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Mystery shrouds ‘VB raid’ on
Kaypee’s house
Jalandhar, January 5
Even as mystery shrouded the “raid” by “sleuths” of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on the local residence of the Punjab Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, a relaxed-sounding Mr Kaypee, who was away to Delhi, has taken up the matter with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Fog may hit rabi crop
Farmers busy removing weeds from wheat crop in foggy weather
Chandigarh, January 5
 The prevailing foggy weather has set alarm bells ringing among farmers as well as agriculture scientists in Punjab, Haryana and other parts of this region. 

Farmers busy removing weeds from wheat crop in foggy weather.
— This photo was taken by Manoj Mahajan on Monday near Landran. 

GM crops answer to Punjab's agriculture problems: expert
Chandigarh, January 5
Despite strong opposition from a section of the environmentalists and vested interests, the Punjab Government should take a bold decision to opt for the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, especially BT cotton in the state on a large scale. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



News Analysis
Congress infighting hits growth
Chandigarh, January 5
As the Congress High Command works out a political solution to the crisis in Punjab, the President of India has given his assent to the anti-defection Constitutional (97th Amendment) Bill-2003. It has become a law, operative from January 1, 2004.

Move on deputationists raises hackles
Chandigarh, January 5
The Punjab Police Services Association has threatened to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the decision of the Punjab Government to permanently retain 12 paramilitary officers on deputation from the CRPF and the BSF in the Punjab Police.

Devotees throng Gobindgarh Fort on Gurpurb
Bathinda, January 5
Thousands of devotees descended on the historic Gobindgarh Fort here from all over the region to attend the prayer meetings held on the occasion of birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh today. The rush of devotees here was more than the usual this time. Guru Gobind Singh had paid a visit to this fort.

Devotees stand in queue to pay homage on the occasion of the 338th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at the Golden temple in Amritsar

Holi dip, langar on Gurpurb
Ludhiana page: Gurpurb celebrated with fervour

In video: Sikhs celebrate Guru Gobind Singh's 338th birth anniversary. (28k, 56k)

Devotees stand in queue to pay homage on the occasion of the 338th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at the Golden temple in Amritsar on Monday.
— PTI photo


Political parties gear up for Maghi Mela
Muktsar January 5
Keeping an eye on the next Lok Sabha elections, various political parties have started preparing their election agenda to be announced at their respective conferences to be held on January 13 and January 14 here on Maghi Mela.

BJP prepares for elections
Chandigarh, January 5
The Punjab unit of the BJP today appointed the following persons as in charge of nine Lok Sabha constituencies in the state for the forthcoming elections, a party spokesman said here today.


Intellectuals’ panel to strengthen moral values
Amritsar, January 5
A six-member committee of intellectuals has decided to launch a movement on the lines of the “Sikh reform movement” to spread awareness among the people about the “deteriorating” moral values in the religious, social and political fields.

Tributes paid to mine blast victims
Army personnel pay tributes on the second death anniversary of mine blast victimsAmritsar, January 5
Army officials from the Engineers Regiment, the Dogra Regiment and the Sikh Regiment today paid tributes to the victims of mine blast at the martyrs’ memorial in the border village of Mahawa here.

Army personnel pay tributes on the second death anniversary of mine blast victims in Mahawa village, Amritsar, on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Dealer fined for selling faulty TV set
Abohar, January 5
While censuring a TV dealer here for providing a television set without the features advertised in the pamphlet, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed him to either replace the set or refund the money to the customer with interest at the rate of 18 per cent per annum from the date of its purchase and Rs 1,000 as compensation for mental harassment to the complainant.

Shruti Sachdeva does Patiala proud
Patiala, January 5
Shruti Sachdeva of Our Lady of Fatima Convent School has made the city proud by winning a national award in all-India solo folk dance competition held at Solan recently.

Health scheme extended
Chandigarh, January 5
Umeed Khanna Foundation in Sangrur and surrounding areas provides “health at your doorstep”, in 540 villages, through its mobile dispensaries manned by 22 doctors. The patients are examined and given medicines free of cost.


Jats demand farm insurance
Jalandhar, January 5
The All-India Jat Maha Sabha has urged the state government to implement an agriculture insurance scheme for the state farmers, who were being frequently forced to bear heavy losses due to bad weather conditions, it said.


Admn gears up to tackle stray animal menace
Bathinda, January 5
Even as farmers of the district have been spending sleepless nights in the chilling cold to protect their crops from the damage being caused to these by stray animals, particularly cows, the district administration has started making efforts to tackle the menace.

SDM offices to get single-window counters
Sangrur, January 5
The district administration will introduce single window system soon in all six subdivisional headquarters in the offices of Sub Divisional Magistrates at Sangrur, Sunam, Dhuri, Malerkotla, Barnala and Moonak to deal with work related to SDM and Tehsil offices, in a simplified manner and within a stipulated timeframe.


Woman arrested for drowning children in canal
Ropar, January 5
When Narinder Kumar, a resident of the Mata Rani locality here, left to attend a marriage party in Malikpur on November 2 last year, little did he know that he would be seeing his children — Simran and Suraj — for the last time. When he returned home, he was shocked to know that his children had drowned in the Bhakra canal.

Gang of cheats busted, 3 held
Patiala, January 5
A gang of cheats, which was allegedly blackmailing people by posing as members of the Punjab Intelligence Wing, was busted by the Patiala police yesterday with the arrest of three members of the gang.

Police remand for patwari
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 5
The police on the recommendation of the Deputy Commissioner has registered a fresh case against Gurpal Singh, a patwari, for selling the Canal Rest House, Adampur, along with 19.5 acre of land worth crores belonging to the Irrigation Department to five parties. A case has been registered under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471, IPC. He was presented in the court of Duty Magistrate Neelam Arora today and was remanded in police custody for two days.


Protesting ETT trainees lathicharged
Patiala, January 5
Elementary teachers training course trainees were lathicharged here today when they tried to cross the barricades put up on the road leading to the residence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

School times changed
Bathinda, January 5
District Magistrate K.A.P. Sinha yesterday ordered change in school times in the district due to cold wave sweeping the region. A press note by the Deputy Commissioner said that all elementary and secondary schools in the district would open at 9.30 am and close at 3.30 pm. 


12,000 more mobile connections sought
Sangrur, January 5
In spite of the number of mobile phone connections in the district having crossed the 29,000 mark, against the existing capacity of 23,000, the district Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited authorities have asked the Punjab Telecom Circle, Chandigarh, to increase the existing capacity by 12,000 connections.

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