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Amarinder Singh for probe by retired SC Judge
SAS Nagar, February 17
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh said here today that his two ministers, named in a call girl racket claimed to be busted by the Gujarat police yesterday, would not cooperate with the police if a case was registered against them. Stating that he had no faith in the CBI who could be asked to look into the matter, the Chief Minister informed that his party would request for an independent investigation by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court.

Badal wants CM to quit on moral ground
Chandigarh, February 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal today demanded resignation of the Congress government in Punjab on moral ground to prevent any further damage being done to the moral fibre of the Punjabi society and its culture. “Punjab cannot be allowed to be governed by sex-clients, pimps or middlemen”

BJP, SAD activists burn govt effigy
Bathinda, February 17
Even as the names of Congress Ministers and an MLA allegedly involved in the Gujarat election sex scandal were made public yesterday, the BJP and SAD held a demonstration in the city demanding legal action against these politicians.

Child swap: no end to agony
Amritsar, February 17
Since the past four months an old woman, a grandmother Sumitra Devi has been waiting for her baby grandson who allegedly was ‘swapped’ with a female child by a midwife Ramesh Rani in November last year. 
Manohar Singh and his wife Parmjit Kaur, along with the girl child swapped by midwife Ramesh Rani, in Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv

Fatehgarh Sahib



Vehicles move with the headlights on as it rains at Bathinda on Monday evening.
— Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera.

‘Seva’ by Sikh women: clergy to take up issue
Amritsar, February 17
Sikh high priests are likely to take up the issue of allowing baptised Sikh women to perform ‘seva’ in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in the forthcoming meeting. According to highly placed sources close to Jathedar, Akal Takht.

Bir Devinder to get berth, says CM
SAS Nagar, February 17
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, gave a clear indication of including, Mr Bir Devinder Singh into his Council of Ministers. “He is seniormost among those who have not been made a minister.


In video
The police in Amritsar begins bicycle patrolling to check urban crime. 
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3 killed in road mishap
Jagraon, February 17
Three persons were killed and about 20 others, were injured ‘five of them seriously’ in a head-on collision between a PRTC bus and a truck near Jagraon this evening. The condition of at least two of the injured was critical.

Significant ruling on rape case
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, has ruled that the presence of semen on the victim or her clothes was not necessary to prove the offence of rape.

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Caged inmates: SC notice to Punjab
New Delhi, February 17
The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Punjab Government seeking action against police personnel for taking four accused in an iron cage from a court to the jail on December 27 last year.

Prosecution of MC chief allowed
Chandigarh, February 17
Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, said that the state had granted sanction for prosecution of Dr Kuldip Singh Gill, president, Municipal Council, Moga, who had allegedly kept municipal funds of Rs 1,75,380 for three years in his personal custody.

Ensure regular LPG supply: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 17
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner has directed the officials of the Food and Supplies Department to check the stock of LPG in various agencies. Presiding over the monthly progress review meeting of district officers, he directed the officials concerned ensure regular supply of LPG in the district.

DSP files bail plea in kidnapping case
Mansa, February 17
The DSP, Vigilance Department, Chandigarh, Mr Brij Mohan Sarup, today applied here for the grant of anticipatory bail application in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Dharam Singh in a kidnapping case registered on February 28, 1998. The trial court of Ms Jatinder Kaur, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Mansa, had issued arrest warrants against him.

Power supply to SDM’s office cut
Mansa, February 17
The local office of the Punjab State Electricity Board of suburban subdivision yesterday disconnected the electric connection to the tehsil office here for non-payment of electricity bills for the last about two years.


Wheat procurement steps reviewed
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today reviewed wheat procurement with agencies of the state. Procurement commences on April 1.

YC workers stage dharna
Ferozepore, February 17
Workers of the Youth Congress led by the district president, Mr Raminder Awla, staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the “wrong” policies of the Central Government.

BKU gheraos DC’s office
Gurdaspur, February 17
Works in courts here was hit following gherao of the Deputy Commissioner’s office by Bharatiya Kisan Union activists today. Staff of the Additional Deputy Commissioner’s (Revenue) office, GA to the Deputy Commissioner and Sadar Kanungo could not perform office duty.


Doctor held with smack


Singla meets SSI representatives
Bathinda, February 17
Mr Surinder Singla, local MLA and Chairman of the Punjab Finance Committee, who interacted with representatives of SSI here yesterday, said the delay in disbursement of sanctioned subsidy and higher power tariff had led to closure of a number of SSIs.

Beopar Mandal bandh today
Pathankot, February 17
The local unit of the Punjab Beopar Mandal today held a meeting here at the Arya Samaj Temple under the chairmanship of Mr Sham Lal, senior vice-president of the unit, and decided to observe complete bandh tomorrow in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

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