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’84 Riots
Convert affidavits into FIRs, demands Sikh body

Chandigarh, February 12
The All-India Sikh Conference has demanded that all affidavits filed before various commissions and courts by eyewitnesses of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots should be converted into FIRs.

Women engg, mgt colleges get council nod
Chandigarh, February 12
There is good news for girl students who are preparing for the Punjab CET. The All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has approved some all-women engineering and management colleges in the state.

Revenue Share
Peanuts for state
Chandigarh, February 12
In a strange paradox, Punjab is paying a heavy price for being a “developed state”. With the Finance Commission taking the per capita income and population as base for determining the share in revenue by states, devolution of taxes for Punjab is now just 1.29 per cent.

Indian detained in Pak jail
No confirmation on release
Hoshiarpur, February 12
Family members of Kashmir Singh, alias Shallo Singh,
son of Sansar Singh of Nangal Choran village in Mahilpur block of this district, who was arrested in 1973 on espionage charges in Pakistan, have yet to receive any confirmation about his release from the jail by the Indian government side.




MLA to complain to Sukhbir for ignoring Akalis at BJP rally
Amritsar, February 12
The differences between ruling coalition partners, the SAD and the BJP, today once again came to the fore as Amarpal Singh Bonny, an Akali MLA from Ajnala, today alleged that he would take up the matter of ignoring Akalis at a BJP rally held in his constituency with party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


Expediting Extradition
Canada to tie up with Punjab
Chandigarh, February 12
Canada may soon hold joint training programmes with Punjab for expediting the extradition process.

LPG Shortage
Misuse, long winter to blame: BPCL
Chandigarh, February 12
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, one of the oil companies supplying domestic LPG, has blamed the latest crisis in the supply of the product to its misuse and unexpected long winter.

Rags to Riches
Daily-wage earner becomes prosperous fish farmer
Ludhiana, February 12
Journey to Punjab on unreserved seat in an overcrowded general coach of the Indian Railways in 1978 to regular flights on Indian Airlines today is the changed picture of Ram Chander Sahani, who had travelled to find a labourer's job in prosperous Punjab from his poverty-stricken home in Samastipur in Bihar.

Cannot give Ladowal land, PAU to government
Ludhiana, February 12
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities have expressed their inability to hand over the Ladowal research station land to the state government for “launching a mega project”.

5 rescued from flooding dam waters
Pathankot, February 12
Five residents of Chhani Muana viz Mustak Singh, Sandeep Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Harjeet Singh and Ashok Kumar were caught unawares last night when the Ranjit Sagar Dam authorities released excess water from the dam when these five were allegedly doing illegal mining on the Ravi bed.

Phagwara Blockade
Thousands stranded for hours
Phagwara, February 12
Public had to suffer for about four hours from about 9.15 am due to the blockade of the New Delhi-Amritsar national highway No. 1 at four points in Phagwara and Chandigarh byepass.

Youth’s Murder
Residents block traffic
Sangrur, February 12
In protest against the non-arrest of the murderers of 23-year-old Sukhwinder Singh, hundreds of persons, including relatives of the deceased, blocked the traffic and staged a dharna for about five hours at a bridge on the Lehra-Sunam-Jakhal road at Lehragaga today.

Abortion Case
Report sent to civil surgeon
Sangrur, February 12
In a suspected case of abortion, the subdivisional committee for the implementation of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act today sent its report to the civil surgeon.

Farmers advised to adopt natural farming
Sangrur, February 12
The Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum (SASWF), the Sangrur district Agriculture Technology and Management Agency (ATMA) and the Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), Punjab, organised a workshop on “Natural farming” in the district administrative complex here on Sunday.

Promote Punjabi, Badal to intellectuals
Chandigarh, February 12
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called upon intellectuals and educationists to suggest ways to promote the Punjabi language.

Govt to donate martyr’s statue
Chandigarh, February 12
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, today congratulated Som Nath Chatterjee, Speaker of Lok Sabha, for his decision to install a statue of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in Parliament.

Ahmadiyya Jamat chief secy
Pathankot, February 12
Janab Mohammad Imam Ghori, chief secretary, Ahmadiyya Jamat, has favoured the Bharat Nirman Public Information campaign in villages. On the second day programme of the five-day campaign by the PIB of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Qadian today, Janab Ghori said there was a big potential and resources in India. — OC



Khalra Killing
KPS Gill not involved: CBI
Chandigarh, February 12
Seeking the dismissal of a petition filed by the wife of eliminated human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra for directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the involvement of Punjab's former director-general of police K.P.S. Gill in the matter, the premier investigating agency today said the plea was devoid of merit.


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