of Hindus: Josh
Even as Mr Harcharan Singh Josh, newly appointed member of the
National Commission for Minorities, today kicked off a controversy by
describing Sikhs as part and parcel of Hindus, the Jathedar of Akal
Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, the SGPC President, Mr Avtar
Singh, and Mr Tarlochan Singh, former Chairman of the NCM, have
deplored his statement.
Sidhu in a fix
on corruption query
BJP MP Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu found himself in a tight spot when
mediapersons fired a volley of questions on him regarding Ravi Sidhu
case and cash-for-query scam that saw involvement of six BJP MPs while
he was leveling charges of corruption against the Congress government at
a press conference here last night.
From India, with love
Amritsar, March 18
The world’s largest love letter from students of India to students of Pakistan would unfold a new era in Indo-Pak friendship, with the younger generation coming forth to offer a hand of friendship to their neighbouring friends, say Mr Mark Jacobs, Mr John Silliphant and Mr Amitabh Saksena of the Friends Without Borders team that arrived here from Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad.
cremated with state honours
Lieutenant Lakha Singh of the Indian National Army (INA) was cremated
with full state honours at his native village on Sriganganagar-Padampur
road yesterday. The eighty years old stalwart died on Thursday after a
workers clash, 8 hurt
(Patiala), March 18
At least eight activists of SAD (Badal) belonging to two different
factions each led by Akali MLA Mr Nirmal Singh Shatrana and former
Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh were injured after they pelted
stones and clashed with each other in this city today.
coal mine project commissioned
PSEB Chairman Y.S. Ratra has claimed that the captive coal mine
project of the board, which is a joint venture with Eastern Minerals
Trading Agency, has turned into reality with the first rake from the
coal mine rolling into the Guru Nanak Thermal plant Bathinda on March
sewerage damages houses
(Amritsar), March 18
The foundations of a number of houses in the Verka constituency, near
here, have sunk due to the alleged defective sewerage, resulting in
severe damage to the houses, streets and narrow lanes of the area. The
problem aggravated after the daylong rain in the city on March 14.
recruitment tests from March 20
The physical test for the recruitment of Constables for India Reserve
Battalion and Punjab Armed Police will commence from March 20 at
Parade Ground. Commando Complex, Rajpura Road, Bahadurgarh, Patiala.
appears in defamation case
, March 18
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal,
today appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ms Neerja
Kalson, in a defamation suit filed by him against the Punjab Chief
Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
cases decided, says Tribunal
The Debt Recovery Tribunal, Chandigarh, has, during the last one year,
disposed of 188 original applications, seven scrutinisation
applications, 24 miscellaneous applications, 14 execution
applications, 590 interlocutory applications and 12 appeals.
for kandi farmers draws crowds
Thousands of farmers from Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, and Gurdaspur
districts and adjoining Himachal Pardesh thronged the one- day Kisan
mela organised by Punjab Agriculture University on the theme of
‘Save water, save Punjab’ at Ballowal Saunkhari, about 30 km from
scandal: 2 suspended
Two cops, whose names were figured during the interrogation of the
kingpin of the “bride-for-a-day” gang, has been suspended by the
Majitha police. The SP (D), Mr S.K. Agnihotri, has been asked to
conduct a probe in this regard.
elected MC vice-chief
The election for the post of vice- president of the local Municipal
Council was held here last evening. Tight security arrangements were
made by the local police for these elections.
Ravinder Kumar, a street vendor allegedly strangulated his wife Nisha
Kumari to death at their residence in village Ghiala today.
booked for rape bid on child
Close on the heels of incidences of rape of girl students by their
teachers in the neighbouring Haryana, a shocking incident of a
government middle school peon allegedly attempting rape on a Class IV
student has come to light at Balahar Mehma village, near here.
Inspector held on graft charge
A Vigilance Bureau Inspector Surjit Singh, who was posted at Ropar,
was arrested today on a charge of accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe from Mr
Kesar Singh, who is posted as a clerk in the Municipal Council at
held in murder case
Gurpreet Kaur (25), wife of Jangir Singh (45), has been arrested by
the police for alleged involvement in killing Manjit Singh, alias Titu
(24), son of Lakhwinder Singh, at Chunawadh in Sriganganagar area, the
police control room said yesterday.
brother held for assault
The Barnala police has booked Mr Karamjit Singh Bitta, Municipal
Councillor, Barnala, his brother Mithu Singh, Kesar Singh Jaggal, Sonu
Pandit and Jit Singh in an assault case under Sections 392,323,506,148
and 149 of the Indian Penal Code, and the Arms Act at the Kotwali
killed in accident
A car was hit by a Tata Sumo today near village Kandila on Batala-Srihargobindpur
road killing Tarsem Singh, resident of Yadhpur Sekhwan village on the
spot and seriously injuring his wife Manjit Kaur, his sister Balwinder
Kaur and his two sons.
jubilee conference at Rajindra Hospital
The North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association (NZIOA) started its
three-day silver jubilee celebrations at the local Rajindra Hospital
late last evening.
in dock for ‘harassing’ girl
A 14-year-old girl, appearing as a private candidate for the Class
VIII examination at the Senior Secondary School in Salempur village
here, was allegedly harassed by a teacher on the pretext of favouring
her with more marks.
of Punjabi identity a recent idea, says Prof Grewal
“The articulation of regional identity was an old idea whereas the
consciousness of Punjabi identity is a recent one,” said Prof J.S.
Grewal, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar,
during the 38th session of a three-day annual Punjab history
conference on “Social stratifications in Punjab: politico-cultural
employee unions against transfer of funds
Employees’ unions of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and
Technology today opposed the state government’s alleged move to
transfer funds from the college to a new engineering college coming up
at Lehragaga, constituency of Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur
conferred on 256 students
The Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, conferred degrees on
256 postgraduates and graduates of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, 24
km from here, during the annual convocation today.
higher education: AICTE chief
“If India is to transform itself into a ‘knowledge society’ by
2020 and into a ‘creative society’ in the next two decades, the
higher education system, particularly at the university level, needs
to be radically transformed.”
on computers & IT
Sahib, March 18
A two-day national conference “NCCSIT -2006”, organised by the
Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Information
Technology, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here was
inaugurated by Dr SC Saxena , Director, Thapar Institute of
Engineering and Technology, Patiala, here today.
Workshop on Rababi Kirtan
Patiala, March 18
The Department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, started a four-day Rababi Kirtan training workshop at Guru Gobind Singh Bhavan on
Thursday. Ashik Ali Bhai Lal, a descendent of Bhai Mardana, taught students the nuances of Rababi Kirtan style.