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Police keeps an eye on human bomb’s kin
Surveillance in Jai Singh Wala village
Bathinda, January 24
Even as the Punjab Police has sounded a red alert in the state after the “daring escape” of three alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh from Burail Jail, Chandigarh, on January 21, a special watch is being kept at Jai Singh Wala village in this district to which the human bomb, Dilawar Singh, who killed Beant Singh and others on August 31, 1995, belonged.

Mann for probe by HC judge into jailbreak
DGP reviews R-Day function security
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Another tunnel found in Burail Jail
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Tunnel dug with special tools, says fireman
When tunnel was passed off as caved-in flower-bed

Termination of 6 MBBS students stayed
Chandigarh, January 24
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has stayed the termination of admission of six students of first year MBBS at Dayanand Medical College (DMC) Ludhiana. The admission of these six students was terminated by the Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Mr Satish Chander, on January 14, after a thorough inquiry that had held that the admissions were ''illegal and fraudulent.''

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Guddu asked me to pull down trousers, Daler tells IG
Patiala, January 24
Pop star Daler Mehndi had reportedly showed four different birth and injury marks for identification purpose to members of the special investigation team (SIT) on October 28, but members of the SIT insisted on showing some other mark.

Police to target complainants in Daler case

Ravi Sidhu out on bail
Patiala, January 24
Ousted PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu was released on bail today after 22 months of captivity. After stepping out of the local Central Jail he got into a Maruti - 800 car.

Grit, hard work won him Padma Bhushan
Ludhiana, January 24
When Dr Sardara Singh Johl, a noted agricultural economist, failed in his seventh class and could not study for three years after that, he could not have imagined that one day he would be chosen for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award. After suffering such a setback early in his life, his story is an inspiring tale of how sheer determination, grit and hardwork can help overcome all difficulties.

Dr Saradara Singh Johl celebrates the declaration of Padma Bhushan award to him in Ludhiana on Saturday as his family members and friends look on. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Dr Saradara Singh Johl celebrates the declaration of Padma Bhushan award to him in Ludhiana on Saturday as his family members and friends look on.

Excise Department inspects state units
Sales tax evasion worth lakhs detected
Ludhiana, January 24
In statewide raids, the Excise Department today inspected the business premises of Mini King, a local hosiery manufacturer and detected a sales tax evasion worth lakhs of rupees.


Shatrujit to contest Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat
Kapurthala, January 24
Tikka Raja Shatrujit Singh, a scion of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia founder of the Kapurthala princely state and great grandson of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, will contest the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat on the Shiromani Akali Dal ticket.

BSP open to alliance with Cong or SAD
Jalandhar, January 24
The national general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mr Narender Kashyap, yesterday revealed that the option of forging a political alliance with the Congress or the SAD for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, was open even as talks with both these parties were going on.

Johar rules out Cabinet expansion
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 24
There is no need for Cabinet expansion and the Congress is ready for elections. This was stated by Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education, while talking to this correspondent at Mata Gujri College here yesterday.

School conducts special classes for imbibing patriotism in students.
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Efforts on to form joint front of minorities

Chandigarh, January 24
The convener of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, Mr Rajinder Singh, said today that efforts were being made to form a joint front of various minorities.

Mr Rajinder Singh (left), convener of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Mr Rajinder Singh, convener of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Rights body accuses SHO of torturing youth
Bathinda, January 24
The Punjab Human Rights Committee, a non-government organisation has said that SHO of the Talwandi Sabo police station Davinder Attri is guilty of using third-degree methods for torturing a youth of Mohallan village. The youth, Gurpreet Singh, was arrested for his alleged involvement in smuggling of narcotics on January 1.

Pak to host Punjabi Lok Boli Mela
Amritsar, January 24
The status of Punjabi, is no better in western Punjab (Pakistan) than in eastern Punjab (India). Concerned over this, some institutions and intellectuals have come forward to promote and spread awareness about the language.

MC’s cheque not honoured
Abohar, January 24
A cheque issued by the local municipal council in compliance with the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to a retired employee has bounced again.

Preneet gives cheques to sarpanches
Rajpura, January 24
Denying infighting among Congress leaders, Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, said the Congress would contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections under one banner.

Pak Rangers, BSF hold meeting
Wagah, January 24
Despite Pakistan’s denying that it had violated international rules by constructing bunkers on its side, there is a thaw in relations between the Sutlej Rangers and the Border Security Force. Senior officers of both forces held a meeting in the BSF’s conference hall, here today to discuss bilateral issues.

Wing Commander of Pakistani Rangers Sher Zaman Khan (L) with BSF officials at Wagah joint checkpost on Saturday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma
Wing Commander of Pakistani Rangers Sher Zaman Khan with BSF officials at Wagah joint checkpost

Plea to set up Netaji chair in varsities
Sangrur, January 24
A function was organised by the local Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Foundation on the 107th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose here yesterday.

PSEB staff oppose privatisation move
Patiala, January 24
The PSEB Employees Joint Forum organised a meeting here today in protest against the state government’s move to privatise the board. The meeting was attended by various government employees’ union of Punjab, the UT Employees Action Committee and farmers’ organisation.

Electrified rail track to be inaugurated on January 26
Amritsar, January 24
The inaugural run on the newly electrified rail track will be conducted on Republic Day. The Tata Jammu Express will be given the green light by Union Railways Minister Nitish Kumar.

Girls get ready to rehearse for Republic Day celebrations in Amritsar
Girls get ready to rehearse for Republic Day celebrations in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Reuters 

125 take part in awareness camp
Sangrur, January 24
One untreated case of tuberculosis (TB) can infect 10 to 15 healthy persons with the disease every year. More than 20 lakh patients of TB are diagnosed every year and around five lakh patients die each year in India.

7 Punsup officials suspended
Abohar, January 24
Two managers and five inspectors of Punsup have been placed under suspension in connection with an alleged paddy scam, sources said here today.

Northern Command honours 90 Army men
Pathankot, January 24
Awards for gallantry and distinguished services were presented to 90 military officers and personnel at an investiture ceremony held
at Mamun Cantonment here today.


Bul Bul Mehta gets bail
Patiala, January 24
Property dealer Bul Bul Mehta, who is an accused in the human trafficking case along with pop star Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher besides others, was today granted bail by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate P.S. Dhanoa.

Principal released on bail
Sangrur, January 24
A local court today ordered the release on bail of Sajjan Singh, former Principal of General Gurnam Singh Public School, charged with severely beating up one of his students.


BCCL, CCL to provide coal to thermal plants
Patiala, January 24
The BCCL and CCL coal companies have agreed to give additional coal to thermal plants in Punjab to help them tide over the acute coal shortage following a request made yesterday by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to Coal Minister Mamta Bannerjee.

DC orders action on use of recycled polythene bags
Jalandhar, January 24
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Gupta yesterday at a meeting of representatives of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Municipal Corporation and the senior civil officials directed that action be taken against those making and using polythene bags of less than 20 microns thickness and recycled plastic bags.

Encroachments removed from forest land
Nabha, January 24
Officials of the Forest Range, Nabha have freed 7 hectares (85 bighas) of forestland, which was being illegally cultivated by farmers of Chhaju Bhatt, Bouran Khurd and Bouran Kala villages.


Raids conducted on chemist shops
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 24
Intensifying the campaign launched by the district administration against drug abuse and sale of intoxicants, the drug inspector, on the directions of Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today conducted raids on various chemist shops in the district and booked six chemists for violating the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940.

Two held, 771 pirated CDs seized
Bathinda, January 24
The Talwandi Sabo police has arrested two shopkeepers of the same town allegedly keeping and selling fake compact discs.


PTU confusion puts students in quandary
Mohali, January 24
As many as 1400 students of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, face an uncertain future due to the lack of clear instructions to affiliated colleges regarding the promotion rule to be followed for students of the 2001 year batch.


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