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Diljit Singh Bedi SGPC asstt secy quits
Amritsar, January 4
Controversial assistant secretary of the SGPC Diljit Singh Bedi today resigned amid allegations of “moral turpitude”. President of the SGPC Avtar Singh said the controversial official was asked to either resign or face dismissal.           
                                     Diljit Singh Bedi 

ISI active again: Police
Ludhiana, January 4
The name of the Pakistan’s ISI has cropped up in context of providing training grounds for Sikh militants who have been aiming at reviving terrorist activities in the state. 

VB files challan against Chahal, 11 others
Patiala, January 4
Capt Amarinder Singh’s former media adviser B.I.S. Chahal, his wife Jaswinder Kaur, son Vikramjit Singh and nine of their accomplices, who allegedly spent more than about Rs 8.4 crore disproportionate to their known sources of income during Chahal’s tenure as media adviser to the former Chief Minister.

Ferozepore Central Jail
Medical facilities in a shambles
Chandigarh, January 4
A surprise visit to the Ferozepore Central Jail by Punjab Sate Human Rights Commission member Justice R.L. Anand has revealed that medical facilities in the prison require urgent attention. Not only are the posts of doctors lying vacant for over two years, but also the process of medicine distribution is a “hoax” as same medicine is prescribed to all the patients.





CPI asks CM to lead all-party deputation
Sangrur, January 4
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today asked Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to lead an all-party deputation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for seeking a special package from the Central government for Punjab farmers on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh and Vidharbha in Maharashtra, vide which the Centre had waived the loans outstanding towards farmers.

A devotee plays narsingha in a procession at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
A devotee plays narsingha in a procession at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on Friday. - AFP photograph

Inside Babudom
Maini elevated as secy to Central scale
Chandigarh, January 4
Of the eight officers of the 1974 batch given the rank and pay of the secretary to the Government of India (GOI) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet a few days ago, Dr Jivtesh Singh Maini is from the Punjab cadre.

‘Sammelan should focus on ideological problems’
Chandigarh, January 4
The Punjabi NRIs Sammelan to be held on January 5 and 6 in Chandigarh and Jalandhar, respectively, apart from social, economic and legal problems, should also address the ideological problems being faced by the diaspora, all the more in the post-9/11, USA. 

Protesters force halt of Amritsar-Jaipur Express
Sangrur, January 4
A large number of local traders and residents held a protest at the railway station here yesterday against the non-halting of the Amritsar-Jaipur Express even for one or two minutes. This train passes through Sangrur on every Tuesday and Thursday.

City Centre Scam
VB spent Rs 2 lakh on paper
Patiala, January 4
The quantum of documentation in the Rs 1,150-crore City Centre scam is so enormous that the Vigilance Bureau had to use “tonnes” of paper in preparing cases against the accused.

Rs 398 lakh for developing tourism in Hoshiarpur
New Delhi, January 4
The tourism ministry has sanctioned almost Rs 398 lakh for integrated development of Hoshiarpur as a tourist destination under the Integrated Development of the Tourist Circuit Scheme.

Aroosa treads narrow lanes of Patiala bazar
Patiala, January 4
Capt Amarinder Singh’s journalist friend Aroosa Alam and her six Pakistani companions appreciated artefacts like chandeliers in the historic Quila Mubarak and seemingly enjoyed her brief stint of shopping in Bhaandianwala Bazar.

Aroosa Alam at the Bhaandianwala Bazar of Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Aroosa Alam at the Bhaandianwala Bazar of Patiala on Friday.

Govt asked to frame policy to modernise industry
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 4
Concerned about the bleak future being faced by production houses in the state, some leading manufacturers have called upon the state government to come out with a policy to modernise the industry in Punjab.

Guv stresses on value-based education
Amritsar, January 4
Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today impressed upon the educationists and intellectuals to combine academic excellence with a sense of social responsibility to produce good citizens.

PM House Row
Tehsildar suspended
Amritsar, January 4
The state government today suspended the services of tehsildar Rajesh Sharma in the fake registration of power of attorney of Prime Minister’s property in New Delhi.



Promotion to Post of Principal
SC ‘allows’ 15 pc quota for vocational teachers
New Delhi, January 4
In a relief to the vocational teachers of Punjab fighting for implementation of 15 per cent quota for them in promotion to the post of principal in government senior secondary schools, the Supreme Court today allowed the state government to go ahead with the implementation of its scheme to this effect.

2 turn hostile in Badals’ case
Ropar, January 4
Two key witnesses turned hostile in the corruption case against Badals today. Besides, the prosecution gave up four other key witnesses, including diamond dealer from Mumbai Bharat Shah at the request of the police.


Tribune Impact: Baradari Gardens
CM’s order stirs admn into action
Patiala, January 4
Famous, but almost abandoned Baradari Gardens here is likely to regain a bit of its old glory with the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal directing the district administration to ensure proper upkeep of the historical site.


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