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Baba Harnam Singh denied siropa
Taksal pressured to declare Bhinderanwale ‘martyr’
Amritsar, January 3
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today get embroiled in another controversy when Baba Harnam Singh, acting Jathedar, Damdami Taksal, was not presented “siropa” from Golden Temple, Akal Takht and even Information Office here.

Baba Harnam Singh, acting Jathedar of Damdami Taksal, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Baba Harnam Singh (right), acting Jathedar of Damdami Taksal, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday.
—  Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Govt casual about disposal of explosive junk
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 3
While poor labourers keep dying in scrap and furnace blasts, the Punjab Government continues to be casual in its approach to deal with the problem.

A large number of condemned LPG cylinders are seen in a scrap yard at Mandi Gobindgarh A large number of condemned LPG cylinders are seen in a scrap yard at Mandi Gobindgarh. This photo was taken by Tribune photographer Sayeed Ahmed on Sunday

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjab employees not paid salary
Patiala, January 3
The Punjab finance department has failed to pay the salary for December to its employees. Salaries have been stopped in most departments because the data received about house, car and scooter loans does not reconcile with the record of the finance department.

National defence varsity for Kapurthala sought
Chandigarh, January 3
Punjab has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee to get a national defence university at Kapurthala. The university, if approved, will come up on the sprawling complex of Sainik School, Kapurthala, which the government proposes to shift to Dasmesh Academy at Anandpur Sahib.

Panic grips villagers after mysterious death of cattle
Bathinda, January 3
Panic has gripped residents of the Nathana block of this district after the death of a number of cattle under mysterious circumstances in its Nathpura and Kalyan Sukha villages in the past few days.

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Road accidents claim more lives than crime
Chandigarh, January 3
The death of 15 persons, including 14 girls, in a road mishap near Morinda this morning was not an isolated road accident of its type. Road accidents have become the single largest source of human fatality in the state.

Inside Babudom
4 Punjab IAS officers promoted
Chandigarh, January 3
Four IAS officers — including former Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board — were today promoted by the Punjab Government’s personnel department as Principal Secretaries and Financial Commissioner. All the officers belong to the 1978 batch.


BSP accuses govt of ‘crushing’ Dalits
Sangrur, January 3
Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, president of the Punjab unit of the BSP, today accused the Amarinder government of “crushing” and “looting” Dalits and the backward classes in the state during its regime.

Cong chief vows to fight factionalism
Moga, January 3
The newly-appointed president of the District Congress Committee, Mr Ranwinder Singh Pappu, was accorded a warm welcome on his return from Chandigarh at Churh Chak village here today.

Newly appointed district Congress chief Ranwinder Singh Pappu being welcomed in Moga on Monday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Newly appointed district Congress chief Ranwinder Singh Pappu being welcomed in Moga


Power board fails to recover Rs 2.45 cr from departments
Mohali, January 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have failed to give permission for disconnection of the power supply of defaulting government departments in the Mohali circle even though unpaid bills now total around Rs 2.45 crore.
Power load: farmers to get one
more chance

PSEB staff hold protest against privatisation
PSEB employees stage dharna
Mavi takes over as PSEB Chief Engineer

PSEB employees protest against unbundling of the board in Moga on Monday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

PSEB employees protest against unbundling of the board in Moga

No breach in Narwana branch: Bhakra authorities
Patiala, January 3
The Bhakra Main Line Circle Superintending Engineer of the Punjab Canal Department today claimed that the Drainage Department had floated a false news stating the Narwana Branch of the BML had breached at Majri Fakiran village on Friday.

3 Ferozepore Dalits allegedly victimised
Chandigarh, January 3
Three dalits of Ferozepore district were allegedly forced to taste urine and insult from the slippers of upper caste members at the residence of a village sarpanch. The three were allegedly victimised following an innocent quarrel between their relative’s sons and the ward of an upper caste member.

BJP leaders with alleged victims of upper class atrocities (second row) Gurbaksh Singh, Bittu Singh and Piara Singh in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
BJP leaders with alleged victims of upper class atrocities (second row) Gurbaksh Singh, Bittu Singh and Piara Singh in Chandigarh

Mayor, Commissioner on warpath
Patiala, January 3
Patiala Mayor Vishnu Sharma has tightened the screws against Municipal Commissioner Manvesh Singh Sidhu, with whom he has been sharing cold vibes for some time, by directing him to inform him before granting financial approval to any development work.

Punjabi mediapersons to visit Pakistan
Amritsar, January 3
A 45-member delegation of the Punjabi Media Academy led by Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, patron and political adviser to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would visit Pakistan on a peace mission in January-end.

DC presents Rs 37 lakh to CM
Sangrur, January 3
On behalf of government employees, NGOs and the industry, the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, Mr Husan Lal, today handed over cheques and drafts for Rs 37,34,680 to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the victims of tsunami.

DC appeals for donation
Amritsar, January 3
As per the directions of the state government, the Deputy Commissioner has appealed to all departmental heads and other officials and employees to donate one-day salary voluntarily to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for help to tsunami victims.

Power generation halted
Anandpur Sahib, January 3
The power generation at two units of 33.5-mw capacity each at the Ganguwal powerhouse on the Anandpur Sahib hydel channel has been halted, the reason being non-functioning of the powerhouse due to a fire that burnt the cable gallery and other equipment at the units on December 30.


High Court
Bar Council Chairman files affidavit
Chandigarh, January 3
Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Chairman C.M. Munjal today filed an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The affidavit has been filed in connection with the ongoing proceedings in connection with the allegation against him in a criminal matter.

Mann activists demonstrate
against Bibi

Patiala, January 3
The case against Bibi Jagir Kaur, being tried for the alleged murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur, was adjourned to January 4. The approver in the case, Dr B.S Sohal, informed the court that he had applied for anticipatory bail in a Delhi court but his application had been rejected. However, a fresh application seeking bail had been admitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, at the District and Sessions Court in Patiala on Monday. — PTI photo

The SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, at the District and Sessions Court in Patiala

Notice to 6 depts on PIL by lawyers
Jalandhar, January 3
Seeking directives for checking encroachments and pollution, maintaining the flow of traffic and ensuring basic civic amenities, local lawyers have filed the first-ever public interest litigation petition in the district court against six departments of the Punjab Government.

Travel agent remanded in custody
Jalandhar, January 3
A local court has sent a travel agent, arrested for duping a farmer of Rs 9.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad, to judicial custody till January 14.


Citrus plants to be imported from USA, says Randhawa
Abohar, January 3
Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister for Horticulture, Punjab, said here today that new varieties of citrus plants from Florida in USA would be imported to explore new marketing avenues.


SHO booked on fraud charge
Pathankot, January 3
The division number one police here has booked Station House Officer, division number two, Sub-Inspector Anil Kumar under Sections 420, 465 and 467, of the IPC for tampering with the records.

Kidnapped boy found murdered
Batala, January 3
Pankaj Kumar (20) who had been kidnapped yesterday, was found dead today by a police party headed by DSP Parampal Singh. His motor cycle was recovered by the police from Hardo Jhande village, 7 km from here, on the Batala-Amritsar road.

Father among 2 held for abduction bid
Kapurthala, January 3
The district police today arrested two persons for attempt to abduct a five-year-old child while he was playing in a park near Shiv Colony here last evening. An FIR was lodged in late last night on a complaint of Ms Tanuja, a resident of Shiv Colony.

Woman leaves for dera, untraced
Jaito, January 3
The wife of Army jawan Ranjeet Singh is reported to have gone missing. The incident came to light when Ranjeet Singh came to his native village, Chandbhan, near here, on leave.


Protest against denial of headship to varsity teacher
Amritsar, January 3
The Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association led by Dr Davinder Singh, president of the association today launched an agitation to protest against the denial of the post of head of Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Dr G. S. Kang and against the alleged failure of the authorities concerned ‘to save the autonomy of the university’.

Expedite probe into college affairs: PCCTU
Barnala, January 3
Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, has urged Mr Hussan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, to expedite the probe into Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala), affairs and demanded appointment of an administrator in the college to ensure its smooth functioning.

Computer course for village girls
Bathinda, January 3
About 50 girls of Government Senior Secondary School at Mehraj village in this district attended eight-day computer foundation course that was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Bathinda cantonment from December 22 to December 30, 2004.


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