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“Dead” terrorist runs away
Jalandhar, February 16
The terrorist who was registered as dead on the police records but was living in Jalandhar’s Mota Singh Nagar by the name of Harjit Singh Kahlon has run away. The terrorist who had put the blame on the serving DGP SS Virk stating that he was surviving under his patronage shook the police circles today.

SAD seeks Virk’s removal, to meet PM
Patiala, February 16
The SAD has decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the dismissal and registration of a criminal case against the Punjab DGP, Mr S.S. Virk, following the surfacing of his alleged links with terrorists.

PSEB decision leaves fish farmers fuming
Gurdaspur, February 16
A PSEB decision has left fish farmers of the district in the lurch. The PSEB has decided against giving power connections to farmers having less than 99-year lease.

Maluka accuses IG, MLA of conspiracy
Bathinda, February 16
A day after the police reportedly removed the red light from his vehicle, former Power Minister and district SAD president Sikandar Singh Maluka today accused Rampura Phul MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar and IG Rajinder Singh of conspiring against him.

Two brothers killed over land dispute
Kharar, February 16
Two brothers were shot dead and another seriously injured by attackers allegedly over the possession of a piece of land in Takipur village, near here, today. One of the alleged suspects was also admitted to hospital with injuries.
Family members mourn the death of the two brothers, who were killed over a land dispute at Takipur village, near Kharar Family members mourn the death of the two brothers, who were killed over a land dispute at Takipur village, near Kharar, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari



Students engaged in survey in exam season
Bathinda, February 16
While the state government's much-touted Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan aims at educating one and all (Padho Sare, Vadho Sare is its motto), the pressing of school students for carrying out a survey just when their exams are round the corner reflects how sincere it is to achieve its goals.

Students of government senior secondary school carry out a survey at Parasram Nagar in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Students of government senior secondary school carry out a survey at Parasram Nagar in Bathinda


Govt insensitive, says CPM
Chandigarh, February 16
The CPM today said that Punjab was governed by an insensitive government. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Balwant Singh, secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPM, said his party had launched a “jail bharo” morcha on important issues faced by the people of the state.

Ramoowalia for third front
Barnala, February 16
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president, Lok Bhalai Party, felt the need of third front in the state. Talking to reporters here today Mr Ramoowaila said that Punjabis were fed up with the ruling Congress as well as Akalis as these parties had failed to meet basic needs of the public.


Ruckus at interview venue
Amritsar, February 16
Following the allegations of fraud, activists of the All-India Youth Association and coordination committee of the paramedical staff and Health Department today created ruckus at an interview called for the appointment of Class III and IV employees on contract basis at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here.

Review of security cover exercise in futility
Chandigarh, February 16
It seems the much-touted review of security cover and provision of vehicles to retired Punjab police officials has turned out to be mere eyewash. The Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, has in the past few days ordered partial or full restoration of the security cover to at least six retired IPS officials.

SAFMA delegates rue visa restrictions
Amritsar, February 16
Visibly upset over the denial of visas to visit Amritsar, one of the SAFMA delegates, Mr Afzaal Rehan, a senior journalist from Daily Pakistan, quoted to have said that “Golden Temple dekhne ki hasrat reh gayi”.

Sant alleges false cases against him
Chandigarh, February 16
Sant Shamsher Singh Jangera alleged today that the Amarinder Singh government had implicated him in false cases. He said a sitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court or the CBI should be asked to inquire into the cases registered against him.

Joint project launched to desilt drain
FEROZEPORE: After the enormous success of Operation Sahyog launched a few years ago to remove water hyacinth from the Harike bird sanctuary, the Golden Arrow Division of the Army under the agents of the Vajra Coprs has now launched Project Sadbhvna to desilt and clean the 32-km-long Sukhbar Nala (Phida outfall drain) whose choked condition was posing grave threat to the local population.

Ludhiana doctor heads gastro endo surgeons body
Chandigarh, February 16
Prof of Surgery of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Dr Kuldip Singh, has been elected as president of the Indian Association of Gastro Endo Surgeons for a term of two years (2006-2008). He was installed as President during the National Congress of Endoscopic surgery held in Bangalore.

Dr Kuldip Singh (right) with Prof Alred Cuschieri of England at the seventh National Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Bangalore.

Dr Kuldip Singh with Prof Alred Cuschieri of England at the seventh National Congress of Endoscopic Surgery held in Bangalore

Coaching scheme for ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, February 16
The Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Punjab, has drawn up a special programme to impart coaching to those ex-servicemen and their wards who had applied for recruitment as constables in the Punjab Police.

Concern over NCC funding
Abohar, February 16
Punjab may further lose representation in the Army if apathy over the release of funds for training NCC cadets is not dispensed with, said Col S.K. Varni, Group Commandant, NCC (Ludhiana zone), who was here to inspect and monitor Certificate B and C examination.

Stone laid for power substation
Kharar, February 16
Mr Lal Singh, Minister for Irrigation and Power, Rural Development & Panchayat, Punjab, laid the foundation stone of a 66 KV sub-station at Gharuan village, near here, today.


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Turban case: govt files reply
Chandigarh, February 16
The Government of India today filed its reply to the PIL filed by the Singh Legal Foundation seeking directions to the respondents, including the Union Government, to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens in India as also abroad.


Four cops suspended
Moga, February 16
Four cops have been suspended after they reportedly misbehaved with CPI leader Jagroop near Nachhatar Singh Memorial Hall here. Sources said the cops allegedly thrashed the CPI leader’s driver and when he resisted their act they misbehaved with him too.


DSP-Jalandhar, singer K. Deep booked
Ludhiana, February 16
The police today evening booked Punjabi singer K. Deep and a Jalandhar-based DSP of the Punjab Police for violating orders of the District Magistrate Ludhiana by playing, high-pitched music after 10 pm at a party organised in the house of the singer in Shamsher Avenue last night.

PSEB official held for graft
Muktsar, February 16
The Vigilance Bureau today caught a PSEB executive engineer posted at Gidderbaha while he was accepting bribe from a farmer at his office. Sources said complainant Gurdarshan Singh of Kauni village, had a 5 HP motor connection and had applied for shifting it to some other place.

2 officials held for taking bribe
Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday nabbed the in charge of the CIA wing of the police at Zira and a revenue patwari in separate cases for accepting bribes. A spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau alleged Pushpinder Singh, Sub-Inspector, In charge, CIA, Zira, was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from one Mr Gurjant Singh.


GACL gives in to truckers’ demands
Ropar, February 16
Finally after 46 days, the truck operator union today called off strike after the management of the Gujarat Ambuja Cement Limited here agreed to increase their freight charges.

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