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Punjab in vortex of crises
Chandigarh, February 21
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, has written a letter to his Rajya Sabha colleague, Union minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, suggesting that he call a meeting of all MPs from the state for a discussion on issues that concern Punjab and Punjabis. Though focus of his letter is on the matter that concern the Sikhs, he has weaved in some other equally crucial economic and educational issues as well.

Relief work politicised, say villagers
Abohar, February 21
Even after the visit of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to Jandwala Meerasangla village, the worst affected by Tuesday’s squall majority of the villagers said the relief operations had been politicised. Residents on their own had collected wheat and cash and distributed the same among those who had been rendered homeless.

Man killed in front of SDM’s court
Batala, February 21
Mr Hardev Singh (34) son of Narangan Singh of Khujala village under Ghuman police station of Batala police district was killed today in front of the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate here.

Dadwan — village of forgotten spies
Gurdaspur, February 21
Dadwan a small village near Dhariwal in the district, which has produced many spies engaged by the intelligence agencies is a forgotten village today. The families of these spies, who are in jails in Pakistan, are leading a life of starvation these days. So much so that when these spies, who after completing their sentence in Pakistan jails, enter Wagah they are arrested by the Punjab police on one pretext or the other.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Kidney racket: remand for middleman
Amritsar, February 21
Vickey Bhatia, a middleman in the multi-crore kidney scam was remanded in police custody for five days by a court here today. He would be now produced in the court on February 25.


“Earmark funds for gaushalas in Budget”
Sangrur, February 21
The vice-president of the Punjab Gaushala Mahasangh, Mr Deepak Maghan, yesterday urged the Union Government to make provisions in the Central Government’s Budget for providing financial assistance to gaushalas. The provisions should be made in the proposed bill, regarding ban on cow slaughter, to be tabled by the government in the current Budget session of Parliament.

Dutch offer on waste management
Amritsar, February 21
A Dutch expert on solid waste management, Mr Ed Garsvo, said Holland was willing to offer its technical expertise for solving the problem of pollution and handling of the solid waste. Talking to mediapersons after a day-long visit to the city, organised by the Municipal Corporation, Mr Garsvo could offer expertise in agriculture and food processing.

SGPC chief ‘ignores’ Takht directive
Amritsar, February 21
Almost ‘ignoring’ the directive of the Sikh clergy, issued in 1996, which had allowed baptised Sikh women to perform any ‘seva’ in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, the SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar today announced that the ongoing religious practice which was being viewed as “maryada, could be changed only after taking all sections of the Panth” into confidence.

Notice to CBI in Bibi Jagir Kaur case
Chandigarh, February 21
On an application seeking the cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and Bibi for March 7.

PPSC Secy (Exams) shifted
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Government today shifted the PPSC Secretary (Examinations), Mr P.S. Gill, and posted him SDM, Sunam, vice Mr Balraj Singh Sekhon, who goes as SDM, Nihalsinghwala.

Residents refute PUDA claim
Bathinda, February 21
Even as the residents whose houses were demolished by PUDA authorities last evening for reportedly being constructed on encroached land have started shifting to other places, owners of the houses whose boundary walls were demolished claimed today that they had not encroached upon PUDA land.
A woman with her grandchildren sits in the open at Bathinda on Friday. Their dwelling was demolished by PUDA authorities on Thursday evening. — Photo Kulbir Beera

DC orders probe
Bathinda, February 21
Taking a serious note regarding the infusion of blood of wrong group to two patients who were under treatment at two local private clinics, Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the Civil Surgeon, Dr S.K. Goyal, to take action against those found guilty.

Probe into ‘death due to negligence’ ordered
Bathinda, February 21
Dr S.K. Goyal, Civil Surgeon, Bathinda today ordered an inquiry into a death of a married woman namely Sona, a resident of Talwandi Sabo, who died in the civil hospital here allegedly due to negligence of a doctor posted in the Civil Hospital, Talwandi Sabo, who refused to admit her when she was taken there when she was injured after she got entangled with belt of a flour mill.

People enlightened on women’s health
Bathinda, February 21
The health authorities here conducted a ‘Girl Child Health Competition’ at Teona village near here where people were enlightened on of female foeticide, reproductive health and immunisation of children.

No case against rice miller yet
Mansa, February 21
The district police has not registered a case against the owners of M/s Bishna Mal Puran Chand Rice Mill, Bareta, for alleged misappropriation of paddy and tampering of official records despite a written information sent by the District Manager of Punsup here to the SSP, Mansa, on August 9, 2002, as per the instructions of the head office of Punsup at Chandigarh.


BKU alleges farmer’s harassment
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), February 21
The BKU (E) has alleged that a farmer of Kotbhara village was manhandled by an arhtiya when the former refused to sign blank papers as was asked by the latter.


Judge divested of powers
Phagwara, February 21
On the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the powers of Ms Ramesh Kumari, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Phagwara had been withdrawn, Court sources said today.

DC orders probe into birds’ deaths
Ropar, February 21
The Deputy Commissioner here, Ms Seema Jain, has directed the DFO, Ropar Range, to visit the site where birds perished in Nangal and conduct probe into the cause of death of birds.

Ban orders
Bathinda, February 21
Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, has banned the use of olive colour (military colour) vehicles or clothes by the general public. The order will remain in force from February 24 to April 23.


Ayurvedic doctor booked
Ferozepore, February 21
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths have booked Dr Pankaj Bansal posted at Government Ayurvedic Dispensary, Janer in Moga district. Ms Anita Punj SP Vigilance Ferozepore Range said that Dr Bansal instead of going to the government dispensary, was running a private clinic in Moga where he was caught while accepting Rs 500 from Jagtar Singh.

Scuffle at wedding, 4 held
Ferozepore, February 21
Three persons were injured at a wedding in Vandala village following a scuffle during which shots were fired at the marriage party. According to the information, during marriage of daughter of Sukhwinder Singh, some persons started fighting allegedly after consuming liquor. Balkar Singh, went to his house and came back with his three sons and allegedly fired at the marriage party with his .12 bore gun.


VC clears stand on Punjabi
Patiala, February 21
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University said here today that the allegations coming from some quarters that the varsity was not doing enough to promote Punjabi were untrue and motivated by individual interests. He said the organisations that were trying to project him as ‘anti-Punjabi’ were doing the same because of vested political interests.

Varsity to honour Kiran Bedi
Amritsar, February 21
Guru Nanak Dev University would honour four Indians for their contribution to science technology, art and administration, with doctor of philosophy (honouris causa) degrees at 29th annual convocation to be held on March 8. The syndicate of the varsity took this decision here today.


Governance by RBI sought
Bathinda, February 21
Worried over the poor state of affairs, employees of the Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank have sought that the governance of the bank should be under the Reserve Bank of India and the present bureaucratic set up should be dismantled.


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