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Miffed at ‘prefixes’, Dang to return Padma Bhushan
Amritsar, March 11
Irked at the prefixing of awards like 'Padma Shri, 'Padma Bhushan' to their names, in gross violation of the rules, by awardees, the veteran CPI leader, Mr Satyapal Dang, today decided to return the prestigious 'Padma Bhushan' award conferred upon him in the year 1998.

Satyapal Dang
Satyapal Dang

Girl marries despite knowing NRI groom’s HIV status
Patiala, March 11
It is one of the strangest of strange cases. Sanjit Singh (name changed), son of a rich rice miller in Sanaur, landed in Australia in 1991 and sought a refugee status claiming that he was being persecuted by the Government of India for his political beliefs.

Construction unabated in prohibited area
Pathankot, March 11
A letter purported to have been written by the Army authorities granting permission to construct buildings within 1000 metres of the restricted area, has created confusion among residents of the area.

Thrashing by teacher ‘damages’ student’s backbone
Goniana (Bathinda), March 11
The backbone of Sahil Bansal, a student of Class VI of the local government school, was allegedly damaged by Hindi teacher Nachhattar Singh on March 7, when the former was thrashed mercilessly by the latter for not sitting in the class properly.

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  SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur stands near the portrait of Bhai Harbhajan Singh Yogi, which she unveiled in the Central Sikh Museum on the Harmandar Sahib complex in Amritsar on Friday. Yogi’s portrait installed in Sikh Museum
Amritsar, March 11
A portrait of Bhai Harbhajan Singh Yogi was installed in Central Sikh Museum on the Harmandar Sahib premises here today. This was done in recognition of his contribution in spreading Sikhism all over the world.

SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur stands near the portrait of Bhai Harbhajan Singh Yogi, which she unveiled in the Central Sikh Museum on the Harmandar Sahib complex in Amritsar on Friday. —  Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Brar’s status in Cong unclear
Chandigarh, March 11
What is the current status of Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar? Is he under suspension or continues to be a full-fledged member of the party? There is no answer to this question even with senior leaders of the Punjab Congress.

SAD MLAs to meet in Delhi
Chandigarh, March 11
A meeting of Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs will be held at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi on March 15. This was stated here today by the party spokesman.


It is ‘holiday’ in Mini-Secretariat
Ropar, March 11
The ongoing cricket test match between India and Pakistan in Mohali has virtually halted the functioning of various offices of the district administration. Most of the senior officials of the administration were busy in performing duties in the Mohali cricket stadium.

Prabir was kept in Ludhiana, says captor
Jalandhar, March 11
Prabir, son of an Amritsar-based rice miller, was kidnapped by an eight-member terrorist-ex-cop cartel and was kept in a rented house at Ludhiana till his release on February 18.

Revenue staff protest against Tehsildar’s arrest
Ferozepore, March 11
The work pertaining to the Revenue Department remained totally paralysed in the entire district following the arrest of Tehsildar, Rajeev Verma, by the Vigilance sleuths in a graft case.

Seminar on Guru Granth Sahib held
Patiala, March 11
As a part of the fourth centenary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib, a seminar was organised at Government College for Girls here today. Dr Manmohan Sehgal, a renowned scholar, was the chief guest. 

Army recruitment rally on March 14
Amritsar, March 11
An Army recruitment rally will be organised on March 14 at Amritsar cantonment for technical soldiers. All candidates could participate in the rally for which tokens would be distributed on March 14 morning.

Patiala Gharana exponent excels
Patiala, March 11
Patiala Gharana was back in its hometown yesterday evening with noted vocalist and its proponent Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty explaining all its subtleties at a performance at the Punjabi University last evening.

Family planning camps on March 14, 15
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 11
The district Health Department will organise family planning camps for men on March 14 and 15 at the local Civil Hospital.


HC stays proceedings in defamation case
Chandigarh, March 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed further proceedings before a Chandigarh court in a defamation case filed by a lawyer against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Ishar Dy Chief of planning panel
Chandigarh, March 11
Mrs Ishar Ahluwalia has been appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Punjab Planning Commission. She is the wife of Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India.


Truck with Bt cotton seeds impounded, 4 booked
Bathinda, March 11
A criminal case has been registered against four persons in connection with the impounding of a truck loaded with the Bt cotton seeds at the information collection centre at Doomwali, on the Punjab-Haryana border in the district, today. 

Minor held for trying to cross over to Pak
Amritsar, March 11
A 12-year-old Mohammad Munir, a resident of Karachi, was arrested by the Border Security Force while he was trying to cross over to Pakistan without any passport. He was later handed over to Gharinda police where a case under Section 3, 34, 20 of the IP Act was registered against him.

Wife, 2 others held on murder charge
Barnala, March 11
Three persons, including the wife of the deceased, have been arrested in a murder case. The police said here today that the main reason behind the murder was illicit relationship of the deceased’s wife with his nephew.

Rs 4 lakh looted from bank
Abohar, March 11
A combing operation on this side of the inter-state border was launched as five unidentified persons looted nearly Rs 4 lakh from a rural branch of the Punjab National Bank at Parlika, 14 km from here on the other side of the border.


Recruitment record of teachers missing
Bathinda, March 11
The record pertaining to the recruitment of more than hundred teachers in 1997 has been found missing. This has put a question mark on the authenticity of the recruitment. An advertisement as regards these posts was given in 1996.

College employees observe strike
Abohar, March 11
Non-teaching staff of all the colleges on DAV campus here observed a complete strike today. They had been observing a pen-down strike for two hours daily since March 1.

Lift ban on appearance in entrance test: students
Bathinda, March 11
Resentment prevails among those residents of Punjab who have completed their MBBS courses from medical colleges located outside the state over the ban imposed by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences on them from appearing in the postgraduate entrance test being conducted by it on April 3.

Engineering college convocation held

MLA gives Rs 55 lakh to schools in Kharar
Mohali, March 11
Grants totalling more than Rs 55 lakh were given to various government schools falling under Kharar constituency by the MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, at a function organised at Government senior Secondary school, Phase III B-1, here today.


Schemes to boost agro marketing
Rauni (Patiala), March 11
The Punjab Government is set to give a new impetus to agricultural marketing with the Mandi Board initiating scholarship schemes in this field at the Punjab Agricultural University at Ludhiana.

VAT awareness camp held
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 11
In view of the implementation of VAT in the state from April, the district Excise and Taxation Department organised a VAT awareness camp at Sirhind town today.

Ludhiana zone tax collection pegged at Rs 800 cr
Phagwara March 11
The Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Ludhiana Zone, Mr S.J.S. Pall, today said that a tax-collection target of Rs 800 crore has been fixed for this year in Ludhiana Zone and added that Budget would not hit growth of tax revenue but infact help it.

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