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Betrayed by own people: Manjit Singh
Patiala, February 25
Prof Manjit Singh former Jathedar Kesgarh Sahib today claimed that Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badungar had levelled false allegations against him and even told a lie to the general house of the SGPC while removing him from the post of Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib two days ago.

Marching from ‘stability to development’
Chandigarh, February 25
If, for Capt Amarinder Singh 2002 was the “year of stabilisation”, the next year 2003 has been designated as the “year of development”.

US citizen ‘forced to terminate’ journey midway
Miani (Hoshiarpur), February 25
Mr Dildar Gotra, a US citizen and NRI, originally from this village left New York on Friday had to terminate his journey at Amritsar International Airport — as immigration officials there found his passport to be fake and tore it up.

Kidney racket probe ‘biased’
Amritsar, February 25
Expressing serious doubts over the functioning of SIT (special investigation team) inquiring into kidney racket, Mr Satya Pal Dang, a CPI leader, has said vital links are found missing in investigations conducted so far adding that those names which figured in the initial investigations have “mysteriously” disappeared.




1 killed in explosion near cantonment
Bathinda, February 25
A high-grade bomb exploded here this evening close to the Asia’s biggest cantonment, killing one person and seriously injuring another. The bomb exploded in the hutments situated on a vacant piece of land adjoining the cantonment when a person was trying to extract some metallic material from the debris lying there.

Man dies in police custody
Kharar, February 25
Sadhu Singh (52), an ex-serviceman belonging to Balmiki community and a resident of Mundi Kharar village in Kharar Municipal limits, died while in custody of the Kharar police last night. The local police has registered a case against head constable Amar Singh and SPO Manjeet Singh under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.


Cong ferries voters from Jalandhar
Jalandhar, February 25
Keeping in view the party’s high stakes in Himachal Pradesh and making a unique effort to woo voters in the neighbouring state, the District Congress Committee (Urban) today ferried a large number of migrants from Himachal Pradesh, who were working in different parts of Jalandhar district, to their original place of residence so that they could participate in the elections tomorrow.

11 file nomination papers
Kharar, February 25
The process of filing nomination papers for the forthcoming municipal elections in Kharar and Kurali has gained momentum. As many as 11 candidates filed their nomination papers for Kharar MC at the office of the Kharar SDM, Mr S.S. Gill, bringing the total number of candidates to have filed for Kharar to 13. Similarly, as many as 13 candidates filed their nomination papers for Kurali municipal committee today.


Govt nod to panorama project
Amritsar, February 25
The Punjab Government has given its final nod to the prestigious Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama Project to be set up at the historic Ram Bagh Gardens here. The Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Industry, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, said the project would be executed by the Kolkata-based National Council for Science Museums.

Schoolchildren wish best of luck to the Indian cricket team
Schoolchildren wish best of luck to the Indian cricket team prior to their match against England in Amritsar on Tuesday. 

Actor Fardeen Khan surrounded by fans
Actor Fardeen Khan surrounded by fans in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — PTI photos

Bail plea
Chandigarh, February 25
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, seeking the grant of bail in a cheating and corruption case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday fixed March 3 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Probe minister’s links with criminals: BJP
Jalandhar, February 25
While accusing the Congress government in the state of patronising criminals, the Punjab BJP has decided to approach the state Governor to order a probe into the alleged links of Punjab PWD (B&R) Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, with criminals.

No telecom link for a week
Abohar, February 25
Telecom link to Khairpur village, the worst-affected by a cyclonic squall in this subdivision, remains snapped even after a week of the calamity. Telephone poles lie broken in the streets as villagers use tents provided by the local administration to shelter labourers and cattle.

VP Singh to address Kisan Sabha
Jalandhar, February 25
A conference of the All-India Kisan Sabha will be held here from March 6 to 9, which would be attended by two former Prime Ministers and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, along with 750 delegates representing 23 states of the country.

Roads cleared of encroachments
Bathinda, February 25
Municipal Council Executive Officer Kamal Kant Goyal here today in an operation which lasted two hours cleared main bazaars of the city of the temporary encroachments made by shopkeepers and roadside vendors.

Rs 11.5 lakh for renovation of fort
Bathinda, February 25
A sum of Rs 11.5 lakh has been sanctioned for the renovation of the Gobindgarh fort in Bathinda. The fort, which is believed to be more than 1800 years old, had served as an important military fort.

Four BKU (E) leaders get bail
Mansa, February 25
The district administration arranged for the sureties of four of the detained BKU(E) leaders, who were arrested on February 1 by the Sardulgarh police under Section 380 of the IPC.

Justice Jain heads rights panel
Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab Government has appointed, Justice N.C. Jain, former Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court, as Chairperson of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Rail section electrified
Phillaur, February 25

Electrification work on the Ludhiana-Phagwara rail section was completed last evening and a goods train with electric rail engine plied successfully between Ludhiana and Phagwara, while it proceeded to Amritsar with a replaced diesel engine from the Phagwara railway station.


Farmers stage dharna
Sangrur, February 25
Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) yesterday staged a dharna in front of the house of the Dirba MLA, Mr Surjit Singh Dhiman, in Dirba village in support of their demands and to remind the Congress government of its promises made to farmers during the Assembly elections.


Govt adopts Bassi Pathana villages
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 25
The Punjab Government has adopted Raillon and Nadpur villages of Bassi Pathana block of total 13 villages in Fatehgarh Sahib district. Facilities like sanitation, construction of roads with mechanised pre-fabricated techniques, solar streetlights, water supply, 24-hour power supply, duckweed technique to purify village pond water will be provided under the scheme.

Cabinet expansion on anvil
Chandigarh, February 25
The much-awaited expansion of the Punjab Council of Ministers is likely to take place before commencement of the Budget session beginning March 14. This was hinted by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a ‘’meet-the-Press’’ programme at the Chandigarh Press Club here today.


SPO held for ‘raping’ minor
Sangrur, February 25
The police today arrested Jai Parkash, an SPO posted at the Sherpur police station, for allegedly raping a minor girl of the Sherpur village.

Rickshaw-puller held for bid to rape girl
Jalandhar, February 25
The police has arrested a rickshaw-puller while he was attempting to rape a child. With his arrest, the police has also solved a year-old rape case of a four-year-old girl.

ASI held for dacoity
Phagwara, February 25
The Punjab Police today arrested Assistant Sub Inspector Sanjeev Kumar under Sections 395/452/342 of the IPC and the Arms Act. Sanjeev Kumar and four other cops have been charged with dacoity, criminal assault and wrongful confinement after being indicted in a report for booking one Sukhraj Ram Singh in a fabricated case.

Sarpanch booked for encroachment attempt
Ropar, February 25

The Ropar police has booked Mr Avtar Singh, sarpanch of Surtapur village, and Mr Paramjit Singh of Nunowal for trying to encroach land owned by the Agriculture Department of Punjab.

Kidnap suspect taken to Jaipur
Bathinda, February 25
The Rajasthan police took custody of Dhanjay Kumar, an engineer working with an MNC here. He was arrested by the police here for abduction. Sources said that the engineer was taken on transit remand to Jaipur today.


Teachers seek CM’s help
Phagwara, February 25
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today flayed cut in the salaries of staff of over 24 private colleges because of shrinking government grants. Prof V.K. Tewari urged Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, to call a meeting of the Cabinet Sub-committee to which the twin issues of the grant-in-aid and pension-cum-gratuity scheme had been referred.

Mann appeals to minority panel
Patiala, February 25
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann today appealed to the National Minority Commission to ask Punjabi University not to dilute its special character by reducing the importance of Punjabi language in the institution.

3 varsities decide on same botany syllabus
Chandigarh, February 25
The Boards of studies of three universities in Punjab have decided to prescribe a common syllabus for the undergraduate classes in botany from the forthcoming academic session, it is learnt.

Varsity staff withdrawn from flying squad duty
Amritsar, February 25
Guru Nanak Dev University has directed its teachers to withdraw themselves from “flying squad” duty in the matriculation examination being held by the Punjab School Education Board.

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