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Sikh children demonstrate against ban on turban
Amritsar, February 12
Sikh children wearing traditional saffron and blue ‘dastars’ (turbans) held a demonstration at the entrance of the Golden Temple protesting against the “turban ban” in primary schools of France. The demonstration was organised today under the aegis of Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative” (CHCI) and Sikh organisations to mark and coincide with the visit of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin to India.

Sikh children hold a demonstration against the ban on turban in France, near the Golden Temple in Amritsar, on Thursday. The protest coincides with the visit of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin to India. Sikh children hold a demonstration against the ban on turban in France, near the Golden Temple in Amritsar, on Thursday. The protest coincides with the visit of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin to India. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Delegation to meet French minister on turban issue
Index page: Sinha to take up turban issue with French minister

Polling in Punjab likely before Baisakhi
Chandigarh, February 12
The SAD-BJP combine is expecting the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab before Baisakhi. This was revealed today by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister, who will contest as the SAD candidate from Sangrur.

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Dhindsa to meet French Foreign Minister

Feel-good card will not fetch BJP votes, says Cong leader
Bathinda, February 12
Dr Gurbax Singh, President, All-India Qaumi Ekta and senior Congress leader accusing the NDA government of misleading the people over economic health of the country, said that “Feel-Good” card floated by it would not fetch votes for its candidates in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Mann criticises Badal, Amarinder
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 12
SAD (A) is the only party which is contesting elections for the cause of the Panth and Punjab. The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is contesting elections for Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Capt Amarinder Singh for Ms Sonia Gandhi, said Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Presidents, SAD (A), while addressing the gathering at a function organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale here today.

Badal silent on Zora Singh’s candidature
Abohar, February 12

The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has said the list of party candidates for Lok Sabha elections might be released within the next two days. He was responding to queries by reporters after addressing an anti-repression rally at Bahavwala village, near here, this evening.

Youth Akali Dal goes hi-tech
Bathinda, February 12
The youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Youth Akali Dal, has gone hi-tech, with computers being used for managing its organisational affairs. Its website has already been launched and its central office at Chandigarh linked with more than eight districts offices through computers.

9 more jail guards suspended
Ferozepore, February 12
Nine more guards of the Central jail here were suspended today, raising the total to 19, even as the issue of the reintroduction of “patra” (disc) system remains unresolved in most jail across Punjab.

US technical institute’s president visits Palahi village
Phagwara, February 12
Dr Gerald Pumphrey, President, Bellingham Technical College, the United States of America, today visited, Community Polytechnic of nearby Palahi village and Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara.


Claims, counter-claims on development funds
Amritsar, February 12
Mr Chander Pal Singh PPCC member and former president, district Congress Committee Gurdaspur claimed that former BJP MP Vinod Khanna was misleading the people in Gurdaspur on the Local Area Development MP-LAD fund from his quota. The BJP says that the state government was making false claims and trying to claim credit for projects sanctioned by Centre.

Principal quits in anticipation of SAD ticket
Mohali, February 12
Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1, here today resigned from the school in anticipation of nomination as Lok Sabha candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) from the Bathinda reserved constituency.

Signature drive against Cong govt
Nawanshahr, February 12
Mr Avinash Khanna, state BJP president, today launched a signature campaign to mobilise public opinion against the Congress government in the state. Party workers led by Mr Khanna organised a “nukkad” rally at the main chowk in Balachaur and displayed a banner listing the “false” promises made by the Congress in its manifesto for the Assembly elections.

Sonia has no respect for religions, says Sra
Bathinda, February 12
Mr Sukhpal Singh Sra, Vice-president, Vishav Hindu Parishad, Bathinda today accusing AICC chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi of making derogatory remarks against a particular religion appealed the people to hand over reins of power to a person, who professed faith in religions.


Pak delegation for resumption of ties
Amritsar, February 12
A fifteen member business delegation from Pakistan on way to New Delhi and Mumbai interacted with traders here and expressed desire to resume trade ties at the earliest.

Petition filed against Jagir Kaur
Amritsar, February 12
An Akali worker from Ajnala, Mr Raghubir Singh, today filed a petition under Section 142 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, with the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission against Ms Jagir Kaur and Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, former SGPC president and secretary, respectively, and four others.

One killed, 17 hurt as bus overturns
Ropar, February 12
In an accident on the road to the Sirsa river, one person was killed and 17 were injured as a CTU bus overturned today. The bus reportedly failed to negotiate a depression on the road .

PUDA to develop integrated township
Patiala, February 12
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to conduct a draw of lots as well as auction of plots in the 330-acre integrated township at Baran village on the outskirts of the city.

Ban on building maps goes
Patiala, February 12
The Municipal Corporation has started entertaining people wanting to get their building maps passed by it following an end to the ban imposed on processing of building maps by the state government.

Dental clinic inaugurated
Kapurthala, February 12
A dental clinic was inaugurated at the Beas military station today by Mrs Rita Kullar, president, Double Victory Army Wives Welfare Association.

Employees flay Punjab Government
Chandigarh, February 12
On call of the Punjab Mulazam Sangarsh Committee, hundreds of employees today held a rally in Sector 17 in support of their demands.



Pollution control board suspends four officers
Patiala, February 12
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has suspended an Executive Engineer, three Subdivisional Officers and four other personnel on the charge of delaying the processing of files in the Ludhiana office of the board.


Son beats woman to death
Hoshiarpur, February 12
A woman was allegedly beaten to death by her son when she failed to give him money for liquor. A case in this regard was registered at the Mukerian police station yesterday.

Labourer charged with abducting 3 kids
Nawanshahr, February 12
Chhote Lal (30), a migratory labourer, has allegedly abducted Bimla (9), Pappu (7) and Sangeeta (2), children of another labourer, Bhagirath, yesterday.

Friendship clubs duping youth
Pathankot, February 12
An organised racket is allegedly being run on the pretext of friendship clubs. These clubs are reportedly operated from Delhi and its adjoining towns.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Amritsar, February 12
With the arrest of five persons, the district police today claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves.

Patwari held for taking bribe
Fazilka, February 12
The Vigilance Department today arrested Harminder Singh, revenue patwari of nearby Ladhuka area, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 500.

Car driver killed in mishap
Fazilka, February 12
Raj Kumar, a car driver, was killed and two persons were injured when a jeep collided with the vehicle on the Fazilka-Malout road last evening.


Engg college students stage dharna
Bathinda, February 12
Students of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology staged a dharna today in protest against the abolition of the credit system in the semester examinations.


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