the farmers as this scheme is thoroughly “defective” and would “ruin” the farmers.


Clerk suspended for bid to frame officer
Bathinda, March 9
Mr Bal Krishan Bali, a clerk in the SDM office at Rampura Phul, is in trouble for making an attempt to frame up district revenue Officer (DRO), Bathinda, D.R. Virmani into a false case of corruption by getting a raid of Vigilance Bureau conducted on his office today afternoon.

Contractor’s blacklisting ordered
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 9
The Punjab Government has directed the Executive Officer of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council to initiate the process of blacklisting octroi contractor Kirpal Singh and Company.

Improvement Trust budget passed
Amritsar, March 9
The local Improvement Trust budget of Rs 69.64 crore dipped by nearly Rs 17 crore from last year’s budget of Rs 86.43 crore. A major part of the revenue would go towards the repayment of loans.


Woman kills lover
Moga, March 9
Ranjit Kaur, alias Jiti, a resident of Mandi Ahmedgarh, was today arrested along with her son and paramour, for her alleged involvement in kidnapping and murder of a commission agent, Mohinder Pal Aggarwal, on March 2.

Missing newly married woman found, alleges rape
Moga, March 9
A newly married woman, who went missing under mysterious circumstances from Amritsar in January this year, has been traced by the Maharashtra police and was brought back yesterday, a senior police official said today.

Miscreants fire at rest house, DTO safe
Hoshiarpur, March 9
Some miscreants fired at the Forest Rest House located near the Tanda bypass bridge here early this morning. Mr Chander Gaind, District Transport Officer, who was staying there, came out along with his security guard. But by then, the miscreants had vanished.

Two shops burgled
Kharar, March 9
A shop dealing in watches and electronic items and a tea shop were burgled here last night.

Suicide by two girls
Hoshiarpur, March 9
Two village girls, aged 19 and 14 years, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Mehngarowal check dam last evening.

Two held for robbery
Jalandhar, March 9
The police today arrested two robbers and recovered a motor cycle, which was recently snatched by them at gunpoint.



Liquor shops’ auction fetches 134.28 cr
Ferozepore, March 9
The auction of the liquor shops of the Ferozepore circle were carried out amidst tight security arrangements today.Top

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