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Cong govt in Haryana will help settle issues: Amarinder
No revenue district status for Barnala
Lehra Mohobbat/Barnala, February 28
The state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the installation of Congress government in Haryana would pave the way to settle all outstanding issues of Punjab with it.

A Punjab Police Commando admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital after the Gypsy in which CM's security staff was travelling met with an accident near Bhawanigarh A Punjab Police Commando admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital after the Gypsy in which CM's security staff was travelling met with an accident near Bhawanigarh on Monday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Badal decries Budget as anti-farmer,

Chandigarh, February 28
Sharply reacting against the Union Budget, the Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said it was anti-farmer, anti-employee and anti-middle class and anti-poor.




Another worry for Sikhs on turban issue
Chandigarh, February 28
Another worry has started troubling the minds of European Sikhs, who have been shocked by the ban imposed by the French Government on turban in schools there.

Mr Inderpaul Singh Chandhoke, first baptised Sikh Judge in Ontario, Canada, honoured by the SGPC in Amritsar
Mr Inderpaul Singh Chandhoke, first baptised Sikh Judge in Ontario, Canada, honoured by the SGPC in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

International flights keep Punjab airspace busy
Chandigarh, February 28
Introduction of a new international air route passing over Chandigarh has been keeping the airspace over Punjab busier than ever. The new route was made operational about three months ago.

Khalra’s widow wants to save Gill, alleges witness
Tarn Taran, February 28
After giving a chilling account of the killing of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in the court of Additional Session Judge, Patiala, Kuldip Singh, special police officer of Punjab Police and a key witness, today alleged that Khalra’s widow wanted to save K.P.S. Gill, the then DGP.

Jagmeet loyalists dub Singla communal
Bathinda, February 28
Openly coming to his support, a section of Congressmen and loyalists of Mr Jagmeet Brar today made an attack on the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, by dubbing him communal and responsible for creating the problem of terrorism in the state.


Hanspal writes to Sonia on party wranglings
Phillaur, February 28
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president H.S. Hanspal has sent a report to All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and Union Defence Minister and in charge of the Punjab Congress affairs Pranab Mukherjee, regarding press statements of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla and PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa against former Congress MP and AICC member Jagmeet Singh Brar.

Badal plans to unleash violence, alleges Cong
Amritsar, February 28
The Congress today wrote to the Chief Election Commission, highlighting the call for violence, allegedly given by SAD president Parkash Singh Badal in some villages, near booth 14, in Ajanala for which re-polling had been ordered.

Paramilitary forces to man booths in Ajnala
Ajnala (Amritsar), February 28
The paramilitary forces, the BSF and the Rajasthan Home Guards, would be manning the 14 booths where the re-polling would be held tomorrow. The Presiding Officers on these booths would be from the Central Government departments.


Heritage status to Golden Temple hangs fire
Amritsar, February 28
The heritage status to the Golden Temple, proposed to be given this year, may run into rough weather even as the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has written to the Director of UNESSCO to keep the process in abeyance, following objections raised by a section of Sikh panth.

Jaundice cases on the rise in Pathankot
Pathankot, February 28
Despite claims by the Municipal Council and district health authorities regarding the remedial measures, the number of jaundice cases here is increasing even more than one week after the outbreak of epidemic was reported.

Councillors come out in support of Health Officer
Patiala, February 28
All Congress councillors of the Municipal Corporation yesterday came out in support of its Health Officer, Dr Karamjit Singh, who is presently facing a protest from a section of employees following the death of a sweeper after he was injured while working in the ‘ganda nala’ in the city.

PSEB workers show black flags to US consultant
Gurdaspur, February 28
Employees of the PSEB today showed black flags to a consultant from a US firm, Ms International Executive Corporation, suspecting him to be a representative of the World Bank to facilitate the privatisation of the PSEB.

Electricity employees observe black day
Bathinda, February 28
On a call given by the joint struggle coordination committee, employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board in Punjab today observed black day and burnt the effigy of its Chairman to register their protest against the board for giving the four micro hydel projects on contract.


Two travel agents arrested
Gurdaspur, February 28
The district police has arrested two travel agents who allegedly duped a person of Rs 7,20,000 on the pretext of sending him to England. In a press note issued here today, the SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Ishwar Singh, said Mr Randhir Singh, a resident of Ghot Pokhar, complained that two agents of his village, Inderjit Singh and Gian Singh, had duped him.

Migrant labourer kills another
Kotkapura, February 28
A migrant labourer has been murdered at Panjgarai Kalan village, 9 km from here. According to sources, the deceased, Lalu Parsad, was engaged in farm work on the field of Ranjit Singh and was a close friend of a Nepalese labourer, Shambu, who was working on the field of Pala Singh.

Five booked for ‘kidnapping’ minor
Moga, February 28
Five persons have been booked for kidnapping a minor hailing from Bhekha village, near Baghapurana. In his complaint, the girl’s father, Gurdeep Singh, alleged that Gurpreet Singh belonging to the same village, with the aid of his brother, mother and other family members, misled his daughter on the pretext of marrying her and took her away.


World Year of Physics celebrated
Patiala, February 28
The World Year of Physics was celebrated at Punjabi University today with the Department of Physics holding a gallery — exhibition of more than 40 celebrities in Physics starting from Aryabhatta, who developed mathematical astronomy in India to C.V. Raman, who was awarded Nobel prize for his pioneering work in this subject.

Raipur students’ strike enters fifth day
Patiala, February 28
The ongoing strike by students of the Punjab College of Education Raipur, entered the fifth day today with students urging the Punjabi University authorities to intervene immediately to solve the problems being faced by the students.

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