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Cong appoints ‘tainted’ man as trust chief
Raikot, January 8
The claims of the Congress government in the state about its clean image have been daunted with the appointment of Wing Commander (retd) Paramjit Singh Sibia as Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Ludhiana. He is facing criminal charges in two FIRs lodged against him at the Raikot police station under the Jagraon police district.

SGPC: no separate management for Haryana gurdwaras
Amritsar, January 8
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today strongly criticised Mr Ranbir Surjewala, working president, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee for his statement that the Congress party would ensure formation of separate committee to manage gurdwaras in Haryana after coming to power in the state.

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11 doctors shifted to Amritsar college
Amritsar, January 8
The state government reshuffled 20 doctors in state medical colleges yesterday. Out of the 20 doctors, 11 were transferred back to local Government Medical College (GMC) to save it from de-recognition.

Suicide by family: ex-SSP in the dock
Amritsar, January 8
The third suicide note of Hardip Singh who had killed himself along with four other members of his family on October 31, which was sent to the Forensic Laboratory in Chandigarh may land former district police chief Kultar Singh into trouble.

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Over 100 trees face MC axe
Jalandhar, January 8
In what may give nightmares to environment lovers of Jalandhar, more than 100 full grown trees and plants gracing the Shahid Kuldip Singh Parhar Park face the axe of the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, which is already facing sharp criticism from residents of the city for its move to convert the park into a twin-storeyed underground shopping plaza.
A view of a park in Model Town, which is to be removed for setting up an underground shopping complex in Jalandhar.
A view of a park in Model Town, which is to be removed for setting up an underground shopping complex in Jalandhar. —  Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Mother abandons child, NGO unites them
Bathinda, January 8
Vijay, a one-year-old child who was abandoned two days ago by his mother, was handed over to her today by volunteers of Sahara Jan Seva, an NGO, who has been looking after him since then.


Unbundling of PSEB only after Cabinet nod: Lal Singh
Jalandhar, January 8
Denying having any differences with the state Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, the Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today announced that the unbundling of the PSEB would only be done after getting approval from the state Cabinet.

Fire in Sigma hospital
Ludhiana, January 8
A short circuit in an MRI scan machine and subsequent bursting of some alkaline batteries led to a major fire and accumulation of smoke in Sigma Heart Care Hospital in Gurdev Nagar late today evening entrapping over 60 patients, their relatives and medical staff for about an hour in the building.

Tributes paid to Zail Singh
Faridkot, January 8
Hundreds of people, today paid rich tributes to former President Giani Zail Singh on his tenth death anniversary at his native village Sandhwan 8 km from here. Prominent among them were Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal Deputy Chief Minister, Mr H.S. Hans Pal, PPCC chief, Mr Avtar Singh Brar, PPCC vice-president, and Mr Uppinder Sharma, PPCC general secretary.

Residents up in arms against cellphone tower
Patiala, January 8
A tower installed by Tata Telecom in a residential area in Lehal Colony in the city has invited the ire of citizens of the area who are complaining that the tower has been installed in violation of rules and regulations.

Tributes paid to bus mishap victims
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
Rich tributes were paid to 11 girls, who died in a road accident near Polomajra village. The panchayats oganised bhog ceremonies at gurdwaras in Kalour and Nandpur villages.

DC feted for removing encroachment
Faridkot, January 8
The Zila Parishad along with village panchayats of the district yesterday felicitated the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, for successfully removing encroachments on link roads and redressing other grievances of the rural population.

Traders call off indefinite bandh
Rampura, January 8
An indefinite bandh, which was observed by some traders to lodge protest against the alleged misbehaviour with some representatives of the Beopar Mandal by SDM J. P. Singh yesterday, was called off today after the district administration reached a compromise with them.

BDPO staff contribute Rs 1 lakh
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Khamano, today organised a function to hand over the relief material and the amount collected for the Prime Minister’s Relief to the Deputy Commissioner.

Martyr cremated with state honours
Mehal Kalan (Barnala), January 8
Sepoy Gurpreet Singh (21) was cremated at his native place Mehal-Kalan Kurd with full state honours. He was posted at Leh with Ist Sikh Light Regiment. He joined the Army about one-and-a-half-year back. He was the youngest son of his parents.

Awareness rally by police
Nawanshahr, January 8
With a view to creating awareness about road safety measures, the police took out an “awareness rally” here today.


Increased cotton yield revives ginning industry
Bathinda, January 8
Even as farmers could not get remunerative prices of raw cotton due to its increased production this year, it has put a new life in the business of cotton trading and ginning and pressing industry, which has been facing recession for the past one decade.

Cane growers up in arms over pending dues
Ferozepore, January 8
Sugarcane growers are up in arms against the state government over the non-payment of their long pending dues.


Rs 450 cr earmarked for SC students, pensioners
Hoshiarpur, January 8
The Punjab Government has reserved Rs 450 crore for providing books and scholarships to students of the Schedule Castes and pensions to old-age persons. Instead of keeping this amount in the government treasury, it has been kept with the Social Welfare Department so that it could not be spent for any other purpose.


20 hurt in two road mishaps
Hoshiarpur, January 8
As many as 16 passengers were injured when a bus (No. PB-9-8281) of a private transport company bound for Hoshiarpur from Phagwara and a bus (No. PB-11M-9883) of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation bound for Ludhiana from here, collided head on due to poor visibility caused by a thick blanket of fog at the Phagwara-Jalandhar road bypass here this morning.

3 held on rape charge
Ropar, January 8
The local police yesterday arrested three youths for allegedly raping a girl of Chakhiyan village in the district.


Khalsa College Principal reverted
Amritsar, January 8
Dr J.S. Dhillon, Principal of Khalsa College, who had been sent on ‘compulsory’ leave after allegations of embezzlement in students’ fund, misbehaviour and hiring of former students of the college to beat up striking students were levelled against him, was reverted to the Khalsa College of Education (B.Ed college for women) here today.


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