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SC, ST panel holds probe, flays police role
Villagers forced to drink urine in slippers
Patrewala (Abohar), January 19
Mr Faquir Bhai Vaghela, Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for the SC and ST, today expressed resentment on the role of the Punjab Police in dealing with complaints of some villagers of Patrewala village in which they said had been forced to consume urine in slippers and liquor early last month.

Mr Tenzin Vengyal, Director of the state commission for the SC and ST, introduces Mr Faquir Bhai Vaghela to villagers at Patrewala village Mr Tenzin Vengyal, Director of the state commission for the SC and ST, introduces Mr Faquir Bhai Vaghela (middle) to villagers at Patrewala village on Wednesday.

Power shortage to continue in region
Nangal, January 19
Power crisis in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, will continue till May due to the low generation of power in Bhakra Dam triggered by paucity of water in its reservoir. Power generation at Bhakra Dam was today reduced to 50 per cent as compared to last year due to water shortage. Water level in Bhakra Dam has gone down by 54.41 feet in comparison to last year.

BKU complains against irregular power supply
Residents face power cuts




CM focuses on home constituency
Patiala, January 19
With just a little more than two years to go for the present government, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has decided to focus on Patiala again and has asked officials to start projects planned for the city immediately.

Woman tries to kill children, self
Jalandhar, January 19
In a shocking incident, a 28-year-old woman attempted to kill herself and her minor children at her Sant Kartar Nagar residence here this afternoon. The poor economic state of the family reportedly prompted her to take such a step.

Meenakshi Marwah, who attempted suicide, undergoes treatment at a hospital in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Meenakshi Marwah, who attempted suicide, undergoes treatment at a hospital in Jalandhar

Baradari set to regain glory
PATIALA: The historic Baradari Gardens, once famed for exotic plant species, are set to regain their glory. The first phase of an ongoing beautification drive undertaken by the Patiala Development Authority in collaboration with the State Bank of Patiala will give a facelift to the entire Baradari area.

Gates at the Baradari Gardens, Patiala, which conform to the original character of the area.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Gates at the Baradari Gardens, Patiala, which conform to the original character of the area


Sad (A) activists try to gherao Bibi
Talwandi Sabo, January 19
Activists of the SAD (Amritsar) led by its youth wing president Varinder Mann and national general secretary Gursewak Singh Jawaharke tried to gherao SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur who was here today to preside over the annual prize distribution function of a college.


50 pc posts of paramedical, medical staff lying vacant
Bathinda, January 19
The seriousness of state government about its commitment to provide better health services to the people could be judged from the fact that more than 50 per cent of posts of medical and paramedical staff have been lying vacant in this district for the past many years.

Police violates court order, arrests scribe
Moga, January 19
Violating a court order, the police today arrested a vernacular daily correspondent, Mr Sanjeev Gupta, on the charge of blackmailing a Moga resident, though the police released him as soon as the court orders were produced before it.

Rodrigues to unfurl Tricolour at Jalandhar
Chandigarh, January 19
Punjab Governor, General (retd.) S.F. Rodrigues will unfurl the national flag and take the salute during state-level Republic Day function to be held at Jalandhar on January 26.

Thikriwala to be developed as a Model Town
Thikriwala (Barnala), January 19
After paying tributes to a freedom fighter and founder of Riayasti Parja Mandal Sardar Sewa Singh Thikriwala, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that the Congress would announce its candidate for the Ajnala Assembly byelection by the end of this week as Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had gone to New Delhi to discuss about it with the party high command.

Petrol station owner refutes charges
Patiala, January 19
A local petrol station owner, who was under the scanner for allegedly filling the tank of a car owner with more fuel than its certified capacity, has refuted allegations of fleecing customers.

Street play on tsunami
Patiala, January 19
To highlight the tragedy of tsunami victims , the Naiti Theatre group yesterday performed a street play at State College of Education here. The play, named ‘ Kudrat Da Tandav’, has been produced by Mr Gurcharan Singh and written by Mr Bunty Waraich.


Mann moves HC against Virk’s appointment
Jalandhar, January 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today filed a petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the reported move of the Punjab Government to appoint Mr S.S. Virk as the new Director General of Police.


Ropar selected for agriculture promotion
Ropar, January 19
Ropar district has been selected under the agriculture technique management agency by the Union Government to promote agriculture at the ground level. The Central Government has granted Rs 80 lakh to provide facilities to the farmers to improve the quality of farming, dairy, fishery, soil conservation, forestry and animal husbandry.


Inside Babudom
Cadre management problems everywhere: Siddiqui
Chandigarh, January 19
"Uniform once issued is never taken back," says Director-General of Punjab Police A.A. Siddiqui, holding that once the removal order from service of an officer has been given, no further action needs to be taken.

Local Government Dept website launched
Chandigarh, January 19
For bringing complete transparency, Punjab’s Local Government Minister Jagjit Singh yesterday launched a website of Local Government Department. The official website can be logged at


Family suicide: doctor arrested
Amritsar, January 19
The police has arrested Dr Ranjit Singh Rana, an RMP doctor, who allegedly pushed four members of a family to commit suicide. He was nabbed by the police near bus stand of Nath di Khuhi, while he was trying to flee.

Dr Ranjit Singh Rana, a doctor, who was arrested by the Majitha police in a family suicide case. Also in the picture is Ms Vibhu Raj, SSP, at a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Dr Ranjit Singh Rana, a doctor, who was arrested by the Majitha police in a family suicide case

Cops seize 24 kg of opium in a week
Muktsar, January 19
The district police has resolved to curb the activities of smugglers to make this region drug-free. It has pressed various police teams into service. The teams have succeeded in nabbing notorious smugglers and recovering huge quantity of narcotics.

Bank manager held on graft charge
Pathankot, January 19
The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Mr R.K.Garg, today remanded the Senior Manager of Bank of India, Maan Market branch here, to judicial custody till February 2.

PCO owner, 2 women held in rape case
Jalandhar, January 19
The police today arrested three persons, including two women, on the allegations of rape and forcing a woman to abort the foetus. A woman, in her complaint, alleged that she was employed as an attendant at a PCO, near Reru Chowk here, owned by Gopal Krishan.

Windowpanes of travel agent’s house broken
Kharar, January 19
Some residents of Chhajumajra village, near here, broke the windowpanes of a house of an agent had duped them of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad.


300 PAU graduates get degrees
Ludhiana, January 19
The eleventh convocation and prize distribution function of the College of Agriculture, PAU, for the years 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2004-04 was held here today. Two hundred and thirty students were awarded BSc Agriculture (Hons) and while 70 graduates got BEd degrees.

Students accuse teachers’ body of misinformation
Amritsar, January 19
Students of the Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Department of Guru Nanak Dev University have alleged that the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association was misleading the media and authorities.

Teachers threaten to intensify agitation
Amritsar January 19
The Government Teachers Union, Punjab, resorted to dharna outside the DEO (Secondary) office for release of their salary for the past two months, here today and threatened to intensify the agitation during the Ajnala byelection.

Malaysian delegation visits GND varsity
Amritsar, January 19
An eight-member delegation of the State of Perak, Malaysia, led by Dr Zambry B. Abdul Kadir, State Minister for Education, Human Resources and Multimedia, visited Guru Nanak Dev University here today.


Punjab to set up new industrial units
Kharar, January 19
The Punjab Government will set up new industrial units in the state to generate employment and Rs 10,000 crore will be spent in this regard. This was stated by Mr H.S. Hanspal, PPCC chief, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

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