wants Galiara plan re-designed, presents memo to
The (SGPC) Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee yesterday presented
a memorandum to Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal urging for the
“re-designing” of incomplete Phase IV and V of the centrally
sponsored “Galiara” (Golden Temple corridor plan) scheme for the
beautification and decongestion of surroundings of Harmandar Sahib.
for Takht probe
Reacting to news reports against Bhai Bakshish Singh, a Hazuri Ragi at
the Golden Temple, Mr Sarbjit Singh, a local resident and
father-in-law of the ragi, said the entire story had been concocted
and there was not even an iota of truth in it.
govt proposes, civic bodies dispose
A contradiction has arisen on the issue of octroi. While the Punjab
Government has announced that it will abolish octroi in the state by
March 31, there are several municipal committees which have already
given the work of collection of octroi on contract for the next
panel for moratorium on death penalty
Apprehending that any move by the Government of India to hang Prof
Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, presently lodged in Tihar Jail at New
Delhi, would leave a permanent scar on the minds of the Sikhs, the
Punjab Rights Forum has appealed to the President, Dr. A.P.J Abdul
Kalam to put a moratorium on death penalty in India.
train derails near Bathinda
A goods train carrying wheat from Malout to Dhanbad got derailed last
night between Maiserkhana and Kot Fatta stations near here. Nine
wagons out of total of 40 got derailed causing damage to the track and
disrupting rail traffic.
renames bridge as Kaman Aman Setu
The Defence Ministry finally acceded to an appeal by the family of
Lieut-Col Kaman Singh Pathania by renaming Aman Setu as Kaman Aman
Setu over the KD nullah along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri
sector of Srinagar.
employment scheme for Hoshiarpur district
To provide employment guarantee of 100 days to those who are willing
to do unskilled manual labour, the National Rural Employment Guarantee
scheme of the Centre will be launched in this district on February 2.
surgeon to chair session in Pakistan
Dr Kuldip Singh, Prof of Surgery at the Dayanand Medical College and
Hospital, Ludhiana has been invited to the 3rd National Conference of
Pakistan Surgical Society at Rawalpindi to deliberate on ‘Disaster
Management’. A laproscopic expert, Dr Kuldip Singh will discuss
issues pertaining to “disasters that can happen while performing
laproscopic surgery and the strategies to avoid them”.
boys win laurels
The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) secured first
position in “Bharat Ko Jano” (Know India) contest during the
two-day national level competitions among the senior boys group held
at Dibru in Assam recently.
hold protest against George Bush
The Punjab unit of the CPI will hold a demonstration against US
President George Bush if he comes to the state.
A senior Gorkha Regiment officer, Brig Inder Sethi (retd), 81, who was
instrumental in drafting the military part of the Indo-Russian
Friendship Treaty before the 1971 Indo-Pak war for the liberation of
Bangladesh, died on January 15 in New Delhi after a brief illness.
offender gives undertaking
Counsel for Youth Akali Dal leader Kiranbir Singh Kang, one of the main
accused in the case of exchange of fire between two groups of Shiromani
Akali Dal supporters on July 2, 2004, that left two persons dead and
many injured, today gave an undertaking before a Bench of the High Court
that Kang would appear before the Ropar Sessions Court on January 23.
prices firm up in north
Cotton prices in northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana and
Rajasthan have firmed up and there is stability in the same. In view
of the stability and good returns, the area under cotton is expected
to increase next year leading to revival of cotton cultivation in
rues low farm subsidy in Punjab
Renowned Punjab economist Prof H.S. Shergill today warned that
the promise made by developed nations to end farm subsidies
regime by 2013 was eyewash to “deceive” developing nations.
Prof H.S. Shergill speaking during a seminar at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photo
drain water ‘unfit’ for irrigation
Results of the study on international Hudiara drain indicate that
drain’s water is ‘unfit even for irrigation purposes or
consumption by livestock and humans’. Dr Anish Dua of Guru Nanak Dev
University a partner in the project conceived by WWF-India and the
university stated this.
ordered into case of tax evasion
The Vigilance Bureau reportedly under political pressure has ordering
a re-look into the registration case of corruption against 17 persons,
including five MC employees and 12 industrialists.
gold stolen from Punjab and Sind Bank
Some persons broke into the Punjab and Sind Bank’s branch at SST
Nagar last evening and decamped with gold and cash Rs 4 lakh.
releases merit list
The Punjab Technical University Jalandhar has released the merit list
of the top students of various engineering courses in its affiliated
colleges in the state for the II, IV and VI semesters.