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CM addresses rally as police beats
up teachers

Nihal Singh Wala (Moga), February 23
An soon as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh started his address at a rally here today, members and activists of the ETT teachers unions, including the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, started raising slogans against the government’s decision to recruit unemployed elementary teachers through the Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Farmers’ widows lament govt apathy
Bathinda, February 23
Rising debt and declining landholdings claimed the lives of their husbands and today they all are fighting against odds to earn bread and butter for their children.

Showing unity, MLAs flay bureaucrats
Chandigarh, February 23
Cutting across party lines, several MLAs today blasted Punjab’s administrative machinery, especially the bureaucracy and the police, in the state Assembly.

IAS officers own multiplexes in London: MLA
Chandigarh, February 23
While speaking on a resolution, the Congress MLA from Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, virtually threw a bombshell in the Punjab Assembly today by stating that some Punjab officers had multiplexes in London and other cities abroad.

Discussion on cops’ patronage to ex-ultras today
Chandigarh, February 23
A special discussion on the issue of police patronage to former militants in Punjab will be held in the Punjab Assembly tomorrow. The discussion will be taken up during the course of business.

Budget on March 6

Fatehgarh Sahib


  EPF scam: DGP writes to Secy
Gurdaspur, February 23
Another controversy has surfaced among higher officials of the Punjab Police. The DGP, PSEB, Vigilance, Mr Lalit Bhatia, has written to the Principal Secretary (Home) against DGP S.S. Virk in the EPF scam case, which has been withdrawn.

Sunny Deol shoots for “Kafila”
Jandiala Guru (Amritsar), February 23
Hundreds of fans turned up to get a glimpse of actor Sunny Deol in this sub- urban township here today. The actor, known for his performances in “Gadar” and “Betaab”, was here to shoot for “Kafila”. Dressed up in a Pakistani Shalwar Kameez, he was looking every bit the character of a Muslim.

Sunny Deol on the sets of a Hindi movie, “Kafila”, at Jandiala Guru, near Amritsar, on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sunny Deol on the sets of a Hindi movie, “Kafila”, at Jandiala Guru, near Amritsar, on Thursday.


Taksal held yajna, violated ‘maryada’: Atinder
Jalandhar, February 23
Has Damdami Taksal violated the Sikh "Maryada" by holding a yajna at its headquarters at Chowk Mehta in Amritsar district? The answer to the question seems to be in affirmative, if a video clipping, photographs and allegations levelled by Shiromani Akali Dal (International) chief and former MP Atinder Pal Singh are to believed.

Barnala’s wife, son pardoned at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib
Bathinda, February 23
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh today let off the wife of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Mrs Surjit Kaur Barnala, and his MLA son, Mr Gaganjeet Singh, after they clarified their position on reportedly accepting sermons and norms (naam lena) of Dera Sacha Sauda at its congregation in Barnala on February 12.

Capt to urge HP to lift ban on property purchase
Chandigarh, February 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, assured the state Assembly during question hour today that he would talk to the Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan Governments about the ban imposed on the purchase of property by outsiders in those states. “I will take up the matter for lifting the ban”, he added.

Experts rebut charge of Dalit jail inmate
Patiala, February 23
The case of branding of a demeaning word on the back of an inmate of Nabha high security jail, Narinder Singh allegedly by jail assistant superintendent with hot metal rod took a new turn today when teams of forensic and medical experts which examined the whole issue, ruled out the use of hot iron rod and chemicals for branding of the word.

Escape of convict: four cops dismissed
Amritsar, February 23
The Majitha police today dismissed its four personnel for dereliction of duty following sensational escape of a convict, Dilraj Singh, from the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here. They have been dismissed by evoking Article 311 (2) (B) of the Constitution.

Candidates raise slogans at courts complex
Ropar, February 23
A large number of candidates who came for interview for the post of peon in the district courts complex today raised slogans when they learnt that their interview had been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. More than 1,000 candidates have applied for the post here.

CPUJ members hold rallies
Chandigarh, February 23
On the call given by Confederation of Newspapers and News Agencies Employees Organisations, various district units of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) today observed a “wage board demand day” through out the state. Journalist and non-journalist employees held rallies in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s offices at several places in Punjab.

Dwindling water resources worry experts
Amritsar, February 23
Eminent experts, on the second day of the sixth SAARC workshop on water saving technologies, expressed their concern over the dwindling water resources in the region. They felt that paddy was a highly water expensive crop, and recommended that its cultivation should be restricted.

4 pc DA hike for SGPC staff
Amritsar, February 23
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to release 4 per cent of the basic pay as dearness allowance (DA) with effect from March 1, 2006, to its employees.

Pay taxes on time, says IT chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 23
The Income Tax Department, Patiala zone, has started an awareness campaign to educate the people about the department. Under the campaign camps would be organised in towns and rural areas, said Ms Promila Bhardwaj, Commissioner, Income Tax, Patiala, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

Khanna demands direct rail link
Chandigarh, February 23
The president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, has demanded that the two holy cities of Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib should be connected by a direct rail link.


Forest scam: ministry told to file reply
Gurdaspur, February 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to file a reply to charges leveled in the public interest litigation (PIL) relating to the forest scam.


Jakhar for more area under fruit
Abohar, February 23
Madhya Pradesh Governor Bal Ram Jakhar has sought a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss vital issues relating to farmers.

The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr Bal Ram Jakhar, releases a souvenir of Punjab Agricultural University at its regional station in Abohar on Thursday.

The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr Bal Ram Jakhar, releases a souvenir of Punjab Agricultural University at its regional station in Abohar on Thursday.


Thieves held with stolen car
Rajpura, February 23
The local police yesterday arrested two thieves and recovered a Maruti car and other stolen items from their possession.

Former councillor tries to kill self
Kharar, February 23
A former municipal councillor threatened to immolate himself at the office of the Municipal Council here today because the civic body had failed to carry out certain works in his area.


School holds Heritage Sports Meet
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 23
If the present trend of drug abuse continues among the youth, the society and the nation will have to face the consequences, so it should be a matter of concern for every citizen and they must come forward to curb this menace.

City School affiliated to Cambridge varsity
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 23
Saffron City School, which earlier had a tie-up with University of Cambridge for the School Student's Examination, has now been granted affiliation, which starts from the Young Learner’s Examination.


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