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14 Punjabi youths in Pak jail write to SGPC chief
Amritsar, February 1
As many as 14 Punjabi youths, lodged in a Pakistani jail, have made a fervent appeal to Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, SGPC, to use her good offices for securing their release and return to India.

Punjabi youth leading miserable life in Pak jails

Modalities being worked out to dispose of jail land
Chandigarh, February 1
Punjab’s Prisons Department is working out the modalities for disposing of prime jail land in Patiala and Jalandhar before shifting the prisons. At present the jails are situated right in the heart of the two cities.

No salaries for power project employees
Chandigarh, February 1
A maze of governmental paper work, rules and confusion over rights to exercise power has meant that nearly 460 employees of Punjab working under the Ranjit Sagar dam project and the upcoming Shahpur Kandi dam project did not get their salaries on pay day today.




Drugs on sale at dhabas outside educational institutions
Gurdaspur, February 1
Dhabas outside educational institutions in the district are becoming centres of drug supply to students. As per information collected from drug addicts by the authorities of the district drug de-addiction centre, dhabas near Beant Engineering College and the Institute of Hotel Management here are selling intoxicants to students.

‘Sweet miracle’ of a bitter tree
Rajpura, February 1
A 'sweet-tears-oozing' neem tree has been attracting thousands of devotees in Salempur Jattan village, near Ghanour, on the Punjab-Haryana border about 35 km from here.

Devotees throng a gurdwara in Salempur Jattan village, near Ghanour in Rajpura sub-division, where a 'weeping' neem tree has become a centre of attraction for the last over two months. — Photo by J.S. Virdi.
Devotees throng a gurdwara in Salempur Jattan village

Financer ‘escapes’ with Rs 25 crore of investors
Faridkot, February 1
The Managing Director of a local finance company has reportedly fled with about Rs 25 crore belonging to its investors.


NCP seeks Singla’s resignation
Bathinda, February 1 The district unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to submit a memorandum, signed by 50,000 persons, to the Governor and the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha to force the local MLA and state Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, to quit his post.


Distribution of cheques by Kang to be probed
Ropar, February 1
An inquiry into the ongoing controversy over the distribution of cheques worth Rs 24.50 lakh by the Minister of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Mr Jagmohan Kang, was today marked to the Secretary of the Rural Development and Panchayat.

More hydel projects needed to meet power crisis
Ludhiana, February 1
Punjab needs to harness hydroelectric power in the region to mitigate the power crisis it is currently facing and for that it should set up projects in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

Manch members present memorandum to SDM
Phagwara, February 1
About 2,000 activists belonging to the general categories today held a protest march and took out two rallies, first at Hargobindnagar market and then in front of the SDM’s office in the courts complex. 

Campaign against female foeticide launched
Chandigarh, February 1
A multi-media campaign to abolish female foeticide was launched by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member Parliament, at UT Guest House, here today.

CTU buses not to ply in Punjab today
Ropar, February 1
Hundreds of commuters using the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses to reach various parts of Punjab will face inconvenience tomorrow as the joint action committee of the Punjab Roadways Employees Union today decided not to allow any CTU bus to ply on the state roads tomorrow.

Elderly couple awaits “missing” son’s return
Amritsar, February 1
Even though the recent kidnapping of students in Bihar has hogged the limelight due to the elections but there was hardly anybody to listen to the woes of Gupta couple residing in the Ranjit Avenue area here whose only son, Vikas Gupta (22), has been missing since three years.

Mann withdraws PIL on Virk appointment
Chandigarh, February 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed as withdrawn the PIL filed by Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann seeking directions to the Punjab Government not to appoint Mr S.S. Virk as Director General of Police.

Residents gherao official of sewerage board
Rampura Phul, February 1
Hundreds of residents of this town today gheraoed the junior engineer (JE) of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) for hours together to lodge their protest against the slow execution of work pertaining to the laying of underground sewerage pipe under the railway level crossing.

ADGP’s order against erring cops ignored
Amritsar, February 1
Even though the Additional Director-General of Police (Crime) has directed the district police here to file a charge sheet and initiate action against the erring police officials in a corruption case registered about one and a half years ago, the police has failed to comply with the order even after more than two months have passed.

Punjab DGP (GRP) lists departmental problems
Patiala, February 1
One day after being promoted at Director-General of Police (DGP), state government railway police (GRP), Mr S. C. Jain, said today that the hierarchy of his department was laughable as he was commanding only one Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) and three (DSPs).

Thousands gather to hear Sant Rahim
Moga, February 1
Thousands of devotees from different parts of the state yesterday converged on the New Grain Market grounds here to listen to the discourse of Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa.

Restore holidays, demand Muslims
Jalandhar, February 1
While welcoming the decision of the Punjab Government to restore holidays on Shivratri, Holi and Good Friday, the Muslim Society of Punjab and the All Punjab Jamat-e-Salmani Biradari, have urged the Punjab Government to restore gazetted holidays on Moharrum and Eid-e-Milad.

Ex-DGP Sarabjit bereaved
Chandigarh, February 1
Mr Gurcharan Singh, a former Superintending Engineer of the Punjab Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) and father-in-law of Mr Sarabjit Singh, a former Director-General of Punjab Police, was cremated at the Sector 25 electric crematorium here this afternoon. Mr Gurcharan Singh had died last night after a brief illness. He was 80.

Idols installed at Baltana mandir
Zirakpur, February 1
The installation ceremony of the idols of Ram Parivar, Baba Balak Nath, Shitla Mata, Hanuman and Shani Dev was performed at the Tribune Model Gram Mandir at Baltana village, near here, yesterday.

Dr Coonar takes charge
Chandigarh, February 1
Professor and Head of Faridkot’s Department of Community Medicine, Dr P.P.S. Coonar, has taken over as Punjab’s Joint Director of Medical Education and Research. Dr Coonar has done his Masters in Health Management from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has also served in the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Cotton price crash
Traders spreading rumours among farmers
Bathinda, February 1
Prices of raw cotton have crashed in North India following a reduction in its demand by textile manufacturers and panic created by unscrupulous traders among farmers to get their produce at throwaway prices.

KKU for united stir against state govt
Moga, February 1
The state president of the Kirti Kisan Union, Mr Hardev Singh Sandhu, has called for a united agitation by all farmer bodies against the state government’s “anti-farmer” policies.

Farmers protest outside DSP’s office
Phillaur, February 1
Hundreds of farmers of Razzapur and Majaran Kalan villages today staged a massive demonstration outside the local DSP’s office after marching through the town with bodies of a farmer and a woman who had died in the morning under mysterious circumstances when a joint team of the Forest Department and the Phillaur police tried to take control of several acres of alleged forest land from the farmers.


Govt to collect Rs 14,000 crore as service tax
Amritsar, February 1
The Commissioner, Central Excise and Service Tax, Mr G S Narang, said the Government of India was expecting to collect Rs 14,000 crore as service tax during the current financial year.


Youth’s murder in Manila plunges town in grief
Phillaur, February 1
Noormahal town of Phillaur subdivison was plunged into grief as the news of the murder of a youth of the town in Manila reached here today. Manjit Singh (28) was reported to have been shot dead by armed robbers in Manila, capital of Philippines, a few days ago.

Maximum murders due to illicit relations, domestic quarrels
Bathinda, February 1
Mr Baldev Singh, a resident of Virk Kalan village in this district, was done to death by his son, Gurmail Singh, in May 2004 after getting agitated over denial of his share in their land holding.

Man held for giving bribe to SP
Amritsar, February 1
Officials of the Vigilance Bureau arrested Baldev Singh, a resident of Udonangal village, for allegedly giving a bribe of Rs 25,000 to Mr Harinderpal Singh Kang, Superintendent (Counter Intelligence) at his residence to hush up a case. Mr Kang is an SP rank officer in the counter intelligence wing of the bureau.

CBI arrests Income Tax Officer
Chandigarh, February 1
The CBI today arrested a Ludhiana-based Income Tax officer (ITO) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a businessman of the industrial city of Punjab.

Cash, stamp papers stolen from tehsil complex
Kharar, February 1
Cash to the tune of about Rs 3 lakh and stamp papers were stolen from the record room in the tehsil complex last night.


Youth festival concludes
Hoshiarpur, February 1
The 46th Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of Panjab University, which started on January 28, concluded at Swami Premanand Mahavidyalaya, Mukerian, near here, last evening. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, presided over the concluding function.

New guidelines issued for board exams
Mohali, February 1
The Punjab School Education Board has taken steps to maintain the sanctity of examinations which are starting from February 16 and continue till March 2.

Modified Midday Meal Scheme launched
Moga, February 1
Moga today became the first district of Punjab to implement the modified Midday Meal Scheme, under which freshly cooked meals would be provided to about 65,000 students of 339 government primary schools and 118 EGS centres in the district.

Sahitya Akademi journal publishes lecturer’s study
Amritsar, February 1
A comparative study by Dr Lakhwinder Singh Gill, a Lecturer in English at the local SR Government College, of two famous playwrights has found a place in the prestigious Sahitya Akademi bi-monthly journal on Indian literature, in its golden jubilee year issue.


Refinery capable of exporting diesel to Pak: HPCL
Chandigarh, February 1
The Bathinda oil refinery, for which the deed of assurance was approved by the Punjab Council of Ministers yesterday, will be having enough provision to export diesel to Pakistan, if required.


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