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Double murder in Patiala
Jilted lover shoots girl, self
Patiala, January 2
A double murder rocked the Chief Minister’s home town when a jilted lover brutally murdered a young girl before shooting himself from point-blank range at Badungar township here late today evening.

Accused get bail as police fails to present challan
Amit Gangwar suicide case
Jalandhar, January 2
The allegations by the family of late Amit Gangwar against the police in his suicide case seem to be coming true, as the police failed to present challan against the accused within the stipulated time period of 60 days, resulting in court granting bail to the nine accused in the case.

Wildlife sanctuary in a state of neglect
Hoshiarpur, January 2
Spread over 956 acres of forest land, the Takhani Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary, 15 km from here, has become a discarded baby of the Punjab Forest and Wildlife Department for the past five years.

A neglected water tank from where a water-boosting pump is missing and an abandoned overhead water tank inside the Takhani Rehmapur wildlife sanctuary, about 15 km from Hoshiarpur. — Photo by writer

A neglected water tank from where a water-boosting pump is missing and an abandoned overhead water tank inside the Takhani Rehmapur wildlife sanctuary, about 15 km from Hoshiarpur.

Rs 500 cr to be spent on rural development
Hoshiarpur, January 2
The Punjab Government will spend Rs 500 crore on the development of villages during 2006 under its programme for the development and welfare in rural areas. This was stated by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, while addressing a gathering at Usman Shahid village and Mehndipur in Dasuya subdivision last evening.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Billboards having Sukhbir’s photo removed
Patiala, January 2
The local Municipal Corporation (MC) has removed billboards carrying the picture of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal in this city, allegedly under “political compulsions”.

SAD (Longowal) to launch drive for change of power
Faridkot, January 2
Exhorting his party workers to get ready for a struggle, SAD (Longowal) president Prem Singh Chandumajra today said the party would soon launch a drive for change of power in Punjab. He was here to meet his party leaders and workers.


Bandh call against demolition of farmers’ houses
Chandigarh, January 2
All political parties except the Congress have given a call for a bandh at Kashipur town in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttaranchal tomorrow against the demolition of about 200 houses of farmers, mostly Punjabis and Jats, near Kashipur.

DGP inaugurates community policing scheme
Khanna, January 2
The ‘Community Policing Resource Centre’ scheme would help improve the law and order situation in the state, claimed Mr SS Virk, Director-General of Police, Punjab, while inaugurating the scheme at AS College for Boys here today.

Punjab Police chief S.S. Virk honours a community police officer at Khanna on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Punjab Police chief S.S. Virk honours a community police officer at Khanna on Monday.

Cold wave claims two lives
Bathinda, January 2
After a gap of about a week, the cold wave again tightened its grip on the region and claimed two lives in the past 24 hours. With this the death toll due to cold has reached nine here.

Age is no bar for these crime-busters
Ludhiana, January 2
Their hair may be grey and limbs weaker than yesteryears but there is no dearth of dare and enthusiasm to take on anti-social elements.

State Lohri function
Nawanshahr, January 2
The state-level function to celebrate Lohri of girl child would be held here on January 13. Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, Social Security Minister, will be the chief guest and Mr R.L. Kalsia, Secretary, Social Security, will preside over the function. Giving this information, Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said the panchayats from all over the state, which have shown encouraging results in curbing female foeticide, would be honoured.

SGPC panel to probe sabzi mandi incident
Amritsar, January 2
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, announced the formation of a two-member committee to probe sabzi mandi incident. On the incident of alleged “disrespect” to Guru Granth Sahib in a scuffle between the police, sabzi mandi traders merchants and Municipal Corporation employees a few days back.

CM releases Markfed calendar
Patiala, January 2
The Punjab Chief Minster, Capt Amarinder Singh, released Markfed and Milkfed calendars for 2006 today. One of the calendars depict Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Teg Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh. The calendars also has a photo of the Golden Temple.

Terrorism-hit seek relief on par with riot-affected
Pathankot, January 2
Victims of terrorism in Punjab have demanded concessions on a par with the 1984 riot victims.

Blankets given to poor
Patiala, January 2
The Punjab Today Foundation, an NGO, celebrated New Year by distributing blankets to the homeless and needy living on the roadside pavements.

Amarinder soft on conversions: BJP
Chandigarh, January 2
Leaders of the BJP’s Punjab unit have accused the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of turning a blind eye to the increasing rate of conversions in the state. This was aimed at capturing the votes of the Christian community, they said.

Seminar on blood donation
Hoshiarpur, January 2
The Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology, Hoshiarpur chapter, yesterday organised a seminar on “Blood donation to promote communal harmony” at Mount Carmel School, Kakkon, under the presidentship of Dr Manjit Kaur, Civil Surgeon.

New-born girl child found near rail track
Pathankot, January 2
On the first day of New Year, her faint cries fell into the ears to two rag-pickers, Nirmal Singh and Tarsem Lal. They found her wrapped in a piece of cloth and polythene bags lying near the rail track in the Chaki bank railway station area gasping for breath. She is just 10-day-old girl child who has been deserted by her parents.

Sugarfed seeks govt funds
Jalandhar, January 2
Cane growers of Punjab will get their dues to the tune of Rs 36 crore from Sugarfed in the first quarter of New Year.

Protest by railway employees
Amritsar, January 2
Members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union (NRMU) held a protest outside the Railway workshop here today against the alleged anti-labour policies of the government.


Inside Babudom
Rupan Deol Bajaj in run for Padma Shri
Chandigarh, January 2
If a recent communication from the Union Ministry of Empowerment to the Punjab Government is any indication, Mrs Rupan Deol Bajaj, who retired as Financial Commissioner, Revenue, on December 31, is in the run for the Padma Shri.

Vigilance nabbed 23 gazetted officers in 2005
Chandigarh, January 2
As many as 296 Punjab Government functionaries, including 23 gazetted officers, were nabbed by the state Vigilance Bureau on a charge of accepting a bribe during 2005.


Two lakh ml of liquor seized, 21 arrested
Kangra, January 2
Twentyone persons, including three women allegedly involved in illicit liquor trade were arrested and more than 2 lakh ml of illicit liquor, nearly 20,000 ml of country liquor and 3000 ml of IMFL were seized and two working stills were smashed by the Kangra police during the past 24 hours in different parts of the district during a drive against the illicit liquor trade, the police said here today.

3 officials arrested for graft
Abohar, January 2
The Vigilance Bureau arrested three women officials here under the Anti-Corruption Act. According to information received here, the Ferozepore vigilance team, led by Mr Ashok Kumar, DSP, in a major crackdown took Ms Hardeep Kaur, chairperson, Block Samiti, Ms Jasveer Kaur, Child Development Project Officer, presently posted at Malout, and Ms Kulwant Devi, former Block Primary Education Officer, in custody in connection with cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Husband, in-laws booked for dowry death
Sangrur, January 2
Following the death of Karamjit Kaur (22), wife of Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Khanal Kalan village (near Dirba), last night, the police today registered a case under Section 304-B of the IPC against Kulwinder Singh, his mother Hamir Kaur, brother Satgur Singh and uncle Dula Singh.


Expulsion of 2 student leaders revoked
Patiala, January 2
Punjabi University, Patiala, revoked the expulsion of two student leaders of the Department of Law, Chamkaur Singh (LL.B-III) and Gurpreet Singh (LL.B-I) today, said the university Director, Public Relations. Their entry to the university campus had been banned in October during a student agitation.


Ranbaxy unit gets water management award
Mohali, January 2
The manufacturing plant of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited at Toansa in Ropar has received the National Award for Excellence in Water Management for 2005 for ‘excellent water efficient unit’ and ‘most useful presentation’ by the Confederation of Indian Industries.

The fish pond at the Ranbaxy Toansa plant.
The fish pond at the Ranbaxy Toansa plant.

Bank reviews govt-aided schemes
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
State Bank of Patiala today organised a meeting of standing committee under the chairmanship of Mr Dharm Pal Gupta, ADC (G), to review the progress of various government-sponsored schemes. Mr Gupta took stock of the schemes and expressed satisfaction over the progress of banks.


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