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Departments told not to interfere in Vigilance cases
Chief Secretary’s directive
Chandigarh, January 10
Taking umbrage at the practice of departmental heads shielding corrupt employees from the Vigilance Bureau, the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill, has issued written instructions that there should be no interference in the work of the Vigilance Bureau.

Dismayed at corruption, NRI to donate IT institute
Hoshiarpur, January 10
Red tape and corruption have dismayed 89-year-old NRI Lajpat Rai to such an extent that he has decided to donate his prestigious Swami Sarvanand Giri Institute of Information and Technology located at Bajwara, a suburb of Hoshiarpur city, to Panjab University, Chandigarh. He had recently written to the Vice-Chancellor of the university in this regard.

Uttaranchal Government repressing Sikhs: Badal
Ferozepore, January 10
The Congress government in Uttaranchal has totally failed to protect the human rights of the Sikhs settled in Kashipur and the Chief Minister, Mr Narain Dutt Tiwari, has been unable to perform his constitutional duty to safeguard the interests of the Sikhs in Uttaranchal.

4 killed as car falls into canal
Amritsar, January 10
Four youths in their early twenties were killed when their car fell from the Vallah bridge into the Upper Bari Doab Canal on the Verka bypass here this morning.




Welcome gates to be built at Indo-Pak border
Amritsar, January 10
Welcome gates were proposed to be built through kar seva for pilgrims to Nankana Sahib during the forthcoming commencement of the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus.

Punjab changes school timings
Chandigarh, January 10
Keeping in view the extreme cold and hostile weather conditions prevailing in the northern region, the Punjab Government has decided that all government schools in the state will open at 10 am instead of 9 am till January 31.


BJP to hold rallies from Jan 16
Bathinda, January 10
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold nine ‘jan jagran’ rallies in Punjab between January 16 and March 9, said state BJP President Avinash Rai Khanna at a press conference prior to the party’s zonal meeting here today.

Youth Akali Dal holds protest
Patiala, January 10
Youth Akali Dal leaders in the district came together in protest against the pulling down of billboards carrying pictures of a Shiromani Akali Dal MP, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, by the Municipal Corporation, Patiala, recently.


Attack on scribe flayed
Chandigarh, January 10
The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists has strongly condemned the brutal attack on Punjabi Tribune journalist Charanjit Bhullar in Bathinda yesterday.

Girls perform a folk dance at the silver jubilee function of the Daffodils School in Patiala.
Girls perform a folk dance at the silver jubilee function of the Daffodils School 
in Patiala. — A Tribune photograph

CM seeks report
Chandigarh, January 10
Taking a serious note of the murderous attack on Bathinda based Punjabi Tribune reporter Charanjit Singh Bhullar, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today asked the Punjab Police Chief, Mr S.S. Virk, to submit a report in this connection within three days.

Horse gifted to CM sent to Phillaur
Jalandhar, January 10
After passing through three rounds of clinical tests, ‘Sunny the kid’, the chestnut-coloured four-year-old horse gifted by Mr Parvez Ilahi, Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has been sent to Phillaur by Delhi-based quarantine officials of the Ministry of Agriculture.

CM extends Eid greetings
Chandigarh, January 10
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today extended greetings to the Punjabis, especially the Muslim brethren, on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha (Bakrid).

Amarinder releases New Year diary
Chandigarh, January 10
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today released the Punjab Government Diary for the year 2006, published by the Information and Public Relations Department here. The diary also has the telephone numbers of the officials posted here and in various districts.

Parveen Kumar Ashq“Govt must step in to save ghazal”
Jalandhar, January 10
“Despite having been ignored for long by the powers that be and common people, ghazals still captivates youngsters due to its beauty, sensitivity, dynamism and purity.” These are the feeling of Janab Parveen Kumar Ashq, an internationally acclaimed Pathankot based poet, who, is so obsessed with ghazals that he never forgets to term it as a “reflection of God.”

34 villages to get potable water
Ropar, January 10
Thirtyfour villages in the district will be provided clean drinking water at a cost of Rs 10.42 crore. The project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2007, said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr H.I.S Garewal, here today.

Power cuts add bite to cold
Ropar, January 10
The cold wave, coupled with dense fog, continues to disrupt life in the district. Unscheduled power cuts are adding to the woes of the people.

CMO’s staff to get land in periphery
Chandigarh, January 10
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced that PUDA would soon allot a piece of land for the staff working in the Chief Minister’s Office somewhere in the periphery around Chandigarh under the cooperative housing societies scheme.

Akal Takht honours Sikh scholar
Amritsar, January 10
Dr. Raghbir Singh Bains of Canada was today honoured by Akal Takht for propagating Sikh religion and philosophy in the world through multimedia.

Farmers gherao SSP office
Tarn Taran, January 10
Hundreds of farmers under the banner of the Joint Kisan Manch gheraoed the office of the SSP here yesterday against the police atrocities and the alleged anti-people policies of the state government.

Inconvenience in buying revenue stamps
Barnala, January 10
Residents of Barnala region are facing difficulty in procuring revenue stamps from the treasury office. According to information gathered by The Tribune, the revenue stamps are only available in the treasury office, Barnala, whereas earlier the stamps could be procured from post offices in the region.

3 hurt in mishap

Delimitation Commission to hear grievances
Ropar, January 10
The Delimitation Commission will hear grievances and suggestions about new Assembly segments in Ropar district and also the Lok Sabha constituency on January 18 in Patiala.


12 traders released on bail
Amritsar, January 10
As many as 12 Sabzi Mandi traders, arrested during a scuffle between the police, traders and MC employees, were let-off on bail, today. The fruit and vegetable union stated, here.


 A view of damaged potato crop in Rampura Phul.Kinnow show delays survey of damaged crop
Bathinda, January 10
Even as potato and tomato growers of the state are lamenting large-scale losses to their crops due to persistent fog and frost, the entire Horticulture Department has been busy in a kinnow show in Hoshiarpur for the past two days.

A view of damaged potato crop in Rampura Phul. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

4 panels to oversee diversification in agriculture
Chandigarh, January 10
With a view to intensifying diversification in agriculture, the Punjab Government has decided to set up four special councils.

Kaypee team set up to assess damaged potato crop
Chandigarh, January 10
The Punjab Government has set up a high-level team under the command of Transport Minister, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, to make on the spot assessment of damage caused to potato crop by the persisting cold wave.


2,300 illegal colonies may be regularised
Phagwara, January 10
With elections a year away, the Punjab Government is on a regularisation spree. The state Housing Department is likely to regularise about 2,300 illegal colonies.


15 illegal vehicles impounded
Pathankot, January 10
The district administration today swung into action against the illegal vehicles moving on the Pathankot-Mukerian road. The news regarding the illegal vehicles threatening the lives of commuters was carried in these columns today.

Case of unnatural act in prison
Hoshiarpur, January 10
A case of the most pervert form of physical abuse of a prisoner by his two fellow prisoners in the District Jail here was reported at the City police station last night.

Youths duped of lakhs
Hoshiarpur, January 10
Two cases of duping innocent youths of lakhs of rupees in the name of settling them in European countries by the so-called travel agents was reported at Sadar police station here yesterday.


Auditorium inaugurated at Mohindra College
Patiala, January 10
Continuing with his philanthropic work, Dr Amarjit Singh Marwah inaugurated a new auditorium at Government Mohindra College, here yesterday. He was accompanied by his wife Kuljit Kaur Marwah.


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