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No complaint against Transport Minister: VB
Another challan against Badal soon
Chandigarh, January 12
Mohammad Izhar Alam Mr Mohammad Izhar Alam, Chief Director of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, said today that there was no complaint against Transport Minister, Tej Parkash Singh. He disclosed the bureau had received receipts pertaining to the corruption case against the Deputy Chief Minister designate and dissident leader, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, and that the bureau was verifying their authenticity.

Senior Congress leader ‘conspired’
against CM
SAD, BJP offered Rs 40 crore for horse trading of MLAs, says Bir Davinder
Ropar, January 12
The Deputy Speaker, Punjab, Mr Bir Davinder, alleged that a senior Congress leader had conspired with the BJP and SAD leaders to bring down Amarinder Singh government in Punjab.

Fresh steps to check ‘sleeping agents’
Attari, January 12
As Samjhauta Express between India and Pakistan is all set to be back on the rails on January 15, the security agencies have started taking fresh measures to ward off threats from anti-national elements, including “sleeping agents”, who choose the train as mode of transport to infiltrate into the country.

Fatehgarh Sahib


White House to host Gurpurb celebrations
Amritsar, January 12
White House will organise a special function to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib this year. Dr Rajwant Singh, founder president, Sikh Council On Religion and Education (SCORE), stated this to select reporters here today.

7,000 wakf properties illegally occupied
Chandigarh, January 12
The Punjab Waqf Board will launch a campaign to get its illegally occupied properties across the state vacated, Mr Mohammed Izhar Alam, Chief Executive Officer of the board, said here today.

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Rally by BJP Yuva Morcha
Bathinda, January 12
The Bathinda district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today held a rally to mark “Vivekananda Jayanti”.


SGPC seeks permission for ‘token’ Sikh jatha
Amritsar, January 12
The SGPC urged the Union Home Secretary, Mr N. Gopalaswami, to give special permission to a ‘token’ jatha of 101 Sikhs to perform ‘ardas’ at the historic Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara located on Indo-Pak border.

World page: French panel did not quiz Sikhs on turban ban

Tension over removal of holy book
Abohar, January 12
Tension mounted as a tent put up by some devotees to perform akhand Ramayan path opposite canal rest house was “forcibly” removed by some persons here today. The traffic had to be diverted to other roads as the dharna by devotees continued till night.

The only mode of transport in village Mehdipur
The only mode of transport in village Mehdipur (which is surrounded by Pakistan from three sides) is "illegal Peter Rehras" which were banned by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Villagers allege that no bus comes to the village which is close to International border. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Police averts communal clash
Patiala, January 12
A potential clash in the heavily populated Dhobghat area of the city involving members of two communities and which had acquired communal colour was averted following the timely intervention of the local police late last night.

Red Cross fails to pay back
Chandigarh, January 12
Every government school pupil makes a nominal monthly contribution to the state Red Cross Fund. In return, they are expected to get training in first aid and personality development. But very few camps are organised in the schools, especially in villages, to impart training, in these areas.

A heart surgery in progress using the new procedure at the Heart Institute in Patiala.New cardio surgery procedure may ease patients’ pain
Patiala, January 12
A procedure which earlier quickened the beats of many a heart patients may now become less fearsome with doctors going in for checking the status of coronary arteries and subsequently removing the blockage in arteries by operating through an artery of the patient’s right hand instead of puncturing the groin for this procedure.

A heart surgery in progress using the new procedure at the Heart Institute in Patiala. — A Tribune photograph

Reflectors to be fixed on vehicles
Bathinda, January 12
The regional office of Punjab National Bank, in a press note issued here stated that during the Traffic Safety Week, light reflectors would be fixed on nearly 2000 vehicles, including rickshaws and rehris.

Police seeks motor cycles from industry
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 12
Implementing the guidelines of the Director-General of Police regarding community policing and strengthening police-public relations, SSP Shiv Kumar today interacted with prominent citizens and industrialists of the district here.

31 baby girls get Lohri gifts
Phagwara, January 12
A state-level Lohri samaroh was organised today by the Social Security, Welfare of Women and Children Department, Punjab, at Gobindpura village.

Indo-Pak mushaira on Jan 21 in Patiala
The Mehak Cultural Forum is organising an Indo-Pak mushaira at Central State Library Auditorium on January 21. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would be the chief guest on the occasion. The Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh would be the guest of honour.

3 of family die in fog-related mishap
Jalandhar, January 12
Three scooter-borne members of a family, including a woman, were killed today in a road accident due to fog near Chihru bridge on the GT Road.

Faridkot health camp in February
Faridkot, January 12
Under its Swasthiaya Jagrukta Maah programme, the Central Government has formulated a scheme to provide all types of medical services free of cost for three days in each parliamentary constituency from January 15 to February 15 in the country.


High Court
CJM to probe disappearance case
Chandigarh, January 12
In just over 10 years after an Amritsar district resident — involved in an argument with the police for demanding money to supply milk — disappeared, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Amritsar’s Chief Judicial Magistrate to look into the matter and submit his report.

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Judicial remand for patwari
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 12
Mrs Neelam Arora, CJM, today sent Mr Gurpal Singh, alias Raja, patwari, in judicial custody up to January 23.


Private contractors hold rally
Patiala, January 12
The Private Building Labours and Contractors Union organised a rally near Nehru Park to protest against the anti-people policies of the state government here today.


Undertrial hoodwinks cops, escapes
Amritsar, January 12
An undertrial prisoner escaped after giving the slip to the police party which had gone with him to attend ‘Bhog’ of his brother at Loharka Kalan village here last evening.

4 held for keeping fake currency
Amritsar, January 12
The police arrested four persons today and seized fake Indian currency worth Rs 10,000 from them.

4 held on charge of robbery
Ferozepore, January 12
The Ferozepore police here today claimed having arrested four persons for allegedly looting Rs 3,68,000/- from the Zira Gate branch of the Punjab National Bank on December 8, 2003.

Violence at Financiers Association meeting
Abohar, January 12
A meeting called to elect new president of the Financiers Association in a hotel on the Police Complex road was marked by violence here today.

Gang of thieves busted
Patiala, January 12
The Rajpura police has busted a gang of five thieves and recovered number of illegal documents, driving licences and three pistols from them.


Protests planned against education policy
Bathinda, January 12
Unemployed B.Ed youth will hold meetings at every village in the state to highlight the “anti-education” policies of the Punjab government,” according to the Berojgaar Aadhyapak Front here yesterday.

SD institutions celebrate annual day
Barnala, January 12
Mr Mohammad Izhar Alam, Additional Director-General of Police (Vigilance), Punjab, on Saturday gave away prizes to students of SD Sabha institutions at the annual day celebrations at the local SD Senior Secondary School for excelling in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.

Declamation contest


Beopar Mandal for octroi abolition
Bathinda, January 12
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has urged the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to make arrangements for abolishing octroi from Punjab at the earliest.

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