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CM declines to be member of PGPC panel
Chandigarh, January 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has declined to be a member of the advisory committee of the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The Pakistan Government had recently announced the advisory committee for the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to improve the condition of gurdwaras in Pakistan.

266 fishermen repatriated from Pakistan
Wagah, January 6
At least two fishermen, out of total 895 Indian fishermen, who had strayed into Pakistani waters in November 2003 died in Karachi jails, while as many as 266 repatriated to India through Wagah land route, but without their boats.

Sweet homecoming
: Indian fishermen at the Wagah joint checkpost after their repatriation from Pakistan on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Indian fishermen at the Wagah joint checkpost after their repatriation from Pakistan

Martin cancelled visit over marriage Bill row
Chandigarh, January 6
The Same Sex Marriages Bill, which is to be introduced in Canadian Parliament (House of Commons) in its session beginning on January 31, is said to be the main reason for the cancellation of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's visit to the Golden Temple, where he was to pay obeisance on January 15.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Illegal mining: HP seeks Punjab’s help
Pathankot, January 6
The Himachal Chief Minister Mr Virbhadra Singh today stressed on a joint operation by the Punjab and Himachal governments against the illegal mining in the Chaki river bed. While talking to newsmen at village Lahroon on the Punjab Himachal border, the Chief Minister alleged that the illegal mining was continuing in the area due to non-coordination between the two governments.

Kisan bodies form joint front
Phagwara January 6
Agitating farmers' bodies have formed the Joint Kisan Manch on the Chathewala issue and have decided to stage a dharna in front of the Chief Minister's residence in Patiala on January 17.

Virk seeks time to reply to charge sheet
Chandigarh, January 6
Punjab's Additional Director-General of Police S.S. Virk — blamed for "willfully disobeying" orders terminating his inter-cadre deputation — has sought 10 days additional time from the Central Government for replying to the charge sheet issued against him.

GND varsity don quits post
Amritsar, January 6
Dr Harbhajan Singh Bhatia, Professor, School of Punjabi Studies, GND University, today resigned as Head, Nanak Singh Chair. In his resignation letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Bhatia said his honorarium and other incentives, meant for the Head be donated to Tsunami relief fund. He clarified that since his alleviation as Head of the Chair on November 23 last year he had not used any contingency or hospitality funds. He clarified that since his alleviation as Head of the Chair on November 23 last year he had not used any contingency or hospitality funds.
Harbhajan Singh Bhatia

Khanna family perishes in tsunami
Khanna, January 6
A pall of gloom has engulfed the Ahluwalia street in the town following the news that a local resident’s daughter, her husband and two children, who had been missing since December 26 last year died in tsunami disaster in Nagapattinam district of South India. The whereabouts of five more relatives are still not known.


Anti-collision device on rail tracks likely
Hussainpur (Kapurthala), January 6
While terming “human failure” as the cause of the Mukerian rail tragedy, Mr R.Velu, Minister of State for Railways, said the Railways was planning to introduce automatic anti-collision device on all routes so as to rule out any mishap in case of any such error.

NGO to celebrate 25th anniversary
Nawanshahr, January 6
Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, an NRIs' sponsored NGO and a brain-child of social worker Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, is a unique and worth emulating social service organisation as it has not only set up huge infrastructure facilities to provide health care and education facilities, but also given new dimensions to the community service.

Sugarfed to raise Bhogpur mill capacity
Jalandhar, January 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, has directed the Punjab Sugarfed to enhance the existing sugarcane crushing capacity of Punjab’s oldest Bhogpur Sugar Mill by about five times so as to utilise the abundant crop of farmers of Bhogpur and the surrounding areas.

A generous ATM!
Sangrur, January 6
“If you are an account holder of the State Bank of Patiala, you may withdraw more money than you have in your bank account from the automated teller machine of the local main branch of the SBP as sometimes it shows the same balance even after the withdrawal of amount from the bank by an account holder”.

PSEB increases load of tubewell connections
Bathinda, January 6
The Punjab State Electricity Board have earned more than Rs 3.5 crore by increasing the electricity load of about 11,000 tubewell connections installed in its western zone, comprising Bathinda, Faridkot, Ferozepore and Muktsar districts.

Dal Khalsa threatens to de-recognise Vedanti
Amritsar, January 6
The Dal Khalsa today threatened to de-recognise the Jathedar of Akal Takht for allegedly playing a partisan role in affairs concerning the Damdami Taksal.

SAD (Amritsar) to hold protest at Gwalior Air Base
Amritsar, January 5
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president , Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today announced a boycott of goods imported from France and to organise a protest at Gwalior Air Base in protest against the ban on turban.


High Court
Punjab Govt’s decision challenged
Chandigarh, January 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for February 17 on a petition challenging the authority of the Punjab Government in bestowing Cabinet and minister of state rank on chairpersons of State-owned boards and corporations.

Naqvi, Khurana court arrest in Delhi
Chandigarh, January 6
Continuing with their “fight for the rights of Dalits” allegedly forced to drink urine from the slippers of upper caste members in Fazilka district, BJP’s vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Delhi’s former Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana courted arrest in the national Capital this morning.

Contempt notice to Jail Superintendent
Ropar, January 6
Taking a serious note over the delay in producing accused, who were lodged in jail in Nabha, in the court the Ropar district court today issued a contempt notice to the Superintendent of the jail.


Khet Mazdoor Sabha for continuation of pension
Moga, January 6
It was a day of protests in the city. While the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha staged protest outside the DC’s office seeking continuation of pension to elderly, widows, and disabled, the Trade Union Council took out a rally against the suspension of two teachers from a private college.

Farming conference from tomorrow
Barnala, January 6
The delegates from Nepal and various Indian states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir will take part in the two-day conference on agriculture, beginning here on January 8.


3 businessmen assaulted
Phagwara January 6
Three businessmen, including a father-son duo, were assaulted with a sharp-edged weapon by four car-borne youths on a service lane along GT Road last night. The car of one of the businessmen was also damaged by the assailants.

Murder case solved
Phagwara, January 6
The police today claimed to have solved a murder mystery by arresting three persons. An 18-year-old Rajbir Singh, alias Sonu, was attacked and critically injured on December 16 when he was returning along with his friend to his native Mauli village from Phagwara.


Bir Devinder promises infrastructure in college
Mohali, January 6
Proper infrastructure will be provided to the local government college, which the institution was lacking till now. Funds for various works have been cleared in this regard.

Panel to submit report on religious varsity: Badal 
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President SAD (Badal), today presided over the meeting of the trust, constituted for the formation of “Guru Granth Sahib 4th Century World University” at Fatehgarh Sahib by the SGPC, at BBSB Engineering College here.

Seminar held on Guru Granth Sahib
Patiala, January 6
A two-day seminar on the theme “Guru Granth Sahib and 21st Century” was organised by the Department of Guru Granth Sahib Studies. It was inaugurated by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar, Takht Kesgarh Sahib.

Bengal institute students hold protest
Mohali, January 6
Students of Bengal Institute of Medical Sciences, Raikot, Ludhiana, held a protest outside a hotel in Phase IX here today where a meeting of the officials of the Punjab Nursing Council was being held.

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