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CPI snaps poll ties with Cong
Chandigarh, January 18
The CPI has decided to sever its electoral ties with the ruling Congress in Punjab. A decision in this connection has been taken at a meeting of the State Council of the party. The last Assembly and Lok Sabha elections were contested jointly by the Congress and the CPI in Punjab. In fact, except on a few occasions, the two parties had been jointly contesting Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Industrialists’ subsidy dues to be cleared
Chandigarh, January 18
The Punjab Government has decided to clear subsidy dues of Rs 600 crore of industrialists who had set up units in Punjab. This was stated here yesterday by the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla.

Plea to rename Patiala Rural as Tohra
Delimitation panel meeting
Patiala, January 18
The Delimitation Commission of India panel headed by Justice Kuldeep Singh heard over 100 objections and suggestions regarding the proposed Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies and their extent in the Patiala division. Justice Kuldeep Singh makes a point at the Delimitation Commission meeting held at Central State Library in Patiala on Wednesday.
Justice Kuldeep Singh makes a point at the Delimitation Commission meeting held at Central State Library in Patiala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph



  SGPC wants Galiara plan re-designed, presents memo to
Home Secretary

Amritsar January 18
The (SGPC) Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee yesterday presented a memorandum to Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal urging for the “re-designing” of incomplete Phase IV and V of the centrally sponsored “Galiara” (Golden Temple corridor plan) scheme for the beautification and decongestion of surroundings of Harmandar Sahib.

Ragi ready for Takht probe
Chandigarh, January 18
Reacting to news reports against Bhai Bakshish Singh, a Hazuri Ragi at the Golden Temple, Mr Sarbjit Singh, a local resident and father-in-law of the ragi, said the entire story had been concocted and there was not even an iota of truth in it.

Octori: govt proposes, civic bodies dispose
Chandigarh, January 18
A contradiction has arisen on the issue of octroi. While the Punjab Government has announced that it will abolish octroi in the state by March 31, there are several municipal committees which have already given the work of collection of octroi on contract for the next financial year.


Rights panel for moratorium on death penalty
Jalandhar, January 18
Apprehending that any move by the Government of India to hang Prof Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, presently lodged in Tihar Jail at New Delhi, would leave a permanent scar on the minds of the Sikhs, the Punjab Rights Forum has appealed to the President, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam to put a moratorium on death penalty in India.

Goods train derails near Bathinda
Bathinda, January 18
A goods train carrying wheat from Malout to Dhanbad got derailed last night between Maiserkhana and Kot Fatta stations near here. Nine wagons out of total of 40 got derailed causing damage to the track and disrupting rail traffic.

Army renames bridge as Kaman Aman Setu
Pathankot, January 18
The Defence Ministry finally acceded to an appeal by the family of Lieut-Col Kaman Singh Pathania by renaming Aman Setu as Kaman Aman Setu over the KD nullah along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of Srinagar.

Rural employment scheme for Hoshiarpur district
Hoshiarpur, January 18
To provide employment guarantee of 100 days to those who are willing to do unskilled manual labour, the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme of the Centre will be launched in this district on February 2.

DMCH surgeon to chair session in Pakistan
Dr Kuldip SinghChandigarh, December 18
Dr Kuldip Singh, Prof of Surgery at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana has been invited to the 3rd National Conference of Pakistan Surgical Society at Rawalpindi to deliberate on ‘Disaster Management’. A laproscopic expert, Dr Kuldip Singh will discuss issues pertaining to “disasters that can happen while performing laproscopic surgery and the strategies to avoid them”.

Faridkot boys win laurels
Faridkot, January 18
The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) secured first position in “Bharat Ko Jano” (Know India) contest during the two-day national level competitions among the senior boys group held at Dibru in Assam recently.

CPI to hold protest against George Bush
Chandigarh, January 18
The Punjab unit of the CPI will hold a demonstration against US President George Bush if he comes to the state.

Brig Sethi dead
Amritsar, January 18
A senior Gorkha Regiment officer, Brig Inder Sethi (retd), 81, who was instrumental in drafting the military part of the Indo-Russian Friendship Treaty before the 1971 Indo-Pak war for the liberation of Bangladesh, died on January 15 in New Delhi after a brief illness.


High court
Proclaimed offender gives undertaking
Chandigarh, January 18
Counsel for Youth Akali Dal leader Kiranbir Singh Kang, one of the main accused in the case of exchange of fire between two groups of Shiromani Akali Dal supporters on July 2, 2004, that left two persons dead and many injured, today gave an undertaking before a Bench of the High Court that Kang would appear before the Ropar Sessions Court on January 23.


Cotton prices firm up in north
Ludhiana, January 18
Cotton prices in northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have firmed up and there is stability in the same. In view of the stability and good returns, the area under cotton is expected to increase next year leading to revival of cotton cultivation in Punjab.

Economist rues low farm subsidy in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 18
Renowned Punjab economist Prof H.S. Shergill today warned that the promise made by developed nations to end farm subsidies regime by 2013 was eyewash to “deceive” developing nations.

Prof H.S. Shergill speaking during a seminar at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Prof H.S. Shergill speaking during a seminar at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Hudiara drain water ‘unfit’ for irrigation
Amritsar, January 18
Results of the study on international Hudiara drain indicate that drain’s water is ‘unfit even for irrigation purposes or consumption by livestock and humans’. Dr Anish Dua of Guru Nanak Dev University a partner in the project conceived by WWF-India and the university stated this.


Re-inquiry ordered into case of tax evasion
Ludhiana, January 18
The Vigilance Bureau reportedly under political pressure has ordering a re-look into the registration case of corruption against 17 persons, including five MC employees and 12 industrialists.


Cash, gold stolen from Punjab and Sind Bank
Patiala, January 18
Some persons broke into the Punjab and Sind Bank’s branch at SST Nagar last evening and decamped with gold and cash Rs 4 lakh.


PTU releases merit list
Chandigarh, January 18
The Punjab Technical University Jalandhar has released the merit list of the top students of various engineering courses in its affiliated colleges in the state for the II, IV and VI semesters.


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