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Dalit dies in police custody
Chandigarh, February 11
The functioning of the Punjab Police has come under a cloud again with yet another Dalit allegedly dying in police custody. Rajinderjit Singh, a resident of Phool Khurd village in Ropar district, who was allegedly tortured by the Ludhiana police, died at the PGI here late last night.

Illegal custody of youth: ASI suspended
Bathinda, February 11
The district police has registered a case against Mr Ram Singh Assistant Sub-Inspector of Punjab Police, for allegedly keeping a youth in illegal custody, snatching his mobile phone, impounding car and some cash on February 5 without any reasons.

Pak to spend Rs 2 crore on Katasraj temple: Chautala

Wagah, February 11
The Pakistan Government has decided to declare Katasraj, an ancient Hindu temple of the Mahabharta period in Chakwal district, as a religious tourist centre and spend Rs 2 crore on its renovation. At present the temple is in a dilapidated condition.

Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, Haryana, at the Wagah border on Friday.
Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, Haryana, at the Wagah border on Friday. — A Tribune photograph



  Miniature painter returns to family’s old backyard
Pak artist to showcase Patiala miniature tradition
Patiala, February 11
His forefathers once "ruled" the Patiala court. He has come back to reclaim his heritage by showcasing the distillation of the best of seven generations of miniature art tradition through an exhibition which opens at the Art Gallery in Punjabi University tomorrow.

Kidnapping case: records of various gangs scrutinised
Amritsar, February 11
Even as the police has mounted pressure and scrutinised records of former “police cats”, inter-state gangs and rounded up some of them for questioning, the kidnappers of Prabir Singh (Guddu), a student of local DAV Public School, seem to have adopted the policy of “wait and watch”.

The computer sketches of the man, who had kidnapped Prabir Singh, a student of DAV Public School, Amritsar, on February 6.
The computer sketches of the man, who had kidnapped Prabir Singh, a student of DAV Public School, Amritsar, on February 6.

Shocking facts about PSEB
Chandigarh, February 10
Electrifying facts about the functioning of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB): In 2004, the Board's internal vigilance wing recommended major penalty proceedings against 40 employees right from junior engineers to chief engineer.

Congress leader Safdipur arrested
Patiala, February 11
The ongoing war of words between local Congress leader Balwinder Singh Safdipur and Cooperation Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa has taken a new turn with the police today arresting Mr Safdipur when he visited his wife who is admitted to the Government Rajindra hospital.

‘Little Terrorist’ makes it to Oscar nomination
Amritsar, February 11
With an Indian documentary film, “Little Terrorist,” written, directed and produced by Ashvin Kumar, making it to the Oscar nomination, Amritsar residents have double reason to feel happy.


Capt dares Badal to face trial
Bagga Kalan, February 11
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today dared the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, to face trail in the court for his alleged “misrule”, rampant corruption and accumulating huge properties disproportionate to their known sources of income.


Complex built with people’s aid opened
Moga, February 11
It is a government building with a difference. Residents contributed about Rs 25 lakh to complete the construction work of the tehsil complex at Nihalsinghwala, which was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, today.

Special girdawri begins to assess loss
Makha (Mansa), February 11
Mr P.K. Verma, Financial Commissioner, Development, Punjab, today said that officials of the state Agriculture Department would assist officials of the Revenue Department in carrying out the special girdawri, which was started today on the order of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Talk delivered on healthcare
Nawanshahr, February 11
As part of the drive to bring the best in healthcare information to the people of the region, Dr G.S.Kalra, Director, Interventional Cardiology, and Dr Jaswant Rai, Director, Orthopaedics, at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, gave an informative talk on ‘preventing heart diseases’ and ‘joint problems in old age’, to ex-servicemen belonging to the district here at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan.

Rotaracts return with sweet memories
Amritsar, February 11
The eight members delegation of Rotracts (Young Rotarians) from Mumbai, which had gone to Lahore as goodwill ambassadors from India under international friendship exchange program, today returned with sweet memories from Pakistan through Wagah about 26 kilometres from here.

‘Withdraw false’ case against scribe
Rampura Phul, February 11
A section of the press reporters belonging to this town and working for different newspapers today urged the authorities to cancel the false case registered against Mr Lovely Goyal, press reporter, in Sangrur district after getting the matter investigated from an independent agency.

Retired civic staff seek DA
Chandigarh, February 11
There is resentment against the Punjab Government among retired employees of municipal committees. The Municipal Corporation Pensioners Association, Punjab, said today that the local authorities concerned were not implementing the orders with regard to the payment of dearness allowance to retired employees.

Anti-social elements grab home for elderly
Bathinda, February 11
Mr Nachhattar Singh, who spent all the money he got after his retirement from the state government to set up a trust for running home for elderly in this town a few years ago, is running from pillar to post to get possession of the premises after the same was gabbed by unscrupulous elements a few days ago.

Army celebrates Raising Day
Jalandhar, February 11
The 70 Armoured Regiment celebrated its 37th Raising Day and second reunion in the western sector today.

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Court asks PSEB to pay damages to 4 farmers
Sangrur, February 11
A case which was filed against the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on May 25, 2004, in the court of the Civil Judge (Senior Division) by four local farmers, for the recovery of damages on account of the death of six buffaloes due to electrocution, has been solved in just 254 days.

Dowry death case: bail plea of ex-Chief Engineer rejected
Amritsar, February 11
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr G.S. Saran, yesterday rejected the bail of a former Chief Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mr Harjinder Singh Khurana, in a dowry death case. Mr Saran and his family members had been booked for allegedly strangulating his daughter-in-law Harneet Kaur (24) to death.


A replacement for diesel
Ludhiana, February 11
Bio-diesel (plant oils converted to their esters) can be a very good alternative of diesel as a fuel. It is a renewal fuel and can reduce the dependence on diesel. This will save large amount of foreign exchange as the petroleum product’s import bill has already crossed Rs 80,000 crore. It will also help in employment generation and poverty alleviation.


Brothers suspect in-laws for man’s murder
Kharar, February 11
The decomposed body of a man, recovered from an isolated building in the fields on the Badala road yesterday, was today sent to Medical College, Patiala, for postmortem.

Rs 9 lakh stolen from commission agent’s shop
Abohar, February 11
In a daring act, miscreants took away a safe vault weighing 2.5 quintals with more than Rs 9 lakh after breaking open the entrance door of a commission agent’s shop in the old grain market here.

Finance firm’s partners booked for fraud
Faridkot, February 11
The police has registered a fraud case against the partners of a finance company for duping investors of crores of rupees.


732 students get degrees

Jalandhar, February 11
As many as 404 postgraduate and 328 graduate students of DAV College were awarded degrees at a convocation held here today. Prior to the convocation, Mr A.R. Kohli, Governor of Mizoram, and his son, Nalin Kohli, interacted with the students of MBA and MCA of different colleges.

Students of DAV College at the annual convocation in Jalandhar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of DAV College at the annual convocation in Jalandhar on Friday.

College teachers proceed on mass leave
Amritsar, February 11
A protest rally by teachers of colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University under the banner of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union was held here in front of the District Courts today.

DC cautions principals against poor results
Jalandhar, February 11
Exhorting them to fix targets for good, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta, yesterday said headmasters of government schools who failed to show up good results during the current academic session would have to face strict action.


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