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Six expelled from BJP
Party assesses performance
Chandigarh, February 17
Unfazed by the media hype on opinion and exit polls, the Punjab unit of the BJP today assessed its election prospects, performance, identified pockets of dissent and drew up the post-election strategy.

Kites dot skies on Basant Panchmi
Bathinda, February 17
Residents today celebrated Basant Panchmi with fervour, a traditional festival celebrated every year on the fifth lunar day of “Phalgun”. According to the Hindu religion, the day is said to be very auspicious for marriages, shifting to a new house and specially starting of education and it is not considered necessary to consult any priest for ‘muhurat’.

SPRING LOVER SPRING LOVER: A honey bee sucks from a flower on a sunny day at Amritsar. The Basant Panchmi festival was celebrated all over India on Sunday to mark the beginning of spring. — PTI photo

Maximum AIDS cases in Amritsar
Bathinda, February 17
Amritsar district topped the list of HIV/AIDS cases with 1,034 cases while Ropar and Muktsar districts reported five cases each and 44 cases of HIV positive patients were reported from this district, said the fifth edition of the three-language booklet quoting data from the state Health Department which was released at the concluding day function of the orientation programme organised under the University Talk AIDS here today.

The Army educates villagers about landmines laid along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab following massive deployment of troops on both the sides.
(28k, 56k)



  Farmers seek MSP for wheat
Mansa, February 17
The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Ekta has demanded announcement of the minimum support price for wheat crop for the season by the Central Government.


CPI expels councillor
Mansa, February 17
Mr Seopal Chand Pala, local municipal councillor, has been expelled from the primary membership of the CPI for anti-party activities, according to a press note issued here today by Mr Rekha Sharma, secretary of the local unit of the party.


More encroachment opposite Qila Mubarak
The main entrance of Qila Mubarak in the inner city, which has already been robbed of much of its grandeur with most of the open space in front of it being encroached, saw another act of encroachment during the election days with a concrete roof being put on a shop opposite the gate, which earlier like others in its vicinity had only a small tin as a covering on its top.
The pucca roof which has come up over a shop in front of Qila Mubarak in Patiala recently. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

Greatden Browny
Greatden Browny, who won the first prize in the All-India Dog Show in Jalandhar on Sunday, seen wearing "Miss India" title. — PTI photo 

A ‘market’ on rail track
One sees large-scale encroachments, but what is surprising is the sight of a full-fledged ‘‘rehri’’ market in the midst of railway tracks at the main bazaar level crossing here. As one crosses the bazaar and enters the four shunting tracks on the busy Ferozepore-Ludhiana section, one is stunned to see a number of rehris standing in the space between the tracks, thus forming a mini-market.

Dr Garg elected IMA chief
Barnala, February 17
Dr R.C. Garg, a Barnala-based doctor has been unanimously elected president of the Punjab state Indian Medical Association (IMA) unit for the session 2002-2003, following the withdrawal of nomination papers by four candidates.


Wheat crop of 40 farmers ruined
Tarn Taran, February 17
The wheat seeds provided to more than 40 farmers of the area by KRISHCO, an agriculture-based company, through the Shahabazpur Cooperative Agriculture Service Society, Shahabazpur, has ruined their crop.


Two murdered, jewellery looted
Amritsar, February 17
Raghubinder Singh and his mother-in-law Chanan Kaur, both residents of Verka, were brutally murdered by six armed persons late last night. According to reports, the attackers, who reportedly came at about 1 a.m., forcibly entered the house and demanded money and jewellery from them. When Raghubinder refused to give the same they attacked him with iron rods.

One booked for cheating
Amritsar, February 17
The city police has registered a case of cheating against Balwinder Singh who allegedly impersonated a Manager of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and collected money from people by assuring them jobs in the SGPC.


Diet and exercise vital in controlling diabetes
Patiala, February 17
“Not only do changes in diet and physical activity prevent and delay the development of diabetes, they actually help restore normal glucose levels in many people with impaired glucose tolerance”. This was stated by Dr Bindu Kaushal and Dr Munish Chander, both working in the Department of Sports Medicine, National Institute of Sports, while delivering a research paper during the fifth Punjab Science Congress held at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology.


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