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Punjab may not get B-1 category, says Home Secy
N. GopalaswamiChandigarh, January 9
“It has been my life-long dream to visit the Golden Temple, which I am excitedly looking forward to”, said Mr N Gopalaswami with a beaming smile adding: “Official meetings are usual business that we keep doing. Even in the past I could not visit Amritsar”.

N. Gopalaswami

KMC petitions gurdwara panel
Misuse of SGPC funds alleged
Amritsar, January 9
The Khalra Mission Committee along with some Sikh religious and social organisations today filed a petition before the Sikh Judicial Commission against nine persons including Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SGPC, allegedly for misusing SGPC funds.

Poverty drives man to kill son
Daughter survives murder attempt
Hoshiarpur, January 9
A vegetable vendor of Jandiala village in Jalandhar district, has allegedly killed his 10-year-old son and made a bid to kill his 12-year-old daughter after taking them to a ditch at Nara village, near here.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Canadian Minister visits Golden Temple
Community minister of Alberta (Canada) Gene Zwozdesky visits the Golden TempleAmritsar, January 9
Community Minister of Alberta in Canada and Deputy Government House Leader, Gene Zwozdesky, his wife Ms Gene Zwozdesky and an MLA Shireze Shariff today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here.

Community minister of Alberta (Canada) Gene Zwozdesky visits the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Friday. 
— photo by Rajiv Sharma

Girl says no to dowry seeker
Muktsar, January 9
Defying all social stigmas and resisting family pressure, Jasmine (name changed), a girl of Rupana village of the district, has refused to marry a local boy to protest against his “undying hunger” for dowry.

Kin of ‘disappeared’ persons form front
Amritsar, January 9

Mr Gurmail Singh a candidate for panchayat elections in ‘Pandori Gula’ village ‘disappeared’ in 1992 when militancy was at its peak. Gurcharan Singh father of Gurmail, a member of the governing council of the Association of Families of the Disappeared in Punjab recalled during militancy the police unleashed brutality to settle political scores and help a Congress candidate in the name of fighting terrorism.

Award for Sunil Dutt
Patiala, January 9

Film star and mp Sunil Dutt was chosen for this year’s Punjab Today award here today. He was nominated for his outstanding contribution in politics based on commitment to national values, transparency in public life and the cause of Punjab and Punjabiat throughout the world.


SAD ‘anti-repression’ rally turns into poll rally
Dirba, (Sangrur), January 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal’s “anti-repression” rally, attended by thousands of persons at the Grain Market here today, virtually turned into a rally for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.


Khalsa council meeting on Jan 14
Jalandhar, January 9
The Khalsa Mission Council today convened a meeting of Sikh religious and social organisations at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib, Noormahal, on January 14. Jathedar Dilbagh Singh, president of the council, in a press statement issued here, said the gurdwara was a historic place and was being managed by the SGPC. He alleged that some influential persons were instrumental in grabbing it.

Haryana page:
Sharad’s no to hike wheat issue price

Chandigarh, January 9
The Union Food Minister, Mr Sharad Yadav, has turned down a proposal to increase the issue price of wheat sold by the FCI in the open market, according to informed sources.

SAARC Secy-Gen visits Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 9
Mr Q.A.M.A Rahim, Secretary-General, SAARC, said here today that the recently concluded summit had been a great success and good results in the fields of economy, politics and alleviation of poverty were expected.

Punjabi conference concludes
Patiala, January 9
The three-day International Conference of Punjabi Language Development concluded here today. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Power supply to court complex severed
Barnala, January 9
The Punjab State Electricity Board here today disconnected unauthorised and illegal power connections in the Courts complex.

Pharmacists’ dharna on Jan 11


Punjab suffers setback on framing of charges
Chandigarh, January 9
Punjab state’s move for directions to defer the framing of charges against Deputy Chief Minister (designate) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in a corruption case apparently suffered a setback after Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court fixed January 19 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The case against Ms Bhattal is coming up for framing of charges before the trial court on January 10.


12 CRPF, BSF officers to join Punjab Police
Chandigarh, January 9
The absorption of 12 officers from paramilitary forces, setting up of four women police stations and protecting the pay and rank of sports police personnel were some of the issues discussed at a high-level meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today.

Zila Parishad reviews projects
Patiala, January 9
To review the development projects going on in various villages of the district, a meeting of members of the Zila Parishad was held at District Red Cross Bhawan, here today. The meeting was presided over by the chairperson of the parishad, Ms Gursharan Kaur Randhawa.

1.17 cr increase in stamp fee revenue
Bathinda, January 9
Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue Minister, Punjab, today said the income to the state from the stamp fee collection had increased by Rs 1.17 crore during the current financial year as compared to the income generated from the same head in the last financial year.

Six IAS officers promoted


One held for fraud, blackmail
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 9
The district police has arrested Amit Jhanjhi of Bassi Pathana, self-styled national president of the Hindu Suraksha Samiti, on the complaint of seven municipal councillors of Bassi Pathana on the charge of blackmailing, lodging false complaints and threating to eliminate persons by posing himself as a close associate of police officials. The police has impounded his car. 

3 cops booked for negligence
Dera Bassi, January 9
Three Punjab police cops, from whose custody an undertrial escaped after drinking certain laced tea, have been booked for failing to perform their duties. The trio have been booked under Sections 223, 224, 328 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code by the local police.

Murder case solved
Faridkot, January 9
The Faridkot police has claimed to have solved the murder case of Manga Singh, a resident of Selvera village under the Rampura Phul police station in Bathinda district.

Tarna Dal chief faces another case
Amritsar, January 9
Though a number of cases, including those of kidnapping, inflicting injuries and threatening, have been registered against Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, Nihang chief of the Tarna Dal, and his men in the past few years, the police has failed to arrest the accused till yet.

8 held for dealing in fake currency
Jalandhar, January 9
The district police has arrested seven persons dealing in fake currency and seized Rs 3.73 lakh in the denomination of Rs 500 from them. District police chief G.P.S. Bhullar stated here today that seven more agents had been arrested from four places following information given by the already arrested gang members dealing in the distribution of fake currency.

19 quintals of poppy husk seized
Patiala, January 9

The Samana police today seized 19 quintals of poppy husk which was brought to the state from Rajasthan in a truck and arrested two persons in this regard.

4 arrested, nine vehicles recovered
Jalandhar, January 9
The police today claimed having arrested four persons and recovered nine vehicles from them. The arrested were identified as Gurpreet Singh of Ladowali Road and Pawan Kumar of Basti Sheikh locality. Their interrogation led to the recovery of four scooters.

2 held guilty of rape
Pathankot, January 9
Mr G.S. Bakhshi, Presiding Officer of the Fast Track Court-cum-Additional Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur today held two persons guilty of rape, committed on the Divali night in the Bhotali Chowk area within the jurisdiction of the Dharkalan police station here.

2 students killed in mishaps
Dera Bassi, January 9
Two teenagers were crushed to death in separate train accidents on the Kalka-Ambala railway line over the past two days. A 10-year-old girl was run over by a train in Dhakauli village, near Zirakpur, early this morning. While a student of Class X was run over by another train in Lalru village on Wednesday night.

Undertrial flees hospital
Jalandhar, January 9
An undertrial who was admitted to the local Civil Hospital for treatment on January 1, today fled the surgical ward of the hospital allegedly with the help of police personnel.

Homoeopath held on charge of cheating
Abohar, January 9
The police has arrested Jitender Singh, a homoeopathic doctor and son of vaid Onkar Singh of Chandigarh. A court here remanded him in police custody for two days. Twelve resident of Dharam Nagri, Panjpeer localities and Balluana village had complained to the police that Jitender Singh had been visiting Abohar along with his father every week.

One arrested with liquor
Lalru, January 9
The police has arrested a person and seized 28 pouches of country-made liquor from his possession near here last night. The police raided the house of Kiran Pal at Jaroth village and seized the liquor.


PRTC to buy 100 buses
Bathinda, January 9
Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, chairman, Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation today said that the corporation’s losses reduced from Rs 29 crore to Rs 5.6 crore in the past two years and it had decided to purchase 100 new buses for Rs 9 crore. Mr Gupta, addressing a press conference after inspecting the bus stand here said the corporation earned Rs 4 crore from April 2003 to November 2003 more as compared to earnings in the corresponding period last year by covering 20,000 km distance per day.Top

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