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10 Haryana residents booked
Kurali, February 10
The Punjab Government has ordered the registration of cases against 10 Haryana residents who are suspected to have purchased 350-acres of land in Ropar on behalf of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister.

Congress to sue Dhumal
Jalandhar, February 10
AICC treasurer and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora today said that he would soon file a case of defamation against caretaker Himachal Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal in the Delhi High Court.

Dhumal got Rs 13-cr assets as CM: Amarinder
Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said it was his ‘’duty’’ to nail lies on properties owned by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, and his family in Jalandhar. The intention was not to cast aspersions on him but to tell people the truth.

CM ‘sidelining’ Cong MLAs
Jallowal (Jalandhar), February 10
Mincing no words in criticising the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for his alleged failure to give due consideration to the demands raised by MLAs of the ruling Congress, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, Congress MLA from Adampur, today alleged that development works in his constituency had virtually come to a halt after the formation of the Congress government in the state.



  MPs meet Amarinder
Chandigarh, February 10
Six Members of Parliament — five of the Congress and one of SAD (Amritsar) — today held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today to discuss some key issues of Punjab to be raised by them in the ensuing session of Parliament.

Punjab industrial policy by March 1
Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab industrial policy is likely to be announced by March 1. This was announced by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at an interface with the industry here today. The focus was to invite suggestions on the draft industrial policy. However, most of the speakers talked about their sectoral ‘’aches and pains’’.

Woman’s body exhumed, girl traced
Hoshiarpur February 10
The recovery of a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly abducted by a young dera owner about two years ago with the connivance of her cousin, has unfolded a sordid story wherein the girl was forced to dress-up as a Gorkha and the body of her maternal aunt’s pregnant daughter-in-law, who died for want of treatment, was buried in a choe by her paramour, the dera owner and his brother.


Video conference to hear Kala Afghana
Amritsar, February 10
Sikh clergy today decided to hear Canada-based Mr Gurbax Singh, Kala Afghana, a cop-turned Sikh scholar through video-conferencing in a fortnight. The decision unprecedented in the history of Sikhism had to be taken as Mr Kala Afghana had expressed inability to appear before the Sikh clergy today on health grounds and being on the “black list”.

Plant fire: high-level  probe ordered
Lehra Mohabat (Bathinda), February 10
A high-level panel has been constituted by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to identify the cause of fire in the unit number two of the local Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) yesterday.

Raj Babbar and his daughter Juhi Babbar, on a promotional tour of her first Hindi film
Raj Babbar and his daughter Juhi Babbar, on a promotional tour of her first Hindi film “Kash Aap Hamare Hote,” pay their obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Women shown in poor light: Juhi    
Amritsar, February 10
“Women are being portrayed terribly in today’s films”, commented actress, Juhi Babbar who was on a promotional tour here today for her Hindi film “Kaash Aap Hamare Hotey”.

Kidney scam: notice issued
Chandigarh, February 10
In less than a month after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition seeking the quashing of first information reports registered against the donors.

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Industrialist murder case accused  gets bail
Moga, February 10
A court here today released on bail Darshan Singh Alias Gasha of Moga, arrested for the murder case of Kot Kapura Industrialist Mukand Singh. He was arrested on November 11, 2002.

American folk singer wins hearts
Amritsar, February 10
James Durst, a renowned American singer, won Punjabi hearts with his American folk songs and peppered Punjabi on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus here today.

Villagers’ complaint against bank manager
Nabha, February 10
Farmers and labourers of 25 villages around Nabha have sent complaints to the Chief Minister, Director Vigilance and higher officials of Central Cooperative Bank against the “dictatorial attitude of the manager of Central Cooperative Bank at Galwati village, 10 km from here.

Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur train flagged off
Jalandhar, February 10
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mr H.C. Punia, today formally flagged off a Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur DMU equipped with modern facilities from the local Railway station. With this launch, DMU shed, Jalandhar, has become the first in the Railways to introduce automatic passenger doors.

Only talent will be recruited, says PPSC chief
Amritsar, February 10
Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Lt-Gen Surjit Singh (retd) spoke on the system of selection for the state Civil Services and allied posts at a lecture organised by placement unit of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Using hospital equipment for brickbatting
Fazilka, February 10
Miscreants of two clashing groups indulged in brickbatting with equipment of the emergency ward of the local Civil Hospital last night. Despite timely information, the police reached the scene about one-and-a-half hour after the incident when most of the miscreants had left the place after damaging hospital property.

ICU on wheels introduced
Ludhiana, February 10
Hero DMC Heart Institute, the prestigious 150-bedded superspeciality cardiac care centre of the region, has introduced “Intensive Care Ambulance” for heart patients.

Dispensaries sans vets
Gurdaspur, February 10
Veterinary services in the district are in a bad shape due to large number of vacancies at the posts of veterinary doctor, particularly in backward and border areas. More than a 100 dispensaries are without veterinary doctors.

Punjab to beautify samadhi
Amritsar, February 10
The Punjab Government will undertake beautification of the samadhi of a Sikh General, Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala, by developing it into a befitting memorial.

Cultural fair organised
Amloh, February 10
Youth Sports Club, Sahiwal, organised its first cultural fair at Sahiwal village, near here, which was presided over by Mr Sadhu Singh Dhramsot, MLA, Amloh, and Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Minister for Transport, and Mr Gurwinder Singh Atwal, Parliamentary Secretary (Co-operation), were the chief guests at various sessions.


Experts warn of ill-effects  of Bt cotton
Bathinda, February 10
Experts, farm scientists, representatives of NGOs, farmers and agro-economists yesterday gathered here from all over the country to discuss the implications of growing Bt cotton on other crops and concluded that even as it offers short-term benefits, its long-term effects are anything but positive.


Youth dies in attack
Bathinda, February 10
Mr Harbhajan Singh, SP (H), records the statement of Harwinder SinghGurinder Singh alias Babbar, leader of a group of youths, died when he along with his two friends was attacked with firearms and sharp-edged weapons near a school on Bhagu Road, 100 metres from the SSP’s residence and Civil Lines police post by another group of youths, involved in several court cases of violence today evening.

Mr Harbhajan Singh, SP (H), records the statement of Harwinder Singh at Bathinda on Monday.

7 booked for duping farmer
Abohar, February 10
The police has registered a case against seven persons, including two brothers, for allegedly duping a farmer of Rs 40,000 on the pretext of selling gold coins to him at the rate of Rs 2,000 per tola only.

Man killed in road mishap
Bathinda, February 10
Bira Singh, a resident of Bir Talab village was seriously injured in a road accident here today.


Make education job-oriented: Haider
Amritsar, February 10
The three-day convention on vocational education sought restructuring of vocational courses according to the needs of trade and industry. The seminar was being organised by PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education Bhopal NCERT and BBK DAV College for Women here.Top

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