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Squall: CM distributes cheques
To approach Central Government for relief
Jandwala Meerasangla (Ferozepore), February 20
The Punjab Government will approach the Centre for releasing funds from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for giving compensation to next of kin of those killed and those badly affected due to the squall which hit some areas of the state on Tuesday.

Drought-hit, now hit by squall

Editorial: Cruel ways of nature

Capt Amarinder Singh presents a cheque to a storm victim at
Jandwala Meerasangla on Thursday.
— Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera

Hanspal to meet Sonia again
Chandigarh, February 20
The President of the All-India Congress Committee, Ms Sonia Gandhi, seems to be upset following a political attack on her by the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, asking her to break her silence over the alleged involvement of two Punjab Ministers in a “sex scandal” in Gujarat.




Panthic bodies’ plea on protests
Amritsar, February 20
Even as the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat is determined to stage a dharna on February 22 here in the SGPC complex for removal of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar Kesgarh Sahib who are facing corruption charges, various Panthic organisations, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Dal Khalsa and Sikh Students Federation today appealed to the Khalsa Panchayat and two NRI Sikh women to desist from any form of protest within the Golden Temple complex.

No inter-board migration
SAS Nagar, February 20
The Punjab School Education Board will not allow any inter board migration of students in Classes X and XII. This decision of the Board’s Academic Council was okayed at the meeting of the the members of the Board held recently. The decision will come in force from the next academic session.

Surfeit of law officers in Punjab to cost govt dear
Chandigarh, February 20
The office of the Punjab Advocate-General is today humming with nearly 92-odd law officers. The latest to join this constitutional office are one additional advocate-general (legal cell) in New Delhi and one deputy advocate-general and one assistant advocate-general in Chandigarh.

Cabinet expansion after HP poll
Jandwala Meerasangla (Ferozepore), February 20
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said that the state Cabinet would be expanded and the Chairmen of various public sector undertakings appointed immediately after the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.


6 Akali men held for burning CM’s effigy
Amritsar, February 20
The district police today arrested six Youth Akali Dal workers while Mr Gurpartap Singh Tikka, district president of the party, managed to flee for burning the effigy of Capt Amarinder Singh and violating 144 CrPC imposed by the Deputy Commissioner. A case has been registered against them under various sections of the IPC at Kotwali police station here.

110 nomination papers filed
Samana, February 20
As many as 110 nomination papers were filed for the municipal elections here today. It was the last day for filing nominations. A total 157 nominations have been filed. Elections to 17 wards of the Municipal Council here will be held on March 2.


ADGP report raises eyebrows
Amritsar, February 20
“Clean chit” to persons involved in the alleged embezzlement of ‘quake funds’ collected by students of Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College in report of the Additional Director-General of Police, Crime, Chandigarh, has raised many an eyebrow.

Two transfused wrong blood
Bathinda, February 20
The lives of two patients were endangered after they were given wrong blood in separate private clinics here in the past two days. However, the timely intervention of in charge of blood bank of the local Civil Hospital and doctors attending on them saved their lives.

Decision on ' gutka' sale
Chandigarh, February 20
In reply on a public interest litigation seeking directions for taking immediate steps to ban the manufacture, distribution and sale of gutka, along with other chewable tobacco products, the state of Punjab today sought two months time for taking a decision.

Consumer forum fines advocate
Muktsar, February 20
The local district consumers forum has fined an advocate for deficiency in services and has ordered him to pay Rs 40,000 as compensation to the affected persons within one month of the receipt of the orders.

BKU lifts dharna
Gurdaspur, February 20
The Bharti Kisan Union lifted its six-day-old gherao of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here after a fax message of the Punjab Government was received stating that Rs 47 crore, in addition to Rs 28 crore, released earlier was sent to the managing directors of the cooperative sugar mills today.

Punjab directed to release money
Chandigarh, February 20
Taking up a petition filed against the state of Punjab and other respondents by lecturers in technical colleges seeking the payment of revised pay scales with effect from January 1, 1996, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Special Secretary of Technical Education to release the amount by February 28.

Top cops of states to ‘exchange views’
Hoshiarpur, February 20
To make the working of the police more effective regularising traffic and controlling, crime in the country, top police officers of various states are exchanging their views regarding the working of their respective provinces under the modernisation scheme of the Central Government. 

Slaughter houses ‘not being monitored’
Ropar, February 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), yesterday alleged that slaughter houses in Punjab were not being monitored. Talking to this correspondent on the phone, Mr Mann said such slaughter houses besides being a threat to life of the common man were also a threat to environment pollution.

Powers withdrawn from Addl Civil Judge
Phagwara, February 20
On the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the powers of Ms Ramesh Kumari, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Phagwara, have been withdrawn, it was learnt this evening.

Man dies of cold

With a renewed spell of cold wave due to squalls and hailstorms, a rickshaw puller Gurjit Singh, alias Mahana, died of cold in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday in New Satnampura mohalla.

Anything for love
Phagwara, February 20

Blind in love, a college girl allegedly drugged her parents and two brothers and ran away with her lover. The family became unconscious after taking the drugged coffee, the police said today.


DC in favour of colonies for poor
Bathinda, February 20
The Punjab Urban Development Authority and the Improvement Trust should ensure that all shops or houses of earlier projects are sold, before developing any commercial centres or residential colonies in cities. This was stated by Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, high powered Finance Committee, here today.


Two arrested for sodomising boy
Tarn Taran, February 20
A six-year-old boy of Jindawala village was allegedly sodomised by two boys of the village falling under harike police station yesterday. The boy was admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

Youth killed in dispute
Tarn Taran, February 20
A youth was killed in a minor dispute between two groups at a wedding at the local Jandiala Road yesterday. The deceased was identified as Gindi (23) of the local Gokalpur locality who was murdered by Charna and his two sons Amrika and Bittu.

Youth stabbed to death, 1 held
Amritsar, February 20
The district police today claimed to have solved a murder case in which a 22-year-old youth was stabbed to death, in broad day light yesterday, by the arrest of the main accused.


Varsity to start new courses
Amritsar, February 20
Guru Nanak Dev University will introduce courses in MCA (three years), MBA (two years), B.Ed. (tow years) and M.Ed. under distance education scheme soon, subject to the approval of the NCTE. A courses in BA (Honours) in social sciences will also be started from the next academic session. These decisions were taken at a meeting of the Academic Council of the university here today.


5.80 cr subsidy for new SSI units
Sangrur, February 20
The Punjab Khadi and Village Industrial Board will provide subsidies of Rs 5.80 crore every year to the rural unemployed youths to promote small scale industries in the villages. The subsidies will be provided on the loans, to be given by the banks for setting up of small scale industries in the rural areas.

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