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Exam cancelled, suspension of 11 recommended
Mass copying in elementary school

Chandigarh, March 4
While ordering the cancellation of the Class V annual examination conducted at Government Elementary School, Nai Abadi, Verka (Amritsar), the Education Department authorities have recommended the suspension of 11 teachers allegedly associated with the process and conduct of the examination.

SDMs to check exam centres
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90,000 hectares of wheat damaged in hailstorm: CM
Ludhiana, March 4
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that about 90,000 hectares of wheat crop had been damaged in hailstorm last month. He said although the rain was good, the hailstorm caused considerable damage to crops in several areas and the exact extent of the loss was being assessed.

Inquiry indicts bank MD
Gurdaspur, March 4
The inquiry into the financial scam in the Pathankot-based Hindu Cooperative Bank has indicted the Managing Director (MD) of the bank, Mr Suresh Gupta. The Registrar Cooperative Societies, Mr Vishavjit Khanna, has indicted the bank MD for investing public money in non-government bonds and weak financial institutions in gross violation of the rules and abusing his position to give direct benefit to his real brother.



  Jobless man ‘kills’ wife, kids; claims assailants did it
Jalandhar, March 4
Frustrated due to unemployment a young electronics mechanic went berserk and allegedly killed his wife and his two children. Later, to escape from the charge of the killings he also cooked up a story that his family had been attacked by some unidentified assailants in their house in New Rasila Nagar locality here on Friday morning.

Relatives of Pooja, who, along with her two children, was reportedly killed by her husband on Friday, outside Civil Hospital in Jalandhar. — Photo by S.S. Chopra
Relatives of Pooja, who, along with her two children, was reportedly killed by her husband on Friday, outside Civil Hospital in Jalandhar.

One held for bid to encash US bond
Abohar, March 4
Mr Punam Chand Sharma, a resident of Sadbhawna Nagar, Sriganganagar, was nabbed by the police while trying to get cash against a million (10 lakh) dollar American bond-1988, Circle Inspector Tribhuvan Singh said today.

Fresh FIRs to be registered in UBDC scam
Gurdaspur, March 4
Fresh FIRs will be registered by the police in the multi-crore UBDC scam. Highly placed sources told The Tribune that after the reopening of the inquiry into the case, the police had carried out investigation into the scam on five charges. On the basis of these charges, four fresh FIRs will be registered at Gurdaspur, while one would be registered in Amritsar since the offence was committed there.

Hurdles cleared for Bt cotton
Chandigarh, March 4
Hurdles have been cleared for sowing Bollgard (Bt) cotton in Punjab from this season. Conceding to the long-pending demand of farmers, the Centre today approved six varieties of hybrid Bt cotton for commercial cultivation.

A make-up artist creates human statues.
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Badal to recast party units by March-end, says Dhindsa
Nankiana Sahib (Sangrur), March 4
After his re-election as President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) last yaer, Mr Parkash Singh Badal has reportedly made up his mind to announce the organisational set up of the party during this month. Many aspirants for different posts of the party have been waiting for this announcement for the past more than eight months.

BJP submits memorandum to DC
Ropar, March 4
Leaders of the local unit of the BJP yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, to be forwarded to President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, against the decision of Jharkhand Governor to invite Mr Shibu Soren for the formation of government.


NCC in border areas being reorganised
Chandigarh, March 4
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) establishments along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab are being prepared for a more meaningful role in case of outbreak of hostilities or war-like situation between the neighbours.

‘Darbar Sahib is original name’
Amritsar, March 4
The decision of the SGPC to stop using the words Golden Temple for Sri Darbar Sahib and Sri Harmandar Sahib was taken during the presidentship of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, the then SGPC chief and it was just endorsement of the earlier resolution passed in the general house last month.

Gastroenteritis in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, March 4
Gastroenteritis has gripped Basti Bawa Khel area where as many as 352 residents have been found to be afflicted by what the district health authorities described ‘minor gastro’ during past two days.

3-days after typhoid cases, corpn says all is okay
Patiala, March 4
Three days after cases of gastroenteritis and typhoid were reported from the Khalsa Mohalla here, the Municipal Corporation today released a press release to announce that it had carried out checks in Khalsa Mohalla and found the water being supplied to the locality fit for drinking.

Preneet honours physiotherapist
Patiala, March 4
Patiala mp Preneet Kaur today honoured pysiotherapist Dewan Asgran Nabi at a function organised by Punjab State Electricity Board Member Hardial Singh Kamboj.

Kalam’s visit deferred
Kapurthala, March 4
The much-awaited visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to inaugurate Pushpa Gujral Science City scheduled for March 19 has been postponed.

Ex-servicemen donate Rs 5 lakh for tsunami relief
Chandigarh, March 4
Ex-servicemen in Punjab have contributed Rs 5 lakh besides a large amount of relief material in kind towards the rehabilitation and welfare of people affected by the recent tsunami tragedy.

Hindu jatha to leave for Pak tomorrow
Amritsar, March 4
A 220-member strong Hindu jatha would leave for pilgrimage to Katasraj in Pakistan from Wagah joint checkpost on March 6.

‘Hind Di Chadar’ staged
Nabha, March 4
A special show of Ravinder Singh Sodhi’s famous historical play, “Hind Di Chadar”, was staged for the students of Punjab Public School, Nabha.


Khalra case: witness not grilled on deposition
Patiala, March 4
The defence today grilled Special Police Officer Kuldeep Singh about his whereabouts after he deposed against former DGP K P S Gill and other police officers in the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case.

PCA asserts its right to issue complimentary passes
Kharar, March 4
The Punjab Cricket Association in a reply filed before the Kharar court has asserted today its right to issue complimentary passes for the March 8 Indo-Pak Test match in Mohali.

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Sehajdharis’ plea on SGPC voting rights admitted
Chandigarh, March 4
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Acting Chief Justice Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Viney Mittal, today admitted the petition filed by the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation of India. Admitting the petition, the Bench ordered that the same be heard within one year.

Justice Nirmal Singh to join J&K Bench
Chandigarh, March 4
Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been transferred to Jammu and Kashmir High Court.


New housing board Chief Administrator
Chandigarh, March 4
Mr Chhatar Singh, awaiting posting orders, has been posted as Chief Administrator, Housing Board, Haryana, relieving Mr Alok Nigam of the charge.


Train dacoity: 2 more held
Khanna, March 4
The Khanna police has arrested two more accused involved in the train dacoity in which one person was killed and two were injured by seven armed dacoits on February 26 on the Jalandhar-Delhi bound Super Express.

Undertrial escapes from court complex
Ropar, March 4
An undertrial, Rajwinder Singh, alias Raju, today escaped from the police custody while he was produced in the court of the Judicial Magistrate in the Ropar district court. He was brought from the Patiala jail in the afternoon.

44-year-old woman murdered
Abohar, March 4
Jaspal Kaur (44) was killed by two unidentified persons past midnight at Dholipal village on the Abohar — Sadulshehar road.

NRI arrested on kidnapping charge
Kotkapura, March 4
The police has arrested an NRI in the kidnapping case of Pankaj Kumar, a youth hailing from Bahmanwala village, who went missing about four months back.

Woman run over, killed
Moga, March 4
An elderly woman was killed, while a cyclist got injured when a truck ran her over before hitting the cyclist and crashing on the roadside near Gulabi Bagh here today.


ITI fees to be increased
Ferozepore, March 4
The state government has decided to increase the annual fees and other charges for students studying in various industrial training institutes (ITIs) in Punjab in order to meet the growing expenditure and mobilise resources to provide basic infrastructural facilities in the institutes.

Experts dwell on new trends in IT
Patiala, March 4
“It is very heartrending that even in the 21st century India has to import mobile handsets and computer parts that are simply assembled here,” said Prof B.K. Kuthiala, Dean Media Studies, Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar.

Ahluwalia heads Dental College
Amritsar, march 4
Dr Tej Pal Ahluwalia was promoted as Principal, Dental College, Patiala, by the Punjab Government today.

450 students get prizes
Jalandhar, March 4
The Governor of Kerala, Mr R.L. Bhatia, distributed prizes among 450 students of DAV College here today.

Youth festival at Polytechnic College
Bathinda, March 4
Mr Pritpal Singh of the Punjab Institute of Textile Technology, Amritsar, got first position in the mono acting competition on the second day of seventh inter-polytechnic youth festival being held at the local Government Polytechnic College.


Jewellers continue strike
Amritsar, March 4
The strike by jewellers and goldsmiths today received a massive response as all gold markets in the city remained closed against the decision of the UPA government to levy 2 per cent excise duty on branded jewellery.

Chemists seek exemption from VAT
Ropar, March 4
The Ropar Chemists Association (RCA) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Assistant Commissioner, Excise and Taxation Department, seeking to exempt medicines from sales tax and VAT.


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