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Police investigating telecast of Khalistan programme
Chandigarh, March 10

News channel, Zee News, bowing to public sentiments in Punjab, today expressed “regrets” at having inadvertently hurt the feelings of the Sikh community by telecasting the programme on the issue of “Khalistan”.

House condemns TV programme

Printed material on ‘Khalistan’ found in Chohan’s house
DIG to head probe

Farmers’ property not to be mortgaged for loan up to Rs 1 lakh
Bathinda, March 10
Farmers in Punjab will no longer need to mortgage their property for a loan of up to Rs 1 lakh, stated Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, Dr GS Kalkat, today while interacting with reporters after the Regional Kisan Mela where he promised the farmers to take up their demand of the withdrawal of VAT on cotton with the state government.

The Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, Dr G.S. Kalkat, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday. The Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, Dr G.S. Kalkat, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

Fatehgarh Sahib



Panel to upgrade border points for trade
Amritsar, March 10
The Union Government has decided to constitute a core committee for improving the infrastructure at the Wagah land route and Attari international railway station. The committee will be set up under the chairmanship of the Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs.

Budget: Kanwaljit attacks, Bir Devinder defends
Chandigarh, March 10
While the Akali MLA and former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, attacked the Punjab Budget, the Congress MLA and former Deputy Speaker, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, described it as brilliant work done on the fiscal front to put the state on the fast-forward mode of development.

Inside Babudom
CS to hold review meetings
Chandigarh, March 10
Within a few days of the verbal lashing of the bureaucracy by the Legislators in the Punjab Assembly, the Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, has drawn up a programme to keep the officialdom “on its toes”.

Hola Mohalla begins at Kiratpur
Kiratpur, March 10
Hundreds of devotees paid obeisance at historical gurdwaras on the first day of the Hola Mohalla annual festival here today.


SAD (A) sees conspiracy against Mann
Patiala, March 10
The SAD (Amritsar) today alleged that a section of the media had been presenting the view points of party president Simranjit Singh Mann in a distorted manner to create phobia among people.


PGI team visits jaundice-hit areas
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 10
A team comprising doctors from the PGI, led by Dr Ramesh Kumar, yesterday visited the jaundice-affected areas in Mandi Gobindgarh in the district.

Move to privatise dispensaries irks doctors
Jalandhar, March 10
The move of the Punjab Government to hand over government dispensaries in villages and city slums to private hands through zila parishads has caused anguish among government doctors.

Residents go on rampage
Amritsar, March 10
Residents of Sur Mandi Mohalla, opposite Sadar police station, went on the rampage following non-arrival of a senior local Congress leader during a scheduled programme.

100 safai sevaks to be recruited
Kharar, March 10
The local Municipal Council has decided to recommend action against colonisers who have carried out development activities within the municipal limits in violations of the norms.

Stir threat over closure of road
Lalru, March 10
The alleged closure of a link road in this area by the Nahar Group of Industries has stirred a hornest’s nest with the Sarpanch Union threatening to launch an agitation on the issue.

Play against foeticide
Patiala, March 10
The local National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) presented the 56th show of “Daairey”, a Punjabi play, at Baradari Gardens today.

Drug addiction worries Sant
Rajpura, March 10
Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of the Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, today called upon the people to wage a war against drug addiction.


Dhami gets 14-day judicial remand
Kharar, March 10
A ‘Khalistan’ sympathiser, Kanwarpal Singh Dhami, has been sent to 14-day judicial remand by a local court here today.


Two held under Official Secrets Act
Ferozepore, March 10
The police here apprehended two persons including an Army jawan, from a city hotel allegedly for passing on Defence documents to a Delhi-based person identified as Amit Kumar alias “Tikku” who being considered to be a Pakistani agent of a operative based at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi.

Railway official held for graft
Chandigarh, March 10
The CBI today arrested the Chief Inspector of Works, Northern Railway, Pathankot, from his office while he was allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 20,000 as bribe from a contractor to clear his bill.


Newspapers market-driven, say experts
Patiala, March 10
Mr A.J. Philip, Senior Associate Editor, The Tribune, said factual contents had been disappearing from news reports and it required serious pondering.

Copying: 10 teachers suspended
Gurdaspur, March 10
The district Education Department authorities have initiated an inquiry into the charges of rampant copying in board exams being held in government schools at Sujanpur.

Mass copying: Supt suspended, staff shifted
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 10
The DPI, Schools, today directed the DEO (S) to immediately suspend Mr Jaswinder Singh, Superintendent of the Centre No. 3 (Block II) of Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, and change the entire staff conducting the examination.

Students seek grace marks
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 10
Students of Class XII have alleged that physics paper was very tough and it was of the All-India competition level. The paper was conducted by the Punjab School Education Board on March 9.

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