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Govt in fix over SC order on institutions
Chandigarh, February 21
The Congress government in Punjab faces a test of nerves. The matter of withdrawing minority status from Sikh educational institutions in the state is on the boil and a final decision is expected in a day or two.

Khalsa Dal chief denies link with Sukhi
Chandigarh, February 21
Daljeet Singh Bittu Denying any link of his party with controversial former militant and police “cat” Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, the President of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal, Mr Daljeet Singh Bittu, said here today the CBI and the National Human Rights Commission should find out who was killed in place of Sukhi by the police. Years ago, the police had declared Sukhi dead in an encounter.

Tandon flays rights groups
Chandigarh, February 21
A former Punjab minister and senior BJP leader, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today criticised the human rights organisations who had questioned the modus operandi of the Punjab Police in countering terrorism. He said it was ironical that these organisations did not raise their voice when terrorists butchered innocent people.

Jathedar issues notices to Barnala’s kin
Faridkot, February 21
Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh has confirmed the issuance of show-cause notices to Ms Surjit Kaur and Mr Gaganjit Singh, both wife and son, respectively, of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, on February 18 to clarify their position for accepting the sermons and norms (nam lena) of the Sacha Sauda sect at its congregation held at Barnala on February 12, in spite of Guru Granth Sahib being kept at their (Surjit Kaur and Gaganjit Singh) residences.

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Property bubble begins to burst
Dera Bassi/Rajpura, February 21
About a couple of months back, the city’s periphery was hot property. However, the property bubble has started to burst in Chandigarh’s periphery, spreading panic among property dealers and investors.

Govt to set up education reforms commission
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 21
Keeping in view the recent trend of globalisation in the field of education, the Punjab Government is shortly going to set up an education reforms commission to find out the requirements of our youth and suggest measures to streamline and make education job oriented.

Farmers block traffic in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands on the Bathinda-Mansa road in Kot Shamir on Tuesday. Electricity bills: farmers block traffic
Bathinda, February 21
Protesting against the non-fulfilment of their demands, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), the Kisan Sangharsh Committee and the Kisan Sabha, Punjab, blocked traffic on the Bathinda-Barnala road and the Bathinda-Mansa road for about a couple of hours here today.

Farmers block traffic in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands on the Bathinda-Mansa road in Kot Shamir on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


BSP rules out joining third front in Punjab
Ludhiana, February 21
The Bahujan Samaj Party today ruled out joining the third front in Punjab. The state president, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, claimed that the party was itself emerging as “third force” in the state.

BSP: Dalits for place in power politics, not sops
Chandigarh, February 21
Reacting sharply to what it described as desperate attempts being made by the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal to woo Dalit voters in Punjab, the Bahujan Samaj Party said on Sunday that “Dalits do not need small mercies from these parties but want to be in power in the state”.

Balhara village panchayat join Cong
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 21
‘‘Akalis have always misled the people by claiming to be champions of the cause of Sikhs and farmers, where as in reality they have always worked against Sikhs and farmers.


Badal objects to obituary reference to Bhagat
Chandigarh, February 21
An echo of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence was heard in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today as the Shiromani Akali Dal objected to the inclusion of former Union Minister H.K.L. Bhagat’s name in the obituary references.

Dalit branded
Ropar, February 21
In violation of human rights the word “choora” (lower caste) was inscribed on the back of a 20-year-old Dalit undertrial, Narinder Singh, with hot metal and he was paraded naked allegedly by officials of the Nabha jail. The matter came to light today when Narinder, a resident of Balakalna village, near Morinda town, was produced before the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.K Goel, by his counsel this afternoon.

25 fined for not notifying vacancies
Gurdaspur, February 21
On a complaint from the District Employment Officer, Mr Ramesh Mahajan, the Gurdaspur CJM, Mr B.R. Garg, has imposed a fine of Rs 200 each on 25 officials of various government and private concerns in the district for not notifying vacancies.

Review meeting on bird flu
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today said that poultry farmers had suffered a huge financial loss in the past three days because of reports of bird flu from Maharashtra.

Breakaway group of Taksal to boycott sammelan
Amritsar, February 21
The breakaway group of Damdami Taksal (Jatha Bhindran Mehta), led by Baba Ram Singh, announced to boycott the forthcoming Virsa Sambhal Sikh Sammelan to be organised by Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh.

Free X-ray facility for suspected TB patients
Sangrur, February 21
The Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) has directed all Civil Surgeons of the state to conduct x-ray of chest, free of cost of all those suspected TB patients whose all three samples of sputum are found negative for TB germs i.e. Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB).

Virk is NRI Sabha chief
Ropar, February 21
Mr Amarjit Singh Virk was elected president of the NRI Sabha, Ropar, unanimously at an election held here today, informed the Deputy Commissioner–cum-Chairman of the NRI Sabha, Mr H.I.S Garewal.


High Court
Notice issued in Malerkotla MC chief’s case
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice of motion for March 2 on a petition filed by the former president of the Municipal Council, Malerkotla, challenging the acceptance of her “resignation” by the government.


BJP demands compensation for Kandi farmers
Pathankot, February 21
The BJP has demanded compensation for the farmers of the Kandi area. In a press conference held here today, a former Higher Education Minister, Mr Mohan Lal and a former Minister, Mr Satpal Saini alleged that the farmers of the Kandi areas of the state have suffered maximum losses due to a dry spell in February.


Names sent for 2 key UT posts
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Government today finally ended long-running controversies and speculation around two key posts for its officers. The government today forwarded the names for selection as Senior Regional Manager (SRM), Punjab, in the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and also for the post of SSP Chandigarh. The officers will be taken on deputation for both posts.


Woman conspires with paramour, kills husband
Abohar, February 21
Razia and her paramour Avtar Singh have been arrested for killing Bhajan Singh at 56GB village, Sriganganagar, the police said today.

Fake lime-making unit unearthed
Pathankot, February 21
The police here unearthed a fake lime making unit in Pathankot. Sources here said that the owners of the fake unit were importing Mahalaxmi brand-lime stone from Rajasthan.

Six hurt in mishap
Abohar, February 21
All six persons, travelling by an Esteem car, were injured when it rammed in to a tractor-trailer carrying wheat husk at 8 pm on Monday.

Gang of fake DTOs busted
Pathankot, February 21
Pathankot Sadar police yesterday 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.

Woman killed in mishap
Kharar, February 21
A woman was killed and seven persons were injured in separate accidents during the past 24 hours.


School teacher transferred
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 21
Taking a serious note of the news item published in The Tribune regarding the alleged sexual harassment with girl students and women staff by a school teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Wazidpur Nogawan, the DPI has ordered the transfer of the said teacher from Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurdaspur district.

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