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Cells given on rent, allege jail warders
16 transferred for refusing to do ‘patra’ duty
Bathinda, February 6
Members of the Punjab Jail (guard) Association, Bathinda unit, have alleged that jail officials have been committing administrative irregularities as Mr Sukhdev Singh Saggu, Superintendent, Central Jail Bathinda, transferred six warders to Amritsar and Patiala circles.

Members of the Punjab Jail (Guard) Association, Bathinda, hold a demonstration in front of the Central Jail, Bathinda Members of the Punjab Jail (Guard) Association, Bathinda, hold a demonstration in front of the Central Jail, Bathinda, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Amarinder out to woo Malwa voters
Bathinda, February 6
With an eye on Lok Sabha elections Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has been projecting of the developmental-orientated approach of the Congress government on one hand and on the other trying to make inroads into to the Malwa region, traditional stronghold of the Akalis.

Amendment on promotions to be implemented soon, says CM
Patiala, February 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that the 85th Amendment, dealing with the promotions of Scheduled Caste employees, would be implemented in the state shortly to ensure that these employees were able to retain their seniority from the date on which they were promoted.

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Hanspal gives clean chit to Bhattal
Chandigarh, February 6
Taking a firm stand in support of Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Congress chief H.S. Hanspal said today that Mrs Bhattal had not resorted to any sort of corruption.

Release Maken killer, says Delhi Speaker
Amritsar, February 6
In a significant development, Mr Ajay Maken, Speaker, Delhi Vidhan Sabha, has written to Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to sympathetically consider the case of Ranjit Singh Gill, alias Kukki, currently undergoing life imprisonment in Tihar Jail in connection with the assassination of his paternal uncle, Lalit Maken, and his wife, in the coming meeting of the remission committee.

SGPC honours Sheila Dikshit with ‘siropa’
Amritsar, February 6
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today honoured Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi and her Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and Speaker by presenting them with ‘siropas’ (robes of honour) here.

Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi, at the Golden Temple on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi, at the Golden Temple

World Bank team visits water-harvesting dam
Malewal (Nawanshahr), February 6
Punjab’s green revolution is much talked about. But there is area of the state which has not witnessed a revolution. This belt, known as Kandi area, could be among the most backward areas of the state. The area lacks amenities like as drinking water, net work of roads and health facilities etc.

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What does Punjab expect?
All-party meeting on SYL canal today
Chandigarh, February 6
Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh has convened an all-party meeting on the SYL canal and the sharing of Ravi-Beas waters, here tomorrow. This will be the second meeting on the same subject, the first having been held on January 8, 2003.

Expert disputes Haryana claim on Punjab river waters
Chandigarh, February 6
Questioning the Punjab Government’s demand for setting up a new tribunal replacing the Eradi Commission to resolve the river waters dispute between Punjab and Haryana, Mr Pritam Singh Kumedan, a river waters expert, said today state government had taken a wrong stand on the issue.


SAD, BJP to boycott  all-party meeting
Chandigarh, February 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP today decided to boycott the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the SYL canal issue tomorrow. After a meeting of the political affairs committee of the party, the president of the SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today described the calling of the meeting by the CM as “a massive fraud with the people of Punjab by a person who had only the other day doled out Punjab’s precious waters to some other states for cheap electoral gains for his party”.

Sukhbir promises 25 pc seats to Youth Akali Dal
Jalandhar, February 6
Mr Sukhbir Badal, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), today said that his party would give 25 per cent representation to its youth leaders as far as the disbursal of the party’s Lok Sabha tickets was concerned.

Gujral’s son set to join SAD
Jalandhar, February 6
Harping on his family’s clean political image and his father’s public standing Naresh Gujral, son of Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, is all set to join the Shiromani Akali Dal formally around February 15 and subsequently to contest the Jalandhar parliamentary seat as the SAD-BJP candidate.

Ravi Inder for third front in Punjab
Chandigarh, February 6
The Akali Dal led by the former Punjab Speaker, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, today said they would stage a protest rally at Matka Chowk on February 24 to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, on several genuine demands.

Sarna group to contest Lok Sabha elections
Amritsar, February 6
After sweeping the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal, New Delhi, has decided to field candidates in selected constituencies.

Cong men say no to outside candidate
Bathinda, February 6
Congress leaders of the district today stated before the party observer that neither any outside candidate nor a CPI candidate of the Congress-CPI alliance would be acceptable to them for the next Lok Sabha elections.


Rs 400 cr plan to uplift poor
Ludhiana, February 6
Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh has exhorted the people to follow the teachings of Ravidas. He was addressing a congregation to mark Guru Ravidas Jayanti at Payal, about 30 km from here today.

Kartar Singh’s village gets Rs 28 lakh
Nabha, February 6
Pedhan, the village of Risaldar Kartar Singh Gill, who was awarded the Vir Chakra twice, received Rs 28 lakh from the Chief Minister's discretionary fund for development today. The amount is out of Rs 1 crore grant announced by Chief Minister at the bhog ceremony of Kartar Singh Gill.

Residents, coloniser lock horns over facilities
Kharar, February 6
Residents of Janta Nagar here and the PUDA-licensed coloniser concerned have locked horns over the provision of facilities in the area.
While on the one hand the coloniser, Janta Properties (now Janta Estates and Housing Development Limited), argues that the facilities have been provided as promised with the completion certificate having already been given by the authorities, the residents, on the other hand, accuse the company with non-compliance and breach of the conditions of the PUDA licence.
A road which was constructed three months ago needs repairs in Janta Nagar at Kharar
A road which was constructed three months ago needs repairs in Janta Nagar at Kharar. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Shatrujit Singh’s offer on memorial
Kapurthala, February 6
Tikka Shatrujit Singh, a scion of the Kapurthala royal family has offered to erect a memorial to 35,000 Sikhs, including 10,000 children, massacred by the forces of Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1762.

No grudge against Sikh clergy, says Spokesman Editor
Chandigarh, February 6
Mr Joginder Singh, the Chief Editor of monthly Spokesman, who was declared a “tankhahiya’’ (guilty of religious misconduct) by Akal Takht, today said he had no grudge against the Sikh clergy.
In a statement issued here, he said the decision brought to fore the slippery path writers face on religious matters.

Bangladesh national’s bid to board Samjhauta
Amritsar, February 6
Alert Customs official at Attari railway station thwarted an attempt by a Bangladeshi national Mehraj (42), when he tried to board the Samjhauta Express which had steamed out of the station.


Cops get notice in contempt case
Chandigarh, February 6
If allegations in a petition are to be believed, then a .12 bore double barrel gun deposited with the police by a Gurdaspur district resident in 1987 was planted on an accused implicated in a false case. It was not returned despite court orders.


Farmers stage dharna
Faridkot, February 6
Farmers belonging to the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) in the district staged a dharna in front of The Faridkot Cooperative Sugar Mills here today in protest against the failure of the management of the mills to pay their long-pending dues amounting to over Rs 2 crore.


Three arrested for killing schoolboy
Kapurthala, February 6
The police has claimed to have solved the murder of Taranjit Singh, alias Robin, of the local Shiv colony with the arrest of three youths. Mr S.K. Asthana SSP, said the arrested youths had been identified as Vikramjit Singh, alias Bikka (20), of mohalla Mehtabgarh, Deepak Sharma, alias Deepo (19), of Mandi Wali Gali Shergarh, and Mukesh Kumar (18) of mohalla Arafwala. Robin’s mobile phone was recovered from the accused.

Two arrested for murder
Faridkot, February 6
The police here has claimed to have solved the murder case of Gurdev Singh son of Hazara Singh of Panjgrain Kalan under Kot Kapura police station who was a sevadar in a dera of Dalits in the village. Shambu (19) alias Gurpiar Singh son of Neela Singh of Malke village under Baghapurana police station in Moga district and Mrs Amarjit Kaur, wife of the deceased, have been arrested.

One held for demanding ransom
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
The district police has arrested Jujhar Singh of Govardanpur for allegedly demanding Rs 10 lakh from a Sikh family of Pehowa in Haryana by threatening to kidnap their son if they did not give the money.

Octroi contractor booked on cheating charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
The district police has registered a case against Kirpal Singh and Company, octroi contractor of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, on the recommendations of the Punjab Government for allegedly cheating and committing fraud by pocketing money collected from vehicle owners by issuing fake transit passes.

Brothers held on murder, theft charges
Ropar, February 6
The Ropar police has arrested two brothers — Sukhwinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh — residents of Sector 37-C, Chandigarh, on charges of vehicle theft and murder. In a press note issued here today, the SSP, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, said the two were involved in a number of criminal incidents in Ropar and adjoining districts.

Attempt to loot jewellery shop foiled
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
Two robbers tried to loot a jewellery shop in the main bazar of Sirhind, late this evening. When the shopkeeper raised an alarm, they opened fire and after injuring him fled away.


Amarinder lays stone of engineering college
Patiala, February 6
To popularise crop of diversification Guru Angad Dev University of Animal Sciences would be set up in Punjab shortly. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh made this statement today.

GND varsity to host Punjab Science Congress
Amritsar, February 6
Guru Nanak Dev University will host the Seventh Punjab Science Congress to be held from tomorrow. The three-day session is being held under the auspices of the Punjab Science Academy.

College teachers for course date extension
Chandigarh, February 6
There is resentment among college teachers in Punjab over the state government’s failure to implement a University Grants Commission decision of extending the last date of attending refresher courses.

College authorities insensitive, allege Ashish’s kin
Ropar, February 6
The kin of Ashish Sharma, a first year B-Tech student who was allegedly thrashed by teachers of Rayat Engineering College yesterday, today vented their ire against the management of the institute. Mr Yadhvinder Sharma, a kin of Ashish who had come to visit injured Ashish at the Balachaur Civil Hospital, today said none of the officials or members of the management of the college had come to meet the injured student.


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