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Capt rules out Cabinet reshuffle
Crosses over to Pak with 60-member delegation
Wagah, March 14
Ruling out any Cabinet reshuffle in the next two years, Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, today announced that his party would contest and win the forthcoming Assembly elections with the same team.

Civil Secretariat remains deserted
From Mohali, scene shifts to Lahore, Delhi
Chandigarh, March 14
At the massive Civil Secretariat building, which used to be a busy place on all working days, things have changed drastically during the past few years in general and last week in particular.

High Court
Razia seeks CBI probe into ‘locking’ incident
Chandigarh, March 14
Razia Sultana Ms Razia Sultana, Congress MLA from Malerkotla, who is also Chairperson of the Punjab Wakf Board, has sought CBI inquiry into her complaint that she was forcibly kept locked at her Chandigarh office by cops to prevent her from attending a meeting of the board.

RSS had secret meetings with Sikh hardliners
New Delhi, March 14
Before the Akali-BJP combine took power in Punjab in 1998, the RSS began a dialogue with Sikh hardliners to understand their mindset and to checkmate the recurrence of the turmoil in the state, according to an RSS report.

One detained as girl ends life over ‘doctored’ photos
Jalandhar, March 14
Twentyone-year-old Rajni, who consumed poisonous tablets yesterday as she was disturbed over the distribution of her ‘doctored’ pictures in the nude in her locality, allegedly by a young man whom she had refused to marry, died today.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Examinations at 10 centres cancelled
Mohali, March 14
The examinations of classes X and XII held at 10 centres have been cancelled by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) due to complaints of mass copying.

Row over PG medical entrance test
Sangrur, March 14
The future of hundreds of meritorious medical and dental graduates, who are residents and domicile of Punjab but have passed their MBBS/BDS degree courses from institutions situated outside Punjab, looks bleak in the light of the prospectus and notification issued by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, and the Department of Medical Education and Research (Health III Branch), Punjab, respectively, regarding the postgraduate entrance test (PGET)-2005 for admission to MD/MS/MDS courses and postgraduate diploma.

9 Bangladeshis arrested
Amritsar, March 14
The Kotwali police today nabbed nine Bangladeshi nationals without proper documents from near the Golden Temple here. The police registered a case under Sections 3, 34, 20 Indian Passport Act and Section 14 of the Foreigners Act for entering the country without valid visa.


Dr Kuldip Singh Punjab surgeon shows laparoscopy skill in Pak
Chandigarh, March 14
Dr Kuldip Singh, Professor of Surgery at DMC, Ludhiana, demonstrated his technique of laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomy in Lahore during the 10th International Conference of Surgeons of Pakistan held last week. More than 600 surgeons participated in the conference.

Sons meet father after 20 years
Wagah, March 14
The Mohali Test between India and Pakistan provided the opportunity to reunite father and his three sons after a gap of 20 years. The Pakistanis expressed their delight over the decision of the Government of India to allow them to visit other cities of Punjab, which made it possible for them to see Amritsar.

Pak to landscape Hindu, Sikh shrines
Amritsar, March 14
The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) under the Federal Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, Pakistan, has made a unique proposal of incorporating sacred plants in the surrounding landscapes of shrines.

Unauthorised shacks along the Rajpura-Patiala road that have been served eviction notices by the building and roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department 19 shack-owners served eviction notice
Rajpura, March 14
The building and roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD) has issued eviction notices to 19 shack-owners who have allegedly encroached upon government land along the busy Rajpura-Patiala road adjacent a local bus stop.

Unauthorised shacks along the Rajpura-Patiala road that have been served eviction notices by the building and roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department.

Tension grips Market Committee area in Sunam
Sangrur, March 14
Tension gripped the Market Committee office area at Sunam today when some miscreants pelted stones and bricks on the vegetable arhtiyas from Mansa, Budhlada, Sunam, Barnala, Maur Mandi, Rampura Phul, Samana and some other places.

Police working comes under cloud
Jalandhar, March 14
The functioning of the district police came under a cloud following a raid conducted on the CIA staff office by a warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who got two businessmen allegedly kept in illegal custody released.

Traffic blues
Nabha, March 14
There are frequent traffic jams near Patiala Gate, Bhikhi More, Boran Gate, Old Subzi Mandi, Sadar Bazaar, Bhawara Bazaar, Panch Mukhi Mandir and Devi Dwala Chowk.

865 family planning operations performed
Barnala , March 14
As many as 865 vasectomy and tubectomy operations were performed by the Health Department in district Sangrur in the medical camps organised from March 7 to 11.

Punjab history meet from March 18
Patiala, March 14
The 37th session of the Punjab history conference will be held from March 18 to 20 on the Punjabi University campus.

Plea to transfer Tehsildar
Sangrur, March 14
A number of persons, including activists of political parties, today held a dharna against the Moonak Tehsildar, Mr Ravinder Singh Walia, in the tehsil complex at Moonak, about 60 km from here, levelling some charges against him and demanding his transfer from Moonak.

Saundra elected cooperative bank MD
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14
Mr Gurdaman Singh Saundha, a Congress leader of the area, was today elected Managing Director of the Fatehgarh Sahib Central Co-Operative Bank, Sirhind, in place of Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhari, political secretary of the former Chief Minister late Beant Singh, who expired recently.

Death of Akali leader mourned
Amritsar, March 14
The former Chief Minister and SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, along with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, today mourned the death of Akali stalwart and former MLA, Mr Ujagar Singh Rangretta. Mr Rangretta passed away on March 12 at his native village.


Nepalese youth gets life term for boy’s murder
Ropar, March 14
A 20-year-old Nepalese youth, Bharat Ram, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a seven-year-old boy after committing unnatural sex with him by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel.

Shiv Sena activists released
Hoshiarpur, March 14
Eight activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) including Mr Ranjit Rana, district president, Mr Deepak Mehndiratta, chairman, commercial and industrial wing, Mr Tarsem Lal, district vice-president, and Mr Shammi Sharma, city president, who were arrested by the Hoshiarpur police for breach of peace before commencement of the Mohali cricket Test, were released by the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Hoshiarpur today.

Park Plaza case: bail plea hearing tomorrow
Ludhiana, March 14
The bail applications filed by Dharminder Raghav and Sangam Kumar allegedly involved in the infamous Park Plaza case will come up for hearing in the court of Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sukdarshan Singh Khaira, on March 16.

Alleged kidnappers produced in court
Hoshiarpur, March 14
Vikram, alias Vicky Walia, Jasbir Singh and his wife Sonia, all alleged kidnappers and killers of Abhi Verma, alias Harry were brought under tight security from Jalandhar jail to Hoshiarpur and were produced in the court of Mr. Kishore Kumar, Civil Judge-cum-Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, today. Mr Kishore Kumar extended their judicial remand up to March 28.


Death of buffaloes
Secy, Animal Husbandry visits Swara village

Kharar, March 14
The Secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, Mr D.S. Bains, today visited Swara village in connection with the death of 28 animals in the area due to a mysterious disease.

Farmers bringing cattle at fairs without health certificates
Chandigarh, March 14
In violation of the Contagious Diseases Act, a large number of farmers in Punjab are bringing cattle to fairs organised all over the state without mandatory health certificates.


No-confidence motion against MC chief
Ropar, March 14
Ten out of 13 municipal councillors of Anandpur Sahib subdivision of Ropar district today passed a no-confidence resolution against the president of the Municipal Council, Anandpur Sahib, and submitted a letter to the acting officer, Mr Gurbakhas Singh in the afternoon.


Money snatched from shopkeeper
Hoshiarpur, March 14
Three unidentified motor-cycle borne youths snatched Rs 1530 from Mr. Santokh Kumar, a shopkeeper of Saila Khurd, while he was going to his village Mehdood after closing his shop on March 10.

Missing boy traced within hour
Hoshiarpur, March 14
The Hoshiarpur police restored six-year-old son of Shiv Balak, a peon in the Session Court here, within an hour of receiving the complaint from his parents today.

Missing girl’s body found
Hoshiarpur, March 14
The body of Pooja, a student of BA first year, was recovered today from Chohal Dam.

Father-in-law, husband held for woman’s murder
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14
The police claims to have solved the murder case of a woman, Jasvinder Kaur, by arresting her husband and father-in-law.

Two killed in mishap
Abohar, March 14
A motorcyclist and a woman were killed when a speedy car hit them on the Seetogunno road near local by pass yesterday evening.


Symposium on radiochemistry
Amritsar, March 14
More than 300 scientists from India and abroad will take part and present their research papers on nuclear energy in the four-day international symposium on nuclear and radiochemistry being hosted by the Departments of Physics and Chemistry of Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.

National seminar on literature
Amritsar, March 14
A two-day national seminar on “Approaches to the study of literature” organised by School of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, was inaugurated by Prof Namwar Singh, an eminent critic from Jawaharlal Nehru University, here today.

D. Litt for former VC
Patiala, March 14
Dr H.K. Manmohan Singh, Professor Emeritus of economics and former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, was conferred the degree of D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) on the occasion of the 5th convocation of the Faculty of Social Sciences as a part of the 86th Convocation of Banaras Hindu University recently.

Employees of recognised schools to meet CM
Bathinda, March 14
A high-level delegation of Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union Progressive Front will meet the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, soon to discuss their pending demands.

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