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Will Cabinet come to their rescue?
Reappointment of 909 Panchayat Secretaries
Chandigarh, February 15
The vexed issue of re-appointment of 909 sacked Panchayat Secretaries is slated to be placed before the Punjab Council of Ministers, which is likely to meet on February 17, it is reliably learnt.

Naidu to launch campaign
Hoshiarpur, February 15
Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief, will inaugurate a campaign of the Punjab unit of the BJP on February 21, 2004, here for the coming election of Parliament. He will address a big rally at Roshan Ground. This was stated at a press conference by Mr Rajinder Bhandari, general secretary, BJP unit, Punjab, here today.

Oust NDA govt, says Cong
Jalandhar, February 15
Terming the slogan of the NDA government “feel good” as an attempt to divert attention of the people from real issues, the Congress today exhorted the people to oust anti-people and corrupt government.

Amarinder rules out Cabinet expansion
Jalandhar, February 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today categorically ruled out a Cabinet expansion to accommodate rebel Congress leaders and said instead the strength of the Cabinet would be reduced before July 2, the deadline for implementing the Act passed by Parliament, which limits the size of the Cabinet to 15 per cent of the strength of an Assembly.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  13-member panel to review Congress candidates’ names
Faridkot, February 15
The AICC Chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, has constituted a 13-member joint central election committee of senior central leaders of the party to review the names of the party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

News Analysis
River water dispute: options before Punjab
Chandigarh, February 15
What are the options before Punjab while it awaits the Supreme Court order on the suit filed by Haryana that seeks the dismissal of Punjab’s suit on construction and commissioning of the SYL canal?

Board to identify schools to check copying
Faridkot, February 15
The Punjab School Education Board plans to identify schools in each district for conducting annual middle, high and senior secondary examinations by appointing the supervisory staff of the respective institutions to check copying on experimental basis.


CM inaugurates Heritage
Crafts Mela
Patiala, February 15
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, inaugurated the Heritage Craft Mela being held from February 15 to 29 at Sheesh Mahal here today. The mela showcases the rare acumen and craftsmanship of nearly 150 artisans who are participating in this festival.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, inaugurates the Heritage Craft Mela in Patiala on Sunday.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, inaugurates the Heritage Craft Mela in Patiala on Sunday.

 Nandita Puri

Three diverse gharanas combine and dazzle audience
Patiala, February 15                     
It is rare to come across artiste from three gharanas who after having evolved their own styles are able to fuse together their expertise. The confluence of the Patiala, Jaipur and Banaras gharanas here last night was able to conjure such an effect.

Flip side of Heritage Festival
Encroachments dot Qila Mubarak entrance
Patiala, February 15
The Qila Mubarak, the fort palace of the erstwhile kings of Patiala, may be the main showcase of the Patiala Heritage Festival with all classical programmes being held there, but encroachments right in front of its main gate seem to have bothered none.

Pt Hari Prasad ChaurasiaGovt patronage will decide future of performing arts: Chaurasia
Patiala, February 15
Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia looks bemused when you ask him about the future of flute in India in the present scenario wherein more and more classical artistes prefer to establish academies in the West than in the country. His reply is “can there be any doubt about the flute? Can you question the status of the sun or the moon?”

Chandigarh page: 114 take part in Heritage Golf


Bahujan Samaj Morcha merges with BSP
Nawanshahr, February 15
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha, a breakaway group of the BSP, led by a former MP, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, merged with the BSP today.

Cong has let down people, says Bibi
Phagwara, February 15
A former SGPC President and Akali MLA, Bibi Jagir Kaur, said today that the Akalis would win the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll in the state.

Panthic board to contest 20 LS seats
Chandigarh, February 15
The newly constituted Panthic Parliamentary Board today decided to contest 20 Lok Sabha seats and work for the defeat of the Congress and the Akali-BJP alliance.


Programme in memory of Kargil martyrs
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 15
The Kargil Memorial Cultural Club organised a cultural programme in memory of Kargil martyrs at Bassi Pathana today. The function was inaugurated by Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge.

Pastor tenders apology to Akal Takht
Kapurthala, February 15
The timely intervention of the police and the district administration averted a confrontation between Sikh youths and Christians at Khojewala village under the Sadar police station in this district today.

Another scam in Irrigation Dept?
Bathinda, February 15
The Irrigation Department seems to be dogged with scams. A section of civil work contractors alleged that contracts were awarded to a select few contractors on full rates despite certain contractors having expressed their willingness to execute the same work at less rates.

Two officials cross over to Pak for talks
Wagah, February 15
Two senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry today crossed over to Pakistan to discuss modalities for composite dialogue between India and Pakistan.

Dr Najma Heptullah, Deputy Chairperson, Rajya Sabha, crosses over to India at the Wagah joint check-post on Sunday after attending a conference on women’s empowerment in Pakistan. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Najma: Pervez for action against honour killings

Dr Najma Heptullah, Deputy Chairperson, Rajya Sabha, crosses over to India at the Wagah joint checkpost on Sunday after attending a conference on women’s empowerment in Pakistan.


Turkey farming promoted in Punjab
Ropar, February 15
After crop diversification, the Punjab Government is planning to launch a diversification drive in the animal husbandry section. For this Turkey farming is being introduced in the state. Initially 200 Turkeys were provided to farmers in different parts of the state. The move received tremendous response and more and more farmers were now demanding Trukeys for rearing.


Panel to regulate sale of drugs
Hoshiarpur, February 15
To regulate sale and check manufacture of spurious/ drugs on the guidelines of Government of India, the Punjab Government has constituted the state Drug Advisory Committee, said a spokesman of the Health Department here yesterday.

Batala to have police community centre
Batala, February 15
Dr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, Punjab, along with Mr J.P. Virdi, IGP Punjab, Border Range, visited Batala yesterday then proceeded to Quadian.


18 injured in road accident
Abohar, February 15
Eighteen occupants of a three-wheeler were injured as it collided with a car on the Abohar-Hanumangarh road on Friday. Sources said the three-wheeler, coming to the town from Bhagu village was carrying 20 passengers against the sanctioned limit of 10.

Cop beats up 2 milk vendors
Bathinda, February 15
Two milk vendors, Sukhdev Singh and Nachhattar Singh, of Gobind Pura village of this district were allegedly beaten up by a policeman here yesterday. After the milk vendors were beaten up, they were admitted to the Civil Hospital where the medical tests were conducted on them.

3 held with opium, fake currency
Kapurthala, February 15
The Sadar police yesterday arrested three persons from Nathuchahal village on the charge of possessing fake Indian currency of Rs 5 lakh and two kg opium.


Lifetime achievement award for Jakhar
Abohar, February 15
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Dr Bal Ram Jakhar was given lifetime achievement award on the first day of three-day Silver Jubilee function of the Homeopathic Medical College here yesterday. His son and former minister Sajjan Kumar Jakhar accepted the award in the absence of his father.


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