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20 injured as bus turns turtle
Nurpurbedi (Ropar), January 15
Twenty persons were injured, five of them seriously, when a private bus in which they were travelling overturned near Haripur village, Nurpurbedi, about 14 km from Ropar, this morning.

3-time Canadian MP opposes same sex marriage
Chandigarh, January 15
The move of the Liberal government to bring same sex marriage bill before House of Commons may be the reason behind the last-minute cancellation of visit of Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Paul Martin, to Amritsar for paying obeisance at Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir.
Mr Gurmant Grewal, from Canada addresses a “Meet the Press” programme in Chandigarh Press Club, on Saturday.
Mr Gurmant Grewal, from Canada addresses a “Meet the Press” programme in Chandigarh Press Club, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Punjab politics in state of flux
Ludhiana, January 15
At the moment, it appears that Punjab politics is in a state of flux. All political parties, be it the ruling party or the Opposition, find themselves in disarray. Factionalism is rampant. With the Vidhan Sabha elections still two years away, the political leadership does not consider it necessary to stem the rot. The ruling Congress party as ever before is still plagued with factionalism. Captain Amarinder Singh became Chief Minister with a bang.

Govt under sugar lobby’s pressure, says Shanta
Jalandhar, January 15
Mr Shanta Kumar, former union minister and senior BJP leader, today alleged that reduction of time period of special package from 10 to seven years for Himachal Pradesh was a discrimination with the hill state as it would discourage investors from coming to Himachal Pradesh.

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25-yr wait for ‘Jangi Inam’
Nabha, January 15
A decaying paper which has given away at the folds and has been stuck together with strips, besides being frayed at the edges, is all 75-year-old Joginder Singh has to prove the bravery of his father. The paper was also to be the basis for a comfortable old age to the man but this has not come about.

Joginder Singh displays the letter awarding “Jangi Inam” to his father by the British at his house in Nabha. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Joginder Singh displays the letter awarding "Jangi Inam" to his father by the British at his house in Nabha.

Denied liquor, ASI fires at hotel manager
Bathinda, January 15
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Punjab Police, accompanied by five others, including SHO, Rampura Phul police station, Devinder Attri, allegedly fired at the manager of a local hotel late last night when they were refused liquor and food by the latter.

Lohri burns away his penury
Abohar, January 15
It was an emotional moment for Mr Banwari Lal, with tears rolling down his cheeks, as he hugged his mother Kalawati Devi and broke the happy news of winning the first price of Rs 1.5 crore through the Lohri bumper of the Punjab State Lottery.

Winner of the Rs 1.5-crore Lohri Bumper, Banwari Lal, with his family members inside their one-room house at Sayeedwala village, near Abohar, on Saturday.

Winner of the Rs 1.5-crore Lohri Bumper, Banwari Lal, with his family members inside their one-room house at Sayeedwala village, near Abohar

SAD bypoll meeting on Jan 20
Amritsar, January 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that in view of the Ajnala byelection to be held on February 23, the political affairs committee of the party will hold a meeting here on January 20 to decide the candidate besides drawing out the election strategy.

Decision on Ajnala seat on Jan 19: CPI
Sangrur, January 15
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will take a decision, regarding fielding a Left candidate in the Ajnala Assembly byelection at a meeting of the state executive committee of the party in Chandigarh on January 19.


Scheme members protest for refund
Barnala, January 15
Around 200 members of a lucky draw scheme held a demonstration seeking refund of around Rs 35 lakh owed by Goyal Autos, a scooter located on the bus stand road, here today.

Petrol station ‘fleecing’ customers
Patiala, January 15
A local petrol station owner has adopted a unique modus operandi of fleecing customers by ‘filling’ more petrol than the actual capacity of the vehicle.

471 physically challenged kids to get artificial limbs free of cost
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 15
As many as 471 physically challenged children have been identified in the district in camps organised in the five blocks of the district. These camps were organised to identify physically challenged children in the age group of three to 14 years in the district under the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan by the Social Security Department of the state in collaboration with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corp. of India (ALIMCO).

Balli president of House press panel
Chandigarh, January 15
Mr Baljit Balli of Ajit was elected the president of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Press Gallery Committee. Mr Ashwani Anand was elected vice-president, while Mr Harish Chander Bhaganwala of Aj Di Awaz was elected general secretary.

Mann supports Pak on Baglihar talks
Takhtpura, January 15
The Indo-Pak talks on the Baglihar water project broke off due to Hindu mindset of some persons involved in the process, alleged Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (Amritsar), here yesterday.

Punjab, SA province ink pact
Chandigarh, January 15
For mutual exchange and cooperation in art, culture, science, technology, small and medium scale industry, besides agriculture, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa and the Punjab Government.

Mandal threatens stir over power cuts
Fazilka, January 15
The tall claims of leaders of the ruling party regarding development stand belied as residents of Fazilka town and surrounding areas are facing an acute shortage of drinking water and electricity. Frequent prolonged and undeclared power cuts are the order of the day. The worst hit are the students who are preparing for their examinations. The business of industrialists is also affected.

CM to tour tsunami-hit areas
Chandigarh, January 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today presented a cheque for Rs 77,68,835 for tsunami victims after meeting the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at his residence. A cheque for Rs 10 crore for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund had already been sent.


Admn to launch anti-encroachment drive from tomorrow
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 14
The district administration will launch a special campaign to remove encroachments from govt land in urban as well as rural areas from January 17. All executive officers of the councils and BDPOs have been directed to submit the list of encroachers within two days.

Kharar MC spends 1.03 cr on development
Kharar, January, 15
A sum of Rs 1.03 crore had been spent by the local Municipal Council on various development works in the past year.


Batala police hits druggies, bootleggers
Batala, January 15
During its anti-drug drive, the Batala police has arrested four persons and recovered 841 capsules and 120 tablets from the accused.

Man booked for concealing first marriage
Hoshiarpur, January 15
The police has booked Raghubir Singh and three of his family members for concealing his first marriage from Krishna Kumari of Sherpur Pucca. The accused have been booked under Sections 494, 498 A, 406 and 420, IPC, at the Hariana police station.

Two held for selling intoxicants
Ferozepore, January 14
The District Health authorities in association with the local police has initiated a drive against quack and unscrupulous medical practitioners clinics.

4 hurt in mishaps
Kharar, January 15
Four persons were injured in three different accidents during the past 24 hours in and around the town.

Hunt on for eunuch in boy’s castration case
Amritsar, January 15
Efforts are afoot to arrest Kanta, alias Dharamveer, a eunuch, who allegedly castrated a teenaged boy. A case had been registered against him under Sections 363-A (1//2/3) and 326 of the IPC at the Chheharta police station here.


Governor approached over deptt head controversy
Amritsar, January 15
The Punjab Federation of the University Teachers’ Association (PFUTA) today wrote to the Governor and Chancellor of the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) seeking an early appointment to clarify about ongoing controversy over the headship of the Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy.

Lovdeep Singh wins poetry-writing contest
Ropar, January 15
Lovdeep Singh of the local GGSSTP Model School today won the first prize in Punjabi poem writing in a district-level contest organised by the Punjabi Tribune to promote Punjabi-writing skills among the students. Sangeeta of GMN Senior Secondary School won first prize in story writing while Satvir Kaur was declared winner in the handwriting contest.

Teachers’ union bays for Principal’s blood
Amritsar, January 15
The college unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union had alleged that Shahzada Nand College for girls here was on the verge of closure due to the callous and indifferent attitude of the Principal, Dr Suman Lata Sharma.


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