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Poll announcement scuttles move on building bylaws
Ludhiana, February 29
The declaration of the election schedule has scuttled the move of the Punjab Government to implement an amnesty scheme to regularise violations of building by-laws with an eye on electoral gains.

Model code prevents CM from doling out sops
Ludhiana, February 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today claimed that the ruling Congress would score a resounding victory in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on all seats in the state and the unholy alliance of SAD and BJP would be defeated.

Let public evaluate appointees
Recruitment of DSPs against sports quota
Chandigarh, February 29
As the controversy over the recruitment of seven new DSPs from the sports quota by the Punjab Government this month refuses to die down, the Ludhiana Sportsmen’s Welfare Society has challenged the Chief Minister and the Departmental Selection Committee to make public the selection criteria as well as the credentials of all candidates.

Pathankot SDM caught poaching
Pathankot, February 29
Mr Puneet Goyal, Sub Divisional Magistrate Pathankot, who is also holding the dual charge of Dhar Kalan was caught red handed today and two partridges in his possession. Hunting of the National Bird is a non-bailable offence.

Forest officials charged with poaching

Fatehgarh Sahib



Scrapping of post draws flak
Chandigarh, February 29
The issuance of an ordinance by the Punjab Government scrapping the post of Pro-Vice- Chancellor is politically motivated and most unfortunate, says Mr Harjeet Singh Grewal, general secretary of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Pak admits damage to Hindu shrines
Amritsar, February 29
The Pakistan Government has admitted for the first time that after the Partition in 1947, several buildings and shrines belonging to Hindus had remained unattended for a long time and had suffered colossal damage.

‘Ehsaas’ of cross-border warmth
Ludhiana, February 29
It was a heart-warming experience yesterday at Ehsass-2004, fifth inter-college cultural festival at the PCTE, when the team from SZABIST, Islamabad, came onto the stage waving Indian and Pakistani national flags to deliver a message of brotherhood and unity.

Pak offers free heart treatment to 60 Indians
Amritsar, February 29
Pakistan has offered free heart treatment to 60 Indians in its institutes at Karachi and Lahore. While Karachi would cater to adults, Lahore has offered treatment to children.

Dr Farzana Najir, Parliamentary Secretary, Health, Government of Punjab, Pakistan, and head of the 15-member delegation of doctors from Pakistan, gets a “siropa” from a Golden Temple official in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI photo

Dr Farzana Najir, Parliamentary Secretary, Health, Government of Punjab, Pakistan, and head of the 15-member delegation of doctors from Pakistan, gets a “siropa” from a Golden Temple official in Amritsar on Sunday.


Jagmeet Brar’s constituency changed
Faridkot, February 29
Putting all speculations to rest the 13-member Central Election Committee (CEC) has cleared the name of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Ferozepore Parliamentary constituency by accepting his demand to change his earlier Faridkot area.

Balbir not to seek renomination
Jalandhar, February 29
The local MP, Mr Balbir Singh, today announced not to seek renomination from the Jalandhar seat on Congress ticket.

Minister begins poll campaign
Sujanpur, February 29
The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, yesterday launched an election campaign in the Sujanpur constituency.


Impressive performances add punch to play

Jalandhar, February 29
A perfect blend of impeccable theatrical performance and direction of “Dance Like A Man,” play focussing on shades of lives of two generations, mesmerised a large number of spectators, at the local Red Cross Bhawan here yesterday.

A scene from Dance like a Man staged at Jalandhar’s Red Cross Bhavan on Saturday night by the Chandigarh-based Durga Dass Foundation. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

A scene from “Dance like a Man” staged at Jalandhar’s Red Cross Bhavan on Saturday night by the Chandigarh-based Durga Dass Foundation.

Farmers end dharna after CM’s assurance
Patiala, February 29
The eight-day-long dharna organised by members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union-Ekta (Ugrahan faction) and the Kisan Sangharsh Committee came to an end today evening after nearly two-hour long meeting of a six-member delegation of kisan leaders with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh at the Circuit House here. The leaders of the agitation, however, said they were dissatisfied with the outcome of the meeting.

Agitating farmers block rail traffic for the second consecutive day in Patiala — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Agitating farmers block rail traffic

High alert sounded on Indo-Pak border
Amritsar, February 29
A high alert was sounded along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab in the wake of landing of an unidentified flying object in Pakistan’s territory, BSF Senior Commandant Darbara Singh said here today.

Punjabi hospitality bowls over folk artistes
Patiala, February 29
The 15-day-long crafts mela may have come to an end today, but artisans and folk artistes from various states of the country are sure to bask for a long time in the warmth and affection of Punjabi hospitality they enjoyed here. Besides showcasing a wide range of handicrafts made by artisans from all over the country, the fair also focused on folk music and dance performances by artistes from various states.

Folk artist
es from Karnataka perform the Kunita dance at the concluding day of the Crafts Mela.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Folk artistes from Karnataka perform the Kunita dance at the concluding day of the Crafts Mela.

Capt apprised of PCS officers’ plight
Amritsar, February 29
Even as the appointments of eight DSPs under sports quota has come under a scanner for the “unusual haste” and ‘questionable’ merit, the eight “selected meritorious” PCS candidates, who proved their merit a second time, have been left high and dry.

Janak Gupta is Lions Club president
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 29
Social organisations play an important role in the development of the society and the country. Social workers should educate the people to elect only educated, honest, dedicated and clean candidates in the coming parliamentary elections.

Book on Maharshi Balmiki condemned
Ludhiana, February 29
Dr Ambedkar Ekta Mission, Punjab has supported the Akhil Bharatiya Safai Mazdoor Congress in demanding action against a book “Janbaz Raakha” for containing derogatory remarks against Maharshi Balmiki.

Hospital’s power supply may go
Amritsar, February 29
The electricity connection of the Civil Hospital here is likely to be snapped anytime due to the non-payment of electricity bills.

Heritage Fest good on events, low on tourism
HE number of events which were crammed into the Heritage Festival in the city which concluded last week was mind-boggling. From two top-notch classical performances for four days, besides a play by Habib Tanveer, Ghulam Ali’s ghazals and performances by music groups ‘Stereo Nation’ and ‘Junoon’, one had a high profile cricket match, polo, rural sports, painting exhibition and lots more.


Judge orders registration of forgery case
Moga, February 29
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdev Singh, has ordered registration of a criminal case, against Jata Singh and three others for allegedly selling a piece of prime land having half share of Jata Singh’s brother Ram Singh, who is deaf and dump, to Roor Singh of the same village, Alamwala, under Baghapurana subdivision in Moga district by producing a fake person at the time of registration of the sale deed.


Scientists advise Bt cotton farmers to wait
Abohar, February 29
Agriculture scientists yesterday advised farmers to wait for sometime before taking up Bt cotton cultivation till Punjab Agricultural University completed its research.


Youth stabbed to death, one held
Amritsar, February 29
Over a minor altercation in a health club Sher Singh, alias Banty, was stabbed to death by a group of over 9 persons in the Lohgarh area late last evening. Another youth, Vishal, a friend of Sher Singh, was injured in the attack.


PTU stalemate: students to meet Governor today
Jalandhar, February 29
Agitating B. Tech students (2001 batch), who have been holding a chain fast in front of the Punjab Technical University premises for past eight days, have decided to burn effigies of PTU administration officials at all engineering colleges of the state on March 3 to protest against the “indifference” shown by the university authorities towards their demands.

Govt college to have new building
Kapurthala, February 29
Local Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College would soon have a new building in place of the 150- year-old building.

DC exhorts youth to take interest in literature
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 29
The youth should take a keen interest in literature and by reading, listening and composing satires on social evils, they can contribute a lot to developing a healthy society. This was stated by Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a kavi darbar being organised by the District cultural Society in collaboration with the Nehru Yuvak Kendra Club Sirhind on Thursday night.

Seminar on IT education
Patiala, February 29
A national-level seminar on ‘Emerging trends in information technology education in north-west India’ was organised at the Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology here.


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