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Sikh bodies train guns on Akal
Takht Jathedar
Joginder Singh Vedanti
Amritsar, February 3
While the radical Sikh organisation, the Khalra Mission Committee, today gave an ultimatum to Akal Takht Jathedar to resign from his post, a former Akal Takht high priest alleged that the directive was issued at the behest of Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash
Singh Badal.

SGPC chief’s allegations against ex-Jathedar
Amritsar, February 3
SGPC chief Avtar Singh today alleged that Prof Darshan Singh, former Jathedar, Akal Takht, had been a disciple of “dera Nanaksar” and had joined a section of Sikh’s, who performed “kachi bani” (the kirtan which do not follow parameters of Sikhism).

Promotion of two officers to IAS upheld
Chandigarh, February 3
A decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to promote two Punjab officers to the IAS from the non-state civil services (SCS) category was today upheld by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

Barnala observes bandh
Traders protest cases against 18
Barnala, February 3
The town observed a complete bandh today in protest against alleged fake police cases against 18 persons on the directions of income tax officials. Two warring factions of the Beopar Mandal here came close and with the backing of local political leaders held a rally against the income tax officials.



  Man threatens to commit suicide, held
Patiala, February 3
The recent suicide of Congress worker Gopal Krishan Kashyap in this city against the non-fulfillment of his demands is setting example for others to follow suit in an attempt to force authorities to accept their demands. This is reflected from the arrest by the local police today of Punjab State Electricity Board’s Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Ram Lubhaya who created quite a scene in front of the Board Chairman’s office here this afternoon allegedly to protest against his successive transfers by the board’s management.
Ram Lubhaya who threatened to commit self immolation in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman’s office in police custody.
Ram Lubhaya who threatened to commit self immolation in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman’s office in police custody. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Tribune Special
Police faces major shortage of vehicles
Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab Police is faced with a “mobility crisis”. About 2,100 of its vehicles are scheduled to be condemned within the next two months and there is no money to buy new vehicles on such a scale.

Village that is all praise for Kalam, not govt
Bathinda, February 3
Even as the country’s President kept his word with the residents of Gehri Buttar village and dispatched 100 books from his collection for its library, the village still awaits a grant of Rs 1 crore announced by Finance Minister Surinder Singla for the development of the village.


Dhindsa is SAD poll panel chief
Sangrur, February 3
With the ensuing Assembly elections in mind, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD, today appointed Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary-general of the SAD, as chairman of the poll manifesto committee of the party. Besides, Mr Badal also predicted that the next government would be of SAD. He was addressing at “insaf rally” at the new grain market here.


Move to set up Indo-Thai cultural centre in Punjab
Chandigarh, February 3
An Indo-Thai cultural centre is proposed to be set up in Punjab with focus on projecting Thailand’s culture, and other common links between Thailand and Punjab, with an aim to establishing an international education centre where Thai students could come and study.

Dr Gulshan Sharma and Mr S.S. Chawla, talk to mediapersons in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Dr Gulshan Sharma and Mr S.S. Chawla, talk to mediapersons in Chandigarh on Friday.

Govt’s promise to 15 war widows unkept
Ropar, February 3
Despite tall claims of the state government about various welfare schemes for war widows, at least 200 war widows in the state, including 15 of Ropar district, have been running from pillar to post to get 10 acres each for the past several years.

Village prepares to welcome Lakhanpal
Phillaur, February 3
Residents of Lakhanpal village, near Zandiala Manzaki in this subdivision, along with members of newly appointed Punjab Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal’s family, are busy preparing to welcome the village boy who has brought the name of the village on the map of the state.

Industrialists resent issuing of water bills
Jalandhar, February 3
Up in arms against “unjustified” water bills issued to them by the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC), owners of over 750 export-oriented industrial units in all four Focal Points of the city have decided not to pay the bills.

Canadian minister visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, February 3
Mr Michael de Jong, Minister of Government House Leader, Ministry of Labour and Citizens Services, British Columbia, paid his obeisance at the Golden Temple here today.

Ex-Austrian envoy visits  SOS village
Rajpura, February 3
A former Austrian Ambassador to India, Mr Karl Peterlik, and his wife, Ms Helga Peterlik, visited the SOS Children’s Village here yesterday.

Postal officials felicitated
Chandigarh, February 3
A felicitation function to honour the postal officials of Punjab circle for their services in promotion of International Money Transfer service was held here today. The function was presided over by Mr K. L. Khanna, Post Master General of Punjab circle and attended by Mr M.L. Kalia, Director Postal Services. As many as 68 officials from all over Punjab circle were presented awards.


Judge’s murder trial shifted to Chandigarh
Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today shifted the trial in the case of the murder of Vijay Singh, Presiding Officer, Labour Court, Chandigarh, to Chandigarh from Patiala. Vijay Singh was murdered at Patiala on October 14 last year.

Govt stand sought on relief to Bant Singh
Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the counsel for Punjab Government to seek instructions about the government stand with regard to the PIL seeking grant of Rs 10 lakh compensation immediately to the family of Mansa farm labour Bant Singh, who was left without both his arms and a leg in an attack by the family of three persons involved in his daughter’s gang-rape.


Sarpanch suspended
Kharar, February 3
The sarpanch of Kumbra village. Ms Surinder Kaur, has been suspended by the Deputy Director, Panchayats.


ASI run over, truck driver held
Bathinda, February 3
A policeman deployed on a checkpost near Pathrala village on the Dabwali road was run over by a truck last night. The deceased has been identified as ASI Gurdas Singh.

Teacher having Pak links held
Tarn Taran, February 3
The Tarn Taran police today arrested a divinity teacher of Khadoor Sahib’s school for allegedly having connections with India’s one of the most wanted Pakistan-based terrorist, Ranjit Singh Neeta, and Switzerland-based top militants.

1.10 lakh kg lahan seized
Amritsar, February 3
The Majitha police in a major crackdown today arrested 10 persons, including the Sarpanch and two women, allegedly involved in running illegal distilleries. The police has seized more than 1.10 lakh kg of “lahan” from the  accused.


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