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Revenue officers defer pen-down strike
Cases against three officers to be reviewed
Ludhiana, January 11
Revenue officers have decided to defer their pen-down strike following an assurance by the state government that the cases registered against some officers would be reviewed. A delegation today met the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) and appraised him of the wrong procedure adopted in registering cases against their colleagues.

NRI leaves for Nagapattinam with tsunami relief
Patiala, January 11
Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, an NRI, had come to India on December 23 to participate in the Jor Mela which was held at Fatehgarh Sahib to commemorate the sacrifices made by the two sons of Guru Gobind Singh. Little did he know that he would be scouting for hundred trucks and boarding a flight for Tamil Nadu to be among the sufferers at Nagapattinam.

Dosanjh expresses concern over declining sex ratio
Dosanjh Kalan (Jalandhar), January 11
The Health Minister, Federal Government of Canada, and former premier of British Columbia, Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, interacted with villagers at his native village, here today.
Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh along with wife Raminder interacts with students of Guru Har Rai Senior Secondary School, Dosanjh Kalan, on Tuesday.
Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh along with wife Raminder interacts with students of Guru Har Rai Senior Secondary School, Dosanjh Kalan, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma



Badal reaches Chennai with relief material
Chandigarh, January 11
A delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal( SAD) led by its president , Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday reached Chennai. Akali leaders were received by the Principal Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government, according to Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, secretary of SAD.

Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal (centre), who requisitioned a goods train to take relief material for tsunami victims, seen with SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, who flagged off the relief material at Rakhra village in Patiala. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

NGO asks people to help tsunami victims
Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal (centre), who requisitioned a goods train to take relief material for tsunami victims, seen with SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, who flagged off the relief material at Rakhra village in Patiala.

Police exonerates Daler Mehndi
Patiala, January 11
Patiala SSP Amardeep Singh Rai today said Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi stood discharged in the human trafficking case registered against him and that there was no truth in the reports that a local court had rejected a revision petition filed by the Patiala police in that regard.

Yogi’s ashes immersed in Sutlej
Kiratpur Sahib, January 11
Honouring his last wish, the ashes of Harbhajan Singh Yogi, who motivated thousands in the West to embrace the Sikh way of life, were today immersed in the Sutlej at Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib here by members of his family.

Punjab in no mood to relieve ADGP Virk
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab Government is apparently heading for a confrontation with the Centre. It is reportedly not in a mood to relieve Additional Director-General of Police S.S. Virk, despite Union Home Minister Shiv Raj Patil’s reported refusal to intervene in the matter.

Boy who drinks petrol and stays naked
Moga, January 11
He is mischievous just like any other 8-year-old boy. But what makes him inimitable is his strange addiction of drinking petrol, besides remaining naked most of the time.

Amandeep drinks petrol at his residence, while his mother cooks food in Moga. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Amandeep drinks petrol at his residence, while his mother cooks food in Moga.

Ajnala byelection: Cong aspirants in New Delhi
Amritsar, January 11
The aspirants for Congress ticket for the Ajnala byelection , scheduled to be held on February 23, have gone to New Delhi to meet the party high command. Interestingly, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, an Akali MP from Tarn Taran, has been lobbying hard to get party ticket for his son Amarpal Singh Bonny.

Patil invites Mann to Delhi
Phagwara, January 11
The Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil has invited a five-member delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) on January 15 in New Delhi at 7 p.m. in response to a letter written by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. Mr Mann stated this at a press conference here today.


Future of all PSEB employees secure, says Hanspal
Chandigarh, January 11
“It is only trifurcation and not privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board” says Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief H.S. Hanspal, maintaining that the Congress Government in the state was only segregating generation, transmission and distribution to further improve the efficiency of the board.

Probe Bathinda refinery project work: Kanwaljit
Patiala, January 11
Former Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh today demanded an independent inquiry into the circumstances under which the Amarinder Singh government had stopped the work on the Bathinda refinery. He alleged that the Congress government was working under pressure from a particular party to stop the project.

Govt hospitals to be improved, says Health Minister
Kharar, January 11
The government is making all efforts to improve the working of government hospitals and to provide basic medical facilities to the poor.

SSF seeks apology from joke book publishers
Chandigarh, January 11
Objecting to poor portrayal of the Sikh community in a joke book series, the Sikh Students Federation has demanded apology from the publishers.

Employees of Ranjit Sagar Dam hold rally
Gurdaspur, January 11
Continuing their agitation employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam today organised a protest rally against the Finance Department’s decision to withdraw their allowances. Thousands of employees gathered before the local treasury in Shahpur Kandi and organised a dharna.

19 more Indian youths land in Pak jails
Amritsar, January 11
Nineteen more Indian youths have landed in the Pakistan jails. This was revealed by Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, President, International Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, in a press statement issued here today.

Army exhibition from Jan 13
Jalandhar, January 11
An Army weapons and equipment exhibition will be held at Zoji La Army ground in Kapurthala on January 13 and 14 as part of the Army Day celebration.

CITU to stage dharna outside Parliament
Bathinda, January 11
The members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions will stage a dharna outside Parliament on the second day of the Budget session to lodge their protest against the amendment of Indian Patent Act 1970, informed Mr Raghunath Singh, all-India vice-president and general secretary of the Punjab, unit of CITU, in a conference organised at local Public Library.

Virasat Mela kicks off
Muktsar, January 11
A procession showcasing the different facets of Punjabi culture, including Sath, Trinjan, gatka, marriage customs, Jago, Makkan (mourning group), etc was carried out in the main markets of this town to mark the beginning of two days Virasat Mela named as “Mela Melian da”, being organised by the district administration on the eve of Maghi near local Red Cross Bhavan, today.

A float of the Virasat Mela procession that was started in Muktsar on Tuesday.
A float of the Virasat Mela procession that was started in Muktsar on Tuesday.

Punjab to regularise accreditation of journalists
Mansa, January 11
Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the state government would take necessary steps to regularise the temporary accreditation of mediapersons.

Public Health employees stage dharna
Abohar, January 11
Hundreds of employees of Public Health and Sanitation branch of the Public Works Department held a demonstration and staged dharna at the office of the Executive Engineer here today.

Excess water to Rajasthan resented
Abohar, January 11
The Bhartiya Kisan Union was expressed resentment over excessive supply of canal water to Rajasthan.


Car damaged in service: compensation awarded
Bathinda, January 11
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Bathinda, has directed Hyundai Motor India Ltd and Bhagat Singh Motor Company Patiala, to pay a compensation of Rs. 5,95,965 to Mr Amarjit Singh, a contractor, whose new car was damaged in an accident which took place during the road test by a mechanic working in the company showroom during the first service of the vehicle.


DC warns shopkeepers on encroachment
Faridkot, January 11
Taking a serious note of large scale encroachments here, particularly on the Mall, Old Sabzi Mandi and Main Bazar, Mr Alok Shekhar, Deputy Commissioner, has warned shopkeepers to check their activities, otherwise the district administration would be compelled to take action to solve the problem.

Five suspended for trains collision
Bathinda, January 11
Even as a high-level committee comprising three senior officials of different wings of the Indian Railways today started a formal inquiry into the collision of a diesel engine with an express train at local station late last night, five officials connected with the shunting and traffic movement were booked in a criminal case by the Government Railway Police and subsequently placed under suspension.


Youth held for theft of two rifles
Patiala, January 11
The burglary of two rifles from a police chowki in Samana sub-division in December created a scare about the motive of the robbery with even a possibility of the rifles landing up in militants’ hands. A 21-one-year old youth has finally been found to be the culprit.

Gang of thieves busted
Hoshiarpur, January 11
The Hoshiarpur district police arrested two members of a gang of thieves and burglars last evening.


Missing certificates: board orders inquiry
Mohali, January 11
The Punjab School Education Board has initiated a departmental inquiry to find out how a set of pass certificates issued to middle class students following the annual examination held in February, 2004, has gone missing.

Row over suspension of DAV teacher
Jalandhar, January 11
The recent orders of suspension passed by the DAV College Managing Committee against a college teacher, following allegations of possessing a fake PhD degree, has triggered a controversy on the campus.

Protesting teachers burn copies of ordinance
Pathankot, January 11
The local wing of the Government Teachers Union today held a dharna in front of the local Treasury to protest against the government ordinance withdrawing benefits to the government teachers given in 1986. They also burnt the copies of the ordinance to register their protest.

Stationery distributed among students
Dera Bassi, January 11
The Panchayat and Mahila Mandal of Devi Nagar village, with the assistance of Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, a state awardee in social service, distributed sweaters, school bags and other stationery among 25 poor students of Shaheed Naib Subedar Pal Singh Memorial Government Elementary School, Devi Nagar, here today.

New school timings in Sangrur dist
Sangrur, January 11
Keeping in view the problems, being faced by students due to inclement weather, Mr Husan Lal, District Magistrate, Sangrur, has ordered new timings for the opening and closing of all government and private schools (primary, middle, high, senior secondary) in Sangrur district.


Lotteries Dept revenue up by Rs 13 cr
Patiala, January 11
Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla yesterday announced that the State Department of Lotteries would earn revenue of Rs 100 crore by the end of this financial year as compared to Rs 87 crore last year.


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