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Akal Takht diktat against same-sex marriages
Amritsar, January 16
Denouncing the practice of same-sex marriages, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, has, in his directive, urged the Sikh sangat not to allow the holding of such ceremonies in any gurdwara of the world.

Charges levelled against Giani Puran Singh

Jagmeet takes up Maghi conference issue with Sonia
Bathinda, January 16
The differences in the Congress that came to surface on the day of its Maghi conference when former MP Jagmeet Brar was not allowed to speak have grown as Mr Brar has taken up the matter pertaining to his humiliation at the function with AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and other party high command leaders by lodging written complaints.

SC panel vice-chief to visit Fazilka
Chandigarh, January 16
Nearly a month after three Dalits were allegedly forced to drink urine and insulted with the slippers of upper caste members, Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste Fakir Bhai Vaghela has reportedly decided to visit Fazilka on January 19, the place of the alleged occurrence.

Talkative girls earn Headmaster’s ire
Patiala, January 16
Fifteen schoolgirls were severely caned by the Headmaster of Manjholi Government Elementary School on palms and knuckles when they did not obey his orders to sit down in class on Friday.



Wadalis take audience to spiritual high
Jalandhar, January 16
The Wadali brothers — Puran Chand and Piyare Lal — weaved magic here yesterday with their musical presence, with a performance based on ‘Sufi” and pure Punjabi folk.

Wadali brothers perform at Red Cross Bhavan in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra.
Wadali brothers perform at Red Cross Bhavan in Jalandhar on Saturday.

Without salary for months
Sangrur, January 16
Hundreds of employees from the rank of principal to peon, working in 12 district institutes of education and training in the state, have been waiting for their salaries for three to five months.

Handcuffed Kohli attends mother’s bhog
Patiala, January 16
Maninderpal Singh Kohli, who is accused of raping a British national, Hannah Foster, today attended the bhog ceremony of his mother Harvinder Kaur here in handcuffs. Maninder’s family opposed the use of handcuffs by the Delhi Police which brought Maninder to Patiala.

Hannah Foster’s rape accused Maninderpal Singh Kohli at his father’s residence in Patiala on Sunday. — A Tribune photo

Hannah Foster’s rape accused Maninderpal Singh Kohli at his father’s residence in Patiala on Sunday.

RRD to contest Ajnala seat
Amritsar, January 16
The Rashtriya Raksha Dal and the Defence Services Officers Association will field its candidate with defence background for the welfare of the people in the Ajnala byelection to be held on February 23.


Living amid sewage for 12 years
Doraha, (Ludhiana) January 16
For the past 12 years, nearly 3,000 residents of Araichan and Malhipur villages and some colonies on the outskirts of Doraha town have been forced to live in the midst of a lake of sewer water formed by the discharge of the town that has no proper drainage system.

Shortage of doctors cripples Amritsar medical college
Amritsar, January 15
Although the state government has shifted back several of the medical teachers who were transferred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, due to a proposed inspection by the Medical Council Of India, Government Medical College was still facing shortage of staff.

Sheer neglect of baradari
SANGRUR: The local marble baradari, a protected monument under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act-1964, has been losing its glory day after day due to indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned. It is now gradually collapsing due to its poor maintenance as several parts of this historical monument have already crumbled during the past several years.

Ranjit Dam class IV staff to get salary through bank
Foul play in salary disbursement suspected
Gurdaspur, January 16
The Finance Department has ordered the transfer of salaries of all class IV employees working at the Ranjit Sagar Dam project through bank. Up till now, around 4,600 such dam employees had been given salary by the dam authorities in cash.

Kalam likely to visit Kapurthala on Mar 19
Wadala Kalan, January 16
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is likely to visit Kapurthala to inaugurate the Pushpa Gujral Science City here on March 19. A confirmation in this regard was received at the office of Director General of Science City R.S. Khandpur in Chandigarh on Friday.

An 18-feet-high model of dinosaur erected in the gardens of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Wadala Kalan, Kapurthala. —  Photo by S.S. Chopra
An 18-feet-high model of dinosaur erected in the gardens of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Wadala Kalan, Kapurthala.

Kite-flying in his blood
Jalandhar, January 16
A tiny speck floating with gay abandon. A distant dot merging and blending to create its own niche in the azure skies. Kite-flying may have been relegated to a few festivals like Lohri, but still the charm of letting go a kite-studded string in the rustle of light breeze is unparalleled, says Bhai Mian Jammaluddin, a Delhi-based kite-flying expert whose forte is flying a good number of kites on a single string.

Passi appears before police, released on security bond
Phagwara, January 16
The All-India Anti-Corruption Forum Chief, Mr P.S. Passi, appeared before the police yesterday which released him after getting a security bond for Rs 25,000, it was learnt today.

SGPC to send team to Port Blair
Amritsar, January 16
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday expressed his concern over the extensive damage cauased to the Sikh community in Car Nicobar and Andaman islands during the tsunami tragedy.

Protest against security withdrawal
Chandigarh, January 16
The Punjab BJP has lodged a strong protest against the withdrawal of the security guards provided to Mr Satpal Gosain, a former Deputy Speaker and senior BJP leader, at Ludhiana. The state President of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, said here on Friday that Mr Gosain had been raising voice against the wrong policies of the Capt Amarinder Singh government and because of this reason his security had been withdrawn.

Punjabi TV academy
Jalandhar, January 16
With an aim to elevate the upcoming Punjabi television industry, a Punjabi Television Academy has been established here.


Kisan union to gherao DC office on January 20
Moga, January 16
The Kirti Kisan Union (KKU) today took out a flag march in over a dozen villages to sensitise people about “false cases” registered against farmers. They also plan to gherao the DC office on January 20.


Encroachments removed in Samana
Patiala, January 16
Acting on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the local administration yesterday removed nearly 300 encroachments in Samana. The SDM, Mr G.S. Chahal, said the shopkeepers concerned were given sufficient time and notice to remove their valuables.


SHO, ASI booked for bid to kill manager
Bathinda, January 16
A criminal case was registered in the city police station against Mr Devinder Singh Attri, Station House Officer (SHO), police station, Rampura Phul, Mr Harbans Singh, ASI, in charge, Vardhman police post, Mr Nini Bansal and three others for their alleged involvement in an attempt to kill the manager of local Sepal hotel after they were denied liquor on the night of January 14.

Missing man’s body found
Abohar, January 16
Amarjit Singh (32) who had been reported missing since November 5 was allegedly strangled to death by his wife Rani (30) with the help of her paramour, Jagsir Singh (18), at Saravwala village, official sources said today.

Nine booked in rape case
Hoshiarpur, January 16
A case of abduction and rape of a woman of Pandori Kadh village has been reported at the Sadar police station Hoshiarpur.

DAV student hurt in attack
Abohar, January 16
In less than a fortnight, another attack on the life of a student of DAV college was made by around 10 youths as he came out of the campus after appearing in the mid-term exam for the BCA (final) here last evening. Rohit has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

NRI woman killed in mishap
Phillaur, January 16
Renu, an NRI, was killed on the spot while her husband Harbhaghan Singh and son Jasprit sustained serious injuries when the car, in which they were travelling to Phillaur, dashed against a tree near here last night.

Three poachers arrested
Ropar, January 16
District forest officials today arrested three persons while they were trying to poach in a forest area near Pukhrali village here.


Rs 150-cr institute awaits completion
The much-publicised Rs 150 crore Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences project in Jalandhar is yet to be completed, even though the state government had announced the starting of the first academic session of from April last year.

Nursing institute awaits students
Jalandhar, January 16
Uncertainty looms large over the future of the Punjab’s lone government nursing training institute here as the Directorate of Family Welfare has not sent any fresh batch of government nurses for the advanced in-job General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course run in the school so far.

Heir offers land to school
Gurdaspur January 14
Mr Joginder Nath Dewan, who claims to be the heir to late Raj Mohini’s property, has offered a truce with the District Red Cross.

PCCTU to hold protest march on Jan 18
Barnala, January 16
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will organise ‘Nange Peir, Raje De Darbar’ protest march and stage a demonstration in front of Capt Amarinder Singh’s Patiala residence on January 18. The aim behind holding the march is to protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government towards the problems being faced by the teachers of private college.

Education fair attracts students
Jalandhar, January 16
Information about educational opportunities available abroad was provided to hundreds of students during the two-day education fair that concluded at local DAV College today.


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