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Secret parleys between Sikh body, radicals to fore
Amritsar, February 17
The revelations made by Mr Rulda Singh, president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, a mouthpiece of the RSS, about the return of more than 400 “black-listed” Sikhs from different parts of the world and securing release of top militants from Punjab’s jails have created ripples in the Sikh Panth.

CM seeks report on Sukhi case
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has asked the Home Secretary, Mr A.K. Dubey, for a report on the allegations of a militant having “active links” with senior functionaries of the Punjab Police.

Bitta for probe into cops’ patronage to terrorist
Chandigarh, February 17
The president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today sought a time-bound inquiry into reports of alleged police patronage to a terrorist in Punjab. The investigation should be carried out by a central agency so that the culprits were nabbed, he added.

Hawara fails to appear in court
Sangrur, February 17
As Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of the Babbar Khalsa International in India, today failed to appear in the court of Mr Jaspal Singh Chugh, Additional District Judge (ad hoc), Fast Track Court, Sangrur, personally or through his counsel, the judge initiated ex-parte proceedings on the petition filed by Balwinder Kaur, wife of Hawara, under Section 12 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, for annulment of her marriage with Hawara.

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Young stars showcase talent

Patiala, February 17
Two young stars, representing a shared legacy but different nations, showcased their expertise at the ongoing Patiala Heritage Festival at Qila Mubarak last night.

In praise of Patiala Maharaja
Patiala, February 17
Qila Mubarak and its walls reverberated with the majesty of the Sham Chaurasi gharana as Shafqat Ali Khan unleashed the grandeur of his voice last night at the ongoing Patiala Heritage Festival. The range and control of his passionate voice echoed around.

Govt to review Vigilance cases against sarpanches, panches
Chandigarh, February 17
Buckling under pressure built up over the past two weeks by a joint front of unions of employees of panchayati raj institutions and the Panchayats Union, the Punjab Government today agreed to review the cases registered against employees, panches and sarpanches by the state Vigilance Bureau.


Kangar finds Maluka restless
Bathinda, February 17
The war of words over the “removal of red light” from a former Power Minister, Mr Sikandar Singh Maluka’s vehicle intensified today with the Rampura Phul MLA, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, terming the charges levelled against him by the former as “totally baseless” and aimed at “misleading people”.

Sidhu for extension of freight corridor
Amritsar, February 17
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today urged the Central Government to extend the high-capacity freight corridor from Ludhiana to Sonnagar, West Bangal, till Amritsar.

Experts trash Punjab Human Development report
Chandigarh, February 17
A renowned sociologist and director of correctional administration Chandigarh, Prof S.L. Sharma, today stated that authors of the Punjab Human Development report had failed to take a realistic view of the situation of development in the state.

Power position in Punjab to improve
Ropar, February 17
The ongoing power cuts in Punjab will be fewer from tomorrow as one of the non-functional unit-1 of 210 MW capacity in the Super Thermal Plant here was made operation today.

Free power to SCs: load condition relaxed
Chandigarh, February 17
Failing to implement the decision of giving free power to Scheduled Castes families up to 200 units, the Punjab Government has now decided to relax the condition of load in their case.

Sammelan purely under Taksal patronage: Harnam Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 17
Sant Giani Harnam Singh ji Khalsa, chief Damdami Taksal jatha, Bhindran Mehta, has categorically made it clear that the world Sikh sammelan being organised at Fatehgarh Sahib on February 26 is purely arranged under the patronage of Damdami Taksal and not on the behest of any political organisation, government or any individual.

Sonia’s assurance to Rai Sikhs
Chandigarh, February 17
Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress President and Chairperson of the UPA, has assured a Rai Sikh delegation that their demand for SC status for Rai Sikhs would be taken up at the next meeting of the Union Cabinet. After Cabinet approval the issue would be put up in Parliament.

Mrs Sonia Gandhi with a delegation of Rai Sikhs who called on her in Delhi on Thursday.
Mrs Sonia Gandhi with a delegation of Rai Sikhs who called on her in Delhi on Thursday.

Blood donors honoured
Patiala, February 17
Mohindra health club of Government Mohindra College, Patiala organised a Basant mela to honour its over 300 blood donors at the college campus here yesterday.

Pharmacists protest
Patiala, February 17
On a call given by the Punjab State Pharmacists Association, a demonstration was held at the Civil Surgeon’s office here today.


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Punjab owes Rs 149 cr to municipal corporations
Chandigarh, February 17
Despite making big claims about development works being done by it, the Capt Amarinder Singh Government in Punjab owes a whopping Rs 149 crore to various local bodies as share of taxes collected from their areas.


BKU lifts siege from sub-divisional complex
Abohar, February 17
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) lifted siege from the sub-divisional complex here late last night after an assurance from Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation and Horticulture, Sunil Jakhar.


Infant’s death: probe inconclusive
Phagwara, February 17
The magisterial probe into the alleged death by negligence of a male infant and illegal private practice by two government doctors remained inconclusive yesterday.

Son uses axe to kill mother
Abohar, February 17
Jagdish Dhanak (18), allegedly axed his mother Roshani (38) at their house in Sihaganwali village, 37 km from here yesterday.

Three women allege torture by cops
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today presented three women before mediapersons who alleged that they were stripped naked and administered electric shocks on their private parts by Punjab Police personnel in Muktsar district.

NRI’s daughter abducted
Taran, Feb 17
A 15-year-old girl of Bhail Dhai Wala village, daughter of an NRI, was kidnapped by her relatives.


Demand to close distance education courses in PTU
Chandigarh, February 17
Members of the Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association today demanded the closure of the various distance education courses being run by Punjab Technical University.


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