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Ministry to approve new package for Bathinda refinery
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Council of Ministers will meet here tomorrow to approve the deed of assurance to be signed with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited with regard to the revival of the Bathinda oil refinery project, the work on which was suspended in 2002.

Modi now at the receiving end
Chandigarh, January 30
Cutting across their political lines and affiliations, several prominent Sikh leaders, including the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the President of the All-India Vishwakarma Ramgarhia Sabha, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, took strong exception to the Gujarat Government's decision to cancel holiday on Guru Nanak Dev's birthday.

Doaba govt hospitals fail to draw patients
Jalandhar, January 30
The poor inflow of patients in government hospitals in the Doaba region suggests that doctors here are almost idling, many of them not getting even one patient every hour.

Nabha villages wake up to the scourge of AIDS
Nabha, January 30
AIDS is finally being treated as the scourge it is in villages in this area. More than one year following reports of multiplicity of HIV positive cases, now attempts are being made to discuss the disease at the village level with panchayats even painting walls with AIDS awareness messages.

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Punjab Police bids farewell to Siddiqui
Jalandhar, January 30
Mr A.A. Siddiqui, Director-General of Punjab police, is hopeful of getting a “good assignment”, from the Centre after his superannuation.

The Director-General of Punjab police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, with senior officers during his farewell function at the PAP complex in Jalandhar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
The Director-General of Punjab police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, with senior officers during his farewell function at the PAP complex in Jalandhar on Sunday.

Home Minister clears Virk’s file
The Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, has cleared the file of Mr S.S. Virk, Additional Director General of Police, on deputation in Punjab from Maharashtra. Informed sources said Mr Patil signed the file last evening approving the extension in Mr Virk's deputation to Punjab. The issue has been hanging fire for the past two years.

Historic mound falls prey to unplanned construction
Gurdaspur, January 30
The historic mound witness to the 10-month-long resistance given by less than 2,000 Sikhs led by legendary Banda Singh Bahadur to 1,00,000-strong Mughal army is under threat. The unplanned constructions over the mound located near Gurdas Nangal village threaten the original mound which gives one the feel of the fierce battle.

Shahpur Kandi Dam construction to be delayed
Gurdaspur January 30
Though the Punjab Government has released Rs 9 crore for the Shahpur Kandi Dam, it will take another four to five months to start work on the project. Highly placed sources in the Department of Irrigation revealed that construction of the dam could not be carried out at present due to the non-availability of designs.


Major Rajbir Singh to contest as rebel
Amritsar, January 30
Peeved over denial of the Congress ticket in the forthcoming Ajnala byelection scheduled to be held on February 23 , Major Rajbir Singh, Chairman, Punjab State Livestock Development Board, has decided to contest the election as a rebel candidate.

Efforts on to ‘resolve’ ticket row
Sangrur, January 30
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, today said the Congress was making efforts to persuade Mr Rajbir Singh Ajnala, the elder son of former MLA late Harcharan Singh Ajnala, to give up plans to contest the Ajnala Assembly byelection in the larger interests of the party.

‘Badal asked party cadre to collect Rs 1 cr’
Amritsar, January 30
A delegation of the Akali Dal (Ravi Inder Singh) will meet Election Commission officials to apprise them of the alleged collection of Rs 1 crore by the SAD (Badal) for the forthcoming Ajnala byelection at the behest of its president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Ravi Inder sold trust land illegally, claims SAD
Ropar, January 30
The propaganda secretary of SAD Ropar, Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, today alleged that the former Speaker, Vidhan Sahba, Punjab, and the President of Akali Dal, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, had sold the property of the Ambala Board of Education Trust at Kurali illegally.


No recognition to historic village
Sur Singh (Amritsar): This village, called the centre of ‘Gadar’ movement, wrote glorious history of valour and gallantry during the freedom struggle. But sadly, it has failed to preserve the ancestral houses of all 37 ‘Gadri Babas’ who had made a supreme sacrifice for the sake of the country.

Polio-affected girl gets raw deal
Moga, January 30
Even as the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, paved the way for the disabled to join the Civil Services last week, a handicapped girl hailing from Langeana village, got a raw deal at the hands of the district administration on Republic Day.

Jail inmate dies in hospital
Bathinda, January 30
Chotta Singh, a resident of Phulewala village in this district, who was undergoing three-and-a-half year imprisonment in the local Central Jail after being convicted in a criminal case, died in the Civil Hospital here this morning.

Gandhi, martyrs remembered
Amritsar, January 30
“It is a matter of great concern for all of us that our young generation is not well-equipped with the history of our freedom struggle,” said Mr S. Raghupathy, Union Minister of State for Home, while paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and thousands of martyrs and freedom fighters who laid their lives to attain Independence, at Jallianwala Bagh here today.


Novel health care scheme for farmers
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Government has worked out a novel health care scheme for 10 lakh farmers and their families who are a part of the cooperative movement in the state.


Probe ordered into spurious drug sale
Faridkot, January 30
Taking serious note of reports carried in a section of media the Medical Education and Research Department has urged the Deputy Commissioner to probe into alleged report that doctors of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College were prescribing substandard costly medicines to patients.


Murder case cracked, 4 arrested
Faridkot, January 30
The police has arrested four persons in connection with a murder that took place about a year ago. The police succeeded in cracking the murder case after a person was recently arrested on the charge of smuggling poppy husk.

Mobile phone of IAS officer stolen
Bathinda, January 30
In a bizarre incident, the cell phone of Mr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of Food and Supply, Punjab, was stolen from the local Circuit House while it was being charged on Friday evening.


Official wranglings block salaries of 1 lakh teachers
Gurdaspur, January 30
As many as one lakh government teachers in the state have been working without wages for the past three months a bureaucratic formality between the finance and education departments has not been completed.

Several medical college departments headless
Patiala, January 30
The government medical colleges in Punjab are in the throes of a crisis with the Punjab Public Service Commission not filling 35 posts that were publicised in June last year, even as a spate of resignations and superannuations has made some departments go headless and created 52 vacancies in Government Medical College, Patiala, alone.

Varsity moots medical college for rural students
Patiala, January 30
After starting an engineering college exclusively for rural students at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district, Punjabi University is set to replicate the feat in the field of medicine. It aims to start a medical college near Chandigarh which, like its Engineering College, will cater only to students who have studied in government schools in rural areas.

Unemployed ETT teachers burn effigy of CM
Bathinda, January 30
Hundreds of activists of the Unemployed ETT Teachers Union today burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and jammed the traffic for about one hour near the local bus stand to protest against the lathi charge by the police on agitating unemployed teachers at Patiala yesterday.

Teachers sent to judicial custody
Patiala, January 30
Sixteen members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, who were taken into custody by the local police for creating disturbances in front of the Chief Minister’s residence yesterday, were today sent to the judicial custody today.

Teachers’ union submits memorandum to Bhattal
Barnala, January 30
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, today promised to redress the grievances of thousands of college teachers serving in private colleges of Punjab.

Take inspiration from Mata Gujri, girls told
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
Women should take inspiration from Mata Gujri, who sacrificed her husband, son four grandsons and attained martyrdom for the cause of religion, community and nation, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing the annual function of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, here today.


PNB observes security awareness week
Ludhiana, January 30
In order to enhance security consciousness among employees, Punjab National Bank observed security awareness week from January 24 to 29. A wide range of activities were undertaken during the week in the entire state.


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