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Punjab to de-monopolise liquor trade
Chandigarh, February 14
After having a “bad experience” of the almost monopolised liquor trade, Punjab is all set to de-monopolise the liquor trade in the state. The new excise policy, according to informed sources, is being given final touches in this direction.

Drugs seized from chemist’s shop
Patiala, February 14
One day after 12 persons died here after consuming denatured spirit, the local Drug Inspector today went into action by raiding a chemist’s shop and recovered a large number of phencydil bottles far in excess of the prescribed stock.

ADGP summons thermal plant officials
Ropar, February 14
In a new development in the EPF scam in which labour contractors of the Ropar Thermal Plant along with some officials had allegedly swindled about Rs 1 crore from the EPF accounts of labourers working in the plant, the ADGP (Crime) has issued summons to the officials of the plant, directing them to present themselves before the SP (Crime) in connection with the inquiry in the case.

Badal asks Capt to step down on ‘moral grounds’
Chandigarh, February 14
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to step down on moral grounds in the face of the “documentary evidence on his questionable pursuits” published in the newspapers today.

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Belarus envoy seeks peaceful solution to Iraq crisis
Amritsar, February 14
Condemning international terrorism in all forms, Mr Uladzimir A. Sakalouski, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, today sought a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. 

BSNL plans crackdown on defaulters
SDM’s office phone connection severed
Abohar, February 14
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited here has sought the help of the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police in effecting the recovery of dues amounting to Rs 1 crore in this area, it is learnt.

Consulate staffers’ families return
Wagah, February 14
Following souring of the India-Pakistan relations, three families of the officials of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan crossed the joint checkpost about 2.30 p.m., here today.

PMT candidates cry foul
Bathinda, February 14
Faults and procedural lapses on the part of Baba Farid University, of Health Sciences have played havoc with the careers of students who had appeared in the Pre-Medical 2002. Some of them have wasted one precious year and are still not sure what the future has in store for them.


Don’t play into Cong hands, bureaucrats told
Gurdaspur, February 14
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD and former Chief Minister, talking to newsmen near here today said the SAD-BJP when voted to power would probe the “excesses” committed by the current ruling politicians and bureaucrats.

BJP to hold protest march
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab unit of the BJP will hold a protest march and dharna tomorrow here against the alleged failure of the Capt Amarinder Singh government to fulfil the promises made in the election manifesto before Assembly elections.

Chameli is ZP chief, Harjit vice-chief
Faridkot, February 14
Election for the post of chairman and vice-chairman of Zila Parishad of Faridkot district were put off yesterday when no Zila Parishad member came to take part in the process.


Flue gas system to check pollution from GNDTP
Bathinda, February 14
To curb the coal ash rain in the city and surrounding areas, the Punjab State Electricity Board has started erecting a flue gas system in units three and four of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant. This is being done to bring down the emission levels from the chimneys of the plant to the permissible limits set by the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Governor inaugurates bronchology conference
Jalandhar, February 14
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today expressed concern over a steep hike in the incidence of pulmonary problems due to changing lifestyles, atomospheric pollution and increasing industrialisation.

Seminar on Guru Nanak’s ‘Maru Solhe’ held
Amritsar, February 14
Guru Nanak’s long verses of 16 stanzas in Maru raag of Guru Granth Sahib are important because it is the only writing of the founder of Sikhism wherein he has discussed in detail various aspects of cosmology and the creation of the world.

Kidney scam: plea to quash FIR
Chandigarh, February 14
In less than a month after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for March 12 on a petition filed by Dr Bhupinder Singh seeking the quashing of first information report registered against him.

DSP released on interim bail
Mansa, February 14
Ms Jatinder Kaur, Duty Magistrate, Mansa, today released Gurjit Singh, DSP of Sherpur, on interim bail for one day and directed him to appear tomorrow before the committing court of Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate First Class Mansa for further orders.

Polling date advanced
Chandigarh, February 14
Mr C.L. Bains, State Election Commissioner, Punjab, said today that the polling date for the municipal elections in the state had been advanced to March 9 from March 12 because of unavoidable reasons. He said that school buildings would not be available on March 12 because of annual examinations, so the polling day had been advanced to March 9.

Badungar calls meeting on Khalsa Games
Chandigarh, February 14
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the SGPC, has called a meeting of seven member subcommittee at Anandpur Sahib on February 26 to decide dates of the second Khalsa Games scheduled to be held at Anandpur Sahib.

Proposal mooted to abolish octroi
Chandigarh, February 14
A proposal has been mooted to abolish octroi in Punjab. The proposal is being discussed at the top level, according to informed sources. The sources said the abolition of octroi would be made a part of the new industrial policy, the final draft of which was being prepared by the authorities concerned.

Patiala heritage fest opens
Patiala, February 14
Inaugurating the Patiala heritage festival, Punjab Governor J.F.R. Jacob today said owning to its dynastic history, Patiala had the potential to emerge on the international tourist map. He further said that the city’s unforgettable history and rich culture would definitely attract much tourist traffic.

Legal notice to HT
Chandigarh, February 14
Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, and Chairman, Advisory Committee on Fiscal Reforms and Financial Reconstruction and Resource Mobilisation to the Chief Minister, Punjab, has served a legal notice on The Hindustan Times.

School fund case: bail pleas rejected
Mansa, February 14
The camp court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mansa, Mr Jaspal Singh, yesterday dismissed two anticipatory bail applications, one filed by four local advocates — Dalip Singh, Kuldeep Singh Chahal, Harcharan Singh Sidhu and Jagjit Singh — and the other by Mukhtiar Singh Tandian, SGPC member.

SAD (A) to hold ‘rasta roko’ stir
Bathinda, February 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will organise a ‘rasta roko’ agitation during which it will disrupt rail and road traffic on March 1 to protest against the failure of the government to solve the problems of farmers and the arrest of defaulting farmers.

SGPC to file mercy plea for Bhullar
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 14
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s executive today unanimously decided to file a mercy petition for Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, sentenced to death in the bomb blast case outside the Indian National Youth Congress’ headquarters in New Delhi in 1993.

Be my valentine
Be my valentine...A young boy requests a girl to accept a red rose in an educational institution at Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Sena activists play spoilsport on V-Day
Phagwara, February 14
Activists of the Shiv Sena and the Bharatya Janata Yuva Morcha targeted youngsters on Valentine’s Day today. Led by their Presidents Inderjit Karwal and Sudarshan Dhillon the activists of the two parties shooed away boys and girls from a fast food front, tore Valentine’s Day protesters, pasted outside an eatery on the local Palahi road, and chased away girls and boys sitting in a car on the Hoshiarpur road.

Politicians told to desist from mud-slinging
Ferozepore, February 14
The Punjab Congress president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, here today said that politicians should desist from personal mud-slinging. Mr Hanspal was talking to context of Mr Madan Lal Khurana’s allegations about Punjab’s Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s liaison with a woman pilot officer.

Sikhs: use ‘Arya’ for nationality
Amritsar, February 14
Sikh scholars in a letter to RSS chief K.C. Sudershan has suggested that the word ‘Arya’ should be used to define the symbol of nationality as opposed to the word ‘Hindu’.

Army recruitments from tomorrow
Hoshiarpur, February 14
Recruitments for the Jat Sikh, Ramdasia Sikh, Majhabi Sikh and Dogra regiments of the Indian Army for Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Nawanshahr districts will be held from February 16 to 23 at Samiti Stadium, Dasuya.

Thandal ‘touts’ remanded
Kharar, February 14
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded two alleged touts of former Akali Minister Sohan Singh Thandal, who is already in judicial custody, till February 27 and ordered that they should be produced before the Special Judge Ropar, that day.

Play decries female foeticide
Amritsar, February 14
Rangtoli, a famous theatre group, presented a Punjabi play on female foeticide titled ‘Treemat’ at the Thakur Singh Fine Arts Pallery auditorium here today. Sponsored by the Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department, it was directed by Neeta Mohindra.


Arhtiya-farmer row: panels to be set up
Muktsar, February 14
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, today said that to solve the tussle between the farmers and the arhtiyas, committees headed by Subdivisional Magistrates would be set up.


Man, son held on murder charge
Kapurthala, February 14
The police has arrested Kulwant Singh and his son Rajwinder Singh, both of Bahui village, near here, on the charge of murdering Sarwan Singh, brother of Kulwant Singh, of the same village.


Students serve ultimatum
Sangrur, February 14
The district unit of the Punjab Radical Students Union today served an ultimatum on the police that if it failed to arrest till tomorrow Bogar Singh, Teeta and their accomplices, who had allegedly attacked PRSU leaders a few days ago at Sunam, the union would be compelled to chalk out an agitational programme in this regard.

Punjabi varsity security keeps spirits in check
Patiala, February 14
Despite fervor created by card galleries, restaurants and pubs in Patiala, Valentine’s Day in the city turned out to be a major disappointment, especially in Punjabi University. With university security all geared up as if to handle a mob-like scenario, the checking of ID cards at the main entrance to the varsity yielded little result as outsiders outnumbered the university students.

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