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Global cooperation key to combating crime, says Blunkett
Phillaur, February 1
“International cooperation in policing is the key to combating cross-border crime in our increasingly mobile world”, Mr David Blunkett, secretary of State for Home, UK, said here today.
British High Commissioner to India, Mr Michael Arthur escorts British Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Mr David Blunkett British High Commissioner to India, Mr Michael Arthur (left) escorts British Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Mr David Blunkett, from the dais at the conclusion of the fifth convocation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, on Sunday. Also in the picture is Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh



  Claim of 210 acres discussed with Pak
Amritsar, February 1
The district administration has taken up the issue of 210 acres on the international border with Pakistan. Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh, who had gone with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to participate in the World Punjabi Conference in Lahore, told The Tribune after his return today that he had taken up the matter with the Nizam of western Punjab (in Pakistan), Mian Mir Mahmood.

Nitish lays stone for Fazilka-Abohar rail link
Fazilka, February 1
Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stone of the 42-km Fazilka-Abohar rail track, on which Rs 86.44 crore would be spent. He also inaugurated the computerised reservation system at Fazilka railway station this afternoon.

SAD president Parkash Singh Badal waits for Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar at the Bathinda railway station on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

SAD president Parkash Singh Badal waits for Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar at the Bathinda railway station

Sikh scholars form Panthic parliamentary board
Chandigarh, February 1
A section of Sikh scholars have decided to open a third front in the state by announcing the formation of a Panthic parliamentary board, which will shortlist candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Shortfall in power output likely
Bathinda, February 1
Power generation at the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here is expected to fall short of its target by over 25 per cent this financial year because of faulty boilers, it is learnt. Sources at the plant revealed that there had been serious leaks in two of the boilers over the past few months, which had adversely affected generation.

‘Suspect couple’ disclose identity
Amritsar, February 1
A senior journalist, Mr Mohinder Singh, today came forward to end speculation about the identity of the ‘suspect couple’ whose name figured in a section of the press in connection with sensational jailbreak case.


Tohra should take up turban issue with PM: Badungar
Patiala, February 1
Senior Akali leader and former SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar said yesterday that the SGPC should take up the issue of denying Sikhs the right to wear turbans with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

News Analysis
Legal hurdles to Panchayat Secys’ reinstatement
Chandigarh, February 1
Will 909 sacked Panchayat Secretaries be reinstated? Legally speaking, no. However, this question haunts the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, more than anyone else.

Power engineers’ plea to CM
Patiala, February 1
A meeting of the executive committee of the PSEB S/C Power Engineers’ and Officers Association, Punjab, was held at Goraya in protest against the ‘delaying tactics’ being adopted by the Punjab Government in implementing the 85th Constitutional Amendment.

Amarinder sends Id greetings
Chandigarh, February 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today extended warm greetings to all Punjabis, especially the Muslim brethren, on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr Id).

First European flight lands at Amritsar
Amritsar, February 1
The first-ever European tourist flight with 150 passengers on board landed at Rajasansi International Airport here today.

Illicit liquor claims 2 lives
Bathinda, February 1
Two persons died and a large number fell ill after consuming illicit liquor during a function at Chandbhan village in Faridkot district last night. The decease have been identified as 40-year-old Major Singh and 28-year-old Bawa Singh, who was handicapped.

State Sena chief puts in papers
Phillaur, February 1
The Shiv Sena Punjab unit president Swami Pushpender Swaroop has resigned from his post, citing poor health as the reason. Shiv Sena North India in charge Lieut-Gen P.N. Hoon (retd) has formed a six-member high-level working committee to run the organisation.


Daler MehndiComplainants file petition against Daler’s bail order
Patiala, February 1
Complainants in the human trafficking case have filed an application in the court of the Sessions Judge demanding revision of the order whereby pop star Daler Mehndi was given bail in the case.

Supplementary challan contested by Badals
Ropar, February 1
The defence counsel in the disproportionate assets and corruption case against Badals yesterday moved an application challenging the supplementary challan presented by the Vigilance Bureau against four accused in the case.


‘Mission White’ brings boom in cotton production
Bathinda, February 1
A small village with 121 families has brought Bathinda district on the world cotton map. Nava Pind has achieved the distinction of producing 800 kg cotton per hectare against the national average of 300 kg per hectare.


9 members of gang held on murder charge
Bathinda, February 1
Nine gangsters were arrested by the police for allegedly killing a member of their gang over differences about sharing money looted in a dacoity they carried out at Madrasa village in Muktsar district in September last.


Students protest against govt policies
Patiala, February 1
The Medical Students Association organised a meeting to protest against the “anti-doctor” policies of the state government here today. The meeting was presided over by vice-president of the association Puneet Singh.


BHEL likely to get PSEB project
Patiala, February 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board may give Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited the proposed Rs 1,700 crore Lehra Mohabbat Stage Two project on a turnkey basis.

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