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Cong leaders make beeline for Delhi
New Delhi, February 19
Anticipating victory in the Assembly elections, senior Punjab Congress leaders have started converging on the Capital to strengthen their cases for the post of Chief Minister.

To act or not to act is police dilemma
Caught between SAD, Cong

Jalandhar, February 19
The district police has virtually got caught between the Congress and the BJP. It doesn’t know whether it should act against state Medical Education Minister Manoranjan Kalia, who had allegedly slapped the daughter-in-law of Congress candidate Raj Kumar Gupta outside a booth on polling day. 

ISI shifts ultras’ training camps from PoK
Ferozepore, February 19
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence has shifted its militant training camps from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to other places following pressure from the international community and possibility of spying by US satellites. 




Simranjit Singh MannMann plans stir at Ayodhya
Chandigarh, February 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) led by its President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, will organise a demonstration at Ayodhya on March 10 to oppose the construction of the Ram temple at the site of Babri Masjid.

Kidney sold for a song?
Donor alleges transplant racket
Jalandhar, February 19
The disclosure by a father of four that he had sold his kidney for money could just be the tip of the iceberg of the gory business of kidney transplantation said to be flourishing in Jalandhar and surrounding areas for past about 10 years.

Schools resort to fake enrolments
Amritsar, February 19
Many unrecognised high schools here have been playing with the future of students who are shown as students of recognised schools so that they can appear for board examinations as regular students by proxy.


Lakhs of voters deleted: Arshi
Budhlada (Mansa), February 19
The Badal government with the connivance of certain officers struck off names of lakhs of voters, Mr Hardev Arshi, senior CPI leader who contested from the Budhlada Assembly constituency, alleged here today. In the Budhlada constituency, he said in the voters’ list of 2001, names of 10,482 had been struck off while in the 2002 list, 1,412 had been struck off. 

Kharar RO seeks details from publishers
SAS Nagar, February 19
Taking a note of the coloured posters and banners which some candidates got printed during their campaign for the February 13 elections for the Kharar Assembly seat, the Returning Officer for the Kharar seat, Mr Jaipal Singh, has sought details from the respective publishers.

Candidates appeasing gods!
Phagwara, February 19
After strenuous electioneering, several candidates are having sleepless nights, awaiting poll results on February 24. They are frequenting deras of “pirs” and sadhus to keep gods in humour.

Acting chief can’t expel us: Cong men
Bathinda, February 19
The 13 Congressmen, including general secretaries of District Congress Committees and municipal councillors, who were yesterday expelled from the party for six years, today said that Mr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, acting president of the DCC, had no right to expel them.


From light unto darkness
Ropar, February 19
About 500 residents of the slums on the Gaushala road in Gandhi Nagar of Ropar were amazed when their kutcha houses were lit up by streetlights on February 12. The local Municipal Council installed streetlights in their area to allegedly woo them in favour of the ruling party candidate. 

Lack of security for EVMs worries candidates
Pathankot, February 19
Though as per the orders of the Election Commission the BSF and Punjab police are guarding the electronic voting machines and other election material used in the February 13 at government school, Lamini here, even then some candidates are a worried lot regarding the safety measures adopted by the administration.

Index page:  ‘Development’ swallows Punjab’s tree cover
Work on a number of important infrastructure development projects continued unabated even when electioneering was at its peak in Punjab early this month.

Another scam in Social Security Dept
Amritsar, February 19
Close on the heels of the Rs 23-crore bungling in the old age pension scheme, another scam in the Department of Social Security has come to light. A senior PCS officer has already been entrusted the inquiry into the scam.

Rlys, residents lock horns over wall
Bathinda, February 19

A controversy has erupted over the raising of a wall by the Railway authorities in a thickly populated area of Guru-Ki-Nagri and Gopal Nagar by partially demolishing human dwellings. 

The room of a house in Gopal Nagar locality is divided into two by a wall constructed by the Railways authorities
The room of a house in Gopal Nagar locality is divided into two by a wall constructed by the Railways authorities in Bathinda. 
— A Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Book on homoeopathy released
Jalandhar, February 19
“The Central Government should set up special research centres in the country to encourage homoeopathy techniques to treat diseases like cancer and paralysis as it is the most economical substitute to allopathy.”

2 killed in road mishaps
Phagwara, February 19

Bhajan Singh and Mohinder Singh were killed here in separate accidents on the G.T. Road during the past 24 hours. Mohinder Singh, an employee of a local mill, was killed after his cycle was knocked down by a car.


Pbi varsity VC booked in harassment case
Patiala, February 19
The turmoil in Punjabi University regarding the alleged harassment of a fine arts student took a new turn today with the registration of a criminal complaint against the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia. 

Agriculture Dept fails to pay rent
Amritsar, February 19
The financial health of the state government departments seems to be “desperate” as even the rent conditions are not being met satisfactorily for the past many years. 

Communication skills course opens
Nilokheri, February 19
Despite hard work, honesty and sincere implementation of all rural development schemes, the presence of “communication skills”, is essential.

CPI seeks probe into college fee structure
Amritsar, February 19
Mr Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary of the district council of the CPI, has alleged that a college in Patiala is charging exorbitant fees for certain five-year course.

College principal receives threat calls
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the local Mata Gujri College, in a complaint to the SSP has alleged that he had been receiving threat calls on the telephone and the caller and threatened to eliminate him.

Arya girls college convocation held
Barnala, February 19
The convocation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College was held here today. Ms Nisha Sarad, Director, Public Instruction (Colleges), Punjab, was the chief guest of the function. The convocation was organised after about 13 years.

Theatre dept students enthrall
Patiala, February 19
Punjabi University’s Theatre and Television Department presented two plays “Yahan — karna mana hai” and “Kal aaj aur kal”, on Monday. Top

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