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It will be Amarinder versus Badal again
Chandigarh, February 5
The border town of Ajnala is all set to witness yet another battle for electoral supremacy between the ruling Congress and the unified Opposition comprising the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party.

Major Rajbir not to contest
Direct fight between SAD, Cong in Ajnala
Ajnala, February 5
With Major Rajbir Singh Ajnala (retd), elder brother of Congress candidate Harpartap Singh, deciding not to file his nomination paper as rebel candidate today, it is a now straight contest between the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress, in the forthcoming Ajnala byelection scheduled to be held on February 23.

Move to turn national spotlight on heritage fest
CM to invite Renuka Chowdhary for craft mela inauguration
Patiala, February 5
The Patiala Heritage Society has decided to invite Union Tourism Minister Renuka Chowdhary to inaugurate the craft mela of the Patiala Heritage Festival on February 13 in order to bring the festival in national limelight.



Customs refuse to clear tsunami aid from Holland
10 trucks stranded at Wagah
Wagah, February 5
Motherhood, an NGO from Holland, brought 10 trucks of aid material for the victims of tsunami after travelling 10,000 km only to get stranded at the international border here as they were refused customs duty exemption.

Trucks carrying aid for tsunami victims from Holland stranded at the Wagah border in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Trucks carrying aid for tsunami victims from Holland stranded at the Wagah border in Amritsar on Saturday.

ETT admission criteria changed
Chandigarh, February 5
In a sudden move, the Punjab Government has changed the mode of selection for admission to the elementary teachers training( ETT) course in the state.The government today announced not to hold the entrance test for admission purpose.

Online fiction work sparks debate
Amritsar, February 5
An online fiction work on same-sex marriages has sparked off debate among Sikh circles in Canada and India.


Over 25,000 chemists observe strike
Kharar, February 5
Over 25,000 retail and wholesale chemists across Punjab observed a complete strike today on the call of the Punjab Chemists’ Association (PCA) in protest against alleged police action against some chemists at Malout in Muktsar district.

Bring safai karamcharis under Labour Act: national panel
Phagwara, February 5
The chairperson of the National Safai Karamcharis Commission, Mrs Santosh Chowdhary, on Thursday underlined the need of bringing safai karamcharis under the ambit of the Labour Act.

Trust celebrates silver jubilee
Nawanshahr, February 5
The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), today started its silver jubilee celebrations with the aim of mooting fresh strategies in community service.

37 water samples in Ropar district fail test
Ropar, February 5
About 44 per cent of the people living in the five major towns in the district have been consuming water unfit for drinking. The fact came to light as 37 samples out of a total 87, taken by the District Public Health Department from water supply sources of Anandpur Sahib, Kurali, Ropar city, Morinda and Mohali, were found unfit for drinking.

Punjab to have special economic zone
Mohali, February 5
The Punjab Government would create a special economic zone (SEZ) on the Amritsar-Batala road to encourage industrial production in the state. This was stated by the Minister, PWD (B&R), Punjab, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, here today. Mr Bajwa was speaking to mediapersons after laying the foundation stone of a bridge on the Kambala-Dharamgarh-Kandala road.

Documents released to prove Bhindranwale’s death
Amritsar, February 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal (International) led by its president and former MP Atinder Pal Singh today released documents and photographs to authenticate the death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who died during Operation Bluestar in June 1984.

962 complaints of five subdivisions disposed of
Mohali, February 5
As many as 962 complaints lying pending over the past many months with five subdivisions of Ropar district were disposed of at a camp organised here today.

Punjab jails to be modernised
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab Government will install close-circuit cameras in all barracks and towers, besides providing television sets for accessing news, religious and informative channels, fans and round-the-clock water supply, in the jails being constructed, upgraded and modernised in the state at a cost of Rs 340 crore.

Bypass project gets ministry’s nod
Patiala, February 5
The southern bypass project, which was first conceived in 1985 and was lying unimplemented despite acquisition and transfer of land to the Border Road Organisation (BRO) in 2000, has finally been cleared by the Ministry of Defence.

Gurdwara panel reconstituted
Amritsar, February 5
The state government has re-constituted the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC). A notification to this effect was issued last evening.

28 urologists to attend meet at Lahore
Amritsar, February 5
A group of 28 eminent Urologists from all over India crossed over to Lahore to participate in the first international conference of the Pakistan Association of Urological Surgeons at Lahore.

Chhibber hails Modi’s changed stance
Jalandhar, February 5
Hailing the restoration of holiday on Gurpurb and Good Friday in Gujarat, former Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber, said yesterday that none should be allowed to tinker with national and gazetted holidays.


HC sets aside sentence of lifer
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set aside the conviction of a person for alleged involvement in a murder case, while upholding the sentence ordered to two other.

CIA files chargesheet in land fraud case
Kharar, February 5
The CIA staff, Kharar, has filed chargesheet against Karamjit Singh, a resident of Chilla village, Kharar, in a case of fraud filed by 85-year-old Pritam Singh of the same village. Pritam Singh had in December 2004 alleged that his land was fraudulently sold by Karamjit Singh in connivance with the lambardar of the village, Sher Singh and the then Tehsildar, Mohali, Sucha Singh.

Attri elected Kharar Bar chief
Kharar, February 5
Despite elections to the Kharar Bar Association being held today, lawyers serving in the Kharar courts split into two groups and chose their presidents. By the end of the day, other that the elected president of the Bar association, office-bearers to the Bar were also chosen by another group of lawyers.


Notification yet to be issued
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab Government has not yet issued the required notification regarding enhanced stamp duty of 3 per cent that would be charged after the issuance of appropriate orders.


3 killed in road mishap
Sangrur, February 5
Three persons, including a two-and-a-half-year old girl, were killed and two others injured when the Maruti car in which they were travelling, collided with a truck near Cheema village in the Sunam area this afternoon. The occupants of the car were going to attend a marriage party.

Four of family hurt in mishap
Kharar, February 5
Four members of a family were injured in an accident on the national highway adjoining Kharar here today.


ISRO chief visits GND varsity to discuss Edusat link
Amritsar, February 5
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on the threshold of a unique breakthrough as its scientists are on the verge of developing an indigenous cryogenic engine.

Education Officer directed to stop increment of 14 teachers
Abohar, February 5
The Director Public Instructions (DPI), Punjab, has directed the Circle Education Officer (CEO), Faridkot to stop the annual increment of 14 teachers who had been indicted by the Election Commission for making bogus enrollment during the revision of the electoral rolls in 2002.

NSUI’s state unit dissolved
Ludhiana, February 5
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has dissolved its Punjab unit and constituted a state coordination committee. The committee will coordinate the forthcoming programmes to be held in various districts, universities and colleges of Punjab.

College teachers keep away from classes
Sangrur, February 5
Private college teachers in Sangrur district today stayed away from their classes in the third, fourth and fifth periods and observed February 5 as “Anti-Punjab Finance Department Day” in response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union.

Unemployed teachers on fast in jail, claims union
Patiala, February 5
Sixteen representatives of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union who are lodged in the Central Jail here after their arrest for violating peace by defying the prohibitory orders during a protest march recently, are reportedly on a fast in the jail. Two girls are also among them.


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