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Bajwa, Samra sue Modi, Shah
Jalandhar, February 18
The Punjab Ministers, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra and Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, whose names have figured in the alleged sex racket in Gujarat during poll campaign today filed criminal complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.S. Grewal, here.

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  Modi joins issue with Capt
  Kicks off a new controversy
  Nation page: BJP for probe into sex scandal

Partap Singh Bajwa and Amarjit Singh Samra coming out of a Jalandhar court after filing a criminal case against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
— photo Pardeep Pandit


Punjabi pop's influence on the West is more than tangible, and it is reflected in musicians of Indian origin in the West releasing Punjabi albums back home. The latest to join that bandwagon is Kamal Heer. (28k, 56k)

Waiting for golden grains, Punjab sees red
Chandigarh, February 18
The official date for the commencement of wheat procurement is April 1. The minimum support price for wheat (2003-04) remains the same as last year — Rs 620 per quintal, but with additional Rs 10 as draught relief.

  MSP for wheat: CM to meet Vajpayee

Managing manpower — Punjab style
Surplus pool likely of one lakh employees
Chandigarh, February 18
As part of the medium term fiscal programme outlined in the current year Budget, the Punjab Civil Services (Redeployment of Surplus Employees) Rules, 2003, have been framed for regulating re-deployment/readjustment of surplus staff.

Pesticides behind birds’ death?
PHRC seeks probe into matter
Ropar, February 18
The initial post-mortem examination of the birds who perished near the Nangal slaughterhouse has indicated that some organic phosphorous pesticide had caused the death of these birds. 



  Editorial: Ghastly incident
  Related story on February 18:
Birds perish near slaughterhouse

Afghana’s video-conference put off
Amritsar, February 18
The video conference with Canada-based cop-turned Sikh scholar, Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana which was scheduled to be held this evening by the Sikh high priests has been put off at the eleventh hour on ‘technical grounds’.


Docs not paid salary for months
Bathinda, February 18
Doctors, members of the para-medical staff and others working with post-mortem units at government hospital have not been paid salaries for the past six months. They alleged that the authorities concerned had not been making efforts for arranging funds for their salaries.

‘Drunk’ driver leaves passengers high and dry
Jalandhar, February 18
Sixty passengers of a Jalandhar-bound Punjab Roadways bus had to face hardship when the bus driver in the middle of the journey allegedly consumed liquor and a passenger had to drive the vehicle taking five hours to reach Jalandhar.

Rs 22 lakh recovery from ex-sarpanches ordered
Faridkot, February 18
The district administration has directed the District Revenue Officer to recover Rs 22 lakh from 10 former sarpanches in Faridkot district, who had misutilised the grant during the SAD-BJP government in the state.

VB probe against MC ex-chief begins
Gidderbaha, February 18
The Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry against Mr Subash Jain, former president of the local Municipal Council for alleged bunglings in development works and embezzlement of funds by him during his tenure.

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Bathinda refinery on schedule
New Delhi, February 18
Minister for Petroleum Ram Naik today said that “mechanical completion” of work on HPCL refinery at Bathinda would be completed on schedule in December 2006 and that the decision to disinvest in the public sector company would in no way effect the work on the refinery.

Chandigarh, February 18
A petition filed by former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission Ravi Inderpal Singh Sidhu challenging the holding of two trials out of the same first information report, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday fixed March 5 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Dam staff sans pay for 2 months
Gurdaspur, February 18
More than 5,000 workers yesterday participated in a rally held at Shahpur Kandi by employees of various unions of the employees at the Ranjit Sagar Dam to protest against the failure of the dam authorities to pay their salaries for January and February.

Bookies shift base
Bathinda, February 18
As the police has intensified its campaign against those indulging in “satta”, booking bets on the one-dayers of the ICC World Cup, a number of them have shifted base and have started business afresh in other cities of Punjab and Haryana.

Sena seeks nod for Hindu jathas to Pak
Amritsar, February 18
Close on the heels of the demand of Sikh organisations to permit jathas to Pakistan on Baisakhi, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, president, All-Indian Hindu Shiv Sena, has urged Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee for granting permission to visit Katasraj in Pakistan on Shivratri.

2 brothers die in car mishap
Jalandhar, February 18
Two brothers were killed and four members of their family injured in an accident near Kahma village in Nawanshahr district this morning. Ashok Kumar and his brother Manohar Lal, and their family members, all belonging to Jalandhar, were travelling in a Maruti car, which hit a tree, resulting in the death of both brothers and injuring their family members identified as Vinay, Madhu, Ishu and Sahil. The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

‘Release innocent in kidney racket’
Amritsar, February 18
Mr Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary, CPI, has sought the immediate release of eight persons who have allegedly been falsely implicated in kidney case and are lodged in the Central Jail.

PSEB technicians burn SE’s effigy
Bathinda, February 18
Members of the Technical Services Union of the PSEB today held a rally and burnt an effigy of the Superintending Engineer of the district division of the PSEB for his alleged indifferent behaviour to the demands of the employees.

Bandh call: shops remain closed
Pathankot, February 18
In response to a bandh call given by the local unit of the Beopar Mandal shops of the town remained closed today. The call was given against the callous attitude of Mr G.S. Punia, ETO, and others, who have been allegedly harassing traders on flimsy grounds.


12 shellers indicted in probe report
Kapurthala, February 18
The district administration has completed the preliminary enquiry into the multi-crore levy rice scandal involving Rs 30 crore by local rice shellers on the pretext of excess delivery of levy rice to the Food Corporation of India.


23 MC men transferred
Amritsar, February 18
The recent computerisation of the Municipal Corporation has rendered several employees surplus leading to an extensive exercise of transfers here yesterday.


Extortion case: girl held, remanded
Sangrur, February 18
The police here has arrested Gurmeet Kaur, alias Happy, who was involved allegedly in a case of extortion and intimidation registered on February 14 under Sections 384, 506 and 120-B of the IPC and provisions of the corruption Act against six persons, including her and three policemen.

Petrol station looted
Sangat (Bathinda), February 18
A petrol station, 4 km from this town, was looted by three unidentified youths yesterday morning. Police sources said that three unidentified youths who came to the petrol station of Indian Oil Corporation, took away Rs 16,000 in cash by threatening two salesmen. A case has been registered.


Settle pending issues, demands PCCTU
Ludhiana, February 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union yesterday deferred the Punjabi University area rally slated for February 19 and the Panjab University area rally for February 26. The meeting was presided over by Prof S.S. Hundal, union president, and office-bearers of the PCCTU.

Students made to suffer
Mansa, February 18
Twentysix students of class VIII of a local school are in a fix over their future, courtesy Punjab School Education Board. The centre of examination for these students was Government Senior Secondary School for Boys here as per their roll number cards.Top

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