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Punjab CM firm on VAT implementation
Paragpur (Kapurthala), February 4
Virtually favouring imposition of the much-criticised value added tax (VAT) in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, today said VAT would lower the tax pilferage and would be an instrument for fetching more revenue for the state.

Members of the Amritsar Stationery Traders Association protest against the levying of VAT on Friday Traders protest against VAT

Members of the Amritsar Stationery Traders Association protest against the levying of VAT on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph

BJP leader blamed for blowing up Patrewalla incident
No atrocity committed on any Dalit: report
Bathinda, February 4
The three-member team of General Categories Welfare Federation constituted to probe the Patrewalla (Abohar) incident has made its report public and claimed that no incident involving any kind of atrocity on those belonging to the Scheduled Castes had taken place in the village as was widely reported in the media in the recent past.




Punjab Cabinet to camp in Ajnala
Ajnala, February 4
All members of the Punjab Cabinet, the four Mayors and MLAs of the ruling party will camp in this constituency till the completion of the campaign for the byelection, scheduled to be held on February 23. Work of the Punjab Civil Secretariat is likely to suffer due to this.

Contractor, mining officials indicted for damage to Siswan bundh
Kharar, February 4

A government inquiry has indicted a contractor for damaging the bundh along the Siswan river in the Kharar area besides officials of the Mining Department for failing to stop such activity.

Closure of insurance company’s office worries investors
Abohar, February 4
The office of a private insurance company, who had displayed emblem of a government bank to claim affiliation, has been lying closed since January 22 here. This has increased worries of the customers, the sources said.

India self-reliant in space technology, says ISRO chief
Jalandhar, February 4
India is not only almost self-reliant, but on a par with the USA and other developed nations as far as technical knowhow in the field of space research and technology is concerned. These are the views of Dr G. Madhavan Nair, a space research technologist and Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. 


Goa developments shameful: Dhindsa
Chandigarh, February 4
“If the developments in Goa are any indication, the Congress is back to its dictatorial and anti-people policies,” says Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal.


SGPC meeting on Golden Temple status sought
Chandigarh, February 4
The SGPC member from Mohali, Mr Hardeep Singh, has urged the SGPC to withdraw the ‘nomination dossier’ submitted to through the Government of India to seek heritage status for Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple).

Seminar to take up rural development issues
Amritsar, February 4
Dr Sardara Singh Johal, Deputy Chairman, Punjab State Planning Commission, and Dr S.P.Singh, at the two-day national seminar on agricultural and rural development at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Friday. Expressing concern over schooling in rural areas, Dr Sardara Singh Johl, Deputy Chairman, Punjab State Planning Commission said despite teachers being highly qualified and highly paid the standard of education imparted in rural schools was ‘dismal’ in comparison to private school.

Dr Sardara Singh Johal, Deputy Chairman, Punjab State Planning Commission, and Dr S.P.Singh, at the two-day national seminar on agricultural and rural development at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Vedanti, Badal to attend Guru Nanak Mission function
Jalandhar, February 4
Development of Punjab and contribution of NRIs in it and the state of education in Punjab, will be the two core issues which will be discussed by scholars during the two-day silver jubilee functions of the Guru Nanak Mission and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran in Nawanshahr district, scheduled to begin from from February 5.

Rights panel orders probe against Barnala SP
Chandigarh, February 4
Acting on a complaint of sexual harassment by Ms Harpal Kaur, a resident of Jalandhar district, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today ordered an inquiry against Barnala SP Mohinder Singh Teji.

Cyber laws training for police, says Phillaur academy chief
Phillaur, February 4
The Additional Director-General of Police, Mr Chander Shekhar, who assumed the charge of Director, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy here, yesterday announced that special training courses for checking human rights violations by cops and handling crimes related to information technology, especially cyber laws and misuse of camera mobile phones would be launched soon.

Akali MLAs donate Rs 7 lakh for tsunami hit
Amritsar, February 4
SAD MLAs today collected Rs 7 lakh by donating one month’s salary towards tsunami relief fund. In a press note the SGPC informed that SAD MLAs had donated the sum to the SGPC to be forwarded for tsunami victims. Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC president, stated that the Shiromani committee had sent crores to Tamil Nadu for the victims.

Khalra case witness seeks CBI security
Patiala, February 4
Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case key witness Rajiv Singh yesterday claimed that he had not approached the Director-General of Police (DGP), Punjab, for providing security to him as he had no faith in the security cover provided by the Punjab Police.

Employees union stages dharna
Abohar, February 4
The Technical and Mechanical Employees Union organised a dharna and held a demonstration here at the divisional office of the PWD (Public Health) Department to express resentment over the non-acceptance of their demands for a long period.

Action against District Mandi Officer sought
Sangrur, February 4
The secretaries of various Market Committees (MCs) of the district have urged the chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board to take action against the Sangrur District Mandi Officer (DMO) Ramesh Chand Jindal for allegedly “insulting” Mr Gurcharan Singh Dhaliwal, Secretary, Market Committee, Sangrur, at a meeting here on Wednesday.

District-level convention
Bathinda, February 4
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union will hold a district-level convention at the local Teachers Home on February 16 to consider their demands letter. 


Rs 1.25-lakh relief ordered for medical negligence
Nabha, February 3
The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum and provided compensation worth Rs 1.25 lakh, including cost of litigation and expenses incurred on the treatment, to a local resident. He had claimed that his wife Babita Rani, a diabetic patient, had died due to negligence by Dr K.N. Sharma of Dhuri.


3 duped by travel agent
Jaito, February 4
Some local Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) leaders today claimed to have rescued three Jaito residents from a deceptive travel agent of Kapurthala ensuring repayment of Rs 6.75 lakh to them.

Cong leader booked for fraud
Tarn Taran, February 4
Tarlok Singh Chakwallia, Congress leader from Patti, along with another person Amarjit Singh has been booked for a fraud case by Patti police. Tarlok Singh was the Congress nominee from Patti Assembly constituency in the election held in February 2002. He had lost the election to Mr Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.

Spurious desi ghee seized, two arrested
Sangrur, February 4
Acting on a tipoff, a team of the CIA staff from Bahadur Singh Wala, yesterday arrested two brothers from Malerkotla on the charge of preparing spurious desi ghee while their father absconded. The CIA staff also seized spurious desi ghee and some material used in preparing it.

3 convicted in Vigilance cases
Chandigarh, February 4
A junior engineer (JE), two inspectors and a clerk have been convicted by Special Courts for Vigilance Cases in different cases. They have also been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with fine. All accused were booked by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.


SC, ST engg students exempted from paying fee
Patiala, February 4
The Punjabi University today decided to exempt all Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students studying at the Yadvindra College of Engineering at Talwandi Sabo from paying any fee till scholarship or financial aid meant for them was received from the government. Twentytwo students would benefit from the decision.

National award for Dr Teja
Batala, February 4
Dr David Teja, Head of the Postgraduate Department of Hindi, BUC College, Batala, has been selected for the National Award for Innovative College Teachers for the session 2004-05 by All-India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE), New Delhi.

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