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NHRC moots multiple cases against
travel agents

Jalandhar, January 10
With a view to check exploitation of people at the hands of unscrupulous travel agents, the NHRC is contemplating to stress on registration of a separate case for each fraud against accused travel agents.

Police remand for travel agent

Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, national President, Lok Bhalai Party, talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday. Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, national President, Lok Bhalai Party, talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Dual citizenship not enough to attract NRIs
Nawanshahr, January 10
Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, Health Minister, Canada, while talking to mediapersons at the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, on Monday, opined that mere granting of dual citizenship to the NRIs would not solve any purpose of attracting NRI investment.

Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, along with his wife, interacts with the media during his visit to Jalandhar on Monday. Remove red tape, says Dosanjh

Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, along with his wife, interacts with the media during his visit to Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

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When will fast track courts for NRIs come up?
Chandigarh, January 10
For how long will the Punjab Government continue to charm NRIs with the promise to set up special fast track courts to dispose of their cases quickly? The promise regarding the setting up of such courts has been made numerous times but it is yet to be fulfilled.

Dept all set to roll out 650 new buses
Kapurthala January 10
To fulfil its objective of providing better transport facilities to people of the state, the Punjab Transport Department, is giving final touches to the process of inclusion of as many as 650 new buses in its fleet.

Punjab Advocate-General asked to submit record
Chandigarh, January 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab Advocate-General to submit the record pertaining to the bail plea of the accused in the case in which Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Chairman C.M. Munjal is in a tight corner.

Employees of Ranjit Sagar Dam hold a protest rally outside the treasury office in Shahpur Kandi on Monday.Dam employees see red over allowance cut
Gurdaspur, January 10
The employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam today organised a mass protest against the Finance Department's decision to withdraw their allowances.

Employees of Ranjit Sagar Dam hold a protest rally outside the treasury office in Shahpur Kandi on Monday. — Photo by Jangi

Drug-makers to ask CM to take up excise issue
Chandigarh, January 10
Representatives of pharmaceutical companies in Punjab have decided to urge the Chief Minister as well as the Finance Minister to take up urgently the issue of new excise duty levied on drugs from January 8 to save the industry in the state.

Sugar output may hit all-time low
Chandigarh, January 10
While the country is facing a spurt in sugar prices, the fall in sugarcane production in Punjab is going to further deepen this crisis. The sugar production in the state will hit an all-time low this year and will be 3 lakh tonnes this season.

Docs accused in fake medico-legal reports case
Amritsar, January 10
A case of preparing alleged fake medico reports has come to light even as the inquiry reports, prepared by a board of doctors and another by a professor of Forensic Science , Government Medical College , Dr Hakumat Rai, has clearly pointed an accusing finger at the doctors concerned.


Engine collides with train, four injured
Bathinda, January 10
As many as four passengers were injured when a diesel engine collided with the last bogey of the Ferozepore-Mumbai Punjab Mail Express train at platform number four of the local railway station last night.

Gateman averts rail mishap
Phagwara, January 10
A rail mishap was averted here yesterday on the Phagwara-Jalandhar mainline rail section due to the alertness of a gateman.

Polo Majra mishap exposes claims of transport, police depts
Ludhiana, January 10
The tragic accident near Polo Majra village, near Khamano, which claimed 14 lives on January 3 has exposed the claims of the transport and police departments on the plying of safe and uncrowded vehicles on roads and highways.

Sikh who befriended Jarawas is no more
Chandigarh, January 10
A Port Blair-based retired Sikh police officer, Mr Bakhtawar Singh, who was first to establish contact with the Jarawas in the forests of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands died yesterday.

Sikhi Sidak March from Jan 12
Phagwara, January 10
The second Sikhi Sidak March being organised by SAD(A) will start from January 12 from Gurdwara Dina Sahib, Faridkot, and reach Muktsar on January 13. This is to commemorate the tercentenary of the 40 liberated ones (Muktey), who laid down lives fighting oppressors.

Blast a plot against me: Bhaniarawala
Nurpurbedi (Ropar), January 10
A time bomb could be the cause of the blast that damaged a portion of dharamshala building in the ashram of Baba Pyara Singh Bhaniarawala in Dhimana village in Nurpurbedi town in the district.

Talwara Rock Garden in four monthsMr Nek Chand, along with BBMB officials, supervises work at the Talwara Rock Garden being set up by the BBMBon Monday.
Talwara, January 10
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh will get a new aquarium. The London and USA-based Nek Chand foundations have agreed to finance two blocks of aquarium for the Chandigarh based rock garden. Mr Nek Chand gave this information while talking to The Tribune at Talwara today.

Mr Nek Chand, along with BBMB officials, supervises work at the Talwara Rock Garden being set up by the BBMB on Monday. — Photo by Subhash Sharma

Symposium on Naxalite movement
Barnala, January 10
A symposium was held on the book, “Punjab di Naxalite Movement da Nayak — Haqam Singh Samauon” here today at S.D. College here. About 12 Punjabi writers ,research scholars and critics participated in the discussion. It was organised by the Vigyan Jot, a publication, and the Radical People Forum.

Gates to be set up in memory of Bhai Jiwan Singh
Muktsar, January 10
Mr Buta Singh, Governor, Bihar, yesterday urged people to follow the path shown by Bhai Jiwan Singh Jaita, who sacrificed his life for Sikh religion about 300 years ago, Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, PPCC, who was also present announced that four gates would be erected in memory of Bhai Jiwan Singh Jaita at places which were important for the Sikhs.

Yajna for tsunami victims
Jalandhar, January 10
A yajna was organised for tsunami victims by the local Hans Raj Mahila Vidyalaya authorities, while councillors of the local municipal council collected funds for the victims.

Centenary of 40 ‘muktas’ to be observed
Amritsar, January 10
The SGPC has decided to observe the centenary of 40 “muktas” as per the Sikh traditions this month.

Delhi Akali Dal starts kar seva at Nankana Sahib
Ludhiana, January 10
The Delhi Akali Dal has started the kar seva of a gurdwara and a serai at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. It will be completed in December. This will cost Rs 6 crore.

Yogi’s ashes to be immersed today
Amritsar, January 10
The ashes of Harbhajan Singh Yogi, founder of Miri Piri Academy who had brought a large number of Americans into the Sikh fold, be immersed at Kiratpur Sahib tomorrow.

Health programme concludes
Amritsar, January 10
A superhealth project developed by the 3HO Foundation, founded by Harbhajan Singh Yogi, in collaboration, with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation concluded at Dr Vidya Sagar Government Mental Hospital here today.


Police official's son shot during loot bid
Bathinda, January 10
A youth identified as Harpreet Singh, alias Dimpy, son of a police official posted in Mansa district and resident of Guru Ki Nagri locality of this town, was shot dead by a private security guard of a petrol pump located at Kot Shamir village, while he along with four others made an attempt to loot the pump at gunpoint late last night.

Three bodies found in 10 days
Pathankot, January 10
The recovery of three bodies in the town over the past 10 days has led a panic-like situation in the area. Though the police claims to have registered cases in all three incidents, but sources say the investigation is going on at a snail’s pace.

Body identified; police suspects murder
Gurdaspur, January 10
The body of a girl which was recovered from a canal yesterday by the Pathankot police has been identified. The police sources told that the girl had been identified as 20 year-old Primi Gupta, resident of Shahpur Kandi. She had gone to visit here friend on December 8.

Mystery shrouds chemist's death
Moga, January 10
A chemist was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the roadside in Dharamkot area of the district.


PTU to introduce M. Pharmacy
Jalandhar, January 10
Punjab Technical University is likely to introduce M. Pharmacy in a few colleges in the state soon. While the PTU is already running B. Pharmacy course in 17 colleges of the state, the university is planning to start postgraduation in the field in one or two colleges from the next session.

Race on for new PAU VC
Ludhiana, January 10
The race for the post of Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University has begun. The term of the present incumbent, Dr KS Aulakh, ends on March 31.

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