Fog engulfs region, 1 dies of cold
|Bathinda, December 26
The cold wave today claimed one life while heavy fog engulfed the region disrupting normal life and the flow of traffic.
Sources said the deceased, whose name could not be known immediately,
was reportedly a rickshaw-puller and was admitted to the Civil
Hospital by volunteers of an NGO.
Vehicles move at a snail’s
pace with headlights on as fog envelopes the Bathinda town on
Thursday morning. — A Tribune photograph
Haldea panel for restructuring PSEB
Patiala, December 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) seems to be on the way to privatisation, with the Haldea Committee, formed by the state government to suggest reforms in the power sector, today expressing dissatisfaction with the present reforms being undertaken by the board and saying that it will recommend unbundling of the PSEB if necessary to the government.
in Punjab ask for more compensation for damages caused to their
lands due to land mines, laid during troops deployment.
Kharar, December 25
A member of the Kharar Municipal
Council and legal adviser of the Ropar district unit of the Shiromani
Akali Dal, Mr Preet Kanwal Singh, has alleged that the new voter lists
have been concocted.
Hunting in Harike with impunity
Tarn Taran, December 26
Hunting by a group of influential persons, led by an OSD to a former Chief Minister of Punjab has created panic in the Harike bird sanctuary area.
Craftsmen and devotees
busy reconstructing Nishan Sahib, the religious symbol
of Sikhism, at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Thursday.
Punjabi pop singer Jassi
performs during a stage show at Jalandhar on Wednesday. — PTI
Irregularities in relief disbursement
Fazilka, December 26
Irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to the tune of about Rs 10 lakh for houses damaged due to heavy rain and floods in the Fazilka area in 1997 have been detected. The Revenue Department has recommended that eight veterinary surgeons and two agriculture development officers allegedly responsible for the irregularities be
Bail denied in
Moga, December 26
In a case of alleged violations of RBI guidelines and commission of forgery, the regular bail application of Ramandeep Singh of Naunidhi Finance Company was rejected whereas three pre-arrest bail applications of Gurmeet Singh, Manpreet Singh and Rajvinder Singh of National Finance Company were dismissed by a local court here.
White paper on Sikhs to be prepared
Chandigarh, December 26
The World Sikh Foundation has set up a three-member committee comprising Dr Darshan Singh, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan and Mr Guratanpal Singh to prepare a white paper on the plight of minorities in India with special reference to Sikhs in view of the rise of the Hindutva in the country.
Separate dept for ayurvedic systems
Ropar, December 26
The Punjab Government is planning to create an independent department for ayurvedic and homoeopathic systems. At present the said systems are functioning under the Health Department. However, the government is now contemplating to give independent status to these systems under the proposed name of the Indian Systems of Medicine.
Hindutva is way of life: Vinod Khanna
Pathankot, December 26
Residents had a pleasant surprise when Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs arrived here today by Dhauladhar Express. He was given a warm welcome by partymen at the railway station.
of Gurm extended
Jalandhar, December 26
The Duty Magistrate today extended the police remand of
former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) H.S. Gurm,
who had surrendered before the court on Saturday in a multi-crore PTU
scam, for two days.
Dastan’ gets under way
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
A light and sound programme ‘Sirhind di Dastan’ based on the sacrifices made by Baba Zorawar Singh, Baba Fateh Singh and Mata Gujri, was inaugurated by Mr C.S. Srivastva, Commissioner, Patiala division, by lighting a candle, on the eve of annual Shaheedi Jor Mela, at Aam Khas Bagh at Sirhind yesterday.
Anti-pollution masks ‘difficult’ to wear
Phagwara, December 26
Police personnel of the local traffic police are finding it impossible to wear the mandatory “anti-pollution masks” due to excessive sweating.
Dial 1081 for grievances: BSNL
Bathinda, December 26
Mr Joginder Mohan, General Manager, Telecom District Bathinda, said here today that customers could now register their grievances by dialing ‘1081’ from their BSNL landline phones.
Two IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, December 26
The Punjab Government today transferred two IAS and one PCS officer. Mr Mandeep Singh has been transferred to the Department of Elections as Special Secretary in place of Mr V.K. Janjua, who has been relieved to join duty as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Union Government at Delhi.
Nursing college to be set up
Hoshiarpur, December 26
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister and President, SAD, honoured Dr Harbakhash Singh Sandal, NRI and philanthropist, at a function at Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, 40 km from here, last evening.
Shunted out of hostels, IT
students flay varsity
Patiala, December 26
As many as 80 male students of the controversial Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Management and Technology at Punjabi University , who were asked to vacate their hostel rooms in September in face of the controversy regarding the institute which was opened during the tenure of the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, alleged that they were being subjected to a Kafkaesque trial by the university authorities and punished for no fault of theirs.