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No room for dissidents in Punjab Bhavan
Chandigarh, January 2
Resentful of denial of accommodation in Punjab Bhavan and Kapurthala House in New Delhi early next week for their crucial meeting with the party observers, Punjab Congress Legislature Party (CLP) dissidents are “all set to make a last concerted effort on January 5 and 6 in support of their demand for change of leadership in the state.”

12 SAD workers booked
Ropar January 2
The Ropar police has registered a case against 12 SAD workers from the district for blocking traffic and burning the effigy of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the Bhatha Sahib gurdwara crossing yesterday.

Challan against Shamsher Mehndi presented
Patiala, January 2
Shamsher Mehndi Though as many as 35 persons had claimed to have given money to Shamsher Mehndi in the human trafficking case, the police today filed a challan against him in a local court, stating that it had been able to find sufficient evidence to challan him in the case on the basis of only four complaints.

MP for opening of Hussainiwala border
Abohar, January 2
Mr Zora Singh Mann, MP, talking to reporters here today, said the opening of Hussainiwala (Ferozepore) border might be set after the SAARC summit in Islamabad. During a meeting of Indian parliamentarians with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and the Foreign Minister, this issue was discussed in Islamabad last month.

Terms for absorption of CRPF, BSF officers into Punjab Police
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Government has laid down specific conditions facilitating the absorption of 12 paramilitary (PMF) officers from the CRPF and the BSF on deputation into the Punjab Police. A letter seeking their absorption against newly created ex-cadre posts was taken recently so that the seniority of other officers was not affected.

Controversial cop allowed to continue in service
Chandigarh, January 2
Apparently buckling under pressure, the Punjab police has set aside the order regarding premature retirement of controversial police Inspector Shamsher Singh Guddu (substantive rank Sub Inspector), thereby allowing him to continue in service till 58 years of age.


Schoolchildren arm themselves with extra woollens on the first day of school after the winter vacations
Schoolchildren arm themselves with extra woollens on the first day of school after the winter vacations in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.


NRI donates Rs 25 lakh for college
Patiala, January 2
An NRI doctor, who was invited to the local Government Mohindra College to lay the foundation stone of a Rs 50 lakh auditorium on the college campus today, announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh.


CPI (M-L) rally against Congress policies
Jalandhar, January 2
Workers of the Jalandhar unit of the CPI (M-L) held a rally to expose the alleged anti-people policies of the Congress and the SAD at the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today.


Doctors operate on war-hit Cambodians
Jalandhar, January 2
More than 100 war and polio-affected civilians of Cambodia have been operated upon by a two-member Indian team of orthopaedicians and medical equipment worth $ 10,000 has been donated to the Cambodian medical authorities as part of the Rotary International’s medicare project.

47 JCOs awarded certificates
Jalandhar, January 2
As many as 47 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other ranks, who have less than two years left to retire, were awarded certificates during the second convocation of Vajra Sainik Institute at Jalandhar Cantonment here today.

Four sambars rescued from canals
Ropar, January 2
In the past few days, the Forest Department has rescued four sambars, which, due to foggy weather, had fallen into various canals of the district.

Cracks appear in recently repaired road
Barnala, January 2
Wide cracks have appeared in the courts chowk — ITI chowk road, which was repaired only a month ago under the supervision of the Executive Engineer, Central Works Division (Highways), Patiala. Five members of a family were killed in a car-truck accident on this road, near Kapil Marriage Palace, here on December 12.


Justice Nehra to head inquiry
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Government has appointed Justice B.S. Nehra of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to head of the Inquiry Commission set up to probe the allegations contained in a news item published in an English daily on December 28 under the headline “Curious transactions in name of Punjab Intranet”.


Punjab State Gazetteer released
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, released the Punjab State Gazetteer in two volumes here today.


Fisheries officer booked for cheating
Ropar, January 2
The police has booked the Chief Executive Officer, fish seed farm, Katli, Mr S.M. Dogra, on the charges of forgery. He has been booked on the complaint of Sohan Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib who alleged that a few months ago he had gone to the Katli farm to enquire about government schemes regarding fisheries.

Six held for selling biris with fake labels
Sangrur, January 2
The district police has arrested Rajinder Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Budh Ram, Jatinder Kumar, Sanjay Kumar and Tarsem Lal, all residents of Dhuri, for allegedly selling biris in packets using fake labels of 17 and 77 brands.

Jawan poisoned to death
Fazilka, January 2
A BSF jawan of 181 Battalion here was allegedly poisoned in a train bound to Fazilka. He died at the local Civil Hospital. His belongings were reportedly stolen by those who poisoned him.

Ten injured in clash
Malerkotla, January 2
Ten persons, including eight women, were injured in a clash which took place over the possession of a piece of land at Sihke village, near here, on Wednesday night.


Pbi varsity demands Rs 4.36 cr from govt
Patiala, January 2
Punjabi University, which is still to get Rs 2.18 crore promised to it by the state government for rolling back the fee hike in October last year, has now requested the government to provide it Rs 4.36 crore to meet the shortfall, including that for the next academic session.

Pbi varsity VC demands land for professional college
Mohali, January 2
Punjabi University, Patiala, has demanded 10 acres in Mohali from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to start a professional college. This was stated by the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai here today.

Teachers not paid salary since October
Batala, January 2
Teachers of government-aided privately managed schools of Gurdaspur district have not received their monthly salaries since October, 2003.


Complaint filed against IT company
Patiala, January 2
Seven local residents have approached Range Deputy Inspector General of Police I.P.S. Sahota, requesting him to register a case against the directors of the Artex E- Communication Limited, which, they claimed, had defrauded them.

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