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Meeting on Punjabi vs English today
Chandigarh, January 5
Eminent educationists, scholars, writers and administrators will meet here tomorrow to thrash out a lingering issue — whether the mother tongue should be given priority over a foreign language or both should be taught simultaneously?

SGPC ‘delays’ Nanakshahi calendar
Ludhiana, January 5
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat has taken the SGPC to task for adopting dilly-dallying tactics in the implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar at the behest of vested interests.

Jathedar wants leaders to show the way
Mr Balwant Singh NandgarhBathinda, January 5
Mr Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, today said a change of heart lifestyle and was needed to promote Sikhism. 

Border mines: tributes paid to soldiers, civilians
Mahawa (Indo-Pakistan) Border, January 5
Army personnel pay tributes on the first death anniversary of the mine blast victims Warm tributes were paid to 15 Army men and three civilians who lost their lives this day last year while unloading land-mines from a military truck during Operation Prakarm following the December 13 attack on Parliament.
Army personnel pay tributes on the first death anniversary of the mine blast victims at Muhawa village in Amritsar district. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma




Left for Italy, landed in Pak jail
Gurdaspur, January 5
Twelve youths from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, who paid Rs 3 lakh each to Kulwinder Kaur and her son Harjinder Singh of Batala on the promise that they would be sent to Italy, instead landed in Quetta jail in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.


Trains cancelled due to fog
Bathinda, January 5
The dense fog that engulfed the region this morning forced the railway authorities to cancel two New Delhi-bound express trains, one originating from Sriganganagar and the other starting from the city, while many other were running late by many hours.

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SYL: Haryana, Punjab get ready for battle
Chandigarh, January 5
Emotions are stirred up in Punjab and Haryana as the time limit of one year set by the Supreme Court to complete and commission the SYL canal expires on January 15. 

2 lakh given polio drops

As many as 2.13 lakh children were administered polio drops the first round of the pulse polio campaign. Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh inaugurated the first of the campaign in the city by administrating polio vaccine to a child in the slum area of Dhiru ki Majri. 

Ex-SGPC member’s son denied bail
Bathinda, January 5
Kulwinder Singh, son of former SGPC member Hakam Singh Grewal, who was booked by the Vigilance Bureau for securing the job of lecturer by showing fake certificates, has been denied anticipatory bail by a court.

Mann decries Bibi’s remarks
Amritsar, January 5
Bibi Jagir Kaur, who had allegedly killed her daughter and committed foeticide, had no right to lead a jatha of women to do press for the freedom of women to do “seva” in the sanctum sanctorum of the Harmandar Sahib. 

Lathi charge on dismissed secys flayed
SAS Nagar, January 5
The General Secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, has condemned the lathi charge on the dismissed Panchayat Secretaries by the government in Chandigarh on Friday.

CPI also for ‘wholesome resolution’
Chandigarh, January 5
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India has called a meeting of its secretariat on January 7 to decide its stand on the dispute between Punjab and Haryana over the Supreme Court order on completion of the Satluj-Yamuna Link canal.

Barnala visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, January 5
On his first visit here after being sworn in as Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala said he would endeavour to bring technology and technology-based development schemes for Punjab. 

IMA decries protest over plant
Hoshiarpur, January 5
The Indian Medical Association, Punjab, has expressed concern over protests against the biomedical waste treatment plant coming up at Jalandhar. In a press note here today Dr Kuldeep Singh state president-elect and Dr Rajinder Sharma, member-secretary of the association, said the protests appeared to be aimed at derailing the project to dispose of the biomedical waste in a non-dangerous way.

Kapurthala to get Rs 12-cr sewage plant
Kapurthala, January 5
Mr Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, Punjab, yesterday inaugurated a tubewell built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh and a shopping complex, at Mansoorwal village near here. He announced the setting up of a sewage treatment plant at a cost of Rs 12 crore in the town this year.

Laxmi Kanta saves driver from cops
Phagwara, January 5

A truck driver, who was being beaten up by a group of policemen was rescued by former BJP MLA Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla near Banga in Nawanshahar district yesterday. 

Magician drives scooter blindfolded
Patiala, January 5
Magician Jatinder Singh Babbar, who arrived in the city yesterday to perform at the Tagore Theatre here, today created a sensation by driving a scooter blindfolded through crowded roads and streets.

Knee surgery performed
Nawanshahr, January 5
A team of orthopaedic surgeons led by a renowned bone specialist of the area, Dr Kulbir Singh Purewal, a retired Civil Surgeon, has performed “total knee arthroplasty” on a 75-year-old woman, Ms Daljit Kaur, of nearby Mahalon village here at Jot Nursing Home.

BJP plan for rural development
Faridkot, January 5
The BJP under its ‘pind chalo abhiyan’ has worked out a special plan for the development of rural areas in Punjab. Stress will be laid on construction of new link roads, repair of old roads, augmentation of drinking water supply, besides strengthening the party at the grass-roots level by enrolling more and more members.

1 dies of asphyxia

While severe cold wave sweeping across the northern region threw life out of gear, little did Joginder Singh know what fate had in store for him when he slept last night after lighting an “angeethi” in a closed room to get relief from the cold, which caused his death.

Hill levelling in Bingal area harms ecology
Pathankot, January 5
The levelling of the foothills of the Shivaliks near Bingal has harmed the fauna and flora of the area. Land mafia, which allegedly has the patronage of government officials and politicians, has levelled hills and made money by selling the land for residential purposes and farmhouses.

Award for physician
Barnala, January 5
Dr Himanshu Garg, a boy from Barnala has been awarded NAPCON Best Research Award at the five-day National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases (NAPCON)2002 organised at B.M. Birla Science and Technology Research Centre in Jaipur.

1 dies of poisoning
Amritsar, January 5
Bagicha Singh (40) died while his wife Kuldip Kaur (37) and their son Laddi (15) are in a critical condition in a private nursing home. According to the police, Bagicha Singh, and his family, residents of the Kot Khalsa locality, went to sleep after having dinner on Friday. But when a close kin went to their house yesterday, he found no one responding from inside.


DC orders scrutiny of rice millers’ stocks
Kapurthala, January 5
Deputy Commissioner here, Rakesh Verma, has ordered an inquiry following complaints that certain rice millers in connivance with government officials, particularly Mr Mulkh Raj, District Food and Supplies Controller, committed various irregularities like re-entry of stocks purchased before October 1, 2002 and other entries and avail of levy entitlement.


Two held, pistols seized
Faridkot, January 5
A team of the CIA police headed by Inspector Satwant Singh has arrested two persons and seized two pistols of .12 and .315 bores along with a large number of cartriges at a naka.

Woman’s foot chopped off
Fazilka, January 5
Gian Chand along with his sons and family members chopped off Maya Bai’s left foot at Chandmari village this morning. A dispute over land is said to be the reason behind the attack.

1 held for making threat call


Teachers not paid for 7 months
Fazilka, January 5

As many as 1,353 teachers of government middle schools in Punjab appointed under Operation Blackboard about five years ago have not been paid salaries since June, 2002.

Meet demands, say dental teachers
Patiala, January 5
Expressing resentment over the delay in the implementation of their demands, members of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association, local unit have appealed to the government to call a meeting of the organisation for immediate removal of grievances including re-designation, filling up of posts and improvement of state hospitals.

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