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One last time, Badal woos Sikh sangat
Baba Bakala, February 23
In violation of the code of conduct, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal today held an election rally in the gurdwara premises here. A number of voters assembled in the holy premises to listen to the political speech of Mr Badal, who urged them to vote in favour of the Akali candidate, Mr Manjinder Singh Kang.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally at the historic gurdwara at Baba Bakala Mr Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally at the historic gurdwara at Baba Bakala on Friday.
— Photo by Davinder Bhangu

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SAD ready with blueprint on Punjab, claims Kanwaljit
Patiala, February 23
Former Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh said yesterday that his party had prepared a blueprint to rebuild the economy of Punjab to be implemented after it came into power. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he said his party had decided to implement policies to make agriculture viable for small farmers having less than 10 acres of land holding in the first phase.

CM cancels tea party on results eve
Patiala, February 23
Chief minister Amarinder Singh today cancelled his plans to host a tea party for the Congress leaders, party workers and prominent local citizens at his New Moti Bagh residence on February 26, a day before the announcement of state assembly poll results.

Sukhbir seeks contempt case against vigilance
Ropar, February 23
SAD general secretary Sukhbir Badal today filed an affidavit regarding income tax assessment reports about his properties and those of his family members while seeking contempt proceedings against officials of the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, for allegedly misleading the court regarding assessment of their properties before special court judge G.S Saran in a corruption case.

Booth officials feel cheated
Abohar, February 23
The booth-level officials who had been assured “quick “ reimbursement of expenses borne by them during the election process feel cheated. Claiming that they had a vital role in revision of the electoral rolls and enhancing the percentage of photo I-card holders from 62 to 82 per cent in this sub division.

Encroachers block Amritsar-Wagah road
Amritsar, February 23
Hundreds of residents, including women and children, whose 'illegal' huts in Kabir Park of the Kot Khalsa area here were demolished by the Amritsar Improvement Trust, blocked the Amritsar-Wagah GT road and raised slogans against the district administration here today.

Ugrahan arrested in attempt to murder case
Sangrur, February 23
As part of efforts to arrest those farmers and leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) against whom a case under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the IPC had been registered on January 31 for causing injuries to policemen at Fatehgarh Chhanna village, the Barnala district police today arrested BKU state president Joginder Singh Ugrahan from the Sunam area.


She fought militants, now backs ex-militant
Amarkot (Valtoha), February 23
Shaurya Chakra awardee Bibi Amarik Kaur, called the “lioness of border area”, who had fought back a number of militant attacks, is the star attraction in the Valtoha constituency.              Bibi Amarik Kaur

Admn helps defuse caste tension
Hoshiarpur, February 23
The district administration today defused tension between two castes following the incidents of forcible stopping of power supply to Guru Ravi Dass gurdwara on February 2 and vandalism at a Shiva temple on the eve of Mahashivratri at Rorian village.

Bibi Amarik Kaur

Stray dogs kill 13 sheep
Abohar, February 23
Stray dogs roaming near the cremation ground for animals have killed 13 sheep at Choohriwala Dhanna village near here, residents said. The stray dogs reportedly entered the shed owned by Bhagi Ram, a shephard in the village at 3.15 am.


High Court
Order to stop action on FIRs
Chandigarh, February 23
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the authorities not to pursue further the FIRs registered against liquor contractors following an order dated January 9 issued by the District Magistrate, Nawanshahr.


2 km-long telecom cable stolen
Gurdaspur, February 23
It can easily be termed as the biggest telecom wire theft in the state. Thieves stole over 2 km long 1,200 pair duct underground cable of the BSNL weighing 10 tonnes from near the office of the SP, Pathankot, and the city police station rendering over 3,000 telephones in Pathankot city non-functional.

BSNL staff lay a new underground cable to restore telecom services in Pathankot city on Friday. — Photo by Jangi

BSNL staff lay a new underground cable to restore telecom services in Pathankot city

Police hopeful of solving Rajan case
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 23
The mystery of a car that fell in the Bhakra canal a few days ago has become the talk of the town as well as a challenge for the district police. A special investigating team led by SP (D) Sukhwant Singh Gill is working day and night to trace Rajan, a trader and the occupant of the car, as well as to reach some logical conclusion.

2 killed in road mishaps
Muktsar, February 23
It seems that riding a bicycle is not safe in the town anymore; at least, this is what the road accidents that took place in last couple of days suggest. A youth named, Daljeet Singh, died after being hit by a rashly driven tractor near Guru Nanak College while he was distributing newspapers on Wednesday morning.

Man killed as revolver goes off
Sangrur, February 23
Rajinder Singh (23), son of Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Bajakhana village in Faridkot district, was allegedly died when a revolver accidentally went off at a marriage ceremony at Dharamgarh village near Sunam. The deceased was to get engaged shortly.


Medicos boycott classes
Amritsar, February 23
Students of government medical college boycotted their classes here today over yesterday's incident in which an intern was assaulted by a class IV employee of the college.

Workshop on photo journalism
Patiala, February 23
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Punjabi University conducted a one-day workshop on photo journalism yesterday. The theme of this workshop was to capture the beauty of Punjabi University.


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