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Singla justifies new taxes, power reforms
Chandigarh, February 6
The Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, has justified raising rates of stamp and electricity duties besides ensuring reforms in power sector in a manner and at a pace which are feasible and beneficial to the state.

Coop bank in soup over investment in non-govt bonds
Gurdaspur February 6
The management of the Pathankot-based Hindu Cooperative Bank is in a soup over investment in non-government bonds in alleged gross violation of the provisions governing the cooperative banks.

New excise norms to hit pharma industry
Nabha, February 6
The Central Government’s notification to charge excise duty on retail price of drugs has created confusion in the pharmaceutical industry. Earlier, excise was being levied on first billing price, but now as per new notification it will be charged on 65 per cent of (maximum retail price) (MRP).

Paucity of funds stalls Education Guarantee Scheme
Ropar, February 6
The idea of the Central Government to educate children of poor section of the society in the district under the Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) has failed to take off due to paucity of funds.

Students attending classes in the open due to lack of proper infrastructure at Haweli Kalna in Ropar district. Students attending classes in the open due to lack of proper infrastructure at Haweli Kalna in Ropar district. — Photo by writer

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Ms Nicolien De Kroon, Director, Motherhood, from Holland is seen with her colleagues near the relief trucks stranded at Wagah on Sunday. Tribune Impact
NGOs come forward to clear Holland aid for tsunami victims
Wagah, February 6
The nine-member team of Motherhood, an NGO from Holland, are putting up at the international border braving the inclement weather while residing in their 10 trucks since Friday noon.

Ms Nicolien De Kroon (extreme right), Director, Motherhood, from Holland is seen with her colleagues near the relief trucks stranded at Wagah on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

BJP leader among 4 booked for death of BSNL worker
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), February 6
Om Parkash Lakhani, a local resident, who was involved in some financial transactions with people of the Raman mandi area, died today after he was allegedly forced to consume celphos tablets by four persons, including a BJP leader and a doctor.

Virk’s office to review promotion orders
Chandigarh, February 6
Acting fast, the office of the new Punjab Police chief, Mr S.S. Virk, has flashed instructions to all the district police chiefs and other officers such as DIGs, IGs and ADGPs concerned not to implement the orders of promotion of various police ranks issued bypassing the administrative wing by the office of former DGP, Mr A.A. Siddiqui.

Doing away with ETT entrance test to hit rural students
Chandigarh, February 6
Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) course aspirants from rural areas will be hit hard by the Punjab Government’s decision to do away with the entrance test for admission to this course.

Liquor smuggling is big business
Ludhiana, February 6
Smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh to Punjab has become big business. The alleged smugglers from Chandigarh have a strong network with connections with officials of the state Excise Department, the police and the smugglers.


Jagmeet meets Hanspal
Calls for meeting on delimitation
Chandigarh, February 6
A senior Congress leader, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, who had recently ruffled many political feathers by adopting a critical approach on the issue of development and functioning of the state government, held a closed-door meeting for over two hours with the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Mr H.S. Hanspal, here today.

Discipline to be maintained at all costs, says Hanspal
Ludhiana, February 6
The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president HS Hanspal said here today that the case of allegations against the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, could be handed over to the CBI if the government felt the need for this. He pointed out that the government had already marked an inquiry to an ADGP.

Mann warns Cong not to play Hindutva card
Moga, February 6
The SAD (Amritsar) president, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, on Friday warned the Congress Party not to play Hindutva card and create trouble for minorities.

Corruption main issue in byelection: ex-minister
Patiala, February 6
The former Punjab Finance Minster, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, said here today that a corrupt Amarinder government would be the main issue in the Ajnala by-election.


Militancy-affected children from Jammu pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, under Operation Sadbhavna launched by the Army, on Sunday. Children from Jammu pay obeisance at Golden Temple
Amritsar, February 6
From their appearance, they looked like children next door. But after speaking to them one comes to know about the trauma they had passed through.

Militancy-affected children from Jammu pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, under Operation Sadbhavna launched by the Army, on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Anti-tank bombs found at junk shop defused
Abohar, February 6
The live anti-tank bombs, recovered from the junk shop of Jagdish Chander near the military station here, were defused by a special squad yesterday.

Income Tax official’s arrest tip of iceberg
Ludhiana, February 6
The CBI raids on the premises and office of an Assistant Commissioner Y.K. Saxena and lawyer, Mr Kamaljit Shelly, and later the arrest of the Assistant Commissioner Saxena by the CBI are reported to be part of a much bigger operation of the CBI into unaccounted money and complaints of corruption against a very senior officer of the Income Tax Department based at Chandigarh handling a very sensitive wing of the Income Tax Department.

Wild animal kills 22 sheep
Mania Wala (Muktsar), February 6
Panic gripped the residents of this village in Muktsar district following the killing of more than 20 sheep and a buffalo by an unidentified wild animal suspected to be a wolf, during the past three days.

Economic census field work to start in Nawanshahr
Jalandhar, February 6
As many as 233 enumeraters and 110 supervisors will be deployed to carry out field work for conducting survey for the fifth Economic Census-2005 in Nawanshahr district.

95 pass out from police training centre
Hoshiarpur, February 6
Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture, took salute from 95 recruits of various courses at an impressive passing-out parade at Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, today.

Vaid Mandal holds ayurvedic sammelan
Hoshiarpur, February 6
A state-level ayurvedic sammelan was organised by the Vaid Mandal, Hoshiarpur, here today. Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, presided over the sammelan. Vaids practising in ayurvedic system of medicine from all over the state participated in the sammelan.

Welfare scheme for women launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
“Swyam Sidha Scheme” has been launched in the district by the Centre under which the women will be made aware and educated about rights and participation in every field.

Jubilee celebrations of Guru Nanak trust end
Nawanshahr, February 6
Political, social, religious leaders, intellectuals, representatives of NGOs from here and abroad, converged at the concluding session of the silver jubilee celebrations of Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, Nawanshahr.

Tumour removed from 60-yr-old’s heart
Patiala, February 6
Doctors of the Patiala Heart Institute have successfully removed a tumour from the heart of Angrej Kaur, 60, a resident of Karali village in Samana. The tumour, as big as heart, was blocking the blood supply to the organ.

Canadian docs to correct lip disorders
Jalandhar, February 6
About 100 persons with lip shape disorders such as harelip and cleft palate, would undergo state-of-art corrective plastic surgery by a team of 25 doctors from Canada free of cost under an international project.

MCI recognition for hospital
Ropar, February 6
The Medical Council of India has recognised the Civil Hospital, Ropar, for compulsory rotating internship training to medical graduates for award of the MBBS degree for the session starting this year. The information was given by the Civil Surgeon, Ropar, Dr Rana Harinder, here today.

1,700 examined at medical camp
Sangrur, February 6
More than 1,700 persons, especially from rural areas, were examined at a two-day mega medical check-up camp for various diseases of heart, eyes, skin and ENT. The camp concluded at New Grain Market, Sunam, 13 km from here, today.

Play decries female foeticide
Patiala, February 6
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) today presented “Kalakh Hanere” a musical satire produced by Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal and directed by Harpal Singh Randhawa at Baradari Gardens, here.


Two brothers sentenced to death for murder
Amritsar, February 6
The Sessions Court here yesterday sentenced two brothers to death, awarded life imprisonment to their mother and ordered a minor son of one of the accused to be sent to a juvenile jail in Faridkot for killing four members of a family.


2.5 kg smack, intoxicants seized
Muktsar, February 6
The district police has seized about 2.5 kg of smack worth Rs 2.5 crore in the international market and about five lakh intoxicating tablets, injections and capsules during the past 24 hours in the district.

Vice-chief of Zila Parishad attacked
Moga, February 6
The vice-chairperson of the Zila Parishad, Bibi Jasvir Kaur Lande, was attacked by some persons of her village on Friday evening reportedly due to political rivalry. She is associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal.

IRB jawan kills wife, flees
Bathinda, February 6
Sham Singh, a constable with the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), allegedly murdered his wife, Gurmeet Kaur last evening with a sharpedged weapon when she refused to dispose of her property, which she has inherited from her parents.

ASI booked for making inmates dance in nude
Gurdaspur, February 6
The local police has booked a local ASI, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, for allegedly torturing three persons in the police lock-up while he was posted in Division No. 2 police station of Pathankot.

Three killed in mishaps
Moga, February 6
Three persons were killed while one was seriously injured in two road accidents here today.

JE, kin held for theft of VIP’s cell phone
Bathinda, February 6
Mr Narinder Handa, Junior Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), and his brother-in-law, a cycle parts dealer, were arrested yesterday for their alleged involvement in stealing the cell phone of Mr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Punjab, from the local Circuit House about a week ago.

Drug addict killed
Faridkot, February 6
A drug peddler reportedly killed one of his associates over some dispute on money transaction. However, the accused has denied the charge and pointed the finger at some other persons. Sources said that the accused, Sarvjeet Singh, was allegedly dealing in smack, while the deceased, Bhupinder Kumar, was a resident of Harike Kalan.


National seminar on education held
Batala, February 6
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, inaugurated a two-day national seminar on “Exploring alternate paradigms of education today” organised by the Department of Political Science, BUC College, Batala.

Cut in state funding of education worries experts
Batala, February 6
On the second day of a two-day national seminar on “Exploring alternate paradigms of education today”, Dr R.B. Singh, convener of the seminar and Head of the Political Science Department, Baring Union Christian (BUC) College, in his paper highlighted the contradictions in the present system.

UGC seminar ends
Amritsar, February 6
Economists at the UGC national seminar on agricultural and rural development in Punjab, which concluded here yesterday, recommended cooperative agro-processing activities with the state government providing the seed capital as an effective alternative to crop diversification.

Top scientists take part in seminar
Jalandhar, February 6
The two-day national seminar on “E-contents of Edusat,” which saw participation by top scientists of the country, including the ISRO chairman, Dr G. Madhavan Nair, and more than 1,200 delegates from all over the country, concluded at DAV College here yesterday.

College teachers’ protest on Feb 8
Barnala, February 6
Agitated over the “indifferent”attitude of the Punjab Government towards the grievances of thousands of college teachers serving in 170 private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to observe February 8 as “Victimisation Day”.

Degrees conferred on 339 students
Phagwara, February 6
Degrees were conferred upon 339 graduates and postgraduates at the 29th convocation-cum-annual prize distribution function of the local Kamla Nehru College for Women yesterday.


Phone on demand after March 31
Phagwara February 6
The waiting list in all the 216 telephone exchanges in the Jalandhar Telecom Circle would be cleared by March 31 after which telephones would be provided on demand within 24 hours for which a home service would also be available.

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