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3 Pak spies unharmed in jail rioting
Most records burnt, eyewitness makes startling revelations

Jalandhar, January 9
None of the three Pakistanis prisoners lodged in the Central Jail here sustained any injury during Monday rioting.

Clean Chit to Diljit 
SGPC chief’s removal sought

Amritsar, January 9
Two SGPC executive members, Karnail Singh Panjoli and Gurvinder Singh Shampura, in a memorandum to jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today asked him to remove Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, and members of the inquiry committee, for reinstating Diljit Singh Bedi, a former assistant secretary, after giving him a clean chit in a moral turpitude case.

City Centre Scam
Capt, kin to appear before court today

Ludhiana, January 9
Punjab polity would unfold a new chapter tomorrow when former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, along with his relatives, former ministers and leaders, would in all likelihood appear before the sessions court as accused in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam.

Plans to produce power from closed sugar mills 
Rajpura, January 9
The state government has embarked upon an ambitious project to convert the closed sugar mills in the state into profit-making entities by producing power and ethanol at these units.


Anti-drug drive pays off, two shun intoxicants
Behman Deewana (Bathinda), January 9
Gurjant Singh (left) and Harnek Singh who have given up drugs on the motivation by an NGO After giving up intoxicants, Gurjant Singh and Harnek Singh have become icons of the de-addiction campaign launched six months ago in this village which had earned a dubious distinction of almost every household being under addiction. The menace has gripped the village and adjoining areas like an epidemic.

Gurjant Singh (left) and Harnek Singh who have given up drugs on the motivation by an NGO. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera



Gherao of Orbit Buses
Remand for 17 SAD (A) activists 

Sangrur, January 9
The Sunam police today produced 17 Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) activists, including two executive committee members of the party Shabaz Singh Daska and Pargat Singh Gaga, in a court at Sunam, which remanded them in police custody for one day.

Party seeks international airport in Malwa
Sangrur, January 9
The Sangrur district unit of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) today asked the state and central governments to set up an international airport in a backward area of the Malwa-belt.


Guv for quality education 

Chandigarh, January 9
Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, S.F. Rodrigues , presiding over a meeting of the Board of Governors of Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, here today called upon its management to take leadership role in the implementation of a programme to produce good and complete citizens committed to the cause of the nation and society. He called upon the academics, members of the corporate sector and social activists to play a pro-active role as catalysts of change and contribute through their commitment, knowledge and time, for developing the potential and capabilities of our students to make them competent and confident individuals.

One calendar, seven Sukhbirs
Chandigarh, January 9
The manner in which the Punjab government has virtually devoted its official calendar of the current year to the acting president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, he certainly appears to be the most powerful man in the state at the moment.

State of Prisons: Reform and modernisation only on paper 
Chandigarh, January 9
Three days after prisoners at the Jalandhar Central Jail virtually “took over” the jail and started a fire in an attempt to break free, the Punjab government is waking up to the stark realities that prison reforms and modernisation of jails exist only on paper in these overcrowded and decaying jails.

Baby serial killer shifted to Patiala jail
Patiala, January 9
While serial baby killer Darbara Singh has been shifted from the riot-hit Jalandhar jail to the Patiala Central Jail for hanging, six other jail inmates have been awaiting the gallows in the jail which, has witnessed no hanging for the past about 19 years.

Bir-Talab park deer feel space crunch
Bathinda, January 9
A jampacked enclosure of Black Bucks in the deer park at Bir Talab near BathindaViolating the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority, the wildlife wing of Punjab has overcrowded enclosures in the deer park at Bir-Talab near here. The number of various species of deer in the four enclosures is far more than that recommended by the authority.

A jampacked enclosure of Black Bucks in the deer park at Bir Talab near Bathinda. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Mill workers to launch stir
Chandigarh, January 9
The Cooperative Sugar Mills Workers Federation has convened its meeting at Jalandhar to launch an agitation against the Punjab government which had failed to fulfil the promise of making operational cooperative sugar mills located at Patiala, Tarn Taran, Zira, Faridkot, Jagraon and Budhlada.


Give notice before arresting Mann
Chandigarh, January 9
Acting on a petition filed by SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann for advanced notice if he was to be arrested by the police, Mr Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of a seven-day prior notice in writing.


Seechewal for organic farming
Amritsar, January 9
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, an environmentalist, called upon people of Punjab to be determined for initiating steps to keep air and water free from pollution in the state.


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