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Sikhs defy Takht directive, honour Sarna
Ludhiana, February 5
Flouting Akal Takht Jathedar’s directive hundreds of Sikhs today honoured former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna “for his outstanding contribution to the Sikh panth”. The Jathedar, had decreed social boycott of Mr Sarna and his brother, DSGMC president, HS Sarna.
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, former DSGMC chief, (third from left) after being honoured by Sikhs in Ludhiana on Sunday. Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, former DSGMC chief, (third from left) after being honoured by Sikhs in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

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PSIDC favours the high and mighty
Okays waiver of Rs 40 crore
Chandigarh, February 5
It seems the industry in Punjab is not just about attracting investment but also about doling out favours to the high and mighty in the state. On January 16, the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation held its board meeting where a financial waiver totalling nearly Rs 40 crore was approved for separate companies.

Pak, Bangla nationals languish in mental hospital
Amritsar, February 5
Fazal (35), son of ‘unknown’, arrested under the NDPS Act by the border Ghul Khurd Police Station (Ferozepur) in 1999 was later diagnosed to be a chronic case of schizophrenia at psychiatric department of GGS Medical College, Faridkot and hence referred to Mental Hospital here.



  Sidhu for inspection of Wagah post on Feb 7
Chandigarh, February 5
“Wagah is a key post for acceleration of economic growth and development in Punjab,” says the BJP MP from Amritsar, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, reiterating his demand for expansion of facilities and opening up of a visa centre at the post.

CJI for uniform system for judges’ recruitment
Amritsar, February 5
Hitting out at unprofessional approach plaguing the judicial system, Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India, today stressed on the need for evolving a uniform system for recruitment of judges on the pattern of Indian Administrative Services.

Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India, lights a lamp to inaugurate a seminar on Lok Adalats in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India, lights a lamp to inaugurate a seminar on Lok Adalats in Amritsar on Sunday.

Fed up with govt promises, villagers construct bridge
Kanya Hussaini (Jagraon), February 5
It is an effort King Bruce would have been proud of Implementing the moral ‘Try try again, at last you will succeed’ of his story, residents of about 25 villages here have finally succeeded in laying a much-needed bridge over the Jassowal drain, after failing in two earlier attempts.

Villagers construct a bridge over Jassowal drain near Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Villagers construct a bridge over Jassowal drain near Ludhiana.


Power game starts from Malwa
Chandigarh, February 5
All major political outfits in contention for power in Punjab have chosen the Malwa region for launching their election campaigns.

Cracks exposed at SAD conference
Bathinda, February 5
A glimpse of dynastic politics, differences between the SAD and the BJP, pressing SGPC employees into service for a political function and “internal bickering” in the SAD came to light at the party’s conference for representatives of trade and industry here today.

NCP open to pact with any party but BJP
Rajpura, February 5
The Nationalist Congress Party is open to alliance with any party on the common minimum programme, except the BJP, the state NCP president, Mr Swaran Singh, said here today.


Politics dominates Kashyap’s bhog
Patiala, February 5
Bhog of Gopal Krishan Kashyap, who committed self immolation here on January 24, was virtually hijacked by the local Congress leadership at Kali Mata temple here today.

No official, politician responsible for suicides: CM
Jalandhar, February 5
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today virtually gave a clean chit to bureaucrats and politicians who were allegedly being held responsible for self-immolation or suicide by a Congress activist in Patiala and a former university employee here.

SGPC honour to Mattewal hailed
Chandigarh, February 5
The recent action of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in honouring senior Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Hardev Singh Mattewal for his exemplary services to society in general and the panth in particular has been hailed by Governors, legal luminaries and leaders of various political parties.

Canadian minister visits Dhahan Kaleran
Nawanshahr, February 5
Mr Michael De Jong, Minister of Labour, British Columbia, yesterday visited Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust office, Dhahan Kaleran, an NRI-sponsored NGO dedicated to provide better healthcare and education services in rural areas of the state.

Protest by truck operators
Ropar, February 5
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.

SAD (A) concerned over Dhaliwal’s ouster
Amritsar, February 5
Taking serious view of the unceremonious removal of Dr U.S. Dhaliwal as Director - Principal of SGPC-run Medical College , Bhai Ram Singh , general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday said that the matter would be discussed in the forthcoming Sikh conclave , scheduled to be held on February 6 at Fatehgarh Sahib.

‘Need to create awareness about RTI Act’
Ropar, February 5
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.

Power board staff to hold protest
Ropar, February 5
The National Coordination Committee of the Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to hold a massive rally in front of the Lok Sabha on March 1 to protest against the failure of the Central Government to review the Electricity Bill Act-2003.


BJP MLA’s bail plea rejected
Abohar, February 5
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sriganganagar, has rejected the bail plea of BJP MLA Surinder Singh Rathore, who had surrendered in the trial court after four months of an attack made on Mr Mahesh Periwal, a former president of the Municipal Council and senior party worker.


Blacksheep in VB to face action: Pandey
Chandigarh, February 5
The chief of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), Mr A. P. Pandey, today clarified that the bureau was not against any particular department. "Anybody, who has a complaint against an official of the bureau was free to lodge a complaint with me," he added while reacting to the allegations leveled by the employees' unions of the Panchayati Raj Department.


4 die in accident
Sangrur, February 5
Four persons were killed and one was injured in an accident when a truck and a car collided head on at Dirba village, 26 km from here last night. The truck was going towards Sangrur from Patran while the car was on its way to Delhi from Dhuri, 13 km from here.

Two held for cow slaughter
Batala, February 5
Kaka Masih and Bhupa Masih son of Mr Ambu Masih of Sunaiya village were arrested from their village and blood-stained hide of a slaughtered calf was recovered from them. The police raided the village four persons Kaka Masih, Bhupa Masih, Gulu Masih and Bikkar were found with the slaughtered calf and putting hide in a bag.


Soviet nationality policies still relevant, feels expert
Amritsar, February 5
The Soviet regime had established a federated state in Kazakhstan along the pattern of the Russian Socialist Federation of Soviet Republic. Thus, a serious study of the Soviet nationality policies was of a great relevance in the context of the current developments in post-Soviet Central Asia, felt Prof Devender Kaushik, UGC Emeritus Fellow and chairman, Executive Council Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute, Kolkata, here today.

Jobless ETT teachers burn Bhattal’s effigy
Sangrur, February 5
Members and activists of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, Navniyukat Elementary Teachers Union, and DIET Students Welfare Association today burnt the effigy of Deputy Punjab Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, near her house at Lehragaga, about 40 km from here in protest against the government’s reported move to recruit the unemployed ETT teachers in the pay scale of Class IV employees.

English teaching workshop held
Patiala, February 5
A six-hour intensive English Language Teaching workshop was conducted for schoolteachers by Ms Jayshri Kannan at the Central State Library here yesterday. It was organised by Blossoms School in collaboration with the Oxford University Press India.


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