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Shagun scheme to go: Chaudhary
Ropar, January 10
The Punjab Government has decided to abolish the well-publicised Shagun scheme started by the previous government. Giving this information while talking to newsmen here today the Minister for Social Security, Mr Santokh Chaudhary, said the scheme was not pragmatic. Thousands of applications were pending at the subdivisional level due to which the government had decided to do away with the scheme.

5 narco-terrorists held
Phagwara, January 10
The police today arrested five members of an inter-state gang of narco-terrorists of Jammu and Kashmir, including two having links with dreaded terrorist outfit Hijbul Mujahideen, and seized 20 kg of charas worth Rs 25 lakh.
The five members of an inter-state gang of narco-terrorists
The five members of an inter-state gang of narco-terrorists of Jammu and Kashmir, who were arrested by the police on Friday. 
— Photo Ashok Kaura

Travel agents booked on fraud charge
Amritsar, January 10
The Majitha police today registered a case against a Delhi-based travel agent for allegedly duping three persons of Rs 25 lakh by promising to send them abroad.




Another lot of missing paddy found
Ferozepore, January 10
The police, bolstered by its success in recovering the missing government paddy and unearthing the clandestine ways allegedly adopted by certain rice millers to embezzle government paddy, claims to have recovered another lot of the missing paddy from two rice mills in Guruharsahai. With today’s seizure, the total government paddy recovered by the police amounts to staggering more than 1.30 crore.

Varsity removes clause on Punjabi
Patiala, January 10
Punjabi University today removed the clause of proficiency in Punjabi as a criterion for recruitment of teachers in the university. Non-Punjabi teachers recruited by the university would be given time to learn the language besides a monetary incentive. The decision to this effect was taken at a Syndicate meeting here today.

Giani Mann Singh joins as Head Granthi of Damdama Sahib
Talwandi Sabo, January 10
Giani Mann Singh, a former Head Granthi of Takht Damdama Sahib, who had submitted his resignation after he was transferred to Gandha Singh Gurdwara, Barnala, in June, 2001, by the then SGPC President, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, allegedly for raising his voice against the violation of “maryada” by Jatha Bhindran, today again joined as Head Granthi here.

Tubewell connections cut due to non-payment
Fazilka, January 10
Consequent to the withdrawal of free electricity to farmers, the Punjab State Electricity Board has issued bills to the farmers for their tubewell connections. The PSEB has issued 3,100 temporary disconnection orders to farmers falling under this and Ladhuka subdivisions.


Parties gear up for Maghi Mela
Muktsar, January 10
Even as devotees from far-flung areas have started converging on the town to pay obeisance in the historical gurdwaras by braving the biting cold and foggy weather, both SAD (Badal) and Congress leaderships have started mobilising crowds for their respective conferences on January 14 as a show of strength.


‘Misbehaviour’ by DC irks Cong
Amritsar, January 10
The District Congress Committee (Rural) is likely to take up the issue of alleged misbehaviour of the Deputy Commissioner with a senior Dalit Congress leader, Mr Amrik Singh Mardi, in the former’s office yesterday.

Land grab: residents form panel
Bathinda, January 10
Residents of the local Subash Basti have formed a five-member committee to save a piece of land in their locality valued at crores of rupees which they claim is a “shamlat” (common land) from being encroached upon by two former police personnel, who claim to be the owners of the land.

Staff shortage in hospital
Faridkot, January 10
Inadequate medical facilities at the state-run Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here has been causing problems for patients who come from far-off places.

Resource crunch hits work on mini dams
Hoshiarpur, January 10
The scheme for the construction of mini dams in the Kandi area has been adversely affected because of the shortage of funds. The state government had prepared a scheme to construct a chain of 31 mini dams on various choes/khuds in the Kandi area to store rain water for irrigation purpose. Besides storing water, these dams were to control the fury of floods during monsoon.

Corporation NoC must for power connection
Chandigarh, January 10
The PSEB will now insist on production of a “no-objection certificate” from the Municipal Corporation before releasing any new electricity connection in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala.

Sekhon’s appointment challenged

Chandigarh, January 10
A petition challenging the appointment of J.S. Sekhon as the Chief Commissioner for Gurdwara Elections was rendered infructuous.

VB completes probe into Mayor case
Hoshiarpur, January 10
The Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar Range, has completed a departmental inquiry into the corruption charges against Mr Suresh Sehgal, a former Mayor of Jalandhar, and sent the report to its head office in Chandigarh for further action. This was stated by Mr Lok Nath Angra, SP, Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar Range, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Badungar releases cassette
Patiala, January 10
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Kirpal Singh Badungar today released a cassette of gurbani “Sach Kahoon” by Dr Gurnam Singh from Department of Music, Punjabi University at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran.

SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar releases gurbani cassette ‘Sach Kahoon’ by Dr Gurnam Singh (extreme left) in Patiala on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar releases gurbani cassette ‘Sach Kahoon’ by Dr Gurnam Singh

CM’s advice on town planning
Chandigarh, January 10
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today stressed the need for developing cities/towns keeping in view the future needs in terms of physical infrastructure.

Waste management plant to be set up
Amritsar, January 10
The municipal corporation here will collaborate with Netherlands Management Cooperation Programme (NMCP) and the Lions Club, Amritsar, to set up a solid waste management plant, according to a joint statement issued by Mr D.P. Gupta, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, and Mr K.R. Jain, Coordinator, waste management project, here today.

NRIs hail dual citizenship
Phagwara, January 10
Non-resident Indians of the Doaba Region today hailed the dual citizenship granted to them by government of India.

SGPC to probe conversion of Sikh youth
Amritsar, January 10
Taking serious note of the conversion of a Sikh youth by a Muslim “tantrik”, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President said an inquiry would be conducted into the incident. 

PSEB unions hold rally
Gurdaspur, January 10
Various employee unions, including the PSEB Employees Federation, the PSEB Technical Services Union and the Employees Federation, PSEB, participated in a “rasta roko” programme in the Post Office Chowk here today.


Hike in Punjab bus fares likely
Sangrur, January 10
Travel in Punjab Government buses is likely to cost more soon in view of the steep hike in the prices of diesel and spare parts, besides the salaries of the staff. This was hinted by Transport Minister Tej Prakash Singh, while talking to reporters at Sunam, near here today.


Another EPF scam, 1 arrested
Bathinda, January 10
Even as the dust raised by the multi-lakh Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scam at Ropar Thermal Plant is yet to settle down, a scam pertaining to irregularities committed by contractors in EPF accounts have come to light at Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, in the district.

‘Kanungo’ booked for graft
Amritsar, January 10
The Majitha police has booked a ‘kanungo’ allegedly for demanding a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from Mahinder Singh, a resident of Rayya, for solving a land dispute in his favour pending in a tehsil court.

Truck recovered
Ropar, January 10
The police here today recovered the truck that was stolen after the murder of its three occupants yesterday. The SSP, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said the truck along with the material loaded on it was recovered from Khanna.


Bhangra prizes for Ludhiana students
SAS Nagar, January 10
Teams from two Ludhiana schools won top positions in Bhangra on the concluding day of the annual state-level inter school competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, Chandigarh, today.

Private college teachers observe strike
Amritsar, January 10
Teachers of private colleges of Punjab and Haryana observed strike for one period here today, to protest against inaction of the DAV College managing committee and the Punjab Government regarding allegations of corruption, nepotism and sex scandal against the Principal of DAV College, Jalandhar.

Elementary schools closed in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 10
All elementary schools in Punjab were today ordered closed up to January 15 in view of the cold weather. In the case of composite schools, where classes from Class-I to high school or higher secondary are present, the elementary section will be closed.

Stone laid for boys hostel
Gurdaspur, January 10
Mr Khushhal Bahl, Education Minister, today laid the foundation stone of a hostel for boys on the Guru Nanak Dev University Regional campus, here. The hostel would have 30 dormitories, a dining hall, a common room, a canteen and other amenities.


Cold wave cheers dealers
Bathinda, January 7
With fog engulfing the region and mercury dipping further normal life seems to have been thrown out of gear. But these foggy days have cheered up traders of woollen garments.

State-level meeting of builders
Amritsar, January 10
A state-level meeting of the Builders Association, Punjab, was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr P.S. Sandhu, president of the union. Mr V.P. Takyar, president of the building consortium, was guest of honour.


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