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Prepare for ‘rasta roko’, Badal tells cadre
Alamgir, January 29
Gearing up the rank and file of the SAD for the statewide “rasta roko” stir against the “anti-people” policies of the Congress regime, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged all workers and party leaders to mobilise the masses for February 10 to “shake the government out of its complacency.”

Thermal plants face suspension of operation
Bathinda, January 29
Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) here and Guru Horgobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) at Lehra Mohabbat village, 23 km from here, face suspension of operation due to depletion of coal stock.

Employees of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant shout slogans against the authorities during a rally at Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Mahila Cong leader held for fraud
Ropar, January 29
The Ropar police has arrested Jaswant Kaur, state-level leader of the Mahila Congress on a charge of fraud. She was arrested on the complaint of Ms Amarjit Kaur of Amrali village, near Morinda.




14 Navodaya Vidyalaya students found
Jalandhar, January 29
The Nawanshahr police has finally recovered 14 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pojewal, who had gone missing on the night of January 25. 

When Irish govt-in-exile was formed
JALANDHAR: Despite having kept one of the biggest and sensational historical facts under wraps for over 80 years, hardly anyone knows today that Jalandhar Cantonment was once declared a seat of “Free Irish government-in-exile” and was a place where a rebellion, by 1000-odd unsung Irish soldiers-turned-freedom fighters, who were inspired by the ongoing Indian freedom struggle, turned out to be one of two mutinies — after the famous naval mutiny — faced by the British armed forces.

Horrors of Partition recalled
Amritsar, January 29
As many as 495 RSS veterans or their family members out of 600 reached the city to be honoured at the “1947 Shauraya Samriti Samroah” held here. Many of those present felt being valued for their bravery for the first time in their lives.

RSS chief K.C. Sudarshan lights a lamp to inaugurate a "1947 Shauraya samriti samroah" at Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Industries for Lakhanpal, Excise for Dubey
Chandigarh, January 29
The Punjab Principal Secretary (Finance), Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, will hold additional charge of Industries and Commerce while the Principal Secretary, PWD (B and R ) Mr A.K. Dubey, will look after Excise and Taxation as well.

Rinwa seeks central observers for civic poll
Phillaur, January 29
The Punjab BJP president, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, here today urged the Union Government to make arrangements to send central observers for the coming municipal elections.

Trial begins in Ravi Sidhu case
Chandigarh, January 29
Trial in the PPSC Chairman corruption case started today when main witness Bhupjit Singh deposed in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, at Ropar today.


Maya’s Jalandhar visit in March
Jalandhar, January 29
To revamp the Bahujan Samaj Party structure in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will visit the state in March. She will address state party workers at a cadre camp, said Mr Narinder Kashyap, coordinator of party affairs in Punjab.

Highlight achievements, Hanspal tells workers
Nawanshahr, January 29
Mr H.S. Hanspal, PPCC President, addressed a district-level Congress Workers’ meeting here today at Punjab Mata Vidhyawati Bhavan and called upon them to highlight achievements of the Congress government in the past one year.


Mann for effective ban on cow slaughter
Barnala (Sangrur), January 29
The Punjab Government in its Budget should provide for funds to registered “gaushalas” for the protection of cows. The government should also initiate steps to implement ban on cow slaughter.

MLA ‘prevented’ from casting vote
Talwandi Sabo, January 29
Even as the MLA, Talwandi Sabo, Mr Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, today was not allowed to cast his vote in the election to the posts of chairman and vice-chairman of the local panchayat samiti allegedly by the DSP and the SDM, supporters of different candidates pelted each other with stones at the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO).

The expelled families of three Indian diplomats in Pakistan return across the Wagha border on Wednesday. — PTI

30 gifted buses leave for Kabul
Wagah, January 29
As many as 30 buses, gifted by India, left for Afghanistan from this joint checkpost today.

Pensioners await justice
Chandigarh, January 29
The Municipal Corporation Pensioners’ Association, Punjab, despite several representations, has failed to get any response as to why the notifications in respect of dearness allowance and pension benefits already in operation are not made applicable in respect of pensioners who belong to the Local Government Department.

PIL on Panchkula incident dismissed
Chandigarh, January 29
In less than a week after an IAS officer was found with his colleague’s wife at a Panchkula house, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a public interest litigation filed by an advocate seeking directions for declaring the police action as unconstitutional and infringement of an individual’s right to privacy.

  • Vacate order

  • Arguments

  • Dismissed

SE remanded in police custody
Patiala, January 29
A Superintending Engineer (SE) of the Irrigation Department, Mr S.K.Bansal, who was booked by the state Vigilance Department yesterday on graft charges, was remanded in police custody till January 30 by a local court.

PCMSA demands more consultations by panel
Hoshiarpur, January 29
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) today demanded that the high-level committee constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for preparing fresh guidelines concerning organ transplantation for hospitals, doctors and donors, should hold consultations with representatives of medical fraternity, religious, social organisations and leading social activists before submitting the final draft.

‘Enlarge ambit of kidney probe’
Ludhiana, January 29
The state unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed the directions of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to the Punjab Government regarding the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the problems relating to kidney transplant and urged the commission to take steps to get the records of the SIT sealed.

BKU(E) to back PSEB staff stir
Bathinda, January 29
Employees of the PSEB got a shot in the arm today as the BKU (E) has decided to support their agitation against the new economic and industrial policies of the government, leading to the board being dismantled and a corporation formed in its place.

Fog forces CM to return
Ferozepore, January 29
The Chief Minister, Capt, Amarinder Singh, who was supposed to inaugurate a tehsil complex in Jalalabad and lay the foundation stone of Rs 32-crore rural water project today could not make it to the function reportedly due to heavy fog.

Octroi refund: legal action threatened
Bathinda, January 29
The Consumer Welfare Council, here today threatened to launch legal action against Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities for inordinate delay refunding the octroi charged on the consumption of electricity as per the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2001.

‘Stop vulgarising religious functions’
Chandigarh, January 29
A deputation of the Istri Akali Dal (Badal) led by Dr (Mrs) Shavinder Kaur Johal, today met the Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen JFR Jacob, and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention to stop the alleged vulgarisation of functions held on important religious occasions like the Maghi mela.

Mann opposes book on PM in colleges
Phagwara, January 29
President of SAD (A) and Lok Sabha Member Simranjit Singh Mann has written a letter to the vice-chancellors of various universities of Punjab and Chandigarh, opposing the UGC proposal of introducing in the reference book list of the universities and colleges a book written on Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, published by RSS right-wingers A. Joshi and Seshadri Chari.

Fraud charge against board employee
Amritsar, January 29
Mr Balwinder Singh Dhudhala, district secretary of the CPI, and Mr Devinder Kumar, general secretary of the All-India Youth Federation, in a joint press release issued here yesterday alleged that Ram Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar and an employee of the Mandikaran Board has defrauded hundreds of youths by luring them for getting recruited to the Army.

Jail guards demand uniforms
Patiala, January 29
Members of the Punjab Jail Guard Association today held a dharna in front of the Central Jail here in protest against the non-supply of uniform for the guards.

Jail guards stage dharna
Bathinda, January 29
The local Central Jail working was hit for about three hours today, as the jail guards staged a dharna near the jail in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

Jail guards protest near the Central Jail, Bathinda, on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo  Kulbir Beera

Fake insecticides detected
Moga, January 29
Some samples of insecticides and fertilisers taken by officials of the Agriculture Department in this district during the past few days have been found to be substandard and spurious.

Lala Lajpat remembered
Moga, January 29
The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Dr Kewal Krishan, yesterday said Punjab would not give water to any other state as it was already facing an acute water shortage with the groundwater level going down several hundred feet.


Drug smuggling thrives
Bathinda, January 29
Despite a campaign launched by the police authorities against drug smuggling, this district bordering Haryana and Rajasthan, which over the years has become a thriving market for smugglers and drug peddlers, witnessed registration of a case under the NDPS Act after every 40 hours in 2002.

ASI held for helping drug peddler
Tarn Taran, January 29
An Assistant Sub-Inspector Shiv Nath was arrested by the police station he was posted with for releasing a drug peddler arrested under the NDPS Act after taking a bribe, here today. Earlier, 20 police personnel were arrested on charges of corruption by the Tarn Taran police.

Two held on extortion charge
Gurdaspur, January 29
The police here today arrested two members of a family belonging to Bholath in Kapurthala district for allegedly extorting large sums of money from innocent persons on the pretext of sending them abroad and getting them settled there with handsome salaries.


Medical students left in lurch
Bathinda, January 29
Confusion prevails among students who had appeared for pre Medical Entrance Test (PMET) held by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences last year as they are not sure about the result of the counselling held by the university from January 22-24.

Paper reading contest
Patiala, January 29
The Department of English, Punjabi University, today organised the annual Sood memorial symposium paper reading contest.

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