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CPM ‘not fully satisfied’ with UPA govt’s performance
Mansuran (Ludhiana), January 23
The general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, said here today that although his party was not ‘fully satisfied’ with the performance of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, it was convinced about its commitment to the Common Minimum Programme of the alliance.

CPM general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, along with Politburo member Prakash Karat and state secretary Balwant Singh, talks to newspersons at Mansuran, near Ludhiana, on Sunday CPM general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, along with Politburo member Prakash Karat and state secretary Balwant Singh, talks to newspersons at Mansuran, near Ludhiana, on Sunday. 
— Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Pakistan denies permission to Indian delegation
Chandigarh, January 23
The Pakistan Government has denied permission to a 270-member strong Indian delegation which was to attend the Punjab Boli Mela Festival beginning on Sunday at Haveli Lakha, 125 km from Lahore.

Power crisis worsens
Ropar, January 23
Despite heavy rain and snow in the higher reaches of the region, people of Punjab will not have any respite from erratic power supply as the state will face a shortage of 1.68 units every day due to the non-functioning of various thermal and hydel power generation units.

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Victims of NRI marriages narrate tales of woe
Hoshiarpur, January 23
To know the plight of young women who are living under miserable conditions with their parents or close relatives after desertion by their NRI husbands, and to find out ways for their rehabilitation, a delegation of the Human Rights Department of the Union Government, along with the district police authorities, met 20 such women at the Krishi Bhavan here today.

Registrar charged with misuse of official cars, refutes allegation
Amritsar, January 23
Even as the Finance and Development Officer, Guru Nanak Dev University, has fired yet another salvo by levelling charges of misuse of official vehicle (costing Rs 3.5 lakh) by the Registrar during his tenure, the latter has dubbed the charges as frivolous and baseless.

Capital punishment for youth upheld
Hoshiarpur, January 23
The case of alleged murder of a 20-year-old girl and and her grandmother by a youth after making an unsuccessful bid to rape the girl in Basiala village near Garshankar about two years ago has taken a new turn as the District and Sessions Judge, Mr G.K. Rai, has upheld capital punishment for the accused.

Professor’s research on national anthem
Patiala, January 23
Whether to retain Sindh in the national anthem or not may have become an issue only now, but for a Punjabi University don it has been a subject of research for years.


Mann’s memorandum to NHRC
Ludhiana, January 23
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), has sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in stalling the appointment of Mr S.S. Virk as the Director General of Punjab Police and has levelled allegations of human rights violations.

Jagmeet for action against Rana Sodhi
Patiala, January 23
Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar has said the party should take action against Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi for his alleged role in demanding money for a non-existent land deal.


Khalra murder case: rights body writes to PM
Chandigarh, January 23
Accusing the state police of intimidating witnesses in the Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case, which was lodged against five police officers in 1995, human rights organisations here have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, demanding the immediate removal of IG (Patiala Range) Rajinder Singh for allegedly harassing and intimidating the witnesses in the case

Rs 106 cr package for Galiara project
Amritsar, January 23
The Union Home Ministry approved a Rs. 106-crore package for the incomplete phases of the ambitious Galiara project —-a beautification-cum-decongestion -plan for the surroundings of the Golden Temple.

Govt urged to construct Netaji yadgari bhavans
Sangrur, January 23
On the occasion of 108th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose today, the local Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Foundation asked the Punjab Government to construct Netaji yadgari bhavans and install statues of the Netaji at all district headquarters in the state to keep the ideology of the Netaji alive for the generations to come and pay true tributes to this great freedom fighter of the country.

Rai fails to meet Bibi, goes back to UK
Amritsar, January 23
Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, UK-based Secretary (International Affairs) to the Akal Takht Jathedar, today returned disappointed to his country after failing to hold a meeting with Bibi Jagir Kaur, President of the SGPC, to discuss the proposed heritage status to the Golden Temple.

Ex-SP not booked: victim alleges connivance of senior official
Amritsar, January 23
Even though the Deputy Inspector-General had ordered to book a former Superintendent of Police in October last year for lodging a false complaint, the district police has failed to do so allegedly due to the connivance of a senior police official.

Chopper sought to take ‘birs’ to Campbell
Amritsar, January 23 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) yesterday urged the Union Government to arrange a helicopter for taking holy Birs of Guru Granth Sahib along with “rumalas” and other necessary things to tsunami-hit Campbell Bay, the last island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands having Sikh and Punjabi population.

Malkit, a labourer, who allegedly killed his mother at Dhilwan village, in the police custody in Jalandhar on Sunday. Cancer-afflicted mother gagged to death
Jalandhar, January 23
In a gruesome incident, a cancer afflicted 80-year-old widow was gagged to death allegedly by her drunkard son who was aghast over his mother’s refusal to part with her life-time savings of about Rs 40,000.

Malkit, a labourer, who allegedly killed his mother at Dhilwan village, in the police custody in Jalandhar on Sunday.
— Photo by S.S. Chopra

Fans still remember their ‘Jigar’
Patiala, January 23
"Dil se niklange, khayalon mein chale jayange, hum koi vakt nahi ki gujar jayange", was just one of noted poet Jigar Jalandhari's take on his confidence to remain in the mind of his ardent fans.

Tug of war over case against SMO, pharmacist
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 23
The registration of a case of alleged irregularities against the SMO and pharmacist of Civil Hospital, Bassi Pathana, on the recommendation of Deputy Commissioner has become a bone of contention between the civil administration and the police.

Gherao of Mayor: MC staff threaten strike
Patiala, January 23
Employees of the Municipal Corporation today threatened to stall all work in the corporation in case any action was taken against them for locking the rooms of the Mayor and the Commissioner two days ago.

Lucky draw scheme members meet SSP
Barnala, January 22
The local action committee led by Dr Rajdev Singh yesterday met SSP Amit Prasad to complain against non-reimbursement of their money by Goyal Autos to the tune Rs 35 lakh.

Freedom fighters not to attend government functions on R-Day
Sangrur, January 23
The district unit of the Punjab State Freedom Fighters Organisation has decided not to attend government functions relating to Republic Day this year. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here today under the presidentship of Mr Mal Singh, district president of the organisation.

Buta Singh gets warm reception
Phagwara, January 23
Bihar Governor Buta Singh was given a warm reception last night, despite torrential rain. He alighted from Shatabdi Express at 8.56 p.m. and drove straight to the residence of his indisposed maternal nephew Joginder Singh Mann, Chairman, Punjab Agro Foods Corporation.


Urea shortage makes Malwa farmers stand in queue
Faridkot, January 23
Farmers queue up for urea outside the IFFCO office on the Ferozepore road in Faridkot. Even as the latest spell of shower has brought smiles on farmers' faces, the shortage of urea has left them worried. Though government officials are denying any lack of urea, the queues outside the government agencies tell an altogether different story. According to information available, the weather conditions in the recent days have been very conducive to wheat crop and in such a scenario the demand of urea also shoots up.

Farmers queue up for urea outside the IFFCO office on the Ferozepore road in Faridkot.

Irregularities found in coop sugar mills
Abohar, January 23
Gross irregularities have been found in the working of Fazilka Cooperative Sugar Mills located at Bodiwala Peetha village on the Abohar-Fazilka road. In their report for 2003-04, auditors have pointed out that the value of a share had been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, but the authorities had not charged the revised amount from 8,114 members of the mills.


ASI, 5 others booked on extortion charge
Abohar, January 23
ASI Gamdoor Singh, in charge of the CIA staff here, and five other persons have been booked under Sections 363, 364A, 384, 389, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC for allegedly extorting Rs 6 lakh from a property dealer of Sirsa in Haryana.

Man strangled by friend
Kharar, January 23
Nachhattar Singh, a 34-year-old farmer of Sahora village here, was killed last night allegedly by his best friend, Mohan Singh, following a fight at the latter’s house in the village.


Teachers to stage dharna in front of DPI(S) office
Sangrur, January 23
Thousands of teachers will stage a dharna tomorrow in front of the office of the DPI (S) at Chandigarh in protest against the non-payment of their salaries for the past two months.

RCMT team gets gold in gatka contest
Bathinda, January 23
The gatka team of local Regional College for Management and Technology (RCMT) bagged gold medal in inter college gatka competitions of Punjabi University Patiala held at Mata Sahib Kaur Girls college, Talwandi Sabo.

NRI donates Rs 10 lakh to engg college
Patiala, January 23
Punjabi University's efforts to get fee sponsorship for students studying at its Yadwindra College of Engineering at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda got a further fillip today with Canada-based South Asian Heritage Foundation Chairman Harry Mann agreeing to sponsor 10 students at a cost of Rs 20.40 lakh.


Chill brings cheer to roadside garment sellers
Bathinda, January 23
The chilly winds, which have been sweeping the region for the past three days or so, have started proving a blessing in disguise for those who have put up their stalls of garments on roadside and those who have opened sale outlets for the same as they have been witnessing a great rush of customers.

Plea to make market fee structure uniform
Bathinda, January 23
The Punjab Cotton Factories and Ginners Association has urged Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make arrangements for bringing the rural development fund and market fee (RDF) being levied on different foodgrain and cotton on a par with the market fee and RDF in other states.

Beopar Mandal submits memorandum against VAT
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 23
A delegation of the District Beopar Mandal led by its president, Mr Varinder Rattan, submitted a memorandum to the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner to be forwarded to the Chief Minister against the implementation of VAT.

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