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Cops beat up protesters outside DC’s office
Suspension of erring policemen sought
Sangrur, February 14
As part of the ‘Jail bharo andolan’ by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPM, 200 workers and leaders of the CPM were today apprehended by the police in the district administrative complex (DC office) here.

Punjab plan pegged at Rs 4,000 crore
New Delhi, February 14
The size of the Annual Plan of Punjab for 2006-07 has been fixed at Rs.4000 crore, indicating an increase of 12.07 per cent over the size of Rs 3750 crore for the Annual Plan 2005-06 at a meeting held here today.

Pak assurance on memorial in ancestral village of Sikh General
Wagah, February 14
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD and Tourism Minister revealed that small houses had emerged at the birthplace of great Sikh General Hari Singh Nalwa of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in his ancestral village in Gujranwala district in Pakistan.

Controversy generates heat among Punjab officers
Chandigarh, February 14
The row over appointment of the next Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Chandigarh and conflicting indications about which Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre would hold this coveted post in future, has generated a lot of heat among the Punjab bureaucrats.

Infant dies in hospital; kin block traffic
Allege negligence; SMO under scanner; DC orders probe
Phagwara, February 14
Enraged over the death of a newly-born male infant allegedly due to doctors’ negligence, members of the aggrieved family, supported by activists of the Balmiki community and others, today pelted stones at a private hospital on the Satnampura road and blocked vehicular traffic on the Phagwara-Nakodar road for well over five hours keeping the body of the infant in the middle of the road near Satnampura police station.





Experts present wonder world of art

Patiala, February 14

Borders blurred and another facet of heritage held centrestage as participants were taken on an amazing world of wonder in art by experts from both sides of the Wagah as the two-day seminar, ‘The Arts of Punjab’, held as part of Patiala Heritage Festival, concluded at the Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, here today.

Sufi singer Madan Gopal Singh and Rekha Raj sing during the presentation of ‘Fana’a’ as Ranjha Revisited at the Patiala Heritage Festival. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Sufi singer Madan Gopal Singh and Rekha Raj sing during the presentation of ‘Fana’a’ as Ranjha Revisited at the Patiala Heritage Festival.

Johar revisits Ranjha’s anguish
Patiala, February 14
Exquisite performances by multi-faceted artistes painted the night in many hues, each wonderful to behold and experience. Each moment was a treat, to savour long after it was over, as Navtej Johar, Madan Gopal Singh and Shubha Mudgal rendered magic at the Patiala Heritage Festival last night.


Bhattal keeps Cong leaders waiting for six hours
Gurdaspur, February 14
The Deputy Chief Minister and the Minister for Technical Education, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today laid the foundation stone of a government college in remote area of Narot Jaimal Singh. She along with the local MLA Mr Rumal Chand and the Rajya Sabha member Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder also addressed a rally in the area.


SGPC to set up Sikh sangharsh museum
Alamgir (Ludhiana), February 14
After beating a retreat over erecting the ‘minar-e-shaheedan’ in memory of those killed in Operation Bluestar at Darbar Sahib, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to go ahead with a similar memorial in a different format.

Act against human trafficking soon
Jalandhar, February 14
The state Assembly is getting ready to pass a new law against human trafficking in the forthcoming Assembly session.

TB kills more women than any other infectious disease: expert
Sangrur, February 14
About 400 patients, suffering from various chest diseases, heart ailments etc, were examined and given treatment free of cost at a “chest diseases, TB and other common diseases check up camp”, organised by the Manav Chetna Manch at Bhawanigarh, about 22 km from here, today.

Make auto dippers mandatory, says PIL
Chandigarh, February 14
A Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer has moved a petition in public interest challenging the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Roads and Surface Transport through which it had done away with the clause in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules dealing making auto dippers mandatory for heavy goods transport vehicles.

VHP, Bajrang Dal protest against V-Day
Amritsar, February 14
The theme was Red this Valentine’s Day as young girls and boys dressed in red.

After son, Kamlesh loses husband
Rajpura, February 14
Close on the heels of the death of Ms Kamlesh’s son in a hospital yesterday, her husband died in a road accident near the Shambhu barrier in the wee hours today.

Claims invited from riot victims
Bathinda, February 14
The district administration has invited claims from the 1984 riot victims who had migrated from other states to Punjab.

Prem Bhatia scholarships for young journalists
Chandigarh, February 14
The Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust has invited applications for Prem Bhatia Memorial Scholarship for Young Journalists, 2006.

Jawan killed as rifle goes off accidentally
Amritsar, February 14
Jandish Chander (24), a jawan with 10 Brigade, was killed when his rifle went off accidentally here today. He died on the spot and police after completing formalities under section 174 of the CrPC handed over the body to the brigade.


Farmers take to vegetable farming
Bathinda, February 14
Even as Punjab’s water table is depleting and agricultural experts are talking diversification, farmers of Kattar Singh Wala and its nearby villages have set an example by taking up vegetable farming.

Wheat, flour prices fall
Chandigarh, February 14
The price of wheat has started falling in the open market. Sources said today that the price had come down to Rs 925 per quintal in Patiala and also in Haryana. Consequently, the price of wheat flour had also come down by at least Rs 2 per kg.

Go for pulses: experts
Amritsar, February 14
“Do away with paddy and grow more pulses to save Punjab and make economic position of farmers strong”. This is a message from the experts participating in the two-day workshop on Punjab-Human Development Report-2004, organised jointly by the Department of Commerce and Business Management and Centre for Studies of Punjab Politics of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.


Youths booked for raping minor
Abohar, February 14
A minor was allegedly raped by two youths at Bhagu village, near here. The Sadar police today registered a case against the accused.

BJP leader hurt in clash
Phagwara, February 14
Punjab BJP S/C Morcha Vice president and Zila Parishad member Kashmir Singh Mahi and three others were injured in a clash between two groups at Jagpalpur village near here yesterday, the police said.


Foundation stone of college laid
Narot Jaimal Singh (Pathankot), February 14
Deputy Chief Minister Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal laying the foundation stone of a college here on Tuesday, said the Amarinder Singh Government had allocated Rs 1 crore for a degree college here and the classes would begin from coming academic session at the government, senior secondary school here till the college’s building came up.

Punjab varsity non-teaching staff to hold dharna
Patiala, February 14
Activists of the Punjabi University Employees Association (non-teaching) today decided to stage a dharna against the university authorities for not reinstating suspended employees.


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