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SAD down, but not out
Frames strategy to corner Cong govt
Chandigarh, February 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal may be down, thanks to the drubbing it has received at the hands of electorate in Punjab, but it is certainly not out. Within 48 hours of losing power, the SAD led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal has begun chalking out a political strategy to corner the Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh who is yet to be formally sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Punjab.

‘Jagmeet factor’ spelt disaster for Cong
Chandigarh, February 26
True to apprehensions expressed in party circles, the “Jagmeet factor” spelt disaster for the Congress in all nine assembly segments of Muktsar, Faridkot and Moga districts of Punjab in the elections to the state assembly where the party nominees lost to the candidates of the SAD-BJP alliance.

Life comes full circle for Amarinder
Chandigarh, February 26
It was a long day for Capt Amarinder Singh today, as it was only at 3.37 p.m. that the party high command announced that he would be the next Chief Minister of Punjab.

1 dead in post-poll violence
Bathinda, February 26
Even as no untoward incident was reported from the district on the polling and counting days the violence after the poll results in the region have left one person dead and 13 injured, one of them seriously. The injured include an independent candidate, his wife and son.

MC soft on influential builders?
Jalandhar, February 26
Has the fund-starved Jalandhar Municipal Corporation been applying one yardstick for small-time violators and another for influential builders, who have been raising buildings in violation of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act and building bylaws
The CT Public School complex in Jalandhar.
The CT Public School complex in Jalandhar. — Photo Inder Mohan
and causing losses to the civic body by not paying penalty running into crores of rupees?



  Globalisation of higher education sought
Amritsar, February 26
Globalisation of trade, production, and communication has created gaps between the rich and poor, which continue to widen. Sustainable development remains an elusive long-term goal. This was the consensus among the national and international-level scholars participating in the second round-table conference on the internationalisation of higher education here today.

Cops’ suspension too late, too little
Jalandhar, February 26
As the Jalandhar police has virtually adopted a soft approach towards two controversial Punjab Police Inspectors by not arresting them in spite of their being hand in glove with Gagan Bakshi, an alleged hard-core criminal, arrested yesterday and facing as many as 22 cases of fraud, the mere suspension of the two officials, who have been booked for allegedly harbouring the criminal, has raised many an eye-brow even as the entire incident has rocked the city and exposed the criminal-police nexus once again.


Mann resents being ignored for meeting on Ayodhya
Ludhiana, February 26
The President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, today expressed resentment over being ignored from the all-party meeting called by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to discuss the Ayodhya situation.

BJP legislature wing meets
Chandigarh, February 26
A meeting of the Legislature Party of the Punjab unit of the BJP was held here this morning under the chairmanship of Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the unit. The party MLAs who attended the meeting were Mr Sukhpal Singh Saini( Ferozepore), Mr Avinash Rai Khanna (Garshankar) and Mr Tikshan Sud (Hoshiarpur).


Suspected plague cases in Patti
Amritsar, February 26
Two patients, suffering from suspected plague like symptoms, were admitted to Guru Ram Das Medical Institute-cum-Hospital here today.

BBMB plans new hydro projects
Ropar, February 26
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) was planning to install new hydro projects to increase the generation capacity of the organisation. The new Chairman of the BBMB, Mr Rakesh Nath, gave this information while talking to this correspondent at Nangal yesterday. He was at Nangal to inaugurate the 28th All-India Electricity Boards Volleyball Tournament being hosted by the BBMB.

Saru Rana gets security, hearing adjourned
Saru Rana (extreme left) participates in a protest Patiala, February 26
Hearing on the bail application submitted by the public prosecutor pertaining of the Saru Rana case has been adjourned till March 4. It may be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, had applied for the grant of interim bail through his counsel after a criminal case had been registered against him on the application of a fine arts’ student, Ms Saru Rana, alleging harassment.

Saru Rana (extreme left) participates in a protest on the Punjabi University campus at Patiala, demanding action against the Vice-Chancellor, on Tuesday. — photo Subhash Patyalvi

Play "Daire" staged at SSD Girls College, Bathinda
A doctor advises a couple not to terminate a pregnancy, in a play "Daire" staged at SSD Girls College, Bathinda, on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

BKU holds rally on SYL canal
New Delhi, February 26
The Bharti Kisan Union (Punjab), today staged a demonstration and held a rally demanding the completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal to save Punjab from becoming a desert land.

Healthcare project for villages
The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), in collaboration with its sister concern, Canada India Educational Society, Vancouver, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has completed the first phase of a primary healthcare project.

Health staff to hold demonstration
Sangrur, February 26
Members of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association will organise a black flag demonstration on February 28 in front of the office of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, at Chandigarh, in protest against the transfer of the association’s state president, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, from Ludhiana to Patiala on the basis of a “false” complaint.

SGPC determined to send jatha to Pak
Amritsar, February 26
Heightened tension on the Indo-Pak border notwithstanding, the SGPC has decided to send a jatha of devotees to pay their obeisance at Sikh shrines in Pakistan from April 11 to April 20. According to reliable sources the SGPC has already sent a list of devotees to the Central Government through the state government for seeking approval for sending the jatha.

Ravi Dass Jayanti celebrated
Batala, February 26
A procession was taken out here today to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass. The procession started from the Dera road and passed through Gandhi Chowk, City Road, Hansli Bridge.

Jalandhar YC chief killed in road mishap
Ropar, February 26
The Jalandhar Youth Congress chief, Mr Ramesh Kumar, alias Banti, was killed in an accident on the Ropar-Chandigarh road today. He was going to Chandigarh when his car met with an accident with a truck near Chanalo village.

Plenary session of Bishops begins

Dharna against activist’s arrest

Hepatitis claims life


Man murdered, brother accuses sister-in-law
Amritsar, February 26
Mystery surrounds the death of Jarnail Singh who was found murdered in the fields at Haler village in Majitha police district last evening.

Woman drugged, raped
Phagwara, February 26
A mother of two children, was drugged and raped according to a report lodged with the police here. The police yesterday registered a case under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC against Balbir, alias Happy, and his two allegedly conniving sisters-in-law, Charanjit Kaur and Surjit Kaur.

Bank manager held on graft charge
Amritsar, February 26
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Ajit Singh, manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, Dhoda village branch, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 800 from Mr Lakhbeer Singh for passing his loan, here today.

Dacoity bid foiled, 4 held
Abohar, February 26
The police claimed to have foiled an alleged dacoity plan with the arrest of four suspects yesterday.

Truck impounded for tax evasion
Bathinda, February 26
The enforcement wing of the Sales Tax Department today impounded a truck carrying cold drink bottles as the owner of the company had not paid the necessary tax amounting to Rs 88,000.


GND varsity Syndicate institutes memorial lectures
Amritsar, February 26
The Guru Nanak Dev University Syndicate which met here today has declared to institute Prof Bishan Singh Samundri, Principal Iqbal Singh and Mr Jaswant Singh Rai memorial lectures under various faculties.

Schools likely to start on April 1
Bathinda, February 26
Now the students of government high and senior secondary schools would not have to face acute pressure to complete the syllabi in six or seven months, as the Education Department is planning to make it mandatory to start the session from April 1 without waiting for the declaration of results of the previous classes.

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