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CEC panel to open strong room in Ajnala today
Amritsar, February 25
A three-member panel of the Chief Election Commission would open the strong room at Ajnala’s Degree College where electronic voting machines have been kept, in the presence of all the five candidates to verify poll malpractices, if any, tomorrow.

Capt’s speeches triggered violence in Ajnala, alleges Jagmeet
Bathinda, February 25
Senior Congress leader, Jagmeet Brar, while alleging that ‘instigative speeches' by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during the Ajnala bypoll triggered violence on the day of polling, said that he would meet the party high command and other central leaders and urge them to take necessary steps to maintain law and order in Punjab.

Hackles up on ACRs
Chandigarh, February 25
In Punjab, there is hardly any difference if an employee has an average or an adverse annual confidential report. In both cases, the effect on promotions is adverse.

Adulterated milk seized
Chandigarh, February 25
Leave aside for a while the Indian chillies which have terrified the British. Back home in Punjab, the sale of synthetic milk having dangerous chemical substances such as urea and caustic soda has set the alarm bells ringing in the Dairy Development Department.

Chinese firm proposes Rs 100 cr hydel projects in Punjab
Gurdaspur, February 25
Chinese company Welfar has proposed to set up hydro and thermal projects in Punjab. A team comprising the company Director, Ms Nan Xu, and five engineers today surveyed the potential of hydro power projects on the UBDC canal.




Police fails to arrest 3 cops
Death of scrap dealer in custody
Jalandhar, February 25
Despite dubbing of the alleged custodial death of Satpal, a scrap dealer of Lohian, as “a grave” violation of human rights by none other than the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Jalandhar police has failed to arrest the three policemen, who had mercilessly beaten Satpal to death inside the Lohian police station in the first week of February.


Descendants of Mian Mir, Nabi Khan arrive
Wagah, February 25
“It was my earnest desire to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple whose foundation stone was laid by our forefather, Hazrat Mian Mir”, said Mr Nasin Maqdoom Sayeed Chan Pir Qadri, the 19th descendent of Mian Mir who arrived here to participate in the two-day ‘Kirtan Darbar’ being organised by International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society tomorrow at Ferozepore.

Mann flays USA for duplicity of its policy
Moga, February 25
Reacting sharply to the media reports that the USA may sell the Patriot missile system and F-16 fighter aircraft to India, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today flayed the USA for duplicity of its policy on nuclear weapons.

Aamir Khan shoots for film in Golden Temple
Film actor Aamir Khan shoots for his forthcoming Hindi movie ‘Rang de Basanti’ at the sarovar of Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. Amritsar, February 25
Noted actors Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan and Kiron Kher shot for a film “Rang de Basanti” in the holy city. They started their 15-day shooting schedule in and around the city and the first shots were canned at Golden temple today. Rakesh Om Mehra of UTV productions and director of umpteen ad-films with Aamir earlier, including the famous Coca-Cola advertisement directed the pair as well as Kiron Kher in a sequence of holy dip in the sarovar of Golden Temple holding the nearby chains.

Film actor Aamir Khan shoots for his forthcoming Hindi movie ‘Rang de Basanti’ at the sarovar of Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Punjab seeks Rs 557 crore for flood damage
Chandigarh, February 25
While Punjab has not got a single penny as compensation from the Union Government’s natural calamity fund yet for the damage caused by floods in the Patiala, Sangrur and Mansa areas during the last monsoon, its Agriculture Department has assessed that hailstorms damaged crops on about 2.25 lakh acres during the first fortnight of this month in the state.

Jalandhar Civil Surgeon is PCMS body chief
Patiala, February 25
The Jalandher Civil Surgeon, Dr Y.C. Marken, has been elected president of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association. A release here today said Dr Marken had been unanimously nominated to the post at a general body meeting of the association held here last evening.

PCMS Association threatens stir
Patiala, February 25
The PCMS Association Punjab has threatened a statewide stir if the state government failed to arrest the culprits involved in murderous assault on three doctors of Orthopaedic Department of the Medical College Amritsar who were allegedly pushed from the roof top by some persons agitated over the death of a patient.

51 lakh donated for tsunami victims
Jalandhar, February 25
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has appreciated the contribution made by residents of Jalandhar to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for tsunami victims.

Probe into construction of Kharar-Banur road begins
Kharar, February 25
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today started an inquiry into the construction of the Kharar-Banur road. Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, had yesterday demanded an inquiry into the up gradation of the road under the NABARD scheme.

Protected monument demolished
Amritsar, February 25
Ram Bagh police station, once used as horse stable of Sikh warriors during Maharaja Ranjit Singh regime, was demolished to raise a modern building today.

11 hurt as bus, truck collide
Ropar, February 25
Eleven persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a head-on collision between a Punjab Roadways bus and a truck near Jatimgarh Bhalla village, on the Ropar-Nawanshahr road, 14 km from here this morning.

Home Guards jawans seek Rs 8,000 as wages
Abohar, February 25
While claiming that they had always been loyal to the Congress that promised roti, kapda and makaan, senior office-bearers of the Punjab Home Guards (Border Wing) Association last evening urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to fix Rs 8,000 as the minimum monthly wages for them.


Panel order on Dalmegh stayed
Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of the February 21 order of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission restraining Mr Dalmegh Singh and Mr Major Singh from working as secretary and assistant secretary of the SGPC, respectively.


BKU protests against ‘loot’ of farmers by ‘arhtiyas’
Moga, February 25
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, today staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here in favour of their demands.


PPSC nominations
Patiala, February 25
The Punjab Public Service Commission yesterday released the list of the successful candidate who have been nominated to the Punjab Civil Service following reconduct of interviews of batches nominated in 1994,96,97 and 2001.


Duped of Rs 80,000
Hoshiarpur, February 25
A case of duping two persons in the name of providing job was reported from Rampur Bilron village under Garhshankar police station on Wednesday.

515 blue film, pirated CDs seized
Jalandhar, February 25
The Jalandhar police has recovered 515 blue film and pirated film CDs and DVDs from Music Paradise, a music shop running in the Model Town area.

4 arrested with fake VCDs
Bathinda, February 25
The local police today arrested four persons and seized fake CDs and VCDs of a popular company and other broadcasting equipment, including a computer, a television set, etc. after a raid was conducted on the premises of a city cable operator in old bus stand area.


Interaction meet at TIET
Patiala, February 25
The Confederation of Indian Industry, North Zone, Chandigarh, organised an industry institute interaction meet jointly with Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, and industrial sectors at TIET here yesterday.

Artists’ workshop inaugurated
Patiala, February 25
A two day exhibition-cum-workshop was inaugurated by artist Prof. Balwinder Singh here today at Government Mohindra College.

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