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SAD promises justice to ’84 riot widows
Alamgir, February 15
The SAD, while demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, today expressed its dismay at the “unrealistic” MSP announced for wheat and also appealed to the 1984 riot widows to have faith in the Almighty and desist from resorting to self-immolation. It also decided to constitute a two-member committee comprising Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal and Mr Chiranji Lal Garg to look into the alleged human rights violations against Akali workers in the state.

SHO, ASI suspended, booked for extortion
Sangrur, February 15
A case has been registered against the SHO of a police station here, an ASI, a Head Constable, and three others. The police here registered a case under Sections 384, 506, 120-B of the IPC and 7, 13 (2) 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act yesterday against Mr Darbara Singh, SHO; Anup Singh, ASI; Kewal Singh, Head Constable; Satnam Singh, of Dhapali (Bathinda); Darshan Kumar, car driver; and Ms Happy. They have absconded.

Amarinder has betrayed people: BJP
Chandigarh, February 15
The Punjab unit of the BJP, which organised a rally-cum-march against the Congress government here today, said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had betrayed the people of the state by not fulfilling the promises made before the assembly elections.



Cricket lovers burning the posters of Indian team in Amritsar
Cricket lovers burning the posters of Indian team in Amritsar on Saturday after their terrible performance against Australia during the World Cup in Pretoria. — PTI 

Preserving Punjabi
Patiala, February 15
Even as doubts are being expressed about the maintenance of the state archival records besides the need for cataloguing and preserving these, the State Language Department has been using the services of its computer section to transfer more than 600 rare manuscripts in its possession on compact discs.

Probe finds no truth in paddy seed ‘scam’
Ludhiana, February 15
The probe into the alleged seed scam at the seed farm of the Punjab Agricultural University at Nabha has not detected any irregularities or financial loss to the PAU through the sale of paddy at the Nabha farm.

Jilani’s kin cross over to Pak
Wagah, (Amritsar), February 15
Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Jaleel Abbas Jilani’s three sons and wife crossed to Pakistan from the joint check post here around 1.30 pm. Mr Jilani’s wife, Ms Shahita Jilain, and his sons, Amir Hamza Jilani, Damid Mustafa Jilani and Tahila, Jilani, moved in a car.

Ashram mahant held for rape
Hoshiarpur, February 15
On the complaint of a resident of Gali Zaildaran, near Diwankhana, Mahilpur, the police has registered a case under Sections 292A, 293, 376 and 506, IPC, against Mahant Alkha Nand of Sidh Jandi Ashram of the same town for allegedly raping, blackmailing and terrorising her.


Corruption alleged in recruitment
Bathinda, February 15
A section of employees of the closed cooperative spinning and weaving mills of Mansa and Kotkapura have alleged that Housefed committed large-scale irregularities while recruiting employees from the list of candidates who had won an eight-year battle.

HC directive to DGP, SSP
Chandigarh, February 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Punjab’s Director General of Police (Crime) and Ferozepore’s Senior Superintendent of Police to be present in the court on a petition filed by a dera head initially seeking the registration of an FIR against police officials and an Akali leader.

Residents block traffic on GT Road
Phagwara, February 15
Residents of the local Santokhpura Mohalla blocked traffic on the GT Road overnight in protest against the alleged manhandling of some youths by policemen. The blockade, which began around 1 am, was lifted around 4 am today after the local DSP, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, and the local SDM, Mr Pritam Singh talked to the protesters.

‘Rasta roko’: MLA among 50 booked
Bathinda, February 15
A criminal case against Mr Gura Singh Tungwali, Akali MLA from the Nathana Assembly segment and about 50 others has been registered in Nahianwala police station for their involvement in jamming the traffic on the Bathinda-Pathankot state highway under the party’s recent statewide “rasta roko” agitation.

Police course concludes
Phillaur, February 15
A two-day course on gender sensitisation for gazetted police officers concluded at the Punjab Police Academy here yesterday as many as 24 police officers including six SPs and 18 DSPs, attended the course.

It was murder, not suicide: mother
Amritsar, February 15
Ms Surinder Kaur, a former sarpanch of Mand Pandher village, has accused the authorities of the Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Sciences of connivance in the death of her daughter Amritpal Kaur, which was declared as a suicide case.

Colourful shobha yatra taken out
Phagwara, February 15
A shobha yatra was taken out here this afternoon on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass. It started from Chak Hakim village and passed through decorated city bazars.


Farmers block traffic
Sangrur, February 15
On a call by six farmers’ organisations, the farmers today blocked traffic on the Sangrur-Barnala road near here in protest against the “anti-farmer” policies of the state and central governments.


2 Pak teenagers arrested
Tarn Taran, February 15
Two teenaged Pakistanis were arrested by the Border Security Force on the might of February 13. A police official told here today that the accused had been identified as Sagar Deen (15) son of Deen Mohammad, and Sawar (16) son of Asharaf, both residents of Kasoor.

Criminal case against Cong councillor, kin
Bathinda, February 15
A criminal case was registered here today against Mr Sewak Ram Bhola Generator, a Congress municipal councillor, his brother, Mr Raman Kumar, Mr Rishi Ram, for allegedly possessing a piece of land in one of the posh localities of the city illegally.

Five cricket bookies held
Bathinda, February 15
The police achieved a major success in its campaign against satta on one-day cricket matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup-2003 when it arrested five members of an inter-state gang of bookies.

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