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Ministers attack functioning of Vigilance Bureau
Chandigarh, January 30
The functioning of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau came under sharp attack at a meeting of the Council of Ministers here today. Sources said that almost all Ministers criticised the way bureau officers had been organising anti-corruption operations.

SAD never opposed VAT, says Singla
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, while reacting to a statement on value added tax (VAT) by a former Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, said: “He did not protest against VAT or any of its implications during the Bharatiya Janata Party-led rule at the Centre when VAT was being discussed”.

Atwal against overspending in elections
Phillaur January 30
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal is opposed to expensive elections to the Lok Sabha, state assemblies, and even of Municipal Committees, and suggested to all political parties to campaign in support of their respective candidates at one joint election rally, where candidates of every political party could participate in a “debate” on various issues and avoid separate elections rallies to save ‘undue’ expenditure spent by different political parties.

Mazda project threatens 37 hectares of forest land
Asron (Ropar), January 30
The expansion project of Swaraj-Mazda, an automobile company, here has become a major threat to the ecological balance here as trees on around 37 hectares of land, spread in the Shivalik Hills forest area, have been facing the axe for the past one week.

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From left to right: Film star Raj Babbar, industrialist Kewal Dhillon and Prof Rajpal Singh, new members of the Punjab Kala Parishad, which was recast on Monday.
From left to right: Film star Raj Babbar, industrialist Kewal Dhillon and Prof Rajpal Singh, new members of the Punjab Kala Parishad, which was recast on Monday.

Panjab varsity exam reforms on the anvil
Chandigarh, January 30
Much-needed reforms in the Panjab University examination and evaluation system are on the anvil. University senators are holding a special meeting on February 5 to discuss a host of suggestions regarding the university’s systems of examination, evaluation, re-evaluation and affiliation.

Fabricated record presented in PIL, says govt counsel
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Government today tried to put a question mark over the authenticity of the claims made in a PIL filed by the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), Chandigarh chapter, through its president Tejinder Singh Sudan.

PIL seeks CBI probe into self-immolation case
Chandigarh, January 30
A PIL seeking investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case of self-immolation in broad daylight by Gopal Kishan Kashyap, president of the Rajiv Gandhi Prontha Rehri Market Association, Patiala, on January 24, came up for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

Punjab’s new Chief Secy: it is Verma vs Dubey
Chandigarh, January 30
With just one day to go for Mr Jai Singh Gill, a 1968-batch officer, to superannuate as the Chief Secretary, the Punjab Government, is yet to name his successor.


CPM to launch ‘jail bharo morcha’
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab unit of the CPM will launch a “jail bharo morcha” from February 1 in the state. The morcha will start from Nawanshahr.

Allocate funds for Dalits on population basis: SC MLAs
Chandigarh, January 30
Various Scheduled Caste (SC) MLAs here today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that funds for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes should be allocated on the basis of their population in the state.

SGPC chief meets Foreign Secretary
Amritsar, January 30
A five-member committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), led by Mr Avtar Singh, today met the Foreign Secretary, Mr Ram Saran, at New Delhi for getting the long-term visa to its employees.


Creation of posts of CPS, PS approved
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Council of Ministers today gave its approval to the creation of the posts of Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and Parliamentary Secretary (PS) and also the rules governing their functioning. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, confirmed the development while talking to mediapersons here.

Celebrations to mark 150th Raising Day of Sikh Regiment’s battalion begin

Bathinda, January 30
Celebrations to mark 150th Raising Day of the third battalion of the Sikh Regiment today started at the cantonment with a motorcycle rally, Punjabi folk dance and martial arts display.

A military band performs at a ceremony to mark the 150th Raising Day of the third battalion of the Sikh Regiment in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

A military band performs at a ceremony to mark the 150th Raising Day of the third battalion of the Sikh Regiment in Bathinda

Plan to name airport after war hero
Gurdaspur, January 30
The Punjab Government has mooted the idea of naming the newly constructed Pathankot civil airport after regional war hero of the Rajputs Ram Singh Pathania.

Spiritual growth must to defuse tension: Dalai Lama
Pathankot, January 30
The Dalai Lama said unrest and tension was increasing in the world today in the age of information technology and spirituality was the only path to solve modern problems.

Ex-manager of Darbar Sahib, 3 others suspended
Amritsar, January 30
For the first time, a former manager of Darbar Sahib, who is a confidant of an Akali minister from Gurdaspur district, and three other senior SGPC functionaries have been placed under suspension on the basis of a preliminary inquiry that reportedly indicted them for showing favour to book “akhand path” at Har Ki Paudi though the booking was suspended for the past few months due to long waiting list.

Rs 400 crore to be spent on villages
Muktsar, January 30
The state government will focus on the all-round development of villages in 2006 and will spend Rs 400 crore on it , said Rural Development and Power Minister Mr Lal Singh.

Now special police cell for runaway girls
Jalandhar, January 30
Now there is some reason for lovers in the district to cheer who are caught after they run away along with their girlfriends. Tired of ascertaining who fled with whom, the district police has formed a special cell to investigate cases of alleged abductions of women.

Class IV employees hold rally
Sangrur, January 30
Members of the district unit of the Class IV Government Employees Union Punjab under the leadership of Mr Amarjit Singh, district president of the union, today held a rally in the Civil Hospital here and took out a march to the office of the Civil Surgeon in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands.

PEDA to cut power deficit by half
Barnala, January 30
The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) will start producing power in the state through non-conventional means and cut the power deficit by 1,000 MW from 2,000 MW soon.

Blood donation camp held
Patiala, January 30
A blood donation camp was organised by the Patiala Cricket Association to commemorate the 14th death anniversary of cricketer Dhruv Pandove, who died in a road accident on January 30, 1992.

Rally held to press for rights of handcart pullers
Patiala, January 30
Hundreds of members of NASVI-an association for the welfare of handcart pullers and footpath squatters-today held a rally to press the local Municipal Corporation authorities to implement the national policy of the Central government to allow them to earn their livelihood.

Tributes paid to Gandhi
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
The district administration commemorated the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi by observing “Balidan Diwas” at district administrative complex here today.


Giving list of tenants to cops made mandatory
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
To prevent any untoward incident by anti-social elements in the district, Ms Jaspreet Talwar, District Magistrate, through an order issued under Section 144 here today, made it mandatory for all landlords to give lists along with addresses of their tenants at the nearest police station.


Gang of bank robbers busted, 3 arrested
Patiala, January 30
The special investigation team (SIT) of the district police led by SP (City), Mr Mandeep Singh Sidhu, busted a gang of robbers involved in four bank robberies, including the one which took place in this area on January 18, by arresting its three members today.

Gang of looters busted
Amritsar, January 30
With the arrest of four persons, the district police today claimed to have busted a gang of looters which was involved in about 12 theft and snatching cases in Amritsar and Majitha police districts.

Man duped of Rs 1.50 lakh
Hoshiarpur, January 30
A case of duping Sukhwinder Ram of Jasowal of Rs 1.50 lakh by a so-called travel agent was reported to Garhshankar police station last evening.


Workshop on food processing
Patiala, January 30
A national workshop on entrepreneurial development in food processing was organised at Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP) of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) here today to focus on the need of setting up food processing units in Punjab.

Sarao honoured
Patiala, January 30
The Punjab government conferred the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh youth award on Ms Simrita Sarao at the Republic day function.


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