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Narinder quits as Conductor of Exams
Mohali, March 22
The Controller of Examinations, Punjab School Education Board, Mrs Narinder Kaur, today surrendered her charge as Conductor of Examinations while retaining her powers as the Controller. This comes in the wake of the widespread leakage of Class X and XII question papers leading to the cancellation and postponement of papers.

Simranjit Singh MannQuasi-NATO status to Pak no cause for concern: Mann
Chandigarh, March 22
President of the SAD (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann today said that the quasi-NATO status bestowed on Pakistan by the USA should be no cause of alarm for India.

Join politics, Sunil Dutt exhorts youth
Jalandhar, March 22
Veteran actor and politician Sunil Dutt today exhorted the youth to come forward and join politics to serve the nation.

Don’t allow Cong leaders to campaign in villages: Badal
Mansa, March 22
The president of SAD and former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today urged the people not to allow any Congress leader to campaign in their respective villages for the forth coming Lok Sabha elections as the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had turned out to be a ‘master cheat’.




Punjab to appoint 700 doctors on contract
Faridkot, March 22
The Punjab Government will appoint nearly 700 doctors on contract basis to fill the vacant posts in the three state medical colleges located at Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala. The memorandum in this connection was already cleared by the state Cabinet during its meeting held at Chandigarh last month.

‘Mafia’ grabs NRI’s land
Alipur Arayian (Patiala), March 22
An 81-year-old non-resident Indian (NRI), who runs a school, computer centre and a host of other social activities in this village on the outskirts of the city, today claimed that a “land mafia” had grabbed a part of his land and was threatening to evacuate him from the remaining portion also.

Commissioner opens ‘illegal’ club
Amritsar, March 22
A piquant situation arose when Dr Swarn Singh, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, inaugurated the Cantt Club here today, despite of public notice put by the Cantonment Board describing the club as illegal.


They saw match, but missed Lahore
Attari, March 22
Jubilant cricket fans, who supported the Indian team in the pulsating cricket match played in Lahore yesterday, rued that they could not see the historic city of Lahore properly.

Naseeruddin Shah along with his wife Ratna Pathak and daughter Heeba acknowledges the applause of the audience after performing in a playNaseer to perform in Pakistan
Amritsar, March 22
After winning the hearts of millions of his fans in India by his performances on stage and in films, the versatile Naseeruddin Shah plans to take his theatre group to Pakistan during this year.

Naseeruddin Shah along with his wife Ratna Pathak and daughter Heeba acknowledges the applause of the audience after performing in a play, “Ismat Aapa Ke Naam,” in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Where devotees offer liquor
Pathankot, March 22
The annual fair at the mazar of Baba Rode Shah will begin tomorrow in Bhima village, near here. Devotees are offered liquor at the mazar.

Check death rate of newborns: doctors
Faridkot, March 22
A state-level workshop-cum-continuing medical education (CME), organised by Ujala, an NGO of Kotkapura, and the district Red Cross Society, Faridkot, at Kotkapura yesterday laid stress on accelerating medical and health facilities to check the high death rate of newborn children in the state.

Seminar: involve people in development plans
Amritsar, March 22
The urban population of the country is likely to almost double from 285 million in 2001 to 546 million in 2025. The adoption of the Urban Development Planning Federation of India guidelines will go a long way in meeting the challenges of the 21st century for a planned development of towns and cities.

Bhagat Singh remembered
Jalandhar, March 22
The Department of Youth Services, Punjab, and CT College of Education Organised a joint function in connection with the 74th Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at CT Public School here today.

Mela special trains today
Phillaur, March 22
The Northern Railways will run “mela special trains” from Ferozepore to Hussainiwala on March 23, the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.

80 pc of village’s phones dead
Moga, March 22
Nearly 80 per cent telephones at Mahesari village under the Ghal Kalan police station in this district have been dead for several weeks.

Park that is a garbage dump
Patiala, March 22
Residents of Ajit Nagar Colony here are sore over the lack of maintenance of the so-called Green Park of the area.

Medical store closed
Kharar, March 22
A medical store functioning on the premises of the local Civil Hospital was closed by the administration here today.


High Court
Liquor auction
Chandigarh, March 22
Taking up a petition filed by a liquor contractor against the clubbing of Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr circles, a Division Bench of the High Court today fixed Tuesday as the next date of hearing.

Life term for four in murder case
Sangrur, March 22
A local court here has sentenced four youths to life imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 each in a murder case of another youth.

Doctor convicted of seeking bribe
Patiala, March 22
A doctor of the local Government Medical College, who demanded a bribe of Rs 1,000 to release a post-mortem report but settled for Rs 600, was today convicted by a local court, which sentenced him a two-year imprisonment.


Diversification not succeeding, say experts
Patiala, March 22
Agriculture experts said today the experiment with diversification was not succeeding in Punjab because research in the field had not been able to give any viable alternative to replace the current wheat - paddy cycle.

ADC’s official car attached
Sangrur, March 22
As per the order of Mr G.C. Garg, Civil Judge (Senior Division), Sangrur, a bailiff of the court today attached the official car of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Sangrur, in execution proceeding of the recovery of arrears of a former employee of the local tehsil office.

Sarpanch dismissed
Ropar, March 22
The Deputy Director, Rural Development, Mr S.P. Singh, has dismissed Mr Harnek Singh from the post of sarpanch of Hirdapur village of Ropar block.

Cable operator ‘kidnapped, tortured’
Jalandhar, March 22
A cable operator was kidnapped from his Kalia Colony office, threatened and tortured by a group of 10 to 12 youngsters, allegedly led by his rival cable operator.

Jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh stolen
Batala, March 22
A theft was reported at a jewellery shop, Gora Jewellers, in Gandhi Chowk, here today.

Four migrants drugged, robbed
Phagwara, March 22
Four migrants from Bihar were today drugged, beaten and robbed by two persons, who fled after locking them in a room in gali No. 4 of the local Ratanpura Mohalla.

10 held in raids
Barnala, March 22
During surprise raids in the Kotwali, Barnala, Dhanaula and Shehna police station areas the police apprehended 10 persons and seized 60 bottles of illicit country-made liquor, 14 kg of poppy husk, Rs 1800 and 300 gm of opium.

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