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Bathinda refinery: CM ridicules Badal’s claim
Kila Raipur (Ludhiana), February 2
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today ridiculed the claims of the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of trying to seek credit for the Prime Minister’s assurance on Bathinda Oil Refinery. He said Mr Badal had no locus standi to claim the credit on the issue since he had already talked to the Prime Minister and discussed the issue threadbare.

CM soft on Mukul, alleges Badal
Chandigarh February 2
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here yesterday that by making a public display of his proximity to his “blue-eyed” officer involved in the Panchkula episode, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had reduced to nothing the probe ordered by him to fix responsibility for the unethical conduct of Mr Mukul Joshi.

Paddy worth crores eaten up by millers
Ferozepore, February 2
Even as raids by several teams of the Vigilance Bureau on the premises of about 10 rice mills of this district have been continuing for the past three days, a scam worth crores of rupees pertaining to the replacement of good paddy stock with the damaged paddy stock allegedly run by the rice mill owners with the connivance of an official of state procurement agency has come to light.

Corporatisation of PSEB opposed
Sangrur, February 2
Reacting to the proposed corporatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Er Padamjit Singh Chief Engineer, Enforcement, PSEB, and a known crusader against corruption in the board, today said that the splitting of one loss-making unit, the, into a number of loss-making units was no solution to bring about reforms in the power sector.




Bibi Kiranjot to arrange kirtan by women
Amritsar, February 2
For the first time after the formation of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in 1925, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, a former General Secretary of the SGPC, will arrange kirtan by baptised Sikh women inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple next month, despite opposition from orthodox Sikhs.

Most expensive gurdwara to open before Baisakhi
 Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall Chandigarh, February 2
World’s most expensive gurdwara built at Southall, a suburb of London, will be thrown open for the “sangat” before Baisakhi this year. About Rs 120 crore have been spent on the construction of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall. 

Bus fare hiked in Punjab
Phagwara, February 2
The Punjab Government has increased the bus fare in the state second time, with immediate effect. According to the sources in the state Transport Department, minimum bus fare in any ordinary bus has been fixed Rs 2.


Race hots up for top ZP posts
Jalandhar, February 2
To grab the coveted posts of the chairman and vice- chairman of the Zila Parishad for their “men” and to stage a “show of strength”, two groups of the Jalandhar-based Congress ministers have started flexing their muscles to get the “nod” of the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, and the Punjab Pradesh Congress chief, Mr H. S. Hanspal, in favour of their respective candidates.

Infighting in Cong comes to fore
Bathinda, February 2
Even as the Punjab Congress leadership has been trying to infuse zeal among party activists and workers to perform well in the coming municipal council elections to be held in March, differences and groupism in the district Congress unit has started acquiring alarming dimensions as four members of the zila parishad did not attend meeting convened by DCC (I) president, Mr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, today for electing the candidate to be nominated for the election of chairman and vice-chairman of the zila parishad scheduled to be held on February 4.


Girls dressed to perform during the annual function of Dashmesh Senior Secondary School at Bathinda
Girls dressed to perform during the annual function of Dashmesh Senior Secondary School at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera

Sarpanch, panchayat secy held
Bathinda, February 2
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Mr Pritam Singh, sarpanch, Mr Makhan Singh, officiating sarpanch and Mr Gurtej Singh, panchayat secretary of Ramsra village for the alleged misappropriation of funds. Sources said here today that the panchayat had shown that Rs 53.54 lakh had been spent on various development works in the village during 1998-2002, but the VB had received a complaint alleging bungling in the funds and siphoning of funds by a section of panchayat members with the connivance of the panchayat secretary.

VB sleuths quiz Saini, son
Pathankot, February 2
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has started a probe against Mr Satya Pal Saini, former BJP minister, for allegedly having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Organ transplant: IMA seeks fresh guidelines
Sangrur, February 2
The Punjab unit of the IMA has urged the state government to issue fresh guidelines stressing transparency on organ transplants in consultation with medical bodies and noted doctors of the country.

Leaders flay Sikh ‘black list’
Amritsar, February 2
The Akali Dal (Mann) has convened a crucial meeting of its working committee and executive committee at Ludhiana tomorrow to discuss various issues pertaining to the Sikh Panth.

SAD to institute award in memory of Kalpana
Chandigarh, February 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to institute an award in memory of Kalpana Chawla. Announcing this here today, the president of the party, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, said the award would be given annually to a Punjabi or a person or Punjabi origin for his outstanding contribution in the field of space research at the national or international level.

US body to implement Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, February 2
In a significant development, the American Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has decided to implement the Nanakshahi calendar in all Sikh shrines in the USA.

Health workers seek probe
Kharar, February 2
Demanding a high-level probe into the assault on Harjinder Singh, steno to Civil Surgeon, a few days back, the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association has sought stern legal action against all those involved in the incident.

Judicial remand for MLA’s son
Moga, February 2
On the expiry of day’s police remand, the police yesterday produced Kulwant Singh, son of Malkiat Singh Kittu, MLA Barnala, in the court of Judicial Magistrate Tarsem Mangla.


BKU (E) activists stage dharna
Mansa, February 2
Activists of BKU (E) sat on a dharna here yesterday near the district courts complex in protest against the registration of a criminal case against more than 100 workers of the union and arrest of five workers, including Mr Malook Singh Hirke, vice-president of the state unit of the BKU (E).


Border highways to be widened
Gurdaspur, February 2
State highways in the border districts of Ferozepore, Gurdaspur and Amritsar will be widened on a priority during the next financial year and will be partly financed by the World Bank.

Salaries not paid for 8 months
Batala, February 2
Resentment prevails among employees of Post-Portum Unit (Family Planning) and Revamping Schemes of the Punjab Health Department working with the Civil Hospital, Batala, as they have not been paid salaries for the past eight months.


Gang of cheats busted
Gurdaspur , February 2
The police has busted another gang of cheats who were involved in extorting large sums of money from people on the pretext of sending them abroad and get them lucrative jobs.

Robbers parade women naked
Pathankot, February 2
A 25-member gang, suspected to be Kale Kachhewale, struck at three villages in Pathankot and Kathua early this morning and committed robbery in four houses. Women members of the Gujjar community were forcibly paraded naked and injured.

In-laws held in dowry case
Tarn Taran, February 2
The police has arrested four members of a family under the Dowry Act. Police sources said here today that father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law of Kulbir Kaur, daughter of Mr Sardool Singh of Uppal village, under the Verowal police station, were arrested on a complaint of Kulbir Kaur (24).


Schools forced to buy outdated books
Bathinda, February 2
“Purchase books for library on January 8, 2003. If the books are not purchased on the date, you will be personally responsible for departmental action taken against you. So ensure that you reach the DEO (Secondary) office on the date. This is most urgent.”

Punjabi varsity cuts holidays
Patiala, February 2
Punjabi University has decided to reduce the number of public holidays on the campus from 37 to only eight besides switching over to the semester system of examinations. A decision in this regard was taken at a high-powered committee meeting held here yesterday which was chaired by Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai and consisted of representatives of student bodies, meritorious students of all teaching departments, Deans of faculties, heads of teaching departments and other senior functionaries of the varsity.


Padyatra for loan recovery
Jalandhar, February 2
In a unique attempt to recover loans, running into crores of rupees, from its defaulters, Uco bank today launched a special “padyatra” in the Doaba region of Punjab requesting defaulters to repay the dues or face strict action according to law.


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