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Elections for Panchayat Samitis’ chairmen on Jan 28
Bathinda, January 9
The Punjab government has decided to hold elections of chairmen and vice-chairmen of Panchayat Samitis on January 28 and chairmen and vice-chairmen of Zila Parishads on February 8.

Kahlon’s kin among 4 held for forgery
Amritsar, January 9
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested four persons, including the elder brother of Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, a former Akali minister, while seven others, who had allegedly prepared fake documents to get loans from a bank under the name of a registered society — Karman Cooperative Society — are still on the run.

Guru Gobind Singh remembered
Amritsar, January 9
The 337th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated with great fervour and gaiety here. Thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the sarover and paid obeisance at Golden Temple here. A “jalao” (display of invaluable artefacts and jewellery) were exhibited at Harmandir Sahib for two hours in the morning.

A view of Golden Temple on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

A view of Golden Temple on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Amritsar on Thursday.
PTI photo


The Foreign Minister of Muzambique visits Punjab Agricultural University to explore mutual cooperation and strengthen human resources.
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1-cr customs duty evasion detected
Amritsar, January 9
Close on the heels of detecting a large scale duty evasion by a Surat-based firm by trying to siphon off duty free yarn worth Rs 46.72 lakh to a firm in Ludhiana last week, the Anti-smuggling Wing of the Customs Commissionerate has detected evasion of Rs 1 crore customs duty by an export oriented unit based in Ludhiana.

Scholar unlikely to appear before Takht
Amritsar, January 9
Canada based Sikh scholar Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana has said he cannot appear before Akal Takht on February 10 as directed by the Sikh clergy.
Talking to The Tribune from Canada on the telephone the Sikh scholar said that he had read in newspapers only that he had been summoned at Akal Takht.

Three murdered near Ropar
Ropar, January 9
Three persons travelling in a truck were brutally murdered by some unidentified persons near Behrampur Zamindara village in this district late this evening, the police said here tonight.

Three die of suspected poisoning
Malout, January 9
Three youths, including a 15-year-old-boy, all residents of Uttar Pradesh, who were working in a local bakery, have died under mysterious circumstances. One of their associates has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital for treatment.

Plea to close schools till Jan 14
Chandigarh, January 9
With the cold wave continuing unabated in north India, doctors have cautioned both the authorities and parents of schoolgoing children, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments, against their continuous exposure to severe winter conditions .


Kanjhla shown black flags
Dhuri, January 9
Mr Rajinder Singh Kanjhla, the newly appointed Sangrur district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal was shown black flags by SAD activists in protest against his appointment as district president at Bardwal village, 3 km from here.


62 Army men presented with gallantry medals

Jalandhar, January 9
The Western Command today held the Investiture ceremony here and presented 62 medals to the Army personnel, including those, who displayed exceptional courage during the attack on Parliament and US Consulate in Kolkata.

Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, GOC-in-C, Western Command, presents the Sena Medal to Mrs Baljinder Kaur, widow of Nb-Sub Mohinder Singh (1 Sikh LI, who was killed during anti-insurgency operation at Poonch, J&K, on June 13, 2001) at Jalandhar on Thursday. — Photo Pardeep Pandit

Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, GOC-in-C, Western Command, presents the Sena Medal to Mrs Baljinder Kaur, widow of Nb-Sub Mohinder Singh

LPG being sold on black market?
Amritsar, January 9
The city is facing an acute shortage of LPG gas cylinders. According to sources, the supply of cylinders from filling plants has been erratic, this creating problems for authorised dealers and gas agencies of Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.

Joint operation to curb militancy
Pathankot, January 9
Punjab, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir police forces and other security agencies have geared up for a joint operation against militants following reports that several militant outfits based in Pakistan have been preparing for subversion in this border region.

Report on UBDC scam by month-end
Chandigarh, January 9
After a review of the ongoing inquiry into the Rs 100-crore scam in the Upper Bari Doab Canal remodelling project of the Irrigation Department, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has reportedly told the inquiry panel to submit its report by month-end.

Threat to life from cops alleged
Bathinda, January 9
Ms Gurdeep Kaur, a resident of Gurusar village in Muktsar district, in her complaint to the Punjab police chief and various other authorities has alleged that some police officers, who were facing a case in connection with the murder of her brother, were threatening her and her family with dire consequences.

Team constituted to probe pension scam
Jalandhar, January 9
Taking a serious note of the alleged fake pension racket running in Amritsar district, the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, today constituted a high-level team to probe the matter at all subdivisional headquarters of the district.


Dharna by farmers continues
Kharar, January 9
The indefinite dharna and road blockade at the bus stand on the Kharar-Ropar National Highway No 21, started yesterday by farmers from the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) in protest against the nonpayment of sugarcane arrears amounting to Rs 80 crore, entered its second day today.


Two arrested for granthi’s murder
Samana, January 9
The murder case of a gurdwara’s granthi in Shutrana village near here has been solved with the arrest of two young men of the village who the police claimed, had murdered the granthi to take away his mare.

Smack seized, three arrested
Jalandhar, January 9
The district police has arrested three persons for the smuggling of narcotics and seized 125 gm of smack and 320 kg of poppy husk worth Rs 5 lakh from their possession.

Two booked for molesting artiste
Ropar, January 9
The police has registered a case against Balbir Singh Shantpuri and Jagjit Singh Billu residents of Ropar for molesting Punjabi artiste, Suman Santi (23).

Poppy husk seized
Muktsar, January 9
The police has seized seven bags of poppy husk and 8 kg of the same commodity from different persons in the district during the past week, besides recovering illicit liquor.

Paddy scam: 1 more arrested
Mansa, January 9
The Budhlada police arrested Rajinder Kumar, a local resident and partner of Gupta Rice Mills, Budhlada, for fabricating false documents and misappropriating 11947.34 quintals belonging to the Food and Supplies Department and produced him before the court of Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, (First Class), yesterday.


Varsity may do away with reservation in promotions
Patiala, January 9
Punjabi University is set to abolish reservation for Scheduled Caste candidates in promotions as well as demote seven Senior Assistants who were promoted by the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr JS Ahluwalia.

Students involved in anti-drug drive
Bathinda, January 9
A campaign has been launched against drug addiction and trafficking by the district police with the help of teachers, students and activists of various voluntary organisations, including rural youth clubs.

Drug addicts play carom at a de-addiction centre in the civil hospital at Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Drug addicts play carom at a de-addiction centre

Students of SAS Nagar shine
SAS Nagar, January 9
Teams from two schools in SAS Nagar won top positions in gatka on the second day of the annual state inter school competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board at the Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, Chandigarh, today.

Protesters refuse medical aid
Chandigarh, January 9
They are a set of “unique” patients doctors at General Hospital as instead of seeking the attention of medical staff, they have refused to accept any treatment or medication, even if it costs them their life.

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