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Dissident leaders hit back at
Bir Devinder
Ropar, January 13
The mud-slinging match between the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh and leaders of the dissident camp entered the second round today with the latter hitting back at him at a press conference.

Reach out to people, BSP workers told
Muktsar, January 13
Mr Gurcharan Singh, president, BSP, Muktsar, today urged the party workers to reach out to maximum number of people so that party could be strengthened to form its government in Punjab and other states of the country as the other parties had failed to protect the interests of Bahujan Samaj.

SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann and Lok Bhalai Party President Balwant Singh Ramoowalia at a rally at Muktsar on the occasion of Maghi Mela

SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann (left) and Lok Bhalai Party President Balwant Singh Ramoowalia (right) at a rally at Muktsar on the occasion of Maghi Mela on Tuesday. — Tribune photographs 

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Attari gears up for the resumption of Samjhauta Express.
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Devotees throng temples as the auspicious month of harvest begins. 
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Vigilance to challenge bail to Badals
Ropar, January 13
The Punjab Vigilance has initiated the process to seek the cancellation of the bail granted by the special court, Ropar, to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The case has been forwarded by the District Attorney, Ropar, to the Director, Prosecution.

Hanspal flays NDA for sops, poll timing
Faridkot, January 13
The PPCC President, Mr H.S. Hanspal, has assailed the BJP-led NDA government for deciding to hold the Lok Sabha poll in advance without considering the pros and cons of different sections of society, particularly teachers, students and agriculturists. Flaying the Centre for giving more concessions to the traders, he said the Congress party was fully prepared to meet the challenge of the BJP in the polls.

CBI probe ordered into NRI boy’s disappearance case
Chandigarh, January 13
He came to Ropar all the way from Italy for attending his cousin’s last rites. But stayed back in India when he fell in love with a local girl. All went well till he left his residence one day in August 2001. He did not return. Only his bike was found close to a bridge. Nearly three years after the incident, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, headed by the Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, today directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the matter.

9 nursing institutes served notices for flouting norms
Chandigarh, January 13
The Department of Research and Medical Education today issued notices to as many as nine nursing institutes for blatantly flouting norms laid down by the Punjab Nursing Council. The notices served by the Health Secretary, Mr Satish Chander, direct the authorities concerned to furnish their replies by January 30.

Punjab’s kinnow unseats Nagpur orange
Chandigarh, January 13
A few years ago, Punjab’s kinnow was one of the most decried fruits. It used to be a ticklish job for farmers to dispose it of in the market. Its quality was poor and it had a sour taste. But that is a thing of the past now. The kinnow of Punjab has now relegated the famed Nagpur orange to second spot in the national market.

Siddarth Periwal of Khippawali village near Fazilka is all smiles on winning the first prize for growing quality kinnow.

Siddarth Periwal of Khippawali village near Fazilka is all smiles on winning the first prize for growing quality kinnow.

Chandigarh page: Environmental health of Punjab, UT under scanner


Induct Rana Gurjit into Cabinet: DCC
Kapurthala, January 13
The District Congress Committee has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to induct Rana Gurjit Singh, local Congress MLA, into the Cabinet in the proposed expansion.


Norms framed for jobs on compassionate basis
Chandigarh, January 13
Decks have finally been cleared for giving employment to next of kin of deceased employees and those killed in terrorist violence. A top officer told The Tribune today that directions had been sent to all heads of departments, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to start recruitment at the earliest.

SDM begins probe into death of undertrials
Jalandhar, January 13
Even as family members of two undertrials who died at the local Civil Hospital on Monday were accusing the local central jail authorities of not providing adequate timely medicare to the undertrials, the SDM, Ms Babita, today reportedly started an inquiry into the role of the jail hospital staff and officials concerned in this regard.

Workshop on heritage begins
Amritsar, January 13
A national-level workshop on natural and cultural heritage began at the premises of the Shahzada Nand College here yesterday. The workshop is being jointly held by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Delhi, Union Ministry of Tourism, and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Punjab Chapter.

PSHRC seeks details on polluting distillery
Jalandhar, January 13
Talking suo motu cognisance of the problem of groundwater pollution in six villages around Jagatjit Distillery at Hamira in Kapurthala district, allegedly caused by effluents discharged from the distillery, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Punjab Health and Industries Departments to apprise it and give details on the matter by April 20.

Kidney scam victim: Dang writes to DGP
Amritsar, January 13
Senior CPI leader Satya Pal Dang has urged Director-General of Punjab Police A.A. Siddiqui to register a case of one Rattan Chand of Verka, a victim of illegal kidney transplant case at New Ruby Hospital Jalandhar.

Ban on approval of building plans lifted
Jalandhar, January 13
Continuing with its spree to announce pre-elections bonanza for the urban voters, the Punjab Government has decided to lift the ban on the approval of building plans in unauthorised colonies throughout the state.

Farmers, PSEB staff to block traffic on Jan 20
Hoshiarpur, January 13
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board block traffic for two hours on all main roads in state on January 20, 2004, in protest against the proposed abolishing of the Punjab State Electricity Board and handing over its control to the Punjab Electricity Production Corporation, Punjab Transco, Northern, Eastern and Western, Electricity Supply Corporations.


Farmers’ forum lists charter  of demands
Chandigarh, January 13
The Kisan Organisations Forum consisting of eight bodies — BKU (Ekta), Kirti Kisan Union, BKU (Ugrahan), Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Sabha, Khetibari Kisan Front and Kisan Sangarsh Committee — met here today under the leadership of Mr Maghar Singh Koolrian. A draft presented by the Kirti Kisan Union was passed with certain amendments at the meeting to take up some common demands of the bodies.


Campaign on for recovery of loans
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 13
The district administration has launched a campaign for the recovery of loans given by various government departments. Revenue officials have been directed to speed up the recovery.


Huge cache of ammunition found
Jalalabad (Ferozepore), January 13
The police today stumbled upon a big cache of ammunition from the dry bed of Gang canal near Lakkogehri village on the Jalalabad-Muktsar road.

Illicit liquor seized
Hoshiarpur, January 13
The police seized 21 cartons of whisky smuggled from Chandigarh last night and arrested two persons.

Man robbed of Rs 3.44 lakh
Sangrur, January 13
Three unidentified persons, armed with a pistol, knife and gun, robbed Mr Bhagwan Chand, a dairy owner, of Rs 3.44 lakh at Kakkarwal village, near Dhuri, last night.


Students celebrate Lohri
Patiala, January 13
Students of Khalsa College celebrated Lohri here today. The bonfire was lit by the Principal, Dr Harbir Singh. Students danced to the tunes of DJ.


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