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PM writes to SGPC
To take up issue of care of gurdwaras abroad
Talwandi Sabo, January 6
The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has told the SGPC that diplomatic channels would be opened with Pakistan so that the SGPC could take care of gurdwaras in that country.

Nandgarh installed Jathedar
Talwandi Sabo, January 6
Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh was installed as the ninth Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib here today at a function attended by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, Bhai Puran Singh and many leaders and workers of SAD, SGPC members and representatives of various religious organisations.

Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, Mr Puran Singh,  Golden Temple Head Granthi, and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Akal Takht Jathedar, with the newly installed Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh at Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda) on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

‘Reconsider move on Nanakshahi calendar’
Chandigarh, January 6
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a well-known Sikh intellectual and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today cautioned the SGPC against any hasty move to adopt the Nanakshahi calendar.

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The Government of Punjab is working on a project to get the Golden Temple nominated as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.
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Politician ‘involved’ in kidney racket
Amritsar, January 6
CPI leader Satya Pal Dang has alleged that the name of a senior state politician has figured in the illegal kidney trade racket. Mr Dang, in a letter to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, which was released to the Press yesterday welcomed the transfer of the IG stationed here for his alleged attempt to protect the main culprits involved in the racket.

MC declares 14 pvt colonies illegal
Patiala, January 6
Taking action against private colonisation in the city, the Municipal Corporation today put up notices at 14 places where colonisers have sold plots without sanction from either the Municipal Corporation or the Punjab Urban and Planning Development Authority (PUDA), warning people that building plans would not be sanctioned in the areas.

Victims of revenue officials’ apathy
Their Bhaike (Gidderbaha), January 6
A section of farmers of the village have become victims of the callousness of revenue officials who have illegally, reduced the amount of compensation being given to them by the state government on account of waterlogging of their land holdings.

Sacked panchayat secys contest govt claim
Chandigarh, January 6
Newly constituted Panchayat Secretary Union, Punjab, has taken serious note of an advertisement published by the Punjab Government in various newspapers today. The advertisement has claimed that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the dismissal of panchayat secretaries.

2 held for changing babies
Amritsar, January 6
The police here has launched a massive manhunt to arrest Surinder Kaur, a resident of Goraya, who has been selling new born babies against hefty amounts.

Two arrested for extorting money
Gurdaspur, January 6
The police has busted a gang involved in extorting money from people on the pretext of getting them recruited in the Army.


Jaundice threat ‘still remains’
Amritsar, January 6
The Civil Surgeon, Dr K.K. Sharma, has stated that threat of jaundice will continue in affected areas as long as the cleaning of contaminated water and sewerage pipes is not undertaken which was the root cause of jaundice.

Rare surgery gives man hand back
Mansa, January 6
The team of doctors led by Dr Pankaj Sharma, Orthopaedic Surgeon of Civil Hospital, Mansa, has performed a rare operation on the forearm of Parma Singh (30), son of Nek Singh of Kharak Singh Wala village in the district. The bones, tendons, vessels and nerves of his arm had been completely damaged.

Swati engine for Cessna aircraft sought
Patiala, January 6
The old Indian war horse, Swati, at present grounded all over the country, may come to the rescue of flying clubs in Punjab if the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) allows installing engines of the Swati aircraft in the Cessna aircraft used by the clubs.

Water problem in district headquarters town
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
For the past 15 days the main water tubewell of the district headquarters town Sirhind is out of order and the residents are facing an acute shortage of drinking water.

Vacant beds in a ward of Ayurvedic Hospital Paucity of funds ails Ayurvedic Hospital
Patiala, January 6
The 106-bed Ayurvedic hospital located in the city, the only one of its kind in the state, seems to have been completely abandoned by the sick looking for a herbal cure with the institution having virtually no patients on its premises.

Vacant beds in a ward of Ayurvedic Hospital in Patiala. — Photo Pawan Sharma

Punjab to focus on rural uplift
Ferozepore, January 6
The Punjab Government has planned development of state villages under which all basic amenities and infrastructure would be provided. This was stated by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi MLA, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister here today. He said that to start with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would inaugurate a Rs 34 crore water supply project in Jalalabad on January 29.

SAD welcomes decision on dual citizenship
Talwandi Sabo, January 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal today welcomed the clearing of the proposal on dual citizenship for people of Indian origin (POI).

Smugglers’ properties to be forfeited
Bathinda, January 6
For the first time in the state, the district police authorities have initiated steps to forfeit properties acquired by smugglers from the smuggling of narcotics.

Cardiac OPDs at Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur
Chandigarh, January 6
Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital will hold cardiac OPDs at Jalandahr and Hoshiarpur.

Tributes paid to Indira’s assassins
Amritsar, January 6
Bhog ceremony was held and Ardas performed for Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, assassins of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Akal Takht here today.

Awareness camp for truck drivers
Bathinda, January 6
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said today that, according to rough estimates, as many as 70,000 persons were killed in road accidents every year and a large number of these could be prevented.

Road Safety Week by police
Schoolchildren lead a procession to spread awareness on road safety
Patiala, January 6
The Patiala Traffic Police launched its 14th Road Safety Week by organising a rally in which school children and various social organisations took pair here today. The week is being observed with a view to creating awareness among general public especially school children and rickshaw-pullers regarding traffic rules and their significance.

Schoolchildren lead a procession to spread awareness on road safety in Patiala on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Cable operators at loggerheads
Amritsar, January 6
Warring factions of cable operators have been at loggerheads resulting in criminal cases being registered against each other.


Man kills daughter over Rs 10 theft
Gurdaspur, January 6
Buta Singh, a resident of Nanowal Jinder, under police station Kahnuwan here has reportedly killed his daughter Jyoti (9) with a sharp-edged weapon.

2 cops held for looting 3.2 lakh
Kapurthala, January 6
Two constables of Punjab Police posted here have been arrested for looting Rs 3.20 lakh from Mr Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Kubari Nagar, Basti Yodhe Wala, Ludhaina, near Feroza Sangowal village on January 1.

Robbers posing as cops loot cash
Jalandhar, January 6
At least 10 unidentified robbers posing as policemen reportedly looted Rs 1 lakh cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh from the residence of a farmer at Parasrampur village near here in the wee hours today.

Photographer set afire
Phagwara, January 6
An attempt to set a photographer afire was made today near Wahdan village, 15 km from here. Twenty-six-year-old Baljit Singh, who runs Gagan Studio at Baddon village, Hoshiarpur district, was booked by Kulbir Singh five days ago for a function in Amritsar. He was also given Rs 500 in advance.

Imposter posing as Army officer held
Gurdaspur, January 6
An imposter claiming to be an Army officer and his accomplice were arrested today from a hotel near the city bus stand when they were accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a villager for getting his relative recruited into the Army.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Batala, January 6
The police busted a three-member inter-district gang of vehicle thieves here today. Those arrested were Bhupinder Singh, Sikander Singh and Gurmeet Singh. Dr Naresh Kumar, SSP, here said two motor cycles and one scooter were recovered from them.

6 held for cruelty to animals
Gurdaspur, January 6
Six persons were arrested under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and 18 buffaloes and six falcons rescued by the police while the animals were being transported to New Delhi.


School timings changed
Bathinda, January 6
Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, today ordered a change in the timings of all schools in the district, including private schools.

New school timings
Amritsar, January 6
Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, District Magistrate, has ordered to change the time schedule of all schools, including privates ones in the district from January 4 to 14 from 10.30 am to 3 pm.

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