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Badal, not development, dominates Cong rally
Latala (Ludhiana), February 27
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has claimed that he was feeling “perfectly good” about his prospects and performance in the forthcoming elections. Addressing a well-attended rally here to mark the completion of two years in power of the party today, Congress leaders seemed content at having sent SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his son to jail.

Pandey reinducted to hasten Badal case, says CM
Latala, February 27
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, addressing a press conference soon after a state-level rally to mark the completion of two years of the Congress government here today defended his decision to reinduct Mr A.P. Pandey as the head of the Vigilance Bureau.

Include Jats in backward class category, says Jat mahasabha

Amritsar, February 27
Mr Dara Singh, MP, and national president, All-India Jat Mahasabha today urged the state and Central governments to include Jats in the backward class reservation category.
Rajya Sabha member Dara Singh at the national conference of the All-India Jat Mahasabha held in Amritsar
Rajya Sabha member Dara Singh at the national conference of the All-India Jat Mahasabha held in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma.

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  SAD candidate starts intensive campaigning
Bathinda, February 27
Even as the Congress and the CPI, the two major parties of state, are yet to announce its candidate from this reserved parliamentary constituency, Paramjit Kaur, SAD candidate, has started intensive campaigning. She is the wife of Mr Justice Nirmal Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Sonia inexperienced, says Badal
Barnala, February 27

The electorate must give a massive mandate to the NDA in order to hand over the reins of the country to Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee for another five years. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president, said this at an SAD “zabar virodhi” election rally here today.

1984 riot victims to go on fast
Jalandhar, February 27
A section of 1984 riot victims have threatened to go on an indefinite fast at Patiala from March 15. Five members of the Danga Pidat Welfare Society, had earlier initiated a protest march from Amritsar to Chandigarh in June 2003, with a resolve to immolate themselves in front of the Punjab Chief Minister at Chandigarh but, the march was stalled midway near Nawanshahr by the police and the programme was postponed following an assurance by the authorities concerned that their demands would be met within 15 days.

Zila Parishads not involved
Recruitment of 2,010 teachers
Chandigarh, February 27
Though the Punjab Government has empowered Zila Parishads to recruit teachers to provide elementary education in schools, the task has not yet been handed over to these bodies.

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Pakistan may import seeds of
Indian flowers
Rakhra (Patiala), February 27
Agricultural scientists from Pakistan said today they would take flower seeds developed in Punjab for testing to Faislabad Agricultural University. They called for removal of trade restrictions at the Wagah border so that Indian agricultural implements could be available to Pakistan farmers.

Pak Scientists at the premises of Plantsman’s Seeds in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Pak Scientists at the premises of Plantsman’s Seeds in Patiala

It's raining lotteries in Punjab!
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Daler Mehndi performs at Lalheri village.
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CPM has ruined Bengal: Verma
Hoshiarpur, February 27
Mr Sahib Singh Verma, Union Labour Minister, has criticised Left parties for trying to create West Bengal-type of conditions in the country. Talking to mediapersons here today, he alleged that the CPM had ruined West Bengal as almost all big industrial units had been forced to close due to the policies of the CPM government.


Kidney scam case: Dang for fair probe
Amritsar, February 27
Alleging that the government had failed to prosecute politicians, police officers and other officials, Mr Satyapal Dang senior CPI leader yesterday urged the government to entrust the case to Kanwar Vijay Partap, who had busted the multi-crore kidney scam which involved several doctors.

‘Dance Like a Man’ to be staged in Jalandhar, Amritsar
Chandigarh, February 27
Lillete Dubey’s hugely successful theatrical production, ‘Dance Like a Man’, comes this time to Jalandhar and Amritsar, courtesy the Chandigarh-based Durga Das Foundation. Sponsored by Spice Telecom and the Tribune Group of Publications it is scheduled to be staged in Jalandhar and Amritsar on February 28 and 29, respectively.

Girls perform Haryanvi folk dance at the Heritage Craft Mela in Patiala
Girls perform Haryanvi folk dance at the Heritage Craft Mela in Patiala on Friday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Skit on menace of female foeticide in Punjab
Bathinda, February 27
A section of people failed to keep their tears in control after seeing the emotional outburst of a female foetus pleading to save her life. The function was held to highlight the menace of female foeticide in Punjab.

Pak Punjab Education Minister coming
Chandigarh, February 27
Mr Imran Masood, Education Minister of West Punjab ( Pakistan), will visit East Punjab (India) in the second week of March.

26 units of blood donated
Mansa, February 27
Twentysix persons donated blood at a camp organised by the District Red Cross Society in cooperation with voluntary organisations and NGOs at Bal Bhavan here today.

1 hurt as gun goes off accidentally
Jalandhar, February 27
Jagtar Singh, a resident of Bhogpur township, was injured as the double barrel gun of another villager, accidentally went off at a tea shop in the District Administrative Complex, where the latter had come for seeking the renewal of his arms licence.

Sikh judicial body Chairman bereaved
Faridkot, February 27
Mrs Dalip Kaur, mother of Mr Manmohan Singh Brar, Chairman of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, died here today after a prolong illness. She was 80.


High Court
DSPs impleaded in recruitment case
Chandigarh, February 27
Taking up an application for staying the process of finalising the list of candidates selected for the posts of Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the impleading of recruited officers as party in the matter.


Farmers to continue stir as talks fail
Patiala, February 27
BKU (Ekta) activists decided to continue their agitation as their meeting with Irrigation Minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar yesterday had failed to resolve the issues. The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Mandi Board Sant Ram Singla, Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh , ADC Shiv Dhullar Singh Dhillon, SSP (City) A.S Rai, SDM T.P.S Phoolka and President of the BKU (Ekta) Joginder Singh, Convener of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee Kamaljeet Singh Pannu and farmer leaders Baldev Singh and Santram Pannu.


PSHRC seeks more powers
Chandigarh, February 27
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission Chairman, Justice N.C. Jain, said today that the pendency of complaints for initial hearing was zero at present against 2,423 when he had took over charge one year ago.


7 injured in group clashes
Kharar, February 27
As many as seven persons were injured in clashes between two groups here yesterday. While one of the persons had sustained a sharp injury, the rest suffered blunt injuries. Five of them were admitted to Civil Hospital here. A car was also damaged by agitated persons.

One held for poaching
Dera Bassi, February 27
The police has arrested a person and booked his companion for poaching a blue bull calf in the Bir forest area, near here, last evening. Following an information from the residents of Bir Dandrala village, a team of forest officials along with the police raided the house of Bhajan Singh of the same village and recovered the rear part of the 2-year-old blue-bull calf.


Ordinance to scrap posts of Pro-VC signed
Patiala, February 27
Punjabi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr R.N. Pal’s term has been cut short with the Punjab Governor and university Chancellor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), signing the ordinance for abolition of the post yesterday. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Satinder Singh, also leaves the job with the abolition of the post of Pro-VC in all universities of Punjab.

15,000 colleges to be brought under UGC scheme
Amritsar, February 27
The Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof V.N. Rajeshckharan Pillai, has said that the Ministry of Human Resources has formulated an action plan to bring all 15,000 colleges in the country under the UGC eligibility criterion for Central assistance.

Unavailability of syllabus books irks students
Hoshiarpur, February 27
Resentment prevails among students of M.Sc (information technology) of third semester of Punjab Technical University (PTU) against the university authorities for not providing them with syllabus books even after charging them for the books.

College teachers protest over dues
Pathankot, February 27
The teachers’ union and the managing committee of the local SMDRSD College are at loggerheads over the functioning of the college.

Pvt colleges resent cut in grant
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 27
A meeting of delegates of the Federation of Association of Principals of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh was held at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, today.

Amritsar polytechnic wins trophy in boys’ youth festival
Jalandhar, February 27
The two-day sixth youth festival for boys, in which 24 teams of different polytechnics of the state took part, concluded on a colourful note at Government Women Polytechnic, Ladowali, here today.

Students of G.H.K. Pharmacy College, Gurusar Sudhar in Ludhiana district, present a bhangra item at the Government Polytechnic for Women in Jalandhar on Friday. — Photo by S. S. Chopra
Students of Gurhargobind Khalsa Pharmacy College, Gurusar Sudhar in Ludhiana district, present a bhangra item at the Government Polytechnic for Women in Jalandhar on Friday.

Prize distribution function at SD College
Mansa, February 27
Mr Birdevinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today presided over the prize distribution function of S.D. Kanya Maha Vidiyala here and gave away degrees and medals to more than 400 students.


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