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MC works worth Rs 10 cr under a cloud
Jalandhar, January 25
Development works of more than Rs 10 crore — already executed or being executed by the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation — have come under a cloud for the alleged “dubious” legal validity of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the corporation, which had been giving its permission for carrying out these works in different parts of the city.

Jail funds unused, says Bhatnagar
Phagwara, January 25
The DGP (Prisons), Punjab, Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, said here today that the Centre had made a plan for modernising jails in the state under which it would give Rs 15 crore every year for five years, provided the state contributed its share of 25 per cent.

Daler puts off recording bribe charge
Patiala, January 25
Pop star Daler Mehndi has decided to put off till February 15 recording his statement alleging demand of bribe of Rs 1.5 crore by a former Deputy Superintendent of the Patiala police, in which former Senior Superintendent of Police Paramraj Singh Umranangal and another officer also figure.

Rangers, BSF hostile gestures continue
ndo-Pakistan Joint Check Post, Ferozepore: Notwithstanding the ongoing peace process, the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers continue to exchange hostile gestures during the retreat ceremony at the Indo-Pakistan Joint Check Post (JCP), Husainiwala, here.



Johar’s stock with government falls?
Ludhiana, January 25
The Punjab Government has asked Higher Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar to preside over the Republic Day function at the subdivision level in his own district while ministers junior to him have been asked to preside over functions at the district levels.

Truce on, but CLP crisis simmers
Chandigarh, January 25
Though both loyalists and dissidents in the Punjab Congress have accepted the “truce” ordered by party President Sonia Gandhi, the crisis continues to smoulder over the issue of status quo both in the Council of Ministers and the Pradesh Congress Committee.

2004 special year for Sikhs
HE year 2004 may go down in the history of Sikhs as a very important year that might mark the onset of the much-talked about revivalism among the Sikhs. Several centennial celebrations will mark the occasion.


BJP forms coordination panel
Hoshiarpur, January 25
To coordinate with the Shiromani Akali Dal and other political parties in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, president, BJP unit of Punjab, has constituted a coordination committee of the state BJP. Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, a former minister of Punjab, has been appointed its convener.

Give LS ticket from Sangrur to Barnala, say supporters
Sangrur, January 25
In an important political development in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a large number of supporters of the family of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala today passed a resolution to allot the SAD Lok Sabha ticket for the Sangrur parliamentary constituency to Mr Surjit Singh Barnala or to any other candidate of Mr Barnala’s choice, and allotment of the ticket to Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, the secretary-general of the SAD, from the Patiala parliamentary constituency.


Rs 146 crore Ghaggar scheme to take off
Patiala, January 25
The Congress is set to woo the people living alongside the Ghaggar river which has a 105-km-long tract in this district out of its total length of 242 km by taking credit for the passing of the Rs 146-crore project by the Central Water Commission (CWC). The project aims at strengthening the banks of the Ghaggar as well as other riverines posing threat of flood in the region during the monsoon season.

Scam in purchase of chlorination plants
Ropar, January 25
The initial inquiry into the purchase of chlorination plants at exorbitant prices by various municipal council and corporation of the state has established a scam involving higher officials of the Sewerage Board and councils.

SSP justifies suspension of SDM’s gunman
Sangrur, January 25
Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Sangrur, in a press note here today, said that Constable Major Singh, gunman of the Malerkotla SDM, had been suspended on the recommendation of the Moonak DSP for breaking the security cordon of the Punjab Chief Minister on January 17 last at Kuka Memorial Guest House in Malerkotla.

Thermal plant dykes causing waterlogging in fields
Ropar January 25
Residents of Ranjitpura village, about 10 km from here are facing an acute problem of waterlogging in their field. Norms were reportedly violated during the construction of the stage two fly ash dykes of Ropar Thermal Plant.

SGPC warns Ropar admn on boundary wall
Amritsar, January 25
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee yesterday warned the Ropar district administration that interference in the construction of the boundary wall of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, would not be tolerated.

Jalandhar to have gas through pipes
Jalandhar, January 25
Jalandhar is all set to become the first city of Punjab to introduce the gas-on-tap system through underground pipelines for residents for which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and senior officials of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) here on January 31.

Water wastage through tap-less outlets
Amritsar, January 25
According to a survey by an non-government organisation 44 water points in the walled city in ward 11, 12 and 13 were allegedly tap-less.

Activists of the Berojgar Adhyapak Front, Punjab, during a rally at Bathinda on Sunday.Unemployed youth protest against freeze on jobs
Bathinda, January 25
Activists of the Berojgar Aadhyapak Front, Punjab, today burnt copies of the memorandum in protest, after some Congress leaders refused to receive the same when they had gone to the residence of local Congress MLA Surinder Singla.

Activists of the Berojgar Adhyapak Front, Punjab, during a rally at Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Memorial park in bad shape
AMRITSAR: M.L. Dhingra Park developed by the Amritsar Improvement Trust presents a picture of neglect. The poor condition of the park speaks volumes for the callous attitude of the Improvement Trust and the Municipal Corporation towards its maintenance.

Hazardous passage in road divider
Amritsar, January 25
A traffic hazard has been created by the municipal authorities by allowing a part of the road divider at the Majitha road to be broken to allegedly facilitate vehicles’ entry to a newly constructed petrol station owned by a kin of the district president of the ruling party.

65 organisations honour Sunil Jakhar
Abohar, January 25
Representatives of 65 social, religious, educational and traders’ organisations honoured Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, for getting the cremation ground for animals shifted from Shivpuri to Killianwali.


Patwari gets 18-month RI
Ropar, January 25
The Special Judge here, Mr S.K. Goel, in an order passed last evening sentenced Kuldeep Singh, a patwari, to 18 months’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed on him a fine of Rs 1,000 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.


2 held for betting on cricket matches
Amritsar, January 25
With the arrest of two persons, the district police busted a gang involved in betting on cricket matches today. The police has seized Rs 84,000, two mobile phones and documents related to the crime.

Cop, 2 others held for snatching
Amritsar, January 25
The local police has arrested three persons — an excise staff policeman and two men of a local contractor — for allegedly snatching a camera and wristwatches from Kaka, a resident of Gurbaksh Nagar here.


Change in course name hits students
Patiala, January 25
The change in nomenclature of the MD radiology course of Government Medical College here to MD radio diagnosis in 1983 has proved costly for a number of students who have acquired their post-graduate degrees in the course after 1983.

A class in progress at Government Elementary School-3 at Kharar.Where students long for
benches, water
Kharar, January 25
“My school should have big playgrounds, marble chip floors, flowers and green plants all over, benches and a water cooler. But we are made to sit on jute mats. I don’t like it,” says 11-year-old Shanker, a student of Class V at Government Elementary School-3 at Kharar. His father is a government employee and mother a maid.
A class in progress at Government Elementary School-3 at Kharar. — Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Diploma nursing students to have separate mess
Amritsar January 25
Simmering differences between the degree and diploma nursing student in to the fore on Friday when nearly 40 BSc nursing students protested against the poor quality and of food served on the hostel premises.

Jathedar, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh confers a degree on a student at the convocation of Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College at Talwandi Saboo on Saturday. 300 students awarded degrees
Talwandi Sabo, January 25
As many as 300 students of the local Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, who passed their bachelor courses in Arts, Commerce and Computer Application streams in the academic year of 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 were awarded degrees in the first ever convocation of the college here yesterday.

Jathedar, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh confers a degree on a student at the convocation of Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College at Talwandi Saboo on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


Consultants named for gas plants
Patiala, January 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has appointed Tata Consultancy as consultants to evaluate its proposal to set up two gas-based power plants at Bathinda and Doraha in Punjab.

Rice millers urge govt to buy levy rice
Fazilka, January 25
There is widespread resentment among about 40 rice millers here and of the nearby Ladhuka areas whose levy rice is not being purchased by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) due to some alleged discrepancies in the purchase records of rice millers of Ferozepore district detected about a fortnight ago.

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