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Over 2,000 farmers await relief
Gurdaspur, February 23
More than 2000 farmers having fields across the border fence on the Indo-Pakistan border in Amritsar, Ferozepore and Gurdaspur district are agitated over the non-payment of compensation at the rate of Rs 2500 an acre declared by the Centre. More than 15000 acres of land fall beyond the border fence in the said districts.

Clash in SGPC complex shameful: Tohra
Phagwara, February 23
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra today termed as shameful clash yesterday between Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat Workers, the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) and the SGPC task force.

NCM Chairman to dispel minorities’ fears
Amritsar, February 23
Chairman of the National Minorities Commission Tarlochan Singh said that he would give top priority to dispel insecurity and fear from minorities in the country.
After inaugurating conference block of the Chief Khalsa Dewan, Mr Tarlochan Singh, said here yesterday that due to certain recent unfortunate developments the minorities perceived a threat but asserted that he would try to instill confidence and security amongst them. 




Move on radio station for distance education
Phagwara, February 23
The Ministries of Information and Broadcasting and the Information and Technology will meet Vice-Chancellors in the second week of March in Delhi for discussing grant of licences to universities to own subsidised FM (frequency modulation) radio stations to promote distance education in rural areas.

Front opposes new education policy
Bathinda, February 23
“The Punjab Education Policy-2002 will pave the way for the privatisation of government schools and is against providing education to the poor and the needy,” said Major Basant Kumar, district secretary, Democratic Teachers Front.


Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s kin flays move on Iraq
Sangrur, February 23
Addressing an anti-war convention here today, Prof Jagmohan Singh, a nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and ‘general-secretary of the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab, called upon people to oppose US move to attack Iraq. He gave a call for unite on this issue.

Proud to be framed under TADA: Mann
Phagwara, February 23
Reacting to framing of charges under TADA against him by a Delhi court yesterday, an unfazed Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Lok Sabha member from Sangrur, said today that he was proud for being framed for speaking for the freedom of Sikhs.

NGOs to be involved in health care
Bathinda, February 23
The health authorities may take the help of NGOs for treatment of residents of certain colonies who are suffering from asthma, cough and skin diseases. A survey reveals that more than half of the population residing in colonies in the vicinity of Thermal Plant and the area where ash produced from NFL plant is dumped, is said to be suffering from asthma, cough or skin diseases.

NGO for AIDS awareness
Bathinda, February 23
There are six crore persons suffering from AIDS worldwide and two crore had died due to the disease since 1983, while in Punjab 35,000 persons are HIV positive, half of which are between the age group of 15 and 29.

The artists of Nrutyasala perform during the inaugural function of Mass Movement, an AIDS awareness campaign, at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune Photo by Kulbir

The artists of Nrutyasala perform during the inaugural function of Mass Movement

Facelift for Hussainiwala memorial
Ferozepore, February 23
The long-standing demand of residents of this border area for beautifying the Hussainiwala memorial of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev would be fulfilled by March 23 as the first phase of beautification work would be completed by then.

Bhan: spend more on charity than poll
Moonak (Sunam), February 23
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court of India expressed his concern over the lavish expenditure on the elections to the top posts of sewa clubs (service clubs) like Lions Club and Rotary Club by the candidates. He said this practice should be stopped immediately as the candidates spent more money on the elections than on charity.

Centre uncooperative, says Dikshit
Jalandhar, February 23
Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit today accused the Union Government for creating hurdles to impede the process of development in Delhi.
Talking to reporters here today, Ms Dikshit alleged that keeping in view the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi, the BJP-led Central Government was creating hurdles implementation of various development projects.

Punjabi film actress Kimmi of "Ji Ayan Nu" fame shakes hand with children of pingla ghar
Punjabi film actress Kimmi of "Ji Ayan Nu" fame shakes hand with children of pingla ghar during her maiden visit in Jalandhar city on Sunday. Photo Pardeep Pandit

Dang’s allegations baseless: SSP
Amritsar, February 23
Mr Narinder Singh, SSP, here, has refuted the charges levelled by Satya Pal Dang that the inquiry was ‘hushed up’ into the case of money collected by students of Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College for Gujarat earthquake relief fund.

Twelve girls married off
Sangrur, February 23
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Punjab, today offered her blessings to 12 newly-wed couples, belonging to poor families, at a mass marriage ceremony held at G.P.F. dharamshala, Lehragaga, about 40 km from here. 

Blood donors save mother, child
Bathinda, February 23
Volunteers of the Aasra Welfare Society saved the life of a patient who needed blood. The society donated eight units of blood, not available in the Blood Bank.
Mr Ramesh Mehta, president of the NGO, said here today Ms Reshma Devi needed blood after the delivery of a child.

PSEB employee electrocuted
Bathinda, February 23
Kewal Singh, a Punjab State Electricity Board employee at the cantonment subdivision here was electrocuted when he was attending to some work on duty.
Representatives of the Technical Services Union in a press note here today alleged the several mishaps had been reported due to the shortage of equipment.


Vigilance squads to ‘help’ farmers
Moga, February 23
The Muktsar district administration has established three vigilance squads for the subdivisions of the district under the supervision of respective SDMs of Muktsar, Malout and Gidderbaha to “save farmers from exploitation during the wheat arrival season”.


Rice-sheller owner held
Jalandhar, February 23
The district police has arrested a Phillaur-based owner of a rice-sheller on the charges of cheating a government procurement agency by misappropriating paddy worth Rs 62 lakh today.

8th century idol stolen
Sangrur, February 23
An eighth century idol of ‘Sun God’ was stolen last night from a temple in Marad Khera village, in Sunam division of the district, the police confirmed today. The statue’s value had been estimated at several crores of rupees when it was discovered beneath the earth in local fields in 1980.

2 held, 250 gm smack seized
Jalandhar, February 23
The police has arrested two persons, including a woman, and recovered 250 gm of smack from their possession. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press statement here today, said following a tip-off, the police set up naka near Lamba Pind chowk here and intercepted two persons, including a woman.


Inter-college contest results
Nabha, February 23
Inter-college competitions were organised at the local Government Ripudaman College today. The contests were anchored by Prof Vijay Sharma and Prof Kanwaljit. The morning session was presided over by Mr Ashok Logri, Assistant Director (Colleges), who gave away prizes to winners of poem-recitation competition.


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