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SGPC bestows ‘siropa’ on PSGPC chief
Amritsar, February 1
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today virtually recognised the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) by bestowing ‘Siropa’ (robe of honour) on visiting Swaran Singh, president, of the Pak Gurdwara Committee, here today.

PSGPC chief Swaran Singh after paying obeisance at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Wednesday. PSGPC chief Swaran Singh after paying obeisance at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Bus permits to firms owned by politicians set aside
Chandigarh, February 1
The Presiding Officer of the State Transport Appellate Tribunal, Punjab, has quashed the passenger bus permits issued for the highly-lucrative Pathankot-Amritsar route to some private bus permits, many of them owned by influential persons, including a minister in the Capt Amarinder Singh government.




PU signs MoU to set up regional centre at Hoshiarpur
Chandigarh, February 1
Panjab University was today handed over the 10-acre campus at Hoshiarpur for opening the Swami Sarvanand Gir Panjab University Regional Centre. The centre would offer four engineering courses from the coming session.

Rs 536 crore plan to check Ghaggar pollution
Chandigarh, February 1
Concerned over rising pollution in the Ghaggar flowing in the Malwa belt of Punjab, the state government has prepared a Rs 536 crore plan and submitted it to the Government of India for part funding.

Tension in village over religious function
Policemen in front of the Udasin dera following tension between some villagers and followers of the dera at Kanjali village near Kapurthala on Wednesday. Kanjali (Kapurthala), February 1
Tension gripped Kanjali village following a dispute between followers of a Udasin Dera situated on the outskirts of the Kanjali village and some of the villagers over holding a religious function at the dera, here today.

Policemen in front of the Udasin dera following tension between some villagers and followers of the dera at Kanjali village near Kapurthala on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Punjab to create 10 lakh jobs in one year: Singla
Jalandhar, February 1
Striving hard to paint a rosy picture about the state’s fiscal position and making the SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal his prime target, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, has assured the people of Punjab that the state government is all set to create a whopping 10 lakh jobs within one year.

Fee muddle in medical college
Trust member wards among defaulters
Amritsar, February 1
The Principal and the management of the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Research institute today blamed Dr G.S. Grewal, a member of the trust running the institution, for “instigating” a group of students not to clear their dues in his bid not to pay up a huge outstanding amount against his wards.

Govt agrees to hike minimum fare of mini buses
Chandigarh, February 1
The Punjab Government today accepted various demands of the Mini Bus Operators Union. The Transport Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, told The Tribune that representatives of the union today held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with regard to their demands.

Lathi charge on mini-bus operators
Sangrur, February 1
The police today reportedly resorted to a mild lathi- charge on the protesting mini-bus operators when they were staging a dharna at Balad Kenchian, Bhawanigarh, about 22 km from here. The operators were protesting against the state government, demanding relief in taxes imposed on them.

Man poisons 4 of family, self; wife dies
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 1
A man poisoned his three daughters and wife at Kalyan village near here today. The woman (34) died while the doctors were struggling to save others. They said the chances of their survival were thin.


SAD promises effective governance
Amloh, February 1
Sea of flowing beards and blue turbans made the SAD-BJP “insaaf” rally, which was held at Amloh, late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s heartland, today, a success. Throwing down the gauntlet to the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government, SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and general secretary Kanwaljit Singh launched an all-out attack on social, political and economic fronts.

War of words between SAD, BJP leaders
Chandigarh, February 1
A war of words has begun between leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP just a year before the Assembly elections in Punjab.


Parity in relief with 1984 victims sought
Pathankot February 1
The victims of the terrorism days in Punjab today organised a protest rally demanding parity in compensation with the 1984 riot victims. Hundreds of persons who had to migrate from rural areas due to terrorist activities participated in the rally and raised slogans to press for the acceptance of them demands.

Akal Takht orders Sarna’s social boycott
Amritsar, February 1
In a hard hitting directive the Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today asked the Sikh Sangat not to give any sort of political, social and religious cooperation to Mr Harwinder Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, his elder brother Parmjit Singh Sarna and their three associates till February 10 for allegedly violating the directives of Akal Takht.

Verma may not join as revenue panel chief
Chandigarh, February 1
Will the newly appointed Chairman of the Punjab Revenue Commission, Mr P.K. Verma, join his new assignment or prefer to continue working in the government? Though nothing has been conveyed in writing, Mr Verma, a 1970 batch IAS officer, has reportedly told officers close to him that he might prefer to work on his present post of Financial Commissioner, Development, rather than head the commission.

Man arrested with fake visa
Amritsar, February 1
The immigration authorities have nabbed Balbir Singh, a resident of Behram Farishta village, in Jalandhar district for allegedly possessing a fake visa and passport. The accused had been handed over to Rajasansi police where a case under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 471, IPC, has been registered.

Punjab’s first women helpline launched
Faridkot, February 1
The state’s first women helpline was launched here today.

Rs 18.33 crore okayed for rural areas
Ropar, February 1
The Punjab government has sanctioned Rs 18.33 crore for the various development work in the rural areas of Ropar district under “Punjab Nirman Scheme”, informed chairman of district planning and development board and the state Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, while conducting meeting with local MLA’s and official of the district administration here yesterday.

Temple panel chief lashes out at RSS, BJP
Amritsar, February 1
The RSS and the BJP were playing with the sentiments of Hindus to grab power at the Centre. This was stated by Mr Surinder Arjun, president of the Durgiana Temple Committee, here today.


Advocates’ chambers inaugurated
Ropar, February 1
The Parliamentary Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Mr K.P.S Rana, inaugurated the new building of the advocates’ chambers in the district court complex here today.


Inside Babudom
Superseded officers absent at meeting called by CS
Chandigarh, February 1
All IAS officers, except one superseded by the new Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, were absent at the first meeting of senior officers convened by the Chief Secretary today.


Restructure education system: Governor
Batala, February 1
Punjab Governor, S.F. Rodrigues, today pleaded for the restructure and revitalisation of education system with focus on technical and vocational courses to meet changing global economic challenges. He called upon the youth to make the best and positive use of their potential and advised them to take a lead and develop the region as role model for the rest of country.

Conference on ‘Punjabi Diaspora’ inaugurated
Patiala, February 1
An International Punjabi conference on the theme of `Punjabi Diaspora’, 22nd in the series, was inaugurated today in the Punjabi University by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Higher Education, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

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