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SAD ignores former minister, MLA
Bathinda, January 1
While SAD was quick to come out with its first list of 62 candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls, its move to put off decision on Bathinda and Pakka Kalan Assembly seats here has set the alarm bells ringing for ex-minister Mr Chiranji Lal Garg and the ex-MLA, Mr Makhan Singh.

Parleys for deciding SAD candidates
Amritsar, January 1
The General Secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today spent a day holding parleys with Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, a former Akali minister, and various deputations here today, to bring consensus on the candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections in the wake of many aspirants putting up their respective claims in the constituencies which were not covered in the first list announced by SAD.

Use of SGPC funds for political purposes alleged
Amritsar, January 1
The ‘heavy and surplus recruitment’ has pushed many historical Sikh shrines, controlled by the SGPC into the ‘red’. The ‘facts’ collected by former SGPC secretary Kulwant Singh Randhawa revealed that gurdwaras were found to be under debt to the extent of Rs 18 crore.



Clash over gurdwara land
Commissioners face trial, ‘influential’ not arrested
Barnala, January 1
Role of the police in a clash at Bhadaur 25 km. from here between residents of Bhadaur and the Police over the demarcation of Gurdwara land on October 11, 2006 has been under a cloud.

Missing persons
Saini: CBI unable to establish any offence

Chandigarh, January 1
Countering the charges framed against him and three other cops by a special CBI court, Mr S.S. Saini, Inspector-General of the Punjab Police, has now filed a petition in the Delhi High Court claiming that "no offence of any alleged abduction is made out against the accused cops ".

Members of a nomadic tribe at their “dera” at Sarinh village in Jalandhar district on Sunday. Shunning their nomadic traits gradually
Sarinh (Jalandhar), January 1
“Tappriwasi” or “gaddianwale”, wandering tribes of artisans who repair utensils in Punjab hinterland and who were an integral part of the rural life till around 20 years ago, have virtually started shunning their nomadic traits.

Members of a nomadic tribe at their “dera” at Sarinh village in Jalandhar district on Sunday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Looking Ahead-2007
Punjab on the cusp of an infrastructure boom

Chandigarh, January 1
Punjab is sitting on the cusp of an infrastructure boom that promises to transform the way people travel on the roads in the state. Distances will seem shorter on smoother and less congested roads.


Badal woos voters, lashes out at Cong
Faridkot, January 1
To woo the electorate for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, SAD Chief Parkash Singh Badal has promised to raise the old age pension from Rs 200 to Rs 400 if the SAD-BJP combine is voted to power.

Badal in dilemma over candidates for three constituencies
Sangrur, January 1
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Parkash Singh Badal seems to be in dilemma over the selection of candidates for Sangrur, Dirba and Lehragaga constituencies of Sangrur district. Out of 10 seats of old Sangrur district (comprising Sangrur and Barnala districts now), he has already announced candidates for seven other seats.

BJP may field four new faces
Chandigarh, January 1
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to field four new faces in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab.

Chandumajra denies poll pact with SAD
Moga, January 1
Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) president Prem Singh Chandumajra today denied that his party had entered into any electoral understanding with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for the Punjab Assembly elections.


Police reforms: Nod to draft affidavit
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Cabinet today approved the draft affidavit to be filed by the state government in the Supreme Court on police reforms, an official spokesman said here today.

Paper mill employees demand dues
Mukerian January 1
Workers of the Mukerian paper mill today organised a protest and burned an effigy of the Minister for Labour and Local Governments, Mr Jagjit Chaudhary. The mill workers Ibrahim, son of Pakistani Ranger Col Tariq Janjua shakes hands with BSF Commandant Pradeep Katiyal on Id at Wagah border in Amritsar on Monday. were protesting against the non-payment of wages for the past one year.

Fervour marks Id
Malerkotla, January 1
Id-ul-Zuha, also known as Id-ul-Adha or Bakr-e-Id, was celebrated with fervour here today. Muslims celebrated the festival by attending special early morning prayers in Mosques across the city and surrounding areas. The festival commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for God Allah. Special Id prayers were held in mosques across the city.

Ibrahim, son of Pakistani Ranger Col Tariq Janjua shakes hands with BSF Commandant Pradeep Katiyal on Id at Wagah border in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

Urologist conducts surgery in Pak
Amritsar, January 1
Dr Samir Rai, a urologist, performed three specialised surgeries with modern techniques at Lahore General Hospital yesterday. The Indian urologist plan to establish modern centre using the latest techniques in Lahore.

Fog disrupts flights
Amritsar, January 1
Jet Airways’ flight from London to Amritsar was diverted to Delhi as landing at the Rajasansi International Airport was not possible due to heavy fog and poor visibility. Earlier, two domestic flights of Jet Airways and Air-Deccan were cancelled due to the same reason.

24-hr control room for poll complaints
Chandigarh, January 1
The State Election Commission will set up a 24-hour control room at Chandigarh to monitor any complaints in the run-up to the elections in Punjab. The control room will become functional in a day or two. Meanwhile, the Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, Mr R. Bhattacharya, will come to Punjab tomorrow for a review meeting.

BJP opposes kiosks in IDH market
Amritsar, January 1
The Bharatiya Janata Party has come out against the installation of kiosks in IDH market and other parts of the city. BJP activists led by Mr Bakshi Ram Arora, district president, along with shopkeepers today brought down the three tin kiosks put up by the Municipal Corporation authorities at the behest of Congress leaders.


Panel summons SHO, SSP
Abohar, January 1
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission, while exercising its powers under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, has directed that the SHO of the city police station-1 Abohar be summoned along with DDR for the month of July 2006 showing the movement of ASI Kewal Singh on July 23, 2006.


DC briefs officers
Faridkot, January 1
Ms Rakhee Gupta Bhandari, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has directed senior district officers to be vigilant to enforce the model code of conduct in an effective manner to ensure the fair and free elections in three Assembly constituencies including Faridkot, Kotkapura and Panjgrain falling in this district.



Members of the Substitute Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, beg from passers-by and polish shoes to mark a protest in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Members of the Substitute Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, beg from passers-by and polish shoes to mark a protest in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Protesting teachers pack bags
Patiala, January 1
After having wasted their precious time, the protesting EGS teachers left today and members of other unions have started packing their bags from outside the PSEB Headquarters here. The unemployed linemen, who have spent more than a year protesting in front of the PSEB for government jobs, are still hopeful. There are more than 2500 unemployed linemen, out of these over 900 have become overage, while waiting for regular jobs, still hopeful and not ready to go back to their homes.


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