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Water contaminated in two towns
Hoshiarpur, February 23
Residents of Tanda and Mukerian towns in Hoshiarpur district are consuming contaminated water being supplied from the water supply sources of Municipal Councils of these towns.

Siddiqui in soup over wakf appointment
Chandigarh, February 23
Former Punjab police chief, A.A. Siddiqui, who has been aspiring for an important assignment at the Centre, seems to be in difficulty in connection with an appointment in the Punjab Wakf Board.

Left: PSEB unbundling will be bad for Manmohan govt
Chandigarh, February 23
“It will be bad for Dr Manmohan Singh’s government at the Centre if it allows the Punjab Government to unbundle the Punjab State Electricity Board”, says the top brass of the CPI and the CPM in the state.

Victims pour scorn on murder accused
Ludhiana, February 23
“Shoot them down, chop of their hands” was the unanimous demand of scores of angry people, all victims of a notorious gang of 22 Bangalle tribesmen nabbed by the police on Monday on the charge of killing 12 persons, injuring 52 others in Punjab besides over 50 other such incidents in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttaranchal.

The Bangalle tribesmen, accused of several murders in Punjab, in the custody of Ludhiana police on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
The Bangalle tribesmen, accused of several murders in Punjab, in the custody of Ludhiana police on Monday.



  Flood victims demand removal of SYL bundh
Lachhru Khurd (Patiala), February 23
Residents of this village situated along the Narwana branch of the Bhakra canal did not take any chances during the visit of a central team to their village today, seven months after flash floods had marooned it.

Kapurthala CJM suspended; Bedi UT Sessions Judge 
Chandigarh, February 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today cleared the appointment of High Court Registrar (Judicial) M.M.S. Bedi as the new District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh.


Boy died due to overdose of chloroform, Fortwin
Patiala, February 23
Hoshiarpur DAV Senior Secondary School student Abhi Verma was given an overdose of chloroform and Fortwin injections by his kidnappers, which resulted in his death the same day.

Muktsar girls need money to climb Mount Everest
Muktsar, February 23
Sukhi and Pammi, the local duo, were given rousing welcome by residents and officials of the civil administration when they returned after achieving the rare distinction of reaching the Khardungla Pass on a motor cycle in September 2004.

Deputy Director-General of Pakistan Rangers Brig Sakhi Marzan addresses mediapersons at Wagah on Wednesday. BSF team leaves for Pak
Amritsar, February 23
A nine-member delegation of Border Security Force (BSF) officers, all of Deputy Inspector General rank, crossed the Wagah border checkpost today to hold talks with their Pakistani counterparts on various border security-related issues.

Deputy Director-General of Pakistan Rangers Brig Sakhi Marzan addresses mediapersons at Wagah on Wednesday.
— ANI photo

Marriage party returns sans bride
Patiala, February 23
In a bizarre case, a groom, on finding his prospective bride’s family not prepared to marry off their daughter to him approached the police for help.

Poor roads bane of residents
Dharamkot (Moga): Bad roads and heaps of garbage dotting the town have become the bane of residents. During a visit to the town after rain recently, The Tribune team could not find even a single 100-metre stretch of road that was not waterlogged.

Misbehaviour by conductor: authorities indifferent, alleges woman
Patiala, February 23
Four days after a conductor of a Haryana Roadways bus allegedly misbehaved with a woman, Mrs Mohua Roy, no action has been taken in the matter by the Haryana Roadways authorities.

Cops fail to serve summon on Mahila Cong vice-chief
Barnala, February 23
The local police has failed to serve summon on the Vice-President of the Punjab Pardesh Mahila Congress, Ms Surinder Kaur Balian, for the past three months.

1 killed in fire incident
Abohar, February 23
The badly charred body of Sharvan Kumar, a barber by profession, was recovered by removing debris from his rented room in the Prem Nagar locality here this morning.

Gas tanker overturns
Patiala, February 23
A scare was created in the city today morning when a gas tanker of Bharat Gas overturned while negotiating a turn at the Sewa Singh Thikriwala chowk.


Bail plea of Goyal disallowed
Ropar, February 23
An anticipatory bail application moved by the president of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) New Delhi unit, Jai Bhagwan Goyal, who alleged to be involved in the digging of the Mohal Cricket stadium, was today rejected by the Ropar local court.


Farmers to hold march
Chandigarh, February 23
Farmers from wheat-growing states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will hold a march towards Parliament House in Delhi on March 16. This was stated here yesterday by Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the BKU.

Lakhowal for compensation to farmers
Sangrur, February 23
The Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) on Monday urged the Central Government to link the minimum support price of the crops with the wholesale price index, considering the year 1966-67 a base for the purpose, to save the farmers from plunging further into debt.


Govt may shift Shahpur Kandi staff to BBMB
Gurdaspur, February 23
The Department of Finance, Punjab, is trying various methods to curtail the expenditure of employees’ salary working at the Shahpur Kandi Dam.

Punjab-UT dispute over plying of buses unresolved
Chandigarh, February 23
A meeting of officials of the Punjab Government and the Union Territory of Chandigarh held here yesterday ended without resolving the dispute with regard to the plying of government-owned buses in each other’s territory.

Three cops suspended
Moga, February 23
Three policemen were suspended after they were found missing from their night patrol duty during a surprise check by the Ferozepore Range DIG, Mr H.S. Randhawa, last night.


Patwari, cop held on graft charge
Chandigarh, February 23
Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths have arrested a Tehsil Welfare Officer on the allegation of demanding and accepting Rs 750 for releasing a certificate and a stipend of Rs 1,000 to a motorcycle repair trainee.

Dacoits open fire at police, one arrested
Bathinda, February 23
Gurpal Singh, member of a gang of dacoits which was involved in firing shots at a police party and looting of a liquor vend in the Maur Mandi area today and last night respectively, was arrested by the police.

Minor raped, man found murdered
Bathinda, February 23
While a teenaged girl Karamjit Kaur and boy, Bunty, both residents of Bir Talab village of the district were allegedly kidnapped, another minor girl of Maur Kalan village was raped by Kulwinder Singh, today.


Registrar’s supporters charged with verbal abuse
Amritsar, February 23
Alleged “verbal abuse” by some 20 supporters of the Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, at the residence of the FDO, Mr Varinderpal Sharma, last night has led to an unsavoury situation in the campus.

Tribune Impact
DPI sanctions 14.11 lakh to clear pensioners’ bills
Sangrur, February 23
Pensioners of the Education Department are happy after the DPI (Secondary), Punjab, recently allocated Rs 14.11 lakh to the District Education Office (Secondary), Sangrur, to clear their pending medical reimbursement bills.

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