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Father Mark’s sister seeks action against culprits
Amritsar, February 18
The vandalism of Father Mark Barnes’ coffin has tarnished the image of Christians besides sending wrong signals to the youth, this was stated by Ms Anne Waikling, sister of Father Mark. Ms Waikling was in deep shock over the incident.

News analysis
Coffin issue led to Sinha’s transfer
Chandigarh, February 18
What led to the sudden transfer of the most powerful bureaucrat, Mr S.K. Sinha, from the all important Home Department of Punjab? This question remained in the limelight today at all small or big official and non-official gatherings in the Punjab secretariat and other places directly and indirectly associated with state’s power structure.

Ajnala byelection
Captain, Badal confident of win
Parkash Singh BadalCapt Amarinder Singh Ajnala, February 18
While the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, is confident of completing a hat-trick of by-election triumphs, the leader of Opposition and president of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is also optimistic about retaining the Ajnala Assembly seat in the February 23 election.

Young villagers prefer cricket kit to booze, money
Ajnala, February 18
Shun booze, drugs and money and go for cricket kit, appears to be the catchword of young voters in this border town which is in the middle of a byelection.

Anandpur Sahib



Prabir case
Kidnappers were in touch with family
Amritsar, February 18
Near and dear ones, classmates and teachers of Prabir Singh Guddu, a student of DAV Public School, who had been released by his kidnappers yesterday, made a beeline for his house to congratulate him following the breaking of the news about his release in The Tribune today.

Shocks in Punjab power board
Chandigarh, February 18
Shocking facts about the functioning of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) — even though 19 employees right from junior engineers to executive engineers were convicted in corruption cases, they were not dismissed from service for upto two years. As a result, they continued to enjoy the perks and other benefits despite conviction.

Balwinder Singh (centre) along with his mother and brother at his home in Kaniawali village. Dreams of better life shattered
Illegal immigrant returns after undergoing 20-year-long ordeal in Lebanon
Kaniawali (Faridkot), February 18
Balwinder Singh has returned home after spending over 20 years in Lebanon, but he has no happy memories to relate.

Balwinder Singh (centre) along with his mother and brother at his home in Kaniawali village. — Photo by Iqbal Singh


Farid Ayaz Amir Khusro’s verse shines in his repertoire
Pakistani qawwal shares a glorious tradition
Patiala, February 18
Farid Ayaz exerts a strange influence over his listeners. Even when the qawwal is not singing, his references create the desired impact on those who absorb his Sufi music philosophy. And before one realises, the world of qawwali has been revisited from source to destination.

Indian, Pak poets delight
The poetic symposium organised at Central Library yesterday coincided with the 125th birth anniversary of Prof Puran Singh, the poet who has sung Punjab most extensively. Also by some stroke of chance, the symposium entered the heritage festival schedule for the first time this year, which is also being observed as the centenary celebration year of the noted Punjabi poet Mohan Singh.

Show of Company art and miniatures
Patiala, February 18
“Company” art today revisited this princely city and was amalgamated with miniatures from various states, including Punjab, from the same era, to showcase how the tradition of painting changed after the East India Company was set up, in India, especially after 1850.


CPI supports Congress Sushil Goyal
Sangrur, February 18
In a significant development, the Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today extended its support to the Congress in the Ajnala Assembly byelection and asked the voters to cast their votes in favour of the Congress candidate to defeat the “communal” forces.

Opinions page: Left support for UPA govt to continue


Controversy remains, even after recounting of votes
Nangal Lubana (Kapurthala), February 17
The dispute over the outcome of panchayat elections at Nangal Lubana village of Bholath, held in 2003, does not seem to have defused even after recounting of the votes by the district administration.

BBMB staff protests against official apathy
Anandpur Sahib, February 18
More than 400 employees of one of the major power generation units of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) at Ganguwal and Kotla hydel plant at Anandpur Sahib today went on a strike for five hours. They were protesting against the indifferent attitude of the BBMB authorities towards their demands. This was first time when the employees left their work to protest against the authorities.

Suspended DSP levels charges against Birmi
Ropar, February 18
DSP-cum-Jail Superintendent, Ropar Sub-Jail, Jagir Singh Yadav, who was yesterday suspended by the IG (Jail), Punjab, has levelled an allegation of corruption against the Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Jail), Punjab, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi.

2 girls run over by train, die
Moga, February 18
Two girls were run over by the Ludhiana-Ferozepore Satluj Express yesterday. One girl died on the spot, while the other breathed her last on reaching Ludhiana.


Anticipatory bail granted
Faridkot, February 18
Additional Sessions Judge M.S. Virdi has granted anticipatory bail to the former sarpanch of Aulakh village, Mr Sukhmander Singh, who along with Mr Udham Singh, a block samiti member, has been charged with selling 563 coins dating back to 1840.


Four held for planning kidnappings
Barnala, February 18
The police arrested Thawinder Singh Thana, Jaswant Singh Raji, Gurtej Singh and Harmanjit Singh, all local residents, for planning four kidnappings in the Malwa region.

Kharar child ‘kidnapped’, recovered from Zirakpur
Kharar, February 18
A schoolboy suspected to have been kidnapped from here today was found at Zirakpur late tonight.

Five arrested, 2 kg of opium seized
Muktsar, February 18
The district police achieved major success when, in two separate cases, five accused were arrested and about 2 kg of opium was seized from them.

Cop shot at, injured
Moga, February 18
Unidentified persons shot at a police constable at Lopo village, near here, yesterday. The injured, constable, Mr Jasbir Singh, suffered a bullet injury.


PSHRC moved on students’ caning
Chandigarh, February 18
The International Human Rights Centre has moved the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), seeking action against the management of a Patiala government school for caning 15 girl students last month.

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