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I never sought Dy CM’s post, says Bhattal
Thikriwala (Barnala), January 19

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal here today declined to comment over the delay in giving her the Deputy Chief Minister’s post by saying that she could not say anything about it as the decision had been taken by the Congress high command in that regard. She had never made any demand for the post before the party high command, she added.

Death of youth: SHO booked for ‘torture’
Sangrur, January 19

Arvinder Singh (25), a resident of Kala Bula village, near Sherpur, allegedly died in the custody of Sherpur police yesterday due to alleged ‘torture’ by the police. The police has registered a case against Kulwinder Singh, SHO of Sherpur police station and police party under Sections 302, 323 and 34 of the IPC.

Sister seeks release of jailed brother
Chandigarh, January 19

Dr Davinder Kaur, a leading gynaecologist of Ludhiana and sister of Ranjit Singh Gill, currently undergoing life imprisonment for owing conviction in the Lalit Maken case in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, has appealed to all human rights bodies and political leaders to take up her brother’s case and secure his release since he has spent almost half his life under detention until now.

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Samjhauta kindles hopes of Hindu marriages
Attari, January 19

Vasimuddin, a resident of Karachi, along with his Delhi-born bride Ruby wave at the Attari railway station before leaving for Pakistan Even as cross-border marriages among Muslims is quite common, the resumption of the Samjhauta Express has also kindled hopes among thousands of Pakistani Hindus to get their children married in India. The minorities in Pakistan, who feel “suffocated” due to their reported persecution, want to send their wards to India permanently.

Vasimuddin, a resident of Karachi, along with his Delhi-born bride Ruby wave at the Attari railway station before leaving for Pakistan on the Samjhauta Express. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Racial discrimination in UK declines, says NRI
Amritsar, January 19

Racial discrimination which was suffered by Indians and other people of Asia origin in Britain has declined and the image of India has changed in Western countries in the past few years. Mr Inder Singh Jamu, first Asian Mayor for Council from London Borought of Barking and Dagenham, England has stated this. 

Nambardars to look into NRIs’ problems
Faridkot, January 19

The government has issued a notification regarding appointment of nambardars who will look into the problems faced by NRIs. The appointments will be made in all those villages which have at least 20 NRI members. The appointments will be made shortly.

Punjab may okay toll policy today
Chandigarh, January 19

The Punjab Council of Ministers’ meeting here tomorrow is expected to announce more tax sops, approve a toll policy for roads and bridges and also clear certain rules to make the Anti-Dowry Act more stringent.


Advani’s remarks deplorable, says Cong
Jalandhar, January 19

The Human Rights Department of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has termed the statement of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani with regard to the former Prime Minister, Ms Indira Gandhi, as “unethical”.

Pasla gives unity call
Jalandhar, January 19

The Punjab Communist Party Marxist (Pasla) and three other Left parties today appealed to the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Lok Bhalai Party to forge a common front in Punjab to defeat both Akali-BJP combine and the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Employees back Walia for Patiala Lok Sabha seat
Patiala, January 19
A day after the announcement of the withdrawal of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Gurcharan Singh Tohra as candidate for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat, senior Akali leader and former Member of Parliament Charanjit Singh Walia was today projected as a candidate for the seat, albeit as a candidate of various employee organisations of the state.


Ballia kids beaten up in Navodya school
Fatehpur Rajputan (Patiala), January 19

The national integration programme entailing the exchange of students among different Navodaya schools seems to have failed as far as the school in this village is concerned with five students of the Navodaya institute at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh being allegedly thrashed by local students.

Daler, Shamsher’s wives questioned
Patiala, January 19

The wives of pop singer Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Mehndi today joined investigation in the human trafficking case registered against their husbands, one day before they were to be declared proclaimed offenders in the case.

Punjab asked to check dengue
Chandigarh, January 19

The Punjab Human Rights Commission has asked the government of Punjab to take effective measures to check the recurrence of dengue fever in the state which reported a total of 836 cases, 13 of them fatal, in the year 2003.

CM urged to probe graft charges against Trust officials
Bathinda, January 19

Members of the Green Avenue and Jhujar Singh Nagar Welfare Society, Bathinda, have accused the local Improvement Trust authorities of violating all norms for sanctioning its “45.57 acres scheme”. They have urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for a high-level probe into the corruption charges against a section of its officials.

3 development boards recast
Chandigarh, January 19

With a view of regulating development of the historic towns of Fatehgarh Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo, the Punjab Government today reconstituted their respective development boards under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, an official press note said.

Scuffle at Talhan gurdwara panel meeting
Jalandhar, January 19

The managing committee of Gurdwara Shahid Baba Nihal Singh at Talhan village terminated the membership of five “outsiders” following a brawl between two groups of residents on the gurdwara premises here today.

SGPC direction to employees may kick up row
Amritsar, January 19

The decision of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to get the official quarters vacated from those employees who fail to disown their “patit” (apostate) children is likely to cause a flutter. The decision assumes significance as general elections to the SGPC are round the corner.

Calendar to be released on January 22
Amritsar, January 19

The new Nanakshahi Calendar will be released by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on January 22 at Akal Takht. The calendar is published by Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC.

Sukhbir revisits Patiala jail
Patiala, January 19

Rajya Sabha MP Sukhbir Singh Badal today revisited the Patiala Central Jail in which he had been kept for 10 days after being challaned in a case involving possession of disproportionate assets.

Seminar on effects of drugs
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 19

The Generation Saviour Association of Mohali organised a seminar and a drawing competition at Mata Sundri Public School today with an aim to make society free from tobacco. Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, inaugurated the seminar.

Preneet reviews development work
Patiala, January 19

The Patiala MP, Mrs Preneet Kaur, held a meeting of all 37 Congress councillors here today and asked them to list the development works which were required to be carried out in their wards.

PUDA told to pay 2 lakh as compensation
Ropar, January 19

The district consumer forum has directed PUDA to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to Mr Gursharan Singh Gill of Ludhiana for not allotting him a plot for the past seven years.

Plea to revise salary of bank officers
Patiala, January 19

A meeting of the All-India Punjab National Bank Officers Association was held here today. As many as 300 members of the association took part.

7-day national integration camp opens
Patiala, January 19

The first All-India National Integration Camp — 2004 organised by Sri Guru Teg Bahadur National Integration Chair at Punjabi University was inaugurated by the local MP Preneet Kaur, here today.

Federation assails govt’s ‘anti-employee’ policies
Patiala, January 19

A joint meeting of the state working committee of the Punjab State Services Federation, the PSEB Employees Federation and the Punjab Kirti Kisan Mazdoor Dal was held here today.

Student’s father threatens staff
Kharar, January 19

Teachers of APJ Public School staged a dharna outside the institution at Mundi Kharar, near here, today demanding action against a student’s father who allegedly threatened certain staff members. The teachers demanded that the student should also be removed from the school.

Nehra probe panel begins work
Chandigarh, January 19

The one-man Commission of Inquiry into $ 1,00,000 transactions, allegedly linking Punjab Chief Minister’s son, Raninder Singh, with an organisation, Punjab Intranet, has started its work at the state government’s mini secretariat here.

Governor to unfurl flag at Patiala
Chandigarh, January19

The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma ( retd), will unfurl the National Flag at Patiala, and not Amritsar, on Republic Day. Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, will unfurl the flag at Amritsar instead of Patiala, according to an official spokesman.

MLA seeks action against MD
Chandigarh, January 19

Mr Surjit Singh Dhiman, an independent MLA from Dirba, has been awaiting reply from the government about action taken on his complaint against Mr Ashok Kumar Goel, Managing Director of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation.

HPCL move to check LPG pilferage
Jalandhar, January 19

The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, in its bid to check the practice of pilferage of gas, today launched a weight-checking programme of LPG cylinders in the district.

Club property attached over PF
Amritsar, January 19

The provident fund authorities have attached the property of the Service Club in the historic Ram Bagh with police assistance as the club has not paid the PF dues to its employees.

Baba Darshan Singh chooses son as successor
Amritsar, January 19

Baba Darshan ‘Bir Sahib Waley’ chose his son, Baba Santokh Singh, as his successor for undertaking ‘kar sevas’ at gurdwaras, at a function at Gurdwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, 16 km from here.


Principal issued show-cause notice
Chandigarh, January 19

Taking serious view of prima facie false and misleading statement made by the Principal of Moga-based D.M. College, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked him to show cause why a criminal case should not be registered against him. The directions were issued on a petition filed by a college student initially accused of cheating in examinations, but later found innocent.

2 get life term for murder
Kapurthala, January 19

Mr S.S. Gupta, Sessions Judge of Kapurthala, today convicted Harsh Kumar and Gulshan Kumar, alias Binder Kumar, all residents of Mohalla Kurla, Railway Road Sultanpur Lodhi, under Section 302 of the IPC on the charge of killing Jaswant Kaur, their neighbour.


PSEB told to compensate farmers
Ropar, January 19
In a relief to the farmers, the District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has set aside the orders of the Punjab State Electricity Board penalising owners of tubewells for extra load.


Admn complex not given to PWD
Hoshiarpur, January 19

PUDA has not so far handed over the District Administrative Complex, built along the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road, though its construction has been completed since long.


Man, wife held for abandoning baby
Hoshiarpur, January 19

The Hoshiarpur district police has claimed to have solved a case regarding a newborn baby which was abandoned in a garbage dump here about five-six months ago.

2 jail inmates beat up another
Bathinda, January 19

Two inmates of the local Central Jail, Om Parkash, alias Hitler, and his son, Manoj Kumar, allegedly beat up another inmate, Narsi Ram yesterday. They have been booked under Sections 308, 323, 506 and 134 of the IPC.


College teachers observe two-period strike
Phagwara, January 19

Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, including those belonging to local Guru Nanak College, observed a two-period strike here today. The strike was in protest against the state government’s alleged failure in honouring the poll promises of maintaining the grant-in-aid at 95 per cent and implementing pension, gratuity provisions. The protesters sat in dharnas and held rallies.

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