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Lalu agrees, railway stations to be upgraded
Chandigarh, February 9
Union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav today agreed to create world-class railway infrastructure in Punjab by upgrading railway stations and constructing over and underbridges in the state. Yadav gave an assurance to this effect to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in New Delhi.

Bhindranwale continues to stoke political fire
Chandigarh, February 9
The ghost of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale continues to haunt Punjab. Several years after accepting that he is no more, he continues to kindle Punjab’s political fire. On his birth anniversary that falls on February 12, political elements in the state want to use him to draw attention.

Students of a school dressed in yellow fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchami, which falls on February 11, in Amritsar on Saturday.
AAYEE JHOOM KE BASANT: Students of a school dressed in yellow fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchami, which falls on February 11, in Amritsar on Saturday. —  Photo by Vishal Kumar



Damage to hoarding resented
Sangrur, February 9
Resentment prevails among activists and members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) over the vandalism of a hoarding of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale by unknown persons here last night. The board was put up at a chowk, in front of city police station, by the SAD (A) in connection with the birthday of Bhindranwale to be celebrated at Fatehgarh Sahib on February 12.


Cong raps govt for power crisis
Chandigarh, February 9
The Punjab Congress has condemned the SAD-BJP government for “failing to provide adequate power supply in the state”. Former minister and Congress spokesperson Jagmohan Singh Kang said the ruling alliance had failed to live up to its promise of 24-hour power supply.

Cong leaders flay Majithia’s remarks
Chandigarh, February 9
The Congress today came down heavily on Punjab’s information and public relations minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia for “childish and immature utterances” against the Congress and inviting the opposition to join the SAD-BJP alliance in the “Punjabi rally” to be held in Delhi later this month.


Khalsa Action Committee March
Tight security at Salabatpura
Bhai Rupa (Bathinda),February 9
To avoid any untoward incident during the proposed march of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) in villages adjoining Salabatpura, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Punjab, the police today stepped up security arrangements by deploying commandos and riot-control vehicles in the area.
Cops standing outside the Gurudwara Mansarovar at village Bhai Rupa in Bathinda district on Saturday.
Cops standing outside the Gurudwara Mansarovar at village Bhai Rupa in Bathinda district on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

PACL Disinvestment
Workers back privatisation
Ropar, February 9
The privatisation of government organisations is generally opposed tooth and nail by government employees working there. But in the case of Punjab Alkalis and Chemicals Ltd (PACL) unit at Nangal it is different. 

Some Health Bytes
‘Panjiri’ to expectant moms blamed for stroke 
Amritsar, February 9
‘Panjiri’, the special diet made with desi ghee and given to expectant mothers in Punjab, is believed to be one of the factors leading to stroke. This was highlighted on the second day of the third national congress of the Indian Stroke Association here today.

Radioisotopes prime source of cancer treatment: N-scientist
Amritsar, February 9
India being one of the world leaders in isotopes and radiation technology has been applying this programme to industry, health, research and daily life. In health care, particularly in cancer, it is the prime source of treatment. 

Electro-homoeopathic course not approved: Minister
Mohali, February 9
Punjab minister for medical education and research Tikshan Sud has stated that the institutes running electro-homoeopathic courses and treatment centres in Punjab were not approved by the government.

Community Reserves
‘Implement Act effectively’
Amritsar, February 9
Welcoming the Punjab government’s notification to declare the Kathlaur Kaushalya Wildlife Sanctuary, Keshopur Chhamb Community Reserve in Gurdaspur district and Lalwan Community Reserve in Hoshiarpur as protected areas, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage said there was a need to properly implement the provisions of the existing Act.


Class VIII social science syllabus changed
Mohali, February 9
The Punjab School Education Board has changed the social science syllabus of Class VIII. The new syllabus will be implemented in all schools affiliated to the board from the coming session. The changed syllabus has been conceived on the basis of the national curriculum framework recommended by the Human Resource Development Department, said board chairman Dalbir Singh Dhillon.

Strict steps to check copying, says board chairman
Jalandhar, February 9
Strict steps will be taken to check copying in different examinations to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board in February, March and April this year. This was stated by board chairman Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon while talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of a function `Whehra Shaguna Da’ organised by Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate Senior Secondary School here today.


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