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Parties seek votes in name of lasting peace
Valtoha, February 22
The ruling Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal today sought votes in the name of “permanent peace and prosperity” in this border constituency, which witnessed large-scale migration of Hindus during militancy. Both parties organised a show of strength here.

Fair poll uphill task in border seat
Valtoha, February 22
It would be a big challenge before the district administration to conduct afree and fair election in this border constituency, once known as a “haven” for smugglers before the fencing of the border with Pakistan.

Capt talks of militancy, Sukhbir aid to farmers
Valtoha, February 22
A day before the election campaign ended in this border constituency yesterday, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said that if returned to power, he would put Akali candidate Virsa Singh Valtoha behind bars for his 'dubious background' and for allegedly threatening people to vote in his favour.

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Vandalism at Shiv temple: SHO suspended
Hoshiarpur, February 22
SSP R.N. Dhoke has suspended SHO Jaspal Singh of the city police station for negligently performing his duty. The SSP said today that SHO was not traceable when various organisations and residents of Rorian village were agitating following the vandalism at Shiv temple on February 18.

80 huts demolished in Kabir park area
Amritsar, February 22
Hundreds of residents living unauthorisedly in Kabir park of the Kot Khalsa area of the city were rendered homeless as the Amritsar improvement trust today launched “operation clean” and demolished 80 huts and other structures.

46 in Valtoha booked under Arms Act
Tarn Taran, February 22
As many as 46 persons of Valtoha area have been booked under Section 188 of the CrPC for not depositing weapons prior to the election for the Valtoha seat. The district police said here today that despite orders by the District Magistrate to deposit weapons, the accused had not done so.

11 Punjabis caught in Mauritania
Jalandhar, February 22
The Mauritania police has caught about 300 South Asians while they were trying to illegally enter Spain in a boat in search for better livelihood. Out of them 11 persons were from different districts of Doaba and Majha regions of Punjab, regional passport officer, Jalandhar, Amarjit Singh, said this while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

Punj-Aab bus service normal
No extra security needed: Govt
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punj-Aab bus service to Lahore and Nankana Sahib has been plying without any shadow of fear and anxiety despite the Samjhauta Express train blast in which more than 60 persons died on Sunday.

Both India and Pakistan buses parked at the International Bus Terminus in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Both India and Pakistan buses parked at the International Bus Terminus in Amritsar


Sacha Sauda ripples in Majha too
Algon Kothi (Valtoha), February 22
The Sacha Sauda sect, which has considerable influence among voters of Malwa, today made its presence felt in the border belt of Majha too, announcing its support for the Congress candidate here.


Roads built month back in need of repair
Moga, February 22
Built barely a month before the Assembly elections, several roads in the district are already in need of repair bringing to light the carelessness in executing the work. Some roads including state highways, which had been in bad shape for the past five years were metalled again in haste just before Assembly elections.

Pollution Control Board revokes NOCs to colonisers
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has revoked all no-objection certificates issued to promoters of residential colonies, following a decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

BBMB opens jatropha nursery
Initiative to save environment
Chandigarh, February 22
The Bhakra Beas Management Board today launched its own initiative to save environment and inaugurated a jatropha nursery spread across 750 acres. Jatropha plant helps produce bio-diesel.

Historical monuments under encroachers’ threat
Gurdaspur, February 22
The historically significant ancient monuments in Batala are under threat due to encroachments. Though buildings have been declared protected by the Archeological Survey of India, it has no affect on the encroachers.

An illegal building which has come up near an ancient monument at Batala. —  Photo by Jangi

An illegal building which has come up near an ancient monument at Batala

12 bodies handed over to Pak Rangers
Wagah, February 22
The Radcliff Line which comes comes to life with the national songs of the two neighbouring countries during Beating the Retreat ceremony turned into a grieving place today for people who lost their relatives in the twin bomb blasts in the Attari Express near Panipat.

6 injured as bus overturns
Abohar, February 22
Six women travelling by a mini bus were injured as the vehicle overturned while facilitating passage to a bullock cart on the Defence road last evening. Sources said the bus was approaching Khubban village in this subdivision from Malout with 32 passengers on board.

2 labourers killed while repairing well
Sangrur, February 22
Two labourers, Jagsir Singh (21) and Lali (19), both residents of Shahpur Kalan village, near Cheema in Sunam subdivision, were today killed when a chunk of earth fell on them at the time of repairing of a 40-foot-deep well in the fields of Bahadur Singh at Shahpur Kalan.


4 of family get life term for murder
Muktsar, February 22
A local court today sentenced four members of a family to life imprisonment in a murder case dating back to December, 2003. According to sources, the main accused, Balkaran Singh, his brother Swaran Singh, their father Baldev Singh and uncle Jagdev Singh had reportedly murdered Mahinder Singh, a farmer from Lakhewali village, over some dispute related to a water course.


Thieves strike at 2 houses, decamp with valuables
Bathinda, February 22
Thieves struck at two houses in the Shakti Nagar locality and allegedly decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 12 lakh. Both houses, which were locked belonged to the same family. They came to know about the theft last night only.

Six killed in road mishap
Bathinda, February 22
Six persons were killed and eight were injured when a Canter collided head on with a truck near Karadwala village in Rampura Phul today.

12-year-old boy’s body found in drain
Sangrur, February 22
An unidentified body of a 12-year-old boy was found in a dry drain at Thamman Singh Wala village, 8 km from Bhawanigarh, today.

Intern of medical college assaulted
Amritsar, February 22
The intern of the Government Medical College here was assaulted by a Class IV employee of the college along with six others in the periphery of the college today.


Row over control of school land resurfaces
Pathankot, February 22
The row over the control of private land on lease with government senior secondary school for girls Pathankot once again erupted today. Workers of the private owner of land Chairman of PUNCOM Sukhdev Wadhera yesterday night blocked one of the passages to the school raising a wall of kucha brick.

Schoolchildren remove a wall of kutcha bricks built to block a passage to Government Senior Secondary School, Pathankot, on Thursday.
— Photo by Jangi

Schoolchildren remove a wall of kutcha bricks built to block a passage to Government Senior Secondary School, Pathankot

Avoid distortions in history books, says Dr Grewal
Amritsar, February 22
“Historical thinking should be correct besides following the procedures laid while reproducing books on history to avoid distortions”, said Dr J.S. Grewal, noted historian and former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Orders rescinded: Govt schools to remain open on Saturdays
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Government today rescinded its much-criticised step effecting studies of more than 13 lakh school children, saying that government schools would remain open every Saturday and would not be closed on either the second or the fourth Saturday of a month.

Seminar on forensic medicine begins today
Amritsar, February 22
The four-day 28th annual conference of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine (Forensic Medicon-2007) organised by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology will be held at Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Vallah, from tomorrow onwards.

Missing DPS students return home
Bathinda, February 22
Three days after they went missing from their hostel, two Delhi Public School students have returned to their families, DPS headmistress Neeru Sharma disclosed this in a release here today.


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