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SAD attacks Cong on graft, terrorism

Chandigarh, February 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal lambasted the ruling Congress on the issues of corruption and terrorism In the Punjab Assembly here today. Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, speaking on behalf of the SAD, said: “The Chief Minister and his colleagues are neckdeep in corruption”. He went on to challenge the Congress: “I am ready to face any action if any of the ministers can get work done without paying money”.

Farmers stage dharna over MSP
Sangrur, February 22
Workers and activists of five farmers’ organisations, the Punjab Kisan Sabha, the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the BKU (Sidhupur), the All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha and the Punjab Khetibarri Kisan Vikas Front, staged a dharna in front of the DC office. BKU activists stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Jalandhar on Wednesday.
BKU activists stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Discussion on police patronage to ex-ultras
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Assembly today decided to hold a special discussion on the issue of police patronage to former militants like Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi. The move came after the Shiromani Akali Dal raised the issue, forcing adjournment for an hour today.

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  PIL seeks names of persons declared dead
Chandigarh, February 22
A petition in public interest (PIL) has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking directions to the respondents, including the Punjab Police, to make public the names of all those persons who have been declared dead by the police even though they are very much alive.

Badal: Cong got SAD candidates killed by ‘cats’
Chandigarh, February 22
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said that the Congress had got killed 24 SAD candidates through police “cats” during the campaign for the Punjab Assembly elections which were cancelled 12 hours before the polling in 1991.

Dullo flays DGP on Sukhi issue
Ludhiana, Feb 22
The Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today joined the opposition chorus of criticising the Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr SS Virk, for admitting that the police was providing protection to a former terrorist Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi along with 300 others. He demanded that cases against all these terrorists must be reopened for trial in the court of law.

Closed lab adds bite to bird flu
Jalandhar, February 22
Even as the outbreak of bird flu has sent alarming bells throughout the country, the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory catering to this region, stretching as far as New Delhi has virtually been non-functional for the past several months.

Team monitoring migratory birds
Ropar, February 22
Keeping in view the outbreak of the bird flu virus in Maharashtra, officials of the Animal Husbandry Department here today took samples from poultry firms in the wetland area.

Man recovered from police station
Sangrur, February 22
A Warrant Officer, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, conducted a raid at the City Police Station here last night and recovered Mr Balbir Singh, alias Beera, a local resident, from the station.

Widow loses seven sons to drugs
Mohinder KaurAmritsar, February 22
The 70-year-old Mohinder Kaur, a widow of Maqboolpura, a ramshackle locality on the fringe of Holy City here lost all her seven sons to drugs! The last son, ‘Happy’ died this week. Shaken Mohinder Kaur, who lives with her widowed daughter-in-law in the locality of drug-addicts here, cannot recall the names of all seven sons and dates of their deaths. On hearing about the plight of the destitute widows, local BJP member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu visited the affected families in the locality.


SAD workers, panches join Cong
Gurdaspur, February 22
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers including panches of Gulam Nabi village near Naushehra Majha Singh today joined the Congress in the presence of PWD Minister, Punjab, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa. The minister announced Rs 12 lakh for the repair of roads, Rs 1 lakh for community hall, grant for the village church and plots for poor in the village.


Snag hits Harmander Sahib filtration plant
Amritsar, February 22
In less than two years of the 'Kar Sewa' of 'Amrit Sarovar' (Holy Tank), held amid religious fervour and fanfare, a snag has developed in the Rs 5 crore filtration plant, donated by US-based 'Tut brothers', compelling the SGPC to reduce the level of Sarovar by several feet, much to the chagrin of the devotees.

State Human Development report discussed
Patiala, February 22
A two-day workshop to discuss Punjab Human Development Report, sponsored by the UNDP, was inaugurated at Punjabi University here today.

Three mentally ill rescued
Faridkot, February 22
Roshan Singh, a mentally ill person, who had been chained for the past four years at his residence in nearby Sadik village, was able to achieve freedom today.

PSEB workshop concludes
Patiala, February 22
A three-day training workshop on advanced management programme for the PSEB senior and middle-level executives for distribution system officials concluded here today at the Board’s head office here today.

Bhutan’s most wanted visits Amritsar
Amritsar, February 22
More than one-sixth of Bhutan citizens striving for a democratic set-up in their country had to flee the hilly kingdom. These activists are termed as terrorists and have to face inhuman punishment there.

SAARC workshop on water
Amritsar, February 22
The United Nation has already declared 2005-2015 as "Water Decade" to save water.

PSEB vigilance for action against five
Patiala, February 22
In a case of embezzlement in the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant, Bathinda, the Director-General of Police (Vigilance and Security), Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Lalit Bhatia, has recommended action against five employees.

Power unit shut down at Ropar plant
Ropar, February 22
One unit of 210 MW capacity out of six at the Super Thermal plant here was shut down today after developing a technical snag. The non-functioning of the unit has resulted in a loss of 50 lakh units to the state per day.

3 injured in blast
Muktsar, February 22
Three persons were injured seriously following a blast in the Ghass Mandi area of the town today, the police said.


IAF man insulted for carrying ‘choti’
Pathankot, February 22
Another controversial issue has cropped up at air force station here. Naresh Kumar, posted at 18 Air Force Wing at the air force station, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against orders of senior air force officers asking him to remove the tuft of hair at the back of his head.


Nabha jail official suspended
Chandigarh, February 22
The Assistant Superintendent of the Nabha jail, who was allegedly involved in branding an objectionable word on the back of a 20-year-old Dalit undertrial, Narinder Singh, has been suspended, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced in the Punjab Assembly today.

Stop flow of dirty water into canal, XEN told
Chandigarh, February 22
In a letter written to the Executive Engineer of Sangrur Division (Irrigation Department), Mr Daljit Singh Sandhu, the Superintending Engineer, Mr Harbans Singh, has directed him to stop the flow of dirty water from a village into first Patiala feeder (canal).

Verma new Home Secy
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Government today appointed Mr P.K. Verma Home Secretary, replacing Mr A.K. Dubey, who has been appointed Financial Commissioner, Appeals -II, which is considered an insignificant posting.


Four killed in road accident
Abohar, February 22
Three persons were among the four killed near Pucca Sarna village on Sriganganagar road late last night. One of the victim Sanjay Jhorar, resident of village Kheowali Dhab near here, was the only son of late Banwari Lal, a small farmer. He leaves behind wife, four years son and an unmarried sister in the family.

Rs 15.5 lakh looted from PNB
Thekerewal (Barnala), February 22
In broad daylight, three unidentified persons have looted Rs 15.5 lakh from Punjab National Bank at Thekreewal village, about 7 km from here.

Peace panel member commits suicide
Abohar, February 22
Harpreet Kaur, a member of the Peace Committee, reportedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at Dabwala Kalan village, last night, sources said.

Prisoner escapes from hospital
Amritsar, February 22
Dilraj Singh, a prisoner in the high security Amritsar Central Jail, today managed to give the slip to the police from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, here. The incident came to light during a routine check by the jail authorities in the hospital.


Takeover of medical institute: Centre to be approached
Chandigarh, February 22
The Governing Council of Shaheed Beant Singh Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, at a meeting here today decided to approach the Government of India to take over the institution on the pattern of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

Students of the gidha team wait for their turn at the annual function at NTC School, Rajpura, on Tuesday.
Students of the gidha team wait for their turn at the annual function at NTC School, Rajpura, on Tuesday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

SGPC institutes to retain minority status
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Government has decided to continue to treat professional institutions being run by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) as minority community institutions.

Dr N.P. Singh is ISTE regional head
Sangrur, February 22
Dr. N. P. Singh, Acting Director, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, has been nominated the Chairman of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh for three years by the president of the ISTE, New Delhi. The ISTE is the top body of the country for the improvement of technical education.


Income tax awareness camp organised
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 22
The Income Tax department of the Patiala Zone has started an awareness campaign to educate people about the department. Under this, camps are being organised in small towns and remote rural areas, said Ms Promila Bhardwaj, Commissioner of Income Tax, Patiala.


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