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Fee hike mooted for engineering colleges in Punjab
Mohali, February 22
The review committee on revitalizing technical education in Punjab has suggested key changes in the conduct of entrance examination to engineering colleges in the state besides recommending a substantial increase in the fees paid by the students.

Police recalls some of Siddiqui’s
promotion orders

Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab police has recalled at least some orders pertaining to promotions and other benefits issued by former Director-General of Police A.A. Siddiqui just before he retired. The recalled orders were yet to be implemented.

Decks cleared for Indo-Pak trade fair
in Amritsar

Chandigarh, February 22
Decks have been cleared for the Indo-Pak International Trade Fair to be held in Amritsar in April as the Pakistan Government has accepted the proposal of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this regard.

Uncertainty over Dashmesh Academy’s fate
Anandpur Sahib, February 22
With termination of services staring at them in their faces, the hope of scores of staff members of the Sri Dashmesh Academy now rest with the Punjab Government or the Army’s decision to take over the institution’s management. Parents and staff members discuss issues pertaining to the closure of Sri Dashmesh Academy at the academy’s campus in Anandpur Sahib on Tuesday.
Parents and staff members discuss issues pertaining to the closure of Sri Dashmesh Academy at the academy’s campus in Anandpur Sahib on Tuesday. —  Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



Plea to bury Father Mark’s body in school
Amritsar, February 22
After the court of Mr Baljinder Singh, Civil Judge, vacated the status quo on a petition by the diocese of Jalandhar for permanent injunction restraining the Christian Welfare Council from burying the body of Father Mark Barnes on the premises of St. Mary School, Gumtala, the CWC headed by Dr Andrew, president, today moved an application for permission to bury the body of Father Mark on the school premises.

Jagatjit Palace set for face-lift with grant of Rs 98 lakh
Patiala, February 22
The Jagatjit Palace and the Baradari Gardens in Kapurthala are set for a face-lift, with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage receiving Rs 98 lakh for the restoration of the palace and also taking up the case for more funds for the same with the Ministry of Defence.

Prabir recalls horror of captivity
Prabir Singh (centre) along with his parents at his residence in Amritsar on Tuesday. He was kidnapped by an inter-state gang on February 7. Amritsar, February 22
It was a close shave for Prabir (18) who still continues to be in shock after being in captivity for 11 days somewhere in Punjab. He was brought back home today by his father, Mr K.S. Dimpy, from Faridabad after he was released outside a gurdwara in Sirhind on the morning of February 18 by his abductors.

Prabir Singh (centre) along with his parents at his residence in Amritsar on Tuesday. He was kidnapped by an inter-state gang on February 7. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Gunmen of Akali MLA suspended
Ajnala, February 22

The three gunmen of Mr Vir Singh Lopoke, an Akali MLA, have been placed under suspension following a clash between the Congress and Akali workers in Jasraur village in this constituency today.


5 parties to launch stir against govt policies
Chandigarh, February 22
Five political parties have joined hands to launch a struggle against what they describe as the anti-people policies of the Punjab Government.

Bhattal gives full marks to CM on governance
Mohali, February 22
The Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today gave the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, full marks to his governance of the state.


Canal full of garbage
Bathinda, February 22
The Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, known as the lifeline of this region, is in a pitiable state. A huge quantity of garbage and waste material was found in it after it was closed recently.

Team to arrive 7 months after floods
Patiala, February 22
Seven months after the flash floods hit Patiala and a part of Sangrur district, a Central team is coming to make a final survey of the area tomorrow so that the amount of compensation for crops and damage to the State infrastructure could be decided.

Newspaper office raided
Jalandhar, February 22
The district police today conducted a raid at the local office of Ajit Weekly, the newspaper that is published from New York, Toronto, Vancouver and England, for allegedly violating the Copyright Act.

MC issues to figure at PUDA meeting today
Mohali, February 22
Various issues of the Municipal Council that were lying pending with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority over the past more than a year would be taken up at a meeting scheduled to be held in the office of the Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Local Government, tomorrow.

Punjab to develop Jayanti Devi temple as tourist spot
Mohali, February 22
The Jayanti Devi temple would be adopted by the Punjab Government as a heritage village to promote rural tourism in the state. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Tourism, Punjab state this to The Tribune, Mr Kang said the temple was over 300 years old and had a large following in the state.

Power subdivision inaugurated
Mohali, February 22
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Tourism, Punjab, today inaugurated a distribution subdivision of the Punjab State Electricity Board at Mullanpur Garibdass village.

IVRS system for Barnala railway station soon
Barnala, February 22
Computerised Public Reservation System and Inter-Active Voice Response System will become functional at the local railway station within a few months. These two inter-linked facilities had already been approved by the Railway Department.

Kavi darbar organised
Patiala, February 22
The annual Basant Ritu Kavi Darbar was organised at the State Language Department here today. The darbar was presided over by former bureaucrat N.S. Rattan, who also recited a few coupletes.

BSNL staff hold demonstration
Jalandhar, February 22
BSNL employees held a demonstration in front of the GPO building here today in protest against the non-acceptance of their long pending demands by the management.

Half-day holiday in Punjab Govt offices
Chandigarh, February 22
Punjab Government offices, including those of boards and corporations, besides educational institutions will remain closed in the state for the second half on Wednesday to enable employees to participate in the shobha yatra.

Auction of house put off
Sadiqpur (Jalandhar), February 22
A group of residents, including Dalits, opposed the auction of a four-marla house of a resident by the Shahkot Tehsildar here today.


High Court
Notice issued on relief to farmers
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for April 4 on a petition seeking directions to the Punjab Government to compensate and rehabilitate the families of the 2116 farmers who reportedly committed suicide between 1988 and October, 2004.


Nangal SHO shifted over missing body
Nangal, February 22
The Nangal SHO was transferred this evening when the body of a labourer, who was crushed to death by a railway wagon at the NFL plant this morning, went missing. The family members of the deceased alleged that the police in connivance with the contractor took the body to hide the accident.


2 held for making threatening calls
Hoshiarpur, February 22
Timely action by the Hoshiarpur police saved another kidnapping in the state.

Failed in love, boy plots self-kidnapping
Bathinda, February 22
After failing in love and taking a cue from a Bollywood movie “Bewafa Sanam” to gain the sympathy of the girl a youth of Jeeda village of this district executed self-kidnapping.

Two held on bribery charge
Bathinda, February 22
Under the anti-corruption drive started by the Vigilance Bureau, Shinder Pal Singh, tehsil welfare officer, Faridkot, was caught red-handed today when he was accepting a bribe of Rs 700 from Mr Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Fidde Kalan village of Faridkot district, in lieu of issuing him a certificate in connection with a course done by him.

Two travel agents nabbed
Phagwara, February 22
The Kapurthala police has arrested two travel agents Paramjit Singh of Sodhi Nagar, Ferozepore and Mr Sital Singh of Dhalewal village falling under Sultanpur Lodhi police station for cheating seven persons of Rs 7,50,00 each.

One dead, 5 hurt in accident
Bathinda, February 22
One person died on the spot while five others were injured, when a Maruti car coming to Bathinda from Faridkot side hit a speeding bus coming from the opposite direction, near Harraipur village of this district, today morning.

Unit producing spurious oil unearthed
Bathinda, February 22
The district police unearthed a factory manufacturing fake turpentine oil in the Adarsh Nagar area this evening.

Patwari in Vigilance net over bribe charge
Machhiwara, February 22
The Vigilance Bureau, Ludhiana Range, today arrested a revenue patwari Balwinder Singh for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 500 to dispose off an 'intqal' case.

Cell phones, digital cameras worth 2.5 lakh stolen
Patiala, February 22
Some persons broke into an electronics shop in the busy Dharampur Bazar last night and decamped with 35 mobile phones and five digital cameras valued at around Rs 2.5 lakh.

Five booked for attempt to murder
Kharar, February 22
Five persons have been booked by the police on charges of attempt to murder and being in possession of deadly weapons here today.

2 hurt as bus rams into bike
Rajpura, February 22
Two residents of Suroon village sustained serious injuries in an accident involving a motor cycle and a Punjab Roadways bus on the busy Rajpura-Patiala highway, this afternoon.

Mangled remains of a motor cycle that was hit by a bus on the Rajpura-Patiala highway on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mangled remains of a motor cycle that was hit by a bus on the Rajpura-Patiala highway on Tuesday.


Amritsar Medical College alumni to hold convention
Amritsar, February 22
In an endeavour to pay back to their alma mater, alumni of Government Medical and Dental College settled in the USA and Canada have decided to hold a three-day Indo-American International Convention — “CME-2005” — at the college premises here beginning tomorrow.

DIET teachers not paid salaries for months
Bathinda, February 22
Employees of the District Institute for Education and Training dotting the state have urged various banks to advance them interest-free loans to enable them to pay the Income Tax.

Seminar on methods of effective teaching
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 22
A seminar on “Innovation methods for effective teaching” was organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Technical education vital for youth: Bhattal
Mohali, February 22
The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said time had come to impart qualitative technical education to the state’s youth.

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