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Decks cleared for Bathinda oil refinery
State accepts revised deed
Chandigarh, January 24
Decks seem to have been finally cleared for the setting up of the Bathinda oil refinery as the state government has almost accepted the revised deed of assurance or, say MoU, submitted to it for acceptance by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd with regard to the refinery.

Family’s suicide: SSP ‘threatening’ witnesses
PHRO writes to Chief Minister
Amritsar, January 24
Mr Kultar Singh, a former district police chief, is allegedly threatening the witnesses in the sensational case in which Hardeep Singh and four of his family members, including two children, committed suicide on October 31 last year.

Canadian MP Bains backs same-sex marriage
Navdeep Singh BainsChandigarh, January 24
“Though we are free to vote according to our conscious on the same sex marriage Bill, 70 per cent of the members of the ruling Liberal Party will vote in favour of it,” says Mr Navdeep Singh Bains, the youngest member of the present House of Commons.

Special economic zone project report
sent to govt

Amritsar, January 24
The much awaited feasibility report on the special economic zone promised by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his visit to the holy city in September last year has been submitted by the state government to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Illegal trading near toll barrier
Madhopur (Gurdaspur), January 24
It is not only to middlemen who are thriving on the illegal trade on the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir toll and sales tax barriers. Another illegal trade, “palti”, was being carried out openly under the watchful eyes of the law enforcement authorities, causing huge revenue loss to the governments of Punjab and J&K.

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  Punjabi settlers in Andamans eager to return
Chandigarh, January 24
Though the Punjab Government is all set to despatch a high-level team to disburse financial aid and other help in kind to tsunami-affected Punjabi farmers settled in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, farmers are eager to return to the state.


Block Cong expresses concern over govt functioning
Phagwara, January 24
In an unprecedented move, a special meeting of the Phagwara Block (Urban) Congress Committee, with Mr Manmohan Sharma in the chair, adopted a unanimous resolution, expressing serious concern over the style of functioning of the Congress Government in Punjab headed by Captain Amarinder Singh.


IG denies charge of intimidation of Khalra case witnesses
Patiala, January 24
Patiala Zone Inspector-General of Police Rajinder Singh today claimed that he did not have any relation with the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case, nor any role in harassing or intimidating the witnesses in the case.

Municipal Workers’ Union distances itself from mahasangh
Patiala, January 24
The Punjab Nagar Palika Karamchari Mahasangh, which is leading an agitation against Senior Deputy Mayor Kabir Das, was today isolated by the Municipal Workers Union which has claimed that the mahasangh is using its name without any authority to threaten senior functionaries of the corporation.

Trade unions seek wage revision
Amritsar, January 24
AITUC, INTUC, CTU and the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) today decided at a joint convention of the unions to demand a minimum wage of Rs 5,000 for unskilled workers.

Randhawa to visit hailstorm-hit villages
Chandigarh, January 24
While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has deputed Parliamentary Secretary Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to visit the villages in the Abohar-Fazilka area affected by hailstorms on January 22, he has called a high-level meeting on January 27 to discuss the deteriorating power situation in the state.

Seminar on drug menace
Batala, January 24
A seminar on drugs and a de-addiction camp were organised by the Batala police district under the supervision of Dr Jitendra Jain, chief of the Batala police district, at Bikram Palace on the Jalandhar Road here today.

Murder case: 3-doctor board for postmortem examination
Kharar, January 24
A three-member board of doctors was set up at the Civil Hospital here today to carry out a postmortem examination on the body of Nachhatar Singh who was allegedly strangled by his friend at Sahora village on Saturday night.

Injuries not fabricated: doctors
Patiala, January 24
A board of medical specialists of Government Rajindra Hospital today ruled that the injuries sustained by Kulwinder Singh, a shopkeeper, who had alleged that he was beaten up by the police, did not seem to be fabricated.

Village celebrates Dr B.C. Roy Award to its son
Patto Hira Singh (Moga), January 24
Ever since the news of Dr Purshottam Lal, who hails from this nondescript village of Punjab, winning the Dr B.C. Roy Award reached here, his acquaintances’ joy knew no bounds.

Black Prince ruled annual dog races
Phagwara, January 24
They say that every dog has its days. This was evident at Palahi village where 54 high-bred greyhounds, a breed of Ireland, converged for the third annual dog races that concluded last evening.


High Court
Dera blast
Chandigarh, January 24
Controversial godman Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala today moved the High Court seeking investigation by the CBI into the recent blast near his dera. In his petition, Baba Bhaniarawala alleged that the blast that took place near his dera in Dhamana village in Ropar district on January 9 was an attempt to kill him.


Hailstorm damages wheat, mustard crops
Muktsar, January 24
Hopes of a large number of farmers of the district were dashed to ground when their wheat and mustard crops were damaged due to hailstorm that lashed the region late last evening.


Online passport applications becoming popular
Ludhiana, January 24
An increasing number of people are opting for the online facility to file their passport applications. The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, has received over 2,500 applications online merely within two-weeks of the launch of the facility, says Mr Arvind Kumar, Regional Passport Officer.

District admn’s no to dismissal of accountant
Ropar, January 24
The district administration today refused to implement an order of the Chairman of the local Zila Parishad to dismiss an accountant who had issued cheques worth Rs 24.50 lakh to Minister of Animal Husbandry and Fishery Jagmohan Kang.

MC plans to buy power from private firms
Amritsar, January 24
The local civic body is seriously considering to buy surplus power offered by a private company to meet its requirements for running tubewells, sewerage system and street lights.


Wife, mother-in-law held on murder charge
Jalandhar, January 24
The district police has arrested wife and the mother-in-law of Hardeep Singh on the allegation of murdering the latter about one and a half years ago even as the co-accused, brother-in-law of the victim, was still at large.

Temple committee chief seriously hurt in attack
Jalandhar, January 24
A group of persons attacked the president of the Shiv Mandir managing committee, Mr Gopal Dass Dogra, with sharpedged weapons at Bhargo Camp locality here today, seriously injuring him.

Two held on murder charge
Jalandhar, January 24
The Noormahal police today arrested two persons on the charge of murdering their friend, Santokh Deep, a resident of Kandola Khurd village, about 40 km from here.

Youth murdered, body found in well
Phillaur, January 24
Narinder Kumar (21) was allegedly murdered by his two friends, Amrik and Sukhbir, at Kandola Khurad village in Phillaur subdivision a few days back,but his body was found floating in a well last night.

Cop’s daughter missing, no FIR yet
Amritsar, January 24
Mr Dharm Singh, a head constable at the SSP’s office, Tarn Taran, has been running from pillar to post to get an FIR registered against those who had allegedly kidnapped his daughter, a teacher of a private school, even though a week has passed.

Body found
Kharar, January 24
Body of an unidentified migrant labourer was found by the police on the roadside near Chapparchiri village, near here, today. It is learnt that initially the police thought that a murder had taken place and swung into action.


CBSE to give due place to tsunami
Chandigarh, January 24
Imparting extensive knowledge to students about earthquakes,volcanos and tsunamis etc is apparently not on the priority list of the Punjab Education Department. Obviously, because of this reason, geography, which is also called mother of all sciences, is taught at the plus two level only in 53 schools of the 1382 senior secondary schools in the state.

Students gherao principal’s office
Sangrur, January 24
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union and students of Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, near here, today held a rally on the college campus and gheraoed the office of the principal for some time in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands by the college management and the principal.


Power crisis hits industry
Ludhiana, January 24
The wheel of industry has come to a halt, thanks to the severe power crisis in Punjab. Industrial production has been hit due to the unscheduled power cuts. The Punjab State Electricity Board has imposed severe restrictions on the consumption of power by the industry.

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