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Hoshiarpur covered under job guarantee Act
Garhshankar, February 2
The Punjab Government today kicked off the process to give jobs to the rural unemployed youth under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 in 1,317 villages of Hoshiarpur district at a functional organised in Samundra village, about 10 km from here, today.

SGPC institute Principal in tight spot
Amritsar, February 2
The squabble between the Principal of the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Medical Science and Research Institute and a trustee has come out in the open with the SGPC staff and members today threatening to seal the records and asking the Principal to resign or face dire consequences.

Kanwaljit contests Singla’s claims on development
Chandigarh, February 2
Though the Assembly elections are 11 months away, verbal duels have begun between the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal in the state. Accepting the challenge posed by the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, a former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, said today that he was prepared to resign as MLA and contest an election against Mr Singla from any Assembly constituency in the state any time.

Jathedar Vedanti’s directive on Sarna brothers criticised
Amritsar, February 2
The Sikh organisations and Panthic leaders today criticised Akal Takht Jathedar following the issuance of ‘unprecedented interim directive’ asking the Sikh Panth to boycott socially Sarna brothers and three other Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee members. The Dal Khalsa ‘disowned’ (Jathedar, Akal Takht) for his ‘biased decisions’.

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  Suicides: DGP tells SSPs to be vigilant
Chandigarh, February 2
Suicides, including self-immolation cases, in Punjab during the past few weeks are worrying the police. “Though such cases have more to do with social, economic and other problems, we have issued instructions to all district police chiefs to be extra vigilant and intervene effectively when any information about intent to end life by an individual or group of individuals comes to their knowledge,” says the Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk.


SAD to ‘uproot’ Cong govt from Punjab
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 2
The SAD has launched a campaign “Insaf Muhim” in Punjab and it will continue till the Congress government is uprooted from the state, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.

Amarinder, Chahal, Mayor to be booked: SAD
Chandigarh, February 2
The general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today said his party, if voted to power, would ensure that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, his Media Adviser, Mr BIS Chahal and the Patiala Mayor, Mr Vishnu Kant Sharma, were tried on a charge of murder in the case relating to the suicide by Gopal Krishan Kashyap of Patiala.

CPM activists court arrest
Nawanshahr, February 2
The state unit of the CPM, launched a statewide “jail bharo andolan” from here yesterday to draw the attention of the government towards the deplorable condition of the agricultural and industrial sector, and growing poverty and unemployment. Activists of the party courted arrest in front of the office of the DC.

Sidhu criticises right to information Act
Amritsar, February 2
Terming the “right to information” Act as “bogus”, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, today lashed out at the government and said the Bill lacked practical execution.


Harassed by financier, jeweller attempts suicide
Pathankot, February 2
Mr Naresh Babbar a jeweller here yesterday tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide. He was admitted to civil hospital. He was stated to be in a serious condition. Till the filing of the report, sources said the jeweller tried to end his life due to harassment from financiers.

Bonded labourer freed from clutches of farmer
Tarn Taran, February 2
Gurmail Singh (37), a bonded labourer, of Lalpur village, 14 km from here, was rescued by a Warrant Officer (WO) appointed by the HC from the custody of the family of a farmer of the same village today.

Stamp released on Raising Day of 3 Sikh battalion
Bathinda, February 2
To commemorate 150th Raising Day of third battalion of the Sikh Regiment the Department of Posts and Telegraph yesterday released a stamp. Post Master-General K.L. Khanna released the stamp in the presence of Maj-General R.S. Sujlana, General Officer Commanding of Infantry Division.

Post Master General K.L. Khanna releases a postage stamp in the presence of Major-Gen R.S. Sujlana to mark the 150th Raising Day of 3 Sikh in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Post Master General K.L. Khanna releases a postage stamp in the presence of Major-Gen R.S. Sujlana to mark the 150th Raising Day of 3 Sikh in Bathinda

‘Best investigative’ story recalled
Kharar, February 2
“This is straight out of a murder mystery thriller. The Jassi murder case, which involved the death of an NRI in 2000, was a blind murder and with the available information, it was virtually impossible to solve the case. But how we did it was amazing.

Staff shortage hitting PSEB working, says union
Bathinda, February 2
Taking strong notice of the Punjab State Electricity Board dumping power bills in gurdwaras, the PSEB Engineers Association today blamed the board for the prevailing state of affairs.

Kite flying claims life of 10-year-old boy
Faridkot, February 2
Kite flying on Basant Panchami cost a child his life, while two others were injured in Faridkot and Bathinda districts today. According to sources, a 10-year-old child was run over by a train at a level crossing near the Chahal road in Faridkot.

Two youths drowned
Sangrur, February 2
Two youths today drowned in a canal near Lehragaga, about 40 km from here, when they slipped into the canal. However, their bodies could not be recovered from the canal till evening.

Micro-hydel project to be operational this month
Ropar, February 2
Work on the micro-hydel 1.7 MW project near Ghanauli village, to be run on the waste water being released from the Super thermal plant at Ropar, has been completed and is expected to become operational in this month.

IT Commissioner’s car challaned
Amritsar, February 2
The traffic police today challaned the official vehicle of the Income Tax Commissioner as the driver was driving the car with beaming red beacon even as the officer was not sitting in the car.

Gharuan residents raise slogans
Kharar, February 2
Residents of Gharuan and surrounding villages staged a dharna at the Primary Health Centre, Gharuan, against the proposal to shift emergency health services to another village.


Shooting incident: Parishad chief, four others booked
Tarn Taran, February 2
Mr Ranbir Singh Harike, a senior Congress leader and Chairman of the Amritsar Zila Parishad, has been booked along with four others for shooting at a person during a clash between two groups on late Tuesday evening at Harike, 30 km from here.

Soil Dept officer, patwari nabbed
Chandigarh, February 2
A soil conservation officer of Mohali and a revenue patwari of Fatehgarh Sahib district have been nabbed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in separate cases.

Teacher charged with molestation attempt
Abohar, February 2
A physical instructor at a private high school affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board has been charged with a molestation bid on the wife of a watchman on the school premises.

Kalyan village incident: one more dead
Malerkotla, February 2
Kamaldeep Kaur (10), one of the five members of a family who tried to commit suicide at Kalyan village yesterday died in the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, today. Her mother Gurmeet Kaur died yesterday.


Students must know about wetlands: experts
Chandigarh, February 2
There is a need for introducing a chapter on wetlands in the subject of environment that is part of the school curriculum in Punjab. This will greatly help the students understand the role of the wetlands vis-a-vis ecological sustainability.

Spreading awareness about wetland protection
Ropar, February 2
About 200 school children of the various schools in the district today participated in a painting and quiz competition organised by the district forest department with a view to spread awareness about the need to protect the birds in the national wetland area here.


Allahabad Bank opens 5 ATMs
Ludhiana, February 2
In order to extend any time banking service to its customers Allahabad Bank opened five ATMs in the state on the occasion of Basant Panchami today. These are in addition to two ATMs already functional in the state.

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