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Human trafficking: special cell to help in probe
Chandigarh, February 7
In less than a month after the Punjab Police gave a clean chit to Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi in an alleged human-trafficking case, the state of Punjab is setting up specialised cells at the headquarters level to ensure the non-implication of innocents and guide the investigating agency in the matter.

Another reshuffle in Punjab police
Chandigarh, February 7
The Punjab Government in yet another reshuffle in the Police Department modified the transfer orders of some of the officers shifted on February 5, besides giving fresh postings to four IPS, nine PPS and 54 Deputy Superintendents today.

Many in race for Cong ticket for
Ferozepore seat

Ferozepore, February 7
Dates for Lok Sabha elections are yet to announced. Many Congressmen, including sitting and former MPs and MLAs are keen on contesting from this Lok Sabha seat.




Clash of exam, poll dates feared
Chandigarh, February 7
There are apprehensions regarding the clash of dates of the annual examinations and the election to the Lok Sabha. The elections are expected to be held between mid-April and mid-May, when nearly one crore undergraduate and post-graduate students will be taking their exams.

Foetus found on garbage dump; doctor held
Rampura, February 7
A foetus, which was about 14 weeks old, and had been allegedly thrown by a woman doctor after carrying out an illegal abortion, was recovered by a joint team of the local police and officials of the Civil Hospital from a garbage dump located near the level crossing on the Bathinda-Ambala rail section here this morning.

Pak writer recalls horror of Partition
Amritsar, February 7
“I had to beg for seven years, lift cow dung and graze cattle for a living along with Nawab Bibi, a woman who had lost her family and took him with her near Jammu after the bloodshed of the partition in 1947”, said Mr Amin Malik, a British citizen and noted Punjabi writer from Pakistan who visited his native Gujranwali village near Ajnala here for the first time after 56 years and witnessed the partition holocaust. 


Expelled SAD leaders meet
Dirba (Sangrur), February 7
In a show of strength by expelled Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, including Mr Gurbachan Singh “Bachi”, a former chairman of Punjab Cooperative Bank, Mr Teja Singh, Kamalpur, Chairman of Malwa Milk Plant, and Mr Kaur Singh Mauran, an SGPC member, an impressive gathering was organised at Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib here today.

Low worker turnout has Sukhbir fuming
Patiala, February 7
The low worker turnout at a district-level meeting organised at Dukhniwaran Gurdwara here in preparation for the February 16 Youth Akali Dal rally at Ludhiana had Rajya Sabha Member Sukhbir Badal fuming today.


CRPF gets Best Battalion trophy
The Commandant of the 89th Battalion of the CRPF, Mr S.S. Sandhu (right), receives the Best Operational Battalion Trophy from the Additional Director-General, Mr Kanwal Jeet Singh Chandigarh, February 7
 The Central Reserve Police Force’s 89th Battalion based at Ferozepore has been declared the Best Operational Battalion for the year 2003. The trophy was received by its commandant, Mr S.S. Sandhu, from the Additional Director General, North-West Zone, Mr Kanwal Jeet Singh, at a function organised here today.

The Commandant of the 89th Battalion of the CRPF, Mr S.S. Sandhu (right), receives the Best Operational Battalion Trophy from the Additional Director-General, Mr Kanwal Jeet Singh, in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Jail guards call off strike
Ludhiana, February 7
The Punjab Jail Guards Association today called off its strike following a meeting with Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Punjab Minister for Jails. Reports of suspension of more jail guards and striking employees turning violent in Borstal Jail here were also received.

Suptd of juvenile jail suspended
Faridkot, February 7
The Punjab Government has suspended the Superintendent of the local Juvenile Jail, Ms Harinder Kaur, with immediate effect due to her failure to perform duties effectively. In a fax message received by the district administration, the government has assigned the job to the District Social Security Officer, Faridkot, till suitable arrangements are made in this regard.

Capt lays stone of sewerage scheme
Fazilka, February 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh laid down the foundation stone of Rs 203 lakh sewerage scheme at the Civil Lines and Nai Abadi localities across the railway line here this afternoon. He also laid the foundation stone of a Rs 106 lakh sewerage treatment plant on outskirts of the town.

Bhinder on stone-laying spree
Pathankot, February 7
Congress leader Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, accompanied by Mr Gurbachan Singh Babehali, DCC president, Mr Sharwan Kumar, the president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Sham Behal, general secretary, PPCC, laid the foundation stones of renovated Shimla Park, Shaheed Samarak, Balmiki Park and Guru Ravi Dass Chowk and a tubewell at Saili today.’

Johl inaugurates Science Congress
Amritsar, February 7
“With a single stroke of setting up processing units near 2000-2500 hectares of vegetables and fruits farms, the economy of agriculture sector could take a huge leap forward.” This was one of the recommendations in a presentation made by Dr S.S. Johl, vice-chairman, Punjab Planning Board, to the state government to boost agro economy in Punjab. 

DGP orders probe against SHO
Zirakpur, February 7
The Director General of Punjab Police has directed the Patiala police to take departmental action against a former Station House Officer, Dera Bassi, for not performing his duty, besides directing to cancel a first information report against the president of Zirakpur Nagara Panchayat.

High-level probe against Poolha sought
Chandigarh, February 7
While demanding a high-level inquiry into the allegations against self-proclaimed chief of the Nihang Tarna Dal, Ajit Singh Poolha, the chairman of the Poolha Eviction Committee, Col G.S. Sandhu (retd) today said the list of crimes by Poolha was increasing by the day.

Voter cards to be made from Feb 9
Barnala, February 7
The second round of preparing voters’ photo identity cards for Barnala, Dhanaula and Bhadaur Assembly constituencies will begin from February 9.

Patiala slums, Lower Mall to get street lights
Patiala, February 7
Slum areas, Lower Mall and other areas here are set to get much-needed toilet blocks and street lights with the sanctioning of Rs 4 crore to the Municipal Corporation by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

4 killed as car, bus collide
Buladewala (Bathinda), February 7
Four residents of this village died in an accident on the Bathinda-Gidderbaha road last evening.


330 cases disposed of at  Lok Adalat
Patiala, February 7
The Quaterly Lok Adalat organised in the Judicial Courts Complex here today disposed of nearly 330 cases and settled financial disputes to the tune of around Rs 69 lakh. The Lok Adalat, which was held under Justice H.S. Bedi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, and presided over by the District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.N. Jindal, who is also the Chairman of the District Legal Authority, took up 525 cases.


Fazilka to have new cotton market
Fazilka, February 7
Mr Sant Ram Singla, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board visited Fazilka Grain Market on Thursday. He along with Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA, Fazilka & Parliamentary Secretary Punjab distributed financial aid of Rs 4 lakh among 16 persons who lost limbs while working on farm machinery. 


15 Bangladesh nationals held
Amritsar, February 7
The Kotwali police arrested 15 Bangladesh nationals from the galliara side when they were trying to enter Saran in the Golden Temple complex here last evening. A case has been registered under Sections 3, 34, 20 of the Indian Passport Act and 14 Foreign Act.

Woman held under NDPS Act

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