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‘Rasta roko’ will be a success: Badal
Chandigarh, February 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today accused the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of conspiring to push Punjabis back to alienation to promote his party’s petty electoral interests in Himachal Pradesh.

Capt spoiling ties with HP: Sukhbir
Bathinda, February 8
A former Union Minister and general secretary, SAD, Mr Sukhbir Badal, while accusing the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of spoiling Punjab’s relations with neighbouring Himachal Pradesh said that raids conducted by the Enforcement Wing of Punjab State Electricity Board at the premises of HP Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, at Jalandhar was condemnable.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a Press conference

Tandon, Grewal condemn raids

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary, SAD(B), addresses a Press conference alongwith party MLA Guran Singh Tungwali at Bathinda on Saturday.
— Photo  by Kulbir Beera



CM rules out DC’s early reinstatement
New Delhi, February 8
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ruled out any immediate reinstatement of Mr D. K. Tiwari who was suspended as Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, for “dereliction of duty.’’ The Chief Minister, who was in the Capital, said the officer concerned had not followed his instructions about holding the zila parishad elections.

Complainants’ statements recorded
Bathinda, February 8
Highly-placed sources said here today that the Vigilance Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court recorded the statements of the two brothers Karnail Singh and Sukhdev Singh of Bhuchu Khurd village and has issued notice to advocate Surinder Mohan here who allegedly took Rs 55000 from them allegedly for paying the amount to Additional Sessions Judge Karnail Singh.

Kiran to seek funds for addicts’ kids

Amritsar, February 8
It was a pleasant surprise for residents of Maqboolpura, to see Dr Kiran Bedi, who paid an unscheduled visit to the area where more than a hundred persons have lost their lives due to drug addiction in the past few years.

Dr Kiran Bedi talks to media persons during his visit at Amritsar on Saturday. She will take up her new assignment of Police Advisor to the UNO in New York on Tuesday. Her husband, Mr Brij Bedi, is also seen in the picture.Photo Rajiv Sharma

Dr Kiran Bedi talks to media persons during his visit at Amritsar


ZP poll: decks cleared for Cong candidate
Gurdaspur, February 8
Decks have been cleared for the unanimous election of Mrs Krishan, Congress candidate for the post of Chairman, Zila Parishad, Gurdaspur. There were four contestants for the post including Mr Balwinder Singh Laddi, Zila Parishad member from Bhagowal and Mr Balloo, Zila Parishad member from Qadian.


Heritage Festival to put Patiala on tourist map
Patiala set to become major tourist attraction
Six years earlier, Patiala just about missed the bus to fame. The formation of an Akali government put paid to the plans of then Patiala Commissioner S K Sinha to have a heritage festival in the city in which the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was to be the star attraction.

The students of SSD Girls College help each other in make-up
The students of SSD Girls College help each other in make-up before the annual function of their college at Bathinda on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

MC plays ‘unfair’ with former councillor
Patiala, February 8
The Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to withdraw the sanction for building three shops in the city that was given to a city man eight years after the district administration had taken over a land occupied by him on Mall Road.

Get Punjabi youths in Pak freed, Badungar tells PM
Patiala, February 8
The SGPC president, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has written to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, urging him to take necessary steps to facilitate freeing of Punjabi youths jailed in Pakistan. He alleged that the jailed Punjabi youths were being forced to adopt Islam by the Pakistani authorities.

‘Nek Aurat’ questions society
Patiala, February 8
‘Nek Aurat’, Punjabi adaptation of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s fable play ‘The Good Woman of Sezuan’ brought forth the dilemma and anguish of a person forced to live a schizophrenic existence due to the apathy of society, characterised by greed and insensitivity towards an individual.

Police turns blind eye to illegal hunting
Ropar, February 8
In another incident of illegal hunting of wild animals in the district in a fortnight, a Sambar was killed in Nangal last evening. Eyewitnesses said hunters with the help of dogs chased the Sambar from the Shivalik Ranges into Nangal and killed it in the DD locality of the town.

Police ‘tortures’ another farmer
Amritsar, February 8
Close on the heels of the ‘torture’ of two farmers by CIA staff at Tarn Taran, who were later got released by a warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, another farmer Ranjit Singh Rana was admitted to the local Government Hospital in a ‘critical condition’ after he was subjected to a similar ‘torture’, here today.

Gurdwara panel denies calling Dalits’ boycott
Jalandhar, February 8
Shaheedan Gurdwara management committee at Talhan village near here has denied allegations that Jats had given a call to boycott Dalits of the village. The police today registered a case under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act for using abusive language against Dalits.

Punjab’s plea on incidental charges
Chandigarh, February 8
In a 14-point memorandum submitted to the Union Food Minister, Mr Sharad Yadav, the Punjab Government has sought immediate reimbursement of incidental charges to the tune of Rs 4342 crore of foodgrains procured for the Central pool.

BKU dharna enters fourth day
Gurdaspur, February 8
Dharna and road blockage by members of the Bharti Kisan Union in front of the police station, Dinanagar, to protest against non-payment of their arrears by sugar mills of Gurdaspur, Batala and Ajnala, entered its fourth day today. The rural link roads are being damaged as a direct fallout of this blockage.

CM files reply in civil suit
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, today filed a reply in a civil suit filed against him by a propaganda secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Ropar unit, Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, claiming that the case filed against him is not maintainable in a local court.

362 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Mansa, February 8
To settle cases relating to cooperative societies, land mortgage banks and housefed loans, a special Lok Adalat was organised here today in the premises of Zila Prishad Complex.

MOs asked to tour their areas
Patiala, February 8
The Director, Health Services, Dr S.P.S. Sandhu and the WHO consultant, Dr J.G. Vohra, while addressing a meeting of senior medical officers here, directed them to intensively tour their respective areas during the second round of pulse polio campaign and ascertain that all children in the age group of 0-five were given polio immunisation drops.


Octroi collection privatised
Phagwara, February 8
The Nagar Council here has privatised octroi collection poll promises notwithstanding. Last evening octroi was auctioned for the 5.16 crore. US Associates, a Jalandhar-based firm the highest bidder got the contract.


Murder case of SP’s son solved
Ludhiana, February 8
The Jagraon police today claimed to have solved a murder case involving a student of Lala Lajpat Rai Polytechnic at Ajitwal village in Moga district, whose beheaded body was found from the Abohar Canal branch a few days ago.

Tehsildar, three others booked for fraud
Tarn Taran, February 8
The police has booked tehsildar, Hari Singh, Kanoongo Jabardast Singh, halqa patwari, Gurjinder Kumar, lambardar Amrik Singh and two others under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120, IPC, for forging documents to graft a piece of land.

9 convicted in 3 dowry cases
Sangrur, February 8
Additional District and Sessions Judge Shyam Sunder Gupta, Barnala, has set a record of sorts by convicting nine persons in three separate dowry cases, two of which also led to the death of girls, in the past two days.

Murder convict arrested
Ropar, February 8
The Ropar police has arrested, Harpal Singh, a convict in a murder case, who recently fled from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. Giving this information the SSP Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, told the accused was arrested from Kiratpur Sahib on a tip-off.

Bank manager killed in mishap
Amritsar, February 8
Two persons, including a manager of a Punjab National Bank branch, were killed and three other employees of the same bank, were injured in a head-on collision between their car and an Army truck at the Chheharta chowk late last night.

11 dismissed secys held
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh police once again swooped on the dismissed Panchayat Secretaries today and arrested 11 agitating members of the Association of Dismissed Panchayat Secretaries of Punjab. With this, the total number of arrested Panchayat Secretaries has gone up to 123.


Rustication of 4 students sought
Amritsar, February 8
Even as Ravinder Pal Singh, a B.Sc (agriculture) final year student of Khalsa College, son of a Principal of Senior Secondary School, Sofi village, Jalandhar, lies in a semi-conscious state in a hospital nine days after being hit on head by a cricket bat, students of Khalsa college, along with the parents of Ravinder, in a signature campaign have appealed to the Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Mr SP Singh, to rusticate four students of the college.

Unsigned award lists delay IT results
Patiala, February 8
Punjabi University has been unable to declare the result of various information technology courses at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute on the university campus and Guru Gobind Singh Institute at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district for the past one month because the institutes had not cared to get the sign of the teacher concerned or stamp on the internal assessment and practical examination award lists submitted to the varsity.

Students to be educated on pollution control
Chandigarh, February 8
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology here is working out modalities to introduce training programmes on industrial pollution control for students of colleges and universities as well as various technical training institutes located in the state.

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