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Punjab board exams begin; so does cheating
Gurdaspur, March 2
The annual examinations of class X and XII of the Punjab School Education Board started today. Along with these started the infamous practice of copying. When The Tribune team visited some of the examination centres in and around Pathankot today afternoon, several malpractices in examinations were noticed.
Examinees busy sorting out cheating material found in the toilet of KFC Senior Secondary School in Pathankot.
Examinees busy sorting out cheating material found in the toilet of KFC Senior Secondary School in Pathankot. — Photo by Jangi

Girl kept in bathroom to facilitate copying

Punjab to gain Rs 2,000 cr
Finance panel recommendations
Chandigarh, March 2
Punjab is going to benefit a great deal from the recommendations of the 12th Finance Commission. The Union Government has accepted the commission’s recommendations and is all set for the devolution of various tax revenues to the states.

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Amarinder asks Badal where he stands now 
Chandigarh, March 2
Completion of a hat-trick of triumphs in the byelections held in Punjab since the last Lok Sabha elections has not only helped the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, climb further up the popularity graph but has also given to the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his Shiromani Akali Dal enough to ponder over the reasons for their falling citadel in the Majha belt.

A jolt for Badal
Chandigarh, March 2
Defeat of the Akali candidate, Mr Amarpal Singh Boney, in the Ajnala byelection is a jolt to the leadership of the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. Under his leadership, the SAD-BJP combine, which did exceedingly well in the last parliamentary elections, has lost the third byelection in a row by a big margin.

CM seeks to give clean chit to Rana Sodhi
Todarpur-Rajla (Patiala), March 2
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today sought to give a clean chit to his aide and Parliamentary Secretary Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi by claiming that the earlier complainant in the case was himself claiming that he did not have any grouse against Mr Sodhi.

Kalam to inaugurate Science City on March 19
Chandigarh, March 2
Offering a blend of education, curiosity and fun, Pushpa Gujral Science City, on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road in Punjab, will be thrown open to the public after its inauguration on March 19. The President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate the Science City, a joint project of the Government of India and Punjab.

Dr R.S. Khandpur and Ms Romilla Dubey at a press conference to announce the inauguration of the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo
Dr R.S. Khandpur and Ms Romilla Dubey at a press conference to announce the inauguration of the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Student kidnapped, found in nullah
Ropar, March 2
A student of Class XII hailing from Pandori Tadd village in Hoshiarpur was kidnapped by unidentified persons this afternoon and later thrown into a nullah near Anandpur Sahib in Ropar district in the evening.


Celebrations to mark 3 years of Congress rule begin
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 2
On the completion of three years of the Congress government in the state, weeklong celebrations started at the Bachat Bhavan here today. On the opening day, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, laid the foundation stones of various development projects in the district. He also inaugurated projects, which had been completed.


More typhoid cases detected in Patiala
Patiala, March 2
Eleven new cases of typhoid and two cases of jaundice have been detected in the Khalsa Mohalla locality which had been struck by a series of water-borne diseases in the past few days due to contamination of drinking water supply.

Ropar a picture of neglect
Ropar, March 2
Around 50,000 residents of the city have been facing problems, thanks to lack of proper infrastructure, drainage system, maintenance of internal roads, sanitation system and water supply.

Cops may face action in land grab cases
Chandigarh, March 2
For breaking the nexus between policemen and land grabbers active in the state, the Punjab Police has decided to identify and act against personnel involved in all such cases. Directions in this regard have already been issued by the state’s Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, to all district chiefs and officers concerned.

YC to launch campaign against female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 2
Punjab Youth Congress, in collaboration with social and religious organisations, will launch a campaign against social evils particularly female foeticide and drug addiction in the state.

Farmers clean up Raja Minor
Chahal (Faridkot), March 2
Tall claims of successive state governments fell flat as farmers of this village finally took upon themselves to de-silt the Raja Minor that was reportedly in a bad shape for the past six years hampering canal water supply to four villages of this area.

Arrest of Dalit’s killers sought
Sangrur, March 2
A deputation of the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Chaudhary Swarna Ram, vice-president of the Punjab BJP and in charge of Punjab BJP SC Morcha, today met the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police here, demanding arrest of the alleged killers of Satish Kumar, general secretary of Sunam BJP SC Morcha, without any further delay.

Steps to check power theft
Barnala, March 2
The Punjab State Electricity Board has issued new conditions to check power theft and achieve the desired buoyancy in revenue collection in the state. Now as per the new directions the new applicants for power connection had to sign an agreement with the PSEB.

Residents urge CM to issue BPL cards
Amritsar, March 2
As many as eight poor residents from the Neevi Patti and Indra Colony areas in a joint plea urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to issue cards for persons below poverty line.

Missing merchant returns
Jalandhar, March 2
A cloth merchant, Dinesh Kumar, who was reported missing from the local railway station on February 24, today returned home safely and disclosed that he was not kidnapped and had gone on his own as a result of family dispute.

PWD officials inspect roads
Ropar, March 2
Senior officials of the PWD today swung into action and inspected the widening of the Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road along Sirhind canal and the Chamkaur Sahib-Bela road. The Chief Engineer, Punjab, Mr T.C. Bali, and the Superintendent Engineer, Mr T.S. Gill, have inspected about 15-km long Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road and 13-km long Chamkaur Sahib-Bela road in the morning.

Polygamy acceptable, says Jathedar
Amritsar, March 2
The charges of polygamy put Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, in a fix yesterday when the Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, announced that without divorce, second marriage by a Sikh is violation of the ‘Sikh rehat maryada’, approved by the SGPC and Akal Takht.

Sikh leaders to attend Maskeen’s bhog
Chandigarh, March 2
Prominent Sikh leaders from various parts of the world, including the top brass of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and the Shiromani Akali Dal, will attend the bhog ceremony of Giani Sant Singh Maskeen, a noted preacher, Sikh scholar and interpreter of Gurbani, at Alwar tomorrow.

Tarlochan: House proceedings must be in Punjabi also
Chandigarh, March 2
Mr Tarlochan Singh MP, and Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, has requested that the facility for the simultaneous rendering of the proceedings of Parliament in the Punjabi language should be made available as there are a large number of Punjabi-speaking MPs.


Pleas to summon Gill dismissed
Patiala, March 2
A local court today dismissed two applications demanding that former Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr K.P.S. Gill, be issued summons in the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case ruling that such applications could be filed only by the prosecution or the complainant in the case.


Pathankot to have mini-sectt
Pathankot, March 2
The local Improvement Trust will soon construct a mini-secretariat in Pathankot. The mini-secretariat will be constructed on 85 acres belonging to the Improvement Trust on the Siali road.


5 warehouse employees booked for fraud
Moga, March 2
Five employees of the Punjab State Warehouse Corporation posted at Baghapurana, including a retired district manager, have been found to be involved in misappropriation of rice and wheat worth about Rs 1.75 crore.

Huge quantity of cartridges found
Ferozepore, March 2
A huge quantity of firearm cartridges has been found from an abandoned store of a house in Housing Board Colony here today.

Farmer shot by 3 assailants
Abohar, March 2
Three persons shot dead Jagtar Singh (45), a farmer of Malookpura village in this subdivision, yesterday, official sources said today.


Lecturers wear black badges
Bathinda, March 2
Faculty members of all departments of the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology today wore black badges in protest against the denial of benefits of the Career Advancement Scheme to them by the authorities concerned.

Teachers’ rally today
Bathinda, March 2
The teachers working in government-aided colleges would organise a state-level rally here tomorrow to register their protest against the state government for not releasing the full and timely grants and for not merging 50 per cent of dearness allowance with their basic salary.

Probe into suspension of teachers sought
Barnala, March 2
Condemning the suspension of Prof Darshan Kumar, Prof Harbans Singh and Prof Tara Singh, three teachers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera, Prof R.S. Brar, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, has urged Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, to order a high level probe into the "victimisation of the three teachers".

Boparai presides over conference
Patiala, March 2
A two-day national conference on “Recent Advances and Future Trends in IT” was organised by the Department of Computer Science here today.


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