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Cops’ bid to cremate Dalit’s body
Lohian (Jalandhar), February 7
Efforts of the Jalandhar police to defuse tension by cremating the body of alleged custodial death victim Satpal Satta of Lohian without allowing the family members to perform last rites failed as strong protests by irate Dalits, residents, and political leaders forced senior police officers to hand over the body to the family.

Probe ordered into Dalit's death

Politicians arguing with a DSP over the cremation of the body of a Dalit youth, Satpal Satta, at Lohian Khas village in Jalandhar district Politicians arguing with a DSP over the cremation of the body of a Dalit youth, Satpal Satta, at Lohian Khas village in Jalandhar district on Monday. Satpal allegedly died in police custody on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

SAD, Cong trade charges on code violations
Amritsar, February 7
Even as Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today accused Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of playing the communal card and running down the Sikh “maryada” in the forthcoming byelection for the Ajnala constituency, the Congress wrote a detailed letter to the Chief Election Commission for de-recognition of the SAD owing to a blatant violation of the Code of Conduct.

Anandpur Sahib
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SGPC in full control of Golden Temple, says UNESCO
Amritsar, February 7
The SGPC today clarified that the inclusion of the Golden Temple on the World Heritage list would only provide international recognition to the outstanding values of the site without compromising its status, ownership, living traditions and practices.

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DGP Virk vows to break nexus of land-grabbers
Chandigarh, February 7
Admitting that a deep nexus of land-grabbers involving mischievous property dealers, musclemen or antisocial elements, unscrupulous police officers and certain influential people connected with social and political organisations, exists in Punjab, the Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, has asked all district police chiefs to identify all its members and bring them to law. “It is necessary to identify and break this nexus, “ says Mr Virk.
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Pre-board maths paper available in market
Ludhiana, February 7
Students appearing for the pre-board mathematics exam in the district tomorrow are grinning since question papers are readily available in the market. Enquiries revealed that the Punjab School Education Board conducts these tests in February which are in addition to the monthly tests conducted by schools.

VB books jail official, holds inquiry against 7 doctors
Chandigarh, February 7
Continuing with its drive against corruption, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked Patiala's Jail Superintendent, along with two others, for alleged embezzlement during the purchase of wood. An inquiry has also been initiated against seven MBBS doctors.

Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Chief Director of Vigilance Bureau A.P. Pandey addresses vigilance officers during a meeting held in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Chief Director of Vigilance Bureau A.P. Pandey addresses vigilance officers during a meeting held in Chandigarh

Mahatma’s letter shows way for Dutch relief team
Wagah, February 7
For Ms Nicolien De Kroon, Director of a Holland NGO, the Motherhood, which had brought 10 trucks of humanitarian aid for the tsunami victims, the visit to India is like living old memories as her grandfather Mr Kwantes was a pen friend of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Furnishing a photocopy of a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi from Yervada prison on February 3, 1933 to her grandfather, she said she had brought this one with her.

Nicolien De Kroon

Nicolien De Kroon


Doctors’ forum resents anomalies in Health Dept
Bathinda, February 7
The Punjab State Senior PCMS Doctors Forum has expressed its resentment over the posting of some junior doctors on higher posts in the department of state health services and different hospitals while denying due promotions to the deserving candidates.

MC to regularise illegal water, sewerage connections
Patiala, February 7
Mayor Vishnu Sharma said today that the local municipal corporation had taken a decision to allow one-time regularisation of all illegal water and sewerage connections in the city.

The reflection of a rickshaw in a pool of water after showers hit Patiala
The reflection of a rickshaw in a pool of water after showers hit Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Move to review dismissed Secy’s appeal questioned
Amritsar, February 7
Even as 10 teachers in the SGPC- run educational institutes have been dismissed following scrutiny of their degrees or certificates, the decision of the shiromani committee to review the appeal of Mr Harbeant Singh, a former Secretary, who was dismissed on charges of getting job on the basis of fake certificate of matriculation, in its forthcoming executive meeting, scheduled to be held on February 9, have raised many eyebrows.

IT campaign against property dealers from next week
Bathinda, February 7
A comprehensive exercise has been undertaken by the Income Tax authorities, controlling the five districts of Punjab, to fetch about Rs 20 crore as additional revenue by detecting evasion of income tax by real estate businessmen on the capital gains made by them in land transactions.

Demand to get slum areas notified
Phagwara, February 7
Nine bastis in Kapurthala and eight in Phagwara had been declared slum areas and these now needed to be notified as such. This demand was made by officials to Mrs Santosh Chowdhary, Chairperson, National Safai Karamcharis Commission, a press note issued here yesterday said.

Work on Khalsa memorial comes to halt
Anandpur Sahib, February 7
Even though the Punjab Government has given requisite guarantees for the release of Rs 100 crore loan, the construction work of the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex at Anandpur Sahib has been halted as the banks involved in the funding of the project have demanded more interest on the loan to be given to the project.

PSEB staff hold protest rallies
Moga, February 7
Protesting against privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board, the Technical Services Union organised rallies at various places in Moga and Faridkot districts.

Farmers stage protest in front of DC’s office
Amritsar, February 7
A large number of farmers belonging to various factions organised a huge protest rally outside the district administration complex here today. Holding placards against the anti-farmer policies, the leaders of various units raised slogans demanding reduction in the interest rate, revision of the minimum support price for wheat to Rs 780 per quintal, restoration of subsidy on fertilisers, review the decision to privatise the Punjab State Electricity Board and waiving off all outstanding agriculture loans.
Thousands of farmers from border areas under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Ekta Union, Jamhuriat and Punjab Kisan Sabha Committee hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Amritsar
Thousands of farmers from border areas under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Ekta Union, Jamhuriat and Punjab Kisan Sabha Committee hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo

Takht convenes meeting on Nanakshahi calendar
Amritsar, February 7
The Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee has convened a joint meeting of all the Sikh high priests, presidents of the SGPC and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and representatives of all the Panthic organisations at Patna Sahib for March 13 to discuss the Nanakshahi calendar.


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Wireless scam: Technical inspection of sets ordered
Chandigarh, February 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Directorate of Quality Assurance, Bangalore, to examine the wireless sets supplied to the Punjab Police following the tender process.


Biomass projects to generate more power
Chandigarh, February 7
Agricultural residue like paddy straw, cotton and arhar stalks, which had become a big source of pollution, will now be used to generate additional power as the Punjab Government has drawn out a proposal for setting up 10 biomass-based projects of total 100 MW capacity in areas where biomass was available in abundance.


Body of truck cleaner identified
Abohar, February 7
The mystery shrouding the missing driver and cleaner of a truck along with the vehicle has been partly solved with the identification of the body of the cleaner by the owner of the truck, sources said.

Man nabbed for stealing car
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 7
The police today arrested Malkiat Singh while stealing a Maruti car from outside Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdwara. The police has recovered the car (PB-48- 5577).

Jat youths booked for attack on Dalits
Jalandhar, February 7
Tension prevails in nearby Variana and other villages following a clash between two groups of Dalits and Jats for allegedly prohibiting Dalits from entering the fields of Jats of Variana village for responding to the nature’s call.

Youth commits suicide
Bathinda, February 7
Girdhari Lal Sharma, alias Chinnu, a youth, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the premises of a school situated in the residential colony of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, today morning.

BSF Head Constable drugged
Sangrur, February 7
Mr Balakrishanan, a BSF Head Constable, who was proceeding to his hometown in Mangalore district in Karnataka from Samba (near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir) in a train, was robbed of Rs 10,000 and other valuables after being rendered unconscious by an unknown boy.

Three held for killing sambar
Hoshiarpur, February 7
A sambar was electrocuted by migrant labourers, employed at a farm at Nara village, from where skin, meat and other parts of the animal were recovered today by officials of the Forest Department.

Bus driver, conductor booked
Kharar, February 7
A driver and a conductor of a private bus were booked on a charge of attempting to obstruct a public way. Mr Guracharan Singh, SHO, said that the driver, Naseeb Singh, and the conductor, Beant Singh, allegedly tore the uniform of a police employee, Kulwant Singh, who was travelling in their bus from Chandigarh.


Rural university to be established soon: Boparai
Patiala, February 7
Former Vice-Chancellor of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Dr P.N. Srivastav, yesterday advocated the need to introduce science at the primary level to make it more popular amongst the coming generations.

116 students honoured
Batala, February 7
As many as 116 students of 29 high and senior secondary schools, who have achieved merit and first division in their respective examinations were honoured at a function organised at Gandhi Memorial School by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here yesterday.

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