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Panel blames political pressure
Amritsar, January 18
Certain members of the Authorisation Committee today said they faced political pressure while clearing cases for kidney transplant even as they had brought it to the notice of the director Research and Medical Education that “strict action” be taken against the culprits after obtaining the report from the police authorities on the authenticity of the affidavits filed by the donors and the recipients from time to time.

Cold wave has taken a toll on the standing crops in Ludhiana.
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It was threat, helplessness
Kidney donors in jail tell CPI team
Amritsar, January 18
“Don’t send a message to my wife that I am in jail even after losing my kidney as she will be totally shattered to know this.
“I will immediately run away from Punjab to meet my children as soon as I am released from jail. I don’t know how my children are being looked after as I could not send them any money order after coming to Punjab”.

The giddha team of APJ College, Jalandhar, in a light mood
The giddha team of APJ College, Jalandhar, in a light mood at the state-level inter-zonal art contest in Government Mahindra College, Patiala, on Saturday. — Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

BJP proposal on SYL eyewash: Capt
Ropar, January 18
The recent proposal of the state BJP president Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, to support the state government on the SYL issue is eyewash. If the BJP was serious about supporting the government on the issue it should have attended the all-party meeting on the issue.

Fatehgarh Sahib

A Kashmiri migrant sells traditional warm jackets
Kashmiri migrant sells traditional warm jackets at a market place in Amritsar on Saturday. As soon as winter sets in, Kashmiris migrate to plain for a better business opportunity.Photo Rajiv Sharma



Govt may bow to secys’ demand
Chandigarh, January 18
The Punjab Government may concede to the main demands of agitating panchayat secretaries who were removed from service a few months ago. Sources said the government’s emissaries were in touch with the panchayat secretaries.

PAU winds up research centre
Ropar, January 18
The Punjab Government has forced Punjab Agriculture University to wind up its Regional Research Centre, popularly known as Birla farm, near Ropar. Highly placed sources told this correspondent that the Agriculture Department suddenly raised the lease amount of the land allotted for the research centre which forced PAU to wind up its operations here.

Irish envoy: adhere to UN charter
Jalandhar, January 18
The Ambassador of Ireland to India, Mr Philip Mcdonagh, today said a dialogue was the only solution to all problems particularly the one relating to achievement of long-lasting peace in every part of the world.


Dhir made dist BJP chief
Kapurthala, January 18
Mr Hira Lal Dhir, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party of the district has been appointed acting president of the district unit of the BJP in place of Mr Surjit Singh, according to Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, state president of the BJP.


Funds released to develop 500 villages
Sangrur, January 18
The Punjab government has released Rs 101 crore for providing various facilities, including pucca drains and streets, sewerage, 24-hour power supply and street lighting, and mini-markets in 500 villages of the state till March 31 next. These villages have been identified from 140 blocks.

‘Effects of privatisation being ignored’
Patiala, January 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association today claimed that neither the state government nor the Haldea Committee, which had been constituted to suggest reforms in the power sector, was taking into consideration the effects of the dismantling or privatisation of other state electricity boards in the country.

Eleven NRI Punjabi writers honoured
Amritsar, January 18
Writers living abroad are the real ambassadors of goodwill. With their hard work and labour, they have made the Indian identity recognised at the global level, said Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP, while inaugurating a two-day international seminar organised by the Centre of Immigrant Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Giani Lal Singh Award for Dalip Tiwana
Patiala, January 18
Eminent Punjabi writer Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana was awarded the Giani Lal Singh Award for her contribution to the Punjabi literary at a function held here today.
The award was given to Dr Tiwana by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Punjab Public Works Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa at a function organised by the Giani Lal Singh Memorial Society at the State Language Department here.

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa presents the Giani Lal Singh Award
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa presents the Giani Lal Singh Award to Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana in Patiala on Saturday. — A Tribune Photograph

Two sites identified for Habitat Centre
Patiala, January 18
Two sites have been identified in the city for the establishment of the proposed Habitat Centre on the lines of India Habitat Centre in Delhi.
The Patiala Development Authority had earlier mooted the proposal of establishing a Habitat Centre in the city which could become a hub of cultural activity besides giving a boost to all round development of the city.

MoD ban on construction causes panic
Pathankot, January 18
The Ministry of Defence order prohibiting construction within the creast of the outer parapet of 900 metres of the Air Force station here panicked the residents having their properties within the prohibited area.

Ropar bypass project cleared
Ropar, January 18
Punjab Health Minister Ramesh Sharma said here today that the government would not succumb to any pressure, including that of the IMA while bringing the guilty to book in the kidney scam, cases.

Action taken against 32 panchayats
Ferozepore, January 18
The district administration has initiated departmental action against 32 village panchayats for misutilisation of funds. Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, said these sarpanches would face action under Section 20 (1) of the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994.

Kidnapping that was not
Maur Mandi, January 18
The two-month-old Harpreet kidnapping case has been solved. Harpreet, who had gone missing on November 26 last year was found at Panchkula, Haryana, doing a job. He was handed over to his family on Thursday.

Undertrial dead
Gurdaspur, January 18
An undertrial, Davinder Chand, who was brought to the jail on January 8 under the NDPS Act was reported dead today. Jail officials claimed that he went to bathroom this morning and fell down. He was admitted to Civil Hospital.


Jeep hits bus, two dead
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 18
Two people were killed on the spot while one was injured when a jeep collided with a private bus near Roza Sharif today. According to information, six people were on their way from Patiala to Ropar in the jeep when it collided with the bus around 10.15 am.

2 held in paddy scam case
Abohar, January 18
The police has arrested Surjit Singh of Muthianwali and Vijay Kumar of Fazilka in connection with the PUNSUP paddy scam. They were produced in a judicial court here today, which remanded them in police custody for two days.

Four SGPC task force men held
Amritsar, January 18
The police has registered a case against six persons of the SGPC task force in connection with a clash in the district court complex yesterday. The accused allegedly attacked Baba Major Singh of Dera Baba Bahaul Singh and general secretary of the Sant Samaj when he along with some other persons, including his official gunman had come to the court for a hearing regarding some property dispute with the SGPC.

PSEB inspector arrested
Gurdaspur, January 18
The police arrested a meter inspector of the Punjab State Electricity Board for extorting money from a villager yesterday.

6 held in trade union feud case
Sangrur, January 18
The police has arrested six persons on the charge of attempting to take forcible possession of the office of the truck union, Lehragaga, yesterday. They were reportedly led by Mr Labh Singh, brother of former truck union president Hakam Singh.

100 morphine injections seized
Abohar, January 18
The police today recovered 140 kg of Poppy Husk in an anti smuggling drive on a road linking this area with Rajasthan. The recovery was affected near Chak Radhewala village, official sources said, adding that both the “suspects” had escaped.

Artiste alleges rape
Amritsar, January 18
A woman singer of an orchestra party here had alleged rape by Rajinder Pappu a member of the same party. According to complaint lodged with the Kotwali police station here today she alleged that she was raped by Rajinder Pappu along with Shobha, a dancer of the group.


Orders on school signboards not implemented
Bathinda, January 18
The District Education Officer (elementary and secondary) offices so far have not been able to implement government orders on the nomenclature of government schools.

Physical Education College students’ protest
Patiala, January 18
Students of the local Government Physical Education College today took out a protest march through the city which culminated in front of the residence of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, where they demanded that the Principal of the college, Ms Indu Sarwal, be transferred for not taking any action following complaints of sexual harassment submitted to her by girl students.

Nizampur to have technical institute
Kapurthala, January 18
Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Technical Education Minister, has said the Lord Krishna Society will set up a technical institute at Nizampur village in Badshahpur. Addressing a function at Ramidi village, 12 km from here, today, Mr Kaypee said Rs 4 crore would be spent for the setting up of the institute and its foundation stone would be laid on February 4.

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