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CJI in Pak for SAARC law conference
Chief Justice of India V.N. Khare waves to reporters before entering the Pakistan side of the India-Pakistan joint checkpost at WagahWagah, February 19
Chief Justice of India, V.N. Khare, today crossed over into Pakistan to participate in the SAARC law conference organised by the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation to be held at Karachi on February 20. Mr Justice Khare is the first CJI to visit Pakistan. He is leading a five-member delegation of Supreme Court judges for the conference.
Chief Justice of India V.N. Khare waves to reporters before entering the Pakistan side of the India-Pakistan joint checkpost at Wagah on Thursday. — PTI photo

INTACH geared up to restore heritage sites in Punjab
Patiala, February 19
Punjab Tourism is set to enter the international arena with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) deciding to involve State Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in generating funds for the restoration of Quila Mubarak in Patiala besides focussing on the Patiala-Kapurthala-Amritsar circuit during presentations in the United Kingdom and the United States this year.

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No LS nominee to be changed: Badal
Warns rebels to fall in line or face expulsion
Chandigarh, February 19
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said today that none of the candidates named for the Lok Sabha elections would be replaced and those who were opposing the official candidates faced expulsion from the party. The party would not tolerate any indiscipline, the SAD chief added.

Four cops suspended for escape of undertrial
Hoshiarpur, February 19
Four Punjab Police personnel were today suspended following the escape of an undertrial from their custody at Chandigarh bus stand on January 16.

Rs 200-cr corpus for farm varsities mooted
A one-time cess to raise a Rs 200-crore corpus for state agricultural universities has been mooted by PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh. The proposal will come up for discussion at a two-day conference of the Vice-Chancellors of the agricultural universities which began in Delhi on Thursday.

PCS officers shuffled
Chandigarh, February 19
The Punjab Government today ordered the following postings and transfers. Mr Mandeep Singh has been appointed Special Secretary, Elections, in addition to being the Special Secretary, Coordination and Jails.

23 hurt in accident
Hoshiarpur, February 19
As many as 23 passengers, including 11 women and six children were injured when a private bus (PB-07F-5696) collided head-on with a Mahindra Jeep (HR-09-5696) near Ghasipur village on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road today.


Take NGOs’ help to tackle female foeticide: PHRC
Chandigarh, February 19
The Punjab Human Rights Commission has asked the state government to take the help of NGOs and other social workers to tackle the growing problem of female foeticide which was resulting in a skewed male:female sex ratio in the state.

Gender sensitisation conference held
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
To boost the interest of women entrepreneurs in establishing their own businesses by accelerating the flow of credit and giving training to them in various disciplines like finance and marketing, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) organised a gender sensitisation conference here today. Mr.S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the meet.

Dang writes to CM on favouritism in transfers
Amritsar, February 19
A number of transfers and appointments had been made at the ‘behest’ of legislators and other VIPs of the ruling party causing injustice and harming public interest, said Mr Satya Pal Dang, senior CPI leader in a letter to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. He cited a case of ‘dislocation’ of Dr Jagjit Kaur a handicapped woman doctor a year before her retirement.

Rail mishap: panel submits report
Phagwara, February 19
The three-member Railway Panel set up to probe causes of rail accident in Santokhpura level crossing killing five persons, including three of a family, on February 2 has reportedly submitted its report holding gateman Balwant Singh negligent.

SGPC to release coin on Guru Angad Dev’s birth anniversary
Amritsar, February 19
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to release a special souvenir and commemorative coin on the 500th birth anniversary of the second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad Dev.

Cancel auction of plots: transporters
Bathinda, February 19
Owners and employees of different goods transport companies lodged a protest with the local Improvement Trust when auction of plots in the Transport Nagar started today.

Pak national shot
Amritsar, February 19
An unidentified Pakistan national was shot when he allegedly tried to infiltrate into Indian territory from the Rorawala side on Tuesday evening. The Gharinda police has registered a case.

Animal welfare camp held
Dera Bassi, February 19
More than 200 animals received treatment at an animal welfare camp organised under the Adarsh Pashudhan scheme at Himayunpur Tisambli village near Lalru here today.


Zila KhanZila follows in father’s footsteps
Patiala, February 19
When Ustaad Vilayat Khan named his daughter after Amir Khusrao’s raag Zila Kaafi, little would he have known how prophetic the name would turn out to be, for Zila Khan, daughter of the internationally acclaimed master of the sitar, is every bit as melodious as her namesake.

Zila Khan

Sikhism discussed in context of Buddhism
Patiala, February 19
On the second day of the international seminar on “Guru Granth Sahib: unique status and place among scriptures”, Prof Sanghasen Singh presented his paper on “Sikhism and Buddhism: different perspectives” here today.


Permanent absorption
Chandigarh, February 19
On a petition filed by five police officers challenging “permanent absorption” of para military personnel in the Punjab Police, a Division bench of the high court on Thursday directed that permanent absorption against the existing cadre shall remain stayed.

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Stay on reversion of sportspersons vacated
Chandigarh, February 19
Taking up a petition filed by officials recruited in the Punjab Armed Police on the basis of outstanding achievements in sports, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today vacated earlier orders, passed by another Bench, staying the reversion of the petitioners. The officials were seeking the quashing of show cause notices issued to them in this regard.

154 cases settled at ‘khula darbar’
Batala, February 19
Mr Harjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur and Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Tourism and Culture Minister Punjab, at a khula darbar today at S.L. Bawa DAV College here heard grievances of urbanites and villagers.

Non-bailable warrants against bank officer
Amritsar, February 19
Mr Pushwinder Singh, Judicial Magistrate here has issued non-bailable warrants against Chief Regional Manager (CRM), of the United Bank of India, Delhi in a case of fraud under Sections 420, 409, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC.

Burail jail conspirators in judicial custody
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
Mr Narain Singh Chaura and Baljit Kaur, both alleged conspirators in the Burail jail break case, were presented in the court of Mrs Neelam Arora, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Fatehgarh Sahib, and remanded to judicial custody.


e-governance net for all offices of DCs
Chandigarh, February 19
All offices of district commissioners in Punjab are to being brought under the e-governance net. Stating this while inaugurating a conference on “e-Security, Cyber Crime and Law” here today, the Chief Secretary of Punjab, Mr Jai Singh Gill, said already a “fair amount” of e-governance was functional at the district level.

Malaysian expert to prepare report on elevated bridge
Amritsar, February 19
A senior construction consultant from Malaysia, Mr Bani Hussin, has offered to prepare a report on the construction of an elevated bridge connecting the G.T. Road with the Golden Temple Complex.


Custodial death: SHO, constable arrested
Sangrur, February 19
The Barnala police has arrested Kulwinder Singh, SHO of the Sherpur police station, and Sohan Singh, constable, of the same police station, for the death of Ravinder Singh (25), Kala Bula village, near Sherpur, on January 18 allegedly in the custody of Sherpur police, the Action Committee, formed in connection with this alleged.

Liquor contractor Bajakhana shot
Rampura, February 19
Mr Darshan Bajakhana, a known liquor contractor of the region, was shot dead by four car-borne unidentified assailants in broad daylight here this afternoon. Mr Bajakhana was going to Bajakhana town from here after lunch at his rented house, located in the Janata locality, when the incident took place.

Fake recruitment racket busted
Pathankot, February 19
The local police claims to have busted a fake recruitment racket by booking three persons, including a couple.

One killed, 3 injured in mishaps
Bathinda, February 19
Mehta Singh, of Bambiha village of this district died and his associate Mr Balwinder Singh was injured severely when a stray animal hit their scooter near Gill Patti village on Bathinda-Goniana road while they were coming to the city from Jaitu town of Faridkot district today afternoon.

Woman’s body found on roadside
Police suspects rape, murder
Anandpur, February 19
In a suspected case of rape and murder, the body of an unidentified woman was recovered near the Dasgraih bridge on the Anandpur Sahib-Nangal road this morning. It was found lying in the fields by some villagers, who informed the police.

Rs 22 lakh hawala money seized, six arrested
Ludhiana, February 19
The district police today recovered nearly Rs 22 lakh hawala money from six persons operating through three shops in Shiv Market in the Division No. 6 area here. The arrests were made late tonight and the accused were handed over to the Income Tax Department officials.


Vedic institute’s centenary celebrations
Hoshiarpur, February 19
On the completion of the hundred years of its formation Vishveshvaranand Vedic Research Institute (VVRI) Sadhu Ashram Hoshiarpur, is celebrating its centenary from February 27 to February 29 here.

Students burn VC’s effigy
Jalandhar, February 19
Hundreds of students of different engineering colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU) today participated in a rally in front of the university office here demanding revocation of the 24 credit system in the examination.

Minister gives grants to schools
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
To provide better infrastructure and facilities to students as well as teachers, the state government has initiated “Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan” scheme and Rs 5 crore has been earmarked for the purpose out of which Rs 2 crore had already disbursed , said Dr Harbans Lal, MLA, Sirhind, while addressing a function at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, today.

Seminar held
Malout, February 19
Scientists from India and abroad participated in a two-day seminar on “Photonic: Emerging Science and Technology”, organised at the local Guru Teg Bahadar Khalsa Institute of Engineering and Technology.Psychologists examine students

50 students examined by psychologist
Zirakpur, February 19
More than 50 students from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Zirakpur and surrounding areas were examined in a free intelligence, performance and personality evaluation programme by Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, here today.


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