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Chaos ruled supreme
Kanwaljit admonishes Mohali DC, SSP
Mohali, March 2
Poor management and chaos marked the oath-taking ceremony of the Punjab cabinet at the PCA Stadium here today.

The PCA Cricket Stadium Mohali had never seen crowd like this before.
BADAL WAVE: The PCA Cricket Stadium Mohali had never seen crowd like this before. — Tribune Photo by Pradeep Tewari



Tough call for Badal

Ludhiana, March 2
The Punjab electorate has proved that it is discriminating as well as demanding. Mr Parkash Singh Badal is back in power. His intensive campaigning has paid him well. But right from the start he knew he would need the support of the BJP.

KISSA KURSIAN DA: Party faithful carry their own chairs at the huge swearing-in ceremony. — A Tribune photograph

Party faithful carry their own chairs at the huge swearing-in ceremony.

5-year test begins
Chandigarh, March 2
All roads led to the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium even before the Akali-BJP team arrived to play five-year test match with the state of Punjab this morning.

First woman cabinet minister from Amritsar
Amritsar, March 2
After the regime of Partap Singh Kairon, who had inducted Dr Parkash Kaur Dhillon as state minister, Luxmi Kanta Chawla becomes the first woman from Amritsar to become cabinet minister in the Badal government today.

Mattewal takes over as AG for third time
Chandigarh, March 2
Former advocate-general (AG) and senior Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Hardev Singh Mattewal today evening took charge as the Punjab AG for the third time.

Hardev Singh Mattewal

RI Singh is Chief Secy, NPS Aulakh DGP
Chandigarh, March 2
As expected, the Punjab Government decided to appoint Ramesh Inder Singh and NPS Aulakh as Chief Secretary and Director-General of Police. Since both Ramesh Inder Singh and NPS Aulakh are on deputation with the Union Government, present incumbents KR Lakhanpal and Rajdeep Singh Gill will continue to hold the fort till their successors report back for new assignments.

Ramesh Inder Singh 

Dhindsa — a gentleman politician
Sangrur, March 2
MLA from Sunam Parminder Singh Dhindsa (33) is the only SAD legislator from Sangrur, Barnala, Mansa and Bathinda districts who succeeded in getting a berth in the Cabinet of Parkash Singh Badal today.

Singla vows to work for public
Amritsar, March 2
“I will continue to strive hard for the development of the holy city by urging the central and the state governments to start various projects for the benefit of the people,” said Surinder Singla, former state finance minister, here today.

A matter of faith: Straight to temples
Chandigarh, March 2
Parkash Singh Badal’s cabinet will leave for Amritsr tomorrow to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple and to pay floral tribute to martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh.

Badal for revival of Vidhan Parishad
Chandigarh, March 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he would try to revive the Vidhan Parishad.

MEET TEAM BADAL: All Cabinet ministers


Help centre for small tax payers
Patiala, March 2
The Income Tax Department, as part of its initiative to assist small tax payers fulfil their tax obligations, has set up a help centre at the State Bank of Patiala, Personal Banking Branch, Leela Bhawan, which will remain operative till March 31.


Pak national arrested
Amritsar, March 2
A Pakistani national who allegedly tried to travel on the Lahore-bound Samjhauta Express without any valid documents has been arrested here.


81 students awarded at college function
Patiala, March 2
The Government Bikram College of Commerce organised its 82nd annual prize distribution function here today. Welcoming the chief guest and other dignitaries, principal Bupinder Kaur read out the annual report. She apprised the chief guest of the various achievements of students in the different fields.

Sangrur girl ranked 37th in AIIMS exam
Sangrur, March 2
Payal Verma, daughter of a local bank employee Arvind Verma, has brought laurels to the town by getting 37th rank in the All India Postgraduate Entrance Examination 2007 for the Master's degree in dental surgery (MDS), conducted by the AIIMS, New Delhi.


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