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Punjab ministers in sex racket: Shah
Ahmedabad, February 16
Two Punjab ministers and a Congress MLA, who visited Gujarat for electioneering for the state Assembly poll last December, have been named in “the sex racket” busted by the police, the Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah, said here today.

Cong men to sue Gujarat minister
Jalandhar, February 16
Terming the registration of a case against two Punjab ministers and a Congress MLA for their alleged involvement in a sex scandal during their campaign tour in Gujarat as a political stunt, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today declared that the ministers would soon file a defamation case against the Gujarat Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah, for his attempt to tarnish the image of the Congress ministers.

Post-poll, CPM to support Cong in HP
Sherpur (Sangrur), February 16
To keep the BJP out of power after the ensuing Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh (HP), the CPM will support the Congress in the Assembly, in case the Congress and the BJP do not win requisite number of seats to form the government.

Political umbrella for ‘friendly defaulters’
Chandigarh, February 16
The strident stand of the industry-related joint action committee against the politician-bureaucrat nexus out to oblige ‘’friendly defaulters’’, who have availed of loan or equity from the state financial institutions, will impact the government move to align pay and allowances of 1.25 lakh employees of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) or implement the Disinvestment Commission’s recommendations.



A performer presents a tightrope show on the roadside at Bathinda
A performer presents a tightrope show on the roadside at Bathinda on Sunday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

MC Commissioner summoned
Charging of ‘flat rates’ for water supply, sewerage
Amritsar, February 16
Following a hue and cry over the charging of ‘flat rates’ for water supply and sewerage, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, has been asked to appear before the court of Secretary, Punjab, Department of Local Government.

Jagmeet for Rs 100 increase in wheat MSP
SAS Nagar, February 16
All set to make his presence felt at the Parliamentary session beginning tomorrow is Mr Jagmeet Brar, Member Parliament from Gidderbaha, Punjab. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune today during a brief visit to the township, he refused to comment on the Gujarat episode involving two ministers and an MLA of Punjab.

Abohar-Fazilka rail line approved
Abohar, February 16
The district administration has issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Northern Railways to go ahead with the revised plan for linking Abohar with Fazilka by laying a new rail line, it is reliably learnt. The Executive Engineer of the Northern Railway had made the request for an NOC in October last year.


Health budget too low: Dr Trehan
Amritsar, February 16
Renowned cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan feels that India requires large funds to improve its healthcare system.

20 cops, wards booked in a year
Bathinda, February 16
Gurwinder Singh, alias Babbar, who was murdered on the busy Bhagu road of the town five days ago, was a son of a former Punjab Police official. One of his brothers is a Head Constable. Guru Iqbal Singh, one of the eight accused in the murder of Babbar, is also a son of a retired Sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police.

Student’s death: Principal denies charges 
Amritsar, February 16
Refuting allegations levelled by a former sarpanch, Ms Surinder Kaur, that he was responsible for the death of her daughter, Amritpal Kaur, Dr Charanjit Singh Bal, Principal, Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Research said these allegations were baseless.

Combat RSS propaganda, say Sikh bodies
Tarn Taran, February 16
The ‘panthic vichar sammelan’ organised here by the Khalra Mission Committee and other radical Sikh organisations took today serious note of the alleged anti-Sikh propaganda by the RSS and other pro-Hindutva organisations and called the Sikhs to unite to face the “challenges of these organisations.”

Evasion of market fee detected
Mansa, February 16
The payment of market fees and rural development fund (RDF) running into crores of rupees is being evaded by cotton factory owners on the purchase of cotton and narma in connivance with officials of market committees and a leader of the ruling party.

Gaiety marks Ravidas Jayanti
Phagwara, February 16
The ‘parkash utsav’ of Guru Ravidas was celebrated here today with religious fervour. Kirtans, parvachans and langars marked the celebrations. Congregations were held in gurdwaras related with Ravidas.

Paddy misappropriated by rice millers?
Mansa, February 16
Due to the failure of the district administration to conduct regular verification of stocks of paddy in the premises of rice mills, lakhs of quintals of paddy has been “misappropriated” by rice millers of the district.

Increments of PSWC officials stopped
Mansa, February 16
Mr Ashok Kumar Goel, Managing Director of Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC), Chandigarh, has ordered the stoppage of two annual increments of Mr Mohan Singh, former warehouse Manager, Rajpura, now posted here and Mr R.K. Verma, Godown Assistant, for causing a loss of Rs 4,65,85,440 to the PSWC.

Mentally challenged held near IAF station
Killi Bisiana, February 16
Even as the authorities have been trying to solve the mystery behind the arrest of a Pakistani woman, identified as Ramjano, from an area with close proximity to the local Air Force Station about six months ago, another mentally-challenged person was arrested today from the same area by the residents of Virk Kalan village, situated adjacent to Air Force Station here.

Computer as tool in Gurbani study
Amritsar, February 16
Distinguished scholars participating in two-day international seminar on ‘Maru Solhe of Guru Nanak’ were of the opinion that this bani provides a new insight.

Country’s first computerised “naatshala”
Amritsar, February 16
The “Punjab naatshala,” a computerised theatre, the first of its kind in India, was inaugurated by noted playwright Gursharan Singh here last evening.


Ex-cop held for murder of 3
Malerkotla, February 16
Three members of a family were murdered and four seriously injured by a former Head Constable of the Punjab Police with his .12 bore rifle in the Quila Rehmatgarh area here this evening.


Mann’s ultimatum to varsity on Punjabi
Patiala, February 16
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann said today that his party would hold protests at Punjabi University in case Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai did not withdraw the anti-Punjabi language steps being taken by him.

Pharmacy students allege discrimination
Patiala, February 16
Students of the Department of Pharmacy of Government Medical College, have alleged that they were being given a step-motherly treatment by the college administration in the matter of basic facilities.


Plan to give fillip to small-scale industry
Patiala, February 16
Union Minister for Small-Scale Industry and Development of North East C.P. Thakur said today that a comprehensive plan had been drawn up to give a fillip to small-scale industry in the country in three phases.

Beopar Mandal protests tax officials’ raids
Pathankot, February 16
Members of the local Beopar Mandal and officials of the Sales Tax Department are at loggerheads on account of yesterday’s raids conducted by the sales tax authorities.Top

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