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SGPC sacks suspended secretary
Harbeant Singh Amritsar, February 4
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today sacked its suspended secretary, Mr Harbeant Singh, on the charges of getting the job on the basis of a fake certificate. He has become the first senior functionary of the SGPC to be axed on such serious charges.

Call to boycott Sikhs who flout edicts
Amritsar, February 4
Sikh intellectuals who met at the Akal Takht secretariat here today recommended ‘strict action’ as per Sikh traditions against Mr Joginder Singh, Editor Spokesman allegedly for challenging the authority of Sikh clergy and Akal Takht.

Tohra writes to Annan on turban issue
Amritsar, February 4
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC president, today urged Secretary-General UNO Kofi Annan to issue an advisory note to all countries with special reference to France to treat Sikhs as religious and cultural minority and therefore guarantee all facilities under its (UNO) declarations to protect their religious beliefs.

SYL canal: all-party meeting on Feb 7
State to present vote-on-account
Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab Council of Ministers today decided to convene an all-party meeting on the contentious SYL canal issue here on February 7 to impress upon the Centre to constitute a new commission to reassess the availability of river waters in Punjab, as the Eradi Tribunal had become outdated.

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LS poll: Amarinder to meet Sonia
Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will be in Delhi on Monday for three days. He is scheduled to meet the party President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to discuss the Congress prospects in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

23 jail warders suspended
Sangrur, February 4
Twenty-three warders of the Sangrur District Jail have been suspended by Superintendent of the Jail, L.S. Jakhar, as they allegedly refused to implement the ‘Patra’ (Disc) system while on guard duty in the jail. Twenty-one warders were suspended today and two, yesterday.

Punjab to tie up with NTPC for 500-MW power
Jhanjehri (Kharar), February 4
The Punjab Government has entered into a joint venture partnership with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for a share of 500 MW of power out of the total 2000 MW to be generated by the NTPC at the coal pit head in Chhattisgarh.

Passengers left high and dry at Tashkent airport
Jalandhar, February 4
In a shocking incident, 150 NRIs and passengers of Indian origin — mostly Punjabis — were allegedly denied food and lodging facility during a 20-hour unscheduled halt at the Tashkent airport on January 20. They were also allegedly maltreated by the Russian immigration authorities when some of them demanded basic facilities for fellow passengers, women and children.

Chautala’s kin get life term for murder
Bathinda, February 4
Om Parkash Hitler, a kin and now foe of Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister of Haryana, and his three sons and a gunman was today sentenced to life imprisonment by the District and Sessions Judge, holding them guilty of murdering Jit Ram, of Chautala village on February 26, 1995.


BJP to hold five rallies in February
Jalandhar, February 4
The state unit of the BJP has decided to hold five political rallies in the state this month, which will be addressed by senior party leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

State NCP backs Pawar
Nabha, February 4
The Punjab state unit of the National Congress will recognise Mr Sharad Pawar as its leader and all appointments made by the Sangma group in the state has nothing to do with the Pawar group. This was stated by Mr Swarn Singh, president of the state unit of the NCP while talking to mediapersons at local PWD rest house.


Mandi Board invites tenders 24-hour power scheme
Patiala, February 4
The PSEB scheme to provide round the clock domestic power supply to rural areas is likely to get a fillip with the Punjab Mandi Board inviting tenders for installing infrastructure to take the scheme to 1,000 villages in the state. The PSEB, which is faced with the target of providing 24 hour supply to 6,000 villages in the state, has electrified 400 villages last month.

Pak juveniles shifted to Tihar jail
Faridkot, February 4
Keeping in view the escape of three hardcore undertrials from the Burail jail at Chandigarh last month, who were allegedly involved in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, all the seven Pakistani boys lodged in the local observation home were shifted to Tihar Jail, New Delhi, yesterday. A police party led by the DSP, Mr Des Raj, escorted them to the destination.

Defence personnel exempted from toll
Chandigarh, February 4
Taking cognizance of numerous complaints of military personnel being charged tax at toll plazas in contravention of law, the Central Government has instructed the Punjab Government to ensure that toll operators adhere to the prescribed norms.

BHEL set to get Lehra Mohabbat project
Patiala, February 4
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is set to entrust Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) with the responsibility of the proposed Rs 1700 crore Lehra Mohabbat (Stage II) project on a turnkey basis.

Cancer patient runs from pillar to post
Amritsar, February 4
A government letter has put patients suffering from chronic diseases in an unenviable position.

Anti-corruption activist alleges police inaction
Amritsar, February 4
Mr Ashwani Kumar, an activist of the All India Anti-Corruption Morcha yesterday alleged that he and his family were being threatened by two policemen suspended on his complaint in June last year.

DC’s volte-face on 125 acres
Amritsar, February 4
Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh did a volte face on his taking up with his Lahore counterpart regarding 125 acres of Indian land occupied by Pakistan falling in Daoke village, by issuing a clarification in this regard here yesterday. Before leaving for Pakistan on January 29 for the World Punjabi Conference in Lahore the DC had said that he would take up the issue of land occupied by Pakistan at the administrative level with his Pakistani officials.

Bank employees stage dharna
Bathinda, February 4
Members of the Bathinda Central Co-operative Bank Employees Union today held a rally in protest against the move of the state government to bring salary and other allowances of the employees of boards and corporations on a par with the salary and allowances of the state government employees.

Bank staff protests against govt policies
Patiala, February 4
The Punjab Bank Employees Federation organised a rally in front of State Bank of Patiala to protest against the ‘anti people’ policies of the state government.

Scheme to check maternal mortality
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
To reduce maternal mortality in the district Vande Mataram, the government will launch a scheme on February 9 by Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Secretary, Health.

Health mela concludes
Faridkot, February 4
A three-day health mela jointly organised by the district administration, the management of the Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital and the Health Department and sponsored by the Centre concluded here today.

Mobile phone for Lalru police station
Lalru, February 4
The Lalru police has acquired a mobile phone connection (98720-26100) for the convenience of people. The number became functional from today.

Ten injured in bus-truck collision
Zirakpur, February 4
Over 10 persons, including a woman, sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision between a truck and a Punjab Roadways bus on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway at Nabha village, near here, today.


Decision to advance LS poll date challenged
Chandigarh, February 4
Challenging the decision to advance the date of the Lok Sabha polls, an Amritsar resident today claimed that the “ruling party was taking advantage of the feel-good factor without keeping larger public interest in view”.

Custodial death accused denied anticipatory bail
Sangrur, February 4
The local Sessions Judge, today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Kulwinder Singh, SHO of the Sherpur police station, in a custodial death case. The case was registered against him and other policemen on January 19 last following the death of Ravinder Singh (25), of Kala Bula village, near Sherpur, on January 18 in police custody.


Bathinda, February 4
The modern district administrative complex, which has been constructed after demolishing the old Deputy Commissioner’s office complex in the heart of the city, will formally be inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh tomorrow. The foundation stone for this aesthetically designed complex was laid down by the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in 2001.
The new district administration complex, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday
The new district administration complex, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday, at Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Homoeo council Registrar suspended
Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine has suspended its officiating Registrar, Mr Sunil Gautam, and demoted him as Superintendent Grade-I.

EO, 2 octroi inspectors suspended
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
The Punjab Government has suspended the Executive Officer and two octroi inspectors of the Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib with immediate effect . A single-line fax message mentioning that the EO and the octroi inspectors have been put under suspension was received at the council office from the directorate office today.


Woman found brutally murdered
Bathinda, February 4
In a bizarre incident, a young woman was brutally murdered in her house in the thickly populated Basant Bahar area of this town by an unknown assailant late this evening. It is suspected that she was raped before being murdered.

Woman killed, husband injured
Fazilka, February 4
Four persons allegedly murdered a pregnant woman with hockey sticks and iron rods and injured her husband near Kabulshah Khubban village, near here, last night.

Couples being duped, courtesy male child urge
Ropar, February 4
The advertising board in front of the post office of ‘Panditji’ displays the message in Hindi ‘yahan beta ke liye shartiya dawa di jati hai’ (guaranteed medicine for male child is given here). The medicine is given to women after conception.

2 kg of opium, 18 bottles of liquor seized
Barnala, February 4
In raids conducted in Barnala, Tapa and Bhadaur police station areas, the police has  seized 2 kg of opium, 18 bottles of illicit liquor and Rs 1,200 and has registered cases under the NDPS Act, the Excise Act and the Gambling Act. Two kg of opium was recovered from Narinder Kumar of  Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. Nine bottles each of illicit liquor were recovered from  Balbir Singh and Junta Singh.

Two held for boy’s murder
Patiala, February 4
The murder case of James John, a 14- year-old boy of Sukh Ram Colony in the city, has been solved with the arrest of two of James’ friends, who have confessed to the crime.


Engineering college at Talwandi Sabo okayed
Patiala, February 4
The Punjabi University Planning and Monitoring Board passed the proposal for establishing the Yadvindra College of Engineering at Talwandi Sabo here yesterday. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would inaugurate the college tomorrow.

‘Nanotechnology to bring changes’
Patiala, February 4
The Department of Botany of Punjabi University organised a two-day national symposium on “Recent Trends in Algal Biology and Biotechnology” here from today. The Dean, Academic Affairs, Prof U.C. Singh, was the chief guest.

Increase retiring age of varsity teachers: front
Patiala, February 4
The Teachers’ United Front (TUF) group of Punjabi University has today appealed to the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, to increase the age of retirement of university teachers from 60 to 62-years as mentioned in the notification of UGC, Human Resource Development Ministry and state government during 1998 and 1999.

Students hold protest, allege lack of facilities
Lalru, February 4
Students of Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Malkipur, about 5 km from here, today held a protest outside the college premises for not providing them with facilities which the college authorities had promised prior to the admissions.


Online lottery dealers to pay tax
Patiala, February 4
The State Excise and Taxation Department has decided to impose a lumpsum tax on dealers of online or electric lottery in Punjab .

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