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Thermal plant dyke breaches, plugged 
Ropar, January 1
A dyke of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) again breached today. The breach in the dyke was detected by the plant authorities today at 9 am.
Sand bags used by the Guru Gobind Singh Super Themal Plant authorities to plug breach in a dyke of the plant at Ropar on Tuesday.
Sand bags used by the Guru Gobind Singh Super Themal Plant authorities to plug breach in a dyke of the plant at Ropar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Media adviser to SGPC chief gets back job
4 pc DA for SGPC employees, extension for secy

Anandpur Sahib, January 1
The SGPC executive in a meeting held here today decided to release 4 pc dearness allowance for its employees. The SGPC president, Avtar Singh, who chaired the meeting, said the increase in DA was meant for employees who were being paid salary by the organisation. 



Adding 5,000 MWs
possible, say experts
Chandigarh, January 1
Though the Punjab government claims to add 5000 MWs in the next four years in the existing power generation capacity but experts and the PSEB Engineers Association do not agree with it. 

PSEB in save-energy mode
Patiala, January 1
For conserving energy the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to use compact flourescent (CFL) bulbs at 10 lakh tubewells in the state.

Vigilance Bureau booked 25 gazetted officers in ’07
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau, said in 2,007 it registered 178 cases of which 126 were trap cases involving 25 gazetted officers (GOs), 111 non-gazetted officers (NGOs) and four private persons who were caught while they were accepting bribe.

Sikh devotees await their turn to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the first day of the New Year.
Sikh devotees await their turn to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the first day of the New Year. — AFP photo

Vendetta politics: Cong nails SAD-BJP ‘double standards’
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Congress has taken strong notice of “the double standards of the SAD-BJP regime as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was time and again giving statements that there was no politics of vendetta in Punjab, whereas according to news published today the Kapurthala police has cancelled 16 cases registered against Congress workers in the Bholath Assembly constituency, “found to be fabricated and false.”

Valtoha-VC row intensifies over Syndicate meeting
Amritsar, January 1
A tussle between Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha and Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh took a new turn here today with Valtoha “threatening” to take up the issue of not holding the Syndicate meeting for over six months with the government.

Trident Land Issue
BKU (U) boycotts meeting
Chandumajra fails to turn up
Sangrur, January 1
Leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) refused to hold a meeting with the Barnala deputy commissioner and other officers as Prem Singh Chandumajra, political representative of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, reportedly failed to turn up at the meeting at PWD Rest House at Barnala at 11am today.

Amarinder busy with book on Anglo-Sikh war
Patiala, January 1
The linking of Amarinder Singh to Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam might have attracted media and his detractors, but what has skipped attention of all is that he has been equally or even more deeply involved elsewhere also.

Shingaar: Mann contests Babbar Khalsa role 
Patiala, January 1
Criticising the Punjab government and the Punjab Police for allegedly picking up and detaining Beant Singh’s killer Jagtar Singh Hawara’s aide Baljit Singh Bhaau, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Simranjit Singh Maan today said the incident proved there was no difference between the government and extremists.


NRI Sammelan
Same-sex marriage votaries’ participation may kick up row
Chandigarh, January 1
Participation of certain Punjabi politicians, who supported the Canadian government on homosexual marriage issue in 2005, in the NRI conference being hosted by the Punjab government is likely to lead to political controversies in Punjab and Canada.

Act tough against terror, Tandon to Badal
Chandigarh, January 1
Former Punjab minister and senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon yesterday said “terrorism in Punjab should not be allowed to be revived at any cost”.

Khemkaran rail link with Ferozepur to be relaid
Amritsar, January 1
The Railway Board has accepted the long-standing demand to lay the 28-km track for the Khemkaran-Ferozepur railway line for the Amritsar-Mumbai rail route.

100 Pbi boys killed in Canada drug warfare
65 Asian girls in US jails for drug trafficking
Patiala, January 1

Sixtyfive Asian girls believed to be Punjabi are in the US jails for trafficking drugs and more than 100 Punjabi boys have lost their lives in drug war in the British Columbia (BC) state of Canada.

PM House Row Nambardar, deed writer missing
Amritsar, January 1
The Nambardar, vasika navees (deed writer) and witnesses in the case related to the registering of a power of attorney of the Prime Minister’s property in New Delhi have reportedly went underground. The probe committee, headed by the SDM, was not able to locate them.

Boy commits suicide
Tarn Taran, January 1
Manjinder Singh (17), a student of the local Sri Guru Arjun Dev Khalsa Secondary School, committed suicide by jumping before a running train today near Kakka Kandiala village, 4 km from here.

Made-in-China kite strings invade Indian skies
Amritsar, January 1
Made-in-China kite strings are selling like hot cakes here with kite flying in the city expected to reach its peak around Lohri.

‘Human bombs’ were raising families also
Kamalpura, January 1
The two alleged human bombs Bhawanjit Singh and Palwinder Singh of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), caught in the Shingaar cinema blast and RDX smuggling cases, were raising families while they were allegedly getting training in terror activities, planning and executing the blast incident.

Parents and wife of alleged human bomb Palwinder Singh at Kamalpura village. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Parents and wife of alleged human bomb Palwinder Singh at Kamalpura village.

New anti-drug policy
Amritsar, January 1
The Punjab police has embarked upon a new anti-drug policy for the New Year, which can be safely termed “Mission Big Fish”. As part of this, a concerted effort will be made to cut the supply line of narcotics across the state.

Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide
Barnala, January 1
A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide at Thullewal village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday. The deceased Chamkaur Singh (28), son of Harnek Singh, is survived by his wife and two children, both below the age of seven years.

Jails to have mobile jammers
Patiala , January 1
All central and district jails of Punjab will have mobile jammers and video conference facilities in two years.



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