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Dissidents, SAD sarpanches take part in Cong rally
CM visits dissident’s residence

Ajnala, February 2
Many dissident Congress leaders and Akali Sarpanches and Panches today participated in a rally organized by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee to mark the filing of nomination papers by Mr Harpartap Singh Ajnala here today.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, state Congress president H.S. Hanspal, and the Congress candidate from Ajnala, Mr Harpratap Singh, greet the crowd at a rally in Ajnala on Wednesday. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, state Congress president H.S. Hanspal, and the Congress candidate from Ajnala, Mr Harpratap Singh, greet the crowd at a rally in Ajnala on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Punjab ministers flay Modi action
Ex-Army officers to meet Governor
Jalandhar, February 2
The unprecedented action of the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government of Gujarat, which has cancelled the Gurpurb holiday, has come under sharp criticism from senior Punjab ministers, political and social leaders of Punjab.

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Key witness identifies cops in Khalra case
Patiala, February 2
A key witness in the Jaswant Singh Khalra case today identified the police officials facing trial in the case as those who had dragged the human right activist out of his Kabir Park house in Amritsar and taken him away in a Maruti van which was accompanied by a PCR vehicle.

This is not our India, say harassed NRI investors
"Yeh mera India…I love my India…"This has been a favourite tune hummed by nostalgic non-resident Indians but once they come to back to invest in India the sentiments turn topsy-turvy with bureaucratic hurdles, corruption and hostile treatment paving the way to enterprise.

Hearing in turban case in France on Feb 11
Amritsar, February 2
The ban on turban in French schools had hogged the limelight in recent months. However, the French Sikhs are continuing their struggle to be able to freely support turbans in their day-to-day life and not face any discrimination on this count.

Bank, Vigilance at loggerheads over corruption case against manager
Gurdaspur, February 2
The management of the Bank of India and the Punjab Vigilance are at loggerheads over the implication of a Pathankot-based senior manager of the bank involved in a corruption case.

Employees not to allow NHPC to take over Shahpur Kandi project
Gurdaspur, February 2
The joint action committee of the employees of the Ranjit Sagar dam yesterday declared that the employees would not allow the National Hydro Power Corporation to take over the Shahpur Kandi project.

Punjab Roadways staff block own, CTU bus traffic
Mohali, February 2
Employees of the Punjab Roadways today blocked the entry of CTU buses into Punjab and of their own vehicles into Chandigarh in protest against “unfair” practices adopted by the CTU authorities.

Autorickshaw drivers stop CTU buses
Mohali, February 2
As an offshoot of the dispute between Punjab Roadways and the CTU, autorickshaw drivers in the town also resorted to protest and got CTU buses in the town vacated here today.


Elimination of corruption uphill task: Preneet Kaur
Jalandhar, February 2
While admitting the presence of corruption in the state, Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, has expressed serious concern about the rising incidence of female foeticide in Punjab.

BJP holds protest march
Seeks repair of roads
Hoshiarpur, February 2
The state unit of the BJP, led by its chief Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, held a march from Dasuya to Hoshiarpur city today.

MLA conducts raid on MC office, finds 23 absent
Council chief calls it publicity gimmick
Mohali, February 2
As many as 23 staff members, including senior officials, were found absent from office during a raid conducted by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, on the office of the Municipal Council in Phase VII here today.

Disrespect to national emblem
Bathinda, February 2
Call it the printer’s mistake or the callous attitude of the publisher, the insignia of the Ashoka pillar which symbolises and defines the sovereign status of India, has been published in a wrong manner by the Ministry of Forest and Environment on the cover page of one of its books titled, “Guidelines and Instruction for Teacher Trainers on Environment”.

‘Rogue’ monkeys get new home
Patiala, February 2
Dharmender may finally get his mate. But he will have to go to Gurgaon for the purpose. The simian, Dharmender, is being rescued by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and can now look forward to companionship and spacious quarters at the monkey rescue centre in Gurgaon.

Providential escape for 35 bus passengers
Dera Bassi, February 2
Over 35 passengers had a providential escape when the private bus in which they were travelling overturned on the Kalka-Ambala highway, near Bhankharpur village, early this morning.

Shopkeepers urge SSP to regulate traffic
Moga, February 2
A delegation of shopkeepers of the main bazar today met the SSP, Ms V. Neeraja, and urged her to rid the market of daily traffic congestions.

Punjab Radio accessible in India
Jalandhar, February 2
Listeners in India would now be able to relish Punjabi programmes aired by London-based Punjab Radio through satellite.


2 convicted on graft charge
Chandigarh, February 2
Markfed’s Field Officer and a Head Constable have been convicted by special courts in different corruption cases registered by Punjab Vigilance Bureau.


Farmers urged to adopt vermiculture
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 2
The District Agriculture Department organised a training camp for farmers at Randhawa village here today.


Punjab to recruit 1372 doctors within two months
Chandigarh, February 2
The Punjab Government will recruit 1372 doctors within two months to fill vacant posts in the state.

Govt seeks suggestions on service rules
Chandigarh, February 2
For rationalising Punjab Civil Services Rules the government has solicited comments and suggestions on draft rules from departments within a month.

Punjab postings
Chandigarh, February 2
Additional Secretary with Punjab’s Local Government Arvinder Singh was today posted as Additional Secretary (Transport) against a vacant post. Additional Secretary (Cooperation) Amrit Lal Garg was posted as Additional Secretary (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs).

Chowkidar suspended
Kharar, February 2
The Ropar Deputy Commissioner has ordered the suspension of the chowkidar of the tehsil complex on a charge of dereliction of duty.


Chemist’s body found
Faridkot, February 2
A local chemist was found murdered under mysterious circumstances here last night. His body was found today near godowns located on Faridkot-Machakimal Singh Road, about 4 km from the town, whereas his scooter was found near Teachers Colony on the same road.

Employee arrested
Jalandhar, February 2
An employee of the Food and Civil Supplies Department posted at Kapurthala, was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a farmer for issuance of a ration card.

Gas agency owners arrested
Pathankot, February 2
The police has arrested the owners of Super Associates, gas agency, on the charges of duping customers. The action against the gas agency was taken on the complaint of customers. The superintendent of police, Mr Manminder Singh, said that police had been receiving complaints against the gas agency.

One held in fraud case
Jalandhar, February 2
The police yesterday detained a person who had allegedly submitted fake documents to the bank authorities concerned to get a housing loan.

Youth killed in accident
Batala, February 2
Kanwal Kumar, a local youth, was killed on the spot when a mini truck (PAT-4853) coming from Gurdaspur side hit him at Gandhi Chowk here yesterday.

Mobile phone thieves held
Gurdaspur, February 2
The local police has busted a gang of mobile phone thieves operating in the Kanuwan area. In a press note issued here today, the SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, said the accused Gurnam Singh, Navneet Singh and Nishan Singh, all residents of Bhikhari Harni village, looted mobile phone shops at Nainekot and Sathiali bridge.


Arrested ETT teachers to be released soon: CM
Amritsar, February 2
The 19 unemployed ETT teachers who were lathi charged and arrested by the Patiala police for protesting against government on January 29, would be released soon.

Teachers seek Kalam’s intervention
Amritsar, February 2
Even as the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) has sought the intervention of the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, over Governor’s interference in the headship issue of department of physiotherapy and sports medicine, Prof M.P.S. Ishar, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, also came in favour of the teachers.

Importance of Sikh Studies stressed at contact programme
Patiala, February 2
The inaugural session of the first personal contact programme of the newly started MA, Sikh Studies (correspondence courses) was held in the Punjabi University Campus, today.

They express themselves through Kangra paintings
Patiala, February 2
For the four hearing and speech impaired children from Kangra it was an experience of a lifetime. They not only got to paint at a workshop held at Modern Senior Secondary School here, but were even able to sell them at an exhibition later.

Annual function of Rayat college
Ropar, February 2
Bhangra, gidda, classical and western dance were the main attractions of the annual day celebrations of Rayat College here today. Student of all seven institution run by the Rayat Educational and Research Trust took part.

Principal nominated to Academic Council
Moga, February 2
The Governor of Punjab has nominated the Principal of DM College, Moga, Dr S.K. Uppal, as member of Academic Council of the Punjab School Education Board.

Funds for school for deaf, dumb
Bathinda, February 2
Special funds of Rs 1.25 crore would be kept as deposits in the bank for running the local Mahant Gurbanta Das School for deaf and mute children, said Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the general house meeting of district Red Cross Society here today.


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