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Power, stamp duties raised
Concessions for Bathinda refinery
Chandigarh, January 31
While people would have to cough up Rs 450 crore more per annum as the Punjab Council of Ministers today approved 5 per cent increase in electricity duty and 3 per cent increase in stamp duty, the Bathinda oil refinery project is finally through as the council gave its nod to the revised package of concessions sought by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited to set up the project.

Virk takes over as Punjab DGP
S.S. Virk Chandigarh, January 31
Ending all speculations, 1970-batch IPS officer S.S. Virk today took over as Punjab’s Director-General of Police (DGP). Along with him, four other officers of the same batch and an officer of the 1971 batch have also been elevated to the posts of DGP.

Did Siddiqui give out-of-turn promotions?
Chandigarh, January 31
Following in the foot-steps of his predecessor, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, who was Punjab’s Director General of Police till today, had been on an out-of-turn promotion spree since the last few days.




Members of the Dal Khalsa being taken away by policemen after they courted arrest outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. 11 Dal Khalsa leaders court arrest
Amritsar, January 31
As many as 11 leaders of the Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh organisation, including an Indian Airlines plane hijacker, courted arrest here today from outside the Golden Temple on charges of unfurling a “saffron flag” on Republic Day, delivering inflammatory speeches and opening fire in the air.

Members of the Dal Khalsa being taken away by policemen after they courted arrest outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cong flays Modi, SAD on Gurpurb holiday issue
Jalandhar , January 31
Dubbing senior BJP leader Narendra Modi as “Aurangzeb” of modern India, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and Sikh scholars have flayed the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for its indifference towards cancellation of the Gurpurb holiday in Gujarat on account of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

3 more gazetted holidays
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab Government today declared three more gazetted holidays in the state these are Shivratri, Holi and Good Friday. With this the numbers of gazetted holidays would go up to 17. However, the restricted holidays has been reduced from seven to four. — TNS

Rana Sodhi case may be sent to Vigilance: CM
Chandigarh, January 31
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said that he would hand over the case of the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, to the Vigilance Bureau (VB), if the latter was found guilty in the preliminary inquiry ordered against him.

Package for computer education in government schools approved
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved a package of Rs 70 crore for introducing compulsory computer education in government schools from April this year.

Traffic disrupted after gas leaks from tanker
Mauli (Phagwara), January 31
Thousands of passengers and vehicle owners faced inconvenience as traffic remained disrupted between Phagwara and Goraya on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway for about 12 hours today due to leakage of gas from a tanker which had a hit a tree.

Concessions on drinking water, sewerage charges withdrawn
Abohar, January 31
The Punjab Government has withdrawn concessions on drinking water and sewerage charges, which it had allowed during the byelections to the state Assembly. The users are feeling cheated as they have been asked to pay bills for the past six months at old rates along with arrears.


Rajbir Singh resigns over denial of ticket
Major Rajbir Singh, who has resigned as Chairman of the Punjab Livestock Development Corporation, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. Amritsar, January 31
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today received a big jolt when Major Rajbir Singh Ajnala resigned as Chairman of the Punjab Livestock Development Corporation (PLDC) in protest against the denial of the party ticket for the forthcoming Ajnala byelection , scheduled to be held on February 23.

Major Rajbir Singh, who has resigned as Chairman of the Punjab Livestock Development Corporation, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


Policy for tourism projects amended
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved an amendment to the Industrial Policy 2003. Henceforth, tourism projects will be treated on a par with industry for the purpose of incentives.

Film on Baba Deep Singh in April
Amritsar, January 31
A Punjabi religious movie ‘Anokhe Amar Shahid Baba Deep Singh’ covering the life of the martyr, who sacrificed his life while fighting invaders near the Golden Temple, is likely to be released in April.

Institute in memory of Tohra planned
Amritsar, January 31
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to establish an institute of advance study in memory of former president of the SGPC Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

From pillar to post in search of justice
Amritsar, January 31
More than a year has passed since the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to take appropriate action, Joginder Singh (60), a resident of Mehna Singh Road, is still running from pillar to post to get his dues released from a Jalandhar-based construction company.


Notice issued in Home Guards case
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for April 29 on a petition filed by 167 Punjab Police Home Guards.

Court directs SSP to serve summons on Balian
Barnala, January 31
The court of Additional CJM Karnail Singh today directed the SSP of Barnala to serve summons on a Congress leader and member of the District Planning Board, Ms Surinder Kaur Balian, in a defamation case. In its order, the court directed the SSP to serve the summons through a gazetted officer.


Special ‘girdawri’ ordered in Muktsar
Crops in 17,000 acres damaged
Muktsar, January 31
The Punjab Government has ordered a special ‘girdawri’ to assess the damage caused to different crops by hailstorms which lashed this region twice in the past 10 days.


Probe ordered into corruption charges against Commissioner
Faridkot, January 31
A probe has been ordered into corruption charges against the Faridkot Division Commissioner, Mr B. Sarkar.

Heated arguments mark MC meeting
Kharar, January 31
Heated discussions over various issues marked the meeting of the General House of the Municipal Council here today. Issues like widening of roads, punishment to a clerk, lack of development activity in some wards drew arguments.

Tehsildars, naib-tehsildars to strike work today
Phillaur, January 31
More than 375 tehsildars and naib-tehsildars belonging to the Punjab Revenue Officers Association will go on a strike in the state from tomorrow in protest against the alleged false cases registered against more than 18 revenue officers.

Govt officials found absent from duty
Kharar, January 31
Many government officials were found absent from duty during raids conducted at three places by the Kharar MLA here today.


2 held for duping Army aspirants
Gurdaspur, January 31
The Pathankot police has arrested Niku Singh, a resident of Dala village, and Ram Das, an RMP and a resident of Mumo Katrala village near Mukerian, on the charges of duping two persons on the pretext of getting them recruited in the Army.

Spate of burglaries in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, January 31
Burglars last night struck at five houses in different parts of the city and decamped with jewellery and other valuables worth lakhs of rupees.

Cops beat up three
Bathinda, January 31
Mr Sukhjinder Singh, his younger sister Poonam and one of his friend, Mr Rattan Sharma, were mercilessly beaten up allegedly by three policemen when they went to take possession of a house in the Harbans Nagar here.

Smuggling of smack on the rise
Bathinda, January 31
Known for rampant smuggling of opium and poppy husk, in Bathinda district, which has a close proximity with Haryana and Rajasthan, smuggling of smack has also started witnessing a significant jump.

Two arrested for demanding ransom
Muktsar, January 31
Rajbir Singh and Iqbaldeep Singh, both brothers and residents of Chak Heeran Singh Wala village, were arrested by the Kot Bhai police for their alleged involvement in taking a ransom from Mr Darshan Singh, a resident of Chottian village, by holding a threat to him and his family members.


Govt to get tough with private colleges
Barnala, January 31
The Punjab Government will not allow management committees of private colleges in Punjab to run colleges at their whims. The Higher Education Ministry will take stern action against the erring private college management committees.

Seminar on history of Punjabi literature begins
Patiala, January 31
The Department of Punjabi, Punjabi University, in collaboration with Punjabi Academy, New Delhi, organised a two-day seminar on “Composite History of Punjabi Literature”. Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, inaugurated the seminar. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of G.N.D. University, Amritsar, was the chief guest.

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