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Amarinder for cooperation between two Punjabs
Chandigarh, January 31

The Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today endorsed the initiative of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to create a congenial atmosphere between the Indian Punjab and Pakistan Punjab to pave the way for smooth bilateral trade between the two states.

Punjab’s fiscal reforms derail
Chandigarh, January 31

This is official. Punjab is caught in a financial snarl. All revenue receipts, including money available from the Centre, is insufficient to meet even committed expenditure — salaries, pensions, interest payments. Consequently, not only has the development suffered but has come to a virtual standstill.

No bird flu case reported in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 31
There has been no reported case of bird flu in Punjab and other parts of India, but the Punjab Government has taken certain pre-emptive measures in view of the outbreak of the disease in Pakistan and other South Asian countries.

Punjabis in Dubai asked to invest in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 31

The Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, has urged the Dubai-based Punjabis to invest in Punjab. He said that Punjabis all over the world had made great progress and were playing a key role in the socio-economic life of the countries of their present settlement.

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  Daler Mehndi being taken to a court in Patiala Order reserved in Daler case
Patiala, January 31

The local police today moved an application for discharging pop star Daler Mehndi in the human trafficking case claiming it had not found any incriminating evidence against him during investigations into the case. On objection to the application by the advocate of complainants in the case, the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate reserved judgement in the case till February 3.

Daler Mehndi being taken to a court in Patiala on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

UK Home Secy visits police college today
Ludhiana, January 31

The Director-General of Punjab Police, Dr A.A. Siddiqui, will gets PhD degree from the British Home Secretary, Mr David Blunkett, at the Police Training College, Phillaur, tomorrow.


Punjab BJP names special invitees
Chandigarh, January 31

Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Mr Daya Singh Sodhi, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, Lala Rajpat Rai, Master Mohan Lal, Mr Tikshan Sood, Mr Sukhpal Singh Saini, Mr Jagdish Sahni, Mr Ram Kumar Goyal, Mr Bishambhar Nath and Mr Om Parkash Kalia will be special invitees at all meetings of the State Executive of the Punjab BJP. 

SAD to expose Cong misdeeds, says Sukhbir
Nawanshahr, January 31

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, SAD, while talking to mediapersons here at the office of Mr Jaswinder Singh Anokherwal, district president, Youth Akali Dal, said Congress misrule in general and the style of functioning of Capt Amarinder Singh in particular would prove a boon for the SAD-BJP combine in the ensuing Lok Sabha poll. 

BSP names 2 nominees for LS poll
Jalandhar, January 31

Taking a lead in selecting candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Punjab wing of the Bahujan Samaj Party today announced names of two candidates, Pawan Kumar Tinu and Man Singh Manhera, for Phillaur and Ropar Lok Sabha constituencies, respectively.


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Europe Sikhs hold protest
Paris, January 31
A Paris boulevard became a sea of coloured turbans today as Sikhs from across Europe marched to defend their traditional headgear against a looming French ban on religious symbols in state schools.

Trust sanctions 93 lakh for colony
Faridkot, January 31

The local Improvement Trust has sanctioned Rs 93 lakh to provide basic facilities like metalled roads, waterworks, sewerage, street lights and parks in Giani Zail Singh Avenue, a residential colony being set up near Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital on the Faridkot-Sadiq road covering an areas of 26 acres here.

Sikh body flays Chaura’s arrest
Amritsar, January 31

The Khalra Mission Committee has criticised the arrest of Narain Singh Chaura, a former head of the Akal Federation, in connection with the Burail jail escape case and alleged that it was a conspiracy against Sikhs at the behest of the Central Government.

Eradi Tribunal turns down Punjab plea
Chandigarh, January 31

Punjab Government’s application challenging the jurisdiction of the Ravi Beas Waters Tribunal was rejected today. While stating this here, the Haryana Government said the state of Punjab had filed an application before the tribunal, popularly known as the Eradi Tribunal, challenging its jurisdiction because of the long gap that had occurred since the interim award was made by the tribunal . Punjab also challenged the appointment of Justice M Y Iqbal as member of the tribunal.

PSEB to recover 36 cr from govt agencies
Bathinda, January 31

The Punjab State Electricity Board is yet to recover arrears of over Rs 36 crore, including Rs 10 crore from government agencies from defaulters in its western circle.

Nominated PCS candidates’ interview on Feb 19, 20
Patiala, January 31

The Punjab Public Service Commission has decided to reconduct interviews of all those candidates who had applied for nomination to the Punjab Civil Service  during the tenure of ousted Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu. The candidates nominated to the PCS by the former Chairman had been ousted from their jobs by the Congress government following allegations of money changing hands for nomination.

Delay in appointment letters resented
Chandigarh, January 31

None of the 91 candidates, selected for the PCS and allied services by the Punjab Public Services Commission in November, has got the appointment letter yet.

Women cops may be inducted into GRP
Amritsar, January 31

Women cops are likely to be inducted into the Government Railway Police for better policing at the Atari railway station. Mr S.C. Jain, ADGP, Railways, said here on Thursday that a proposal regarding this has been sent to the Union Government.

IOC considering piped LPG in state
Bathinda, January 31

The Indian Oil Corporation is studying the feasibility of launching about six projects to supply piped LPG in upcoming housing colonies in the state.

First library-cum-book store in Patiala
It is amazing to see how long-standing notions can simply crumble to pieces by one purposeful stride in the right direction. And when that stride is enthused with the zeal that emanates from following one's dreams to the exclusion of everything else nothing really seems to stand in the way. So was it with Samar Dhaliwal, who one fine day decided to take a sabbatical from his lecturer`s job in DAV College, Chandigarh, and establish the city's first library-cum-book store—Biblio—in Patiala much to the annoyance of well-wishers who were firmly entrenched with the mind set that books are probably the last thing to occupy a Punjabi mind.

Safai sewaks gherao councillors
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 31

The councillors of the Bassi Pathana Municipal Council had to face the wrath of the employees of the council, particularly of safai sewaks, during a meeting today. The employees parked a tractor-trailer full of garbage outside the meeting hall. Situation became piquant when they announced that they would not allow any councillors and Executive Officer to come out of the hall till a promise to release salaries was made. 

Tax evasion of Rs 1.35 cr detected
Amritsar, January 31

Senior officers of the Department of Excise and Taxation today raided the premises of five firms dealing in hosiery, automobile parts, medical equipment and automobiles and detected alleged evasion of tax to the tune of Rs 1.35 crore.

Tributes paid to Lieut Salaria
Pathankot, January 31

Tributes were paid to Shaurya Chakra winner Lieut Gurdeep Singh Salaria on his ninth martyrdom day at Taragarh, near here, today.

Cashier’s brave act lauded
Hoshiarpur, January 31

The Ministerial Services Union, PSEB Circle, Hoshiarpur, at its meeting here today condemned the attempt of robbers to snatch Rs 5.50 lakh from cashier Baldev Raj of Bhogpur subdivision No 1 at gunpoint while he was going to a bank to deposit it on January 28.

Rs 40 cr for district’s development
Amritsar, January 31

The District Planning and Development Board yesterday earmarked Rs 40.28 crore for development projects in the district. Chairman of the Board and Minister for Local Bodies Jagjit Singh presided over the meeting and said that the board had already released Rs 21.85 crore for development works. 

Two needles removed from girl’s stomach
Amritsar, January 31

Doctors of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital removed two needles from the stomach of Richa Tyagi a resident of Gurdaspur.


Declaration of poll results stayed
Chandigarh, January 31

A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the declaration of election results of three reserved posts of Dehriwal gram panchayat in Baba Bakala tehsil in Amritsar district.

Pirzada’s bail plea rejected
Ropar, January 31

The Special Judge, Ropar, today rejected the bail application of Mr Gurnihal Singh Pirzada, an IAS officer arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in a corruption case.


Panchayats to issue birth, death certificates
Hoshiarpur, January 31

Panchayats will issue death and birth certificates in the rural areas of Punjab in future and necessary instructions have been issued to the departments concerned.

Railway official transferred
Phillaur, January 31

The Railway Board has transferred Divisonal Railway Manager, Firozepore division, Mr Hukam Chand Punia, to New Delhi headquarters. Mr Punai said, “He has been relieved of the charge and the new Divisonal Railway Manager, Mr Dharam Singh, has taken over”.


Case registered for dishonouring Tricolour
Pathankot, January 31
The Shahpurkandi police has registered a case, under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 and under other provisions of the IPC for dishonouring the National Flag on Republic Day. The police has booked six persons in this connection. They include Ashwani Singh, Gurdeep Singh Sethi, Harbajan Singh, Shamma, Sonu and Lucky.

34 arrested for playing satta
Kapurthala, January 31

Thirtyfour persons have been arrested during raids at various places in Kapurthala subdivision on the charge of playing satta under the garb of one-digit lottery.


Varsity’s admission racket: Dang writes to DGP
Amritsar, January 31

Mr Satya Pal Dang, senior CPI leader yesterday urged Director-General of Police Punjab, Mr A.A. Saddique to direct the SP city-I here to complete investigation into the admission racket in Guru Nanak Dev University in which records were allegedly tampered with to save senior professors.

19 schools take part in inter-school contest
Kharar, January 31

An inter-school cultural contest organised  by the Lions Club in Kharar on Saturday.Students from 19 schools took part in the inter-school cultural contest organised by the Lions Club here today. The programme was organised under the banner of “Nachda Punjab-2004”. Apart from a turban-tying contest, competitions were held for solo dances, bhangra and giddha. As many as 38 students took part in the turban-tying contest.

An inter-school cultural contest organised by the Lions Club in Kharar on Saturday.

PTU scam suspect Dhaliwal surrenders
Jalandhar, January 31

A suspect in multi-crore PTU scam, J.P.S. Dhaliwal has surrendered in the court of Sessions Judge here. He was remanded in police custody till Monday.

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