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PSEB privatisation will hike tariff
Ropar, January 12
If the PSEB is privatised or corporatised, as proposed by the Haldia committee, there will be a steep rise in power tariff in the state. This was stated by the PSEB Engineers Association, which held an executive meeting here today. The president of the association, Mr M.S. Bajwa, said the government was proposing structural changes in the PSEB.

Urgent steps needed to cut fiscal deficit
Chandigarh, January 12
A Finance Department document mirrors the past and reflects the future agenda on the economic/fiscal front in Punjab. It indicates that in future users will have to pay ‘’full’’ cost of socio-economic services provided by the state, recovery of merely ‘’operation and maintenance cost’’, as at present, will not do.

Cong ‘misleading’ people on SYL
Nawanshahr, January 12
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, while talking to mediapersons here at the residence of Mr Harprabh Mahil Singh, general secretary, All-India Youth Akali Dal (Badal), accused the Congress government in the state of misleading the people on the SYL issue.

Zee resumes broadcast in Amritsar
Amritsar, January 12
Even as Zee TV inserted advertisements in popular national and regional dailies for three consecutive days since the past few days, drawing attention ostensibly to its Rs 100 crore ‘maha’ lottery, it was actually a bid to woo back nearly 13 lakh viewers in Amritsar, Batala, Dinanagar and the rural hinterland here, after it pulled its plug a month ago to press for increased tariff for its package channels.




Cong govt anti-people: Left
Bathinda, January 12
Four Left parties — the MCPI, CPM, CPI (ML) Liberation and All-India Forward Block — on Friday asked like-minded parties to start a movement against the anti-policies of the state government.


Bathinda water supply to be augmented
Bathinda, January 12
The construction of the District Administrative Complex, plan on three-fold increase in drinking water supply, completion of transport and dairy nagar, repair of all major roads and ongoing sanitation drive were some of the developmental activities listed by the local MLA and High-Powered Finance Committee Chairman, Mr Surinder Singla, at a press conference organised here today.

Girls take out "jago" to celebrate Lohri
Girls take out "jago" to celebrate Lohri organised by a club at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Gastroenteritis cases: water samples taken
Jalandhar, January 12
The district health authorities today took three samples of potable water from Gandhi Nagar and adjoining localities to ascertain the exact cause of spread of gastroenteritis in the area even as 29 fresh cases were reported here since yesterday.

Fresh bids to be invited for NFL
Ropar, January 12
The government will invite fresh bids for selling 51 per cent equity in the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL), scrapping the earlier bids. Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, said this while talking to mediapersons here today.

Mann backs library in Jinnah’s memory
Phagwara, January 12
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Lok Sabha Member, today justified the decision of setting up a library in Malerkotla in the name of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, and defended his decision of giving Rs 1 lakh to the Islamia Girls Senior Secondary School, Malerkotla, for the purpose. If international airport of New Delhi could be named after Indira Gandhi allegedly responsible for the massacre of Sikhs and destruction of Sikh heritage in 1984 attack on the Golden Temple, why a library couldn’t be named after Jinnah.

Super-performance road for Ropar
Chandigarh, January 12
Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Public Works Minister, Punjab, today inaugurated the first ever super-performance model high volume fly ash concrete road in the country at Ropar. It has been built by Gujarat Ambuja Cements.

The continuous winter and foggy weather  have forced even street dogs to gather around fire
The continuous winter and foggy  weather  have forced even street dogs to gather around fire to warm themselves at Amritsar on Sunday morning.
— PTI 

Prescription must for medicines
Sangrur, January 12
To check the menace of narcotics and drugs in Sangrur district, Mr Sarvjit Singh, District Magistrate, has ordered that no chemist/medical store in the district will sell such medicines without prescription from a qualified doctor.

Seminar on road safety measures
Jalandhar, January 12
To create awareness among the people, particularly the students about traffic rules, the district transport authorities organised a state-level seminar on road safety measures at the Red Cross Bhavan here today.

Bhai Kanhaiya fest from today
Bathinda, January 12
Religious functions and a medical camp will be organised on January 13, 14 and 15 at Goniana in the district to start the year-long celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the occasion of giving of medicines by Guru Gobind Singh to one of his disciples Bhai Kanhaiya so that he should look after the soldiers of both the Sikh as well as the Muslim army during the war.

Concern over schism among Sikhs
Chandigarh, January 12
The World Sikh Foundation has expressed concern with regard to the increasing schism among Sikh thinkers over the relgio-political issues relating to Akal Takht, the SGPC and other Sikh institutions.

Prof Mehboob releases book
Chandigarh, January 12
Prof Harinder Singh Mehboob, an eminent Sikh scholar and poet, yesterday released the book entitled, “Vihvi Sadi Di Sikh Rajniti — from one slavery to other slavery”. It is written by Ajmer Singh. A brief function in this connection was organised at Gurdwara Kandhala.

Ardas for gold plating of gurdwara
Amritsar, January 12
The five Sikh high priests yesterday performed ardas for starting gold plating and extension of Gurdwara Ram Sar, where recitation of Guru Granth Sahib was started in 1604.

Fazilka-Delhi train flagged off
Fazilka, January 12
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Member of Parliament, Faridkot, flagged off the Fazilka-Delhi train here today at 3.05 a.m. The train comprising four coaches will be coupled with the Janta Express at Bathinda reaching Delhi at 12.55 p.m. via Muktsar, Kot Kapura and Bathinda.

Bathinda gets power supply hotline
Bathinda, January 12
Residents can now hope that the drinking water supply in the city will not be disrupted whenever there is a power cut as an 11 kv hotline power supply for the waterworks was inaugurated today.


Adamant farmers reject govt offer
Kharar, January 12
Adamant farmers of the Bharti Kisan Union have rejected the Punjab Government’s offer to release Rs 10 crore as immediate relief to them and an assurance of another 20 crore within a few days.


Major police stations to be computerised
Phillaur, January 12
All police stations in big cities of the state, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda, will be fully computerised by the end of the year and a grant of Rs 5 crore from the Union Government is likely by the end of March.

Sirajuddin is RCF GM
Jalandhar, January 12
Mr Mohammed Sirajuddin of the Indian Railway Service of the Mechanical Engineers has taken over as General Manager of the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala.


91 kg poppy husk seized
Abohar, January 12
The police yesterday seized 91 kg of poppy husk from a Maruti car coming from Rajasthan. Two youths were also arrested while bringing smack from the neighboring state.

10 booked for fraud
Pathankot, January 12
Taking strong exception to the transfer of 72 kanals of prime land, allegedly on fraudulent power of attorney, the District Police today registered a case against 10 persons under various Sections of the IPC.

Sarpanch held for embezzlement
Gurdaspur, January 12
The police has arrested Rasbir Singh, Sarpanch of Chhatkoha village under the Dhariwal police station for misappropriating grants given to the panchayat for development work and tampering with the panchayat records. Mr Varinder Kumar SSP said today that a case under Sections 420, 465, 466, 468, 471 of the IPC was registered against the accused on January 10.

Two arrested with narcotics
Tarn Taran, January 12
The police has busted an inter-state gang of narcotic smugglers by arresting one of its members. The police has also arrested a sweetmeat seller of Adda Shahbazpur on the charge of being involved in the sale of narcotics and drugs.

Two die due to poisoning
Bathinda, January 12
Two persons died due to poisoning in separate incidents while cold claimed another life in the city today.


130 cr to be spent on education: Khushal
Gurdaspur, January 12
Mr Khushal Bahl, Education Minister, after laying the foundation stone of government elementary school at a mandi here today, said the Punjab Government would spend Rs 250 crore during the next financial year to assure that the state achieved total literacy. The money was being spent under the Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan.


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