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Kin of 29 Indian youths seek their release from Pak jails
Moga, February 19
Mother of four daughters and a son, Sukhwinder Kaur of Bhaini Sidhwan village in Amritsar, is ruing the day her husband, Dalbir Singh, made up his mind to move abroad.
Relatives of Indian youths languishing in Pak jails show documents establishing their identity in Moga on Saturday.
Relatives of Indian youths languishing in Pak jails show documents establishing their identity in Moga on Saturday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Ajnala byelection
CM blames Akalis for poor development
Ajnala, February 19
Having experienced bumpy ride during canvassing in the Ajnala constituency Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked voters to look for themselves that Akalis had even failed to provide proper roads.

Musclemen ruling the roost, says Badal
Chandigarh, February 19
After the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, today it was the turn of the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to attack the Election Commission of India.

Court vacates status quo on burial issue
Amritsar, February 19
The court of Mr Baljinder Singh, Civil Judge, today vacated the status quo on the petition filed by the diocese of Jalandhar for permanent injunction restraining the Christian Welfare Council from burying the body of Father Mark Barnes on the school premises of St Mary Convent School, Gumtala.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Air India to launch 4 weekly flights from Amritsar to UK, Canada in May
Amritsar, February 19
The large NRI population in the state will have the privilege to take direct flights from UK and Canada to the heartland of Punjab. The national carrier Air India has announced four weekly direct flights connecting New Delhi, Amritsar, Birmingham and Toronto starting from May 15 this year.

Giani Sant Singh MaskeenObituary
Maskeen was an epitome of learning
GIANI Sant Singh Maskeen, who died following a massive heart attack at Etawah in Uttar Pradesh yesterday, was not only an exemplary preacher, interpreter of religious scriptures but also an epitome of learning. His limited formal education notwithstanding, Gianiji had studied various granths in depth.

Death mourned                              Giani Sant Singh Maskeen

Festival Diary
Strict surveillance needed on ultrasound centres: study
Chandigarh, February 19
Drastic changes in the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, are required to check the misuse of ultrasound machines in the states like Punjab and Haryana where declining female child ratio has become a national concern.

Judge gets reader, cop arrested
Amritsar, February 19
In the first case of its kind, Senior Civil Judge Varinder Aggarwal had to call a Vigilance team to get his reader, Harbans Lal, and one Head Constable, Jasbir Singh, arrested when he spotted a file containing currency notes. The file, containing currency notes, was given by the Head Constable to the reader for seeking a favour. TNS


Pak qawwal weaves magic

IF the audience had its way, it would not bid farewell to Pakistani qawwal Farid Ayaz who wove the magic of Sufism yesterday. The most significant aspect of Ayaz’s recital was his rich narrative which familiarised the listeners with hidden aspects of qawwali’s history.

Pakistani qawwal Farid Ayaz makes a musical offering at Old Moti Bagh Palace on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Pakistani qawwal Farid Ayaz makes a musical offering at Old Moti Bagh Palace on Friday.
  • Scintillating performance

  • Folk artistes ignored

  • Fans wait for Rahat


Chandumajra visits Safdipur in jail
Patiala, February 19
Incarcerated Congress leader Balwinder Singh Safdipur today received a shot in the arm when Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra visited him in the Central Jail.


Jefferson Fellowship for Tribune journalist
Chandigarh, February 19
The Tribune Chief Reporter Naveen S. Garewal has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Journalism Fellowship. The result of this fellowship, which is one of the most sought after among journalists, was announced earlier this week. Mr Garewal is the only journalist from India who has been selected for the Spring 2005 Jefferson Fellowship.

Naveen S. Garewal
Naveen S. Garewal 

Prabir case
Arrest of kidnappers imminent: Amarinder
Amritsar, February 19
The state police has claimed to have zeroed in the kidnappers of Prabir Singh, alias Guddu, who was released after 10 days of the kidnapping.

Arrest KPS Gill, says Mann
Chandigarh, February 19
After a key witness in the Khalra murder case named Punjab’s former Director-General of Police K.P.S. Gill during the hearing of the case, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann yesterday demanded his arrest. Mr Mann also announced the filing of a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the transfer of Punjab and Haryana High Court’s outgoing Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy.

Women to be trained in khoya making methods
Chandigarh, February 19
The Punjab Government has launched a programme for training women of 24 villages in Ropar district in the techniques of preparing paneer and khoya for marketing purposes under “the empowerment of women” scheme.

Minister insists on promoting communal harmony
Faridkot. February 19
State Minister for Social Security and Welfare Gurkanwal Kaur has sought the cooperation of educationists and other intellectuals to make aware the people about the disadvantages of caste system and untouchability in the interest of the country.

700 vasectomy operations done during camp
Bathinda, February 19
The local Civil Hospital has created a history of sorts by becoming the first health institution in the country that has done more than 700 vasectomy operations in one go during a six-days training camp.

SSP to probe land-grab case
Barnala, February 19
Inspector-general of police Rajinder Singh has asked the local SSP to probe a land-grab case. Complainant Paramjeet Kaur has alleged that a police officer of the SP rank is involved in the case.

Missing boy traced
Bathinda, February 19
Satish, alias Kala, a 12-year-old boy, who had been missing since February 16 from the Danga Pidit Colony in the town, was today traced from the Ghania village from the Faridkot district by the local police.

Special committee to protect women’s rights
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
To control atrocities against women and to protect their rights a special committee has been constituted in the district under the governorship of the Deputy Commissioner.

Opinions page: Women’s panel not a jhoom jhooma

Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission takes over
Amritsar, February 19
The new three-member Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, led by Mr Kashmir Singh Patti, has taken over charge following a notification issued by the state government here yesterday.


Ex-Navy officer acquitted in rape case
Pathankot, February 19
Mr Bishen Dass, a retired merchant navy officer, who was allegedly involved in a rape case, was acquitted by a fast-track court at Gurdaspur yesterday for want of evidence.


Incessant rain worries farmers
Pathankot February 19
Incessant rain since the past fortnight has dampened the spirit of the business community as well as of the farmers, as the torrential rains has adversely affected the businesses on account of the restricted movements of the public.


Three nabbed in graft cases
Chandigarh, February 19
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has nabbed a Head Constable, a clerk and a patwari in different corruption cases. All three were allegedly caught red-handed by the Vigilance sleuths.

Sales Tax Inspector held for bribery
Sangrur, February 19
A team of the local Vigilance Bureau, headed by Mr Rachhpal Singh, DSP, Sangrur, today arrested Ranjit Singh, a Sales Tax Inspector, posted at sales tax barrier on Khanauri border when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a truck driver.

Man ‘murders’ father-in-law
Bathinda, February 19
Gurjant Singh, a resident of Bombya village of this district, allegedly murdered his father-in-law Gurnam Singh, who had came to meet him last evening from Chuge Kurd village.


Govt schools have failed to give quality education: Singla
Chandigarh, February 19
Punjab’s Finance Minister Surinder Singla, has no qualms about speaking his mind, and when the subject is education, there is no stopping him. Admitting his passion for education and its well-being, Mr Singla minced no words when he said that he had “serious differences” with the state’s Education Minister on the course education was taking in Punjab.

College teachers submit memo to DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, teachers of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib continued their strike yesterday and staged a dharna in the college and later on submitted a memorandum of demands to the Deputy Commissioner.

Teachers hold rally
Patiala, February 19
On a call given by the central body of the PCCTU, teachers from all private colleges of Patiala district Assembled at Modi College and held a rally in support of their demands.

APJ School celebrates annual day
Kharar, February 19
A colourful cultural programme marked annual day of APJ Public School at Mundi Kharar here today.


PNB distributes loans worth Rs 15 cr to farmers
Sirhind, February 19
Punjab National Bank, Chandigarh-B region, organised a kisan goshti here today to apprise farmers of various activities undertaken by the bank for their welfare and various agricultural loan schemes launched to meet their credit requirements.


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