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Three sugar mills face closure
Moga, January 5
The state government is planning to close cooperative sugar mills at Jagraon, Rakhra and Zeera, while other mills will be modernised to make them financially viable. This was stated by the state Cooperative Minister, Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, while interacting with mediapersons here today.

SAFMA delegation reaches India
30 members denied visas
Wagah, January 5
A 36-member South Asian Free Media Association delegation from Pakistan, led by its secretary-general, Mr Imtiaz Alam, today crossed over to India even as 30 persons were either denied visas or they dropped their itinerary to India at the eleventh hour.
Members of the South Asian Free Media Association at the Wagah check post on Thursday. Also seen in the picture Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, Amritsar Members of the South Asian Free Media Association at the Wagah check post on Thursday. Also seen in the picture Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, Amritsar, (right).
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

No discussion on Indo-Pak ties in Pak Assembly: Tahmina
Amritsar, January 5
No discussion on Indo-Pak relations was held in the National Assembly, said Ms Tahmina Daulatan, member, National Assembly, today. She belongs to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif). She is leading the 36-member South Asian Free Media Association delegation that including three women.




Political parties send teams to Kashipur
SAD, BJP to hold rally tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 5
While there is no let-up in the drive launched by the Uttaranchal Government to remove Punjabi and other farmers from the Mehta farm near Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district of that state, various Punjab-based political parties have sent their representatives to meet the farmers affected.

Jathedar, international adviser discuss summons
Amritsar, January 5
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, Director, Sikh Human Rights Group and Secretary, International Affairs, today discussed the summons, issued to Jathedar Vedanti by a Ropar court.

‘Monitor financial help to terrorists through hawala’
Amritsar, January 5
Dr Harjit Singh Sandhu, a senior police officer from India and a member of United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal, said today that it was necessary to check and monitor the financial assistance received by terrorists through hawala to nail terrorism, which helps terrorists to buy arms and other utility items.

India, Oman complete 50 years of diplomatic ties
Amritsar, January 5
Diplomatic relations between India and Oman have ushered in a golden phase during the 50-year long consistent ties. Indian Ambassador to Oman, Ashok Kumar Attri stated this on his brief visit to the holy city.

Sikh devotees pay obeisance
Ropar, January 5
Thousands of Sikh devotees today paid obeisance in different historical gurdwaras included Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib and Katalgarh Sahin in Chamkaur Sahib and Bhatta Sahib in Ropar on the occasion of birthday of Guru Gobind Singh.


Rise above petty factionalism: Badal
Nawanshahr, January 5
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD (B), while addressing a gathering at the function organised by the former SAD MLA, Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, in connection with the Gurparb celebration at Kariha village, near here today, exhorted the party workers to rise above petty factionalism to bring the party back into power in the general Assembly elections next year.

Poor response to minister’s rally
Dasuya (Hoshiarpur), January 5
The rally organised by Punjab Health Minister and Dasuya legislator Ramesh Chander Dogra in his constituency to thank the central government for including the district under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, evoked a poor response.

SGPC panel leaves for Uttaranchal
Amritsar, January 5
A five-member SGPC committee led by Mr Harsurinder Singh, left for Uttaranchal here today following reports that Sikh settlers were being subjected to repression by the state government.

YC leaders to get priority in ticket allotment
Hoshiarpur, January 5
Mr Ashok Tanver, president, All-India Youth Congress, said here yesterday that tickets would be allotted to maximum number of Youth Congress leaders in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Residents protest against closure of road by PUDA
Bathinda, January 5
Residents of Bhagu road today staged a protest against PUDA’s move to close one end of the road for reportedly carving out some commercial plots. Leading the protesters, Mr Darshan Singh Bajaj said the closure of the road would inconvenience thousands of people of city.

Residents protest against the closure of the Bhagu road by PUDA in Bathinda on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Residents protest against the closure of the Bhagu road by PUDA in Bathinda

M.S. Gill for relocation of barracks near airport
Chandigarh, January 5
Hesitation in removing certain old barracks and a telephone facility building from near Guru Ram Dass International Airport at Raja Sansi, near Amritsar, by the Defence authorities is creating problems in making more space available for parking and other facilities near the airport.

Pathankot airport to be operational soon, says MP
Chandigarh, January 5
The new airport at Pathankot will become operational soon, says Mr Ashwani Kumar, MP, who had a meeting with the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel, yesterday. Talking to The Tribune, Mr Ashwani Kumar said he had been in regular touch with the Civil Aviation Ministry for making the new facility at Pathankot operational.

Warehouse staff seek reinstatement of 16 workers
Sangrur, January 5
Activists of the Punjab State Warehouse Workers Union today burnt the effigy of the officials of the Warehouse Corporation and the district administration in protest against the removal of 16 daily-wage workers of the Warehouse Centre II, Sunam, and non-payment of wages to the removed workers for four months at the traffic lights chowk, near the main bus stand, here.

SC staff seek one post of Director
Chandigarh, January 5
The North India SC, ST and BC Employees Presidium has urged the Punjab Government to fill the three posts of director in the Department of School Education according to the reservation policy.

Bhalai society burns Brinda Karat’s effigy
Hoshiarpur, January 5
Hundreds of activists of the Bhalai Vikas Society, Hoshiarpur, led by their chairman, Mr Tikshan Sud, MLA, Mr Gian Bansal, Mr Nipun Sharma and Mr Shiv Sud burnt effigy of CPM leader Brinda Karat, MP, for her levelling allegations against Swami Ramdev, a yoga guru, and her alleging that animal parts and human bones were being used in Ayurvedic medicines prepared by the pharmacy of guru, at the local clock tower this afternoon.

Police in action due to false alarm
Kharar, January 5
A false alarm of a five-year-old child having been kidnapped brought the police into action here today. Both the SHO, Mr Sukhjit Singh Virk, and in charge of the city police post, Mr Ramesh Kumar, got activated and made inquiries in this connection.

Rs 3 lakh realised from traffic offenders
Barnala, January 5
More than Rs 3 lakh was realised by the Barnala traffic police district from 7,069 challans last year. This was stated today by Mr G. Nageshwara Rao, SSP, Barnala. He said the police succeeded in bringing down the rate of excise and NDPS cases.


Sarpanch, father booked for assault
Tarn Taran, January 5
Sukhchain Singh, sarpanch, Bagrian village, and his father Hazara Singh have been booked for assaulting Ms Sukhwant Kaur, a member of the panchayat. Police sources said here yesterday that a case under Sections 341,323, 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused.

Three shops burgled
Pathankot, January 5
There has been a spate of thefts in the town, with thieves striking at three shops in the Maan market area, about 200m from the police station last night. The incident was the eighth in the past about one year in the area.

Three nabbed in snatching case
Hoshiarpur, January 5
Three unidentified persons, who tried to snatch a cash bag from the attendant at the Gosla Filling Station at Musahabpur near Mukerian town of this district on Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway after getting petrol filled in their Maruti Zen car this afternoon, were nabbed by the police at a naka near Hazipur, this evening.

Death of Dalit youth in police custody alleged
Tarn Taran, January 5
Salwinder Singh (30) of Margindpura village under the Bhikhiwind police station died under mysterious circumstances late last night. The police registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.


Avoid jobless, futureless growth: Dr Panchmukhi
Amritsar, January 5
Dr V.R. Panchmukhi, former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi and Chancellor of Rashtriya Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Triupati highlighted importance of research statistics, applied statistics and econometrics in analysis and policy making.

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