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Amarinder’s no to CBI probe into Sukhi case
Chandigarh, February 24
Rejecting the demand for a CBI inquiry made by Opposition leader Parkash Singh Badal into the case of Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, a militant-turned police “cat”, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today came out with a new proposal in the Punjab Assembly.

Amend water pacts termination Act: SAD
Chandigarh, February 24
In a move that has the potential to ignite a political debate on the sensitive river waters issue in the region, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to demand the deletion of Section 5 of the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, 2004.

CM made false promises, say jobless teachers
Bathinda, February 24
Protesting against the state government's move to recruit teachers through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), jobless ETT teachers today burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, and AICC President Sonia Gandhi.

Unemployed ETT teachers burn effigies of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Bathinda on Friday.

Unemployed ETT teachers burn effigies of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Bathinda on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph




Alliance with Cong a compulsion: Bardhan
Amritsar, February 24
Admitting that Left parties have differences with the ruling Congress government on economic and foreign policies, Mr A.B. Bardhan, general secretary, CPI, and vice-president of AITUC said today that alliance with the Congress was a “compulsion” as the alternative government could be worst government led by a communal party.

It’s politicians vs bureaucrats
Chandigarh, February 24
Growing distrust of elected representatives, especially MLAs, in Punjab’s bureaucracy has made the Punjab Government to find a solution to this problem.

In spite of VAT, Sales Tax Tribunal still functioning
Chandigarh, February 24
Following the coming into effect of the Value-Added Tax regime in the country, the Capt Amarinder Singh Government in Punjab too introduced VAT from April 1, 2005. Since VAT was aimed at doing away with all other types of taxes, including sales tax, the Punjab government repealed the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948.

Self-immolation threat: four riot victims held
Patiala, February 24
The spark ignited by Gopal Krishan Kashyap, who committed self-immolation in the town recently, is still flickering. Today, the police swung action and took into custody four members of the `November,1984 Widows Jatha’ who had threatened immolate themselves in front of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence in New Delhi on February 28.


Bir Devinder issue closed, says Dullo
Ludhiana, February 24
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Shamsher Singh Dullo today said that senior party colleague and Kharar MLA Bir Devinder Singh, who had been facing charges of indiscipline, had been “advised” to desist from airing his grievances through the media. However, the issue of corruption by certain civil servants and ministers had been referred to the CM for action.


618 dispensaries have no doctors
Chandigarh, February 24
The Health Minister of Punjab, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, admitted in the Assembly here today that 618 dispensaries in the state did not have doctors while 172 persons had died of cancer in Muktsar district alone.

Jakhar for campaign against foeticide
Abohar, February 24
Exhorting that women were foundation of a family, society and the nation, Dr Balram Jakhar, Governor, Madhya Pradesh, in a convocation address at Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College (GAMC) here today, asked academicians and NGOs to launch an awareness campaign against foeticide.

Death in custody: Mann seeks relief
Batala, February 24
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday protested against the killing of Harjit Singh (15), resident Murgi Mohalla, by the police while in custody.

A view of the vacant residential units in Talwara. Vacant houses create trouble for BBMB
Talwara (Hoshiarpur), February 24
Hundreds of vacant residential units in different sectors of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), Talwara township here, have become a problem for its management for the past couple of years.

A view of the vacant residential units in Talwara. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

176-member jatha leaves for Katasraj
Wagah, February 24
A 176-member Hindu jatha, including 20 women, left for Pakistan on a week-long pilgrimage to Katasraj shrine in Chakwal district of Pakistan through the joint check post here today.

Father, son die as tractor overturns
Abohar, February 24
Pappu Singh Mazhabi (45) and his son, Jagga Singh (17), were killed when a tractor-trailer overturned near a sub-canal bridge on the Bhagsar-Achadiki link road here this afternoon.

Auction of octroi contract put off
Pathankot, February 24
Under pressure from traders and statements by Congress ministers regarding abolition of octroi, the Pathankot municipal Council today postponed auction for the octroi contract till March 31. The octroi collection contract expired in January this year.

1,459 riot victims apply for grant
Ropar, February 24
The district administration has received total 1459 applications from the victims of 1984 riots for the grant of Rs 2 lakh.

8-year-old girl killed in jhuggi fire
Hoshiarpur, February 24
Eight-year-old Kirti, daughter of Mr Charan Singh, was burnt alive when a fire broke out in jhuggis of migrant labourers this afternoon at Jian (Chabewal) village, about 10 km from here. All the household articles were reduced to ashes.

2 students hurt in mishap
Kharar, February 24
Two students were injured when they were allegedly hit by an escort vehicle of a VIP near Mundi Kharar here today.


Jail Supdt denies branding of Dalit
Ropar, February 24
The Superintendent of Nabha Jail today denied the charge that a Dalit undertrial, Narinder Singh, was branded with demeaning word on his back by the jail officials, in a reply submitted in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.K Goel, here. Mr Goel has fixed the next hearing of the case for March 4.


Man held for enacting cheating drama
Nawanshahr, February 24
The police has booked Surinder Singh who runs a money changer office here for allegedly enacting a drama of snatching a money bag containing more than Rs 2 lakh from him near Khatkar Kalan village on Tuesday.


Seminar on welding technology begins
Sangrur, February 24
A seminar on welding technology today began at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal. Nearly 500 delegates from various parts of the country are taking part in it.


Punjab to develop rural business hubs
Chandigarh, February 24
The Punjab Government will develop selective villages as rural business hubs to ensure a self-sustained economy.

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