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‘Oust Badal campaign’ to be launched from Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, January 4
Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, is emerging as the new centre of Akali politics even as the various Panthic leaders from India have been vying to gain maximum political mileage by visiting this place.

Badal belittled Panthic institutions: Chandumajra
SAD (Longowal) president Prem Singh Chandumajra at a press conference in Bathinda Bathinda, January 4
Image of Panthic organisations has been damaged under Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), president Parkash Singh Badal who had turned the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Akal Takht into his party’s “allied outfits”, alleged SAD (Longowal) president Prem Singh Chandumajra at a press conference here today.
SAD (Longowal) president Prem Singh Chandumajra at a press conference in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

PM invited to flag off Amritsar-Lahore bus
Chandigarh, January 4
The Punjab Government has requested the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to flag off the inaugural run of the bus from Amritsar to Lahore on any day between January 20 and 27.

Cement scam: SGPC orders high-level probe
Amritsar, January 4
Even as the record shows that a consignment of cement was dispatched in the name of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for at Katarsinghwala Gurdwara (Bathinda), the Shiromani Committee authorities have ordered a probe into the ‘cement scam’,  here today.

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Sapling plantation or ‘cover-up’ operation by Forest Dept?
Mehangrowal, January 4
In another ‘‘cover up’’ operation the forest department authorities are making fresh plantations in the Mehangrowal forest range of the Hoshiarpur division. The plantations are being made using migrant labourers rather than temporary employees of the forest department.

Drastic changes in Plan schemes likely
Chandigarh, January 4
At a meeting with the Planning Commission, the Punjab Government will put up concrete suggestions before the commission to make some drastic changes with regard to the approval of Plan schemes and allocation of funds in this regard.

Global Punjab Foundation honours Kuldeep Deepak
Patiala, January 4
Noted Punjabi broadcaster in Canada Kuldeep Deepak was awarded the Global Broadcaster Award at a function organised by the Global Punjab Foundation here today.


BJP wants Karat’s role probed
Hoshiarpur, January 4
The state President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna today criticised Ms Brinda Karat, a politbureau member of the CPM, for levelling allegations against Swami Ramdev, a yoga guru. He demanded a probe into Ms Brinda Karat’s role.

Bitta criticises Karat
Ropar, January 4
The president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today crticised CPM leader Brinda Karat for levelling allegations against Swami Ramdev for using bone in manufacturing of ayurvedic medicine. The multinational companies and agencies were behind the whole episode to defame Swami Ramdev, Mr Bitta said while addressing a press conference here.

Probe Amarinder’s Dubai visit: Mann
Jalandhar, January 4
Expressing its concern over the changing social, political and moral scenario in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today said the biggest threat to Punjab was not from any other crime but from illicit and extra-marital affairs which “were proliferating in the state with impunity and engulfing bureaucrats, police officials, politicians and even some self-styled saints”.

Drive to recruit youth in Congress
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 4
A countrywide drive has been launched to recruit youths as members of Youth Congress so that the youth of the nation know about the sacrifices made by the party to get freedom as well as to acquaint them with public-oriented policies and programmes of the party.

“Congress govt a failure”
Phillaur January 4
Former Punjab BJP President and former minister Madan Mohan Mittal has described the Congress-led state government as a non-performer government.


Gadhrian canal inaugurated
Gurdaspur January 4
The Irrigation Minister, Punjab, Mr Lal Singh, today inaugurated the 6.8 km Gadhrian canal, in the Kanuwan area of the district. He was accompanied by the local MLA and PWD Minister, Punjab, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa.

Tributes paid to Jagat Ram Soondh
Nawanshahr, January 4
Tributes were paid to former minister Chaudhary Jagat Ram Soondh at the ‘Shardhanjhli Samaroh’ organised at Soondh village, about 20 km from here today to mark his 18th death anniversary. Chaudhary Jagat Ram Soondh was gunned down by the militants in 1988.

Warehouse workers continue relay fast
Sangrur, January 4
The Punjab State Warehouse Workers Union (AICCTU) at its state-level meeting here today decided to organise a rally on January 11 here in protest against the removal of 16 daily-wage workers of the Warehouse Centre II, Sunam, and non-payment of wages to the removed workers for four months.

Dismissal of ex-FCI official sought
Bathinda, January 4
Reacting to news report of Rs 700-crore rice scam carried in The Tribune yesterday, ex-MLA Hardev Singh Arshi today demanded immediate dismissal and initiation of criminal proceedings against the then FCI, SRM, who is an IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

NRI-sponsored projects to get govt grant
Nawanshahr, January 4
As many as 28 community development projects will be under taken in 24 villages of the district by releasing matching grants to the NRI-sponsored development projects by the state government.

Tributes paid to Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna
Bhakna (Amritsar), January 4
Villagers today gathered in this tiny border hamlet to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna, a freedom fighter and founder of pre-independence ‘Gaddar Party’. The village shot into limelight due to this brave person and his movement directed to attaining freedom.

Youth advised to shun drugs
Hoshiarpur, January 4
Mr Ashok Tanver, President, All-India Youth Congress, criticising leaders of opposition parties said they were exploiting religious sentiments of the people for selfish ends for grabbing power. He was addressing a rally of Youth Congress workers, 20 km. from here today for thanking the govt for inclusion of Hoshiarpur district in the Gramin Rozgar Guarantee Yojna for overall development of the district. He highlighted achievements of the Congress Governments.

Baby girl found in train
Bathinda, January 4
A baby girl aged about a month was today found in the Ambala-Bathinda passenger train. Sources said the baby was spotted wailing on a berth after all the passengers had alighted the train.

Two kids die in wall collapse
Bathinda, January 4
A pall of gloom descended on Selbarah village today when two children died in a wall collapse.

Election for MC chief held
Malerkotla, January 4
The election for the post of president of the local municipal council (MC) was held here today under the supervision of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr K.K. Garg. The municipal councillors cast their votes through secret ballot.

Kabari market shopkeepers threaten stir
Patiala, January 4
Disappointment writ large on the faces of a section of shopkeepers, running the business of the sale and purchase of old tractors and spare parts in the local kabari market on the Bahera road after they were not allotted shops in Transport Nagar. They have been asked by the authorities concerned to shift from their present places.

Encroachments by shopkeepers removed
Kharar, January 4
Encroachments on various commercial areas were removed by the Municipal Council authorities here today.

No quota for Christians
Chandigarh, January 4
There is no possibility of reservation in jobs for Christians, says a senior Punjab Government officer.

Youth killed in mishap
Sangrur, January 4
Kuljit Singh (30) was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on the Sunam-Jakhepal road last night. He along with Jagsir Singh and Balwinder Singh was going to Jakhepal from Sunam.


Cops remanded  in custody
Patiala, January 4
Inspector Gurcharan Singh, Head Constable Sohan Singh and Constable Harnek Singh were remanded in police custody in connection with a corruption case here today.


New Principal Secretary
Chandigarh, January 4
The Punjab Government today promoted a 1979 batch IAS officer, Ms Kusumjit Sidhu, to the rank of Principal Secretary.

Docs, patwaris to be recruited
Chandigarh, January 4
Fatehgarh Sahib district in Punjab requires the services of 138 patwaris to cater to the needs of people. The district administration has only 32 patwaris on its rolls at present.


Stolen mobile handsets seized, 4 held
Moga, January 4
The police has busted a gang of mobile phone robbers and arrested four of its members, besides recovering 62 mobile handsets from their possession.

Authorities foil jailbreak plan
Amritsar January 4
Authorities in the high security Central Jail here have claimed to have foiled an escape plan drafted by some hardcore criminals lodged in the jail.

Betting racket busted, six arrested
Bathinda, January 4
The police claims to have busted a gang of bookies with the arrest of six of its members, while the gang leader and his accomplices have absconded.

DIG PS Sarao (centre) addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Wednesday. Standing behind him are the arrested bookies. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
DIG PS Sarao (centre) addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Wednesday. Standing behind him are the arrested bookies.

Youth dies in custody; father alleges torture
Rajpura, January 4
Gurmail Singh (30), a resident of Kakrali village in Dera Bassi, reportedly died in police custody here early this morning. Alleging police torture, the father of the deceased alleged that the Rajpura Railway Police had picked up his son from his residence on Monday morning and kept him in illegal detention in connection with the murder case of two youths, whose bodies had been dumped on railway track near Ghaggar Railway Station.

Teenaged girl jumps into canal, drowned
Barnala, January 4
A teenaged girl of Dhanaula, Kiranjit Kaur, jumped into a canal at Harigarh village, about 15 km from here this morning.

15 hurt as excise party, villagers clash
Amritsar, January 4
At least 15 persons, including four policemen and excise officials, were injured in a clash between residents of Lidhar village near Rayya and the raiding excise party, about 40 km from here today.

2.25 lakh ml of illicit liquor seized
Pathankot, January 4
The police has arrested two persons and claims to have recovered 2,25,000 ml of illicit liquor from their possession. The arrested have been identified as Dharampal and Sukhdev, both residents of Sujanpur, near here.

6 killed in mishaps
Patiala, January 4
Six human lives were lost in accidents which took place in various pockets of this district in the past 48 hours.

Youth duped of Rs 8 lakh
Hoshiarpur, January 4
A case of duping an innocent youth of Rs 8 lakh by travel agents was reported at city police station last evening.


GND varsity convocation on January 8
Amritsar, January 4
Above 500 postgraduate and graduate degrees would be bestowed on students of Guru Nanak Dev University during its 32nd annual convocation to be held in its auditorium on January 8.

Nagar kirtans by schools, Singh Sabha
Amritsar, January 4
Various schools under the aegis of Chief Khalsa Diwan held a nagar kirtan procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

Schools resent shifting of students during exams
Amritsar, January 4
A meeting of heads of aided, recognised and affiliated schools today criticised the Punjab Government Education Department policy of shifting students of one school to another in the annual examination of board classes this year.


Hutch opens outlet at Patiala
Chandigarh, January 4
Hutch opened its second “Hutch Shop” at Patiala today. This shop, located at Twakli Morh, Near Midtown Plaza, Dharampura Market, Patiala, aims at delivering convenience and unique service experience to customers.

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