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3,750 cr draft Annual Plan cleared
Nirman programme okayed, may kick off controversy
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab State Planning Board, which met here today under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, approved the draft of the Annual Plan worth Rs 3,750 crore for 2006-07.

Kin of 40 youths trapped in Kuwait threaten suicide
Ludhiana, January 11
Kin of 40 youths cheated by agents and trapped in Kuwait and Iraq, today threatened mass suicide before the offices of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi or Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh if the government did not take steps for the release of the youths and launched a crackdown on the travel agents.
Mrs Sarbjit Kaur sobs as she talks on the phone to her husband Kuldip Singh trapped in Kuwait
Mrs Sarbjit Kaur sobs as she talks on the phone to her husband Kuldip Singh trapped in Kuwait. She was in Ludhiana with relatives of 40 other youths on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Police can probe specific cases of money laundering
Chandigarh, January 11
The Government of India has partially agreed to the demand of the Punjab Government to arm the state police with powers of the Enforcement Directorate to investigate and prosecute persons in money laundering cases in Punjab.

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Punjab to allot sites to educational institutions soon
Chandigarh, January 11
Following the formulation of a new policy, the Punjab Government is all set to allocate sites for the establishment of educational institutions across the state. These freehold sites ranging from sizes one to three acres each would be allotted to interested parties after calling for sealed bids.

Additional power cuts imposed in Punjab
Ropar, January 11
Power cuts were increased in the state today as the PSEB is facing power crisis. People living in cities will face about six hours power cut while in the rural areas the power cut has been extended for more than eight hours a day.


CM urged to shift PWD B&R headquarters to Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
Kehar Singh Kang, member, Grievance Committee, in a communication to the Chief Minister has criticised the government for its failure to shift the headquarters of the Construction Division No.2, PWD B&R branch, from Mohali to Fatehgarh Sahib.

Rs 3 cr collected in donation for trauma centre
Nawanshahr, January 11
A rousing reception was accorded to Dr Budh Singh Dhahan, founder president, Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, at Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, on Tuesday.

Problems of paramedical staff highlighted
Fazilka, January 11
Mr Ravinder Luthra, chairman, Coordination Committee of Paramedical and Health Employees, Punjab, and Mr Sardara Singh Gill, chief organiser, while addressing a press conference here yesterday highlighted the problems being faced by paramedical employees in Health Department and prevalent corruption in the department.

Damdami Taksal to launch reformist movement
Jalandhar, January 11
Seemingly drifting away from its hardline approach, at least for the time being, the Damdami Taksal is all set to launch a full-scale reformist movement in Punjab to check degeneration in the social, cultural and religious life of Sikhs.

CPRC verifying antecedents of outsiders
Bathinda, January 11
Aiming to curb criminal activities by outsiders, especially migrant labourers, the Community Policing Resource Centre has started a verification drive of people engaged in different professions in the district.

Class IV employees hold rally
Sangrur, January 11
Members of the district unit of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Punjab, under the leadership of Mr Amarjit Singh, district president of the union, held a march and held a rally in support of their demands in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today.

SGPC suspends construction work
Amritsar, January 11
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today suspended the construction work of the new administrative block following the recovery of 114 hand grenades. Its task force keeping a close vigil to stop anybody from entering the cordoned off’ site.


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Navjot wants Punjab to release funds
Chandigarh, January 11
The Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking direction to the Punjab Government to release Rs 34 crore that it owes to the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, as share of taxes collected from Amritsar.


Poor sewerage, water shortage dominate MC meeting
Amritsar, January 11
The poor sewerage and insufficient water supply in several areas of the city dominated the issues in the Municipal Corporation house meeting here today. It is for the first time the winter session of the house discussed issues of water, which normally are taken up during either the monsoon or the summer months.


Trader shot at, looted
Amritsar, January 11
Four unidentified motor cycle-borne persons reportedly shot at Ankur Bansal (24), a resident of Rattan Chand Road and snatched thousands of rupees when he was returning from his hardware shop in Bazar Kathian here late last evening.

Man murders wife
Patiala, January 11
It was a perfect case of a love marriage gone sour as a 29-year-old woman was stranguled to death allegedly by her husband at New Bishan Nagar locality here this morning.

EOs, ex-MCs booked
Moga, January 11
The Vigilance Bureau today booked four persons — two former municipal councillors and two executive officers — for embezzlement of Rs 10 lakh during their tenures in the Moga Municipal Council.

One dead as bus hits auto
Ropar, January 11
One person was killed while another seriously injured in an accident involving a bus and an autorickshaw on National Highway 21 early this morning here.

Thieves break into two temples
Patiala, January 11
Thieves broke into two temples in Bishan Nagar here this morning and decamped with cash and valuables worth thousands of rupees.


VC announces Rs 2 crore for campus
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), January 11
Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice- Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday announced an aid of Rs 2 crore for construction of a building in the neighbourhood campus.

Top award for Dr Amrik Singh
Ludhiana, January 11
The University Grants Commission has bestowed the outstanding educationist award on Dr Amrik Singh for 2005. He will be given a cash award of Rs 50,000 along with a plaque.

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