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Ponty Chadha kin slashes investment
Chandigarh, February 26
In a major setback to the Punjab Government, a sugar company promoted by Mr Satnam Singh Chadha, brother of liquor baron Mr Ponty Chadha, has offered to withdraw investment worth Rs 580 crore from the state, limiting itself to investing a little over Rs 25 crore in setting up of a sugar mill in border area of Gurdaspur.

First woman pilot donates ancestral
house to village

Sarhala Khurd (Hoshiarpur), February 26
Sunday proved to be the brightest day for residents of this sleepy village as Ms Beant Kaur, 88- year-old first woman pilot of India and the widow of late Air Vice-Marshal Harjinder Singh not only donated her ancestral house to the village, but also extended a grant of Rs 3 lakh for converting her “Beant Niwas” into a museum in the memorys of her legendary husband.

Ms Beant Kaur hands over cheques and keys of her ancestral house to Davinder Singh, sarpanch of Sarhala Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district on Sunday. Ms Beant Kaur hands over cheques and keys of her ancestral house to Davinder Singh, sarpanch of Sarhala Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Union Minister ‘ignorant’ of Sukhi issue
Thathian Mahantan (Tarn Taran) February 26
Expressing ignorance about Punjab militants including ‘Sukhi’ who has been in the news for being rehabilitated by the state in a ‘dubious’ manner, Mr Sri Parkash Jaiswal Union Minister for State for Home Affairs, said he had not read the report sent by the state Home Department regarding this.

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Doctors lament ‘pick and choose’ policy
Chandigarh, February 26
The functioning of the Punjab Health Department is in a poor shape not only in the countryside but also at the state headquarters. As many as 27 posts of Deputy Director and Civil Surgeon are lying vacant in the state. The Health Department is running the show by posting junior doctors against the posts of Deputy Director and also as Civil Surgeon at certain places.

Govt nod for construction of four bridges
Bathinda, February 26
Finance Minister Surinder Singla, during a meeting with the district administration officials here today, said the state government had sanctioned the construction of two railway overbridges and an underbridge, besides another bridge over a canal near Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant.

Hoardings of govt’s achievements at the cost of heritage?
Amritsar, February 26
The putting up of a large number of hoardings in the city featuring politicians has proved that ruling government does not implement ban orders imposed by the high court. It also brings to fore the ‘inefficiency’ of the local Municipal Corporation.

Love triangle has a tragic end
Kharar, February 26
Affection for a girl drove two boys to kill their friend in a village near here even as a crowd watched the entire episode as mute spectators.


For common man’s ‘suvidha’
Nawanshahr, February 26
It is just like a dream come true for the common man. For getting their work done, people do not have to waste time, money and look to give ‘sifarish’ or hanker after middlemen.

New Mexico to hold peace conference from Sept 22
Amritsar, February 26
Ymelda De Vargas, Director, Tourism Department of New Mexico, USA, was here today as part of her tour to invite leaders of various religions to participate in the first ever "World Peace Conference".

Randhawa for Rs 100 bonus to farmers
Gurdaspur, February 26
The farmers of Punjab should be paid a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal in addition to Rs 650 minimum support price (MSP) by the Union Government. If the bonus is not announced, the arrival in the government mandis this year would decrease considerably.

No trace of ‘killer’ father
Ropar, February 26
Even after four days of the incident, the police has not been able to trace Mohan Bahadur, a Nepalese who had allegedly killed his six-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son by drowning them in the mini dam at Mirajapur village in Kharar.

Chief Secy surveys Wagah border
Wagah, February 26
In a spot survey-cum-meeting with the BSF, Customs and immigration at the Indo-Pak Joint Checkpost (JCP) here yesterday, the state Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, disclosed about the setting up of a Local Implementation Committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner.

SAD (A) opposes land acquisition
Barnala, February 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A) held a protest rally at the court complex to protest against the acquisition of 376 acres of three Fatehgarh Channa, Dhaula and Sanghera villages for the proposed sugar mill by Trident Group.

Sidhu to sit in dharna today
Chandigarh, February 26
BJP star speaker Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu along with the BJP state President, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna and the National Secretary, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal will sit in dharna to protest against the functioning of Punjab Government here tomorrow.

Centre sanctions Rs 21 crore for Samana
Samana, February 26
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 21 crore for the development of the town.

Salil enthrals audience
Amritsar, February 26
Salil Bhatt's renderings on his new creation 'Satvik Veena' drew applause from the audience at the annual classical music festival held at local art gallery here today.


Heroin seized, 5 nabbed
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 26
The district police has claimed to have arrested five members of a gang involving in the sale of heroin in Punjab and Chandigarh and seized heroin worth Rs 78 lakh from them.

Father, son killed in road accident
Tarn Taran, February 26
Buta Singh (30), a resident of Amritsar, and his son, Prince, accompanying a barat, were killed, while four others were injured in a road mishap when the car in which they were travelling collided head on with a tractor-trailor. The car was coming from Jhabal side.

1 killed, 20 hurt in road mishap
Sangrur, February 26
Bawa, a waiter from Patiala, was killed, while about 20 waiters/labourers were injured when the Canter in which they were travelling allegedly rammed into a parked truck on the Sangrur-Dhanaula road, near Badbar village, 16 km from here this morning.

SGPC task force nabs thief
Amritsar, February 26
The SGPC task force yesterday caught Kuldip Singh, a thief from the premises of Guru Ram Das Sarai and recovered a huge quantity of gold and cash from him.

6 Education Dept officials booked
Faridkot, February 26
Six Education Department officials, including a former circle education officer, and a DEO have been booked in a case of misplacement of departmental files.


Problems of physical education teachers discussed
Barnala, February 26
Teachers must be role models and the students must discipline themselves. This was stated by Dr Harkesh Singh Sidhu, Additional Secretary, Punjab Higher Education Department, while delivering his presidential address at the seminar on “Problems of college physical education teachers”.

College youth fest held
Batala, February 26
The Youth Club of Baring Union Christian College (BUCC), Batala, in coordination with the Punjabi Lok Virsa Chetna Manch, Batala, organised its Annual Youth Festival - 2006 on Saturday.

US body to spread computer literacy
Mansa, February 26
A voluntary organisation from the United States, Village Literacy Without Borders, yesterday announced its plan to spread computer literacy in one of the most backward districts of Punjab. It has joined hands with Prakash Foundation for the purpose.

Students of Blossoms Senior Secondary School dressed up for giddha and fancy dress items at the Gymkhana Club in Patiala on Sunday.Baby show winners
Patiala, February 26
Blossom Senior Secondary School, Inner Wheel Club (Mid Town) and members of Rajindra Maharani Ladies club organised a baby show at the local Gymkhana Club here today. In the 0-9 months age group Manbir Singh and Krish Soni were adjudged first and second, respectively.

Students of Blossoms Senior Secondary School dressed up for giddha and fancy dress items at the Gymkhana Club in Patiala on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar


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