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Police doesn’t rule out mafia’s
hand in kidnapping

Amritsar, February 9
Even as the police has prepared computer sketches of the suspected kidnappers of the son of a local rice-sheller owner, the possibility of involvement of a Dubai-based mafia in the crime is not being ruled out. The family of the kidnapped boy is engaged in import-export business with Dubai-based companies.

Students of DAV Public School hold a peaceful march to demand early release of Prabir Singh, who was kidnapped on February 7 evening, in Amritsar on Wednesday. Ex-DSP’s son missing

Students of DAV Public School hold a peaceful march to demand early release of Prabir Singh, who was kidnapped on February 7 evening, in Amritsar on Wednesday. 
—  Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Rajbir Singh back in Cong, joins poll campaign
Ajnala, February 9
The Congress today received a shot in the arm when Major Rajbir Singh (retd), Chairman, Punjab State Livestock Development Board, joined the election campaign in favour of his younger brother, Mr Harpartap Singh Ajnala.

Translation of Granth Sahib not acceptable: Bibi
Chandigarh, February 9
The SGPC today opened a new front against the organisations and individuals engaged in the translation of Guru Granth Sahib in other languages such as Telugu, Urdu, Kannad, Tamil and Hindi.

Anandpur Sahib



Sachkhand Express catches fire, driver averts tragedy
Kartarpur, February 9
A person inspects a coach of the Nanded-bound Sachkhand Express, which caught fire on the Amritsar-Jalandhar rail section near Hamira, on Wednesday morning. Hundreds of passengers had a miraculous escape when a coach of the Nanded-bound Sachkhand Express, which caught fire on the Amritsar-Jalandhar track at 6.40 am, was immediately separated by the train driver at Dayalpur village near Hamira, after being alerted by 20 to 25 passengers.

A person inspects a coach of the Nanded-bound Sachkhand Express, which caught fire on the Amritsar-Jalandhar rail section near Hamira, on Wednesday morning. — A Tribune photograph

Sukhi, Pammi to scale Mt Everest without oxygen
Muktsar, February 9
Ms Sukhi and Ms Pammi, the local duo, who have done the country proud by achieving rare distinctions in adventurous expeditions by repeatedly risking their lives, have again taken a decision to conquer Mount Everest without oxygen by May, 2005.

2 Guru Nanak College girls commit suicide
Muktsar, February 9
Two girls of Guru Nanak College, Killianwali, allegedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances by consuming some poisonous substance yesterday. Police sources said one of the girls, identified as Shivani, belonged to Dabwali town. The other girl has been identified as Gagandeep Kaur.

Hundreds of cops to lose out-of-way promotions
Ludhiana, February 9
The Punjab police has set in process an exercise termed as poetic justice for reverting a number of cops on the basis of bad work after they were given out-of-way promotions for good work.


Kainth revives BSM
Phillaur, February 9
After a long cold war with the BSP’s present leadership the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM), which was merged with the BSP after a closed door meeting between the morcha’s national president, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth and the BSP supremo on January 20,2004, now again had been revived by Mr Kainth.


SMO shielded 2 ultrasound centres?
Sangrur, February 9
Has the Subdivision Appropriate Authority for implementation of the Pre-Fatal Diagnostic (PNDT) Act-cum-SMO, Civil Hospital, Sunam, shielded two ultrasound centres of Sunam by misusing his powers in a case of violation of the provisions of the Act by these centres?.

Govt moots toll on heavy vehicles over Mukerian bridge
Gurdaspur February 9
The Punjab government is planning to levy toll on heavy vehicles moving over the new bridge over the Beas on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road. The recent surveys have indicated that after the construction of the Mukerian bridge the maximum heavy traffic of the Mukerian-Pathankot road has shifted to the Mukerian-Gurdaspur-Jammu road.

Water scarcity hits power production
Anandpur Sahib, February 9
The power generation at two hydel plants in Nakkiyan and Ganguwal of 67 MW capacity each in Anandpur Sahib town today again came to a halt due to non-supply of the water from Bhakra Dam in Nangal. The hydel plants had become operational only two weeks ago.

Holland team leaves for TN
Amritsar, February 9
After five-day wait, the 14-member team of Holland-based NGO, Motherhood, today left for Tamil Nadu with relief material for tsunami victims.

Patiala’s historic gates to be lit up
Effort to stop vandalism
Patiala, February 9
Most of the historic gates of Patiala are set to come under the spotlight literally for the first time in decades with the Patiala Heritage Society deciding to light these gates. The gates, when lighted up, would join the list of heritage buildings which have been lighted up by the society, including the Sheesh Mahal, the Mohindra College, the Yadavindra Public School, the Punjab State Electricity Board and the Quila Mubarak.

Deport Chohan to UK, says Bitta
Amritsar, February 9
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president, All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF), today sought the immediate deportation of Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, a separatist leader, to England for insulting the National Flag on a Republic Day function here.

Waterlogging renders Moga roads in bad shape
Pedestrians tread the potholed Zira Road in Moga on Wednesday. Moga, February 9
Intermittent rains for the past three to four days has turned the city into a “living hell” in the absence of proper sewerage and roads. Water is logged in front of almost every shop on the GT Road, while sewers are choking in a majority of residential areas.

Scheme to build roads

Pedestrians tread the potholed Zira Road in Moga on Wednesday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Team formed to get released prisoners in Pak
Hoshiarpur, February 9
To get released Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistan jails for the past so many years, a committee headed by Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and state BJP chief, has been constituted.

Bhattal discloses criterion for Assembly delimitation
Khanauri (Sangrur), February 9
The delimitation of the Assembly constituencies in the state will be done on the basis of a criterion, according to which adjoining Patwar circles, tehsils and continuity of the area within district will be the main factors in the formation of an Assembly constituency. 

Camp to promote vasectomy
Bathinda, February 9
To promote vasectomy in this region, the district health authorities have decided to organise a special five-day camp from February 14 to February 18 in the local civil hospital. The patients who will undergo this operation will be given two blankets by the District Red Cross Society.

Hailstorm uproots trees, electric poles
Talwandi Sabo, February 9
The hailstorm which lashed this region in the afternoon today left a trail of destruction after it flattened standing wheat and sarson crops in hundreds of acres of area apart from killing hundreds of birds, including sparrows and parrots.

Punjabi programmes Satti’s main focus
Ropar, February 9
“I am satisfied with the respect and love I have received from people in a short span of four years,” said Satinder Satti, an anchor, who was here for the shooting of a series, “Xcuse Me”, at Kidzee School here.

Row over Commissioner’s verdict
Faridkot, February 9
Even though a probe has been ordered into the corruption charges levelled against him, it seems that controversies are not leaving the Faridkot and Ferozepore division Commissioner, Mr B. Sarkar. He has again hit the headlines with the Deputy Commissioner declining to promote a peon despite his orders.

Farmer dies under mysterious circumstances
Chathhewala (Bathinda), February 9
Kala Singh, a marginal farmer of this village, died under mysterious circumstances today. Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that though Kala Singh had died of suspected poisoning, his kin had not reported the matter to the police.


Lohian incident: SHO suspended
Chandigarh, February 9
Taking a serious view of Lohian resident’s torture, the Punjab Police has placed the Station House Officer concerned under suspension. A criminal case of murder has also been registered and further investigations have been entrusted to Jalandhar’s Superintendent of Police (Operations).

2 migrants stabbed to death
Mithapur (Jalandhar), February 9
Police officials inspect the site where two migrant labourers were stabbed to death in Mithapur village in Jalandhar district on Wednesday. Two Bihari migrants were brutally stabbed to death by some unidentified armed assailants in Mithapur village in the wee hours today. Mohammad, a Bihari migrant, and his two unidentified acquaintances were allegedly attacked by assailants with sharp-edged weapons when they were asleep in their single room rented accommodation of the outskirts of the village. 

Police officials inspect the site where two migrant labourers were stabbed to death in Mithapur village in Jalandhar district on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Muskan was poisoned: viscera report
Patiala, February 9
The Punjab State Chemical Laboratory has submitted its report on the viscera examination of Muskan, alias Ravinder Kaur, who was found murdered in Hotel Shivalikview on December 11, 2004, to the Chandigarh police.

Scooterist attacked for not giving way
Kharar, February 9
A scooterist was seriously injured when he was allegedly attacked by a Tempo driver, near Badala village, here today. The scooterist, Haripal, has been admitted to Civil Hospital, Kharar. According to the police, Haripal was coming from his village Chohlata to Kharar. A tempo loaded with milk cans was behind him on the road.

Head Constable declared proclaimed offender
Abohar, February 9
Mukhtiar Singh, a head constable of the Punjab Police, and five others were declared proclaimed offenders by a judicial court yesterday.


School board clarifies on pre-board exams
Ludhiana, February 9
The Punjab School Education Board has clarified that it was in no way associated with the pre-board plus two examinations conducted by the science supervisors in their respective districts.

Teachers’ union meets CABE Chairman
Jalandhar, February 9
To discuss the issues pertaining to autonomy of higher education institutions, the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (AIFUCTO) held a meeting with the Chairman of the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) yesterday.

Dashmesh Academy Principal quits
Anandpur Sahib, February 9
The Principal and Director of the prestigious educational institute here, the Dashmesh Academy, Mr Nicholas Gomes, has submitted his resignation reportedly over the state government’s failure to provide financial aid to the institution.


Markfed set to earn profit of Rs 20.10 crore
Chandigarh, February 9
Punjab's agricultural marketing company Markfed is all set to earn a profit of Rs 20.10 crore for the year ending March, 2005. This is expected to be about Rs 6.45 crore more than last year's profit of Rs 13.64 crore. 

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