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2 shot dead in broad daylight
Patiala, March 5
In a gruesome incident here this afternoon, a man shot dead his ex-business associate and the latter’s friend. The incident took place behind Multani Mal Modi College when the two men were sitting in their car.

Principal found helping students during exam
Amritsar, March 5
A flying squad of Punjab State Education Board today recommended cancellation of two examination centres in Government Senior Secondary School, Baba Dip Singh (number 56 and 57), following detection of large-scale mass copying during the English (compulsory) paper of plus two, here today.
Abetters of copying gather outside an examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School, Kot Baba Deep Singh Abetters of copying gather outside an examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School, Kot Baba Deep Singh, on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

School ‘embezzles’ exam fee
40 students lose year
Moga, March 5
A entire academic year of around 40 Class X students has been ruined due to alleged misappropriation of examination fee by authorities of Guru Nanak Dev Public School, Ajitwal, near here.

Cong politician’s bid to grab land
Patiala, March 5
In gross violation of municipal laws, a local politician, in connivance with top Municipal Corporation officials, is reportedly trying to grab a prime piece of land worth lakhs of rupees.

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Seven held for killing 28 truck drivers, cleaners
Patiala, March 5
The Patiala police has arrested seven members of a gang which was engaged in looting trucks after killing drivers and cleaners since 1990 in Punjab and Haryana. The gang members have already admitted to having committed 28 murders.

Honeymooners cancel hotel bookings
Chandigarh, March 5
He has just cancelled reservation for two in a Shimla hotel. Fifty-year-old Amanjot Singh of Amritsar was planning to celebrate his 25th marriage anniversary by going in for a second honeymoon. But after flipping through the newspapers, he has changed his mind.

Ludhiana hub of porn CD business
Ludhiana, March 5
From the clandestine videofilming of girl by her boyfriend in Jalandhar two years ago to the Delhi Public School incident to the Anara Gupta episode and finally to the shocking videofilming case in Hotel Park Plaza here yesterday, the camera has invaded the privacy of people to such an extent that even the wedding night, considered to be the most private moment in one’s life, is not safe.

Pollution board denies giving NOC to Quark
Mohali, March 5
The Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala, has denied granting a no objection certificate to Quark, a multinational Information Technology company that has established an IT City in Mohali. The company claims to invest Rs 100 crore in the township that would employ thousands of persons.

Trains with Pak cricket fans arrive today
Wagah/Attari, March 5
A Pakistan train carrying cricket lovers will arrive tomorrow at the Attari railway station at 11:10 a.m. while another one will reach at 12:35 p.m. A special Indian train will leave for Chandigarh at 2: 15 p.m. while another one will depart at 4: 30 p.m.

Atari railway station being spruced up for the arrival of cricket fans from Pakistan. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Atari railway station being spruced up for the arrival of cricket fans from Pakistan


SAD calls PAC meeting
Chandigarh, March 5
Rattled by the massive defeat in the Ajnala byelection, the Shiromani Akali Dal has called a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee on March 7 to take stock of the situation. The poll defeat is the third in a row.

Probe ordered into Akali workers' clash
Chandigarh, March 5
Almost four-and-a-half months after certain supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal(Amritsar) were beaten up by supporters of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in the judicial complex at Patiala, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognisance of the incident.


Beware! your milk may be poisonous
Jalandhar, March 5
Hundreds of local residents, who have been relying on their age-old “loyal” milkmen, are not only getting adulterated and substandard milk but chances are that they might have been paying through the nose for unsafe and poisonous milk.

Work on Khalsa Heritage Complex to restart
Anandpur Sahib, March 5
After a seven-month delay, construction work on the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex at Anandpur Sabib will finally restart within a week. As the PNB-led consortium of five banks yesterday agreed to release a Rs 100-crore loan to the Anandpur Sahib Foundation for the project.

Police dancing to Randhawa’s tunes, says Safdipur
Patiala, March 5
Congress leader Balwinder Singh Safdipur today alleged that the police was dancing to the tunes of Cooperation Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa and had wrongly booked him under a fresh case immediately after he was released on bail in a case of criminal conspiracy.

Action against poll presiding officers recommended
Nawanshahr, March 5
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Election Tribunal, Nawanshahr, Mr HIS Grewal, has recommended strict disciplinary action against two teachers-cum-presiding officers for election of Sarpanch and Panch of Kangna Bet and Aur villages, respectively in 2003 for declaring “wrong” candidates as elected.

Panchayat poll: 2 officers face action
Nawanshahr, March 5
Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, while disposing of petitions in connection with the election for the post of sarpanch of Kangna Bet village and the posts of SC panches of Aur village on June 29, 2003, has recommended strict action against Presiding Officers Parminder Singh and Sital Singh in his report to the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains.


Wakf Board settles 93 pension cases
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 5
Mufti Fuzail-ur-Rahman, member, Punjab Wakf Board, said today that 93 cases of pension to senior citizens, widows, destitutes, orphans and the poor were cleared at a meeting organised at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, today.

115 cases decided at Lok Adalat
Patiala, March 5
A quarterly Lok Adalat, presided over by Mr S.M.S. Mahil, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services authority, was organised in the Judicial courts complex here today.

Fast-track courts for NRIs soon
Chandigarh, March 5
For expeditious disposal of revenue cases relating to NRIs, the Punjab Government will set up two fast- track courts in Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. The courts will take up matters pertaining to Partition, mutation and correction of “khasra girdawari.”


Blind murder solved
Ferozepore, March 5
The Ferozepore police has reportedly solved a blind murder 12 days after recovery of a body. The police had recovered a body lying under a small bridge near Peerkhan Shekh village on the Ferozepore-Fazilka road on February 23.

Jalandhar girl was given celphos: report
Patiala, March 5
“Medicine” given to a 17-year-old girl by three boys of her village near Jalandhar three months ago after they allegedly raped her, was an insecticide which is known as celphos.

Gang of robbers busted
Barnala, March 5
The Barnala police has busted a five member gang of robbers headed by Maghar Singh, and arrested four of them. Mr Gurmail Singh Sidhu, SP (Detective) Barnala, today said a patrol party of the CIA staff on Thursday, stopped a Tata Sumo vehicle.

Woman killed, two arrested
Abohar, March 5
The Sadulshehar police has arrested Lekh Ram and Jagdish for the murder of Jaspal Kaur (44) at Dholipal village, located on the Abohar-Sadulshehar road. They were arrested from Phulekhan village last evening.

Woman commits suicide
Kharar, March 5
A newly-married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her parents house in Didar Nagar here today. It is learnt that Amandeep Kaur, who got married only about a month ago, took the extreme step when no one was at home.


Old students’ assn offers to run Dashmesh Academy
Chandigarh, March 5
The Sri Dashmesh Academy Old Students Association has made an offer to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to run the academy, which is on the verge of closure, on its own.

Tohra institute on Sikhism likely
Ludhiana, March 5
The SGPC proposes to establish a Gurcharan Singh Tohra Institute of Advance Studies in Sikhism which will serve as the apex body for the organisation, management and modernisation of Sikh missionary education.

30 students taken ill after dinner
Kapurthala, March 5
As many as 30 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Masitan village in Sultanpur Lodhi fell ill yesterday after having dinner in the mess. The students said they had cheese and kheer in the dinner on Thursday night, following which they fell ill the next day.

Grant for school building
Kharar, March 5
A grant of Rs 4.35 lakh was given to Government Senior Secondary School, Gharuan, by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh. The money was given for the construction of four rooms and toilet block.

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