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Action against Joshi too little, says Badal
Chandigarh, January 25
The three-point order issued by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, after a day-long deliberations yesterday has failed to ring down the curtain on the Panchkula episode".

Kidney racket: govt no to CBI probe
Jalandhar, January 25
Rejecting the demand of various political parties and medical associations for a CBI probe into the Rs 100 crore kidney racket, the Punjab Health Minister today asserted that the state government was satisfied with the ongoing probe being conducted by the Special Investigation Team and there was no need to refer the matter to the central agency.

Expelled mission staffers back home
Wagah (Indo-Pak border), January 25
The four staffers of the Indian High Commission who were expelled from Pakistan narrated their tale of trauma to newsmen immediately after reaching the Wagah joint checkpost today.
Indian Consular officer Vipan Handa (R) enters India from Pakistan followed by another diplomat (L) and an Indian soldier at the Wagha border crossing near Amritsar on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Fatehgarh Sahib



Capt ready to fire another salvo against Dhumal
Chandigarh, January 25
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is ready with “material” to launch another political attack against Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Informed sources said today that Capt Amarinder Singh has collected details about the “property” alleged to be owned by Mr Dhumal’s family at Jalandhar and also in other parts of the region.

Engineers to oppose PSEB privatisation
Amritsar, January 25
The PSEB Engineers Association today resolved to oppose the Haldea Committee move to privatise the PSEB. President of the association, M.S. Bajwa said that the IAS lobby was behind the move.

Love for country....
A child holds up a Tricolor at Bathinda on the eve of Republic Day. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

No power to Cable TV operators
Bathinda, January 25
Residents of the city were surprised today when cable TV operators switched off relay allegedly due to disconnection of power by the power board authorities. Sources said that PSEB authorities had served notices on City Cable and its associates to paying up pending power bill and rent for using electricity poles of the PSEB.

PU to offer Law at Ludhiana
Chandigarh, January 25
Panjab University has decided to commence degree classes in Law at the University Extension Library situated at Ludhiana from the forthcoming academic session(2003-2004). Reliable sources said that a decision to this regard had been cleared by a high-powered committee of the university.


Punjab BSP to be reconstituted
Phillaur, January 25
The state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Punjab will be reconstituted at the block, district and state levels, with instructions and directions of the party high command in March and the party will be strengthened to capture power in the state.

Harbhajan Mann joins Lok Bhalai Party
Jalandhar, January 25
Punjabi pop singer Harbhajan Mann joined the Balwant Singh Ramoowalia-led Lok Bhalai Party today. “I do not find any other political party which really works for the betterment of downtrodden and the common man,” he said on his jumping in to the political arena.


Officials stay away from PTDC function
Ropar, January 25
A function to mark National Tourism Day was organised at the PTDC complex here today. Though it was for the first time that the tourism day was observed in the state, most of the higher officials of the PTDC stayed away from the function.

Govt to consider job  quota for artists
Patiala, January 25
Punjab Education Minister Khushal Behl said yesterday that the government would consider giving reservation to outstanding cultural artists in jobs as given to sportspersons.

A devotee plays the "Narsanghi (bigul)" before a procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Baba Deep Singh at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Saturday. — PTI

12 high-mast lights to be installed
Patiala, January 25
Twelve high-mast lights are being installed in the city ahead of the Patiala Heritage festival, being organised from February 14 onwards. The lights, which will come up at a cost of Rs 23 lakh, will be installed at N I S chowk, Y.P.S. Chowk, Thikriwala chowk, Leela Bhavan, Children Memorial chowk, Thapar Institute of Engineering, Bus stand, Rajpura chowk, Dukniwaran and the main octroi post on the Rajpura road.

Sidhu challenges Jagman’s statement
Ropar, January 25
In a new development in the corruption case against former Chairman of the PPSC Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, his counsel today challenged the statement of Jagman, one-time associate of Sidhu, as approver in the case.

Babbar Khalsa activist spent 6 months in Pak
Amritsar, January 25
The UK-based Babbar Khalsa activist, Devinder Singh Nahal, who was arrested by the Amritsar police from a religious dera, had spent at least six months in Pakistan in connection with kar seva at Gurdwara Singh Singhnian.

‘Commute’ Bhullar’s death penalty
Chandigarh, January 25
The SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar and former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, in two separate letters have appealed to the President of the country to commute the death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who is lodged in Tihar Jail in a bomb blast case.

Centre ‘to mediate’ on SYL
Patiala, January 25
BJP leader and in charge of Punjab party affairs Sanghpriya Gautam today said the Centre would try to resolve the SYL canal issue between Punjab and Haryana through mediation in line with the Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

BJP MP Sanghpriya Gautam at a press conference in Patiala on Saturday. — A Tribune Photograph

‘Anti-police repression day’ to be observed
Chandigarh, January 25
The CPI will observe “anti-police repression day” when the bhog ceremony of 10-year-old Chetan,who was killed because of alleged custodial torture a few days ago, will be held at Jalandhar.

Rs 3.5 cr for village development
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, said here today that Rs 3.5 crore would be spent in Fatehgarh Sahib district under Integrated Rural Development Programme in the current financial year.

Ex-Servicemen Helpline launched
Jalandhar, January 25
The Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman, Lt Gen Surjit Singh Sangra (retd), inaugurated Ex-Servicemen Helpline under Vajra Corps at Military Hospital here today.


Two defaulting farmers held
Mansa, January 25
The Primary Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank in the district has arrested two farmers Balwant Singh of Joga and Jagtar Singh of Gharangna village in the district and sent them to judicial jail at Bathinda for defaulting in loan payments.


Engineers’ union flays EPF order
Ropar, January 25
The PSEB Engineers Association has flayed the order of the EPF authorities regarding the attachment of the bank account of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant. In a press statement issued here today the joint secretary of the association, Mr S.C. Chaba, alleged that the current move of the EPF authorities violates the order of the EPF Tribunal.

Fund shortage hits Circuit House work
Ferozepore, January 25
The Ferozepore circuit house, the foundation stone of which was laid way back in 1995, has virtually become a victim of government apathy. The work on the project was stopped in 1998 and the semi-constructed structure has become a haven for anti-social elements and drug addicts.

Punjab MC poll on March 5
Phagwara, January 25
Punjab Local Government and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jagjit Singh said here today that there was no move to merge Improvement Trust with PUDA. He said 2003 would be observed as development year and Rs 16.5 crore had been given to municipalities for development of cities.


‘Dera’ head murdered
Rampura Phul, January 25
Head of ‘Dera’ Baba Sandhya Dass, Ballianwali village, near here, Mahant Ram Sukh Das (40), was murdered late last night. Sources said that Mahant Ram Sukh Ram Dass had been living at the ‘dera’ for the past 25 years and had no enmity with anybody.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Amritsar, January 25
The police here today rescued Satinder Pal Singh (12), a resident of Rangar Nangal village, who was kidnapped on way to school by Suresh Kumar, a resident of West Bengal, and kept in captivity for many days.

SMO’s son held for rape
Kapurthala, January 25
The police today arrested Nishan Verma, alias Shantu, of the Lahori Gate locality here on the charge of raping a married woman of the locality. Nishan is the son of Dr Ravinder Kumar Verma, a Senior Medical Officer posted at Pathankot in Gurdaspur district.

Three sarpanches held for fund misappropriation
Gurdaspur, January 25
The district police has arrested three sarpanches for misappropriation of development and welfare grants and lease of shamlat land of the panchayats and other irregularities.


New courses by GND varsity
Amritsar, January 25
A meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University Senate and Syndicate today okayed several new courses, including Master’s in police administration, public administration, commerce and a five-year MBA course at its Jalandhar regional campus.

Decision of Punjabi varsity lauded
Chandigarh, January 25
Members of the executive committee of the Chandigarh unit of the General Categories Welfare Federation, in its first meeting, welcomed the decision of Punjabi University, Patiala, to abolish reservation in promotion.

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