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Tohra not to contest LS poll
Zirakpur, February 13
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra Citing health reasons, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra ruled out the possibility of contesting the Lok Sabha elections. He claimed that the decision to field a suitable candidate from Patiala for the elections would only be taken at a joint meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party members shortly.

Badal hints at alliance with BSP
Mansa, February 13
Even as a section of prominent Shiromani Akali Dal leaders considered close to SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra today observed an “undeclared” boycott of the party’s “jabar virodhi” rally held here today, its President and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, predicted that the Congress and those who had been opposing the SAD would disappear from the political map after the Lok Sabha elections.

CPI-Cong pact on cards: Dayal
Sangrur, February 13
An alliance between the Congress and the CPI in Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections is on the cards. This was indicated by Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, here today. 

Panthic board meets tomorrow on
third front
Amritsar, February 13
In a bid to float a third front before the Lok Sabha elections, a crucial meeting of the Panthic Parliamentary Board (PPB) has been convened in Chandigarh for
February 15.

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General Samaj Party to contest Bathinda seat
Bathinda, February 13

Mr Rajbir Singh Sidhu, general secretary of the General Samaj Party, today said that his party would contest the Bathinda reserved seat in the coming Lok Sabha elections and a suitable candidate would be fielded.

Patiala gears up for Indo-Pak cricket tie
N the eve of the Patiala Heritage Festival, the proposed goodwill cricket match between India and Pakistan seems more of a reality than it did until yesterday. With permissions coming from both sides of the border, the official Indian cricket team, to be captained by Kapil Dev, was formally announced today. 

Riot of colours at Sheesh Mahal
Patiala, February 13
Infectious. This word amply sums up the festive atmosphere at the Sheesh Mahal complex nowadays. The site which is all set to host the Heritage Crafts Mela commencing from February 15 is all aglow with a riot of colours complete with ethnic banners, jute lightings and rustic motifs.

High Court
DSP’s recruitment challenged
Chandigarh, February 13
Directing that the recruitment of Deputy Superintendents of Punjab Police would be subject to the decision of a writ petition, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed February 27 as the next date of hearing.

  • Jurisdiction issue


Awaiting salaries for four months
Chandigarh, February 13
As many as 10,000 teachers and other employees of aided schools have not been getting salaries for the past four months as their grants-in-aid had not been released for the third quarter starting in October last year.

MCI seeks details of doc’s role in scam
Bathinda, February 13
The parole scam that took place in the local central jail about two years ago allegedly with the connivance of the kin of a section of convicts and a senior doctor of the Civil Hospital took a new turn today after the Medical Council of India has started investigating the conduct of the doctor.

17,000 patients attend health mela
Bathinda, February 13
As many as 17,000 patients attended a three-day health mela that concluded at Rajindra Government College this evening. The patients were examined by experts belonging to allopathic, homeopathic and ayurvedic systems of medicine.

5000-yr-old Shiva temples excavated?
Neelon, February 13
Three Shiva temples have been found at Chaila village, near here, along the banks of the canal. Visitors have already started making a beeline for darshan of the shivlingas. The temples are claimed to be about 5000 years old.





Youth misbehaves with doctor, held
Bathinda, February 13
An attendant of a patient at the local Government Children Hospital fell into the police net after he reportedly misbehaved with a woman doctor while she was coming out of the hospital this morning.

SHO beats up youth for marrying out of caste
Nawanshahr, February 13
Kuldip Kumar of Kathgarh village in the district was allegedly beaten up by the SHO, Kathgarh, Mr Paramjit Singh, on the basis of a complaint filed by his brother-in-law Jiwan Pal, for marrying out of caste.

Suicide bid in front of DC’s house
Jalandhar, February 13
Parveen, a resident of Arya Nagar here, allegedly facing harassment from relatives of her lover, consumed a poisonous substance in front of the residence of the Deputy Commissioner in a suspected attempt to commit suicide.

Youth commits suicide
Bathinda, February 13
Raju, a local youth, who got married for the third time recently after two divorces earlier, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on Wednesday night.

33 per cent consumers found stealing power
Muktsar, February 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board, Muktsar circle, has collected penalty of more than Rs 2 crore from those stealing power in the past 10 months. Nearly 33 per cent of the consumers were found indulging in power theft.


New PTU courses for professionals
Jalandhar, February 13
Punjab Technical University’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship has become the first institute in the northern region to introduce B.Tech and application-focused sandwich courses for working professionals to improve their skills.

PCCTU not to go ahead with protest
Phagwara, February 13
Following an invitation from Capt Amarinder Singh for talks with the leadership of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, the union has decided not to go ahead with its protest scheduled for February 16 and 17. 


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