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100-year-old bir goes missing

Amritsar, January 10
Over a hundred-year-old handwritten bir of Guru Granth Sahib, which was installed on the first floor of Golden Temple many years ago, has been replaced with a printed bir.

The ancient handwritten bir of Guru Granth Sahib at Har Ki Pouri in the Golden Temple has been replaced with a printed one.
The ancient handwritten bir of Guru Granth Sahib at Har Ki Pouri in the Golden Temple has been replaced with a printed one. — Photo: Rajiv Sharma

Bodies in Brar’s sheller: SAD for CBI probe
Muktsar, January 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today described the Muktsar incident, in which four bodies of children were found in a rice sheller as a “human tragedy and a chilling reminder of the law and order in the state,” demanding that a CBI probe be ordered to bring out the truth about the “nature of and motives behind the brutal crime.”

Index: Muktsar bodies: Evidence hints at rape, sexual abuse






High stakes, big nerves
Chandigarh, January 10
Mohali is Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s flagship of success in Punjab. Lured by exemptions and benefits offered by the Congress government’s mega project policy, a group of companies have poured crores into the area.

1,034 polling stations ‘very sensitive’
DCs, SSPs told to register FIRs against violators 
Chandigarh, January 10
All Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of districts in Punjab have been told to immediately file an FIR on noticing any election-related offence in their respective areas.

BSP’s Second List
A mix of caste and religion

Chandigarh, January 10
The Bahujan Samaj Party today announced names of 30 more candidates for the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. With this the number of candidates announced by the BSP has gone up to 73.

Ticket claimants stumped by Cong observer’s visit
Chandigarh, January 10
A surprise visit by one of the three members of the Congress election committee yesterday left aspirants for the Congress ticket and their supporters in Gurdaspur and Amritsar aghast.

In quest of win, politicians throng temples
Jalandhar, January 10
Historical temples at Baglamukhi and Kamakhiya Devi in Himachal Pradesh have turned out to be the latest spiritual resorts for politicians of all hues, who, are not only thronging the two shrines in a big way, but have started organising yajnas  either to secure party tickets or for their victory in forthcoming polls in the state.

The melody war is on
Crores being spent on campaign through music albums
Chandigarh, January 10
Traditional rivals are ready for war. And as always, both are relying heavily on the power of music to boost their reputation and bring down that of the foes.

Badal case: Court reserves order for January 15
Ropar, January 10
The arguments exchanged between the defence and state counsel during the proceedings of the corruption case involving SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his son and SAD general secretary Sukhbir Badal came for hearing before the Special Court Judge, Mr G.S. Saran, here today.

Bhullar likely to join SAD

Like they say, hope never dies
With Assembly elections round the corner, voters have fresh hopes. Demanding a check on inflation, better job opportunities and infrastructure development, they say they will cast their vote for the party most likely to fulfil their aspirations.

It’s just 80 cents a voter in Canada
It is 80 cents a candidate can spend on a voter in provincial elections in Canada. And on an average, the budget of a Canadian candidate for election to the provincial assembly varies between $ 80,000 and $1,00,000.


Public told to deposit weapons
Amritsar, January 10
In view of the ensuing elections, the police today appealed to the general public to deposit their licensed arms with the police to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.

White-backed vultures sighted near Pathankot
Gurdaspur January 10
Much concern has been expressed by wildlife experts, even on the international level, on the declining population of the white-backed vulture.To save the bird from extinction, the government has opened a captive breeding centre near Chandigarh in which the first vulture took birth recently.The birth of the first vulture in captivity was hailed as an achievement by experts.

Foundation stones laid by minister vandalised
Gurdaspur, January 10
Some miscreants allegedly vandalised the foundation stones laid by Minister for Transport Raghunath Sahay Puri in villages of Goraipur, Panjore and Bathalari.

Colonel on poll mission
Abohar, January 10
Members of the Land Grabbing Victims’ Association have decided to launch an awareness campaign to educate the electorate on various contestants during ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections, Lieut Col Onkar Nath Chopra (retd.) said here today.

Pakistan repatriates 115 Indian fishermen
Wagah, January 10
Pakistan today set free 115 Indian fishermen who had completed their prison term ranging from two to five years. The fishermen were handed over to the Indian officials by the Pakistan authorities at this joint border checkpost tonight.

Army exhibition inaugurated
Patiala, January 10
Major-General Chetinder Singh inaugurated an exhibition at Army grounds here today on the occasion of Army Day.


Kathunangal gets bail
Amritsar, January 10
Mr Sawinder Singh Kathunangal got reprieve from the Punjab and Haryana High Court as he was granted bail today.


Police remand for Baba Amrik Singh
Patiala, January 10
Controversial Kar Sewa Wale Baba Amrik Singh was remanded in police custody till January 13 by a local court here today.


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