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Principal Dhaliwal suspended again
The SGPC has asked Geeta Sharma to officiate as principal with immediate effect

Amritsar, January 10
Dr U.S. Dhaliwal The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today made history of sorts by suspending Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, principal, Guru Ram Dass Medical College, for second time in less than two years. Earlier, he was absolved of all charges made by the SGPC following his first suspension on February 3 , 2006 .

Vigilance Noose Loosening
Punjab sits on prosecution sanctions, denies them
Chandigarh, January 10
Even after being caught red handed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), many senior officers/functionaries of the Punjab government continue to evade action.

Six bonded labourers rescued
Bathinda, January 10
The police today rescued six bonded labourers from a cotton factory here. These labourers were employed in the factory since November last year and were not paid any wages.

The bonded labourers coming out of the police station after being freed from a cotton factory in Bathinda on Thursday along with Jagjit Singh Joga (centre), district general secretary of the CPI, who got them freed.The bonded labourers coming out of the police station after being freed from a cotton factory in Bathinda on Thursday along with Jagjit Singh Joga (centre), district general secretary of the CPI, who got them freed. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh


Protest against ad hocism in judiciary
Additional sessions judge resigns
Jaspal Singh Chugh Gurdaspur, January 10
To lodge his protest against ad-hocism in the judiciary, an Additional District and Sessions Judge (ad-hoc) here, has put in his papers. Jaspal Singh Chugh, who is also presiding officer of the fast track court, Gurdaspur, got a fax message last evening from the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the acceptance of his resignation which he had submitted on December 4.

Recommendations against jail overcrowding were ignored
Jalandhar, January 10
While overcrowding was one of the main reasons behind Monday’s rioting in Central Jail here, the state jail authorities ignored the reported recommendations made by District and Sessions Judge Gurdev Singh after his monthly inspection of the jail.

Effluent Discharge into Rivers
HC asks Punjab pollution board to file status report

Chandigarh, January 10
Quoting Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink” to sum up the water situation in Punjab due to discharge of effluents in the rivers even from across the border, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the state pollution control board to file a status report on the steps taken to prevent the entry of waste matter flowing into Sutlej from Kasur city in Pakistan.


Mittal not invited to Chawla’s function
Nangal, January 10
A day ahead of the visit of health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla to the town, infighting in the BJP came to the fore today. The health minister is to visit the town tomorrow to inaugurate a health awareness camp at Swami Navaljee temple. However, former minister Madan Mohan Mittal, who represents the area, has not been invited to the function. This has infuriated his supporters in the area.

SAD-BJP govt complete failure: Bhattal
Chandigarh, January 10
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today lashed out at the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab, terming their government as a complete failure on all fronts. She rubbished allegations of her going soft on the ruling alliance.

SAD elections to be over by Jan 31
Chandigarh, January 10
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Parkash Singh Badal today announced schedule of organisational elections of the party. The election process will be completed by January 31,the day president of the party will be elected.


Transporters disrupt road toll plaza operations
Kiratpur Sahib, January 10
Transport operators of the area today blocked operations at the Rohan-Rajdeep toll plaza near the Kiratpur Sahib-Nangal toll road. The transporters along with office-bearers of the Punjab Sangharsh Committee against toll roads today descended on the toll plaza of the company at 11 am.

Panchayat samiti, ZP, panchayat poll planned in one go
Ropar, January 10
The Punjab government has plans to hold Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti and panchayat elections simultaneously. Minister for panchayats, rural development and elections Ranjit Singh Brahmpura stated this at Morinda today.

Dera chief denied permission to visit ashram
Bathinda, January 10
The deputy commissioner, Bathinda, today did not permit Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to visit the ashram of the Dera at Salabatpura near here tomorrow and hold- four day congregation.

Marriage palaces flout rules with impunity
Pathankot, January 10
Come up in violation of town and country planning norms, over a dozen marriage palaces-cum-resorts along the Pathankot-Dalhousie bypass road have not only been evading taxes, but also causing huge losses to the state exchequer.

5,000 trained lineman jobless, courtesy PSEB
Patiala, January10
More than 5000 qualified and trained linemen have been without jobs in Punjab as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) allegedly has not made any recruitment of linemen for 11 years.


High Court
Notice to Punjab on school dropouts
Chandigarh, January 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice of motion to Punjab and other states on a petition filed in the public interest for adopting appropriate steps to check dropping out of students, who were yet to complete primary, middle and high school.

CAT defers hearing on Virk’s plea
Chandigarh, January 10
Giving last opportunity to the Union government, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today deferred hearing of the application filed by S.S Virk, former DGP, challenging his suspension orders by the Punjab government.

Forum tells PSEB to pay compensation
Gurdaspur, January 10
The district consumer forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities to pay Rs 1,000 to a resident of Sant Nagar here for wrongly slapping penalty of Rs 22, 319 on him in a case of power pilferage.


BSNL gears up for competition
Will appoint direct selling agents
Chandigarh, January 10
At the receiving end of competition posed by private telecom operators, public sector telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has finally decided to go proactive to realise its dream of “connecting India”.


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