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No move to exonerate Bhattal: Garg
Bathinda, January 3
Is the Punjab Government trying to exonerate former Chief Minister, Punjab, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, from the corruption case registered against her at vigilance bureau police station, Ferozepore, on May 22, 2001 on the complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, President, District Amateur Boxing Association, Bathinda?

2 ministers face serious charges
Jalandhar, January 3
With the Punjab Assembly elections barely six weeks away, the BJP appears to be in a quagmire with a senior party leader coming out openly against two party ministers and defying even the authority of the party president to level serious charges against the two.

Akalis against Tandon’s candidature
Rajpura, January 3
Supporters of Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh have opposed the candidature of Punjab Local Bodies Minister and sitting legislator Balramji Das Tandon from Rajpura seat by petitioning party chief and state Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to give the ticket to an Akali candidate.

Ranjit Singh cautions Vedanti
Amritsar, January 3
Even as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would pay his obeisance at Golden Temple and Akal Takht tomorrow, Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht has warned Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti that any move on his part to “bail out” Mr Badal would prove counterproductive.

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A BSF soldier during the retreat ceremony at the Indo-Pak joint border checkpost at Wagah on Wednesday.
A BSF soldier during the retreat ceremony at the Indo-Pak joint border checkpost at Wagah on Wednesday. — PTI

Hussainiwala a bigger draw
As dusk falls, the Hussainiwala border checkpost comes alive. Smartly turned out BSF personnel and their counterparts on the other side begin the Retreat ceremony. The impressive ceremony is witnessing a spurt in the number of spectators, especially on the Pakistan side of the border.

Attari Customs staff to be redeployed
Amritsar, January 3
A series of meetings of the Customs authorities is on the cards for the redeployment of the customs staff which had been performing duties at Attari railway station and the Wagah border. The staff have been rendered idle following the termination of both passenger routes in the wake of the Parliament attack.

PNB union not to take part in strike
Bathinda, January 3
The Punjab National Bank Workers Union (north zone) will not participate in strike tomorrow the call for which was given by the All-India Bank Staff Association. Mr Kirpal Singh, member, central committee of the union, said in a press note issued here today that although the union was affiliated to the AIBEA yet it would not participate in the strike.


Rally a boon for Chiranji Lal Garg

Bathinda, January 3
The BJP rally in the city today came as a boon for the SAD-BJP candidate from this constituency, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, as the entire district unit leadership of the BJP, who had earlier opposed his candidature, appealed to the electorate to vote for Mr Garg. The rally was addressed among others by Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, the state BJP President who was in the city as part of the “sadbhavna and vikas rath yatra” which reached here last night.

State BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa addresses a rally on Thursday.

Tohra wary of Badal’s advisers
Ludhiana, January 3
The former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra is not wary of Mr Parkash Singh Badal but of his four close advisers, who do not favour unity.
The four advisers including a senior journalist, one Punjab minister and two party general secretaries had reportedly sworn that they would not align with Mr Tohra.

Cong to hold talks with CPI today
Chandigarh, January 3
Jolted by the decision of the CPI to contest the elections without any alliance, the Congress today again contacted the CPI to resume discussion for an electoral tie-up in Punjab.

Sekhon kicks off poll campaign
Ferozepore, January 3
With the Assembly elections just 50 days away, the SAD-BJP combine seems to have taken the advantage of time in the election campaign. The SAD has already released the first list of its candidates whereas thousands of aspirants are still queuing up for the Congress ticket.

Balmik sabha leaders flay chairman’s decision
Fatehgarh, January 3
Leaders of the Punjab Pardesh Balmik Sabha Centre Committee in a meeting held here today criticised the announcement made by its chairman to join SAD (B) and to support SAD (B) candidates in the coming Assembly elections. They stated that the committee has neither decided to join the SAD (B) nor has committed to vote for them.


Final chance to get voter I-cards
Ropar, January 3
To provide the final opportunity to voters in the district, the administration here will make arrangements at the Ropar mini-secretariat for issuing voter identity cards impromptu after January 14.

Simran, a young girl sits besides her younger brother at Mirke village, 4 km from the Indo-Pak border near Amritsar, Punjab, on Thursday. Many people residing near the border have had to flee their homes as firing across the border has become part of daily life, which has forced them to flee inland for their safety. — Reuters

Mr. N. K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab government, addresses villagers in the Khalra sector on the Indo-Pak border.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Suspension of nursing council Registrar kicks row
SAS Nagar, January 3
The Punjab Nursing Council is in news again. The suspension of the Registrar of the Punjab Nursing Council for allegedly increasing the seats of the Sacred Heart Hospital, Maksudhan (Jalandhar), in violation of rules and regulations has raised yet another controversy.

Unhygienic functioning of state chemical lab
Patiala, January 3
The state chemical laboratory situated here is the last ray of hope in the court of law for people whose loved ones have been unlawfully done away with. However, even a cursory look at the functioning of the laboratory makes one feel that the hope is misplaced.

Cartpuller becomes crorepati
Chandigarh, January 3
Lady luck has smiled on a cartpuller of Jalandhar and turned him into an instant crorepati. Mr Raj Kumar of Basti Peer Dass, Mohalla Rajan Nagar, Gali No 6, Jalandhar, who works as a cartpuller with a gas agency, has won the first prize of Rs 1 crore in the Maa Lakshmi Divali and Pooja Bumper-2001, of the Punjab State Lotteries.

2 jawans cremated
Kapurthala, January 3
The mortal remains of Lance Naik Paramjit Singh, who had fought the Kargil war, and Subedar Swaran Singh of 7 Sikh Infantary were consigned to flames today.
Paramjit Singh (30), a resident of Surkhpur village, was killed in a mine blast near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan yesterday. He had joined the Army in 1990.


Notice on contempt petition
Chandigarh, January 3
Taking up a contempt petition filed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Som Nath and five PCS officers against Punjab Chief Secretary N.K. Arora, the Secretary of the Union Public Service Commission, and another respondent, the Central Administration Tribunal today issued notice for February 14.

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