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Henry seeks details of relief under OTS
Chandigarh, January 30
As controversy has broken out with regard to “one time settlement”, a process through which influential defaulter industrialists have been given some relief by waiving a part of their dues by the authorities concerned in the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Avtar Henry, Industries Minister, has directed the authorities concerned to submit details of all such settlements at the earliest.

263 education centres for deprived kids
Punjab identifies 10,000 locations in slum areas
Chandigarh, January 30
In its attempt to reach out towards total literacy, the Punjab Government has identified 10,000 locations across the state where formal education has not yet reached.

22 fake kidney donors confirmed in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, January 30
After finding evidence in form of fake addresses of donors in Amritsar and Jalandhar, the special investigation team probing the kidney scam has found an alleged evidence of its existence in Ludhiana as well.

Widow returns Tamra Patra
Chandigarh, January 30
“I am too old to fight any more. I am fully exhausted. I have unsuccessfully struggled for 25 years, moving from pillar to post, but still no one is prepared to help me,” rues Mrs Gurnam Kaur, widow of freedom fighter Tara Singh of Moga, who in spite of numerous trips to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Moga, could not be sanctioned “pension” for want of evidence. She is in her late 80s now.

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Nanakshahi calendar won’t be accepted: Sudarshan
Amritsar, January 30
The recitation of Gurbani from the holy Dasam Granth at Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib, two of the five Takhts of Sikhs, every day has proved beyond doubt that Sikhs are part of the Hinduism.

Badal’s cousin booked on assault charge
Lambi (Muktsar), January 30
A case against Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, a cousin of the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and confidant of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, along with others was registered for their alleged involvement in thrashing Mr Narjeet Singh Chunnu vice-president, District Congress Committee, Muktsar. 


Cong infighting to the fore
Kapurthala, January 30
Infighting in the Congress came to fore after Mr Harnek Singh, a supporter of Rana Gurjit Singh, Congress MLA from Kapurthala, was elected chairman of the Panchayat Samiti, Dhilwan, by draw of lots in the office of the samiti today.

Kulwant Kaur is samiti chief
Kharar, January 30
The Congress candidate, Ms Kulwant Kaur, was elected chairperson of the local Panchayat Samiti and Mr Gurbachan Singh, a pro-SAD candidate, who was supported by a dissident Congress leader, Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, was elected vice-chairman in the election held here today.

SAD’s dist office inaugurated
Sangrur, January 30
Once again factionalism in the district unit of the SAD today resurfaced as no senior leader of the Surjit Singh Barnala faction, including Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, MLA, Dhuri, and Mr Baldev Singh Mann, a former MLA, Dirba, was present on the inauguration of district office of the SAD at Kaula Park, here.

Leftists’ call to oppose US move on Iraq
Jalandhar, January 30
To protest against US move to invade Iraq, the CPI (M-L) and three other like-minded organisations held a march here today.


Cong not to allow refinery dumping
Rampura Phul, January 30
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, said the Congress would never allow dumping of the Bathinda refinery as the completion of the project would boost the sagging economy of the state.

Mr H. S. Hanspal, PPCC president, discuses a point with an Independent MLA, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, at a function in memory of Kuka Adolan martyrs at Rampura Phul on Thursday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

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Bathinda Refinery to be speeded up
PM stands by commitment on Rs 10,000-cr project
New Delhi, January 30
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee here today gave a categorical assurance to Shiromani Akali Dal chief and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that there was no going back on the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Ltd project in Bathinda.

All Punjab schools must provide potable water
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant order, today directed the state of Punjab and other respondents to provide potable water to all the primary schools within a year.

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Police remand for Thandal
Kharar, January 30
A court here today remanded former Punjab Food and Supplies Minister Sohan Singh Thandal in police custody till February 1. He was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in a corruption case.

Bhullars seek release of Devinder Pal Singh
Mehraj (Bathinda), January 30
Members of the Bhullar community from several districts of Punjab today demanded the release of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, awarded capital sentence by the Supreme Court in a Delhi bomb blast case of 1993.

Bhullar community members attend a function organised at Gurdwara Mari Bhullar, near Rampura Phul (Bathinda), on Thursday, to show solidarity with Davinder Pal Singh, who has been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in a TADA case. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Bajaj dealer told to pay compensation
Ropar, January 30
The District Consumer Forum has directed Hind Motors Limited, an authorised dealer of Bajaj Auto Limited, to pay a compensation of Rs 5000 to Pradeep Kaur, a resident of SAS Nagar.

Ahluwalias’ offer to raise gates
Amritsar, January 30
The ‘Ahluwalia baradari’ volunteered to raise two gates to be renamed after Sikh warriors Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia and Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

Ayurvedic docs’ claim misleading: IMA
Jalandhar, January 30
Challenging the claim of the National Integrated Medicos Association that law permitted ayurvedic doctors to practise allopathy, the Indian Medical Association today alleged that the claim was “implausible and misleading”.

Rs 2.20 cr unaccounted money unearthed
Phagwara, January 30
Unaccounted Rs 2.20 crore was unearthed in at five places, including Phagwara, Nakodar, Goraya and Phillaur. Income Tax of Rs 85 lakh will be due on the unearthed money. 

LIC staff flay US threat to Iraq
Jalandhar, January 30
On a nationwide call, members of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association today held a demonstration outside the divisional office of the LIC in protest against the US threat to attack Iraq.

DSP’s bail plea dismissed
Mansa, January 30
The camp court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mansa, Mr Jaspal Singh, dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Mr Gurjit Singh, DSP, Sherpur, in the Barnala police district in a murder case registered against him and inspector Chuhar Singh, posted in the district on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

PAIC official held for graft
Bathinda, January 30
Mr Ram Parvesh, Inspector, Punjab Agro-Industries Corporation, posted at Talwandi Sabo, was today arrested by Vigilance Bureau team from Chandigarh led by DSP Avtar Singh for accepting bribe of Rs 12,000 from contractor Gurjinder Singh.

Dang pleads for SPOs, Home Guards
Amritsar, January 30
Mr Satyapal Dang, CPI leader, has urged the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to ensure the regular release of wages of SPOs and Home Guards.

Tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi
A two-minute silence was observed at the district administrative complex here to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the programme. A contingent of the Punjab police reversed its arms.

Blood donation camp in Pandove’s memory
Patiala, January 30
A blood donation camp, to commemorate the 11th death anniversary of ace cricketer Dhruv Pandove, was organised at Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.

Joint Director injured
Tarn Taran, January 30
Mr G.S. Boparai, Joint Director, Information and Public Relations department, Border zone, Amritsar, and his driver, Mr Narinder Singh, were injured in a road accident near Zira yesterday. 


Contract farming introduced
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
Farmers Club can play a vital role in strengthening the fiscal economical condition of farmers through technology transfer from lab to land in the coming years. This was stated by Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, while presiding over a meet and match programme, organised by Farmers Club, Hansali, Malwa Gramin Bank, Khera and NABARD at Khera village yesterday.

Akali Dal (A) serves ultimatum on Punjab
Amloh, January 30
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has served an ultimatum on the Centre and the Punjab Government that if payments to cane farmers at the rate of Rs 105 per quintal as announced by the government are not made till February 12, the party will block the rail and road traffic at the Phillaur bridge for indefinite period.


DC orders probe against tehsildar
Pathankot, January 30
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, said today that he had recommended disciplinary action against Subash Padam, tehsildar, Pathankot, for many scams and the Punjab Government would take the final decision.

Rs 2.25 cr released for water works
Bathinda, January 30
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has released Rs 2.25 crore for the construction and repair of water works in 190 villages in the district.

Punjab to sell tourist resorts
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Government will sell all tourist resorts except the one at Aam Khas Bagh at Sirhind by holding bids for each one separately. The decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Headless body of student traced
Moga, January 30

The headless body of a youth, who was reported missing, was recovered from a canal here with the police suspecting foul play by the father, a Deputy Commander in the CRPF, and relatives of his second wife.

Three booked on cheating charge
Amritsar, January 30
The district police has booked three persons for allegedly defrauding two youths of Rs 11 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Fake challan books printed
Amritsar, January 30
Fake challan books have allegedly been printed by some presses of Amritsar. Some challan slips, filled in by the traffic authorities, have been procured by National Revolutionary Party for Democracy and Justice.

Gang engaged in video-piracy busted
Gurdaspur, January 30
The police here has busted a gang engaged in pirating spurious video cassettes of blue and new Hindi films.

Fake licence maker jailed
Ropar, January 30
The CJM, Ropar, Mr Ravinder Singh, today sentenced to jail Pawan Kumar of Ropar for making a fake driving licence. Earlier, in a complaint to the police, Mr Sanjeev Kumar of Ropar had alleged that Pawan Kumar who was an agent for making driving licences had taken Rs 500 from him for the purpose.

Cop’s wife, others booked for fraud
Bathinda, January 30
A fraud case has been registered in the city police station against Jaspal Kaur, wife of Ajaib Singh, ASI, Punjab Police, posted in this district along with two others. They have been booked for allegedly committing the fraud with a woman in the sale of a residential plot.


School timings changed
Ropar, January 30

The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, has once again changed the school timings in the district from 9 am to 2 pm.


Bhattal meets commission agents
Chandigarh, January 30
Punjab Agriculture Minister Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who held a meeting with the Federation of Arhti Associations here today, said that henceforth licences issued to Arhtias (commission agents) would be valid for 10 years. 

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