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Rebels want Bhattal’s powers defined
Chandigarh, January 8
Dissatisfied over what the party high command has offered to them, Punjab ruling party dissidents have built up pressure on the Congress high command to clearly define the powers to be given to the Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Congress rift casts shadow on
‘shradhanjali samaroh’
Faridkot, January 8
The rift among the senior leaders of the state Congress Legislature Party over the issue of change in leadership of the party cast its shadow at the “shradhanjali samaroh” organised by the local youth welfare club here today to commemorate the 9th death anniversary of former President Giani Zail Singh.

CM to discuss issue of cops on
deputation today
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has called an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue pertaining to the absorption of paramilitary officers from the CRPF and the BSF into the Punjab Police. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



DGP to seek category B-1 for Punjab
Chandigarh, January 8
When Punjab DGP A.A. Siddiqui meets Union Home Secretary N. Gopalaswamy here tomorrow, he will take up only two issues. One, placement of Punjab in B-I, and not B-II, category of states, as classified by the Union Home Ministry on the basis of threat perception from Naxalites, militants and cross-border terrorism; and two, modernisation of the police.

Mr Simranjit Singh MannMann’s call to Akalis for unity
Chandigarh, January 8
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today gave a call to all Akali factions to fight the forthcoming parliamentary elections from a common platform to ensure an impressive victory for Panthic parties. While addressing a press conference here today, Mr Mann said a united Akali Dal could win 11 out of the 13 parliamentary seats in the state.

Badal for LS poll in May
Hoshiarpur, January 8
Independent constitutional bodies, headed by high court judges with independent staff, should be formed by the Supreme Court of India in each state of the country to probe and deal with the corruption cases against politicians impartially.

SAARC general secy visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, January 8
Mr Q.A.M.A. Rahim general secretary, SAARC, said peace talks between India and Pakistan would give impetus to the economy of the South Asian region. He added that SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Agreement) would open more avenues to give a boost to the overall economy of the region.

Q.A.M.A. Rahim, Secretary-General of SAARC, and his wife Nasreen Rahim visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
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Q.A.M.A. Rahim, Secretary-General of SAARC, and his wife Nasreen Rahim visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.

A night view of the Mohindra College in Patiala Mohindra college shimmers at night now
Patiala, January 8
The building of Mohindra College which received a fresh coat of paint after decades recently, has now been lighted up restoring the glory of one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. 

A night view of the Mohindra College in Patiala on Thursday.


3-member panel formed to probe torture charges
Bathinda, January 8
The Punjab Human Rights Commission today constituted a three-member panel to investigate the alleged brutal torture of a youth, Gurpreet Singh, by the SHO, Talwandi Sabo police station, Mr Devinder Attri, while the youth was in police custody.

Political leaders pay tributes to Bhaura
Bathinda, January 8
Political leaders cutting across party lines descended on the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School today to pay tributes to the late MP Bhan Singh Bhaura, who died a few days ago, at a function held here today in connection with a ‘shradhanjali samaroh’ by the CPI.

Illegal construction by temple authorities?
Amritsar January 8
Corporation owned Prime land worth crores given on lease to the Durgiana Temple authorities for constructing a school was allegedly misused to construct shops. As many as shops as a dozen shops are being constructed at the site. Due to the prime location these shops would fetch crores of rupees.

Kharar: town with surfeit of cremation points
Kharar, January 8
Performing the funeral ceremony at places set aside for the purpose at Kharar for generations is now more or less a tradition. No wonder there are 8 points, falling within the municipal limits, where people are cremated. None of these are being run by the Municipal Council.

Naughty monkey caught at last
Patiala, January 8
A wild monkey which had developed a penchant for attacking women in Urban Estate phase two has finally been caged, with Divisional Forest personnel getting the better of him today.

No headway in human trafficking case
Jalandhar, January 8
The police has failed to arrest former Miss Punjab-turned-model Parpreet Kaur, who was booked by the Jalandhar police in an alleged human trafficking case, along with the other accused.

Six papers presented
Patiala, January 8
Six papers were presented today on the second day of the International Punjabi Language Development Conference on “Sri Guru Granth different perspective’”. Dr Harkirat Singh in his paper on “Gurbani and grammar” emphasised on the need to have a common grammar containing words from different languages so that the difference between Hindi and Punjabi words which were used in the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib could be clarified.

Painting competition on traffic awareness
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
The district police, Transport Department in collaboration with the Lions Club, Sirhind, today organised an interaction programme with the students of the local BZFS Senior Secondary School. A painting competition on traffic rules was also organised as part of the traffic week celebrations.


Patwari’s remand extended
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
Ms Neelam Arora, Chief Judicial Magistrate, today extended the police remand of the patwari, Gurpal Singh, alias Raja, for one day.


MC to reverse decision on illegal colonies
Jalandhar, January 8
The local Municipal Corporation has decided to revert the decision of the state Local Bodies Department pertaining to the imposition of a ban on approving plans of buildings to be constructed in unauthorised colonies within the city.


Three more held in fake currency case
Jalandhar, January 8
The district police has arrested three agents dealing in fake currency and seized Rs 2.55 lakh in the denomination of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes from them. The district police chief, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, in a press note issued here today, said that following revelations made by the already arrested members of the gang dealing in fake currency, the police conducted raids at specific hideouts and arrested three more agents and recovered fake currency worth Rs 2.55 lakh from them.

Fake degree racket busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
The district police claims to have busted a racket of selling fake degrees, with the arrest of Ravinder Singh, a resident of Chandigarh. The police has registered a case under Section 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC at Sirhind police station. The culprit was today presented in the court of Mrs Neelam Arora, CJM, who remanded him to police custody for one more day.

Gang of thieves busted, 5 held
Amritsar, January 8
With the arrest of five persons, the district police today claimed to have busted a gang of chain, purse and mobile phone snatchers and vehicle thieves here. The police has also seized arms from them.

Gang manufacturing spurious mobil oil busted
Kapurthala, January 8

The Punjab police today claimed to have busted a gang and arrested its two members allegedly involved in preparing spurious mobil oil under the fake brand name of ‘BSA highpower oil’.

Undertrial escapes after spiking ‘barfi’
Patiala, January 8
An undertrial escaped from the custody of three police personnel who were taking him to Chandigarh yesterday night after offering them spiked “barfi”.


Patiala, January 8
“Journalists are not born, they are made,’’ said veteran journalist Mr Kuldip Nayar while addressing students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, here today.

Mr Kuldip Nayar addresses students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Patiala
Mr Kuldip Nayar addresses students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Patiala

State, district orders on timings differ
Faridkot, January 8
The variation in the orders regarding the change of timings in the educational institutions issued by the district administration in Faridkot district and the Punjab Government due to inclement weather in the state caused confusion in the institutions.


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