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Holland relief allowed to proceed without paying duty

Wagah, February 8
The Customs Department has eventually agreed to allow humanitarian aid from Holland stuffed in 10 jumbo trucks for the victims of tsunami disaster to proceed to its destination in Tamil Nadu after completing some paper work.

Chautala in Pak for kite fest
Pak refuses to accept gifts
Wagah, February 8
Mr O. P. Chautala, Chief Minister, Haryana, led a 24-member group of his state to Pakistan here today to participate in the four-day Jashn-e-Bahar Basant (spring) festival in Lahore.

Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, is welcomed by Chaudhary Pervez Elahi, Chief Minister, Pakistani Punjab, at the Wagah border. — Photo by Rajeev Sharma
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, is welcomed by Chaudhary Pervez Elahi, Chief Minister, Pakistani Punjab, at the Wagah border.

Cash crunch stalls AIDS control programmes
Gurdaspur, February 8
The number of AIDS cases in Punjab is increasing every year. According to a report of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO), HIV prevalence in the state since past five years has increased by 1.6 per cent.

Man who fought terrorism resents withdrawal of security
Gurdaspur, February 8
He fought terrorists during the peak of militancy in Punjab. His house even today looks like a bunker from where he repelled numerous terrorist attacks on him and his family.

Fatehgarh Sahib


The latest version of a diesel multiple unit (DMU), manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, on trial run on the Jalandhar-Nakodar section
The latest version of a diesel multiple unit (DMU), manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, on trial run on the Jalandhar-Nakodar section on Tuesday. This DMU is proposed to be shortly introduced on the Jammu-Udhampur section. — Photo by Pardeep Pandit

MSP for rapeseed, mustard Rs 1,700
Chandigarh, February 8
Keeping in mind the indications that prices of oilseeds and pulses may remain below the minimum support price, Markfed today announced that it will procure the produce in the state at the MSP.

Custodial death: police ‘backing out’ on compensation
Lohian (Jalandhar), February 8
While the Jalandhar police has failed to arrest three accused in the alleged Satnam Satta custodial death case, clouds of uncertainity have started shrouding the assurance of the compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a government job to the next of the kin of the victim.

All is not lost yet on turban issue
Chandigarh, February 8
On the turban issue in France, all is not lost yet. Another opportunity is around to build pressure on the French Government to get the Act, that was passed banning the turban in public schools there last year, abrogated.

Cong leader booked for paddy theft
Chandigarh, February 8
A prominent Congress leader who unsuccessfully contested last Assembly election has been booked for allegedly stealing 5300 bags of paddy of the Warehousing Corporation (WHC) from his own mill at Bhagupur village in Taran Taran police district.


PSEB scraps industrial weekly off
Patiala, February 8
Owing to an improvement in the power supply position in the state, the Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to hold in abeyance the imposition of compulsory weekly off day on general industrial and arc furnace consumers falling under category-1 feeders with immediate effect.

Drug Inspectors overburdened
Sangrur, February 8
As most of the posts of district drug inspectors are lying vacant in the state, the present lot of seven drug inspectors are reportedly “overburdened”since they have to function as assistant public prosecutors in the cases of samples, collected by them from the shops of chemists and druggist.

No entry ticket for heritage festival
Patiala, February 8
The Patiala Heritage Society has decided not to charge any ticket for any cultural event during the Heritage festival which begins on February 12. It has also decided to do away with the system of passes except for the fashion show.

Punjab’s economy will bounce back, says Singla
Chandigarh, February 8
A "perturbed" Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today assured industrialists that the poor fiscal health of the Punjab Government would not be allowed to paralyse the state's economy.

Ranjit Singh war museum to open soon
Chandigarh, February 8
Fourteen years after it was conceived, the first two galleries of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum at Ludhiana are ready for inauguration. The project was initiated by the Punjab Government in 1991 and the museum will have a total of seven galleries.

Effigy of minister burnt
Rajpura, February 8
Members of the International Bhau Bhaichara Sangathan, Bahadurgarh, burnt the effigy of Punjab Horticulture Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa and raised slogans against him here today.

Cold wave claims two lives
Bathinda, February 8
The cold wave, which has been sweeping the region for the past many days, has claimed two human lives during the past 24 hours.

Mukt-e-Minar in memory of 40 Muktas
Muktsar, February 8
A massive exercise has been undertaken to give the necessary facelift to this city to prepare it for the tercentenary celebrations of supreme sacrifice made by 40 Muktas (liberated ones) while fighting in the last battle of Guru Gobind Singh who had fought with Mughals here 300 years ago.

Girl killed, 3 hurt in fire
Pathankot, February 8
Deepika, alias Isha (16), a student of 10+2, died and three of her family members were injured when a fire broke out at their house in New Shastri Nagar here today.

Plan on disaster management discussed
Ropar, February 8
In a significant move to cope with crisis triggered by hazardous industrial units in the district or natural calamity, a team of experts from the Disaster management Institute of Bhopal here today presented the plan to the district administration.


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Lottery sellers seek quashing of FIR

Chandigarh, February 8
Mr Justice M.M. Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for March 31 on a petition filed by lottery sellers of Ludhiana seeking quashing of an FIR registered against them.

Electrocution of sambar in Hoshiarpur: accused get bail
Chandigarh, February 8
In another dastardly act of animal killing, a male sambar's dismembered body was recovered from a farm house at Nara village in Hoshiarpur yesterday.


PAU seeks Bt cotton varieties from ICAR
Ludhiana, February 8
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have asked the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to release Bt cotton varieties for cultivation in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and save farmers from the clutches of unscrupulous traders, who have been fleecing cotton growers by selling unapproved seed varieties.

Govt misleading people: BKU
Jaito, February 8
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) has alleged that the state government has broken its promises and it is misleading the common people by issuing "false statements".


Admn directed to register sale deeds
Kharar, February 8
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission, superseding the orders of the SDM, has directed the Ropar Administration to register the sale deeds in connection with the land under dispute at Jhanjeri village.


20 quintals of poppy husk seized
Muktsar, February 8
In its campaign against smuggling of narcotics, the district police has arrested two smugglers and seized about 20 quintals of poppy husk from them.

4-year-old murdered
Phillaur February 8
Four-year- old Amandeep Singh was allegedly kidnapped and strangled to death by Arun Kumar, Joginder Paul and Bharat Bhushan at Sargundi road, Goraya, in Phillaur subdivison on sunday night.

Two booked for attack on ZP vice-chairperson
Moga, February 8
In the case of attack on the vice-chairperson of the Zila Parishad, Bibi Jasvir Kaur Lande, the Baghapurana police has booked two persons under Sections 354, 323 and 34 of the IPC.

FCI official caught taking bribe
Bareta (Mansa), February 8
Mr Dharmpal, Assistant Manager, Food Corporation of India (FCI), and posted here, was caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while he was accepting bribe of Rs 3000 from a contractor Jagjit Singh for passing his bills connected with the transportation charges of foodgrain items.

Two held for looting petrol station
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
The district police here today nabbed two persons for looting cash from a petrol station salesman. Both were identified as Harpal Singh resident of Dhakka Colony, Patiala and Manu Sharma of New Mohindra Colony Patiala. Looted cash was recovered from them.


Heritage lovers frown at ‘tampering’ with college environs
Amritsar, February 8
Allegations of “tampering” with the environs of the historic Khalsa College here have been levelled against the college authorities. The college, which was established in 1892, is one of the favoured tourist destinations in the city.

Indefinite strike by private college teachers from Feb 16
Chandigarh, February 8
Teachers of private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh under the aegis of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will boycott teaching for an indefinite period in support of their demands from February 16.

Jobless teachers to ‘expose’ govt
Moga, February 8
Announcing to wage a “decisive” battle against the state government, the Unemployed ETT Teachers Union has said that it will “expose” the Congress government through VCDs showing canecharge on jobless teachers and promises made by Punjab ministers, during the forthcoming Ajnala Assembly bypoll.

"Jad Kamla..." adjudged best play
Abohar, February 8
"Jad Kamla Hove Vehra", directed by Gourav Vij (26), was adjudged the best comedy play at the National Open Drama and Dance Competition organised by Shri Mahashakti Kala Mandir, Barnala. Teams from various cities of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu region participated in the festival.

Applicants face uncertainty over ETT test
Bathinda, February 8
Nearly 1 lakh candidates who applied for the entrance test for elementary teachers training (ETT) course have been facing uncertainty over contrary statements being issued by various authorities concerned in connection with the conduct of the test.


Units in economic zones will give boost to exports: CRRID
Chandigarh, February 8
The setting up of agri-based industries in the special economic zones (SEZ) would eventually boost export and provide better productivity, besides higher incomes to the farming sector in Punjab — this is what the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) is claiming.

PSIEC proposal to give better facilities to SEZ units
Chandigarh, February 8
Industrial units being set up in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) proposed to be established at Amritsar should be declared as providers of public utility services — at least this is what Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has suggested.

FDI hike in telecom sector condemned
Ludhiana, February 8
Protesting against the increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent, members of the All-India BSNL Executive Association, the BSNL Employees Union and the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association held a demonstration in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, Ludhiana today.


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