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75th year of Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom to be observed
Chandigarh, January 21
All top political leaders, including former Prime Ministers V.P. Singh and I.K. Gujral, have agreed to observe the 75th year of the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in a big way in the country on March 23.

‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ hits Army truck,
passengers safe
Jalandhar, January 21
Two New Delhi-bound "Sada-E-Sarhad" buses got stuck here for over 45 minutes as one of the two Lahore-New Delhi buses suffered minor damage after it collided with an Army truck in front of the Surya Enclave locality on the Jalandhar-Amritsar bypass on the city outskirts this afternoon.
Punjab police personnel inspect the Delhi- Lahore-Delhi bus, which met with an accident on National Highway-1 in Jalandhar on Saturday.
Punjab police personnel inspect the Delhi- Lahore-Delhi bus, which met with an accident on National Highway-1 in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

100 trucks loaded with dry fruit stranded at Wagah
Wagah, January 21
At least 100 trucks, loaded with dry fruit worth crores from Afghanistan have been stranded on the Pakistan side at Wagah for the past about one month, causing concern to importers from Amritsar, Delhi and other cities.

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  Arrest warrants issued against BJP MLA
Abohar, January 21
Arrest warrants have been issued against BJP MLA Surinder Singh Rathore and his Personal Assistant J.P Bansal, by the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) of Sriganganagar, Mr Rajesh Sharma. Both Rathore and Bansal were wanted in connection with a case of assault on Mr Mahesh Periwal, former chairman of the Municipal Council, Sriganganagar.

DSGMC helping Cong to retain power: SGPC chief
Bathinda, January 21
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) was not doing any “dharam prachar” in Punjab. Instead it was lending momentum to political activities at the behest of the Congress so as to help it retain power in the forthcoming Assembly elections, stated SGPC president Avtar Singh while interacting with mediapersons at Talwandi Sabo last evening.
SGPC president Avtar Singh awards degrees to students at the convocation of Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo, on Friday.
SGPC president Avtar Singh awards degrees to students at the convocation of Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Legislature-judiciary conflict unfortunate, says Badal
Hoshiarpur, January 21
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief and former Chief Minister of Punjab, expressed deep concern over the on-going confrontation between the legislature and the judiciary in cash-for-query scam and said this head-on confrontation was unfortunate for the country.

Coop society’s secretary dupes members
Rs 3.78-crore fraud alleged, DC orders probe
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 21
In a sensational development, hundreds of members, belonging to the Co-operative Agricultural Society, Ambey Majra, met the Deputy Commissioner and alleged that the secretary of the society, Mr Baljinder Singh, had committed a fraud to the tune of Rs 3.78 crore.


SAD out to woo traders, industrialists
Jalandhar, January 21
After farmers, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) is seemingly all out to woo industrialists and traders in view of the coming Assembly elections in the state.


Justice Kuldip Singh against reckless exploitation of nature
Amritsar, January 21
“Don’t fill your banks with money by exploiting natural resources for selfish interests as you cannot buy pollution-free environment with it, instead save the environment for better future of the coming generation”, said Justice Kuldip Singh, a former Judge of the Supreme Court.

Empower ethnic groups: experts
Amritsar, January 21
Distinguished political scientists and sociologists of national and international repute recommended, that maximum autonomy and rights be granted to ethnic groups. This would invigorate the polity. The experts agreed that the latent colonial tendencies should be curbed to lend cohesiveness to the social fabric.

Temple demolition leads to tension
Amritsar, January 21
Tension prevailed in the Takiya Channan Shah locality outside Lohgarh Gate here after the demolition of courtyard of a Shivala (temple for Lord Shiva) by Army men last night. The Army authorities claimed that the temple was constructed on defence land. They said despite this fact some persons were constructing a new portion on it.

A view of the demolished portion of a temple near Lohgarh Gate in Amritsar. —  Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A view of the demolished portion of a temple near Lohgarh Gate in Amritsar.

Suicide bid case: SHO’s suspension sought
Bathinda, January 21
The suicide attempt by 14-year-old Rajvinder Kaur of Jhanduke village has become a major issue with the SAD (Amritsar) today announcing that if Baliawali SHO Gurdev Singh was not suspended and booked the party would gherao the Baliawali police station on January 24.

Dharna against low rate of interest on PF
Amritsar, January 21
Hundreds of workers of trade unions and the CPI yesterday staged a dharna at the Commissioner Provident Fund Office on a call of central trade unions against the low rate of interest on provident fund.

Eye check-up camp for drivers
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 21
Magma leasing Ltd., a finance company, today organised a free eye check-up camp for taxi owners, drivers and other vehicle drivers at GT Road, Sirhind. Mr A.S. Bedi, Regional, Head, inaugurated the camp. The eyes of more than 500 drivers were checked by a team of doctors led by Mr. Narinder Mehta, eye officer, Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib. Medicines were distributed free of cost to the needy.

Book released
Patiala, January 21
A book of Hindi poems titled `Ki Hai Jag Vich Tera’ written by renowned Hindi poet Mr Bhim Sain Modgil was released by Dr H.S Sidhu, Additional Secretary Higher Education, Punjab at a simple ceremony organised by Punjab Languages Department here yesterday.


Shankar Samrat summoned to court
Abohar, January 21
A local court yesterday ordered that noted magician Shankar Samrat had been directed through public announcement to appear in the court to defend a suit filed against him on Friday.

Five-year RI for raping minor
Hoshiarpur, January 21
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr G.K. Rai, yesterday sentenced a resident of Fatehulhapur to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor girl of his locality.


Undertrial beaten up by jail staff
Patiala, January 21
An inmate of the Central Jail, who had busted the drug racket going on in the precincts of the jail recently, was allegedly beaten up by security personnel on Thursday evening.


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