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PM helped Punjab retain refinery project: Amarinder
Chandigarh, January 7
It was at the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the Centre relaxed 15-year sales tax exemption to help Punjab retain the prestigious Rs 16,000 crore Bathinda Refinery Project.

Ex-MP questions CM's charges
Ludhiana, January 7
Senior RSS leader and former MP Lala Lajpat Rai who was recently renominated to the Panjab University senate, today regretted that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was "unnecessarily trying to create a controversy over nomination of members to the university senate".

Hillock saved Punjabis from tsunami

Ludhiana, January 7
It was a small hillock on Campbell Bay that saved about 300 persons belonging to 40 families of Punjabis settled there when the tsunami waves struck on black Sunday killing lakhs of people in South-East Asia.

Tsunami survivor Paramjit Kaur with her children at Sangowal village in Ludhiana district on Thursday
Tsunami survivor Paramjit Kaur with her children at Sangowal village in Ludhiana district on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

3 Lok Bhalai Party leaders quit
Ludhiana, January 7
The Lok Bhalai Party headed by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia today received a big setback when three senior leaders left the party as a protest against the authoritarian attitude of the president.




One killed, four hurt in fog-related mishaps
Phagwara, January 7
In two separate accidents caused by poor visibility due to a thick blanket of fog, Umesh Yadav, (25), was today crushed to death on the GT Road under a vehicle near Chiheru village. Yadav was a class IV employee in Lovely Institute Chiheru village.

Thick fog engulfs the railway track at Amritsar on Friday. Fog hung over the city, disrupting air and rail services for several hours. — PTI photo
Thick fog engulfs the railway track at Amritsar on Friday. Fog hung over the city, disrupting air and rail services for several hours.

Inquiry into UBDC scam reopened
Gurdaspur, January 7
The Gurdaspur police has reopened the inquiry into the multi-crore UBDC scam after government directions. The Punjab Government has now directed the Gurdaspur police to investigate the case on five charges.

CBI files chargesheet against cops
Patiala, January 7
The CBI has filed a chargesheet against around a dozen police personnel on charges of killing a person in a fake encounter in Amritsar district in 1992.


Panchayat poll in Faridkot on January 16
Faridkot, January 7
The elections to posts of panch and sarpanch, that have fallen vacant due to various reasons, would be held on January 16 as per the orders of Election Commission, Punjab.

SAD (A) flays Capt over move on DGP
Hoshiarpur, January 7
Dr Harjinder Singh Jhakhu, general secretary, SAD (A), today criticised Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, for his efforts to make Mr S.S. Virk, a Maharashtra cadre police officer, who had allegedly committed acts of cruelty on Sikh youths, the Punjab DGP.


Bandh over ‘arrest’ of beopar mandal members
Rampura Phul, January 7
A partial bandh was observed in this town today after the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Mr Jai Pal Singh, allegedly placed under arrest a section of office-bearers of the local beopar mandal when they went to him to hand over to him a draft for Rs 1.11 lakh as contribution to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for rehabilitation and resettlement of tsunami victims.

Minister opens waterworks
Moga, January 7
Punjab Public Health and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Avtar Henry today inaugurated augmented waterworks and a computer centre at Government Senior Secondary School in Salhina village, near here.

Payment accepted for cancelled plots
Amritsar, January 7
Eyebrows were raised when urban development authorities allowed Mr Kulwant Singh Nagi, chairman of a chit fund company, who has been absconding after duping a number of people of crores of rupees, to deposit the amount due for two plots purchased by him, thus causing a huge loss to PUDA.

Probe Badal’s links with Ahluwalia, urge dons
Patiala, January 7
Punjabi University teachers under the banner of the Free Thinkers Forum today urged the Punjab Government to probe the compulsions of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to “protect and promote” former University Vice Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia who has been appointed secretary of a trust constituted to establish a World Sikh University at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Open Hussainiwala border, demands society
Amritsar, January 7
The International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society recently handed over a memorandum to Mr Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, Foreign Minister, Pakistan, requesting the opening of the Hussainiwala border.

Justice Kang bereaved
Chandigarh, January 5
Justice ( retd) S.S Kang was bereaved today when his daughter-in-law Mandeep Kaur Kang passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi. She was the wife of IAS officer N.S Kang.

Bathinda boy to take part in R-Day parade
Bathinda, January 7
Mr Manish Kumar, a B.Sc(II) year student of local DAV College, has been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade this year.

NGO helps destitute child
Bathinda, January 7
Volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa yesterday rescued a two-year-old destitute child when he was lying naked in biting cold near the local truck union.

MC donates Rs 16 lakh
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 7
The Municipal Council here gave a draft of Rs 15 lakh as relief money for the victims of tsunami waves and Rs 1 lakh was contributed by Mr Joginder Pal Singla, local council chief and staff of the council to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund was stated in a press note issued by the council here today.


Arrest warrants against ex-Major
Pathankot January 7
Mr Raj Kumar Garg, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, has issued arrest warrants against a dismissed Army officer allegedly involved in corruption and misuse of his official position for personal gain while commanding his unit.


Commissioner urged to remove encroachments
Bathinda, January 7
The Food Corporation of India Employees’ House Building Cooperative Society, Bathinda, today urged the Commissioner, local Municipal Corporation, to remove the encroachments by unscrupulous elements on a piece of land purchased by the society for its members to construct their houses.

DC seeks details of encroached land
Gurdaspur, January 7
In a meeting held here yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh, directed all officers of the district to submit details of encroached government land in the office of the DRO by January 7.

Road elevation resented
Amritsar, January 7
Residents of Fatehgarh Churian road falling under Municipal Corporation in a complaint to the secretary, Public Works Department, alleged that the zonal office of Central Works Division Pathankot was unnecessarily raising the road from the Batala road octroi to Amritsar road octroi.


ASI booked for murder
Fazilka, January 7
The police today booked Joginder Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, and Kashmira Singh of Pakka Chisti village under Section 302 of the IPC for the murder of Krishan Kumar (40) of Beriwala village at Chack Banwala village last evening. According to sources, both were taken into custody.

Accounts of chit fund firm chief sealed
Amritsar, January 7
Certain Bank accounts of Mr Kulwant Singh Nagi, chairman of Sublime Chit Fund company, who managed to escape after duping some residents of crores of rupees here, have reportedly been sealed by the police.

Professor booked for misbehaviour with Principal
Patiala, January 7
The police has registered a case against an Associate Professor who has been transferred to Faridkot Medical College following a complaint of Dr Kiranjit Kaur, Principal of the local Medical College.

2 held for offering bribe
Moga, January 7
Two persons have been arrested for offering bribe to the SHO of Samalsar police station, according to a press release issued here.

Three killed in jeep-bus collision
Sangrur, January 7
Three persons were killed in a head-on collision between a jeep and a bus near Sanjooma village, 20 km from here, on the Sunam-Patiala Road today.

Three Mohali residents die in mishap
Amritsar, January 7
Three members of a family died in a road mishap when a speeding Punjab Roadways bus collided with a Maruti car near Mallian village in Majitha police district in the morning today.

1 held for raping 4-year-old
Hoshiarpur, January 7
A case of the rape of a 4-year-old girl by a youth from Fateullapur village has been reported in the Dasuya police station last evening.

Seven booked for dowry
Phagwara, January 7
Seven persons have been booked for pestering a woman for more dowry. It was learnt that Deepika of local Bedian Mohalla was married to Mr Vinod Kumar of Faridkot on March 6,2003.

Woman dies in road mishap
Jalandhar, January 7
A woman was today killed in a road accident when a private bus rammed into the car from rear in which she was travelling. The mishap happened near beas.

Woman strangled, says report
Amritsar, January 7
Medical reports of Harneet Kaur, who was allegedly killed by her in-laws, confirmed strangulation. Talking to this correspondent, Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, SP city said as per medical reports the cause of death was strangulation.


Teachers take out protest rally
Jalandhar, January 7
Demanding the restoration of the pension scheme, thousands of members of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union held a protest rally here today.

Teachers protest against govt
Faridkot, January 7
At least 1,000 teachers from Faridkot and Ferozepore divisions held a rally here today to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government to accept their long-pending demands.


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