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Cong hasn’t ‘kept’ poll promises
Amritsar, January 16
Predicting absolute majority in the coming Assembly elections, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, state BJP president, today claimed that the Akali-BJP alliance would form the next government. Talking to mediapersons during “Jan Jagran Abhiyan Rally” here, Mr Khanna said there was no dispute on seat sharing with the SAD for the forthcoming elections.

14 soldiers honoured
Bathinda, January 16
"My husband laid down his life for his motherland, but it would not deter me from sending my two sons to the Army." These are the brave words from Gyarsi Devi who received Sena Medal on behalf of her for her husband late Ptr Raju Singh at an Investiture Ceremony held at Takshila Hall, Chetak Corps,Bathinda cantonment, today.

Lt-Gen K. Nagraj presents Sena Medal to a martyr’s mother at an investiture ceremony in Bathinda Lt-Gen K. Nagraj presents Sena Medal to a martyr’s mother at an investiture ceremony in Bathinda on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

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Union Home Secretary to visit Wagah today
Amritsar-Lahore bus service
Chandigarh, January 16
As the bus service between Amritsar and Lahore is all set to begin later this week, the Union Home Secretary, Mr V. K. Duggal, will fly to the Wagah border tomorrow to see the arrangements made in this regard and also find out whether there is need to upgrade the facilities there for visitors.

Badal alleges phone tapping
Jalandhar, January 16
After political bigwigs Amar Singh, Jayalalithaa, Chandrababu Naidu and Prem Kumar Dhumal, today it was the turn of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal to make allegations of phone tapping by the Congress.

Industry seeks facilities
Gurdaspur, January 16
The Punjab Government has planned to bring up special economic zones in the state with government and private investment. This means thousands of acres would be acquired for the proposed projects, depriving people of the valuable land.

Rajasansi airport gurdwara to be shifted
Rajasansi (Amritsar), January 16
A gurdwara on the premises of Rajasansi International Airport here is likely to be shifted to some other place on the request of the Airport Authority of India. This is perhaps the only airport in the world where devotees cross the runway and operational area to pay obeisance at a shrine. This can be a security hazard.

Syndicate nod will help set up regional centre
Chandigarh, January 16
If all goes well on January 21, the next date for the Panjab University syndicate meeting, the university would open the Swami Sarvanand Gir Panjab University Regional Centre at Bajwara, Hoshiarpur.

US college alumnae visit Amritsar
Amritsar, January 16
A group of 20 alumnae of Wellesley College, USA, arrived here today. The leader of the delegation, Prof Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh, daughter of Sikh scholar Prof Harbans Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, who authored the first Sikh Encyclopedia, said she was on a lecture tour of the country to acquaint the delegates with the rich Indian culture.

A group of alumnae of Wellesley College, USA, pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A group of alumnae of Wellesley College, USA, pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar


13 Punjab leaders inducted into AICC
Chandigarh, January 16
As many as 13 Congress leaders from Punjab were tonight inducted into the All India Congress Committee, the apex decision making body of the party. A from the list of names, it appears that the party has tried to accommodate all factions of the Punjab Congress.


Employees of the municipal council hold a protest seeking action against two municipal councillors at Tahli Wala Chowk on the Rajpura-Patiala highway
Employees of the municipal council hold a protest seeking action against two municipal councillors at Tahli Wala Chowk on the Rajpura-Patiala highway on Monday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Harmandar Sahib raagi suspended
Amritsar, January 16
For the first time, a Hazoori raagi of Harmandar Sahib, Bhai Bakshish Singh has been placed under suspension for moral turpitude. Mr Dalmegh Singh, Secretary, SGPC told The Tribune today that the President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh, had issued orders to suspend the Hazoori raagi in the evening today.

Country planners’ congress concludes
Amritsar, January 16
The town planners participating in the 54th national town and country planners’ congress unanimously recommended the consolidation of areas under military use at Amritsar, proper infrastructure for the hotel industry, consolidation of different government offices, ensure that the heritage of the walled city is not disturbed, besides including all the proposals of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in the master plan of Amritsar.

Involve Sikhs in Kashmir talks, demands Mann
Jalandhar, January 16
Opposing a Central Government move to include Kashmiri Pandits in the proposed talks to hammer out a solution to the Kashmir problem, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has demanded that Kashmiri Sikhs should be associated with the talks as they had proved themselves as the “secular backbone” of the trouble-torn valley.

Punjab’s forest cover reduced drastically: report
Gurdaspur, January 16
More than Rs 600 crore have been spent under a Japan aided scheme for afforestation in Punjab in the past one decade. In an advertisement issued by the Department of Forests, about 22,000 hectares have been brought under new plantations in the state.

Sujanpur to have Urban Estate
Sujanpur (Pathankot), January 16
The Punjab Urban Development Authority has cleared the establishment of an Urban Estate at Sujanpur in the border district of Gurdaspur. Urban Estates have already been finalised at Nabha, Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala with sites having been identified at the townships.

Rally in support of Bant Singh
Mansa, January 16
Various political and farmer outfits today held a rally in support of Bant Singh, a resident of Burj Jhabbar village, who lost his three limbs in an attack by some villagers, and formed an action committee to further pursue the matter.

Rallies by Sikh bodies today
Amritsar, January 16
The Punjab Rights Forum would organise protest rallies in different places in the state, especially at Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, Patiala, Chandigarh and Fatehgarh Sahib to seek justice for Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who is on the death roll in connection with a bomb blast case, tomorrow.

Jan 17, 19 holidays in Sangrur district
Sangrur, January 16
Mr Husan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, today announced a local holiday in government offices and educational institutions on January 17 in Sangrur district in memory of the Kuka martyrs. The holiday has been announced under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

Bhag Singh is PADB Chairman
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 16
Bhag Singh Chanarthal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was today unanimously elected the Chairman of the Punjab Agriculture Development Bank, Sirhind. A meeting of six directors of PADB, Sirhind, all belonging to SAD, was held to elect the Chairman and other office-bearers of the bank.

Govt flayed for cutting EPF rate
Ropar, January 16
Leaders of All-India Forward Bloc, Punjab unit, today criticised the Central government for reducing the interest rate on EPF from 9.5 per cent to 8.5 per cent in a meeting held here today.


Consumer forum gives relief to farmer
Hoshiarpur, January 16
The District Consumer Forum has ordered a cold store owner to pay Rs 3.26 lakh compensation to a farmer of Hariana village for selling his potatoes without his permission.


Illicit relations behind murder
Batala, January 16
A murder case was solved by Batala police with the arrest of Harpal Singh, alias Bhala, of Staff Road, Batala. While talking to media persons here today, Dr Jatindera Kumar Jain, SSP, said Prem Singh, a son of Partap Singh, along with Sukhdev Singh, a son of Balwant Singh, was going along the railway line from Murgi Mohalla to Kala Nangal Road.

Four of family killed in mishap
Barnala, January 16
Four persons were killed and two injured in a truck-car collision here last evening. The victims were travelling in car from Ahmedgarh to Sirsa. Mr Surinder Singh, an octroi employee, took the victims to the Civil Hospital.

Cong leader’s gangs beat up farmers, alleges sabha
Chandigarh, January 16
The All-India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha here today alleged that a senior Congress leader based in Ludhiana was using repressive measures against farmers who were under debt.

No case against arrested women
Kharar, January 16
The police has failed to register a case against six women who were rounded up for allegedly stealing jewellery and cash at a marriage function in Balongi on Saturday. It is reported that a team of the Chandigarh police, headed by an Inspector, reached the Kharar police station yesterday to question the women rounded up on a charge of theft.

Woman, daughter assaulted
Kharar, January 16
A woman and her daughter were allegedly beaten up by two youths at their house in Rangian village near here. The girl had reportedly ignored the advances of one of the youths.

Missing cop found dead
Ropar, January 16
The body of Punjab police constable Santokh Singh was recovered from the Nangal hydel canal near Ganguwal village today. He had gone missing on January 8, said police sources.

2 thieves held
Kharar, January 16
The CIA police has arrested two persons on a charge of theft and recovered a stolen motor cycle from them. According to information available, the arrested persons are Rajesh Singh, alias Purli, and Pintu Kumar Saroj.


Students restrained from attending classes
Vallah (Amritsar), January 16
As many as 21 students of Sri Guru Ram Das Medical Institute here faced the wrath of the college authorities which restrained them from attending classes today. The MBBS students of third profession (pre-final) were allegedly restricted due to the non-payment of fees prescribed by the college authorities.

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