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Farmers upbeat
Chandigarh, February 14
Farmers across this region are in an upbeat mood as the moderate to heavy rain during the past four days has given them a definite hope of an increase in the yield of various rabi crops.
Expecting a bumper season, a farmer examines his mustard crop near Sanaur in Patiala district.
Expecting a bumper season, a farmer examines his mustard crop near Sanaur in Patiala district. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Crops spread over 5,000 acre damaged
One killed in shed collapse
Abohar, February 14
The hailstorm that lashed the region on the night of February 12 damaged crops spread over 5,000 acres.



‘Political’ birds back in nests
But journey far from over
Chandigarh, February 14
After a tireless flight through days, political “birds” are back in their nests. But none of them seems to be resting or so says the fret in their voices.

Assembly to be dissolved on Feb 27
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab Assembly will be dissolved on February 27. Sources today said a meeting of the Council of Ministers would be held on either February 23 or 24 to recommend the dissolving of the state Assembly to the Governor.

Of those who weren’t allowed to vote
Mukerian, February 14
A large number of voters, who braved adverse weather to arrive at polling stations from far-off places, had to return disappointed.

Focus shifts to Valtoha, Beas
Chandigarh, February 14
The political focus has shifted to the Valtoha and Beas Assembly seats where the polling is to be held on February 24 and March 11, respectively. All of a sudden both segments have become extremely important for the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal, the main contenders for power in Punjab.

FIR against TV channel for poll law violation
Chandigarh, February 14
The Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Mr Sundaram Krishna, today asked all Deputy Commissioners in Punjab to file FIRs against the NDTV news channel for allegedly violating the electoral law on carrying out outcome projections during polling hours.

Poll duty staff killed in mishap, 6 hurt
Phillaur, February 14
One member of the election duty staff was killed on the spot while six others sustained injuries, when a bus ferrying them collided with a tractor trolley loaded with iron rods near Goraya on the national highway last night.


Hindu jatha leaves for Pak today
Amritsar, February 14
A 200-member Hindu jatha, slated to cross over to Pakistan tomorrow to visit Katasraj for celebrating Shivratri, arrived here today.

Women, rural folk play key role in high polling
Muktsar/Mansa, February 14
Rural population and women played a vital role in making Mansa the district with the highest polling in yesterday's Assembly poll. Surprisingly, it is listed as one of the most backward districts the state.

Punjab to start train for foreign tourists
Patiala, February 14
Rajasthan has the ‘Palace on Wheels' while Maharashtra has the`Deccan Odyssey', both luxury trains that are minting money and both are the favourites of foreign tourists. Now Punjab will have its own luxury train which will chug along by the name of ‘Punjab Di Train’.

Tribune lensman bereaved
Patiala, February 14
The Patiala-based photographer of The Tribune, Rajesh Sachar, was bereaved when his father, Mubarak Rai Sachar, died after a prolonged illness here today.


HC orders fresh probe into NIT ragging death case
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has entrusted a reinvestigation of NIT ragging case allegedly leading to the death of first year engineering student Amit Gangwar to the Additional Director General of Police, Punjab (Crime).

Case against Badal adjourned for today
Ropar, February 14
After hearing the arguments of defence counsels against the framing of charges in a corruption case involving SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and others, the Special Court Judge, Mr G.S Saran, today adjourned the case for tomorrow for further arguments.


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