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Bid to foil Punjabi farmers’ rally,
says MLA

Chandigarh, January 6
What has added to the anguish of the displaced Punjabi farmers in Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district is the Uttaranchal Government’s alleged attempt today to sabotage the protest rally to be held by various political parties, including the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal, there tomorrow.

SGPC to help aggrieved families in Uttaranchal

Another Tohra loyalist sidelined by SAD
Amritsar, January 6
After Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a former Akali Minister who was the main architect of the much-talked “Tohra-Badal rapprochement”, another “Tohra loyalist”, Mr Harinderpal Singh Delhi, an SGPC member, has been ignored while re-constituting the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), New Delhi unit.

SAD (A) activists ‘rounded up’ prior to Badal’s visit
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
SAD (A) activists, including Ranjit Singh Cheema, office secretary of Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that they were rounded up by the police and released following the visit of former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal to a function at Bassi Pathana here.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  SAD will form next govt: SGPC chief
Tarn Taran, January 6
Mr Avtar Singh, has claimed that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would form the next government in the state and Mr Parkash Singh Badal would be the next Chief Minister.

Youths ‘forced’ to do menial jobs for US army
Chandigarh, January 6
Former Union Minister and President of the Lok Bhalai Party Balwant Singh Ramoowalia today presented before the media a group of Punjabi youths who claimed they were forced to do menial jobs for the US army deployed in Iraq. Mr Ramoowalia claimed all this “export” of manpower was going on due to unscrupulous travel agents in Punjab.
Former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia with youths, who had been duped by travel agents promising them lucrative jobs abroad, in Chandigarh on Friday.
Former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia with youths, who had been duped by travel agents promising them lucrative jobs abroad, in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

No English test for Sikh, Hindu preachers entering UK
Amritsar, January 6
The UK Government has decided to give special exemption from clearing English oral test to Sikh and Hindu preachers, granthis and ragis for entering England.

Result register of nursing course goes missing
Chandigarh, January 6
The register in which the result of the IInd year of the Punjab General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course was prepared, went missing from the office of the Punjab Nursing Council, Mohali, today. The result of this class was not yet announced.


Social, religious bodies come out in support of Ramdev
Bathinda, January 6
Activists of various organisations and students today came out in the support of Baba Ramdev, who is in the midst of a controversy following charges of use of traces of human bones in the medicines prepared by his pharmacy.

FCI panel okays steps against officials, millers
Chandigarh, January 6
The Regional Consultative Committee of the Food Corporation of India( FCI) for Punjab region headed by Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, Member of the Rajya Sabha, today endorsed the action initiated by the Management of the Regional Office( Punjab) against delinquent officials as well as rice millers found responsible for quality degradation last year.

Pensioners’ front to highlight demands
Amritsar, January 6
The Punjab State Pensioners Confederation, Ludhiana, the Punjab State Pensioners Association, Ferozepore, and the Punjab State Pensioners Mahasang, Chandigarh, have formed a joint front to highlight their long-pending demands promised to be fulfilled by Capt Amarinder Singh in the party manifesto for the 2002 Assembly elections.

Fog claims three lives
Batala, January 6
A Zen car coming from Amritsar towards Batala hit a parked truck near the octroi post here last night because of poor visibility due to a dense fog.

Awareness drive launched
Ropar, January 6
The District Transport Department launched a special drive to spread awareness among truck drivers and the general public about the traffic rules here today. The drive forms part of the 17th Road Safety Week.

210 Army men get plots
Amritsar, January 6
As many as 210 Army men, who had been awaiting the allotment of plots for the past two decades, were handed over the possession of plots by the local Improvement Trust today.


Farmers protest against NFL move to acquire land
Bathinda, January 6
Farmers of Siwia village today protested against the proposed construction of a pond spread over an area of 200 acres in their village for dumping fly ash emitted from the local NFL plant. Protesting against the move, the farmers raised slogans against the NFL in front of the Mini-Secretariat.

Farmers of Siwia village protest in front of the Mini-Secretariat in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Farmers of Siwia village protest in front of the Mini-Secretariat in Bathinda on Friday.


One caught taking bribe
Patiala, January 6
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau nabbed an employee of the Additional Deputy Commissioner’s office while accepting illegal gratification here today.

Abducted girl recovered
Pathankot, January 6
The Sujanpur police today recovered a minor girl and booked four persons for abducting her.

2 children killed in road mishap
Batala, January 6
Four-year-old Prabhjot Kaur and seven-month-old Ranjot Singh were killed when the motorcycle being driven by their father, Gurmej Singh, a resident of Chone, was hit by a tractor-trailer near old Qadian Octroi post.

Three killed in mishap
Fazilka, January 6
Three persons, including two women, were killed and nine injured in a road accident on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road near here last night.

2 held for killing wild animal
Ropar, January 6
The police today arrested two persons on the charge of killing a wild animal in the forest area near Baddi Chhakiyan village.


Teachers condemn Education Minister
To boycott public functions

Mohali, January 6
Launching a scathing attack on the Punjab Education Minister, members of the teaching community from the state said that they would be boycotting public functions in protest against alleged government excesses.

Follow traffic rules, students told
Sangrur, January 6
Addressing a seminar on “Road safety measures”, Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, today asked the students and others to obey traffic rules strictly to reduce the number of accidents. He also asked the students to disseminate this message to reduce the number of accidental deaths.


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