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3 held for plot to attack dera chief
Are part of gang targeting NRIs
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 14
The district police today nabbed three persons for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to attack chief of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Though the three had been arrested on charges of being involved in various crimes, their recent activities have led the police to suspect that they could be conspiring to attack the dera chief.

SAD, Cong to vie on cricket field
Mohali, February 14
Political rivalry between the Shiromini Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress will now show in the playground. But this time instead of fighting over political issues, they will compete for a noble cause. On March 15, teams of the SAD and the Congress, comprising their members of Parliament (MPs) and MLAs, will take on each other in the shortest version Twenty20 cricket match to help disabled sportspersons of the state.

Moga Sex Scandal
Victims allege corruption by senior cops
Chandigarh, February 14
If reliance is placed on the assertions of victims in the Moga sex scam, senior police functionaries not only demanded money in accordance with the implicated person’s status, but also haggled over amounts.

Shahpur Kandi to be treated as national project
New Delhi, February 14
The water resources ministry’s proposal on national projects has been cleared by the Cabinet, with the government deciding to provide grant to the extent of 90 per cent of the cost of these projects.




Cong leaders decry BJP MP for backing MNS
Pathankot, February 14
Reacting to the statement of Gurdaspur member of Parliament Vinod Khanna in which he has seconded Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's stand on 'chasing the north Indians out of Mumbai.

Cong concerned over withdrawal of subsidies
Chandigarh, February 14
Expressing concern at recent indications of stopping of free power to farm sector by the SAD-BJP government, Punjab Congress has warned such step shall be detrimental to the interests of farm economy and the agriculture sector at large.


Shiv Sena (Punjab) activists burn Valentine’s Day cards in Amritsar on Thursday.
Shiv Sena (Punjab) activists burn Valentine’s Day cards in Amritsar on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vishal Kumar

No curb on quail breeding: Varsity
Chandigarh, February 14
Reacting to a news-item, “Quail breeding raises hackles”, published in these columns on February 7, the public relations officer (PRO) of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, has clarified that the union ministry of environment and forest has “allowed the white form of Japanese quail for research and breeding purposes”. 

Big cache of discarded weapons found
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 14
The district police today recovered a huge cache of discarded weapons, believed to have arrived here along with scrap material being imported by local junk dealers from the West Asian countries.

Exclusion of 32 Acres from Scheme
Assembly probe may rope in high-ups
Chandigarh, February 14
Probe into the alleged scam of exclusion of 32.10 acres from a development scheme at Amritsar by a Punjab Vidhan Sabha Committee is set to snowball into embarrassment for the Congress with indications senior party leaders were aware of what was being done by then local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh.

Combating Corruption
VB to refer cases of suspect officials to their depts
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has adopted new method to strengthen anti-corruption cases. The bureau now is giving option to the departments of suspect officers and employees, either to launch departmental inquiry or the VB will register a case.

Raminder Singh Bolaria Akali MLA Bolaria dies in US hospital
Amritsar, February 14
Raminder Singh Bolaria, a SAD member of the Legislative Assembly representing Amritsar South constituency died early morning today
at Cleveland (USA).
Raminder Singh Bolaria

Call for Punjab bandh on February 19
Chandigarh, February 14
The Anti-Privatisation Coordination Committee, comprising of 17 pro-farmer and pro-agriculture farm workers and supported by the various factions of the Bharti Kissan Union (BKU), has announced a Punjab bandh on February 19 to mark the protest against privatisation of the PSEB, roads infrastructure and sale of public property to run the government.

Charges against docs withdrawn
Khanna, February 14
After conducting a thorough enquiry into alleged negligence during the treatment of patient Amarjit Dang of Amloh, the police has recommended cancellation of an FIR against Dr Ranjeet Khanna, Dr Dharam Pal and Dr Nitin Aggarwal of the Khanna nursing home. 

Patwaris stage dharna
Sangrur, February 14
Members of the Sangrur tehsil unit of The Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, today staged dharna for three hours in front of the tehsil office here against the alleged “adamant attitude” of the director, land records, Punjab, regarding issuing refresher course certificates to the patwaris. 

BSF to recruit women
Pathankot, February 14
The first-ever batch of women constables is likely to join the BSF by the end of next month recruitment process for which has begun.

Tribune staffer bereaved
Patiala, February 14
Parkash Singh Bawa (72), retired DM , Markfed, father of Varinder Singh senior staff correspondent of The Tribune, passed away at his Jalandhar residence after a brief illness today. He is survided by wife, son Varinder Singh and daughter Manjot Kaur. Cremation will take place at 11am at the Model Town cremation grounds, Jalandhar, tomorrow. — TNS


KMC to move SC against clean chit to K.P.S. Gill
Tarn Taran, February 14
Kuldeep Singh Bachre, a former special police officer (SPO), has taken a serious note of the affidavit filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the CBI regarding giving a clean chit to the former state police chief K.P.S. Gill for having no role in the human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case.

Punjab mulls law on groundwater
Chandigarh, February 14
On a petition expressing concern on the falling ground water levels in Punjab, state counsel today appraised the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the government was considering promulgation of necessary legislation in the matter.


Students suffer as college staff put on poll duty
Ropar, February 14
Students of both government colleges in the district are suffering as college staff have been put on duty to amend voter lists in the district. Principals of the two colleges at Ropar and Nangal have been taking up the matter with the district administration, but the staff have not been relieved.

Now, courses in animation, gaming
Ludhiana, February 14
All five universities of the state are engaged in the exercise of identifying courses in animation, gaming and visual effects, following a communication from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 


NDA Exam
Admn scheme to prepare students
Jalandhar, February 14
The district administration has started a pilot project to coach youngsters to qualify for admission to the National Defence Academy (NDA).


NRI shot a day before marriage
Contract killing, says family
Moga, February 14
Two youths, Jasbir Singh and Harpreet Singh, were shot while they were returning from the marriage function of their sister. It is believed that the refusal of Jasbir to marry his girlfriend cost him his life.


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