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Winnability crucial factor, says Mohsina
Chandigarh, February 16
Mohsina Kidwai
AICC General Secretary, Mohsina Kidwai admits that elections to the 14th Lok Sabha are being held at a time when infighting dogged the Punjab Congress. As the person in charge of the Punjab Congress, she exudes “feel good” signs that the organisational wing of the Congress will eventually rise as one man to ensure the success of the party candidates in all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Akali candidates lightweights, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, February 16
Getting back at SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, who had been deriving pleasure from the disunity in the ruling party till a little while ago, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today expressed delight at reports of infighting breaking out in the SAD over the party ticket.

Badal fears rigging at Congress behest
Jalandhar, February 16
Fearing large-scale rigging in the General Election allegedly at the behest of the Congress government, the SAD has decided to approach the Election Commission to deploy adequate paramilitary forces to ensure a free and fair poll.

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Surjit sees post-poll tie-up
Jalandhar, February 16
Admitting that there were some hurdles to forming a complete secular front before the parliamentary elections, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjit, General Secretary of the CPM, said today that a secular government under a post-poll alliance would be formed at the Centre.

Mr Harkishen Singh Surjit, CPM General Secretary, addresses mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday. — PTI photo
Mr Harkishen Singh Surjit, CPM General Secretary, addresses mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday

Sikh Missionary College students to meet Vedanti
Anandpur Sahib, February 16
Students of Anandpur Sahib-based Sikh Missionary College today decided to approach the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti. Talking to mediapersons at Dera Guru Nanak here, the students alleged that the principal, Mr Surinder Singh, had beaten up student Kuldeep Singh in front of Guru Granth Sahib.

Income Insurance Scheme for farmers: Rajnath
Bhanor (Ludhiana), February 16
The Union Government has decided to introduce the Income Insurance Scheme for farmers at the national level, replacing the existing Agriculture Insurance Scheme. Initially 100 districts from different states will be brought under this scheme on an experimental basis and later the entire farming community of the country will be put under the protective cover of this scheme.

Controversy mars recruitment of sportspersons
Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Police is all set to create a record of sorts when it fills seven posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSPs) from amongst outstanding sportsmen and women here tomorrow.

3 doctors, 3 cops found guilty in foeticide case
Rampura, February 16
A few doctors of civil hospital here including senior medical officer, Dr Shamsher Singh and certain policemen of the police station here including Investigation officer, Malkeet Singh, have been found guilty of helping Dr Laxmi Garg. Dr Garg was arrested for involvement in illegal abortion and subsequently throwing the foetus into a garbage dump here a few days ago.

Khadoor Sahib to be made ‘white town’
Khadoor Sahib, February 16
After Anandpur Sahib, another town of Punjab, Khadoor Sahib, is being converted into a ‘white city’ to mark fifth centennial of Guru Angad Dev. A decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting, attended by representatives of the SGPC, residents of more than 100 surrounding villages, representatives from the USA, Canada, the UK and Baba Sewa Singh of ‘Kar seva wale’ and Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, in charge multi-media centre. A view of Gurdwara Khadoor Sahib, Amritsar district.
A view of Gurdwara Khadoor Sahib, Amritsar district. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


BJP seeks 6 seats
Ludhiana, February 16
The BJP has staked claim for six Lok Sabha seats and will discuss seat-sharing with the SAD. The party last time fielded three persons out of which Gurdaspur seat was won by actor Vinod Khanna.

BSP rules out alliance with Cong, SAD
Jalandhar, February 16
National general secretary of the BSP Narender Kashyap today ruled out that any talks for an alliance with the Congress of the SAD was going on and declared that the party would contest on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.


BBMB to collect data on water inflow
Ropar, February 16
The Bhakra Beas Management Board will collect real-time data of water inflow into the Sutlej and the Beas. Centres will be set up in the catchment areas of the basins of the rivers to monitor the inflow of water. The data from these centres will be sent round the clock to the control room at Nangal, where it will be processed.

Politicians creating problems, say Pak advocates
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
“The administrative system of India and Pakistan have become corrupt. In Pakistan it has almost collapsed as the posts of deputy commissioner have been dissolved and replaced with zila nazar, an elected representative,” said Chaudhry Mohammad din Ansari, Advocate, high court and Mirza Masood Sadak, Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan, while interacting with the members of the District Bar Association today.

Installation of cell phone tower opposed
Kapurthala, February 16
The erection of a mobile phone tower in the thickly populated Jaspalan Street-Bania Bazar locality here has become a bone of contention between the phone company and residents of the area. The residents protested against that installation of the tower this evening. They said it could be a health hazard due to the high level of radiations.

Stray dogs maul boy to death
Fazilka, February 16
Stray dogs today mauled to death a 10-year-old boy of Mehar Singhwala village while he was going to a school. According to an eye-witness, Balwinder Singh, 10, son of Gurbachan Singh of the village left his house at 8 a.m. for the Government School. He had hardly covered a few yards when three stray dogs pounced upon him and bit him on his neck and other parts of the body.

Dharna by doctors, paramedical staff
Sangrur, February 16
Doctors, members of Para-Medical staff and clerks of the Civil Hospital here today sat on long dharna for three hours in the Civil Hospital here in protest against the non-payment of salaries to them for January.

‘Harmony-2004’ organised
Sangrur, February 16
A two-day cultural consumer fate programme “Harmony-2004”, organised by the Bhai Gurdas College of Management and Technology, concluded on the college complex yesterday. About 40 stalls were put by different commercial organisation.

Narrow escape for rail passengers
Phillaur, February 16
Hundreds of rail passengers travelling on the Indore-bound 9368 Dn Malwa Express had a narrow escape when it hit an iron rod-laden truck near the Nurmahal railway crossing last evening.

Cycle expedition by 17 Army men for peace
Faridkot, February 16
A cycle expedition by 17 Army officials of 20 Sikh regiment spreading message army countrymen, including Punjabis for peace, harmony and national integration passed through this city today.

PF scam comes to light
Bathinda, February 16
A scam pertaining to the withdrawal of provident fund amount belonging to employees of the District Excise and Taxation Office here has come to light.

Shobha yatra by Shiv Sena
Phagwara, February 16
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) led by District Vice-President Inderjit Karwal with bigsized snakes coiled round their necks and dancing marked Shobha yatra here this afternoon in respect of Mahashivaratri.

Cong backs Sikhs on turban issue
Amritsar, February 16
The Congress yesterday took up the case of the Sikhs on the turban issue imposed by the French Government.


Sitar maestro bemoans commercialisation of art
Patiala, February 16
The man responsible for putting the lesser-known surbahar on the world’s music map besides giving the ‘Imrat guitar’ is all but disillusioned with the present artistic scenario in the country. Son of the legendary Imdad Khan, Ustaad Imrat Khan accompanied by son Wajahat Khan is in the city today to perform on the third day of the Patiala Heritage Festival.

Inspired, Chaurasia plays on
Patiala, February 16
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia was loath to put aside his flute last evening. Performing on the second day of the Patiala Heritage Festival here, Panditji delighted his listeners by declaring himself carried away by the ambience of the Qila Mubarak at the scheduled end of his performance and went on to present yet another melodious offering from his rich repertoire.

Patiala gharana Khan legends in city
Patiala, February 16
The sur mandal which was invented by the legend of the Patiala gharana — Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan — and his grandsons Mazhar and Jawaad Ali Khan are making a comeback in the city which once occupied a pride of place in the music tradition of the country.

Paintings display quest for modernisation
Patiala, February 16
The National Gallery of Modern Art is exhibiting a collection of paintings reflecting the quest for modernisation in the 19th century and the use of abstract language in the 20th at the Patiala Heritage festival at Banaser Art Gallery here. The exhibition was inaugurated today by INTACH Vice-Chairman S.K. Misra.


High Court
Pirzada granted bail
Chandigarh, February 16
IAS officer Gurnihal Singh Pirzada was today granted bail by Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in an alleged corruption case after the state of Punjab did not contest the plea on merits.

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Farmers hold dharna against arhtiya
Sangrur, February 16
Members of the district unit of the Kirti Kisan Union, led by Mr Dhanna Singh, district president of the union, today staged a dharna near the shop of an arhtiya, Mr Kimat Rai, outside the New Grain Market, here alleging that the arhtiya had not returned Rs 5 lakh to a farmer of Chathe Sekhwan village, Mr Ajaib Singh.


Multiplex auction cancelled
Amritsar, February 16
The auction by the local Improvement Trust of the proposed multiplex in the holy city could not materialise, as required number of bidders failed to turn up. Only two bidders deposited the earnest money of Rs 21 lakh each for the prime site located at Ranjit Avenue following which the auction was declared cancelled today.

Notice served on Improvement Trust
Amritsar, February 16
The Ranjit Avenue C-Block Welfare Association has served a notice on the Amritsar Improvement Trust regarding bifurcation of residential plots, conversion of land use from residential plots to commercial plots and alleged encroachment on Trust property.

Gurdaspur gets 3 cr for development
Amritsar, February 16
The president of the municipal committee, Gurdaspur, Mr Raman Behl, said here today that a sum of Rs 3 crore had been received for the development of the district. The amount would be used to augment the sewerage and water supply in the district.

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ENT specialist arrested
Phagwara, February 16
Dr Kamal Kishore, an ENT Specialist of Civil Hospital here was today caught by a Vigilance team while accepting rupees 1500 from the husband of a patient.

Cellphones seized from jail inmates
Jalandhar, February 16
The jail authorities have recovered mobile phones from the two murder accused lodged in Central Jail here and reported the matter to the district police for taking action against the outsiders who allegedly supplied the phone sets to them.

Obscene dance at marriage leads to clash
Abohar, February 16
Obscenity during marriage ceremonies led to a bloody clash at a marriage palace near the Bhagat Singh Chowk here on today.

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Govt senior secondary school for Kharar from April 1
Kharar, February 16
A Government Model Senior Secondary School will start functioning in the town from April 1. Initially it will be housed in the building being vacated by State Institute of Health and Family Welfare.

Aided schools staff resent govt move
Fazilka, February 16
Mr Raj Kishore Kalra, president, Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association, Fazilka, has revealed that the Punjab Government notification of January 6, 2004 had hit the teachers and employees working in 484 government-aided schools.

Punjabi University has full-time Registrar
Patiala, February 16
Officiating Punjabi University Registrar Dr Param Bakshish Singh was selected today full-time Registrar of the varsity by a Committee headed by Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor Dr S.P. Singh.


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