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PSEB abolishes Chief Engineer’s post
May introduce VRS soon
Patiala, January 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided not to fill the post of Member, Transmission, following the retirement of Mr Suresh Gupta, besides abolishing one post of Chief Engineer. It also proposes to introduce a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in the board.

Unbundling of PSEB proposed
Chandigarh, January 21
The Power Sector Reforms Committee headed by Mr Gajendra Haldea has recommended unbundling of the PSEB. Sources said the draft report by Mr Haldea was presented today at a meeting chaired by Capt Amarinder Singh.

Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (central workshop) raise slogans out Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (central workshop) raise slogans out side the PSEB head office at Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Pawan Sharma

Badal denies hand in kidney scam
Hoshiarpur, January 21
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Punjab Chief Minister, refuted the allegations of Dr Parveen Kumar Sareen, main accused in the kidney scam of Amritsar, that the latter had paid Rs 1 crore to him on two occasions.

  Kidney scam: IMA forms panel
  PCMSA’s plea to CM
SIT: Sareen’s aides not cooperating
  Index page: ‘Badal turned blind eye to scam’
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‘Forget SYL, go for GYL’
Sangrur, January 21
Instead of constructing the SYL canal, the Central Government should construct a Ganga-Yamuna Link (GYL) canal in Haryana as the state falls in the Ganga-Yamuna basin. These views were expressed by Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, and Prof Manjit Singh Kadian, secretary-general of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), while talking to The Tribune here.


Dal (Amritsar) launches enrolment drive
Faridkot, January 21
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has launched a special drive to raise the strength of party workers at the grassroots level to protect the democratic rights of the minority communities and to defeat the evil designs of the anti-secular forces in the country. Under the plan more than one lakh members will be enrolled in the next two months to meet the cause of the party effectively.


SGPC wants direct talks with Pak

Jaisinghwala (Bathinda), January 21
The SGPC has requested the Central Government to allow it to hold direct talks with the Pakistan government about the upkeep of gurdwaras in Pakistan by the SGPC before full-fledged jathas were sent there on Baisakhi. Stating this here today, the SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar said if the permission was granted, the SGPC would send a team to Pakistan to make arrangements for sending jathas. He said in place of a token jatha, a big jatha could be sent.

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar answers a question during in an informal talk with mediapersons at Jaisinghwala village, Bathinda, on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar answers a question

NCERT chief ready to correct Sikh history
Amritsar, January 21
Mr J.S. Rajput, Director, NCERT, has assured to make appropriate changes in the textbooks relating to Sikh history wherever necessary.

Sinha writes to Tarlochan Singh
Ludhiana, January 21
Mr Yashwant Sinha, Minister for External Affairs, in a communication to Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, recently has observed, “We attach the highest priority to the welfare of our nationals and our embassies have standing instructions to provide them all possible assistance under the rules.”

Holland experts prepare clean-Amritsar plan
Amritsar, January 21
Holy city planners are confronted with a gigantic task of managing 600 tonnes of garbage daily. The task has become tougher in the absence of efficient handling, transportation and disposal system, even as the city is due to be declared a heritage city by Unesco.

Probe transferred to Chandigarh
Chandigarh, January 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has transferred to Chandigarh the investigation of a corruption case, allegedly involving the Station House Officer of the Rajpura police station.

  • Proceedings stayed

Fast track court awards punishment
Patiala, January 21
A fast track court today awarded seven years’ imprisonment to a man who had demanded a refrigerator and a scooter from his in-laws, which led to his wife committing suicide.

Markfed consignment to Dubai flagged off
Chandigarh, January 21
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, today flagged off a consignment of one metric tonne of fresh vegetables to Dubai. This is the first consignment of vegetables export from Markfed designed to encourage the farmers of Punjab to take to vegetable cultivation.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh takes a look at vegetables before flagging off a consignment to Dubai at his residence in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has a look at vegetables before flaging off a consignment to Dubai at his residence in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Order to reverify poll rolls
Fazilka, January 21
The State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, in an order yesterday, directed the District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, to reverify the electoral rolls of the civic body poll. Acting on a memorandum filed by Ramesh Verma, president, BJP Mandal, Fazilka, and other prospective BJP contenders Mr Bains in his order stated that local officials had allegedly been partial in dealing with claims and objections of the complainants. 

Panchayat resigns in protest
Bathinda, January 21
In an unprecedented move, the panchayat of Jaid village in this district submitted its resignation to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) to protest against the “indifferent” attitude of the authorities towards the problems of the village.

Tension in village
Jalandhar, January 21
There was tension in Nagra village and surrounding areas near here today following the recovery of carcasses of two cows from a vacant plot.

SPO killed as gun goes off accidentally
Amritsar, January 21
Jaswinder Singh, an SPO, was seriously injured on January 19 when his carbine accidentally went off during a scuffle with a person, who allegedly misbehaved with his sister. The SPO died in a local hospital yesterday.


Subsidies elude farmers
Ropar, January 21
Various subsidies announced for farmers of the district have not reached them. Even the subsidies under the Centre-sponsored schemes have not been released to the farmers for a long time.

‘Change policy’ on fertilisers’ distribution
Nabha, January 21
The policy regarding the distribution of fertilisers is proving a blessing in disguise for Markfed. This is because the policy ensures greater margin for Markfed while there is negligible margin for retailers i.e. the cooperative societies. Mr Deedar Singh Khatra, senior vice-president, Punjab State Agriculture Cooperative Societies Workers Union, stated this at a press conference here.


26 employees found absent
Faridkot, January 21
Following the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, conducted surprise checks at different government offices yesterday and found 26 employees, including five senior officers of different departments absent from duty.

DC suspends 12 sarpanches
Gurdaspur, January 21
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, has suspended 12 sarpanches, including five of Gurdaspur, two of Dinanagar, two of Sujanpur and one each of Dhariwal Kahnuwan, Derababa Nanak and Fatehgarh Churian development blocks, four various irregularities.


Blue film CDs seized, two arrested
Gurdaspur, January 21
The police has unearthed a racket of spurious CDs of blue and Hindi films. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, while talking to newsmen here today identified the accused as Satish Kumar, alias Sonu who owns a shop in the name of Vohra Album House in Purana Bazar, Dhariwal.

DSP surrenders in murder case
Mansa, January 21
Mr Gurjit Singh, DSP, Sherpur, Barnala police district, who was booked by the Mansa Sadar police in a murder case on November 7, 1998, along with Inspector Chuhar Singh posted in the district under sections 302, 364 and 34 of the IPC, surrendered today in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mansa, Mr Harsh Mehta.

ASI held for taking bribe
Ferozepore, January 21
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested Balkar Singh, an ASI, posted at Jalalabad police station while taking a bribe of Rs 1000 from Chiman Singh, a resident of Chak Raiyanwala.

Case registered
The police has registered a case of forgery, cheating and fraud against Devinder Singh of Sirhind, his wife, two sons and others for an alleged conspiracy in connection of the sale of 15 marlas of land in Badmajra village.


Efforts to start 12 ITIs in Punjab
SAS Nagar, January 21
Efforts will be made to restart 12 industrial training institutes (ITIs) in the state and a sum of Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore is required to make these functional. There is a proposal to privatise these institutes and if need be help will also be taken from NRIs in this regard.

Sukriti wins poster contest
Patiala, January 21
Sukriti Vadhera today bagged the first prize at a poster-making competition-cum-blood camp organised by Punjabi University N.S.S. Department here today. Vice-Chancellor S S Boparai inaugurated the blood camp by donating blood.


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