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Spokesman Editor excommunicated

Amritsar, March 10
The Sikh clergy today excommunicated Mr Joginder Singh, Editor, Spokesman magazine, from the Sikh Panth for allegedly violating the directions of Akal Takht and indulging in blasphemous activities.

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, reads out the hukamnama excommunicating the Editor, Spokesman, Joginder Singh, from the Panth from the rostrum of Akal Takht on Wednesday.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, reads out the hukamnama excommunicating the Editor, Spokesman, Joginder Singh, from the Panth from the rostrum of Akal Takht on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Badal pre-empts BJP move for RS seat
Chandigarh, March 10
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today outwitted the BJP by announcing the candidates for all three Rajya Sabha seats that may come the party’s way to fill vacancies from Punjab. He has denied any Rajya Sabha seat to the BJP to be filled from Punjab. The Congress has not yet named its candidates.

  • RS seat for SCs sought

Patiala liquor shops for Amrik group
Ponty Chadha stays away from auction
Patiala, March 10
Congress legislator Amrik Singh’s group retained its hold over liquor shops in the city today in the absence of Ponty Chadha. Even though Ponty Chadha did not turn up in the city today to participate in the auction, the Excise Department had taken all precautions to ensure the process remained out of media purview. A contractor is frisked before being admitted to the excise auction in Patiala on Wednesday.
A contractor is frisked before being admitted to the excise auction in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

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Amarinder govt no different: Pasla
Sangrur, March 10
Launching the election campaign of his party candidate from the Sangrur parliamentary constituency, Mr Sukhdev Singh Barri, here today, Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, state secretary of the CPM (Punjab), said there was no difference between the previous Badal regime and the present Amarinder government as both were the two sides of the same coin as far as corruption-related issues were concerned.

Sack Punjab YC chief, demand office-bearers
Jalandhar, March 10
A delegation of Punjab Youth Congress office-bearers today met Central party leaders, including AICC General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai and the in charge of Congress frontal organisations, Mr Oscar Fernandes, and sought the removal of newly appointed Punjab Youth Congress chief Raminder Singh Amla, who has allegedly been booked in a Rs 70-crore scam of the Food Corporation of India.

Split in DCC over ticket comes to the fore
Kapurthala, March 10

Split in the district Congress committee today came to the surface over the recommendation of Congress ticket from Jalandhar parliamentary constituency to local MLA Rana Gurjit Singh and member of the dissolved House Balbir Singh.

Tohra is SAD candidate for RS
Bathinda, March 10
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today announced that SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Mr Varinder Singh Bajwa, president, SAD (B) Hoshiarpur district, and Mr Raj Mohinder Singh Majitha would be the party candidates for nomination to the Rajya Sabha.

SAD (Delhi) to campaign for Tur
Amritsar, March 10
Rebel Akali leader and former member of Parliament Tirlochan Singh Tur today received a shot in the arm when the Shiromani Akali Dal, New Delhi, headed by Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna extended him support during Lok Sabha elections.


Raksha Dal to contest twelve seats
Faridkot, March 10
The Rashtriya Raksha Dal (RRD) will contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from 12 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab. While the candidates for four constituencies — Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Ropar — have already been announced, the list of other candidates and their constituencies will be finalised by the state body of the RRD at its meeting in Chandigarh on March 12.

BSP leader joins BJP
Kapurthala, March 10
Mr Om Parkash Sidhi, a senior BSP leader left the BSP and announced to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr Sidhi announced to join the BJP at a election rally held in Shalamar Garden on Tuesday in favour of Mr Naresh Gujral.

Youth Cong to hold chetna rally
Bathinda, March 10
The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) has decided to organise a chetna rally at Moga on March 12 to counter the impact of the rally organised by the Youth Akali Dal (Badal) at Ludhiana few days ago.


Coal slurry dumping may contaminate water
Nangal, March 10
The underground dumping of coal slurry by National Fertilisers Ltd (NFL) within the municipal limits of Nangal has caused concern among environmentalists. The NFL authorities have been dumping coal slurry lifted from their dykes in ‘kutcha’ ditches about 200 metres away from the Nangal Municipal Council.

Poohla eviction panel suspends procession
Poohla (Tarn Taran), March 10
The Poohla Eviction Committee (PEC) today suspended its procession, which was proposed to be taken from Pahoowind to Poohla, due to promulgation of Section 144 in the region. Meanwhile, Ajit Singh Poohla announced that a committee had been formed to oust Poohla Eviction Committee from the village.

Members of the Poohla Eviction Committee, headed by Col G. S. Sandhu (retd) at a meeting in Bhikhiwind on Wednesday.

Members of the Poohla Eviction Committee, headed by Col G. S. Sandhu (retd) at a meeting in Bhikhiwind on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Promotee railway officers hold protest
Patiala, March 10
All promotee railway officers in Diesel Mechanical Works (DMW) today observed a fast in protest against the Railway Board’s policy of surrendering senior scale posts to enable upgradation in higher grade posts.

Cong making false promises: ayurvedic docs
Faridkot, March 10
The Unemployed Ayurvedic Doctors Association (UADA) Punjab has criticised the Congress for making a false promise in its manifesto released at New Delhi yesterday for creating more jobs to check unemployment after coming to power at the Centre.

Leopard’s pugmarks noticed
Lalru, March 10
Officials of the Punjab Forest Department today visited Kurli and Batoli villages following reports of the presence of a leopard in the area. The team of officials, headed by Mr Harbans Singh Dhillon, Deputy Divisional Forest Officer, from Patiala, noticed pugmarks of a leopard in the fields.

  • Fire in house

Lahore-based Briton operated on
Amritsar, March 10
British National, Abdul Hamir Chaudhary presently based in Lahore after having been operated on at the Escort Heart and Multi-specialities Institute here returned to Pakistan today.

Prohibitory orders till May 3
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 10
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, today issued prohibitory orders under Section 144, IPC, banning playing of orchestra and other instruments creating noise pollution at marriage palaces till late in the night, use of crackers and playing of loudspeakers at high pitch at religious places.

  • CPRC a boon

  • Check stress

Panth Khalsa march to begin on April 3
Amritsar, March 10
The Panth Khalsa march will commence from Akal Takht on April 3 as a part of the commemoration of three important events in the Sikh history. The march will conclude at Takht Hazoor Sahib on April 13, the Baisakhi day.

BJP flays J&K daughters’ Bill
Amritsar, March 10
The BJP today lashed out against the Bill passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Government. Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, vice-president of the BJP’s Punjab unit said the Congress should be ashamed of having supported the Bill.

102 operations performed at eye camp
Barnala, March 10
Dr Triloki Nath and his team performed 102 eye operations and inserted intra-occular lenses in 22 patients at a free eye operation camp organised at the local Civil Hospital, Barnala.


High Court
Poll petition dismissed
Chandigarh, March 10
Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition challenging the election of MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon from the Faridkot Assembly constituency.

Eight jailed for life


Experts give tips to farmers
Nawanshahr, March 10
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organised a kisan mela at Kandi Agriculture Research Centre, Bullowal Sonkheri, about 30 km from here, today. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, presided over the function, while Ms Supinder Kaur Cheema, adviser of PAU committee, was the chief guest.

Transparency in purchase officers’ meetings demanded
Barnala, March 10
Meetings of the district and sub-division-level paddy and wheat purchase officers should be made transparent so that the farmers and commission agents have some say at these meetings to contain rampant corruption in procurement process by the procurement agencies and to bring their problems and grievances to the notice of the authorities concerned.


Officials trained in use of EVMs
Kapurthala, March 10
Training for operating EVMs was imparted to assistant returning officers of the district for Jalandhar and Phillaur Lok Sabha seats at the local Yojna Bhavan under the supervision of Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, Deputy Commissioner-cum- District Returning Officer, today.


Man shot at, injured
Hoshiarpur, March 10
Mr Sohan Lal Gotra, a former Manager of a bank, seriously injured when two unidentified persons shot at him while he was going to his house on the Sutehri road here last night.

NRI family robbed of jewellery
Phillaur, March 10
Some unidentified armed persons wearing masks robbed an NRI family of about Rs 3 lakh near Ladhian village in Phillaur subdivision yesterday.


Two-day Sangeet Utsav begins
Patiala, March 10
A two-day Sangeet Utsav, organised by the Department of Music of Punjabi University, started here today. The festival was inaugurated by the Dean, College Development Council, Prof S.P.S Virdi.

Harwinder Sharma plays the sitar at the Sangeet Utsav at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday
Harwinder Sharma plays the sitar at the Sangeet Utsav at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday.
Bikram College of Commerce students with their certificates after the annual prize distribution function at the college in Patiala
Bikram College of Commerce students with their certificates after the annual prize distribution function at the college in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

  • PWD employees’ rally

  • Prize distribution

  • Science Olympiad

Punjabi University teachers seek decision on poll
Patiala, March 10
Punjabi University teachers, who have been without a forum with the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) not being in effect since September, 2002, have urged the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to dispose of writ petitions regarding the 2002 PUTA elections.

Gujral for 100 pc literacy in state
Jalandhar, March 10
Former Primer Minister Inder Kumar Gujral today exhorted NGOs to make Punjab a 100 per cent literate state for its overall development. Mr Gujral was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Sant Baba Bhag Singh International School at Khiala village, about 20 km from here.

Pharmacy students march to CM’s house
Patiala, March 10
Students of pharmacy colleges of the state marched towards the residence of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, here today. They were protesting against the Punjab Technical University (PTU) policy due to which they have been denied admission to the sixth semester.

PTU students hold protest rally
Nawanshahr, March 10
The PTU Students Action Committee of the IITT College of Engineering, Pojewal, about 25 km from here, organised a rally in protest against the “apathetic attitude” of the PTU authorities towards their demands.

Economists discuss impact of WTO
Amritsar, March 10
Leading economists today opined that India could provide leadership to the Third World to meet challenges emerging from the WTO agreement. On the concluding day of the national seminar on “opportunities and challenges to the Indian business under the WTO regime,” organised by the Department of Commerce and Business of Guru Nanak Dev University, Prof H.S. Sidhu from the School of Economics, delivering the valedictory address, expressed dismay over downgrading of the Planning Commission for the benefit of super powers.

Entrepreneurship summit at Longowal
Sangrur, March 10
A national summit on “entrepreneurship” was held today at the Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Central Institute of Engineering and Technology at Longowal, Mr Sachit Jain, Executive Director, Auro Spinning Mills, a unit of Vardhman Group, was the chief guest.

Students’ demonstration
Ropar, March 10
Students of the Institute of Engineering, Bhaddal, took out a march against the non-implementation of the 24 credit system by Punjab Technical University (PTU). As many 100 students of the college marched raising slogans to the main road.

  • 10-month imprisonment
  • Mason meet
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