Top stories | Politics | Community
Courts | Crime | Education


Kang in a spot over cheque distribution
Ropar, January 29
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will inquire into the ongoing controversy over distribution of cheques for Rs 24.50 lakh by Cabinet Minister Jagmohan Kang in the Morinda assembly constituency.

Centre urged to consult CMs on Budget
Chandigarh, January 29
The Union Government, which has never involved the elected state governments in the pre-Budget discussions and meetings, is under tremendous pressure to consult the Chief Ministers before finalising the Union Budget proposals.

Border points to have close-circuit cameras
Amritsar, January 29
Close-circuit cameras will be installed at some of the vantage points on the fencing of the Indo-Pakistan border to monitor the movement of anti-social elements across the international border.

NGO raps Punjab Govt on Dalit atrocities
Chandigarh, January 29
Colin Gonsalves The atrocities on Dalits are on the rise in Punjab in the wake of the hostile attitude of the judiciary and the Punjab Government, alleged Mr Colin Gonsalves, Executive Director of the Delhi-based NGO-- Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)--today.

Death rate in hospital high, says PSHRC member 
Amritsar, January 29
Although the facilities in the Dr Vidya Sagar Mental Hospital have improved after shifting to the new building, the death rate in the hospital is high, observed Justice R L Anand, member, Punjab State Human Rights Commission, who visited the local hospital and Nari Niketan here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Unemployed teachers, cops clash; 20 hurt
Patiala, January 29
At least 20 persons, including five women and 10 policemen, were injured when an agitation by members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union turned violent after the union activists were prevented from proceeding towards Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s residence to submit a memorandum to him.
Policemen lathicharge members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, Punjab, who were protesting in front of the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence in Patiala on Saturday.
Policemen lathicharge members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, Punjab, who were protesting in front of the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Dr Inderbir Singh GillBC Roy Award for NRI
Ludhiana, January 29
Dr Inderbir Singh Gill, president-elect of the World Laparoscopic Urology, has become the first non-resident Indian to be awarded the Dr B.C. Roy National Award in the eminent medical person category for the year 2004. A world renowned urologist laparoscopic surgeon, Dr Gill is currently the Director, Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery, at the world famous Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA.

Canada to set up 9 more visa collection centres
Ludhiana, January 29
The Canadian Embassy will set up nine visa centres in the country by March this year so that immigrants and visitors do not have to travel to Delhi for filling and submitting application forms.

Canadian MP Navdeep Singh Bains (fourth from right) being honoured at the residence of Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Canadian MP Navdeep Singh Bains (fourth from right) being honoured at the residence of Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal in Ludhiana on Friday.


Cong leaders vent ire at Lalaji’s function
Moga, January 29
A large number of people from different walks of life paid glowing tributes to ‘Punjab Kesri’ Lala Lajpat Rai at his native village, Dhudike, on the occasion of his 139th birth anniversary yesterday. 

Punjab Minister of State for Science and Technical Education Rakesh Pandey pays floral tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai at Dhudike village on Friday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh
Punjab Minister of State for Science and Technical Education Rakesh Pandey pays floral tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai at Dhudike village on Friday.

Cong hopeful of victory in Ajnala
Chandigarh, January 29
The Chairman of the Rural Development Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Pritpal Singh Bishanpura, in a statement said today that the Congress had started the election campaign in the Ajnala Assembly constituency.

No party will win majority in Haryana, says Rinwa
Abohar, January 29
Prof B.L. Rinwa, former state BJP president and in charge for party campaign in Haryana, has said no single party will be able to get clear majority in the Vidhan Sabha elections in the state.


Rights panel asks ADGP to probe murder case
Abohar, January 29
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission have decided to take cognizance of the murder of Kaka Singh.

Gurmat Sangeet losing composite-culture appeal: Singh Bandhu
Patiala, January 29
“Nagma voh jo rooh sune, rooh sunaye” summarises music in the ‘ears’ of Singh Bandhu Surinder Singh who is a little perplexed at the need to define a particular music for a particular purpose and even further the need to bar a certain set of people from singing at religious places.

SSP launches complaint redressal system
Nawanshahr, January 29
The district police today launched Computerised Complaint Redressal System at all police stations in the district. The DGP, Punjab, Dr A.A. Siddiqui, launched the system at the SSP office here.

Vaccine for dog bites not available
Hoshiarpur, January 29
Vaccine meant for treatment of dog bites is not available in any of the Civil Hospitals in Punjab for the past several months on account of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on its manufacture.

40 women attend training camp
Abohar, January 29
Forty women participated in a four-day camp organised by IFFCO here. These participants took keen interest in knowing about working of beauty parlours and making soft toys. They also visited the Industrial Training Institute at Kheowali.

His journey ended in prison
Hoshiarpur, January 29
In yet another incident of how fake travel agents are duping gullible Punjabi youth, so-called travel agents of Chansu Brahmina duped Jatinder Kumar of Rs 2,42,500 and sent him to Sri Lanka, instead of Italy, where he was imprisoned for two months.

PF paid to retired staff, clarifies college management
Chandigarh, January 29
Reacting to a news-item published in these columns regarding the non-release of provident fund to five retired professors of S.D. College, Barnala, the managing committee has clarified that the entire amount has already been paid to the teachers concerned.

Govt move to privatise 3 sugar mills
Gurdaspur, January 29
A nexus of private sugar mill owners, bureaucrats and politicians is trying to jeopardise the cooperative sugar mill movement in the state. This is the apprehension of farmers and authorities of cooperative sugar mills.

PPCB's appeal to industrialists on pollution
Sangrur, January 29
Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), yesterday appealed to industrialists of Punjab to contribute their mite in the campaign launched by the board to keep the atmosphere pollution-free. He also warned industrialists against the adverse effects of pollution.

Town to get facelift
Bathinda, January 29
Keeping in view, the tercentenary celebrations of the supreme sacrifices made by the forty Muktas (the liberated ones), the government had released a grant of Rs 3 crore to tackle the sewerage problem in the town.

Cops rescue sambhar
Nawanshahr, January 29
The life of a two-and-half year old sambhar, which strayed into the thickly populated area at Bhartan Kalan village falling in the bet area in the district on Thursday night, was saved due to timely intervention of a police party led by Mr Navjot Singh Mahil, DSP, and Mr Surinder Pal Singh, SHO.

Physician to be honoured for writing in Punjabi
Patiala, January 29
Local Government Rajindra Hospital Consultant Physician Dr Harshinder Kaur has been chosen by the Shaheed Memorial International Sewa Society for an award for her writings in Punjabi.


Dera head gets 10-yr jail for rape
Hoshiarpur, January 29
Baba Dhanwant Singh, head of the Noor Vishwa Ruhani Charitable Trust based at Pilli Jhikki village, near Garhshankar, was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by the fast-track court headed by Mr R.L. Ahuja here today for allegedly raping an unmarried daughter of an ardent follower of the dera.

Sub-Inspector gets six-month jail
Faridkot, January 29
The First Class Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jagjeet Singh Chauhan, has sentenced Sub-Inspector Avtar Singh to six-month imprisonment for keeping a shopkeeper in illegal custody, besides slapping a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.


Travel agent booked
Phagwara, January 29
A travel agent, Gurbax Singh of Bathinda, had been booked for defrauding two local residents, Kamal Kapoor and Jawahar Lal, of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending them to Canada.

Pak national loses bag
Phagwara, January 29
A bag of Mr Bashir Hussain Bhatti, Chairman, Dulla Bhatti Academy, Lahore, was stolen from a taxi yesterday. He halted at a popular roadside eatery near Khajurala village on the GT road.


90 pc schools lack rooms, potable water
Ropar, January 29
The intense cold conditions notwithstanding, thousands of students of elementary schools in the district were being made to sit on floor in the open for their classes.


HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |