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DC’s info officer gets notice under RTI Act
Jalandhar, January 6
The state Information Commission has issued a notice to Gurdaspur deputy commissioner’s public information officer (PIO) to show cause why penalty should not be imposed upon him at the rate of Rs 250 per day of delay, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000.

Girl moves HC over wearing karha
London, January 6
A 14-year-old Sikh girl, who was suspended from school in South Wales for wearing a karha, has filed an appeal in the high court challenging her school's refusal to allow her to wear it. 

Punjabi NRI Sammelan
Law on unscrupulous travel agents soon
Chandigarh, January 6
Punjab is working on bringing out a legislation that will check exploitation of Punjabis at the hands of unscrupulous travel agents and curb illegal immigration from the state. A mechanism will soon be in place to redress various issues raised by the NRIs in the Punjabi NRI Sammelan.

Apologise for ignoring Obhrai: Southall MP
Jalandhar, January 6
Organisers of the Punjabi NRI Sammelan should apologise for not inviting Deepak Obhrai, the highest-ranking Indo-Canadian in the present Canadian government, to attend the two-day sammelan held at Chandigarh and Jalandhar.



NRIs doubt govt’s capacity to deliver on its vision
Chandigarh, January 6
“The Badal government has a vision. It was proved at the presentation made at the Punjabi NRI Sammelan here yesterday. However, does it have resources, preparation and commitment to deliver it?” This was the most repeated question by NRIs, especially those who have achieved success in political and other fields abroad.

NRIs favour Sukhbir as CM
Chandigarh, January 6
Former Mayor of Hounslow, Darshan Singh Grewal, now in India to participate in the ongoing Punjabi NRI Sammelan, has said a majority of the NRIs feel that Sukhbir Singh Badal, working president of the SAD, should take over as Chief Minister of Punjab.


Indirect election of sarpanches
Congress to oppose govt move
Chandigarh, January 6
The Punjab Congress has taken an exception to the reported move of the SAD-BJP government of holding “indirect election of sarpanches”.

Dera-SAD row to shadow BMC elections
Bathinda, January 6
The first election to the 50-member Bathinda Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be a test for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP government as tension between followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda and SAD supporters has refused to die down.

NRI Investment
Badal should lead by example: Mann
Chandigarh, January 6
Simranjit Singh Mann today said senior political leaders such as Parkash Singh Badal had no right to ask NRIs to invest in Punjab. He said first leaders like Badal themselves should make investment in the state.


Another case of police torture?
Mystery shrouds death of Lehragaga man
Sangrur, January 6
Mystery shrouds the death of a Lehragaga resident, Sunil Kumar. Whether he died due to police torture or some other reason needs to be probed.

Chawla launches polio drive
Gagomahal (Ajnala), January 6
Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state health minister, inaugurated a 3-day pulse polio drive at Gagomahal village situated on the Ajnala-Ramdas road by administrating polio drops to a child today. More than 1,399 vaccination booths had been set up in border district of Amritsar by the Health Department.

A child being administered polio drops in Amritsar on Sunday. —A Tribune photograph

A child being administered polio drops in Amritsar on Sunday.

Punjab to get 200 sq km industrial zone
Patiala, January 6
In its bid to boost industrial growth in Punjab, the Centre is planning to set-up a 200 sq km fully equipped and ultra-modern special industrial zone in the state. 

Gherao of Orbit Buses Today
90 leaders, workers of SAD (A) held 
Sangrur, January 6
Ninety leaders and workers (according to the police 50) of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) were today held from Sangrur district by the police in the light of the proposed gherao of Orbit buses by the SAD (A) on January 7 throughout the state.

MP against  hotel in Gobindgarh Fort 
Chandigarh, January 6
Manohar Singh Gill, Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, has opposed giving  Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar to hotelier Sant Singh Chhatwal for opening  heritage hotel there.

ISI active reviving militancy in Punjab
Ludhiana, January 6
The union Home Ministry has been reviewing the fallout of the developments in Pakistan, particularly ISI activities with regard to Punjab and other states. 

35,000 kids born every year have cleft lips, palates
Amritsar, January 6
India ranks the second in the world, after China, in the incidence of children having cleft lips and palate from birth and, according to estimates, there are more than 10 lakh people in India who have this deformity due to lack of awareness and poverty.

Metal-laden vegetables reaching homes 
Patiala, January 6
People of Punjab face danger to their health as green vegetables like, spinach (palak), fenugreek (methi), mustard (sarson) and even coriander(dhania) are laden with heavy and toxic metals.

Rs 25,000 to be refunded to OYT applicants
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 6
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to refund deposit of Rs 25,000 to applicants of the OYT (own your tubewell) scheme, at the time of the issue of a demand notice to the prospective consumer.


Govt to spend Rs 142 cr for setting up new schools
Hoshiarpur, January 6
The Punjab government will spend Rs 142 crore for starting three model and one Adarsh school in each Assembly segment of the state during the current financial year, so that students of rural areas can get education facilities at par with the standard of public schools.


Bid to grab property by armed men, one held
Amritsar, January 6
Fifty persons armed with swords and sticks allegedly attempted to grab commercial property situated a few metres from Ram Bagh police station here late  last night.

Hampshire resorts' to invest in Indian hotel chain.


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