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Seminar was being addressed by CM
Police beats up anganwari workers
Bathinda, March 27
The police mercilessly beat up women anganwari workers who tried to disrupt a seminar on AIDS that was being addressed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today. They were raising anti-government slogans for its failure to fulfil their demands as the policemen prevented them from proceeding towards the dais. The civil hospital had organised the seminar where Badal and health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla were present. A policeman drags an anganwari worker by her hair to take her out of a seminar attended by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Bathinda on Thursday.
A policeman drags an anganwari worker by her hair to take her out of a seminar attended by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Officers in a fix over govt move on asset lists
Chandigarh, March 27
The Punjab government officers are in a dilemma on how to respond to a letter issued today by the undersecretary, coordination, to all heads of departments and managing directors of all boards and corporations for officers “police and non-police” to disclose assets in their name or in the names of their spouses and dependents.

No promotion for staff with ‘fake’ degrees
Chandigarh, March 27
The Punjab government has instructed all heads of departments, commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioners and others concerned that they should not promote any employee holding degree from any unauthorised institution.





Bhattal leaves it to high command
New Delhi, March 27
Chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and the leader of the opposition in Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that it was bad of Capt Amarinder Singh to have made statements against her, however, it was for the high command to take action against him.


Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti Vedanti completes 8 yrs as Jathedar
Amritsar, March 27
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today completed eight years as the Jathedar of Akal Takht, the longest term of a Jathedar since Blue Star Operation in June 1984, mainly due to his “pliability”, the quality that goes well with the ruling Akali Dal and the SGPC. Giani Vedanti was installed as Jathedar following unceremonious removal of Giani Puran Singh on March 28, 2000. He also holds charge of Granthi of Golden Temple. Despite a number of Sikh organisations openly criticising Jathedar Vedanti for his alleged favouratism and biases, he has survived as Jathedar due to the majority enjoyed by the ruling SAD in the the SGPC, “the appointing authority of the Sikh clergy”.

Inter-caste Marriage
Couple under threat, moves PSHRC for security
Chandigarh, March 27
Rajiv Sharma (28) and Suman Sharma (22) even after one year of marriage are still under threat to life due to their inter-caste marriage.

Takht comes to students’ rescue
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 27
Coming to the rescue of students and patients of the state, Akal Takht has urged district police chiefs to inform managers of gurdwaras in their jurisdiction about a hukamnama restricting use of public address system during religious celebrations.

Hindu jatha arrives from Pak
Attari, March 27
It is the for the first time when Pakistan has got a democratically elected government in real sense and the Hindus of Sindh province were happy with the election of Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister.

Pak farmers for more exchange programmes
Hoshiarpur, March 27
An eight-member delegation of farmers of Pakistan today visited Chhauni farm, Horticulture Department, juice plant of Punjab Agro Juices Corporation and tractor-manufacturing company Sonalika International here. The delegation also met a number of farmers of the area.

Sterilisation of Stray Dogs
Amritsar selected for Rs 1.2-cr pilot project
Amritsar, March 27
Taking a lead in the state, Amritsar will soon get rid of the menace of stray dogs as the Animal Welfare Board of India has picked the city for a pilot project worth Rs 1.20 crore for sterilisation of stray dogs.



Badals’ case adjourned
Mohali, March 27
The corruption case against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur, Sukhbir Badal and seven others was adjourned for April 9 by a special court here today. Sukhbir, along with five other accused, appeared before Mohali’s Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Garg this afternoon.

HC stays arrest of Amarinder’s ex-OSD
Chandigarh, March 27
Issuing notice of motion for August 12, Justice R.S. Madan of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed till that date the arrest of Major Harminder Singh Bhullar, a former officer on special duty to former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.

Allotment of Liquor Vends
2 Punjab MLAs move HC
Chandigarh, March 27
Two Punjab MLAs have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for setting aside the allotment of liquor vends in favour of the “Chadha group”. The group is reportedly managed by liquor baron Ponty Chadha and Inderpreet Chadha.

Addl SHO’s conviction upheld
Chandigarh, March 27
The conviction and life term of a cop, accused of shooting a Gypsy’s driver following his hesitation to take him to a police station, was today upheld by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Medical college dept head shifted
Patiala, March 27
In a case of sexual harassment in educational institute, head of the Department of Anaesthesia of Government Medical College Dr T.S. Punia has been shifted out following allegations of “sexual harassment” against him by four women final year M.D.(anaesthesia) students of the same institute.


Eve-teasing: 2 shot dead
Tarn Taran, March 27
Two persons were shot dead while one was injured when seven armed persons attacked on them at Kullah village, 2 km from border township of Patti here today.


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