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Governor omits inter-state issues from Address
Opposition stages walkout on price rise
Chandigarh, February 20
Omission of inter-state issues from the Governor’s Address, slogan raising and a walk out by members of the Opposition marked the beginning of the last Budget session of the current Punjab Vidhan Sabha here this afternoon.
Members of the Opposition led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal raise slogans while walking out from the chamber of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on the opening day of the Budget session Members of the Opposition led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal raise slogans while walking out from the chamber of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on the opening day of the Budget session on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

Red alert issued on bird flu
Patiala, February 20
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh has issued a red alert in the city regarding the bird flue that has engulfed various parts of the country. He has issued instructions to Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Dr Varinder Singh Mohi, and Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Patiala, to remain vigilant about the bird flu.

Drought-like situation in Kandi area
Hoshiarpur, February 20
Farmers of Kandi area in Hoshiarpur district are facing a drought-like situation as a result of which majority of them could not sow wheat crop during the Rabi season. However, some of them who somehow arranged to sow wheat in the hope of rain, have completely lost it now.

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  FCI retires 28 quality control officials
Chandigarh, February 20
Continuing its “cleansing operations”, the Punjab regional office of the Food Corporation of India has retired compulsorily 28 quality control officials. The orders were issued on February 17.

Villagers sore over Education Dept inaction
Involvement of teacher in molestation case
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
Resentment prevails among residents of Wazidpur Naguawa village in this district against the education department for not taking any action against a teacher allegedly involved in immoral and unethical behaviour.

An evening with Pak writers
Amritsar, February 20
A colourful evening of poets and writers of Punjabi, Urdu and Pothohari, belonging to Progressive Movement of Pakistan was arranged by the School of Punjabi Study of Guru Nanak Dev University, here today, in which the writers presented their writings, aimed at strengthening people-to-people contact.

Pak institute in memory of Hari Singh Nalwa
Gurdaspur, February 20
The Government of Pakistan Punjab has acceded to the request for establishing a medical institute in the name Hari Singh Nalwa, famous Sikh General of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army.


Jalandhar, Amritsar ahead in non-scalpel vasectomy
Chandigarh, February 20
Simpler, safer and more effective---non-scalpel vasectomy is all these, yet low on popularity among men. Despite substantial publicity of the new technique of male sterilisation which takes just about 15 minutes and greater reliability, most men still avoid it like plague.

Sukhi’s brother fears threat to family
Hoshiarpur, February 20
Mr Manjit Singh, elder brother of militant Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, said that there was a constant threat to the life of his family after the statements and disclosures of this brother who had been shown dead in police records, but was actually alive and was living at Jalandhar.

Panthic bodies seek clarification
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
A meeting of representatives of various panthic organisations was held at the Kila Harnam Dass residence of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), today. At the meeting issues related to the Virsa Sambhal World Sikh Sammelan to be held on February 26 at Fatehgarh Sahib were discussed.

Dr Ranu clarifies
Chandigarh, February 20
Reacting to the reports in the media on a show-cause notice issued to him, Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu, chairman, Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Punjab, has said if he is proved guilty he is ready to face any punishment.


IAF official’s plea on choti
Chandigarh, February 20
In a unique case, a “Hindu” Indian Air Force official has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to the respondents, including the top brass of the armed forces, not to force him to cut his tuft of hair (choti).


Farmers’ protest from Feb 22
Chandigarh, February 20
Five farmers’ organisations have decided to start an agitation in Punjab from February 22 to demand that the minimum support price for wheat be fixed at Rs 850 per quintal.


Gang of fake DTOs busted
Pathankot , February 20
Pathankot Sadar police today claimed to have busted a gang of fake DTOs who had been extorting money from the truck drivers and other vehicles plying between Gurdaspur and Pathankot and arrested two of the gang members.

Octroi post attacked, 3 hurt
Sangrur, February 20
More than 12 persons allegedly attacked an octroi post at Cheema village, near Sunam, last night. Three persons were allegedly injured in this attack as they were taking dinner at the octroi post at that time.

Murder weapons recovered
Kharar, February 20
The police has recovered the weapons used in the killing of three brothers in Takipur village, near here, on February 16. According to the police, the weapons recovered were a .12 bore rifle and a pistol.

Minor raped, two arrested
Phagwara, February 20
A 13-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly kidnapped and raped in a village here last night and two persons arrested in this connection, a police official said today.


UK team visits GND varsity
Amritsar, February 20
A four-member delegation led by Prof David Humber, Head of the School of Health and Bio-Science of the University of East London interacted with Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University here today to explore possibilities of a tie-up on academic and exchange programmes.

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