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Sidhu in judicial custody, in Patiala jail
Patiala, January 11
Beleaguered former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu was brought to the local Central Jail in a police gypsy, trailed by a cavalcade of 12-odd cars carrying his slogan-shouting supporters, after a Chandigarh court remanded him in judicial custody today evening.

Govt favoured DGP’s family concern,
alleges Sukhbir

Nothing illegal, says Virk
Chandigarh, January 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today said the Punjab Police chief, Mr S.S. Virk, should be immediately removed from the post held by him because his family concern of which he was a sleeping partner had taken a special package of concessions for a mega project from the empowered committee headed by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Fake degrees got them jobs
Gurdaspur, January 11
Candidates having fake degrees from unrecognised universities located in other states have once again managed to get recruitment as teachers in a recruitment drive by the Zila Parishads.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Inconsistent investment policy drives away Punjabi NRIs
Chandigarh, January 11
Lack of venture capital and no consistency in the economic policy of Punjab is keeping the cash-rich Punjabi diaspora from ploughing their money for welfare activities in their ancestral towns or villages here.

NRI lays stress on research work

Bobby Rekhi
Bobby Rekhi

Natives chip in
NRIs flock back home to canvass for their candidates, writes Saurabh Malik
As the Assembly elections draw near, overseas wings of parties have started campaigning for their stakes in the state. A delegation comprising around 25 non-resident Punjabis has landed in the state to drum up support for their “candidates”. Otherwise also, the candidates and their supporters have launched the process of dropping a line to their acquaintances in alien lands.

poll opera
As usual, sons and sons-in-law
Chandigarh, January 11
Punjab’s power politics is a dynastic soap opera - the main characters of which are a few leading families. A handful families have established their monopoly over the state’s political craft. While these families dictate terms, lesser political mortals abide by their diktats.

home aids
Bibi squads for that one ‘yes’
Jalandhar, January 11
Families of candidates are deeply involved in the campaign business. Kin of SAD candidates have been following hectic schedules ever since the names were announced last week.

Faithful Bairagis feel ignored by Congress
Sangrur, January 11
The Bairagi community, having around eight lakh votes in Punjab, is apparently unhappy with the Congress over the non-allotment of party ticket to any leader from the community for the past several decades.

Migration cuts numbers
Chandigarh, January 11
Is Punjab’s population declining ? Probably no. However, the voters list for the state shows that the number of voters in Punjab has declined when compared to last year.

Students fight drugs-for-vote policy
Amritsar, January 11
With drug abuse already spreading its tentacles in the holy city, residents of Maqboolpura, which has been losing its men to intoxicants leaving behind widows and orphans, have decided to launch a campaign against the distribution of any type of intoxicants to lure voters.

Wait-and-watch over Pakhoke
Amritsar, January 11
The two-day ultimatum, served by supporters of Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, a former acting chief of the SGPC to change official nominee from Tarn Taran Assembly constituency has expired and the supporters have adopted a ‘wait and watch’ policy.

SAD (Longowal) to put up 25 candidates
Chandigarh, January 11
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), Mr Inderjit Singh Zira, said here yesterday that his party would put up candidates on 25 seats in the state and enter into an electoral alliance with like- minded parties on the remaining seats.


1 killed, 8 hurt as jeep overturns
Abohar, January 11
Jagtar Singh, a resident of Vijaynagar in Sriganganagar district, was killed and eight of his relatives, including two women, were injured as the jeep by which they were travelling overturned while negotiating a turn near Qabarwala village on the Malout-Abohar road last evening.

Parents wail over the dead at the cremation ground in Muktsar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Parents wail over the dead at the cremation ground in Muktsar

Kathlore forest to be declared wildlife sanctuary
Gurdaspur, January 11
The Wildlife Department has moved the case for declaring the Kathlore reserve forest as a wildlife sanctuary. The DFO (Wildlife), Pathankot, Mr D. Rajashekar, while talking to The Tribune, said the case was at an advanced stage.

Sainik Board rebuts charges
Chandigarh, January 11
The Director, Sainik Welfare Board, Punjab, has claimed that additional excise duty of Rs 13.93 crore, collected by the state government, has been released to the Jalandhar Cantonment Board. Another Rs 7.7 crore has been handed over to the Ferozepore Cantonment Board.

BHEL to renovate 2 units of Bathinda plant
Chandigarh, January 11
For the renovation and modernisation of units III and IV of the Bathinda thermal plant, the PSEB has signed an agreement worth Rs 465.36 crore with the BHEL. Mr N.S. Thethi, Chief Engineer of the plant, said the renovation and modernisation of unit IV would be completed by August, 2008, and of unit III in June, 2009.

Blood donated
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
The District Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendar, the Punjab Police, and the district revenue official organised a blood donation camp at Bachat Bhawan today. Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner inaugurated the camp.

BBMB to have new chief
Chandigarh, January 11
The Bhakra Beas Management Board is set have a new Chairman next week. The Government of India had shortlisted a few names and Mr U.C. Mishra, who is at present working at a senior position in the Power Grid Corporation, is likely to be cleared for the prestigious post, sources in the power sector said.


Four sentenced to life in prison
Ropar, January 11
A local court today sentenced four persons to life imprisonment for killing a 50-year old watchman, Lalji Singh, in 2005. The accused Tek Chand, his wife Geeta and relatives, Mohan and Yog Raj were also fined an additional Rs 5000 each, by Mrs Rekha Mittal, District and Sessions Judge, Ropar.


2 crushed to death, driver held after protest
Ropar, January 11
The traffic on the Ropar-Nurpurbedi road remained blocked for over four hours today following protest by villagers demanding arrest of the trucker who had killed the father and son in an accident, about 30 km from here in Nurpurbedi town. Kuldeep Singh (35) and Hardeep Singh (10) were crushed to death by a truck last evening.


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