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IGP Mustafa being sent to Centre
Chandigarh, January 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today made clear that he had a strong dislike for senior officers hobnobbing with politicians and said that such officers would not be allowed to serve in the state.

Punjab to contest Eradi panel’s jurisdiction
Chandigarh, January 28
After a lengthy session here late this evening over the notice issued by the Eradi Commission, the Punjab Government has decided to challenge the jurisdiction of the Commission to hear the river waters dispute between Punjab and Haryana. The state government at a meeting finalised its legal strategy to be adopted while presenting the State’s case before the Commission Delhi on January 31.

Punjab Cabinet divided over 85th amendment
Chandigarh, January 28
The Punjab Council of Ministers seems vertically divided over the implementation of the 85th amendment to the Constitution with regard to reservation and other facilities to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates.

Badal points finger at jail authorities
Talwandi Sabo, January 28
Former Chief Minister and President, SAD Parkash Singh Badal while accusing the security agencies of Burail Jail, Chandigarh, of negligence has claimed that the escape of three alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh had instilled fear in the minds of people of the state.

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Barnala wants Punjab to follow AP model
Chandigarh, January 28
Less than a week after three accused in Punjab’s former Chief Minister’s assassination case escaped from Burail jail, Governor of Andhra Pradesh Surjit Singh Barnala today described the act as shameful. Claiming that information technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry were moving on “fast tracks” in Andhra Pradesh, he added that Punjab should follow the example for development in these sectors.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala going through The Tribune files of 1922 at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala going through The Tribune files of 1922 at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Chandigarh

World Punjabi Conference
Capt repeats history in Lahore tomorrow
Ludhiana, January 28
When the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, attends the World Punjabi Conference at Lahore on January 30, he will repeat history after about 60 years. In 1945, his father, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, had attended the conference as a special invitee. That probably explains his insistence in getting permission to attend the conference to the extent of approaching the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Martyrs’ kin await relief
Chandigarh, January 28
With the Punjab War Heroes Family Relief Fund virtually depleted, the dependents of hundreds of martyrs are awaiting monetary relief. The Directorate of Sainik Welfare has so far identified about 275 cases where the grant of Rs 5 lakh each in lieu of land is pending.

Mangal Dhillon’s tribute to Sikhism
Amritsar, January 28
The producer-director of the documentaries “Khalsa” and “Parkash tou Parkash Tak (A day at Golden Temple)” Mangal Dhillon, has lined up three historical films on Sikhism to be released this year.

Producer-director Mangal Dhillon while shooting “American Tribute to Sikhism” at the Miri-Piri Academy in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Producer-director Mangal Dhillon while shooting “American Tribute to Sikhism” at the Miri-Piri Academy in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Badal snubs Barnala group
Patiala, January 28
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today reacted sharply to the Surjit Singh Barnala group’s statement that Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa should be shifted to the Patiala parliamentary constituency in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections as the Union Minister’s Assembly constituency was part of the Patiala seat.

Door still open for unity, Mann tells Badal
Bathinda, January 28
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (Amritsar), while criticising Mr Parkash Singh Badal for rejecting his call for Panthic unity said he was still open to it. In a press note issued here today, Mr Mann alleged that Mr Badal had rejected his offer for his vested interests and under pressure from the BJP leadership.

Preneet Kaur hopeful of winning Patiala seat
Lalru, January 28
Mrs Preneet Kaur, member of Parliament from Patiala, today sounded election lute and predicted a dark future for the parties other than the Congress. Denying infighting and differences among senior Congress leaders in Punjab, the MP said that the Congress would won the Patiala seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections with a huge margin.

Cong ready for poll: MP
Phagwara, January 28
Lok Sabha member from Phillaur Santosh Chowdhary today flayed the haste of the BJP-led NDA government in recommending the dissolution of the Lok Sabha on February 6. She asserted that the Congress was prepared for the poll.


Turban issue: IHRO wants Takht chief to intervene
Amritsar, January 28
The all-party meeting convened by the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today urged the French government that dastaar (turban) had special significance in Sikhism as it (turban) was a must for a Sikh to wear to safeguard kes (hair), which is one of the commands for the Sikhs. The meeting was also attended by activists of Human Rights Organisations and leaders of the BKU.

Punjab Govt to constitute SC panel, says minister
Chandigarh, January 28
A two-day workshop to review the schemes and plans for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Punjab, identify various bottlenecks and suggest corrective measure began at Golden Jubilee Hall of Panjab University, here today.

Award conferred on DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 28
More than 100 panchayats of Dhuri subdivision today conferred the honour of Punjab award on Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, at a function held at the Bachat Bhavan here. He was given award for ensuring the holding of the Saheedi Jor Mela in true religious spirit by imposing ban on gambling, dance stalls, wine shops, swings, circus and other items of amusement in spite of pressure to operate them.

Congress claims starting flood protection scheme
Ghanour, January 28
The Congress is gearing up to claim the credit for the start of the Rs 146-crore flood protection scheme in Patiala district. The start of the flood protection measures are set to become a major election issue in the event of an early Lok Sabha poll and Congress MP from Patiala Preneet Kaur claims that the scheme has been approved by the Central Water Commission following vigorous lobbying done by her.

Durgiana Temple seeks nod for construction of shops
Amritsar, January 28
Is the rush of devotees and pilgrims to the famous Durgiana Temple decreasing? This is the plea given by the Durgiana Management Committee in less than two years of its taking over the management of the shrine. The plea of low donations and offerings is being taken to seek sanction for the “illegal construction” of 12 shops to tide over the financial crisis. The shops are being constructed on 972 sq yards of prime land worth crores leased to the committee by the municipal corporation in 2002 after approval from the House in 2001, purportedly to build a primary school.

CM clears demolition of heritage school
Amritsar, January 28
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh gave go-ahead to demolish the ‘heritage’ building of “Saragarhi government senior secondary school” to make way for a multi-storey parking lot to facilitate traffic regulation near the Golden Temple.

Market bandh on closing of level crossing today
Patiala, January 28
The Railway Crossing Number 22 Market Association has decided to close shops tomorrow in protest against the government's decision to close down the level crossing once the overbridge comes up on the site.

Patiala shahi salwar retains its popularity
It is common knowledge through the length and the breadth of the state that the erstwhile principality of Patiala has come to symbolise three things — the Patiala peg, the Patiala pugri and the Patiala shahi salwar. While the Patiala peg has been virtually immortalised by the lovers of Bacchus the nation over , the Patiala pugri has seen a drastic decline in its popularity. And the 'Patiala shahi' salwar ? No doubt it has retained its popularity but somewhere along the line it has also earned the distinction of being one attire that has been written about more than it has been worn.

Kavi darbar to celebrate R-Day
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 28
The district cultural society last night organised a kavi darbar at Bachat Bhavan to celebrate Republic Day. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner presided over the kavi darbar. The people from every walk of life attended the programme and appreciated it.

Dam on Ghaggar canal planned
Faridkot, January 28
The Punjab Government plans to construct a dam on Ghaggar canal to check floods in the state. The flooding of the canal had damaged crops worth crores of rupees besides rendering hundreds of families homeless particularly in Mansa, Patiala, Sangrur, Bathinda districts in the past couple of years.

S.P. Sethi is Rotary Dist Governor
Phagwara, January 28
A leading local exporter, Mr S.P. Sethi, Managing Director of Fine Switchgears, was elected Rotary District Governor of the Rotary District 3070 comprising Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir for 2005-2006.

Land vacated from truck union’s possession
Sangrur, January 28
The DSP, the Tehsildar, the Executive officer of the local municipal council and the local SDM, accompanied by policemen today took the possession of the land allegedly encroached by the local truck union. They managed to get vacated about three acres from the union possession.


High Court
Club asked to furnish members’ details
Chandigarh, January 28
Taking up Forest Hill Golf and Country Club case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday granted counsel for the club an opportunity to furnish a chart giving details of members who were bureaucrats, police officials or judicial officers belonging to the subordinate judiciary. The proceedings were initiated after the court took suo motu notice of report in a national newspaper.

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Nepalese official deposes in hijack case
Patiala, January 28
Kathmandu-based Nepalese intelligence officer Padamraj Singh Joshi today deposed in the Indian Airlines IC-814 hijack case in a special court here.


Amritsar MC budget pegged at Rs 90 crore
Amritsar, January 28
For the second consecutive year, the city’s municipal corporation budget is pegged at less than the Rs 100 crore. The budget of Rs 90.25 crore, to be presented in the corporation House tomorrow, however, has a flaw in the break-up of percentages for its three sections: corporation expenses — salaries and maintenance; contingency expenditure; and development.


Senior clerk in SDM’s office held
Abohar, January 28
Bhupinder Singh, a senior clerk in the office of the Subdivisional Magistrate here, who was honoured for “exemplary services” on Republic Day at an official function by Parliamentary Secretary Hans Raj Josan, was arrested by a Vigilance team led by DSP Surjit Singh Khosa yesterday under the Anti-Corruption Act.


Abolition of Pro VC’s post to help varsities, says Boparai
Patiala, January 28
While the Punjabi University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, whose post was abolished by the Punjab Cabinet today, was not available for comments, university Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai claimed that the step would contribute to the smooth functioning of the universities in the state.

Punjab Govt to recruit 2010 teachers
Mohali, January 28
The Punjab Government will recruit 2,010 school teachers in the state keeping in mind the financial limitations. The vacancies will be filled in a phased manner. This was stated by Mr Khushhal Bahl, Education Minister, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Lecturers at loss over rule change
Bathinda, January 28
Frequent changes made by the Department of Technical Education, Punjab, in recruitment rules for the teaching faculty have put the serving teachers at disadvantage regarding promotions. The changes would also mean extra burden on the state exchequer.


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