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Kidney racket: IMA seeks impartial probe
Sangrur, January 15
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has urged state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to ensure the arrest of all persons involved in the multi-crore kidney racket and that the investigations into the case are impartial.

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Sikh group opposes NCERT references
Chandigarh, January 15
The NCERT syllabus book “Medieval India” prescribed for class XI mentions that Guru Nanak “renounced” the world contrary to the Sikh philosophy and Guru Gobind Singh is described as “a devotee of Goddess Chandi” despite the faith accepting no “avtar” between God and humanity.

Dosanjh asks Indians to check corruption
Phillaur, January 15
Holding corrupt system responsible for all ills, former British Columbia premier Ujjal Dosanjh today suggested that if people of India wanted foreign investment and all-round development of their country, they should create a congenial atmosphere by individually resolving on Republic Day that they would neither give or take bribe in future.

Dual citizenship announcement hailed
Fatehgarh Sahib, January15

Mr Gurdev Singh Mann, a Non-Resident Indian from Canada, today welcomed Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s announcement of dual citizenship for the persons of Indian origin.




Politicking hurdle in report follow-up: Johl
Patiala, January 15
An Adviser to the Panel constituted by the State government on agriculture, Dr S.S. Johl, today said the Centre was not implementing his report on crop diversification in Punjab due to political reasons.

Irrigation scam: probe officer changed
Muktsar, January 15
The Punjab Government has changed the officer inquiring into the multi-crore irrigation and drainage scam three weeks after the registration of a case against eight officials of the department at Gidderbaha police station and the handing over of the investigation to Mr H.S. Sidhu, SP (Crime), Chandigarh.

29 Punjab IAS, PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, January 15
The following 29 IAS/PCS officers were given fresh postings/transfers orders in Punjab today: Mrs Geetika Kalha is now Secretary, Defence Services Welfare; Dr Swarn Singh is Secretary, Planning; Mr Satish Chandra is Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in place of Dr G.Vajralingam, who is appointed as Director, Treasuries and Accounts, vice Mr S.K. Sandhu, who becomes Director, Industries.

Girl’s father manhandles teacher
Physical Education students protest against the alleged molestation of girl studentsPatiala, January 15
The alleged sexual harassment case of a Physical Education college students today took a new turn with the father of another student, who had also in a fresh complaint accused the teacher of sexual harassment, turning up at the college and manhandling the accused teacher.

Physical Education students protest against the alleged molestation of girl students on the college premises on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Call to end PSEB’s monopoly
Chandigarh, January 15
Representatives of industrial associations and farmers’ organisations of Punjab, who had gathered at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here today for a round table meeting with Mr Gajendra Haldea, Chairman of the expert group on power sector reforms constituted by the Punjab Government, advocated ending the PSEB’s monopoly over the power sector. 

Pollution board orders closure of defaulting units
Patiala, January 15
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to come down hard on industries who have failed to instal Effluent Treatment Plants and Air Pollution Control Devices despite the long time given them to do so and has ordered closure of 34 rice shellers, 11 saila plants and 63 brick kilns.

PSEB files case against ADGP
Ropar, January 15
The PSEB has filed a case before the DGP, Punjab, to recover the amount incurred by the former ADGP (Vigilance), PSEB, Mr S.C. Jain, on his official vehicle during his four-month stint in the board. 

Punjab has ‘no surplus water’
Gurdaspur, January 15
Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, a former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, has said Punjab had no surplus water, hence the construction of the SYL canal should not be taken up. She was addressing mediapersons at the prize-distribution function of a local school.

CM’s poll case hearing on Jan 22
Chandigarh, January 15
Initiating the arguments on the issue of maintainability of a petition challenging the elections of the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, from the Patiala Assembly constituency, his counsel today claimed that the plea did not disclose any cause of action.

Police party attacked
Amritsar, January 15
A police party headed by Head Constable Pargat Singh, of Chhehrata police station was allegedly attacked by Bhupinder Singh, alias Mintu, a resident of Bhalla colony, here last evening.

Red & White Bravery Awards for 9
Chandigarh, January 15
Nine persons from Punjab and Haryana were honoured by Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Punjab PWD Minister, at the 11th Red and White Bravery Awards ceremony held here today.

Locker of Pherurai’s kin found empty
Ludhiana, January 15
A team of the Jagraon police today broke open a locker hired by close relatives of former SSP, Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, at Oriental Bank of Commerce branch in Bassian village. They found it empty.

3-day course for PPSC members
Patiala, January 15
The Punjab Public Service Commission today announced that as part of the revamping of the selection system, it was conducting a three-day capsule course to update its members on the latest interviewing techniques.

Demand to end caste-based quota
Bathinda, January 15
Mr Suresh Goyal, organiser of the General Samaj Party, in a press note issued here today said the caste-based reservations should be discontinued as they have failed to fulfil their purpose.

42 train passengers fined
Jalandhar, January 15
The Railway Protection Force today conducted surprise checks in different trains here and apprehended 42 passengers for travelling in the coaches reserved for women and for smoking in trains.

Batala power supply erratic
Batala, January 15
Residents of Mohalla, Khanda, Khola, Kapoori Gate, Mian Mohalla and other areas of Punjab State Electricity Board’s south subdivision area at Batala have been facing erratic power supply for the last 10 days.

Councillors come to blows
Mansa, January 15
Two municipal councillors came to blows during a meeting chaired by municipal council president Pawan Kumar Matti here today.

Cold claims 10th life in city
Bathinda, January 15
A beggar died due to cold on Railway Road in the city last night. The deceased, who was nearly 60 years old, was physically challenged could not be identified.


184 voters’ names to be struck off
Abohar, January 15
The Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab has directed the Returning Officer here to delete 184 names from the revised electoral rolls. The action has reportedly been taken on a report submitted by Mr Sanjay Kumar, Labour Commissioner, who was appointed Observer to examine complaints regarding fresh additions or alterations in the rolls for the municipal elections.

Civic bodies to get surplus cars
Jalandhar, January 15
The Local Bodies Department has decided to re-allocate surplus cars and other vehicles lying idle with improvement trusts in the state to the various civic bodies.


2 kidnapped over land dispute
Amritsar, January 15
Two persons were injured and kidnapped by four persons in a land dispute at Rasulpur Kalan village in Majitha police district late last night. The police has registered a case of attempt to murder and kidnapping but till the filing of the report it was unable to nab the culprits.

Rice mill MD booked
Amritsar, January 15
The district police has booked the managing director of a rice mill for allegedly defrauding the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation here last evening.

8 booked for raising illegal colonies
Kharar, January 15
The Kharar police has registered cases against eight persons under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, in connection with the unauthorised colonies in this area.

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