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Ropar Thermal Plant in grip of coal crisis
Stock sufficient only for 3 days; power cuts imposed
Patiala, January 6
Coal stock in the Ropar Thermal Plant is sufficient only for three days and the Punjab State Electricity Board has asked the Railways to divert all coal coming to Punjab on its rakes to Ropar to help the thermal power tide over the crisis.

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SAD-BJP alliance permanent, says Badal
Aima Kalan (Amritsar), January 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the SGPC supremo, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today differed in their views over the SAD-BJP alliance. Mr Badal said that the alliance with the BJP was permanent and both parties would contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state jointly.

President of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal at the inauguration of Dasmesh Parivar International School at village Aima Kalan in Amritsar on Tuesday
President of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal (C) at the inauguration of Dasmesh Parivar International School at village Aima Kalan in Amritsar on Tuesday. Baba Gurbachan Singh Khalsa (first from right), chief of Dasmesh Parivar International Charitable Sanstha, is also seen in the picture.
Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Akal Takht honours Satwant Singh’s mother
Amritsar, January 6
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today honoured Bibi Pyar Kaur, mother of Satwant Singh, who killed Indira Gandhi, at a shaheedi samagam” here today. The function was organised at Akal Takht to pay tributes to Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, involved in the killing of Indira Gandhi.

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HP, Haryana Sikhs want Akal Takht intervention in Banda Singh Bahadur case
Chandigarh, January 6
Sikhs of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have sought intervention of the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to set at rest the controversy over the background and caste of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Ravi Sidhu’s counsel alleges frame-up by CM
Patiala, January 6
Former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravi Sidhu’s counsel today claimed that a false case had been registered against his client because he had written against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during his tenure as a senior journalist with a national daily.

Rajput again in news, but for wrong reasons
Chandigarh, January 6
Punjab State Human Rights Commission member B.C. Rajput is back in the news again. For all the wrong reasons. In less than a month after the Punjab and Haryana High Court “prima facie” held that an order passed by Mr Rajput was “patently arbitrary and beyond jurisdiction”, the judges today came down heavily on the member.

TV channel sets off rumour on PPCC chief
Amritsar, January 6
As a TV news channel ‘broke’ the news of the appointment of Mr R.L. Bhatia, Member of Parliament as Punjab Pradesh Congress chief several senior Congress leaders, workers and officers of the administration here today made a beeline to congratulate and offer sweets at his residence. A former Minister of State for External Affairs and member of Parliament, Mr R.L. Bhatia claimed that he would not believe the appointment on the basis of a TV news.

She is still undecided how to spend Rs 1 crore
Chandigarh, January 6
Ms Anita Rani, working as a junior assistant at the SDM office at Hoshiarpur, and her family is still undecided how to spend over Rs 1 crore, that she has won through a lottery ticket of the Punjab government’s Maa Lakshmi Divali and Pooja Bumper 2003.

The winner of the first prize of the Punjab Maa Lakshmi Divali and Pooja Bumper lottery draw, Mrs Anita Rani, shares a happy moment with her family members after receiving a cheque of Rs 1.05 crore in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

The winner of the first prize of the Punjab Maa Lakshmi Divali and Pooja Bumper lottery draw, Mrs Anita Rani, shares a happy moment with her family members after receiving a cheque of Rs 1.05 crore in Chandigarh

Police questions former minister Maluka
Sangrur, January 6
The police here today questioned Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, a former Punjab minister in the SAD-BJP government, for about three hours in a case related to an attempt to “run over an SHO and a police party” at a naka in Kunran village on the Sangrur-Barnala road on December 8. The attempt was allegedly made by a SAD activist, who reportedly dangerously drove a bus with the alleged intention to kill the SHO and the police party.

Row over temple demolition takes a new turn
Abohar, January 6
The dispute over the shifting of Sainik Durga Mandir opposite Canal Rest House here took a new turn today with residents of the adjoining locality making complaints to the state government that the automobile market and workshops outside the temple had been constructed allegedly by encroaching upon the government land.

Beer manufacturers asked to pay compensation
Ropar, January 6
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed Patiala-based manufacturer Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd to pay compensation to a local consumer. Mr Kaushal, a resident of Ropar, in a complaint before the forum had alleged that he had purchased two bottles of Golden Peacock Premium beer from Kurali on April 15, 2003.

Film fest for children begins
Patiala, January 6
The district administration in association with the Children Film Society of India has organised a ‘Children Film Festival’ from January 6 to January 12 in the Patiala district. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, inaugurated the festival at Tagore Theatre here today.

BJP condemns lathi charge
Bathinda, January 6
Mr Mohit Gupta, president of the district unit of the BJP, has condemned the lathi charge on unemployed teachers who were demonstrating peacefully in front of the residence of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at Patiala, he said. 

Daler fulfils bail obligations
Patiala, January 6
Pop star Daler Mehndi today submitted two fixed deposit receipts of Rs 1 lakh each in a local court to fulfil the obligations laid down for his bail in the human trafficking case, registered against him by the Patiala police. The case will now come up for hearing on January 31.

Daler Mehndi comes out of a court in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Daler Mehndi comes out of a court in Patiala

Polio immunisation programme ends
Patiala, January 6
The first round of the three-day pulse polio programme in the district concluded here today. During the first day of the programme children went to the various booths for immunisation.

Residents block traffic
Jalandhar, January 6
Residents of the local Gopal Nagar locality today blocked traffic on GT Road, near HMV College here, for about an hour following the detention of two persons by the Haryana police in the Amarjit Singh murder case.

Undertrial dies in jail
Ferozepore, January 6
An undertrial prisoner in the Central Jail here for the past two years died last night, Jail Superintendent Gurcharan Singh Sidhu said, adding he suspected cardiac arrest as the cause of death.

Hawkers’ demand on octroi accepted
Nabha, January 6
Unruly scenes prevailed at the local municipal council office when a large number of “Pheriwalas” (hawkers) gathered there and raised slogans, demanding the abolition of octroi.

Cold wave claims life; day temperature rises
Amritsar, January 6
An unidentified beggar was found dead in the Ram Bagh garden due to the intense cold wave sweeping the city. The police has picked up the body and registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr PC.

DC for people’s cooperation in managing traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. K. Ahluwalia, today presided over a seminar organised by the truck union, Bassi Pathana, as part of the road safety week celebrations.

Woollens distributed among kids
Patiala, January 6
The District Red Cross Society in association with the Patiala Social Welfare Society organised a function at District Red Cross Bhavan to distribute woollens among the needy and poor children of the city and near by places.


MLA summoned by court for traffic violation
Sangrur, January 5
The police here today presented a “Kalandra” (complaint) against Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, MLA from Sherpur and a former Punjab Minister, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, (CJM), Mr Varinder Aggarwal, here as per Section 195 of the CrPC for allegedly committing an offence under Section 186 of the IPC on December 23 last year.

Petition referred to another Bench
Chandigarh, January 6
A petition filed by Mr Jagdish Singh Walia seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents for allowing him to function as Markfed Chairman was today referred to another Bench by a Division Bench of the high court.


Man kills wife
Amritsar, January 6
The police today arrested Kashmir Singh of Mullabehram village and his sister-in-law Darshan Kaur allegedly for killing his wife Surinder Kaur and cremating her to destroy evidence.

9 held under NDPS Act
Barnala, January 6
The police has arrested nine persons in Barnala police district under the Excise, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychrotropic Substances Act, the arms and the gambling acts.

100 cases of octroi evasion detected
Patiala, January 6
The Municipal Corporation detected nearly 100 cases of octroi evasion in the city in December. An official release here today said that the Municipal Corporation had recovered nearly Rs 1.77 lakh from those evading octroi and entering the city. The Secretary, Municipal Corporation, detected 12 cases of octroi evasion and recovered Rs 28,000.


Private schools denying minimum wages to teachers
Ropar, January 6
Rajneesh is a postgraduate working with a local private school. As per the minimum wages notified by the Punjab Government, he should get at least Rs 2,400 per month as minimum wage. However, he is being paid Rs 1,000 per month by the private school management.

Senior fellowship for two Punjabi scholars
Patiala, January 6
Punjabi University has decided to grant senior fellowship to Dr Karnail Singh Thind and Dr G.S. Ryal for two years. Giving this information Head, Department of Punjabi Language Development, Dr Dhanwant Kaur said today that Dr Karnail Singh Thind, an established scholar of Punjabi folklore and culture had written several books.

Impressive farewell to Professor Logani
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
Prof P.S. Logani, Head Chemistry Department and president of Teacher’s Union Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, retired after serving the institution for more than 38 years. He was also Major in the NCC wing of the college. An impressive retirement party was organised to celebrate his retirement by the staff, social, religious and students organisations here today.

Refresher course in commerce
Patiala, January 6
A UGC-sponsored refresher course in commerce for college and university teachers started at Punjabi University here today. Teachers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh, Uttranchal and Karnataka are participating in the programme.


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