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Had former PTU clerk planned to kill VC?
Jalandhar, January 31
Was the PTU clerk, Rajinder Kumar who, created a flutter on the PTU campus yesterday by consuming celphos tablets, a frustrated man and was he planning to kill the Vice Chancellor, Dr S.K. Salwan before he committed suicide?

Young farmer honoured for diversification
Chandigarh, January 31
Mr Charanjit Singh Gill, a young progressive farmer of Sudhar village and founder-member of the Malwa Vigyanik Kisan Club, was felicitated by the Punjab Government at the state-level Republic Day function in Ludhiana on Republic Day.

Uprooted bar dancers heading for Gulf, South-East Asia
Hoshiarpur, January 31
After being uprooted from their profession by the Maharashtra Government, scores of bar dancers have found countries in the Gulf and South-East Asia as their next destination.
A bar dancer entertains guests at a marriage party at a hotel in Jalandhar. A majority of bar dancers have started shifting to West Asia after the closure of dance bars in Mumbai.
A bar dancer entertains guests at a marriage party at a hotel in Jalandhar. A majority of bar dancers have started shifting to West Asia after the closure of dance bars in Mumbai. — A Tribune photograph



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Painting Wagah, Hussainiwala borders with colours of patriotism
Chandigarh, January 31
At an age when so many men are climbing the rungs of professionalism on the ladder of social success, he has been playing with the colours of patriotism, literally. Influenced by the grandeur and authority at the Wagah border with men-in-olive greens marching up and down the Line of Control, the 28-year-old Delhite, into paint business, decided to go saffron and paint the entire “border”.

Akhil Bansal with his memories of the Wagah border.

Akhil Bansal with his memories of the Wagah border.

Singla challenges Kanwaljit to quit, contest poll
Chandigarh, January 31
The ongoing tussle between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the ruling Congress party in Punjab has taken a new turn with the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, announcing, “I am ready to contest the byelection by resigning as MLA even today provided the former Finance Minister and General Secretary of the SAD, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, agrees to contest against me after resigning as MLA”.

CPI seeks probe into immolation case
Sangrur, January 31
Dr Joginder Dayal, a member of the national executive of the Communist Party of India (CPI), today demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the case of self-immolation in broad daylight by Gopal Krishan Kashyap, president of the Rajiv Gandhi Prontha Rehri Market Association, Patiala at Patiala on January 24.

Recruitment process to start soon: Bhattal
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 31
The government has chalked out a 19-point programme to provide facilities and amenities to all sections of the society and it is going to implement it shortly. The people would see its results within three months and the SAD(B) will be left with no issue to go to the people, said Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Dhindsa alleges partiality in release of grants
Sangrur, January 31
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa local MP and secretary general of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today flayed the Amarinder government for allegedly not issuing development grants, worth Rs 5 crore for each block, to the blocks represented by MLAs of the SAD.

Khalsa Dal keeps mum over poll
Sangrur, January 31
Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, president of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal, today declined to disclose his party’s plans about participation in the ensuing Assembly elections by saying that the party would think about contesting the elections only when these come near.


Appoint retired judge to probe death: trust
Patiala, January 31
The Amar Shaheed Baba Moti Ram Mehra Memorial Charitable Trust, Fathegarh Sahib, today demanded that state government to appoint a retired judge to conduct a probe into the incident pertaining to the self-immolation carried out by a Congress activist and President, Rajiv Gandhi Parontha Rehri Union, Patiala, Gopal Krishan Kashyap on January 24 in full public view near local bus stand.

90 trucks carrying dry fruit stranded
Importers fear pilferage
Amritsar, January 31
Fearing pilferage of dry fruit and loss of crores to importers, the Indo-Foreign Chamber of Commerce (IFCC) has implored the authorities to take measures to clear stranded trucks, loaded with dry fruit from Afghanistan.

Conspiracy alleged against Sarnas
Amritsar, January 31
The Sian Mian Mir Foundation alleged that the direction to Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna and Mr Harvinder Singh Sarna, former and present president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), to appear before Akal Takht on February 10 was a conspiracy hatched by SAD president Parkash Singh Badal.

Descendants of 3 Sikh’s founder attend Raising Day function
Bathinda, January 31
It was a journey down the memory lane for the descendants of the founder as well as former British Commanding Officer of the third battalion of the Sikh Regiment at the ongoing celebrations of the battalion’s 150th Raising Day.

Descendants of British officers who served 3 Sikh, with members of their families at a ceremony held to celebrate the 150th Raising Day of the battalion in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Descendants of British officers who served 3 Sikh, with members of their families at a ceremony held to celebrate the 150th Raising Day of the battalion in Bathinda on Tuesday.

Sarpanches refuse cheques from SAD MP
Abohar, January 31
Shiromani Akali Dal MP Zora Singh Mann had to cut short his three-day tour of the villages located in Balluana Assembly segment here as some of the sarpanches were not ready to accept cheques from him for development of their respective villages, party sources said today.

Directive to LIC
Hoshiarpur, January 31
Mr B. C. Gupta, president, District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, has ordered the Life Insurance Corporation of India to make payment of Rs 25,000 along with a compensation of Rs 4,000 and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to a complainant Mr Om Parkash of Dholbaha in Hoshiarpur district.


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Intranet scam: SAD MPs move HC again

Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for April 19 on a PIL filed by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MPs seeking an impartial investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged hawala transactions involving Raninder Singh, son of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


Recruitment of constables
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab Police today announced that a recruitment drive for male constables had been initiated.


Absconding poacher held
Abohar, January 31
Officials of the Forest and Wildlife Department here have arrested Kaka Singh, a poacher, who had disappeared after the seizure of blackbuck hides and bones from his farmhouse near Bishanpura village in the wildlife sanctuary area a few months ago.

2 lakh looted from travel agent
Amritsar, January 31
Two unidentified motor cycle-borne persons looted Rs 2 lakh from Salil Kumar, a travel agent and resident of Green Avenue here, when he was returning from the Bank of Punjab, Court Road branch, after withdrawing the money. The money was snatched at the busy Mall Road. However, no case was registered.

Bride alleges torture
Hoshiarpur, January 31
A case of torture of a bride for more dowry by her husband has been reported at Garhshankar police station last evening.

62-yr-old succumbs to burns
Jalandhar, January 31
Mela Ram (62), a paralytic patient who tried to commit suicide by immolating himself in his bouse in the Bhargo Camp area, succumbed to his injuries in the Civil Hospital today.

Drug-addict son kills mother
Tarn Taran, January 31
A drug-addict, Gurmukh Singh (26), killed his mother Gurnam Kaur (65) at Gaggobua village late last night with a sharpedged weapon.


GND varsity to start more PG courses
Amritsar, January 31
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to introduce four new postgraduate courses in nano-technology and bio-informatics besides Masters in cardio thoracic physiotherapy and a PG diploma in hospital management from the next academic session.


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