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Development to be poll plank: Rajnath Singh
Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was playing the politics of “character assassination”. Initially he tried to defame SAD president, Parkash Singh Badal by levelling baseless allegations. Now he is trying to follow similar method in the case of Himachal Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Lalli gets letter to explain conduct
Jalandhar, February 12
Even as the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is silent over the recent outburst of the Congress MLA from Adampur, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, for flaying the former’s style of functioning, the Punjab Congress chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today issued a letter to Mr Lalli, asking him to explain his conduct for openly accusing the government of sidelining the MLAs belonging to the ruling party.

Review SIT working in kidney scam: Dang
Amritsar, February 12
“Despite evidence against magistrates who attested false affidavits in the infamous kidney scandal, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court still does not seem to have been informed of it,” said Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader in a statement here today.

Bandh against burglaries in town
Goniana (Bathinda), February 12
Hundreds of residents of the town today observed a near total bandh and blocked traffic on the Bathinda-Pathankot highway to lodge their protest against burglaries in four shops last night, and the alleged misbehaviour of a police official when the affected shopkeepers and some residents went to police station to lodge their complaints in this connection.

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Getting ready for a family.
Getting ready for a family. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

SAD (A) celebrates Bhindranwale’s anniversary
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) SAD (A) today celebrated birth anniversary of militants leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale here.

Missing girl case: CBI probe sought
Chandigarh, February 12
Mystery continues to surround the disappearance of a Mansa district resident’s minor daughter. Even after a lapse of six months, the police has failed to trace her.

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Dept ready to implement order
Felling of trees in Mirzapur forest
Chandigarh, February 12
The Punjab Forest Department said today that while it was ready to implement the government order authorising Mr Lachhman Singh, a well known forest contractor and former MP, to fell certain types of trees in Mirzapur’s private forest, it continued to differ with him over the interpretation of the subsequent ‘‘extension’’ granted to him in the felling period.


Govt ‘encouraging’ hawkish forces
Phagwara, February 12
Mr Pawan Gupta, president, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Punjab, today alleged that the government of Capt Amarinder Singh was propping up hawkish and separatist forces in the state to break the monopoly of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister and Akali Dal President.

SAD meeting on Feb 15
Chandigarh, February 12
A meeting of the SAD executive, members of the Political Affairs Committee, members of the SGPC, party MLAs, MPs, and presidents of district units of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) will be held at Gurdwara Aalmghir, near Ludhiana, on February 15.


Hindus, Sikhs greet Muslims 
Malerkotla, February 12
Mr Mohammed Sharief, second-in-command of the Pakistan Rangers, presents a basket of sweets
More than one lakh Muslims offered namaz and greeted one another on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha here today. Maulana Hashim Shah Shabib, Shahi Imam of the local Jama Masjid, led the namaz at the Idgah.

Mr Mohammed Sharief, second-in-command of the Pakistan Rangers, presents a basket of sweets to Mr D.K. Sharma, Commanding Officer, BSF,  on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Two boys greet each other on Id in Patiala.
Two boys greet each other on Id in Patiala. 
— Photo Subhash Patialavi

Sikh panel to approach NCM
Jalandhar, February 12
The joint action committee (JAC) of several Sikh religious and political organisations today decided to approach the National Commission for Minorities following the registration of a case against some members of the managing committee of Gurdwara Shaheedan at Talhan village, near here, on the complaint of Dalits.

NCM cell to attend to Kashmiris’ problems
Amritsar, February 12
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has decided to form a cell in New Delhi to attend to problems of Kashmiris.

Avoid witch-hunt, CM tells VB
Chandigarh, February 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today urged the Vigilance Bureau to refrain from witch-hunting and avoid settling personal scores.

Maharaja’s dream forgotten
Patiala, February 12
Wiled growth surrounds a foundation stone in Patiala.Once projected to rival the boulevards of New Delhi, the Bhupindra Nagar in city may be a shadow of its former self, but appears to be galling is that the creator of the “Nagar” as well as that of modern Patiala - Maharaja Bhupinder Singh - does not seem to be getting his due during a time when the city is getting ready to showcase itself at a Heritage Festival scheduled to start from February 14.

Wiled growth surrounds a foundation stone in Patiala.

AITUC, INTUC hold dharna
Amritsar, February 12
AITUC, INTUC and the BMS besides other labour and teachers organisations held a dharna in front of the labour office here today.

Anti-tank bomb’s shell found
Bathinda, February 12
A shell of an anti-tank bomb was found this morning from the Sirhind canal, passing through this town, by a child who was playing on its bank.

Sewer bursts, road damaged
Amritsar, February 12
A sewer in the busy Katra Jaimal Singh area burst and damaged the road late last night. No one was, however, injured. Scaling of manholes with road mix was reported to be the cause of the incident.

Community policing in 8 dists started
Moga, February 12
The Punjab Government has introduced community policing on the pattern of the one in Western countries in eight districts of the state to bring police force closer to people.

CPI against Iraq war
Chandigarh, February 12
The Punjab unit of the CPI today called upon the people to raise their voice against US plans to attack Iraq. Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the unit, said today that the American President was trying to push the entire world to war.


Couple held for embezzlement
Kapurthala, February 12
The police here today arrested Parmod Kumar and his wife Priya Sharma, managing director and director, respectively, of Van Raksha Plantation and Resorts Limited, a finance company, under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC for fraudulently collecting large sums of money in the name of the company.

2 duped of Rs 10 lakh
Amritsar, February 12
The Majitha police has booked Rajesh Agarwal, a resident of Atma Nagar, Ludhiana, for allegedly duping Avtar Singh and his friend Gurinderjit Singh, both residents of Mudal village, for Rs 10 lakh.

Gang selling fake degrees busted
Gurdaspur, February 12
The police has busted a gang of cheats engaged in supplying fake M.A., B.A. degrees, 10+2 and matriculation certificates of the Punjab School Education Board, fake registration certificate of vehicles and fake driving licences.

Held for posing as journalist
Bathinda, February 12
The police has arrested a person who posing as a journalist duped people by promising to get them jobs. Sarabjit Singh of Bhalojala village in Amritsar district used to swindle people by promising to get them jobs through his ‘links’. He boasted of connections with ministers, politicians and officials of different department , as he was a press reporter.

8 students hurt in group clash
Sunam, February 12
Eight students were injured when a clash took place between students of the local ITI and the local SUS College at the bus stands here last evening.

Watchman helps nab 2 of gang
Muktsar, February 12
The alertness of a watchman at the local Punsup godown led to the arrest of two members of a gang indulging in the theft of bags of wheat stored there.

Man, girl commit suicide?
Hoshiarpur, February 12
The bodies of a man and a girl were found lying on a blanket near the tubewell of Mr Bhim Singh at Bajrawar village this morning.

4 held for murder, vehicles’ theft
Muktsar, February 12
The police has arrested four persons allegedly for murders and theft of vehicles in Punjab, Haryana a and Delhi.

Man, son held on rape charge
Tarn Taran, February 12
The Verowal police has arrested Karamjit Singh and his father Darshan Singh of Verowal Bawwian village for allegedly raping a teenager of the same village.


Punjab board Class X exams from March 5
SAS Nagar, February 12
Class X students appearing in the Punjab School Education Board Matriculation examinations will have their first examination on March 5 starting with English.

City school boy wins laurels for making energy model
Bathinda, February 12
Rupinder Singh class X pupil of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, of the city has won second prize in the Indian Science Congress held recently.

Gurmat sangeet made ‘optional’
Patiala, February 12
The Faculty of Arts and Culture of Panjab University, Chandigarh, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala, have virtually made the study of Gurmat sangeet optional at the undergraduate level in the state following a decision in this regard at a meeting held here yesterday.Top

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