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Cotton arrival picks up, so does price
Bathinda, February 20
Following spell of inclement weather, cotton arrival has started picking up in the region’s markets and so have its prices.
Farmers show cotton, which is now fetching Rs 2,300 per quintal, in Bathinda on Tuesday
Farmers show cotton, which is now fetching Rs 2,300 per quintal, in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Jalandhar too had experienced ‘chemical’ bomb blasts
Jalandhar, February 20
According to initial reports, the militants used `pipe' or `chemical' bombs in the two coaches of Delhi-Attari Express on Sunday night. Almost similar blasts had taken place in two buses at Jalandhar bus stand last year.




Cremation of unidentified bodies: 54 more identified
Amritsar, February 20
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has identified 54 out of 814 more bodies which were cremated as ‘unidentified’ in three cremations of Amritsar , Tarn Taran and Majitha during decade of 1984- 1994 .

The spirit of ‘dosti’ survives blasts
Kartarpur, February 20
The Sunday explosions in the Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express failed to dampen the spirit of the Pakistani and Indian passengers of ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ and ‘Dosti’ buses, being run between the two countries.

Ms Nusrat Jehan and her husband, Mr Rehan Mohammad, with co-passengers of ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ bus react to train blasts during a halt at Magnolia Tourist Complex in Kartarpur on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Ms Nusrat Jehan and her husband, Mr Rehan Mohammad, with co-passengers of ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ bus react to train blasts during a halt at Magnolia Tourist Complex in Kartarpur

Lahore bus leaves amid tight security
Wagah, February 20
A day after two powerful explosions ripped through the trans-border Samjhauta Express train at Deewana killing 67 persons on board, the road traffic at the Wagah joint checkpost remained normal even as the Delhi-Lahore bus with 46 passengers on board left for its Pakistani destination amidst tight security.

Debate on Punjabis in UK House
Ludhiana, February 20
There are seven lakh Punjabis in the United Kingdom and they belong to all religions. This was revealed during a debate in the British Parliament on issues facing the Punjabi community in the UK.


Temple vandalism: SSP’s transfer sought 
Hoshiarpur, February 20
Leaders of some organisations here have given an ultimatum to the Punjab Government to transfer the local SSP before February 25 for alleged biased police role in the case of vandalism at the Shiv temple on the eve of Mahashivratri at Rorian village, failing which they would observe a bandh on February 26.

Jarnail Singh — painter of Punjab’s cultural soul
Chandigarh, February 20
History has its own way to settle a score. Way back in 1914, Baba Gurdit Singh, who led a shipload of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims to Canada, was not allowed entry in that country. When Baba Gurdit Singh and others, who were sailing in the Komagata Maru ship, that later became an important emotional symbol in the freedom struggle of India, reached Vancouver, it was turned back by the Canadian authorities from the port on racial grounds.
Famous artist Jarnail Singh at his art gallery in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Famous artist Jarnail Singh at his art gallery in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Sale of synthetic milk goes on unchecked
Moga, February 20
The District Health Department made over 12 raids in the past to check sale of synthetic milk in the district. The trade has been going on unabated as no action was taken against the those selling synthetic milk have a field day in the district.

Holy verses to spread awareness about AIDS
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), February 20
Now first time in Punjab, verses from Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh religious leaders have been roped in to spread awareness about AIDS. The first set of publicity material carrying holy verses from Guru Granth Sahib prepared by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society with due consultation of Jathedar of Akal Takht, to control AIDS was released at Gurdwara Takht Keshgarh Sahib here today.

RPF jawan cremated with state honours
Gurdaspur February 20
Rajinder Kumar, a Railway Police Force (RPF) jawan who lost his life in bomb blasts in Samjhauta Express in Panipat yesterday, was cremated today with state honours in his native village, Quadian Gujran, in Dera Baba Nanak area.

DPS students go missing; cops clueless
Bathinda, February 20
The police is yet to make a headway into the "disappearance" of two Delhi Public School (DPS) students. Two hostellers of the school, Gurman Sandhu and Vinay Setia, both students of Class X and residents of Sirsa, went missing from their hostel on Sunday night. The hostel warden reported the matter to the police, following which the Nehianwala police registered a ‘missing pesons’ report.

Two hurt in poll violence
Amritsar, February 20
In another case of poll-related violence, a man and his son belonging to the SAD were seriously injured when they were attacked by seven persons at Danyal village, about 40 km from here this evening.

Farmer leaders’ houses ‘raided’
Sangrur, February 20
Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), today alleged the police had raided houses of farmer leaders at Dhaula and Fatehgarh Chhanna villages the previous day to pressurise farmers to compromise with the Trident Group on the issue of 376 acres in Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sangherra villages (near Barnala).


Bail plea of minister’s son rejected
Gurdaspur February 20
The additional District and sessions judge, Ms Harpreet Kaur, today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Naresh Puri, a son of transport minister Raghunath Sahay Puri.

11-year RI for raping minor
Ropar, February 20
A 21 year old, sevadar Avtar Singh was today sentenced to 11 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a four year old girl in the premises of a temple in Matour village about one year ago by the Fast Track Court, Judge, Sukhdev Singh. The accused was also fined Rs 3000, in a case of default of fine the accused has to undergo one year more imprisonment.


Education revamp: All three DPIs shifted
Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab Government today undid its own two-month-old order and transferred all three director public instructions (DPIs) of the Education Department.Chief secretary K.R. Lakhanpal, today upturned the earlier order issued at the end of December, just days before the model code of conduct was imposed in the state.

78 offered jobs at placement drive
Morinda, February 20
A joint campus placement drive was organised at Indo Global Engineering College in association with India Mart, Life Business Projects, Navish, Sterling Resorts, HCL and NJ India Investments. About 970 students of engineering, MBA from 23 colleges of Punjab and Haryana participated in the drive.

Students of the Indo Global Group of Colleges during a placement drive in Abhipur in Morinda.
Students of the Indo Global Group of Colleges during a placement drive in Abhipur in Morinda

Eight get jobs at campus interview
Kharar, February 20
Birla Sun conducted a campus interview at the Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, here, in which 30 MBA final-year students appeared for the first round of group discussion and one-to-one personnel interview.

Symposium on Punjab crafts inaugurated 
Patiala, February 20
A symposium on Punjab Crafts and Craftsmanship, which is part of the ongoing Patiala heritage festival was inaugurated at the Senate hall of Punjabi University here today.

2-day international seminar in Patiala
Patiala, February 20
A two-day International Seminar on "coping with violence in today's world" will be organised by the Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, in collaboration with the North West Regional Centre of the ICSSR, Chandigarh, on February 22 and 23 in the Senate Hall of the Punjabi University.

Exchange programme to be annual feature: VC
Patiala, February 20
In a discussion held to review the progress of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two institutions, Punjabi University, Patiala and Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, USA, it was decided that both the universities would continue to pursue the student exchange activity and it would become permanent yearly feature for Business Studies.


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