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Elahi to greet Amarinder at Wagah
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who is scheduled to address the opening session of the World Punjabi Conference at Lahore tomorrow, will make several important announcements, including the setting up of a World Punjabi forum.

Johar leads 145-member delegation to Pakistan
World Punjabi Conference from today
Wagah (Amritsar), January 29
A 145-member group, including Punjabi writers, scholars, folk artistes, mediapersons, led by Minister for Higher Education Harnam Dass Johar today crossed over to Lahore to attend three-day World Punjabi Conference.

Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education Punjab, along with scholars, singers and mediapersons cross over to Pakistan Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education Punjab, along with scholars, singers and mediapersons cross over to Pakistan to attend World Punjabi Conference.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

GND varsity budget lacks transparency: report
Amritsar, January 29
A study by Guru Nanak Dev University, undertaken in a view of a circular of the Association of Indian Universities to work out unit cost of education, has concluded that the “university budget lacks transparency and conceals more than what it reveals”.

Case for turban put before French official
Amritsar, January 29
Sikh representatives of France and the secretary for international affairs of Akal Takht today held a meeting with Mr Alain Boissinor, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Education, France, on the proposed law banning “ostensible signs of religion.”

Fatehgarh Sahib

Mangal Dhillon’s tribute to Sikhism.
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Panchayat defends rapist
Nawanshahr, January 29
The panchayat of the nearby Jafferpur village today “punished” a 45-year-old resident of the village for allegedly raping a mentally challenged teenaged girl by beating him and parading him around the village after blackening his face and garlanding him with ‘chappals’.


Daipai is PPCC gen secy
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjab Congress President, H.S. Hanspal has appointed Mr Ram Pal Daipai, General Secretary of the PPCC, as convener for the proposed mass contact programme from February 1.


Neelam issue dominates MC House meeting
Amritsar, January 29
The sensational Neelam issue dominated the MC House meeting today. The issue relates to dismissed vice-president of the Congress Mahila Mandal Neelam Chawdhary, who was allegedly involved in running a flesh trade racket. She later named Mayor Sunil Dutti as one of her patrons in the sex trade.

Juvenile board being set up in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 28
Nearly three years after the Juvenile Justice (Care and Prevention) Act came into force, the Juvenile Welfare Board is being set up in Punjab. A notification in this regard was issued last week.

Road that refuses to stay intact
Ropar, January 29
The 2.96 km approach roads to the Sirsa river bridge, near Ghanauli, that were constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore and recently inaugurated by the Union Surface Transport Minister, Maj-General B.C. Khanduri (retd), have developed cracks within two months of their opening. This has happened for the second time.

Magician to focus on drug abuse
Sagar performs at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi in the presence of Giani Zail Singh, the then President.Ferozepore: If one has a dream and a dauntless spirit, nothing deters one to achieve success. This comes true in the case of magician Sagar, who made it big in life starting from a scratch. Born to a family of a small-time trader Roor Singh, who migrated from his native village in Rajasthan to this town in search of greener pastures, Sagar got an opportunity to witness magic shows of great magicians like Ching Fungli and Gogia Pasha and was captivated so much that he himself thought of becoming a magician one day.
Sagar performs at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi in the presence of Giani Zail Singh, the then President.

Sanction loans to poor, says ADC
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
The district has topped in the state by forming 561 self-help groups to uplift the standard of living of families below the poverty line and the loans have also been disbursed to these groups to start the work, said Mr Mohinder Pal Arora, ADC, while presiding over the meeting of districts’ standing committee of banks at Bachat Bhavan here today. 

Steps to check import of infected birds
Chandigarh, January 29
The Animal Husbandry Department has deputed veterinary doctors at Attari border with a view to check the import of eggs, birds and animals, said the Animal Husbandry Minister at a meeting here today.

CM to preside over ‘Parkash Utsav’
Chandigarh, January 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will preside over the state-level function being held at Patiala on February 6 to celebrate “Parkash Utsav” of Sri Guru Ravi Dass. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Maharshi Valmiki and Sri Guru Ravi Dass Janam Diwas Samaroh Committee held under the chairmanship of Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister of Local Government, Labour and Employment and Parliamentary Affairs, here today.

Custodial death: thousands attend victim’s bhog ceremony
Sangrur, January 29
A large number of persons from the Sherpur area and leaders of various political parties today attended the bhog ceremony of Ravinder Singh (25), at his native Kala Bula village. Ravinder Singh allegedly died in the police custody on January 18 at Sherpur.

Rs 33 crore for Ghaggar project
Sangrur, January 29
Following the issuance of a no-objection certificate by the Central Water Commission for starting the Ghaggar Project to protect the villages near the river, an amount of Rs 33 crore has been approved for the purpose while Rs 142 crore will be spent in all on this project.

Govt move on jobs to kin of dead staff flayed
Patiala, January 29
The Punjab and UT Employees Joint Action Committee here today condemned the state government decision to constitute a committee headed by the respective administrative authorities to consider the cases of departments of deceased government employees for giving jobs to their kin on compassionate grounds.

MC office, octroi posts raided
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
A vigilance team of the Local Self Government raided the office of the Municipal Council, Sirhind, and octroi posts and took the record of the octroi contractors in their custody. The raid was conducted on the complaint of Mr Amarjit Singh Dhingra, a Congress leader.

Traders close shops in protest
Patiala, January 29
Shopkeepers who run business establishments on both sides of Railway Crossing Number 22, where work on the construction of an overbridge is to start tomorrow, today closed their shops to protest against the decision to close the level crossing for vehicular traffic once the work on the overbridge started.

Truck operators hold rally
Sangrur, January 29
A large number of truck operators and drivers of the local truck union today took out a protest march through the town and held a rally under the presidentship of Mr Balwinder Singh Kherri, president of the truck union, in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here.

Rice millers go on strike
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
The rice millers in the district on a call by the State Rice Millers Association have closed their rice mills and stopped milling of government paddy for an indefinite period.

Autorickshaw drivers observe strike
Tarn Taran, January 29
Autorickshaw drivers observed a strike in Amritsar district in support of their demands and held a district-level rally here today. They later held a march in the town.

PCR mobile service launched
Hoshiarpur, January 29
To check anti-social elements, control law and order, streamline traffic and to provide quick help to the need, the district police launched the police control room mobile service in Hoshiarpur city and the sub-urban areas here today.


High court restrains human rights panel
Chandigarh, January 29
Acting on a petition filed by an Amritsar resident claiming that the Punjab State Human Rights Commission had ordered investigation in a case without jurisdiction, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the Commission from passing further orders in the matter. The orders were passed by the Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy.

Judicial remand for IT officer
Patiala, January 29
The Special CBI court today sent Income Tax Officer T.R. Sharma, who had been arrested in Ludhiana yesterday after being caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000, to judicial custody till February 12.


4 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, January 29

The Punjab Government today transferred four PCS officers. Mr Gurmel Singh has been posted as Additional Secretary, Social Security, Women and Children Development; and Ms Kiran Rosy as Secretary, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, relieving Mr S.S. Bajwa of the additional charge.

Kalanaur police station transferred to Gurdaspur
Amritsar, January 29
The Kalanaur police station, which covers 108 villages of Gurdaspur has been tranferred from Batala police district to Gurdaspur police district. A notification to this effect was issued by the state government today, conceding the long-pending demand of residents of Kalanaur.

909 Panchayat Secys to be reappointed
Chandigarh, January 29
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that 909 Panchayat Secretaries, who were removed from service a few years ago, would be reappointed.


Man injured in firing
Tarn Taran, January 29

Ranjit Singh, Jaspal Singh, Gurbhej Singh and Kaka Singh, all residents of Valipur village allegedly fired at the house of Ravinder Pal Singh of the village last night. Ravinder was injured in the incident.

Robbers assault man, take away Rs 5,000
Jalandhar, January 29
A group of robbers assaulted a painter in Variayana village, near here, and took away Rs 5000 at gunpoint from him last night. The incident has caused panic among residents of Variayana and adjoining villages. Residents alleged that the police had failed to take strict action against anti-social elements.

Man held on charges of rape, fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
The police has arrested a rape accused who had fled Sirhind after raping a minor studying in Class VIII there. The police has obtained a two-day police remand of the accused.


Engineering college for rural youth
Talwandi Sabo, January 29
Introducing a unique concept in technical education, this township near Bathinda is all set to have an engineering college where some of the students will be admitted from rural areas directly after matriculation.

Seminar on career options held
Bathinda, January 29
The Commerce Association of Government Rajindra College today held a paper reading and awareness seminar on “Career options for commerce graduates, privatisation of education and role of computers in today’s life”.

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