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CM deliberately delayed petition on SYL: Sukhbir
Bathinda, January 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal SAD leadership while accusing the Punjab government of bartering away the interests of the state under the “diktat” of the party high command, today alleged that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, deliberately delayed the filing of review or fresh petition in the Supreme Court in connection with the settlement of river waters share between Punjab and Haryana before the completion of the SYL canal.

Panel on Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, January 8
The Akal Takht today formed an 11-member committee on the Nanakshahi calendar issue prepared by Canada-based Sikh Scholar, Pal Singh Purewal.

Bus operators refuse new PRTC rates
Patiala, January 8
Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) operations have been hit with as many as 150 private bus operators running buses on contract with the corporation under the “kilometre scheme” refusing to accept the new rates finalised by the organisation.

No takers for pension scheme
Chandigarh, January 8
The much publicised pension scheme of the Punjab Government for staff members of private colleges of the state has fallen flat as not even a single application has been received to avail the benefits of the proposal which has ‘gaping holes in the draft itself’.

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  Post offices not to accept BSNL cellphone bills
Sangrur, January 8
Post offices will not accept the bills of the BSNL mobile phones from the subscribers. However, bills of the BSNL mobile phones will be accepted by Punjab and Sind Bank and Punjab National Bank at their cash counters. Besides, cash counters of the BSNL will also accept mobile phone bills.

Notice issued on Gurdev Badal’s plea
Chandigarh, January 8
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab’s former Agriculture Minister Gurdev Singh Badal seeking the grant of regular bail in an alleged corruption case registered against him, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for February 13.

Award an Xmas gift: Dosanjh
Chandigarh, January 8
Former British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh, who is one of the 10 persons of Indian origin (PIOs) being honoured in New Delhi tomorrow by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with the Pravasi Bharati Sanman, may rejoin politics, but not in the immediate future.


Devotees playing 'gatka' on the eve of the birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh at Patiala on Wednesday.

Children of Modern Senior Secondary School in a light mood on the school's  annual day celebrations at Patiala on Wednesday. — Photos by Pawan Sharma

Trade union members block traffic
Bathinda, January 8
On a call given by the All-India Trade Union Congress (INTUC), activists of several trade unions staged a dharna in front of the PRTC workshop for about two hours and blocked traffic at the bus stand in protest against the privatisation policy of the government.

Thermal staff stage dharna
Bathinda, January 8
Employees of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) today sat on a dharna on the Bathinda-Malout road near the Plant, in protest against the proposal of forming of corporations in place of the PSEB. Traffic on the national highway was disrupted for about two hours due to the dharna.

Now, Lohri for girl child
Burj Mehma (Bathinda), January 8
The Social Security and Women and Child Development Department, the local youth clubs and residents organised a “Lohri” function to celebrate the birth of girls here today, to motivate people against the menace of female foeticide.

Traffic rules explained to drivers
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
Due to congestion of traffic and lack of traffic sense, more than 50,000 people lose their lives in road accidents in the country every year, affecting about five lakh families, said Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a function organised by the Sirhind Truck Operators Union yesterday to educate the drivers about the traffic rules.

Follow rules, admn tells circus owners
Amritsar, January 8
The District Magistrate, Mr Iqbal Singh, has ordered the owners of Bharat Circus to conform to rules and regulations as directed by the Animal Welfare Board of India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, failing which strict action would be taken against them.

Better power supply for temple area
Amritsar, January 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has prepared a plan to improve power supply to the area surrounding the Golden Temple.

Martyr cremated
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
The motral remains of constable Dilbagh Singh, who laid down his life while fighting terrorism in J & K , were consigned to the flames at his village, Rupal Heri, with full state honour yesterday. People from all walks of life attended the cremation.

BKU jams traffic for arrears
Kharar, January 8
A large number of farmers belonging to the Bharatiya Kisan Union Lakhowal (BKU-L) here today sat on an indefinite dharna and blocked traffic starting 3 p.m. on National Highway 21 (Kharar-Ropar section) to protest against non-payment of sugarcane arrears amounting to 80 crore.

Information Centre opened
Jalandhar, January 8
The Information Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University was inaugurated by Dr Satinder Singh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, on the varsity’s regional campus at Ladhewali here today.


Improve potato quality, farmers urged
Rampura Phul, January 8
If farmers ensure an adequate supply of better-quality potato to the food processing industry, they could make a profit and potato could become a substitute for traditional crops.


Encroachments removed
Ropar, January 8
The district administration claims to have removed encroachments in the rural and urban areas of the district under the anti-encroachment drive launched by the government.


Three held for selling spurious drugs
Batala, January 8
The police has arrested three persons, including two brothers, who are owners of Prince Medical Store located at the Alliwal road here, for selling spurious drugs and drugs without valid prescription.


Mansa school wins Kavishri contest
SAS Nagar, January 8
A three-day annual state-level competition of Secondary and Senior Secondary Classes organised by the Punjab School Education Board started at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, Chandigarh today.

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