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Gujral makes Jalandhar development his poll plank
JALANDHAR: Hoping to get maximum support Naresh Gujral from youth, Mr Naresh Gujral, a son of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral and a candidate of the SAD-BJP combine, has made “all-around development” of Jalandhar as his main poll plank. He has also made a promise that he will follow the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu model of politics for ensuring development.

Last-minute sops to woo voters
Chandigarh, February 20
There are reports of hectic behind-the-scene activities in Punjab as a formal announcement on the Lok Sabha elections is expected any time. Efforts are to get quick financial sanctions and release money, particularly for social and economic services, infrastructure and projects, as the model code of conduct will become operative simultaneously with the poll announcement.

CII concern over debt burden
Chandigarh, February 20
To radically improve the fiscal situation, the Punjab Government must brace itself for bold measures, including full engagement in the debt swap programme with the Central Government, implementation of VAT from April 1, 2004, besides rationalisation of stamp duty and discontinuation of fiscal concessions or subsidies to attract investment.

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  Forensic experts examine blast site
Huge quantity of explosives stored in malkhana
Amritsar, February 20
While the Army and forensic experts were called to the site of the twin explosions in the judicial complex here, efforts are afoot to shift huge quantities of highly powerful explosives including PNET and RDX, and arms and ammunition to a safer place from the dilapidated pre-partition building of the ‘malkhana’.

Explosive material lies near the site of the blast in the malkhana in the Amritsar District Courts complex on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Explosive material lies near the site of the blast in the malkhana in the Amritsar District Courts complex

Restraint on approval of octroi contract bid
Chandigarh, February 20
Acting on a petition for quashing an order of the Punjab Principal Secretary, Local Self Government, reducing the minimum reserve price for auctioning the octroi collection contract of the Mohali Municipal Council, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the approval of the bid.

5-day function to celebrate Guru’s anniversary
Faridkot, February 20
The Punjab Government has decided to organise a five-day state-level function to celebrate the birth anniversary of second Sikh Guru Angad Dev at his birth place at Sarai Naga village in Muktsar district from April 14.


Protesters seek DSP’s arrest for custodial death
Barnala, February 20
Hundreds of men and women demonstrated in front of the office of the SSP here today as the Ravinder Katal Kand Virodhi Action Committee rejected the police inquiry into the death of Ravinder Singh (25), a resident of Kala Bula village, near Sherpur, allegedly in the custody of Sherpur police on January 18. The committee also demanded a judicial inquiry into the custodial death and immediate arrest of DSP Gurjit Singh, holding him responsible for Ravinder’s death.

DGP inaugurates community centre
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
The Punjab Police has made plans with regard to security arrangements for the coming parliament elections. It has demanded 140 companies of paramilitary forces from the Central Government. This was stated by Mr A.A. Saddiqui, DGP, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here.

Ex-Services League holds rally
Nawanshahr, February 20
The Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, today organised a rally at JSFH Khalsa High School in protest against the injustice being done with ex-servicemen and their widows by the successive government at the Centre since Independence. A large number of ex-servicemen and their widows attend the rally.

Pensioners stage dharna
Jalandhar, February 20
On a call given by the Punjab State Aided School Pensioners Cell, hundreds of pensioners from different state government aided schools today staged a dharna outside the Nehru Garden Park to register their protest against the recent decision of the government to discontinue the pension scheme.

Foundation stone of health centre laid
Sujanpur (Pathankot), February 20
The Punjab Health Minister, Mr Romesh Dogra, laid the foundation stone of a community health centre here today. Later, while addressing a rally, he said that 650 vacant posts for doctors would be filled soon.


Simple yet meaningful, ‘Charan Das Chor’ delights viewers
Patiala, February 20
Amazingly simple yet explicitly meaningful. That’s Habib Tanvir for you. The man who introduced the irrepressible folk singer Teejan Bai to the world was here to present his masterpiece ‘Charan Das Chor’ at the ongoing Heritage Festival. Based on the Nacha theatre tradition of Chattisgarh region in Madhya Pradesh, the play is unique in both form and content.

A scene from the play ‘Charan Das Chor’ which was staged at the NIS Sports Complex in Patiala on Thursday night. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

A scene from the play ‘Charan Das Chor’ which was staged at the NIS Sports Complex in Patiala



Strict vigil at railway station to check sales tax evasion
Amritsar, February 20
In order to thwart the attempts of tax evaders, officials of the Sales Tax Department with the help of the police here today sealed all exit points of parcel booking and delivery sections at the railway station.

Building violations to be compounded
Bathinda, February 20
The Punjab Government has issued a notification to provide one-time settlement for building violations made in respect of those constructed in the areas falling in municipal councils and corporations.

CM launches social security scheme
Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today launched Janashree Bima Yojana, a Social Security Scheme of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, here today.

Voter’s list prepared
Faridkot, February 20
Mr Hussan Lal, Returning Officer, Faridkot parliamentary constituency, comprising nine assembly segments in Faridkot, Moga and Muktsar districts, has prepared a list of 4,50,341 voters besides 1,137 service voters in the three Assembly segments of Kot- kapura, Panjgrain and Faridkot.

DC suspends six employees
Mansa, February 20
Six employees of various state government departments who were found absent from their duties during the visit of the Commissioner, Faridkot division, Mr B. Sarkar, were placed under suspension by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhary.

CM to open admn complex today
Moga, February 20
The District Administrative Complex, which was built by PUDA at the cost of Rs 19 crore, will be formally inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, tomorrow.

A view of the District Administrative Complex, which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister at Moga on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
A view of the District Administrative Complex, which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister at Moga on Saturday.


Hunt on to nab liquor baron’s killers
Rampura, February 20
A number of police parties headed by senior officials have started conducing raids in the state to arrest Prabhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, and his associates, who allegedly had a hand in the killing of known liquor contractor of the region Darshan Bajakhana yesterday.


11 medical students leave institute
Jalandhar, February 20
Eleven girl students of Indian Medical Institute and Charitable Hospital here have left the premises alleging harassment at the hands of its Director and the Principal while maintaining that the institute was not recognised by any university.

Chinese delegation visits Guru Nanak Dev varsity
Amritsar, February 20
A five-member Chinese delegation led by Mr Ge Gaolin Deputy Director-General of Jiagsu Provincial Department of Education visited Guru Nanak Dev University here last evening.

Workshop on ‘practical commerce’
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
A one-day workshop on “Practical Commerce”, organised by the Department of Commerce, Mata Gujri College, was inaugurated here today. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Phase II of digital library project opened
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
Deputy Commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia yesterday inaugurated the second phase of scanning religious books under the Universal Digital Library Project run by Punjab Technical University at the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here.


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