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Multi-billion dollar Internet racket busted
Ludhiana, January 4
The police here has busted multi-billion $ Internet fraud also known as the Nigerian scam or plain “419” fraud controlled from Nigeria with agents all over world.

Punjab categorises works that can be taken up
New approach to code of conduct
Chandigarh, January 4
Not wanting to create the wrong impression about the functioning of the government after the imposition of the model code of conduct, the Punjab Government has devised a new approach.

CM’s Rajasthan trip sparks row
Chandigarh, January 4
While in a joint statement issued here today certain Punjab Ministers described the allegation levelled yesterday by a former SAD Minister that the Chief Minister,Capt Amarinder Singh, had taken Pakistani nationals, who were allegedly without valid visas, to various places in Rajasthan as misleading and politically motivated, the SAD asked the Chief Minister to make the antecedents of the foreigners public.



Sidhu blasts govt on private builders
Navjot Singh Sidhu showing documents while alleging that the Punjab Government had caused a loss to the state exchequer in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, January 4
Cricketer-turned-politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, today alleged that by allowing private builders and colonisers to construct residential complexes at Mohali the Punjab Government had caused a loss of a whopping Rs 1.32 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

Navjot Singh Sidhu showing documents while alleging that the Punjab Government had caused a loss to the state exchequer in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Farmers booked for occupying DC’s office
Amritsar, January 4
The police today registered a case against farmers on the charges of impersonating as ‘Deputy Commissioner’, obstructing public servant in the discharging of official duty and violation of ban orders.

Baby girls’ death worries crusaders
Nawanshahr, January 4
The mysterious deaths of 13 new-born girls in the past two months in this district have created apprehension among crusaders against female infanticide. Concerned over the deaths, the district administration issued an order on December 22 making it mandatory for parents to report the incident to it.

Where crime is the only way of life
Moga, January 4
With almost 80 per cent of the local population facing criminal cases or undergoing imprisonment in various jails, Daulewala village in the district has long established itself as the “crime capital” of the region where drug peddling and trade of illicit liquor is the mainstay of the residents.



No campaign in sight for BJP
Gurdaspur, January 4
While Congress and SAD candidates have started their election campaign in full swing, the BJP is lagging behind in the district. The Congress and SAD have already finalised their candidates from many constituencies in the district.

‘Revolt’ against allotment of SAD ticket to Gaganjit Barnala
Sangrur, January 4
After the announcement of party ticket to many by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the Assembly elections and merger of the SAD (Longowal) with it, several aspirants of the party, who could not get the ticket in various Assembly constituencies, including Dhuri, Lehra and Dirba of this district, have risen in revolt against the party high command’s decisions but the SAD at present is not in a mood of any disciplinary action against such “rebels” hoping the “rebels” will understand the party’s compulsions and not initiate any action which may harm prospects of SAD candidates.

BJP chief shown black flags by Bajrang Dal men
Patiala, January 4
Activists of the Bajrang Dal showed black flags to state president of the BJP Avinash Rai Khanna who was here today to address a party rally.

SAD misusing panel funds: Cong
Gurdaspur, January 4
District Congress leaders have collected data alleging that the SAD has been misusing Dharam Parchar Committee funds of the SGPC for electioneering.

SAD(A) releases first list of candidates
Ludhiana, January 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today announced its first list of candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Releasing the list, the party general secretary and spokesman, Prof Jagmohan, said: “Our party is committed to forge a united front to defeat the Congress and the SAD-BJP”.

AISAD to contest all Assembly seats
Amritsar, January 4
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) will contest all Assembly seats in the forthcoming elections to be held in the state on February 13.

SAD district chief joins Zira’s party
Amritsar, January 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Longowal today got a major boost here when Mr Pardeep Singh Walia, former district president of the SAD and his supporters joined the party headed by Mr Inderjeet Singh Zira.

Freedom fighter seeks Cong ticket in Capt’s citadel
Patiala, January 4
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who is being considered as the best bet for Patiala constituency by the Congress leadership for the forthcoming Assembly elections, is facing a challenge of different kind, as a freedom fighter has staked claim to the Congress ticket from the same constituency.

Political banners to be removed
Patiala, January 4
Mr Rakesh Verma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, today held a meting with officials of the district administration and gave instructions to various departments to remove hoardings, banners and posters which had come up on government land and were violating the poll code.


An illegal colony coming up on a choe bed in Hoshiarpur district. Illegal colony coming up on choe bed
Hoshiarpur, January 4
An illegal colony is coming up on Aslamabad choe near the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh state highway. It can be seen from the bridge on the said highway.

An illegal colony coming up on a choe bed in Hoshiarpur district. — Photo by writer

Polythene bags banned
Moga, January 4
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. K. Sharma, has imposed a ban on use of polythene bags that do not meet the specifications listed by the authorities in the district. In a notification issued today, the DC prohibited the manufacture and use of polythene bags made of recycled plastic having thickness less than 20 microns and use of carry bags or containers made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packing of food stuff.



Doctor sent to judicial custody in foeticide case
Bathinda, January 4
A Talwandi Sabo court today sent a doctor to 14-day judicial custody in connection with a foeticide case.


Gang of thieves busted
Patiala, January 4
The police claims to have nabbed a gang involved in various incidents of thefts in the recent past.


No political will to combat terrorism: Kaushik
Patiala, January 4
Lieut-Gen O.P. Kaushik (retd), former vice-chancellor, MD University, Rohtak, today said though India had the strength, it lacked the requisite political will to combat terrorism.

Pbi varsity releases holiday calendar
Patiala, January 4
Punjabi University has released its list of holidays for teaching and non-teaching staff for the 2007 in which there are a total of 24 holidays for non-teaching staff and 10 holidays for teaching staff.


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