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SGPC panel secy quits
Amritsar, February 9
In yet another twist to the ongoing tussle in the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD), the oldest Sikh institution, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, a former SGPC secretary, today resigned as secretary, Dharam Parchar Committee, and as Coordinator of the Advance Institute of Higher Education of the CKD.

CM asks Punjabis to unite on SYL issue
Patiala, February 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today asked the people of Punjab to join hands on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, saying 16 lakh acres in Muktsar, Bathinda and Mansa would be rendered infertile if water was given to Haryana through the SYL.

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Naresh Gujral to be SAD candidate from Jalandhar
Chandigarh, February 9
Mr Naresh Gujral, son of former Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral, will be Shiromani Akali Dal’s candidate from the Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency. Sources said today that because of political reaons, the SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal had not confirmed the reports regarding party ticket to Mr Naresh Gujral.

One IAS, 46 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, February 9
The Punjab Government today transferred 47 bureaucrats, including one IAS and 46 PCS officers. Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, IAS, is SDM, Talwandi Sabo while Mr Khushi Ram is Director, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. 

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Suspended warder beaten up by jail employees
Sangrur, February 9
With the alleged beating up of a suspended jail warder, Rajesh Kumar, by two employees of the district jail today, the tussle between suspended jail warders and the jail authorities took a new turn. A deputation of the suspended jail warders met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sarvjit Singh, and gave a representation signed by over 20 jail warders, alleging that the suspended jail warders and their families were being ill-treated.

4 PFC officials picked up in corruption case
Chandigarh, February 9
Punjab Vigilance Department officials today picked up four officials of the Punjab Finance Corporation (PFC) in an alleged corruption case involving sale of industrial units and plant machinery at Ludhiana at lower price to their own relatives and friends.

VB chief grills ex-minister
Chandigarh, February 9
Former Punjab minister Satpal Saini today presented himself before the state Vigilance Bureau to answer queries about the alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Team visits Rohira to raise memorial
Rohira, February 9
A team of representatives of the Kapurthala royal family visited Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj which is being constructed here, today to initiate the process for raising a suitable memorial to the 35,000 Sikhs who were put to sword during the sixth foray of Ahmed Shah Abdali here in 1762.

Principal Secretary ‘sends back’ CM’s orders
Mohali, February 9
For the second time in the past fortnight, the Principal Secretary, School Education, Ms Tejinder Kaur, has ‘sent back’ to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, his orders regarding extension in service to the former Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, whose term ended on February 7.


Hurdles in BSP, BSM merger removed
Phagwara, February 9
After a high-level meeting at the PWD Rest House here this evening, hurdles in the way of the proposed merger of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on February 15 were cleared.

Disgruntled workers disrupt Cong meeting
Patiala, February 9
Proceedings at the first party workers’ meeting organised by the Congress in the city came to a standstill after disgruntled party members disrupted the proceedings. The meeting which was summoned in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections was cut short thereafter.


NDA govt a failure, says Markfed chief
Jandawala (Bathinda), February 9
Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, Chairman, Markfed, Punjab, and senior Congress leader, has accused the BJP-led NDA government of failing to provide foolproof security to the country. He said the terrorist attack on Parliament, Red Fort and the Kargil intrusion during the past five years was a stigma on its rule.

Splitting of work resented
Bathinda, February 9
The splitting of a big work into small works in the tenders floated by the Bathinda canal division authorities of the Irrigation Department has upset many civil works contractors here.

Minister holds public darbar
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 9
The government has initiated various development projects in the state. Besides construction, repair and recarpeting of 2,340 km of roads at the cost of Rs 1,000 crore, Rs 1,500 crore are being spent on big development projects.

Cabinet to decide on land for Ponty
Mohali, February 9
The Punjab Cabinet will take the final decision on the allotment of industrial land in Mohali to A.B. Motions Limited, the company promoted by liquor baron Ponty Chadha.

Terms for jobs to terrorism victims eased
Chandigarh, February 9
Mr B.K. Srivastava, Financial Commissioner (Relief and Resettlement) said today that the government had relaxed the guidelines for jobs on compassionate grounds to terrorist victim families.

SAD (A) activists disrupt train services
Amritsar, February 9
Activists of the Kisan Wing of the SAD (Amritsar) today disrupted train services to protest against their proposed ouster from their fields in the border belt of Ajnala near Talwandi Nahar villages. The services remained suspended for more than two hours on the Amritsar-Dera Baba Nanak rail line.

A group of farmers demonstrate by blocking railway track near Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo
A group of farmers demonstrate by blocking railway track near Amritsar

Tohra seeks media cooperation
Chandigarh, February 9
SGPC President G.S. Tohra today sought cooperation from the media in connection with the celebration of three big events of the Sikh history this year. In a letter addressed to the Editors of various newspapers, Mr Tohra has sought wide coverage to the programmes and activities planned on these holy occasions.

A traders’ delegation from Pakistan arrives at the checkpost
A traders’ delegation from Pakistan arrives at the checkpost at Wagah on  Monday. — PTI photo

ICMC, Sikh bodies to field Davinder Bhullar
Amritsar, February 9
The Khalra Mission Committee and the Sikh Jagriti Morcha, the Ashutosh Virodhi Morcha and the Gurmat Prachar Sabha in a press note here yesterday decided to field Prof Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar for Lok Sabha election from Tarn Taran seat. Mr Bhullar was awarded death sentence.

Scheme for pregnant women launched
Hoshiarpur, February 9
For the welfare of pregnant women in the state, the Vande Mataram Scheme was launched by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, at Dasuya, 40 km from here, today. A state-level function was organised at the Civil Hospital, Dasuya, in this connection.

General category workers flay govt move
Ropar, February 9
The PSEB General Category Employees Welfare Association in its emergency executive meeting held today criticised the proposed move of the Punjab Government to implement the 85th Amendment in the state which provides for seniority along with out-of-turn promotions to SC/ST employees.

DGP inaugurates Child Protection Unit
Kapurthala, February 9
Mr A.A. Siddiqui Director General of Police, Punjab yesterday inaugurated the Child Protection Unit (CPU) at the Community Policing Resource Centre here. The unit would protect and support children needing care, Children addicted to drugs will be given counselling and shelter.

Schemes fail to benefit safai workers
Jalandhar, February 9
Mr Ganga Ram Teja, a member of the National Safai Karamchari Commission, today held a meeting with district administration officials at the local Circuit House and apprised officials about various schemes being run by the commission for upliftment of safai karamcharis and their families.

Minister’s gunman without gun!
Jalandhar, February 9
Discovery of an AK-47 rifle near the Narndev Chowk here this morning baffled not only morning walkers, but, also stunned the police control team (PCR) officials. They later found that it belonged to a gunman of the Minister for Jail Mr Malkit Singh Birmi.

PRTC to launch website
Patiala, February 9
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has achieved another milestone by adopting modern management technique of computerisation for the depot management function here today. Local MP Preneet Kaur inaugurated the facility.

Employees hold rally against lathi-charge
Bathinda, February 9
Members of the GNDTP Employees Federation, Bathinda, held a rally in front of the main gate of the local thermal plant in protest against the lathi-charge by the police on PSEB workers in Chandigarh on February 4 when they were protesting against the privatisation of the board.
Members of the GNDTP Employees Federation hold a rally in front of the thermal plant in Bathinda on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the GNDTP Employees Federation hold a rally in front of the thermal plant in Bathinda

Bomb hoax hits rail traffic
Patiala, February 9
Rail traffic on the Rajpura-Sirhind section stopped for two hours after the driver of the Kisan Express stopped the train near Shambhu suspecting that explosives had been planted on the track.


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Punjab asked not to pay for helicopter use
Chandigarh, February 9
Acting on a petition filed by the employees of Mohali-based Punjab Recorders Limited alleging non-payment of salary since December 2002, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the state of Punjab not to make payment to Pawan Hans Company, which was renting out helicopters to the government.
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Justice Brar for more consumer panels
Amritsar, February 9
Justice H.S. Brar, Chairman of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, has favoured the settling up of more district consumer disputes redressal forums in view of manifold increase in cases being referred to the commission.

Interim bail for officials of Rural Dev Dept
Ropar, February 9
The Special Judge Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, today granted interim bail till February 17 to Mr J.P. Singla and Mr C.L. Premi, Deputy Directors in the Rural Development Department of Punjab.


14-year-old girl raped, forced to commit suicide
Bathinda, February 9
A 14 year-old school-going Scheduled Caste girl of Harrangpura village of the district, who was allegedly raped by a youth living in her neighbourhood yesterday, was allegedly compelled to commit suicide by the accused after committing the first crime.

12 of NRI family booked in dowry case
Tarn Taran, February 9
Twelve members of an NRI family including seven women, have been booked for demanding dowry and for defrauding some persons of lakhs on the pretext of sending them abroad. The police has registered a case under Sections 498A and 420 of the IPC. No arrest has been made.

Cop arrested for taking bribe
Bathinda, February 9
Dharminder Pal Singh, head constable posted in the city Kotwali here, was arrested last night for allegedly taking a bribe from a person against whom a complaint had been received in the same police station for extending him a favour.

Fake currency worth 1 lakh seized
Amritsar, February 9
The police today seized fake currency worth over Rs 1 lakh. The police has nabbed two persons in this regard. A sum of Rs 1.67 lakh was also seized from the accused. The accused has been identified as Suba Singh of Rajatal village and a customer, Jasbir Singh of Mari Udoke.


Heritage village to come up on varsity campus
Amritsar, February 9
The Guru Nanak Dev University Syndicate today accorded its approval to establish a heritage village of pre-Partition days on the varsity campus. The university would also start a five-year integrated course in Master in Sports Sciences from the new academic session at its Centre of Potential. The meeting was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh.

Librarians seek pay-parity with teachers
Patiala, February 9
The Punjab College Librarians Association (PCLA) organised a meeting to protest here today against the ‘discriminatory treatment’ being meted out to them by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development here today.

Staff urge dist admn to take over college management
Amritsar, February 9
Teaching and non-teaching staff of Guru Nanak College, Batala, has urged the district administration to take over the management of their college as it has failed to give good governance.

Call to develop scientific temper
Amritsar, February 9
Eminent scientists of Punjab today said the genetic diversity of human populations should be studied for their susceptibility to various diseases. The scientists adopted a resolution in this regard at the end of the seventh Punjab Science Congress here, which was hosted by Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Punjab Science Academy.

GND varsity lifts national fest trophy
Amritsar, February 9
Guru Nanak Dev University bagged the overall All-India inter-varsity national youth festival trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The university also lifted Maharaja Ranjit Singh Trophy for securing the maximum first positions in this festival which concluded at Jiwaji University, Gwalior, last evening.

College function held
Abohar, February 9
Mr H.R. Gandhar Director DAV Public Schools, New Delhi said poverty and illiteracy were behind increase in crime. He was speaking at a function of old students of DAV College here on Sunday. He said the educational institutions should not honour those who did not deserve it. Foreign influences were weakening India by misleading the young generation, he said.


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