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BJP vows to reduce interest on

Fazilka, February 4
Sounding the Assembly poll bugle at a massive farmers’ rally here today, the BJP president, Mr Rajnath Singh, announced that they would slash the interest rate on agricultural loans to 6 per cent if the BJP and its alliance partners got people’s mandate at the Centre and the state.

NCERT withdraws four textbooks
To include names of Amrita Pritam, others
Amritsar, February 4
The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has accepted the recommendation of the National Commission for Minorities (NMC) and agreed to withdraw four school textbooks.

Freight corridor extension to benefit Punjab, says Montek
Chandigarh, February 4
With the extension of the Mumbai-Delhi freight corridor to Amritsar, the present locational disadvantage to Punjab will be done away with. This is the view of the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Jobless ETT teachers’ protest today
Sangrur, February 4
Leaders of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union (UETU) and the DIET Students Welfare Association (DSWA) today claimed that they had information about a government’s move under which the Punjab Finance Department was working out a proposal to recruit unemployed ETT teachers in the pay scale of Class IV employees.



Students forced to carry bricks
Pathankot, February 4
Students of Shaheed Makhan Singh Girls Senior Secondary School here were forced by the school authorities to do labour work during working hours. They had to carry bricks, which were lying on the roadside, to the school building where construction work was going on.

Students of Shaheed Makhan Singh Girls Senior Secondary School, Pathankot, carry bricks during school hours on Saturday. — Photo by Ravi Bhushan Puri
Students of Shaheed Makhan Singh Girls Senior Secondary School, Pathankot, carry bricks during school hours on Saturday.

Disbanding of boards sought
Barnala, February 4
The All-India General Samaj Party has decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) suit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in June if various corporations and boards in Punjab are not disbanded by then.

Dhaliwal accuses trustee of pressure tactics
Amritsar, February 4
“The Shri Guru Ram Dass Charitable Trust (SGRDT) has been putting responsibility on the Director-Principal for recovery of dues of wards of certain VIPs by countless resolutions passed from 2001 to December 23, 2005. In fact, it is the implementation of these trust orders that has resulted in my suspension. The parents have been ‘boldly’ ignoring these trust orders.”

Punjab opposes Haryana’s plan on distributary
Chandigarh, February 4
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s dream project of taking water to his home turf through a distributary of the Bhakra Mainline (BML) canal will face tough opposition from the Punjab Government.


Badal denies role behind Sarna’s decree
Jalandhar, February 4
Terming the criticism of Akal Takht Jathedar for issuance of “Hukumnama” against former chief of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) as an  attempt to undermine the dignity of Akal Takht, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today cleared that he was not behind the jathedar’s act.

Unwanted interference by Takht Jathedar
Ludhiana, February 4
The interference of the Akal Takht Jathedar in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) affairs has been described by Sikh intellectuals as blatant violation of the Sikh traditions by the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs which is supposed to uphold the Sikh values.


CBI probe sought into RCF purchases
Kapurthala, February 4
The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) employees’ unions have demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged corruption and malpractices in purchases made in the past 10 years in the factory.

Major power cuts in state
Ropar, February 4
Major power cuts were imposed in the state today when power supply from all sources fell short of 125 lakh units. Keeping in view the deficiency in the power supply, the PSEB enforced five-hour power cuts in small cities, three-hour in major cities and about 12-hour cuts in rural areas, PSEB sources said.

Witness in Khalra case writes to Vedanti
Amritsar, February 4
Mr Kuldeep Singh, a witness in the Khalra murder case, here yesterday urged Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to direct Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra, widow of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, to take legal recourse against Mr K.P.S Gill, former DGP, Punjab, to bring him to book.

‘Need to create awareness about RTI Act’
Ropar, February 3
Complaints against officers for not providing information are on the rise. On an average the State Chief Information Commission has been getting eight to 10 complaints under the Right to Information Act every day.

Chandigarh page: Information denied despite RTI Act
Haryana page: Meeting on Right to Information Act

Mediapersons hold protest march
Moga, February 4
Mediapersons from various parts of the district today took out a protest march in favour of their demands relating to the self-immolation bid by Malout-based scribe Krishan Kumar Mida and his subsequent arrest by the Muktsar police.

Tarlochan’s work lauded
Amritsar, February 4
Without naming Akal Takht, the Chairman of National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Mr Tarlochan Singh, today said that Sikh institutions could save huge money by resolving their disputes through “Sikh court”.

Free power to hospitals sought
Chandigarh, February 4
The PCMS Association has urged the Punjab Government to provide free electricity to civil hospitals in the state.

Patiala Heritage Festival from Feb 11
Patiala, February 4
The fourth Patiala Heritage Festival will be held here at various venues from February 11 to 19 in collaboration with INTACH.

Protest by truck operators
Ropar, February 4
The members of Punjab Truck Operators Union today burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister, district administration and Ambuja cement management, besides blocking traffic for about two hours on the national highway near Nangal Chowk here.

Protest planned against Vigilance Bureau
Chandigarh, February 4
Employees of the Punjab Panchayati Raj Department are on the warpath. At least six employees’ unions have joined hands and announced a protest rally against the working of the Vigilance Bureau in Chandigarh on Monday.

Justice Dhaliwal
Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab Government has started the process to appoint the Lok Pal.


SHO booked on court orders
Abohar, February 4
Mr Jaspal Singh, SHO Sadar Police station here, and Mr Gurdarshan Singh, in charge of the police post at Bahavwala village located on the Hanumangarh road, have been booked by the Sadulshehar police under orders of a civil court, sources said yesterday.


Police still gropes in dark in ‘malkhana’ theft case
Rajpura, February 4
Over a month after the Rajpura Sadar police station “malkhana” was broken into and Rs 12.89 lakh was taken, the police is still groping in the dark.

2 cops foil bank robbery, promoted
Patiala, February 4
Risking their lives and showing exemplary bravery, two constables of the district police, who were on night patrol duty, managed to prevent a robbery at the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) by two armed youths late last night.

2 scooterists killed in road mishap
Rajpura, February 4
Two scooterists were killed when their vehicle met with an accident near Mardapur village on the Shambu-Ghanaur road last night.

Bus stolen, recovered
Hoshiarpur, February 4
Some miscreants stole a bus of the Punjab Roadways, Hoshiarpur depot, from the Tanda bus stand last night.


Contests mark IT fete
Nawanshahr, February 4
With the completion of the Information Technology Park (ITP) at Mohali, employment avenues would open up in the state. This was stated by Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Information Technology and Cooperation, while addressing a gathering here at the “Fete dedicated to Information Technology Awareness” organised at the R.K. Arya College today.

Punjab Science Congress from Feb 7
Sangrur, February 4
The 9th Punjab Science Congress (PSC) will be organised by the Punjab Academy of Sciences from February 7 to February 9 at Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute at Sunam, about 13 km from here.


Need to focus on supply chain management
Chandigarh, February 4
Thanks to the buoyancy in the market, Punjab hopes to dominate not only the national market but also the international market. Thus there is quest for smarter supply chain management as this has emerged as the key driver for change to achieve excellence in business operations.


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