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Centre tells state to share paddy loss
Chandigarh, February 10
Though the Union Government gave relaxation in the specifications for the procurement of paddy in Punjab in October last year, it is now telling the state government to share at least 50 per cent of the financial loss to be suffered on this count.

15 villages to be heritage sites
Attari, February 10
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here today announced that the state government would develop 15 villages related to martyrs, religious leaders and poets as heritage sites.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh pays floral tributes to General Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala at Attari, 35 km from Amritsar, on Friday. — PTI photo
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh pays floral tributes to General Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala at Attari, 35 km from Amritsar, on Friday.

Stage set for heritage fest
Patiala, February 10
The stage is set for the much-awaited fourth Patiala Heritage Festival to unfold here from tomorrow. The curtain for the cultural extravaganza would be raised by the Haryana Chief Minster, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, from the precincts of Qila Mubarak, during the inauguration ceremony at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Marriage certificates for a song
Hoshiarpur, February 10
Marriage certificates are reportedly easily available at the office of the Marriage Registrar here. A certificate can be obtained even if the groom and the bride concerned are not physically present in the office. These certificates are allegedly available at “throwaway prices”.

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  Tension in Kharar over removal of skeleton
Labourers of private land developer blamed 
Kharar, February 10
Tension prevailed in the Kharar area today when skeletal remains of a person were found lying in a choe near the cremation ground.


No poll pact with Cong in state: CPM
Jalandhar, February 10
The CPM has asserted that it will have no alliance with the Congress for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. The party, however, has clarified that it is ready for alliance with secular forces such as the Akali Dal 1920, the Lok Bhalai Party and others.

Package for farmers SAD’s poll plank
Mansa, February 10
Improving the economic lot of farmers will be the SAD’s main poll plank and on retaining power, a special package for the farm sector will be announced, stated SAD president Parkash Singh Badal, while addressing a well-attended rally at the grain market here today.

SAD (A) protest against Prophet’s cartoons
Sangrur, February 10
Members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by their president Simranjit Singh Mann, held a rally at the district administrative complex here today. The rally was against the silence of the Central Government on the issue of the publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in the newspapers of Denmark, France and the USA.

CPM workers stage protest
Ropar, February 10
The members of CPM yesterday staged a protest in front of the Mini Secretariat against privatisation and neglect of farmers in the state here yesterday. The protesters raised slogans against the state and Central governments and maintained that the government had failed to redress the grievance of the employees, farmers and the poor.


Health Dept distributing expired chlorine
Amritsar, February 10
The Health Department is allegedly distributing expired water-purifying chlorine tablets. The matter came to light when employees of the department distributed these tablets on Majitha road recently following complaints of diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases .

Tarlochan Singh bereaved
Chandigarh, February 10
Mrs Mohinder Kaur, sister of Mr Tarlochan Singh, outgoing Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, died in Patiala yesterday. She was 67.

Trust to spend Rs 24 cr on fort restoration
Nabha, February 10
“The Nabha Foundation Trust will spend Rs 24 crore on the restoration and renovation of Nabha Fort.” This is stated by Mr Randip Singh, MLA, Nabha, while talking to this correspondent at his residence.

Cong leaders seek death for depraved teachers
Jalandhar, February 10
Anguished over the shameful incident of the rape of innocent girl students by their teachers in Durjanpur in Haryana, senior Congress leaders Mr Parminder Singh and Ms Harsimrat Kaur have demanded that those who have committed the heinous crime of breaking faith of parents and have shattered the age-old and holy teacher-student bond deserved no punishment less than death penalty.

Action against 13 PSEB employees recommended
Patiala, February 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board vigilance authorities have indicted 13 board employees and recommended major penalty against them, according to information received here today.

Move to name airport after Ram Singh Pathania
Gurdaspur February 10
The Punjab Government has mooted a proposal of naming the newly constructed Pathankot civil airport after regional war hero of the Rajputs Ram Singh Pathania.

Livestock chief visits semen bank
Ropar, February 10
The newly appointed Chairman of the Punjab Livestock Development Board, Mr Brij Mohan Goyal, today visited the semen bank here and enquired from officials of the Animal Husbandry Department about their working.


high court
Govt told to keep Pak woman, 3 children in same jail

Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab Government to keep Pakistani citizen Mumtaz and her three minor children together at Central Jail, Amritsar.

Lawyers strike work
Bathinda, February 10
Lawyers under the banner of the local Bar Association today proceeded on an indefinite strike in protest against the alleged illegal detainment of two advocates by the police after it registered a case in connection with an objectionable SMS on a religious personality.


Promotion of two officers cleared
Chandigarh, February 10
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today vacated its interim stay on the process to appoint two IAS officers in Punjab, who were promoted against the state quota for 2004 and 2005.

J.S. Gill sworn in
Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Jai Singh Gill as Chairman and to Mr S.S. Paul as member of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission here.


Man stabs pregnant sister
Abohar, February 10
In a bizarre incident, Nishan Singh Nihang of Amritsar yesterday stabbed his pregnant sister Narender Kaur alias Nindi (34) near Jalloki village in Sriganganagar, official sources said today.

Wanted criminal held
Abohar, February 10
Jagdish Bishnoi, wanted in connection with a robbery committed in Naya Bazaar, Delhi, on June 30, has been nabbed from his residence at Rawla, police control room at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, said today.

Threat to IT officials: police action awaited
Barnala, February 10
The police here has not started action who threatened and obstructed IncomeTax(IT) Department officials’ survey teams on February 1. The IT officials visited Barnala on February 1 to survey various business premises under Section 133A of Income Tax Act 1961.

Immolation bid by villager
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 10
Surinder Mehta of Chuni village in the district tried to immolate himself by sprinkling kerosene in his village this afternoon. When he was about to set himself afire, a constable, who was on duty, foiled his attempt. He was taken to the Badali Ala Singh police station and a case under Section 309, IPC, was registered against him.

Prime accused in robbery case arrested
Patiala, February 10
The Patiala police claims to have achieved a major breakthrough in the case pertaining to the bank robbery committed at the Punjab and Sind bank Polytechnic College branch recently with the arrest of the prime accused in the case.


Students asked to opt for automotive engg
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 10
According to a study, India is going to be a great market for sale of automobiles and every company is looking forward to set up unit in India. So there will be a dire need for automotive engineers.


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