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SAD (Longowal) to launch Mukti Andolan
Moga, January 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) would launch ‘Mukti Andolan’ to free the religious institutions, like the SGPC, from ‘non-Panthic forces’ from Muktsar on January 13. The party president, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, stated this while interacting with mediapersons here today.

GVK evinces interest in Goindwal project
Patiala, January 9
Power generation company GVK of Andhra Pradesh has again evinced interest in setting up a 500 mega watt thermal power station at Goindwal Sahib, years after it dropped the proposal for which clearance had already been taken from the state government.
Members of the Goindwal Industrial Development Association address a press conference in Jalandhar Goindwal industrialists serve notice on Centre

Members of the Goindwal Industrial Development Association address a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Nine officers transferred
Chandigarh, January 9
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s office is apparently being given a new look. At least three Punjab Civil Services officers have been shifted in and out of the Chief Minister’s office. In all, Punjab Government’s Department of Personnel has ordered the transfer of nine officers.




Hurdles in Virk’s appointment as DGP
Ludhiana, January 9
It will not be an easy task to don the mantle of Director-General of Punjab Police for Mr S.S. Virk as there are many hurdles in his way. The first and foremost is the chargesheet received from the Home Ministry for not reverting to his state cadre despite repeated reminders.

Vigilance probe into laboratory technicians’ appointment
Amritsar, January 9
The Vigilance Bureau of Amritsar has initiated an enquiry into the appointment of Lab technicians in the TB Hospital on the basis of fake certificates. The vigilance initiated the enquiry after a complaint filed by the All-India Youth Association.

Pak newsmen impressed with media’s style of coverage
Chandigarh, January 9
Journalists from Pakistan, who were here for four days, are impressed by the make-up and the coverage of various issues by the Indian media. They have liked the new format of display introduced by most of the newspapers, especially English dailies.

Declare Gurpurb holiday in Pak, says Tarlochan
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities and member of the Rajya Sabha, Mr Tarlochan Singh, wants the Union Government to take up with the Pakistan Government various issues pertaining to the preservation of rich Sikh heritage there.

Govt yet to honour promise with this NRI
Mohali, January 9
Even as Capt Amarinder Singh, pleaded before non-resident Indians to invest in Punjab during the Parvasi Divas celebrations, that concluded in Mumbai today, Mr Nathu Ram Puri, a successful NRI from Punjab and chairman of the multi-crore Puri Foundation, UK, in Mullanpur today had a different story to tell.                                                    
N.R. Puri

N.R. Puri


Toll tax an open loot: Ramoowalia
Chandigarh, January 9
A whopping Rs 496 crore collected annually as toll fee from vehicle owners for using a 276 km stretch of National Highway 1 has prompted former Union Minister and Lok Bhalai Party President Balwant Singh Ramoowalia not only to ascertain utilisation of this money but also rationalisation of the fee.

Probe indicts councillor, son for assaulting SHO
Amritsar, January 9
The 12-page inquiry report, conducted by Mr P.K. Rai, SP(City) has indicted the councillor of ruling party, Mr Surinder Chaudhary, his son and 22 others for assaulting the then SHO Islamabad, Mr Piara Lal, for tearing his uniform and attempting to snatch weapon from the police party on November 20 last year.

Residents, cops clash over level crossing
Bathinda, January 9
A minor clash took place between residents of trans-railway colonies and the police when the former, under the banner of the Khooni Phatak Sangharsh Committee, tried to open a passage at a closed railway crossing in the Paras Ram Nagar area of the city and the latter tried to stop them.

Revenue officers’ stir hits people
Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 9
Hundreds of people in five districts will find it tough to get their property sale deeds registered following a decision of the Punjab Revenue Officers Union to abstain from attesting the deeds and observe a pen-down strike till the cases against their colleagues are not withdrawn.

Muslims have no place to bury dead in Patiala
Patiala, January 9
Burying the dead is an ordeal for Muslims in Patiala. They have little time for mourning when a relative passes away. This is because they have to quickly decide on where the body is to be buried as there is no space for the same in the city.

Phoolka seeks early decision on one-rank one-pension issue
Chandigarh, January 9
While the one-rank and one-pension issue continues to hang fire, Col Partap Inder Singh Phoolka(retd), who has been crusading for getting this demand conceded, says that the Union Government should make the announcement in this connection before Army Day on January 15.

Pensioners’ medical bills not cleared for a year
Sangrur, January 9
A number of pensioners of the Education Department in this district have been facing financial crisis for the past more than a year as their medical reimbursement bills have not been cleared by the authorities concerned here so far due to the non-receipt of budget from the state government for the purpose.

SAD delegation to leave for Chennai today
Bathinda, January 9
A delegation of the SAD (B) led by its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will leave for Chennai tomorrow to contribute for the rehabilitation programme launched by Tamil Nadu Government for the tsunami victims.

BJP chief polishes shoes for tsunami victims
Amritsar, January 9
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and state President, BJP, along with former minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, and other BJP Yuva Morcha workers yesterday polished shoes at various places in the holy city, including the railway station and Putlighar for raising funds for the tsunami victims.


Mr Avinash Raj Khanna, MP and state president of the BJP, polishes shoes at the Amritsar railway station on Saturday to collect funds for tsunami victims.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr Avinash Raj Khanna, MP and state president of the BJP, polishes shoes at the Amritsar railway station on Saturday to collect funds for tsunami victims

Dosanjh to visit Guru Nanak medical trust
Nawanshahr, January 9
Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, Health Minister, Canada, will visit the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, on Monday.

Lohri as tribute to girl child
Chandigarh, January 9
To check gender imbalance and to generate mass awakening about its adverse effects, the Punjab Government has decided to celebrate Lohri of the newly born girl child on January 12 at Fatehgarh Sahib. The celebrations are aimed at enchancing the status of women and highlight the importance of the girl child in society.

Tributes paid to martyr
Tarn Taran, January 9
Rich tributes were paid to martyr Amritpal Singh, gunner of 171 Field Regiment, who laid down his life for the cause of the country, at his native village Pandoli Gola yesterday.


SC remits petition to High Court for a reasoned order
Chandigarh, January 9
The Supreme Court of India has remitted a petition to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for dealing with the contentions and issued raised in it and pass a reasoned order.

RPF Commissioner directed to pay up worker
Sangrur, January 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Employees Provident Fund Organisation, Bathinda, to pay Mr Roop Singh, a resident of Uksil village in Ludhiana district and working in the Food Storage Depot, Food Corporation of India, Malerkotla, an amount of Rs 1,236 with compensation in the form of interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from February 1,1997, till payment.


Faridkot JEs to hold protest
Kotkapura, January 9
The Council of Junior Engineers, Faridkot, has decided to protest against the Senior Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, Faridkot, for issuing orders in which he had reportedly held junior engineers responsible for the T&D losses and energy audit.


Arrested ASI escapes, SHO suspended
Fazilka, January 9
Mr Bhupinder Singh, SHO of the Sadar police station, Fazilka, has been suspended and shifted to the Police Line, Ferozepore, in connection with the Krishan Kumar murder case of January 6 at Chack Banwala village in which Joginder Singh, an ASI of the Sadar police, Fazilka, was booked as an accused.

14-yr-old girl ‘kidnapped’
Kharar, January 9
A 14-year-old resident of Jandpur village here was allegedly kidnapped by a Ludhiana resident. The police today booked Balbir Singh, alias Billa, a resident of Ladhian Khurd Colony, Ludhiana on charges of kidnapping a minor.


Absenteeism plagues schools, health centres
LUDHIANA: The problem of absenteeism plagues primary schools in Punjab where on an average 36 per cent of primary school teachers are absent from school on any one day. The rate is well above the 25 per cent rate for entire India and the third highest across Indian states, following Bihar and Jharkhand.

Jobless ETT teachers hold protest
Amritsar, January 9
Unemployed Elementary Teachers Training teachers from Amritsar, Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur districts today protested in front of the residence of Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Darbari Lal here.

Unemployed ETT teachers protest in front of the residence of Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Unemployed ETT teachers protest in front of the residence of Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, in Amritsar

Kaypee lays stone for dental college
Jalandhar, January 9
The Punjab Transport Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, today laid the foundation stone for CT Dental College and Hospital, the first of its kind in the entire Doaba region, at Shahpur village near here.

Syal is PPS Principal
Nabha, January 9
Commodore I.L. Syal (retd) has taken over the reins of one of the premier educational institutions of India, the Punjab Public School, Nabha.

PTA fee refunded
Batala, January 9
Great joy prevailed amongst the students of the Baring Union Christian College, Batala, and their parents yesterday due to the refund of Rs 300 charged from each student as Parents Teachers Association fund at the time of admission for the Year 2004-2005.

Abohar village school excels in science congress
Abohar, January 9
The students of the Jhamkudevi Senior Secondary School, located in a remote village of this sub-division, were listed as the 10 best performers in the Ist CBSE International Science Congress held a few days ago at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

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