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No unity offer from Tohra: Badal
Bhagta Bhaika, February 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal President and the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said his party never ran away from any unity move. Mr Badal made these remarks when he was asked whether he denied the chances of unity among the Akali faction led by him and the President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra. 

Capt Kanwaljit for direct subsidies
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 23
Expressing concern over the plight of farmers of the state, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Minister for Finance, said farmers were coming in the grip of economic crisis.

Charge against Commissioner to be probed
Jalandhar, February 23
The police has decided to initiate a high-level probe to look into various allegations of corruption levelled against Mr Bidhi Chand Thakur, Commissioner of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, by the Punjab Human Rights Organisation.

Seminar on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, February, 23
Guru Granth Sahib was completed and installed at Harmandar Sahib ( Golden Temple) by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, in 1604 AD and was instituted as the eternal Guru by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, in 1708 AD and to commemorate the worldwide celebrations of the 400th year of its compilation and tercentennial of its installation in 2004 and 2008, respectively, Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Academy of Guru Granth Studies, Dallas, USA, is sponsoring a series of annual international conferences on various aspects of Guru Granth Sahib.

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Women smugglers keep cops on tenterhooks
Muktsar, February 23
Gurpreet Kaur, alias Preeto, was taken as a pregnant woman on first glance by the policemen at a ‘naka’ in Lambi block when she was entering this district. However, when the policemen got suspicious about her movement, a search of her person was carried out by women police personnel and 25 kg of poppy husk was recovered from her.

Protecting the rights of children
Chandigarh, February 23
Is there child abuse in Punjab? If the answer is yes, what has the state done to check it? How well aware is Punjab and its people about child rights and protection of children, particularly during their formative years?

8 PCS officers recommended for IAS
Chandigarh, February 23
The Select Committee headed by a member of the Union Public Service Commission and comprising members such as the Chief Secretary, Punjab, the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) and the Financial Commissioner ( Development) has recommended the names of eight Punjab Civil Service officers ( Executive branch) for appointment to the IAS.


Civic body staff move HC for salaries
Maur Mandi, February 23
Even as a severe financial crisis has gripped the local municipal council, about 20 of its employees have moved writ petitions in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get their salaries regularly.

2 sentenced for dowry death
Ferozepore, February 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, here, has sentenced Suraj Kant and his father Narender Kumar to a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each for murdering Meenakshi, wife of Suraj Kant, for bringing inadequate dowry.

Noise pollution a bane at exam time
Bathinda, February 23
Examination days are here again. Cinema halls, parties and television are a strict no-no as students have confined themselves to their homes for studies. Sensing the pulse of the students, Bollywood producers are not releasing any new films these days.

He built his empire on ceramics
If there is a dream within and a dauntless spirit to achieve success, no impediment can deter one from reaching the pinnacle of glory. This is the story of 82-year-old Jaswant Rai Marya, doyen of the ceramic industry in India, who, although bent with age, faced the vicissitudes of life with not a wrinkle on his forehead. 

Badal thanks voters
Chandigarh, February 23
The thumping victory of the SAD-BJP and the Bahujan Samaj Morcha candidate, Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, in the Majitha assembly byelection is a clear vindication of the policies, programmes and performance of the alliance, according to Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Explosion in cosmetics shop
Hoshiarpur, February 23
A high-velocity explosion took place at Indu Fashion Wears shop at the Shish Mahal Bazar Chowk at about 1.45 p.m. today due to which fire broke out and engulfed the shop causing extensive damage to the materials lying there. Kailash Jain, owner, who had came out of the shop a few minutes before the explosion, to acquire some goods from a nearby shop was unhurt. No loss of life was reported in this incident. Municipal fire engines controlled the fire.

Jaundice outbreak denied
Phagwara, February 23
Dr Gulzar Singh Virdi, officiating SMO of the local Civil Hospital, today denied that a jaundice epidemic had broken out in the town. Dr Virdi said a few old cases of hepatitis (jaundice) had been reported and treated about 20 days ago. Reports of bilirubin quantity and pigment were sent for tests to determine the gravity of the cases. Dr Virdi said jaundice was a ‘self-limiting’ disease requiring preventive measures, rest, hygiene and safe water.

Don’t restrict Sikhism to Punjabi, says scholar
Patiala, February 23
Sikhism can be spread worldwide by preaching it in various languages, and restricting the preaching of Sikhism to Punjabi will not only constrain the principles to a set pattern and area, but will also be a hindrance in the spreading of the religion.

Tandoors keep their kitchen fires burning
Bathinda, February 23
Although potters have been suffering losses due to the unsold stock of pitchers (‘gharas’), flower pots (‘gamlas’) and other utensils of baked clay yet the tandoors, which are used to make rotis, have proved to be economically useful to them for keeping the kitchen fires burning.

Scribe crushed to death
Amritsar, February 23
The Batala-based correspondent of Nawan Zamana, Jalandhar, a Punjabi daily, Sohan Singh Bhoma, was crushed to death by a speeding mini bus here this afternoon on the busy Queens-Court road crossing. According to eyewitnesses, as he alighted from the bus and was trying to cross the road, mini bus coming from Circuit House side hit the correspondent, who was dragged by the bus and its front tyre crushed his skull. He died on the spot.

Did Guru try to liberate temple site?
Ferozepore, February 23
The contentious Ayodhya issue is heading for a fresh round of controversy, after a general knowledge book published by the education wing of the RSS claimed the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, had also tried to liberate the Ram temple site.

Federation merger
Chandigarh, February 23
The Punjab State Employees Federation has been merged with the Punjab State Services Federation, led by Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, a former MP.

Media boycott CM’s Press meet
Amritsar, February 23
Mediapersons today boycotted the press conference of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in protest against the misbehaviour of police officials.

Seva Dal to initiate awareness drive
Bathinda, February 23
Mr Harbans Lal, a former Transport Minister, of Punjab, and Chairman, Congress Seva Dal, said the Dal would create awareness against evils of drug-addiction and dowry among people.

Tibetan students for ban on Chinese goods
Ropar, February 23
The Students for Free Tibet, have demanded a ban on the import of Chinese goods in India. The international community should prevent the 2008 Olympics from being held in China. Pressure should be put to secure the release of Gedun Cheokyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama. Tibet belongs to the Tibetans, so, China should be forced to negotiate with the Tibetan government in exile.


‘Stagnation in farm sector should be removed’
Chandigarh, February 23
If Punjab is to occupy a place of pride, it should target agricultural growth rate of at least 20 per cent within five years as compared to the present level of 1 per cent. Adverse terms of trade in agriculture in the light of threats being posed by the WTO make it more important for the state to improve in terms of cost as well as quality. This was stated by Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Principal Secretary (Finance), Punjab, while addressing the state credit seminar for Punjab convened by NABARD here yesterday.

Giving  push to agro-economy
Chandigarh, February 23
To give a ‘‘big push’’ to the Punjab’s agro-economy and help farmers meet challenges, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced the setting up of a high-level Cabinet committee for implementing and monitoring the Rs 198.9 crore project furnished by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, says a press note.


Ordinance on infrastructural board cleared
Chandigarh, February 23
The Punjab Council of Ministers has approved an ordinance for the establishment of the Punjab Infrastructural Development Board and the Punjab Infrastructural Regulatory Authority. The Council met here last night.

Drive against footpath squatters
Bathinda, February 23
The local municipal council authorities have launched a drive against footpath squatters to make movement of pedestrians on them convenient. The local municipal council authorities have set up a mobile wing, with the help of the police, which has been removing squatters and encroachments from footpaths in the city.

Health Dept sans regular Director
Hoshiarpur, February 23
The State Health Department has no regular Director despite three posts of Directors — Health, ESI and Family Welfare. Two Additional Directors and one Joint Director, are heading the posts.

Irrigation Dept starved of funds
Bathinda, February 23
Even as the condition of various canals criss-crossing the Malwa region of Punjab has been deteriorating day by day, the state irrigation authorities have been finding it difficult to arrange funds for carrying out repair work.


Smugglers’ gang busted
Tarn Taran, February 23
The local district police has busted an inter-state gang of kerosene smugglers and has recovered 20,000 litres of kerosene from a tanker. Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, told newspersons here yesterday a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act had been registered against the gang members.

Wife, paramours murder man
Fazilka, February 23
Arjun Singh, resident of Ghallu village of this subdivision, who was allegedly kidnapped on January 23, 2001, had reportedly been murdered by his wife Jagir Kaur, and her two companions.

In-laws, man beat wife to death
Tarn Taran, February 23
Paramjit Kaur (25), was allegedly beaten to death last night at Kadgill village, 4 km from here, by her husband and in-laws.

Gang of robbers busted, 4 held
Ferozepore, February 23
The police claims to have busted a gang of robbers involved in a number of dacoities in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and recovered from them three pistols and stolen ornaments.

Boy stabbed for not dancing
Jalandhar, February 23
Achint Jain was stabbed while his two friends Vikas and Vishal were badly chased by their four college mates for refusing to perform a “dance” session for them in the Regional Engineering College hostel in the wee hours today.

Car stolen, found abandoned
Patiala, February 23 
In a day light robbery, the car of Jagjit S. Khetal, father of Tribune Senior Sub Editor Harvinder Khetal, was stolen from the parking space in front of the Raj Kamal marriage palace in the city and later, at night found abandoned near the Thapar institute.


APRO suspended, reinstated in 3 days
Patiala, February 23 
The Assistant Public Relations Officer (APRO) of the Punjabi University was suspended and reinstated within a period of three days. According to available documents, the APRO was suspended on February 16 for failing to perform his duties properly and acting in a careless and irresponsible manner. 

Probe VC’s wrongdoings: teachers
Patiala, February 23
The All-India Federation of University Teachers Association (AIFUTA) today urged the Punjab Government to initiate an inquiry against the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, by sending him on leave immediately and appointing an interim Vice Chancellor to look after the affairs of the institution.

‘Focus on gender disparity in education’
Patiala, February 23 
There is need to focus on gender disparity in education and other various occupations. Contrary to common belief, women are being discriminated against in modern day society.

Computers donated for schools
Kapurthala, February 23
Non-Resident Indians of Derby city in Britain have donated 80 computers to help the students of this district to become computer literate.

Need to conserve fuel stressed
Patiala, February 23
Participants during a national seminar conducted here today under the aegis of Department of Civil Engineering, Technical Institute of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Petroleum Conservation Research Association on ‘Challenges for road transportation in the 21st century, leading to fuel economy’ discussed the need to develop cost-effective indigenous techniques and materials.


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