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Central team to assess crop damage
Chandigarh, March 16
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has agreed to send a central team to Punjab to assess the damage caused to rabi crops due the recent rain and hailstorm that hit the northern region, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while talking to mediapersons outside the Vidhan Sabha here today.

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PCS (executive) exams to be on UPSC pattern
Patiala, March 16
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has recommended new syllabus for Punjab Civil Services examination (PCS) executive examinations.

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Naresh Gujral nominee for RS
Naresh Gujral Chandigarh, March 16
Naresh Gujral, son of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, will be the SAD-BJP candidate for the byelection to fill the lone seat from Punjab in the Rajya Sabha, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said. Badal, who is also the SAD president, was authorised to name the candidate for the byelection at a meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC) of the SAD here last Sunday.

Kandhar hijack case
Mumbai cops submit record
Patiala, March 16
The assistant commissioner of the Mumbai police today presented the record regarding the arrest of Abdul Latif, an accused in the IC-814 plane hijacking case in the CBI court here today.

Haryana gurdwara panel opposed
Amritsar, March 16
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has strongly opposed the move of the Haryana Government to set up a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee for the management of historic religious Sikh shrines in Haryana.

Women tortured; SHO suspended
Amritsar, March 16
The station house officer (SHO) of the civil lines police station was suspended by the government for calling a woman and allegedly torturing in violation of government’s policy of not allowing women to be called to police stations for questioning.

Court to decide Dimpa’s fate: CM
Bathinda, March 16
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while dubbing the allegations levelled by Jasbir Singh Dimpa as baseless asserted that the law will take its own course in connection with the criminal case registered against him.

2 school children drown
Bathinda, March 16
Two children of a school located in the Air Force station, Bhisiana, of this district were drowned in a man-made lake in the same complex late yesterday evening.



Bonhomie marks election of Kahlon
Chandigarh, March 16
It was a day of unanimity not only on the election of Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain (Bharatiya Janata Party) but also on issues of relations between the treasury benches and the opposition, improving the quality of debates and increasing the number of sittings of the house besides holding a special training session for first-time legislators.


Govt extends excise policy by month
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab government has decided to defer the announcement of its new excise policy by a month besides extending the validity of the existing policy to April 30 so that the liquor trade remains unaffected.

Protest against police inaction
Gurdaspur, March 16
The local unit of the Rural Medical Service Association here today protested against the alleged laxity of the police department in making arrests in the Jaspreet assault case.

Tenant farmers in Punjab to be identified
Chandigarh, March 16
The Department of Agriculture, Punjab, in association with NABARD will conduct a study across the state to ascertain the magnitude of tenant farmers in the state.

Pak pilgrims arrive for Urs
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
A group of 181 pilgrims from Pakistan, led by Ajij Ul Nabi, today arrived at Rauza Sharif here to pay obeisance at the annual Urs. It was accorded a warm welcome by the district administration and the citizens at Sirhind railway station.

Historians discuss Sikh tradition
Patiala, March 16
The 39th session of the three-day Punjab History Conference on theme “Martyrdom and the Sikhs: Concept and tradition”, being organised by the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, began here today.


Arrest warrants against Dimpa, brothers
Amritsar, March 16
Arrest warrants were issued against former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Gill, alias Dimpa, by Baba Bakala judicial magistrate Jasminder Sinmaar today.


D.S. Guru gets important departments
Chandigarh, March 16
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has allocated work to his various staff officers, including principal secretary Darbara Singh Guru, who has been given all important departments.

Senior police officers reshuffled
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab government today transferred 39 senior police officers, including 24 IPS officers, in the state. Several officers who held important posts under the previous regime have been given “inconsequential” postings.


More uncertified seed of Bt cotton seized
Bathinda, March 16
For the second day, the Bathinda police seized nearly 3600 packets of uncertified Bt cotton seed from the premises an unauthorised godown located near the grain market.

Two killed in road mishap
Barnala, March 16
Two person of the same family died here today in a road mishap. A man and his son-in-law belonging to Khudi Kalan died in a scooter-jeep collision. The deceased have been identified as Malkeet Singh (55) of Khudi Kalan and Gurjeet Singh (25). Gurjeet Singh was married only a year back.


Anti-Boparai voices get SAD support
Patiala, March 16
The race for the post of vice-chancellor of Punjabi University here has gained momentum with students and faculty members today holding a protest in front of the main gate of the university. They were demanding removal of the vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai.

Recruitment drive
Kharar, March 16
ICFAI, a Hyderabad-based university with its branches all over India, visited Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology here to conduct campus interviews of MBA students for faculty at its various branches.


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