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BJP gears up to hit back at CM
Chandigarh, February 6
The Punjab unit of the BJP today opened front against Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who has politically hit hard against the BJP’s Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal. In a counterattack the BJP General Secretary, Mr Avinash Jaiswal, said here today that the Punjab Government was being run by “leisure and pleasure seekers”.

Punjab may follow information Bill
Chandigarh, February 6
Punjab is awaiting a copy of the Government of India gazette notification on ‘’The Freedom of Information Act’’, which it proposes to follow in respect of ‘’openness, transparency and accountability’’ in administration.

Boycott of Dalits: SC/ST panel seeks DGP’s report
Jalandhar, February 6
Taking a note of the alleged boycott of Dalits by Jats of nearby Talhan village for 20 days, a team of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes today visited the village for an inquiry.

Relaxation in Punjabi against Varsity Act
Patiala, February 6
Punjab Languages Department Director M.L. Hasija today said Punjabi University could not give relaxation in respect of proficiency in Punjabi to those being recruited teachers in the varsity and that the relaxation granted by the Syndicate at a recent meeting could not be given according to the Varsity Act.

Anandpur Sahib


  Pak national’s body handed over at Wagah
Amritsar, February 6
Body of Mohammad Hussain (70) who died in January was handed over to Pakistani authorities at Wagah checkpost today. According to information Mohammad Hussain, a resident of Lahore in Pakistan was nabbed by the BSF in August last year while he was trying to cross over into India. He was in jail and his condition worsened.


Amritsar MC spends more on salaries
Amritsar, February 6
Even as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been adjudged the best by the Planning Commission of India, Amritsar lags behind not only Ludhiana but also the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation as its establishment expenditure (majority of it as salaries) has risen by most 2.5 times its spending on development.

Construction of water tanks: contractors cry foul
Bathinda, February 6
Contractors here alleged malpractice in the allotment of contract for the construction of water tanks by officials of the Public Health Department, Faridkot. They have urged the Punjab Public Health Minister to cancel the tenders.

Bench takes up plea of former PPSC chief
Chandigarh, February 6
Taking up a petition filed by former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission challenging the holding of two trials out of the same first information report, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed February 18 as the next date of hearing in the case.

National Defence College team visits city

Amritsar, February 6
National Defence College team headed by Rear Admiral I.K. Saluja, Senior Directing Staff (Navy), and 16 senior officers of the armed forces, civil services as well as senior officers from armies of foreign countries visited the city today.

National Defence College team members at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Thursday.Photo Rajiv Sharma

National Defence College team members at the Golden Temple complex

Women pay tributes to Kalpana
Jalandhar, February 6
Women from all walks of life converged at the Red Cross Society’s “Sanjivini”, a centre for displaced women and children, and paid tributes to Kalpana Chawla, here today.

Badungar for revoking Bhullar’s death penalty
Patiala, February 6
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, today appealed to the Union Government to revoke the death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar and threatened to create a “Panthic lehar” if the Centre failed to do so. He further said the masses would be mobilised to take up the issue at various levels.

BKU blockage enters second day
Gurdaspur, February 6
More than 500 trucks are stranded between Dinanagar and Gurdaspur on the Gurdaspur side and Dinanagar to Parmanand on the Pathankot side due to the road blockage by the Bharati Kisan Union, which entered its second day today. Passenger buses and light vehicles were being diverted through village link roads.

3 killed as water tanker overturns
Anandpur Sahib, February 6
At least three persons were killed and 12 others injured, five of them seriously, when a water tanker in which they were travelling overturned on the Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi highway near here late last night.

Panel favours use of Hindi in govt offices
Jalandhar, February 6
Parliamentary Official Language Subcommittee yesterday reviewed the use of Hindi as a medium of communication in the Central Government offices here. The eight-member committee, led by its convener, Mr Nawal Kishore Rai, held separate meetings with the officials of the Income Tax Department, the State Trading Corporation and the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur and issued instructions to promote the use of Hindi as a medium of communication in the government offices.

Fervour missing on Basant
Patiala, February 6
Despite hype of Basant being celebrated with much fervour in Patiala, markets and other places in the city wore the usual look. Neither was the clear blue sky punctuated with kites.


5 FCI officials reverted
Mansa, February 6
Following the rejection of consignments comprising 6,000 quintals of rice of the local depot of the Food Corporation of India by Mr Prem Singh, Joint Manager, Quality Control of the FCI, Chandigarh regional office, who raided the depot along with Mr Avtar Singh, Assistant Manager, FCI regional office, a thorough inspection of the rice stored in the depot has been ordered.


Vehicle thieves nabbed
Phagwara, February 6
The police nabbed three members of an inter-state gang, Sanjeev Kumar ‘Bali’ and Hardip ‘Butta’ of Dosanjh Kalan village and Rakesh Kumar of Indnaklaske village and seized two cars, two scooters, a motorcycle, three mobiles and some jewellery from them, last night.

Jail inmate booked for attacking prisoner
Bathinda, February 6
A case under Section 324 of the IPC was registered against Krishan Kumar, an inmate of the local Central Jail late last evening after he attacked another inmate Labh Singh with a sharpedged weapon, injuring one of his eyes.

Robbers decamp with 3.5 lakh from bank
Gurdaspur, February 6
Two unidentified youth, armed with pistols in the age group of 25-30 years with muffled faces entered co-operative bank, Bhattian, under the Kahnuwan police station in this district and decamped with Rs 3.5 lakh after procuring the keys of the cash from the manager and the cashier of the bank.

2 kids, student die in mishaps
Patiala, February 6
Two children and a student were killed in two accidents at different places in the city today. Rohit (12) and Sahil (13) were crushed to death by a speeding truck (PB-13A-7599) opposite the traffic control booth at Sheranwala Gate.

DSP, gunman die in mishap
Kharar, February 6
Mr Barinder Singh, DSP of the Punjab police posted at Amritsar, and his gunman Shavinder Singh were killed when their car was hit by a truck near Desumajra village on the Kharar-SAS Nagar road at about 7 am today.

In-laws booked in dowry case
Hoshiarpur, February 6
A case of bride harassment for more dowry by her in-laws was reported at the Mahilpur police station yesterday.


Fund crunch not to hit women’s education
Muktsar, February 6
The Principal Secretary, Education, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, said yesterday that shortage of funds would not be allowed to affect the education of women and the state government was serious about improving women’s education.

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