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Reject all water pacts: Lakhowal 
Thikriwala (Barnala), January 20
Paying tributes to a martyr of the Praja Mandal Movement, Sewa Singh Thikriwala, on his 69th martyrdom day at his native village here today, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to convene a session of the Punjab Assembly. 

Din over SYL eclipses strictures on Centre
Chandigarh, January 20
Much publicity has been given to the directions issued by the Supreme Court on January 15, 2002, for the completion of the SYL canal within one year by the Punjab Government and after that by the Central Government.

Sikh history ‘distorted in NCERT books’
Amritsar, January 20
Upset over “distortions” in NCERT books on Sikh Gurus, SGPC Chief Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to the ‘bunglings’ which has misrepresented the facts.

Indian Missions should be more responsive: Sodhi
Chandigarh, January 20
“We appreciate the decisions of the Union Government in approving dual citizenship and felicitating of eminent members of the Indian diaspora at the Pravasi Bharti Divas annually,” says Mr Barjinder Singh Sodhi, an NRI from Germany, holding that “the Indian Missions overseas must be more courteous, cooperative and helpful to our community there.”
Mr Barjinder Singh Sodhi presents a memento to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Mr Barjinder Singh Sodhi presents a memento to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Fatehgarh Sahib

With the day temperature falling to 6° Celsius in Jalandhar on Monday, the city experienced the coldest day of the year
 With the day temperature falling to 6° Celsius in Jalandhar on Monday, the city experienced the coldest day of the year. — Photo Pardeep Pandit.



Master plan for Anandpur Sahib
Ropar, January 20
The Punjab Government has drawn up a master plan for Anandpur Sahib town. The Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, while giving this information to newspersons here today, said the plan was approved at the sixth meeting of the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Board held on January 10 under the chairmanship of the Chief Minster.

PSIEC fails to make payments to farmers 
Chandigarh, January 20
About 25 farmers of Kumbra, Tarrif Kumbra and Kambala villages near here are still awaiting for the “reasonable” price for their about 68 acres of agricultural land that was acquired by the Punjab Industries Department, and handed over to the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation in the 90s to develop industrial focal point in SAS Nagar.


30 pc pension cases found fake
Muktsar, January 20
Thirty per cent cases of social security pensions in the district have been found to be fake and ineligible persons have been drawing pension for the past many years.

SKP to picket SGPC offices
Ludhiana, January 20
The stage for a confrontation between the SGPC and the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat on the issue of the removal of the Jathedar of Akal Takht in the Baba Dhanwant Singh episode has been set. The panchayat will picket the committee offices in Amritsar from February 22 till their demands are met.

Taking risk to reach home
Taking risk to reach home: Even as visibility reaches nearly zero due to dense fog, a rickshaw-puller carrying schoolchildren crosses a railway track at Bathinda on Monday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Shooting incident: Badungar backs PA
Amritsar, January 20
Prof Kirpal Singh Budungar, president of the SGPC, today came to the support of SGPC additional secretary and his personal assistant Raghbir Singh over the shooting incident of January 17.

Encroachments in Nangal resurface
Ropar, January 20
The anti-encroachment drive of the district administration has come a cropper with the encroachments removed recently from Nangal town resurfacing.

Councillors unhappy over delimitation
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 20
The delimitation of the municipal wards of Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib had been completed and it had resulted in reducing the strength of wards from the present 28 to 17, yet certain councillors are making all out efforts to make the changes in the boundaries as well as in the reservation of wards.

Vigilance Bureau submits status report
Chandigarh, January 20
In a status report submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Vigilance Bureau today stated that during the past five years 80 inquiries were conducted by the Vigilance Bureau, “in which action was recommended” but were “closed, dropped or sent to the administrative departments”.

MC employees accused of fraud not booked
Bareta (Mansa), January 20
The state government has failed to take action against the Municipal Council employees accused of causing a financial loss to the MC by fabricating documents despite the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, recommending the registration of a criminal case under Sections 409, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 201 of the IPC in a July 4, 1996 report.

British MPs favour Mufti’s approach
Amritsar, January 20
The three-member British delegation of parliamentarians has strongly favoured the bold initiative taken by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, for bringing hardliners into the mainstream.

Escorts hospital opened
Amritsar, January 20
Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, has opened its hospital here today. The Chief Operating Officer, Lt Gen Harcharan Singh, in a press note here said Escorts would be offering world class cardiac care to people of the region.

Helpline service for ex-servicemen
Jalandhar, January 20

Vajra Corps today launched a helpline service for the ex-servicemen at the Military Hospital, here.

Pak intruder held
Tarn Taran, January 20
Nasir Ali (17), Pakistani national, was nabbed in the Khemkaran sector last night by BSF jawans as he was trying to cross over to India.

Cricket bookies return
Pathankot, January 20
The Sub-agents of bookies here have started collecting bets for the cricket World Cup from February 8 in South Africa.

Babbar wows dog judges
Phillaur, January 20
The first and second All-Breed Dog Championship and Greyhound races were organised by the Sutlej Kennel Club at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, here, today.

Mason falls to death
Bathinda, January 20
Mason Major Singh (40) was working on second floor of a house in the Kamla Nehru Nagar locality in this town. Labourer Raju Yadav also fell and suffered multiple injuries yesterday.


‘Kelkar report threat to farmers’
Abohar, January 20
Former Union Agriculture Minister Bal Ram Jakhar has said the farming community will face disaster if recommendations of the Kelkar Committee with regard to agriculture sector are accepted by the Union Government.


75 booked for attempt to murder
Jalandhar, January 20
The police today booked 75 persons for attempt to murder following a clash between an agitating mob and police personnel outside gurdwara Shaheedan at Talhan village near here last night.

Man concocts abduction story, booked
Amritsar, January 20
In an unusual incident a father concocted a story about his minor daughter’s abduction by a person who had given him a loan.

Pornographic films seized, 2 held
Phagwara, January 20

The police has nabbed owners of two video parlour and seized 695 pornographic films and CDs and 250 pirated video films and CDs from them.


Varsity eases norms on Punjabi
Dons criticise the move
Punjabi University like Hebrew University in Israel was established to serve the cause of a language. But the university authorities feel it is time to move ahead. They have amended regulations regarding Punjabi both in case of recruitment and science courses.

Women panel’s head meets students, principal
Patiala, January 20
Punjab Women Grievances Commission Chairperson Surinder Kaur Grewal today visited the local Government Physical Education College to probe the allegations of sexual harassment against two college teachers during which she interacted with the staff and students.

Students brave cold for R-Day PT show
Bathinda, January 20
The authorities concerned, it seems have failed to learn a lesson from the death of a student of a local private school who died while rehearsing for mass P.T. show on the last Independence day celebrations as they have pressed hundreds of students to prepare for the Republic Day parade in the biting cold.

PAP complex: teachers allowed entry
Jalandhar, January 20
Even as the PAP authorities today allowed the entry of teachers and students into the high security PAP complex following the easing of tension after the demolition of five half-built rooms of the Government Model Senior Secondary School yesterday, the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, has demanded that the police personnel responsible for the demolition drive should be booked without further delay.


Traders threaten ‘jail bharo’ stir
Bathinda, January 20
The Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal has threatened to launch “jail-bharo” stir if the government went ahead with the proposal to implement the Value Added Tax, in the state.

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