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Farmers may get Rs 20 as bonus on wheat
Chandigarh, February 15
The Union Government is expected to give Rs 20 per quintal as bonus on wheat. The Punjab Government has sought Rs 50 per quintal increase in the Minimum Support Price of wheat.

CM bartering away state’s interests: Sukhbir
Patiala, February 15
The general secretary of the SAD (Badal) and Member of Parliament, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, yesterday alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was bartering away the interests of the state and was cheating the people.

SAD dharna against govt
Patiala, February 15
Hundreds of activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today held a dharna in front of DC’s office here against the Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress government for its failure to nab culprits who caused damage to the foundation stones of the stadium and a park in Tohra village to be constructed in memory of late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Congress Bhavan or govt office?
Ludhiana, February 15
For a while the local district Congress office appeared to be an extension counter of the District Food and Civil Supplies Department.
Officials of the District Food and Civil Supplies Department accept applications for ration cards at the Congress office in Ludhiana Officials of the District Food and Civil Supplies Department accept applications for ration cards at the Congress office in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— Photo by Inderjeet Verma



Benaras magic casts spell at Patiala fest
Patiala, February 15
It was night of involvement of the artistes with the audience as noted kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas and Pt Chhannu Lal Misra of the Benaras Gharana cast their magic spell at the Patiala Heritage Festival last night. The two swayed their way into the audience’s hearts, unfolding a special relationship.
Eminent vocalist of Benaras Gharana Chhannu Lal Misra performs at Qila Mubark in Patiala
Eminent vocalist of Benaras Gharana Chhannu Lal Misra performs at Qila Mubark in Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Don’t toy with phulkari, craftsmen told
Patiala, February 15
Handicrafts and textiles were in limelight at a workshop on ‘Crafts and Textiles of the Punjab’ at Old Moti Bagh Palace held during the Patiala Heritage Festival here today. It focused on sustaining and promoting them.


SAD (A) to join hands with Dal Khalsa
Hoshiarpur, February 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A) is keen on a third front in Punjab to oppose the Congress and SAD-BJP, but it has had a bitter experience in this connection.


Foreign Secretary to visit Wagah soon
Chandigarh, February 15
The Foreign Secretary, Mr Shyam Saran, will visit the Wagah border and Attari railway station soon to get first-hand information on the steps needed to provide better facilities at these two places to those who cross the international border.

MC against abolishing octroi
Kharar, February 15
The local Municipal Council has appealed to the Punjab Government not to abolish octroi in the state as such a step was against public interest and will adversely affect development works in various towns.

MC dumps promise to remove waste
Pathankot, February 15
The Pathankot Municipal Council has once again started dumping solid waste illegally on the banks of Khadi rivulet passing through the town. The place at which the waste has been dumped was being used as mini-bus stand by people going to Shahpur Kandi area.

Man accuses SHO of demanding bribe
Bathinda, February 15
A Parasram Nagar resident today lodged a complaint against the Thermal police station SHO with the SSP and also made an unsuccessful attempt to produce before him a carton of liquor that the SHO had reportedly demanded from him, but later denied to accept it owing to its brand.

Conference on inter-faith understanding in Lahore
Amritsar, February 15
The US-based Sri Nankana Sahib Foundation will host three-day conference on Guru Nanak Heritage of Inter-faith understanding and Harmony in Lahore from February 17. Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz will inaugurate the meet.

Sikhs to observe Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom
Amritsar, February 15
Representatives of various Sikh organisations across the world have assured Mr Avtar Singh, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, of their co-operation for the celebration of shatabdi samaroh to be organised in June, July and August, at a meeting called by the SGPC here today.

Quacks having a field day
Bathinda, February 15
While the health services sector has been grappling with poor infrastructure and staff crunch, a number of quacks have set up shops at public places here.

Farmer’s family ‘thrashes’ PSEB staff
Moga, February 15
A farmer hailing from Charik Kothe village reportedly thrashed an SDO and a Junior Engineer of the PSEB when they were penalising him for power theft last night.

Workers allege bungling of forest funds
Pathankot, February 15
The forest workers’ union held a demonstration in support of their demands at the office of the Divisional Forest Officer here today.

Hazuri ragi case hearing on Feb 27
Amritsar, February 15
The hearing in the Hazuri ragi case against SGPC president Avtar Singh and others has been fixed for February 27 by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission.


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Poll petition sent to another Bench
Chandigarh, February 15
Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the election petition filed by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activist Harkirat Singh, challenging the election of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh from Patiala Assembly constituency in the February 2002 elections, be listed before some other Bench after taking necessary orders from the Chief Justice.


Woman strangled; accused missing
Abohar, February 15
Shanti Devi who died on January 5 was allegedly strangled as she had seen her granddaughter in a compromising position with Satwinder Singh. This was stated by Dimple, daughter of Manohar Lal, of Rathore Mohalla, Fazilka, in a complaint to the police yesterday.

Doctor shot dead
Abohar, February 15
Dr Sheo Ram Swami, an ayurvedic practitioner posted at the government dispensary in Baruwali village in the neighboring area of Rajasthan, was allegedly shot dead late last evening, police sources said.

Man held for stripping girl
Amritsar, February 15
The police today arrested a person for stripping and publically parading a 13-year-old Dalit girl naked in Karion Nangal village yesterday.

5 of family injured in accident
Kharar, February 15
Five persons of a family were injured, two of them seriously, in a collision between a car and a bus at the bus stand here on Monday night.


Varsity staff hold dharna
Patiala, February 15
Activists of the Punjabi University Employees Association (non-teaching) today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, to press the authorities concerned to accept their demands.

Students on strike
Ropar, February 15
The students of Engineering College, Bhaddal, here today went on strike against the suspension of three students of second semester.

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