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Stop recruitment of SPOs,
says Kanwaljit
Punjab Govt denies any such move
Chandigarh, March 27
While the Shiromani Akali Dal’s General Secretary and candidate for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has sought intervention of the Election Commission to stop recruitment of 20,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs)/Home Guards jawans and the release of secret funds to all 23 district police chiefs in Punjab to influence outcome of the Lok Sabha elections, senior Punjab police functionaries have denied such moves.

SAD ready for “target bombing” through ads
Chandigarh, march 27
“We are ready to target the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and his coterie” through advertisements says Mr Sukhbir Badal, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, who will be masterminding the party’s advertisement campaign in elections.

Kang, others join Youth Akali Dal
Chandigarh, March 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) got a shot in the arm as top brass of the Panjab University Students Council today joined the all India Youth Akali Dal, a youth wing of the party.

Accused in Daler case surrenders
Patiala, March 27
One of the main accused in the human trafficking case, Harchand Singh alias Dhian Singh, has surrendered before the Patiala police and was today remanded in police custody till March 31. Daler Mehndi and his brother, Shamsher Mehndi, are also accused in the case.

Fatehgarh Sahib


A view of Kaulsar, named after Mata Kaulan , adjoining the Golden Temple. The kar seva of this sarovar will begin next week.
A view of Kaulsar, named after Mata Kaulan , adjoining the Golden Temple. The kar seva of this sarovar will begin next week. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Kaulsar also to get filtered water
Amritsar, March 27
The kar seva of the first-ever sarovar named after a Muslim woman, Mata Kaulan, adjoining the Golden Temple, will start next week. Significance of Gurdwara Mata Kaulan and Kaulsar sarovar could be adjudged from the fact that Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh guru, had directed the devotees to take dip in Kaulsar before the Golden Temple sarovar.

Tohra’s condition better
Amritsar, March 27
The condition of the Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee steadly improved during the past 48 hours, but still continues to be serious. He was admitted to the Escorts Heart and Superspeciality Institute here on Thursday.


Matharu’s charges against CM’s aides
Chandigarh, March 27
Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, propaganda secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal( Ropar district), has levelled serious allegations against certain political and official associates of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Congress protest against party’s candidate
Phillaur, March 27
Situation became tense when some Congressmen started raising slogans against the Congress candidate from the Phillaur Lok Sabha constituency, Ms Santosh Chaudhary, who was here to address party members to activate her election campaign.


Experts want all services taxed
Patiala, March 27
Economists today urged for extending the service tax net in the country to cover all services which they claimed would have a positive impact. Speaking on the second day of the three day National seminar organised by the Department of Economics in Punjabi University here, Dr Om Parkash and Dr Navjot Dhingra said surveys should be conducted to raise this tax and make it consistent with VAT.

Rotary International to promote literacy, improve water supply
Faridkot, March 27
Under its several welfare schemes, the Rotary International plans to improve health services, promote literacy and supply of drinking water free of cost this year as it is centennial year of the organisation.

Mann for re-building Babri mosque
Bathinda, March 27
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today stated that his party was for the construction of a mosque at the old place in Ayodhya while Mr L.K. Advani wanted to construct the Ram temple at the site. He also said Mr Advani had favoured the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dal Khalsa to hold ‘Sikh freedom march’
Amritsar, March 27
On the pattern of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani’s "rath yatra”, the Dal Khalsa today announced to undertake a statewide yatra under banner of “Sikh freedom March” and spread message of sovereign Sikh rule. The march would start on April 26.

Devotees flock to Kali temple
Patiala, March 27
Faith in Kali Mata today pulled a stream of devotees to her temple here on the Mall to offer liquor and goats to propitiate  the goddess and  ensure their wishes come true.

Bir Devinder vows to donate his body
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 27
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Legistative Assembly, today announced to donate his body after death to a medical college. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating an eye operation camp, organised by the Bassi Pathana unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad.


IOA Secretary summoned
Chandigarh, March 27
Acting on a petition filed by karate player Charanjit Singh of Amritsar challenging the decision of the Indian Olympic Association to reselect the team for representing the country in the ninth South Asian Federation Games at Islamabad in Pakistan, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the respondents may consider sending the petitioner subject to the condition “that he was selected on competitive basis”.


Diversify crop pattern, farmers advised
Abohar, March 27
Mr Surender Kumar Jakhar, member of the board of Directors, Iffco and Kribhco, has advised farmers to diversify the  crop pattern and prefer crops which need less quantity of water for irrigation.

Farmers to block rail track tomorrow
Amritsar, March 27
Thousands of farmers will block the Amritsar-Jalandhar railway track for about 24 hours on March 29 against “indifferent attitude of the state government”, led by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Natural disaster cell for Punjab likely
Chandigarh, March 27
Punjab is likely to set up a disaster management cell in accordance with the disaster management policy evolved by the Centre. Stating this, the Director-General of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration said since natural disasters were inevitable, there was a need to be prepared for them. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a national-level conference on “Natural disasters: institutional building for mitigating the impact on vulnerable sections” here.

BSNL chargesheets 6 employees
Abohar, March 27
The BSNL has chargesheeted its six employees in the ISD calls scam and effected recovery of Rs 50,000 claiming that the total loss was estimated at Rs 70,000 only.


PSEB engineer, flying squad attacked
Bathinda, March 27
The Kotfatta police has registered a case against Nachhattar Singh, a resident of Gehri Bara Singh village, for allegedly attacking a Junior Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board at the Gehri Bara Singh village.

3 held with fake currency
Tarn Taran, March 27
The local district police has arrested three members of a gang involved in a fake currency racket. Rupees 6.27 lakh of fake currency was seized from them. The gang was also involved in the illegal sale of smack.

Three held for cheating
Pathankot, March 27
The district police has arrested three persons Yaqub Bapu, Dalip Kumar, both residents of Vadodra, Gujarat and Karan Kumar, a resident of Dinanagar, under Section 420 of the IPC from Dinanagar yesterday. The SSP said the brain behind the gang is known as tantrik Baba Bapu ji.

Two held for smuggling arms
Jalalabad, March 27
The police here claimed arresting two persons and recovering four country- made unlicensed pistols from their possession.  Those arrested are Gurmit Singh alias Billa and Harbans Singh resident of Krishna Nagar Hoshiarpur. Mr Rajesh Asthir, SHO at press conference on Thursday   said that the arms recovered, included .38 bore two pistols, one .315 bore  and one  of .12 bore.  

Woman, paramour held for killing husband
Tarn Taran, March 27
Gehal Singh (55), a resident of Sabhra village, falling under the Patti police station, was allegedly killed by his wife Jasbir Kaur (40) and her paramour Heera Singh (26) of the same village last night.

Girl raped
Ludhiana, March 25
A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two unidentified persons at Phagwara some days ago. The girl, a resident of Amritsar, was visiting her aunt Binder Kaur in the city.


Special observers for Class X, XII exams
Mohali, March 27
The Ludhiana police today shifted its investigations into the Punjab School Education Board paper leakage case to the SSP Jagroan for action. According to SSP Ludhiana, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, the Board had informed that the leakage allgedly started from a Centre in Dehlon which technically fell within the jurisdiction of SSP Jagraon.

Experts discuss role of DNA in crime investigation
Jalandhar, March 27
A two-day national seminar on “DNA and the law: new dimensions”, organised by the School of Legal Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, started at the GNDU’s regional centre at Ladhewali village, near here, today.

VC, Registrar can’t expunge my letter, says FDO
Amritsar, March 27
Finance and Development Officer, Guru Nanak Dev University, Varinder Pal Sharma today challenged the authority of the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar for expunging the contents of his letter, written against Dr Narpinder Singh, President, GNDU Teachers Association wherein he had levelled charges of financial irregularities.

“India Shining” a misnomer, says Johl
Patiala, March 27
The Vice-Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Dr S.S. Johl, today said the size of the per capita economy should be the main concern of planners instead of calculating the per capita earning of an individual.

World Theatre Day celebrated
Patiala, March 27
Students of the Department of Theatre and Television of Punjabi University today celebrated World Theatre Day by putting up a lively day-long show. The package included two ‘nukkad’ plays, an open-air mime and a ‘mashaal’ march through the campus, besides a couple of plays in the department studio.

Degrees conferred on nursing college pass-outs
Nawanshahr, March 27
The Guru Nanak College of Nursing, Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, organised its annual convocation today. Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the chief guest and Mr Baljinder Singh Dhahan, president, Canada India Education Society, Vancouver, Canada, presided over the function.

Bhaddal institute celebrates annual day
Ropar, March 27
Vista, annual cultural function of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, was organised on its premises with enthusiasm last evening. Mr K.S. Bahra, Chief Engineer, Operation, PSEB, Patiala, was the chief guest.

Reunion by Law alumni
Patiala, March 27
Alumni of Department of Law, Punjabi University, Patiala, will organise a felicitation programme-cum-reunion for students of 1974-77 and 1975-78 batches on March 28 at Hotel Narain Continental here, according to a press note.


Tribune holds meeting of sales agents
Jalandhar, March 27
About 190 sales agents of the Tribune Group of Newspapers and hailing from different townships of Jalandhar, district participated in a meet organised by the organisation here today.

BSNL launches WLL service
Bathinda, March 27
Mr G.S. Bhatia, Chief General Manager, BSNL, Punjab Circle Chandigarh, here today inaugurated the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) 3000 lines fixed/mobile service for Bathinda, Raman, Phul Mandi and Mansa area.


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