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Withdraw order on Sarnas, panthic leaders ask Vedanti
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
Leaders of various Panthic organisations meet at the residence of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) at his native place Kila Harnam Singh. Prof Darshan Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedars of Akal Takht, Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, head, Sant Samaj could not attend the meeting but sent their consent on the decisions taken at the meeting.

SGPC takes tough stand against ousted Principal
Ludhiana, February 6
Taking a tough stand against ousted Principal of the Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said here today that an inquiry committee was being constituted to look into “omissions and commissions” by him.

Panchayati staff to boycott govt plans
Chandigarh, February 6
Employees of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), will disassociate from themselves the Punjab Nirman Programme being run in villages of the state.
Employees of the Panchayati Raj Institutions raise hands at a rally in Chandigarh on Monday.
Employees of the Panchayati Raj Institutions raise hands at a rally in Chandigarh on Monday.

CPM workers hold rally, court arrest
Amritsar, February 6
Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM workers held a rally here today to demand employment, food and land from the government. They later courted arrest near the office of the Deputy Commissioner.



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  Need to have better air link between Canada, Punjab
Chandigarh, February 6
Michael De Jong, Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services, British Columbia, Canada, today said his government was interested in a bilateral agreement with Punjab for providing workers on “seasonal” basis through the year. Mr Jong was talking to media persons at Panjab University here today.

Mr Michael De Jong, Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services, British Columbia, Canada, addressing Panjab University students in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photo
Mr Michael De Jong, Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services, British Columbia, Canada, addressing Panjab University students in Chandigarh on Monday.

BJP threatens stir
Kharar, February 6
The Panchayati Raj cell of the Punjab unit of the BJP today threatened to stage a protest if the authorities failed to ensure regular availability of revenue officials to the public at the local tehsil offices within 10 days.

Akali leader joins Congress
Chandigarh, February 6
Shiromani Akali Dal (Dalit wing) leader Gurcharan Singh Dhaliwal from the Malwa region joined the Congress today, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced at a press conference.


Exempt Punjabi films from entertainment tax: Dara Singh
Sangrur, February 6
Noted film and television actor and Rajya Sabha MP, Dara Singh today asked the Punjab Government to frame a permanent policy to exempt the Punjabi films from entertainment tax.

Ammonia gas leak sparks panic
Phagwara, February 6
Panic spread in the area when ammonia gas started leaking last night from Jalota Ice Factory located on the Phagwara-Banga road.

Traffic blocked against sacking of 51 workers
Abohar, February 6
Hundreds of workers, including women, today blocked vehicular traffic for more than an hour at the bus stand here in protest against the termination of 51 employees by the management of CIPHET (Central Institute for Post-Harvest Engineering Technology). The police remained a mute spectator while bus passengers were stranded.

Stone of de-addiction centre laid
Faridkot, February 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, and the SSP, Mr M.F. Farooqui, laid the foundation stone of a 60-bed de-addiction treatment-cum-rehabilitation centre on the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital premises here today.

Wall at Fazilka pulled down
Chandigarh, February 6
On the orders issued this afternoon by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Ferozepore district administration pulled down the wall that was allegedly raised by the Municipal Committee at Fazilka to confine the Muslim families to their houses.Rakesh Chander

Rakesh Chander absorbed in Punjab Police
Chandigarh, February 6
Mr Rakesh Chander, Deputy Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, has been absorbed into the Punjab Police Cadre. This comes in line with the state government’s policy to absorb officers from the central cadre whose performance had been commendable during anti-terrorist operations.

Seed farm colonies becoming narcotics centre
Abohar, February 6
The colonies of tenants in the state government seed farm, which is located on the outskirts of the town, are fast emerging as a major centre for marketing of smack and other narcotics, sources said.

Labourer’s daughter, minor son missing
Ropar, February 6
Ram Kumar, a labourer working in a Gudgepur village near Kiratpur Sahib town here has been struggling for the past one and a half months to get back his kidnapped son and daughter. His 14-year-old daughter Maya and eight-year-old son Mukesh were allegedly kidnapped by five labourers working with him on the pretext of getting money in return on December 25 last.

Ban in place, but feeding monkeys goes on
Una/Hoshiarpur, February 6
Feeding monkeys by devotees on the Hoshiarpur-Una highway is endangering the environment. The Forest and Wildlife Departments of Punjab and Himachal appear to be mute spectators and seem unable to tackle the situation.

ADGP Birdi bereaved
Chandigarh, February 6
Mr Charan Dass Birdi, 82, father of Additional Director-General Punjab Police (Intelligence), Mr J.P. Birdi, breathed his last at Jalandhar this morning. Apart from Mr J.P. Birdi, his other son is posted as ACP, in Delhi.

SAD clarification on ‘langar’
Bathinda, February 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said the ‘lagar’ served at the party’s conference for representatives of trade and industry was arranged by the party’s district unit. The party thanked the business community for making the conference a “grand success”.

PSIDC waivers: CM to study files
Chandigarh, February 6
Commenting on large scale financial waivers by the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) to the high and mighty in the state, Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today said: “I have gone through media reports in this regard, however, the files pertaining to these cases have not reached me so far, but I will study them thoroughly”.

3 killed in road mishaps
Rajpura, February 6
As many as three persons were killed in two separate road accidents near Rajpura today. In the first accident, two persons from Jammu and Kashmir were killed when their Scorpio turned turtle after hitting a scooter on the Rajpura-Patiala bypass.

A Scorpio jeep that collided with a scooter and turned over near the Rajpura-Patiala bypass on Monday morning. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

A Scorpio jeep that collided with a scooter and turned over near the Rajpura-Patiala bypass on Monday morning.

Plea to shift Pakistani woman, children to one jail
Chandigarh, February 6
A petition in public interest has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to the government to shift a Pakistani woman and her three minor children, all of whom are lodged in different jails and juvenile homes in Punjab, to one place.

LIC told to pay Rs 50,000
Hoshiarpur, February 6
The District Consumer Forum, here headed by Mr B.C. Gupta, president, Ms Manjit Kaur Valia and Mr Amarjit Singh Jauhar, members on the complaint of Ms Rajwinder Kaur of Malmazara ordered the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India to pay Rs 50,000 with compensation of Rs 4,000 and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses in two months to the complainant.

Rape case: Punjab AG submits guidelines
Chandigarh, February 6
The Advocate General (AG), Punjab, Mr R.S. Cheema, today submitted in the court the guidelines regarding exercise of provision under Section 437 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.


CPM leader goes missing in Mansa
Mansa, February 6
District secretary of the CPM Mrs Amarjit Kaur, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. A complaint in this connection has also been lodged with the police.

Jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh stolen
Bathinda, February 6
Gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh belonging to a retired lecturer was stolen while he was travelling in the Delhi-Ferozepur train a couple of days back.


Principal found absent
Bathinda, February 6
The Principal of a government senior secondary school was found absent from his duty during a surprise check conducted by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari here today.


Abolish octroi, urge traders
Amritsar, February 6
Sounding the Finance Ministry before the current budget session, traders sent a note to Mr Surinder Singla, state Finance Minister, on abolishing octroi said that the withdrawal of this tax would not affect the development.

Ashish Bhatia Ashish is COO, Fortis hospitals
Chandigarh, February 6
Fortis Healthcare Ltd today announced the appointment of Mr. Ashish Bhatia as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Fortis Hospitals at Mohali and Amritsar. Prior to his appointment, Mr Bhatia was Director, Administration, at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.


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