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Link MSP with price index: SAD
Dhanaula (Sangrur), January 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal today asked the Union Government to link the minimum support price of wheat, paddy and other crops with the price index to safeguard the interests of farmers. The MSP should be hiked on the pattern of dearness allowance.

SYL: BJP’s offer to govt
Patiala, January 13
The state unit of the BJP is ready to support the Punjab Government on the SYL issue and even negotiate with the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, on the same provided Capt Amarinder Singh, takes the Opposition in confidence and convenes an all-party meeting soon.

90 colleges face closure if grants cut
Chandigarh, January 13
At least 90 government-aided private colleges will face closure if a 50 per cent cut in grant-in-aid is effected in Punjab.
Most of these colleges, believed to be ‘financially sick’, are in backward, semi-urban and kandi areas and scores of these are women colleges.

‘Role of underworld in films on decline’

Jalandhar, January 13
Film-maker and winner of this year’s Dada Sahib Phalke award Yash Chopra said though he worked hard, but it was God who made him succeed otherwise, “a lot of people do hard work and strive for success in their own and best possible ways.”

Yash Chopra along with other family members comes out of the Golden Temple after paying obeisance on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Yash Chopra along with other family members comes out of the Golden Temple

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Armenia, Georgia beckon Punjabis
Chandigarh, January 13
Punjabis must look beyond Punjab and grab all opportunities coming their way for profitable ventures not only outside the state but also outside the country. Times have changed when getting investments in the state was the mantra.

Heartland of Malwa sans places of recreation
Bathinda, January 13
The city’s civic body has been upgraded to a Municipal Corporation is often described as heartland of Malwa, but a large section of residents feel that it will take a long time to shed the image of a backward city as it lacks recreation centres. The only one such centre, the Municipal Rose Garden is in bad shape and cannot meet the needs of the population of the city.

Tehsil complex to be shifted
Patiala, January 13
The Punjab Government has decided to shift the tehsil complex at Nabha, near here, which houses the Subdivisional Magistrate’s office, to the Urban Estate, which is to come up on the outskirts of the town.


Talwandi still claims to head SAD panel
Moga, January 13
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi a former SGPC chief who was expelled from the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and removed from the chairmanship of the SAD disciplinary committee said that he was still president of disciplinary committee and Parkash Singh Badal, president SAD Badal, had no right to expel him from the party.


Facilities elude residents
Bathinda, January 13
Even though Urban Estate, phase I and II, was developed by PUDA more than 20 years ago, yet there are no good roads and well maintained streetlights and parks. Barring a few, all roads in these colonies show a picture of apathy on the part of the authorities concerned. Most of these are in a bad shape. Some of the residents allege that they are suffering from backache due to the bad roads.

Pbi varsity asked to declare results
Chandigarh, January 13
Taking up a bunch of petitions filed by certain institutes and study centres seeking directions to Punjabi University, the state of Punjab, and two other respondents for allowing them to continue holding classes, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the result of the students admitted should be declared by the university as per the rules.

District admn exhumes woman’s body
Patiala, January 13
The district administration here today exhumed the body of a woman, Dalip Kaur, a resident of Seona village, near here, whose last rites were not performed in accordance with her religion, and cremated the body according to the norms of her religion.

The body of Dalip Kaur being exhumed as officials of the district administration stand by and watch the proceedings in Seona village, near Patiala, on Monday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

The body of Dalip Kaur being exhumed as officials of the district administration stand by and watch the proceedings in Seona village, near Patiala

Gastroenteritis: 3 water samples taken
Jalandhar, January 13
Even as no fresh case of gastroenteritis was reported here today the district health authorities took three samples of potable water from Sanjay Gandhi Nagar and adjoining localities and distributed 6000 chlorine tablets among residents of the affected areas.

Token strike by doctors today
Patiala, January 13
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association will hold a token strike at Patiala Medical College and Rajindra Hospital tomorrow in protest against the arrest of Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal, Government Medical College, Amritsar, in the alleged kidney scam. Emergency services would, however, continue.

Post offices to sell stamp papers
Phagwara, January 13
Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Minister of State for Revenue, Punjab, said last night that the stamp papers would now be available at post offices. He added those who would create artificial scarcity of stamp papers would not be spared. “I will conduct surprise checks to curb this and its alleged sale on the black market” he declared.

Punjab may raise old-age pension
Bathinda, January 13
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High-Power Finance Committee, Punjab, said today that the Punjab government was thinking of increasing the amount of old-age, widow and handicapped persons’ pension from the existing Rs 200.

PSEB staff oppose Haldia panel report
Bathinda, January 13
The Employees Federation of the PSEB today at a meeting in the city, alleged that report of the Haldia Committee on the formation of corporations in place of the PSEB amounted to privatisation.


One killed, 16 injured as buses collide
Pathankot, January 13
One person was killed and 16 others were injured in a head-on collision between the buses near Kaunterpur village today. Two persons are stated to be in a serious condition.

Couple held for cheating bank
Moga, January 13
The district police has arrested a couple on the charge of cheating a bank and unsuspecting people by selling financed cars to the latter. It has also recovered three cars from them.

Youth run over by train
Bathinda, January 13
A 26-year-old youth was killed today when he was run over by a train at the Rattangarh-Kanakwal station near here.
Sources said as per the documents recovered from the deceased he appeared to be a migratory labourer. 

Liquor smugglers’ gang busted
Jalandhar, January 13
The district police has busted a two-member gang of liquor smugglers with the arrest of one person and seized 1,140 bottles of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor from him.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Moga, January 13
The district police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves which had been operating in various states and had stolen about 12 vehicles. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Major Singh Dhillon, said at a press conference here today that on a tip-off the police had arrested Narbanda Prashad of Alwar, Rajasthan, and Navin Kumar of Brahmada, Rajasthan.

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