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Rapprochement to bring rebels around: CMCapt Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, January 1
 Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh believed that the rapprochement process he had initiated with the dissidents would work fast and break the current “family impasse”.

Badal rejects special inquiry
Charges against Amarinder’s son
Chandigarh, January 1
Rejecting the special inquiry ordered by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh into the charges against his son, Mr Raninder Singh, under the Commission of Inquiry Act, the SAD President Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that it should be conducted by either the Director of Revenue Intelligence or the CBI.
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal (extreme left) at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee at Kalgidhar Nivas, Sector 27, in Chandigarh Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal (extreme left) at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee at Kalgidhar Nivas, Sector 27, in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib



Cong crisis shadow over work in offices
Ropar, January 1
Dissidences in the congress has been affecting work in government offices in the state. Payments in all treasuries of the state have been banned since one week. No bill, other than of salaries is being passed by the treasuries.

Talhan’s first Dalit woman sarpanch aims high
Inderjit Kaur Talhan (Jalandhar), January 1
“The biggest challenge before me is to remove bitterness between Dalits and Jats, leading to division between Dalits and Jats and a bad name for the village. These are feelings of Ms Inderjit Kaur (27) Dalit woman elected to be the first Dalit woman sarpanch of Talhan village in the panchayat elections held for the only reserve (SC Women) seat on December 21.

Syndicate confirms former Registrar’s suspension
Patiala, January 1
The Punjabi University Syndicate today confirmed the suspension of Dr K.S. Sidhu, a former Registrar, a professor in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies. The Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, presided over Syndicate meeting.


Rs 90 lakh grant for homeless in Ropar
Ropar, January 1
The Punjab Government has given a grant of Rs 90 lakh for providing pucca houses to the homeless in the district. The grant has been allotted under the special component scheme for the Schedule Castes in the state.

Improvement Trust plan to develop Faridkot
Faridkot, January 1
On the directions of the Punjab Government, the local Improvement Trust has formulated a comprehensive plan to develop this historic town, named after Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid, during the new year. Under the plan, three more colonies equipped with modern facilities and civic amenities will be set up along the Faridkot-Sadiq, Faridkot-Talwandi and Faridkot-Kotkapura roads.

Rallies against move to privatise ITIs, PSEB
Nangal, January 1
The first day of the New Year was marked with rallies by the employees against the proposed privatisation policies of the Punjab Government. The first such rally was held here today.

Escape of undertrials: 15 suspended
Patiala, January 1
The Patiala Central Jail authorities today recommended action against two assistant superintendents, apart from suspending 15 other personnel who have been charged with negligence which led to the escape of two undertrials from the jail complex on December 30.

The forgotten Diwan of Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
Diwan Todar Mal Jain of Sirhind, a local businessman, was an ardent follower of the Sikh Gurus. His richness could be gauged from his lavish haveli “Jahaz Mahal”. Constructed just outside the Mughal Governor Nawab Wazir Khan’s palace, Diwan Todar Mal’s haveli boasts of a grand reception area to receive and entertain guests and a well laid-out ground complete with a pool and fountains.

4 pc DA for staff of SGPC institutions
Phagwara, January 1
The SGPC general secretary, Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, said today that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should apply the same yardstick to himself and his son which he had applied to the Akalis in connection with allegations of corruption.

Peacenik reaches Wagah in reverse
Wagah, January 1
Close to the SAARC summit starting from January 4, peacenik Harpreet Pappu today reached the Indo-Pak joint check post while driving his car ‘in reverse gear’ to promote Indo-Pak ties. Slogans of friendship with its neighbouring country were raised when the peacenik arrived with his wife Krishna Devi and three-year-old son Abu here just before the Retreat ceremony.

Harpreet Pappu
(R) along with his wife Krishna Devi and son Abu sits near their car in Amritsar on Thursday.
Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Harpreet Pappu along with his wife Krishna Devi and son Abu sits near their car in Amritsar

Biyearly Hindu jathas to Pak sought
Amritsar, January 1
All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has demanded that Hindu jathas should be allowed to go to Pakistan biyearly to visit their holy shrines and ensure their maintenance. In a communication to the Prime Minister, the sena head, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has urged that Hindu jathas should go regularly to Pakistan according to an Indo-Pak agreement.


Farmers for reopening of meat factory
Barnala, January 1
A meeting of various unions of farmers and associations of the Malwa region at Barnala on December 27 was of the view that to tackle the menace of stray cattle being faced by villages and towns of Punjab closed meat factory should the started.


9 IAS, 2 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Government today posted and transferred nine IAS and two PCS officers. Mr K.K. Bhatnagar has been given charge as Principal Secretary of Technical Education and Industrial Training in addition to the existing charge of the Department of Printing and Stationery.


Stolen motor cycle recovered, two held
Lalru, January 1
The police has arrested two residents of Ambala and recovered a stolen motor cycle from their possession. They have been identified as Raju, a resident of Gulama locality, and Naresh Kumar, a resident of Parshuram Colony, Ambala City.


Govt teachers to stage dharna on Jan 8
Barnala, January 1
The Punjab Government School Teachers' Union will stage a dharna in front of the office of the Director, Punjab Instruction (Secondary) Punjab, in Chandigarh on January 8 to lodge a protest against the alleged anti-teacher and anti-education policies of the state government.

College NSS camp concludes
Barnala, January 1
The 10-day winter NSS Camp of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala) concluded on December 30. This camp began on December 21. Prof Tara Singh, NSS programme officer of the college informed this reporter here today that 50 NSS volunteers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera took part in the camp.

School timings changed in district
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
In view of the dense fog and intense cold conditions, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today ordered change in the timings of schools in the district.

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