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Politicians ponder over record polling
Chandigarh, February 16
Political parties and observers are trying to find the reason behind record polling in Punjab. Though politicians say that there were number of factors responsible for the unprecedented percentage of polling, however, most of them are unanimous to point out that the money played a major role in increasing the poll percentage this time.

Singla denies hitting poll officer
Chandigarh, February 16
Speaking on the case registered against him, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today said the Assistant Presiding Officer, Majitha, Mr S.S. Dhaliwal, lodged an FIR against him as an afterthought to save himself from violation of electoral laws.

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Akali, Cong leaders to camp in Valtoha till Feb 24
Amritsar, February 16
All roads lead to Valtoha, the border constituency of newly carved out Tarn Taran district where senior leaders of the SAD and the Congress would be camping till February 24, the election day.

Electorate ‘reject’ women candidates
Chandigarh, February 16
Despite a four time increase in the number of women candidates in the fray for Punjab Assembly poll in the past 25 years, the representation of women in the Assembly has not gone beyond 6 per cent.

EC notice to SAD candidate Kang
Chandigarh, February 16
The Election Commission today issued notice to Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidate for the Beas Assembly constituency, for allegedly making threatening calls to the ADGP (Security), Punjab, Mr Shashi Kant.

Jalandhar page: Beas killing: SIT seeks medical report


Rain ends need for irrigation; water to Sirhind, Bist Doab canals stopped
Ropar, February 16
Supply of water for irrigation to parts of Punjab has been stopped via Sirhind canal and Bist Doab canal from Sutlej headworks here due to fall in demand following rain in the region. Besides it, power generation at Ganguwal hydel project and Nakkiyan of 65 MW capacity each in Anandpur Sahib sub division also stopped due to non-release of water from Bhakra dam into Anandpur canal due to decreased demand of water in the state.

Shops that have been demolished by the Pathankot Improvement Trust authorities. ‘Selective’ demolition draws flak
Pathankot, February 16
The “selective” demolition drive carried out by the Pathankot Improvement Trust has drawn flak from various quarters here. The authorities demolished two shops owned by former trustee of improvement trust Ram Murti Mahajan yesterday evening.

Shops that have been demolished by the Pathankot Improvement Trust authorities. — Tribune photo by Jangi

Members of a team from Chhat Bir Zoo look for the wild animal that attacked two residents of Ghudda village, Bathinda, on Friday. Experts arrive to catch wild beast
Bathinda, February 16
Following the yesterday’s incident in which a wild animal attacked two residents of Ghudda village, a team from Chhatbir Zoo has arrived in the village to trap the animal.

Members of a team from Chhat Bir Zoo look for the wild animal that attacked two residents of Ghudda village, Bathinda, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Drive against foeticide
Patiala, February 16
Dr H.P.S. Walia, Chairman, Global Punjab Foundation. here today announced that two movements, 'stopping female foeticide and foeticide care' and "foeticide and childcare centre "will be started by the foundation.

Shiv temple vandalised; residents sore
Hoshiarpur, February 16
Resentment prevails among the residents of Rorian and its adjoining villages over the alleged act of vandalism at Shiv temple in the village by some miscreants today.

Mahashivratri celebrated
Amritsar, February 16
Mahashivratri was celebrated here today with great religious fervour at different ancient and historic temples of the holy city. A large number of devotees from various parts of the city made beelines to have early morning prayers and “darshan”.

Amritsar-Nanded air link sought
Amritsar, February 16
The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) today sought an Amritsar-Nanded air link to help pilgrims pay their obeisance at Nanded in Maharashtra.


11 held for clash
Malerkotla, February 16
The police today arrested 11 persons involved in a group clash at Beriwala mohalla here yesterday between two groups over the possession of government land.


College of physical education sans sanctioned posts of teacher
Tarn Taran, February 16
Government College of physical Education, Patti, has been without a teacher of sanctioned post since its establishment.

Conference on ‘Recent Advances and Future Trends in IT’
Patiala, February 16
The second national conference on “Recent Advances and Future Trends in IT” was organised by the Computer Science Department of Punjabi University on the university campus here today.


SBI Life Insurance for loan borrowers
Patiala February 16
The State Bank of Patiala has decided to cover all its existing home loan borrowers under Group Housing Scheme of SBI Life Insurance, as a special gesture to its customers.


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