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Khursheed comments rattle Punjab Congress
Chandigarh, February 14
While ruling Congress in Punjab is feeling “disturbed” over the senior Congress leader, Mr Salman Khursheed’s, observation that there will “ no easy sailing” for the party in Lok Sabha elections in the state, the BSP in the absence of electoral alliance with any political party in Punjab yet, has started shortlisting candidates for contesting all Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Guru Nanak varsity honours Yash Chopra,
Dr S.S. Johl
Amritsar, February 14
Guru Nanak Dev University honoured Mr Yash Chopra, noted producer and director, Dr Sardara Singh Johl, Vice-Chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, Mr Reuben Singh, British Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Mr Harbhagwan Singh, Advocate-General Punjab with honorary degrees for their contribution in respective fields at 30th annual convocation, held here today.

Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, confers honorary doctorate degree on Yash Chopra Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, confers honorary doctorate degree on Yash Chopra at the convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University at Dashmesh auditorium in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma.

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Fiscal dose for aided colleges
Chandigarh, February 14
Just when the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) threatened to hold a rally at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on February 16 and 17 in support of its long pending demands, two developments have taken place almost simultaneously, perhaps, more by design than accident.

Pak approves 4 boys’ return
Faridkot, February 14
Four of the seven under-17 Pakistani boys languishing in the local juvenile jail for the past about a year can look forward to returning home on February 17 with the Pakistan Government approving their repatriation.

Congress warns BJP on remarks against Rajiv
Jalandhar, February 14
The Congress today warned the BJP against making derogatory remarks against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was recently acquitted in the Bofors case.

Inquiry in pond encroachment begins
Bathinda, February 14
Mrs Gurwinder Kaur Chahal, Principal Secretary (Revenue), Punjab, today began an inquiry into the alleged encroachment on a pond situated over shamlat land.

Images of royal era at
heritage fest
Patiala, February 14
Soldiers dressed in the traditional Patiala military colours lighted ramparts of the Quila Mubarak, the fort palace of the erstwhile Patiala rulers, and with the Governor maintaining that the previous government had failed in its duty to preserve the heritage and culture of the erstwhile state heralded the start of the Patiala Heritage Festival here today evening.
Punjab Governor Justice O.P. Verma lights the inaugural lamp at the Patiala Heritage Festival in the Quila Mubarak on Saturday.
Punjab Governor Justice O.P. Verma lights the inaugural lamp at the Patiala Heritage Festival in the Quila Mubarak on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Peg, pagri intact but gates forgotten
PATIALA: The Patiala peg and pagri is often remembered, but the historic gates of Patiala, which provided safety and succour for more than a generation, seem to have been forgotten with the gates missing out the largesse which has been bestowed on a number of monuments and landmarks of the city in preparation of the Heritage Festival starting from February 14 to 22.

One side of the Sunami gate waiting for restoration.

One side of the Sunami gate waiting for restoration.

CPM keen on Hoshiarpur seat
Sangrur, February 14
The Punjab unit of the CPM wants to contest the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat in place of Sangrur during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. A final decision about the seat will be taken at a general body meeting of the Punjab unit of the party in Hoshiarpur on February 16. The meeting will be attended by Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, general secretary of the party.


Beant murder accused in country: Swami
Jalandhar, February 14
The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr I.D.Swami, today said that the alleged assassins of Beant Singh, who had recently escaped from Burail Jail in Chandigarh, were still in the country. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Swami said intelligence reports suggested that the accused were still in the country as timely alert sounded at all exit points had made their escape difficult.

Editor defies Sikh clergy, yet again
Chandigarh, February 14
Adopting a tough posture against the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, organisers of the World Sikh Convention said here today that the Editor of a monthly magazine, Mr Joginder Singh, would not appear before the sikh clergy to seek “ pardon” in any manner.

Novel protest against caste-based quota
Phagwara, February 14
Activists of the General Categories Welfare Federation today protested in a novel way against reservation in jobs and 85th Constitution Amendment.

Shiv Sena burns Valentine posters
Phagwara, February 14
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) led by District Vice-President Inderjit Karwal today made a bonfire of posters and cards related to Valentine’s Day to protest against the invasion of foreign culture and bids to pollute the young minds.

Harpreet murder case witness fails to recollect details
Patiala, February 14
A key witness in the Harpreet Kaur murder case today claimed that she could not recollect details about the residence of Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, an accused in the case, to which she had claimed to have gone earlier. Paramjit Kaur, sister of Kanwaljit Singh, the alleged husband of Harpreet, the daughter of former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, was cross-examined in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge.

Former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur arrives at the district courts in Patiala on Saturday. — PTI photo 
Former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur arrives at the district courts

Farmers, transporters block traffic
Hoshiarpur, February 14
Farmers, vegetable commission agents and transporters of the local new Subzi Mandi today blocked traffic on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road in protest against the alleged beating of a farmer, Harpal Singh of Mona village by the employees of a parking contractor of the local Market Committee.

Govt defying HC order, says BJP leader
Amritsar, February 14
The state government was defying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the old age, handicapped and widow pensions, alleged Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president of the BJP, in a press release here yesterday.

New therapy for heavy uterine bleeding
Bathinda, February 14
Uterine balloon therapy could be a boon for those women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and were considering surgery like hysterectomy.


Court quashes plot allotment
Chandigarh, February 14
Coming down heavily on Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that its decision to allot a plot in Ludhiana was “vitiated by arbitrariness”, besides being “violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India”.


Farm workers seek law on social security
Sangrur, February 14
The Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU), owing allegiance to the CPM, today asked the Union Government to enact a comprehensive Central legislation for agriculture workers to ensure their social security and raise their economic status. In another resolution, the union urged the Central Government to open ration depots in every village and town for providing basic commodities at cheap rates to weaker sections of society, besides providing free education and health care to agriculture workers and their wards.


Youth dies, five booked
Sangrur, February 14
Lakhwinder Singh (18) of Gaga village near Lehra, died at the Civil Hospital here today. He allegedly had been administered some poisonous substance by some persons. The Lehraga police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against five persons — Jarnail Singh, Dharampal Singh, Darshan Singh, Gurjit Singh and Harcharan Singh of the Gaga village in this connection.

Wife, paramour held for man’s murder
Jalandhar, February 14
The police has cracked the murder case of a villager and the arrest of the wife of the victim and her paramour.

Drivers booked for assaulting cop
Bathinda, February 14
A criminal case has been registered against conductors and drivers of three buses of the PRTC for allegedly manhandling a head constable of the traffic police.

Bus conductor booked
Amritsar, February 14
The Mehta police under Majitha police district has booked Palwinder Singh, a bus conductor of Shehnaz Bus Service for defrauding the company by giving fake tickets to passengers.

Two arrested for murder
Amritsar, February 14
The police today arrested Dharminder Singh and Baljit Singh of Vallah village here last evening in connection with murder of Gursharan Singh, a resident of the same area.


12-day NCC camp begins
Ropar, February 14
A 12-day annual training camp of the NCC began in the hostel campus of the government college here today. Cadets of senior division from the local Government College, the ITI Khalsa College Anandpur Sahib, and 20th Punjab Batallion Bathinda are participating.


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