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CMs of 2 Punjabs may go together to US for Baisakhi
Chandigarh, January 18
The Chief Ministers of two Punjabs — Capt Amarinder Singh and Ch Pervaiz Elahi — may be travelling together to North America from April 8 to 18 this year to participate in Baisakhi celebrations in all major towns, says Mr Vikramjit Singh Bajwa, a US-based NRI.

Subcommittee on education reforms dies second death
Ludhiana, January 18
The term of the subcommittee on education reforms in the state, “reconstituted” by the Punjab Government in August, last year, expired once again without holding any meeting.

Chathewala case: farmers withdraw stir
Phagwara, January 18
Kisan bodies have withdrawn their decision to send farmer’s jathas to Chathewala village from tomorrow to check January-20 auction of a peasant’s land following cancellation of the auction.

Ajnala byelection
SAD nominee for Ajnala on Jan 20
Bathinda, January 18
Former Chief Minister and President, SAD Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while accusing both Centre and state Congress governments of destroying the agriculture in Punjab under a conspiracy, said his party would make this an election issue in Haryana Assembly elections and in Ajnala bypoll in Punjab.

SGPC employees’ certificates to be scrutinised
Amritsar, January 18
The SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has directed the secretary, Shiromani Committee, to scrutinise certificates and personal files of all employees so that action could be taken against those who had got employment on the basis of ‘bogus certificates’.

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  Councillor takes oath after 8-month wait
Barnala, January 18
After a wait of over eight months, Municipal Councillor Paramjeet Kaur was finally administered oath of office following the verdict of Punjab and Haryana High Court in her favour.

KLF militant alleges forcible confession
Chandigarh, January 18
A dreaded Khalistan Liberation Force militant, Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who has been awarded death penalty by the Supreme Court in a case related to the attack on the former Indian Youth Congress chief, Mr MS Bitta, today alleged that his confession was forcibly recorded by the Delhi Police.

Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a militant of the Khalistan Liberation Force, tries to speak to reporters outside the District Courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a militant of the Khalistan Liberation Force, tries to speak to reporters outside the District Courts in Chandigarh

Teachers to turn chefs, thanks to admn
Mid-day Meal Scheme put on hold in some schools
Nihalsinghwala, January 18
The Midday Meal Scheme, which had lost steam midway, has been discontinued in some primary schools of the tehsil owing to the administration’s new proposal to provide fresh cooked food to these students.

Students at the Government Primary School, Nihalsinghwala tehsil, where Mid-day Meal Scheme has been discontinued. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Students at the Government Primary School, Nihalsinghwala tehsil, where Mid-day Meal Scheme has been discontinued


IT Dept conducts surveys of 10 premises
Bathinda, January 18
More than 10 teams of income tax sleuths today conducted surveys of about 10 premises, including a jewellery shop, two schools, a junk shop and a tent house, to find out whether they had evaded income tax or not.

CM on persuasion mission
Chandigarh, January 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who is scheduled to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on January 20 and 21, will be having very difficult task to handle there.
Sources said Sikh ex-servicemen and other Punjabis settled in and around Campbell Bay wanted to shift to Punjab.

PSEB to schedule power cuts
Patiala, January 18
After more than a fortnight of unscheduled power cuts, the Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to schedule them even as power availability in the state is showing no signs of improvement in the near future.

PSEB employees stage dharna
Sangrur, January 18
Hundreds of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board under the leadership of Mr Harbans Singh, district convener of the PSEB Employees Joint Forum, today staged a protest dharna and held a rally near the office of the Deputy Commissioner here demanding the withdrawal of case registered against 12 PSEB employees by the Malerkotla police on the complaint of the Vigilance authorities on August 21,2004.

Traders hold protest against VAT
Sangrur, January 18
Local shopkeepers and traders protested against the proposed implementation of VAT from April 1 next by putting up small black flags on their shops and wearing black badges here today.

Allegations of atrocities on Dalits ‘false’
Chandigarh, January 18
Preliminary investigations carried out by the Punjab Police have revealed that the allegations of atrocities levelled by three Dalits were "patently false". The trio had earlier claimed that they were forced to taste urine — and insult — from the slippers of upper caste members.

Dalits hold protest
Phillaur, January 18
More than 500 Dalits, led by Bahujan Samaj Party general secretary Pawan Tinu and vice-president M.P. Singh Goraya, held a demonstration and dharna at Ambedeker Chowk and blocked vehicular traffic in Nakodar in protest against indifferent attitude of the civil administration towards the Dalit community yesterday.

Stray cattle menace curbed
Faridkot, January 18
The district administration today claimed to have curbed the stray cattle menace in the city while handing over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the chief of a gaushala at Bir Sikhawala village, Baba Malkit Singh.


Murder trial: Poohla appears in court
Amritsar, January 18
The controversial Nihang chief of Tarna Dal, Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, facing a number of murder, extortion, kidnapping and other cases, appeared with his armed supporters in a local court here today.


Centre, states to sign MoU on foodgrains
Ludhiana, January 18
The Union Government has proposed to sign Memorandum of Understanding with the state government’s on procurement of foodgrains. The Ministry of Food and Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs has sent a draft to the states in this regard.


MoU on booking at Katra signed
Madhopur (Gurdaspur), January 18
The pilgrims from Punjab going to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine can now book accommodation in Katra town of Jammu and Kashmir at their doorsteps. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed here today between the authorities of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation and the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

105 plots allotted in ‘Suvidha’ camp
Kabirpur (Kapurthala), January 18
Under programme to provide on the spot facilities to the needy 105 plots were allotted among homeless people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and loans over Rs 20 lakh were distributed by banks among the applicants at the third “Suvidha” camp organised by the district administration at Kabirpur village today.

Parishad chief suspends accountant
Ropar, January 18
The Chairman of the Zila Parishad, Ropar, Ms Kuldeep Kaur, yesterday suspended her accountant for issuing cheques worth Rs 24.50 lakh without her consent to the Minister of Animal husbandry and Fishery, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, to distribute the same among villages for development works .


Murdered, then burnt in cane field
Phagwara, January 18
A case of murder came to light this afternoon in which a person was first murdered and then his body was set on fire in sugarcane field of nearby Khangura village. The police recovered a badly charred body and brought it for a post-mortem to the Civil Hospital, Phagwara.

SDO, lineman caught taking bribe
Hoshiarpur, January 18
A team of the local Vigilance Bureau caught Subdivisional Engineer Satinder Singh and lineman Tota Ram of the PSEB, Subdivision Shamchaurasi, while accepting bribe of Rs 4,000 and Rs 1,000 from a farmer of Dhode Majara, respectively, today.

Two truckloads of wheat stolen from FCI godown
Faridkot, January 18
About 15 armed thieves struck at a Food Corporation of India godown and fled with two truckloads of wheat after locking three guards on duty in a room here on Sunday night.

Case against teacher, son
Phagwara January 18
A case under secitons 323, 341 and 506 has been registered at the Sadar police station here against a woman teacher, Ms Vijay Kumari, and her son Anurag on the charge of criminal intimidation of Rakesh Kumar,a ninth class student of Govt Senior Secondary School, Jagatpur Jattan.


Legal opinion goes against college Principal
Amritsar, January 18
In another setback to Dr J.S. Dhillon, Principal, B.Ed Khalsa College, the legal opinion sought by Guru Nanak Dev University regarding depositing of his son’s fee, who had got admission in the B.Tech (Electronics) course under teacher’s quota, has gone against him. He may now have to deposit full fee for the admission of his ward.

ETT candidates write to Amarinder
Bathinda, January 18
In a letter to the Chief Minister of Punjab, the students, who are willing to appear for the elementary teacher training entrance test, have urged the authorities concerned to carry out the revision of syllabus from which the examination paper would be set.

Teachers march barefoot to CM’s residence
Patiala, January 18
In response to the call given by Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, teachers working in non-government colleges in Patiala, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Bhatinda, Sangrur, Mansa and Chandigarh staged a march barefooted from the Fountain Chowk to the Chief Minister’s residence here today.

Teachers hold protest
Amritsar, January 18
Members of the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association today held a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor for three hours to protest against the headship issue of Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy.


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