Top stories | Politics | Community
Agriculture | Administration | Crime | Education | Business


Straw hails breakthrough in Indo-Pak talks

Amritsar, February 17
The Foreign Secretary of Britain, Mr Jack Straw, has complimented both India and Pakistan for taking a historic decision of starting a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad describing it as a “fantastic decision”.

British Foreign Minister Jack Straw makes chapatis at the langar hall of Golden Temple during his visit
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw makes chapatis at the langar hall of Golden Temple during his visit on Thursday. — ANI photo

Sonia paradropped Amarinder, is despised by MLAs: Sukhbir
Jalandhar, February 17
Holding the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, responsible for crumbling of the political system and economic infrastructure in Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP and secretary general of the Shiromani Akali Dal, has observed that Capt Amarinder Singh was not liked by most of the Congress MLAs and if he wanted to test it, he could do it himself anytime by holding a secret ballot poll.

Former members of the Lok Bhalai Party Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, Mr Jagjit Singh Lopo and Dr P.S. Marwaha, with Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, SAD, at joint press conference after joining the party in Jalandhar on Thursday.

Former members of the Lok Bhalai Party (second from left) Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, Mr Jagjit Singh Lopo and Dr P.S. Marwaha, with Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, SAD, at joint press conference after joining the party in Jalandhar on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib



  Navjot wants tabling of Nanavati panel report in Parliament
Amritsar, February 17
Cricketer-turned politician Navjot Sidhu is unhappy on being misquoted on the Nanavati Commission report, saying that he could never imagine describing the 1984 riots as “street riots” as he himself had undergone the agony and pain of this “black chapter” of Indian history.

We must make it in five not 25 years: Swraj Paul
Chandigarh, February 17
The legendary Sir Swraj Paul has been flirting with British politics for the past nine years after he chose to retire from active business but enterprise continues to be his first love. Being a Punjabi and an Indian, Lord Paul is concerned at the pace of economic growth in India, which by world standards is ‘phenomenal’, but ‘slow’ in his opinion.

Donates Rs 5 crore for centre of excellence
Dr Swraj Paul after receiving an honorary doctorate from Punjab Technical University during its third convocation held at Mohali on Thursday.
Dr Swraj Paul after receiving an honorary doctorate from Punjab Technical University during its third convocation held at Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari

A troubled conscience made me speak the truth, says Kuldeep

Patiala, February 17
He supped with the Devil. He claims he was party to a “great sin” — the killing of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra. He heard two shots allegedly fired at Khalra and saw blood oozing out of the activist’s chest when he was thrown into a van by two police personnel who held his arms and legs.

Sangrur SSP asked to submit report on harassment

SPO Kuldeep Singh at the district courts in Patiala.
SPO Kuldeep Singh at the district courts in Patiala. — Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Bangalle tribe members held for 6 murders
Ludhiana, February 17
For the Bangalle tribe, crime seems to be the only way of life. They do not believe in family planning, indulge in polygamy, relish meat daily, especially claws and heads of wild animals, have eight children on an average and continue to bear more, as long as their bodies are fit to produce.

Ludhiana page: Murder victims’ kin come face to face with killers

12-year-old boy goes missing
Bathinda, February 17
Satish, alias Kala (12), working as waiter in the marriage palaces, today went missing under mysterious circumstances from Danga Pidit Colony of this town.

Kidnapping bid triggers panic, attendance thin in schools

A policeman escort schoolchildren to their school on Tuesday as panic spread in Bathinda town after a bid was made to kidnap a local student on Wednesday night. — Photo by Sonu

A policeman escort schoolchildren to their school on Tuesday as panic spread in Bathinda town after a bid was made to kidnap a local student on Wednesday night.

Handicrafts win hearts
Patiala, February 17
The Craft Mela has Punjabans agog for more reasons than one. Embroidered suits from all over the country, leather bags and ‘chappals’, engraved furniture and miniatures and paintings.

Jagjit Singh Festival Diary
Fans floor an elusive Jagjit
JAGJIT Singh made a grand entry into Old Moti Bagh Palace yesterday. The moment he stepped into the venue his fans rushed towards him to get photographed with him. With the fans determined to achieve their objective, it was testing time for the lensmen present around.

My music doesn’t sell anymore, says Jagjit Singh
Patiala, February 17
Jagjit Singh and his music have evolved through ages, much like siblings trying to match each other. Now as the twilight beckons, it is testing time for both the melody and its master.

Blending classical with modern
Patiala, February 17
Aashish Khan represents the glorious Senia Beenkar and Rababiya tradition inspired by none other than Mian Tansen. Nurtured by legends like Acharya Allauddin Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Aashish Khan has blossomed into a fine musician who can blend the classical and the contemporary with admirable ease.


Nobody will be allowed to disturb peace: CM
Othian (Ajnala), February 17
Nobody will be allowed to disturb peace during the Ajnala byelection, said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while addressing a rally here today. He said it was the duty of the government to ensure free, fair and peaceful poll.


Cheap anti-rabies vaccines not available in hospitals
Chandigarh, February 17
The non-availability of cheap anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) in government hospitals and health centres in Punjab is enough to drive the victims mad. For a vaccine earlier costing a nominal Rs 20 for a dose, they now have to shell anything between Rs 270-300 for a dose of the expensive alternatives of the vaccine available in the market.

63,000 await pension for 19 months
Sangrur, February 17
Despite the tall claims made by the Amarinder government that it has brought the derailed economy of the state back on the rails during the past three years of its regime, non-payment of pensions for the past 19 months to more than 63,000 beneficiaries of old-age pension, widow pension, dependent children pension and disabled pension schemes of the Social Security Department in this district has been exposing the on-going financial crisis in the state.

Warning devices for 90 railway crossings
Patiala, February 17
Railway Board Chairman R.K. Singh yesterday said the Railways would install “train active warning” devices at 90 ultra sensitive crossings in the country which would provide warnings about approaching trains 3 km away.

Class IV staff hold rally
Bathinda, February 17
Hundreds of activists of the Class IV Government Employees Union today organised a rally in front of the office of the local Civil Surgeon to lodge their protest against the alleged dictatorial attitude of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Yash Pal Singla.

His poetry is rooted in ideas
Patiala, February 17
For someone who claims “mein bachpan dekhiya nahi hai” while talking about the hardships faced when he had to sell vegetables along with his father, who was uprooted by Partition, Dr Mohanjeet does not hold any rancour against anyone. Coming across as a mild Mannered man who is firm in his convictions, one learns his poetry is sober and aesthetic but firmly rooted in its ideas.

Supporters of Razia for case against Izhar Alam
Malerkotla, February 17
Supporters of Ms Razia Sultana, chairperson, Punjab Waqf Board, yesterday took out a protest march from the local market committee office to the SDM’s office here and submitted a memorandum to the SDM demanding registration of a case against Mr Izhar Alam, official member of the board, for allegedly detaining Ms Razia Sultana in her office for some hours a few days ago.

Dal seeks arrest of Gill, others
Phagwara, February 17
The Shiromani Khalsa Dal today demanded the arrest of former DGP Punjab K. P. S. Gill and other police officers whose names had been mentioned by lone eyewitness SPO Kuldeep Singh during his deposition in the case of disappearance of the human rights leader Jaswant Singh Khalra yesterday.

Journalist bereaved
Chandigarh, February 17
Gian Kaur (103), grandmother of The Tribune’s Ludhiana-based Senior Staff Correspondent Amarjit Thind, passed away on February 10 after a brief illness. For paying tributes to her, a condolence meeting-cum-antim ardas ceremony will take place at Ramgarhia Bhavan in Sector 27-C here from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

750 examined at medical camp
Barnala, February 17
As many as 750 patients were examined at a four-day eye check-up camp which concluded here today. The Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti organised the camp at the Civil Hospital.

Jaundice cases in Pathankot
Pathankot, February 17
Rains and unhygienic conditions in Pathankot have led to rise in number of Jaundice cases. The worst affected areas are Lamini and the Shahpur crossing.


Irate farmers block Mall Road
Patiala, February 17
Irate farmer unions yesterday blocked the Mall Road in protest against the adamant attitude of the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities towards their long-pending demands, including privatisation of the board under the garb `unbundling’.


Launch campaign against adulteration, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 17
Keeping in view the failing of milk samples and positive reports of adulteration in the milk being

Traffic wing of district police disbanded
Sangrur, February 17
After receiving complaints from transporters and the general public with regard to their harassment at the hands of the traffic police at various nakas and chowks, Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), has disbanded the traffic wing of the Sangrur district police.


Female foetus recovered
Bathinda, February 17
A four-month-old female foetus was found lying near the gates of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal connected to the lakes of local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP).


100 engg students face uncertain future
Pathankot, February 17
Around 100 students of the Engineering College at Kotli village being run by an educational trust face an uncertain future following the recent orders of the apex court for closing 97 private universities, including Rai University, Chhattisgarh.

Agitating ETT teachers held captive
Ajnala, February 17
All the entry and exit points to the historic gurdwara, Baba Budha Sahib (Samadh), in Ramdas village of Ajnala tehsil have been sealed by the Punjab police since yesterday.

Mata Gujri College teachers stage dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 17
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), teachers of Mata Gujri College here staged a dharna in the college today. Speaking on the occasion the district president of the union Prof N.K. Gupta criticised the Punjab Government for not implementing the decisions arrived at in the past.

Teachers resent deployment for economic survey
Moga, February 17
While a large number of government schoolteachers are being deputed for annual examinations, the state government has also decided to engage them in the fifth economic survey. This has caused resentment among the teaching community here.


Petrol stations to remain closed on Feb 21
Amritsar, February 17
The Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association has decided to close all petrol stations in the state on February 21 against the decision of the government to implement VAT on petroleum products.


HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |