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Canadian MP, Vedanti discuss
same-sex marriages
Gurbax Singh Malhi denied visa by Iran
Amritsar , January 25
The meeting of Canadian parliamentarian Gurbax Singh Malhi with the Jathedar of Akal Takht and senior office-bearers of the SGPC may put those Sikh Canadian MPs in trouble who are supporting same-sex marriages in their country. 

Capt has failed on all fronts, says CPM
Mansuran (Ludhiana), January 25
Accusing the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of trying to exploit the religious sentiments of the people of Punjab, the state unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) yesterday claimed that his government had failed on all fronts and had belied the hopes and expectations of the people.

Threats to CM turn city into police citadel
Bathinda, January 25
In view of threats by some organisations to ‘gherao’ Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during the Republic Day function here tomorrow, the authorities concerned have turned the city into a virtual police cantonment. All the road routes that will be used by the cavalcade of Mr Amarinder Singh have been sensitised.

Last hurdle cleared for Virk’s appointment
Chandigarh, January 25
The last hurdle in the appointment of S.S. Virk as the 31st Director-General of Punjab police has been cleared as the Union Government reportedly extended his inter-state deputation period by two years.



Time for agriculture revolution: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, January 25
Serious efforts are being made by the Punjab Government to accelerate the pace of industrialisation. A total of 27 mega projects involving an investment of Rs 6881 crore have been approved during the current financial year.

Board set up to conserve biodiversity
Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab Government has recently constituted the Punjab Biodiversity Board to conserve biodiversity, ensure sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of the biological resources. The 12-member board is headed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Bairagi community backs Congress
Chandigarh, January 25
The president of the All-India Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, said yesterday that the Bairagi community had extended its support to the Congress in Haryana Assembly elections. He said the Bairagi community had a strong presence in Haryana where the campaign for the Assembly elections is in top gear.

SAD leaders to meet President
Bathinda, January 25
A delegation of SAD (B) and JP leaders belonging to Punjab will meet the President and the Prime Minister and seek the registration of a corruption case against the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Rana Gurmit Singh ,and his removal from the Cabinet.


ZP members resent absence of officials from meetings
Patiala, January 25
The Patiala Zila Parishad today took up an issue which has been plaguing it for long. The absence of senior officials at its meetings which make them a farce as the problems reported by its members cannot be discussed immediately and resolved.

Beant killers in Pak: Siddiqui
Jalandhar, January 25
The Director- General of Police, Punjab, Dr A.A. Siddiqui, today revealed that the assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, who escaped from high-security Burail jail last year, had taken shelter in Pakistan.

Medals for a host of police officers
Chandigarh, January 25
The Additional Director- General of Police (Internal Vigilance and Human Rights Cell), Mr Chander Shekhar, Punjab, has won the Rashtrapati Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 2005. Mr Chander Shekhar had earlier received the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious service in 1999.

Northern states planning reforms in transport sector
Chandigarh, January 25
Six northern states —Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir — have agreed to introduce sweeping reforms in the transport sector by reaching a consensus on a common tariff for tourist coaches.

Ban on sale of drugs without prescription
Patiala, January 25
Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh today banned the sale of a number of medicines, which are commonly used as intoxicants, without prescription by a medical practitioner.

WB award in memory of Patiala resident
Chandigarh, January 25
Ashes of former a Patiala resident and former Income Tax Commissioner, Jit Bahadur Singh Gill, are being brought here tomorrow by his family from the USA for immersion at the Kiratpur Sahib. The World Bank has instituted an award in his memory.

Ex-MLA’s wife manhandles DFSC official
Amritsar, January 25
The wife of a former MLA allegedly manhandled a senior official of the District Food and Supplies Controller here yesterday. She alleged that the official had passed indecent remarks against her on the pretext of conducting a raid on her gas agency.

Team with relief leaves for Andamans
Bathinda, January 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that a team of the state government led by Major-Gen G.S. Randhawa (retd), Chairman, Punjab State Ex-Service Corporation, had been dispatched to Andaman and Nicobar Islands to provide relief to those Punjabi families which had been hit by tsunami disaster on December 26.

Hand cart union holds protest
Bathinda, January 25
A section of activists of the Hath Rehri (hand cart) Union, who are traditional Congressmen, today took out a march in this city and raised slogans against local MLA and Finance Minister Surinder Singla, his close associate Anil Singla and President, Dalit Sena, Mr Kiranjit Singh Gehri, to lodge their protest against their uprooting from their area of operation.

Sharma installed Rotary Club chief
Patiala, January 25
The local Rotary Club organised a function here last night to install its president, Prof S.C. Sharma, and his team for the centennial year of the Rotary International. Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla was the chief guest while Mr Rajinder Singh, Inspector-General of Police, was the guest of honour. 


Cop arrested for demanding ransom
Bathinda, January 25
Satwant Singh, constable of the Punjab police, and Sarbjit Singh, both residents of this city, were arrested when they were about to get ransom money from a local woman near Hanuman Chowk here today.

Man strangled to death
Amritsar, January 25
Dilbagh Singh, a resident of Raja Sansi village, was strangled to death by some unidentified looters here late last evening.


Students burn effigy of principal
Sangrur, January 25
The effigy of the Principal of Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, near here, was today burnt in front of the college by students, led by the Punjab Radical Students Union and the Punjab Students Union in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands by the college management and the principal.

7 teachers, Principal found absent
Kharar, January 25
Seven teachers, including the Principal, were found absent during an inspection of Government Model Senior Secondary School carried out by the SDM, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Gill, here today.

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