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Atta-Dal Scheme
Depot holders refuse to do free service
Chandigarh, January 14
Hundreds of depot holders who have been assigned the task of distributing atta and dal at subsidised rates to targeted beneficiaries in Punjab today refused to do what they described as free service. Nearly 300 depot holders who had come from various parts of the state today gathered here at the SGPC’s Kalgidhar Nivas to make their voice heard to the authorities concerned.

Cops ‘misbehave’ with Army man’s family
Jalandhar, January 14
A district police team allegedly misbehaved with female family members of an Armyman Dalwinder Singh Manga posted as Lance Naik with 4 Sikh Light Infantry in Meerut.

Guv looks up to NRIs to boost development
Chandigarh, January 14
Calling upon NRIs to strengthen their investment partnerships in the country on equal terms, the Governor of Punjab, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today urged them to help the country, especially Punjab, with their expertise and knowledge in different fields.

Governor of Punjab S.F. Rodrigues (left) along with the vice-chairman of the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Prof R. P. Bambah (centre), at a seminar in Chandigarh on Monday.
Governor of Punjab S.F. Rodrigues (left) along with the vice-chairman of the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Prof R. P. Bambah (centre), at a seminar in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan




State seeks amendment to Panchayati Raj Act
Direct election of sarpanches may soon be history
Chandigarh, January 14
The Punjab government is going to reduce the number of elected representatives at the panchayat level. The government is going to bring about an amendment to the Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, for conducting the forthcoming panchayat elections. 


Buses for Punjab to start from ISBT-43
Chandigarh, January 14
A majority of buses bound for major cities and towns of Punjab will originate and terminate at the new inter-state bus terminus (ISBT), Sector 43 here, from tomorrow.

Work in progress at the ISBT, Sector 43. — A Tribune photograph
Work in progress at the ISBT, Sector 43.

Unsung Freedom Fighter
Playwright remembers whom SGPC, India, Kenya have forgottenAtamjit
Amritsar, January 14
Makhan Singh, an unsung Sikh hero of Kenyan and Indian freedom struggles, who has been forgotten by Kenya, India and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), has been portrayed in a play,“Mungu Comrade” (Mungu is a Swahili word for God), by noted playwright Atamjit. 
                                                                                         Playwright Atamjit

Ist commercial food testing lab at Ropar
Ropar, January 14
Concerned about the quality of food products being consumed, you can now get them tested paying a paltry amount. The first commercial food testing laboratory of North India has been established by Markfed at Ropar.
Gazi Mohammad Umair
Gazi Mohammad Umair of Chandigarh who has been nominated a member of the Punjab Waqf Board 

Rich fuelling drug trade
PSHRC seeks details
Chandigarh, January 14
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken notice of a complaint filed by a Nawanshahr resident about well-heeled people fuelling drug trade in Punjab. The PSHRC has forwarded the complaint to the director-general of the Punjab police to take action and inform the commission about it.

500 unemployed youth to get training from Feb 1
Amritsar, January 14
Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu said here today that the first batch of 500 unemployed youth from the district would be given training under the Prakash Yojna from February 1 in the service sector. A total of 5,000 youth would be trained in a year’s time.

Jail violence: Parole record gutted
Jalandhar, January 14
The entire parole and furlough record of the prisoners were gutted in last Monday’s violence in the Central Jail as several inmates had put the record room, store, factory, library, canteen and hospital inside jail on fire.

Padamjit Singh Engineers decry privatisation in power sector
Ropar, January 14
Padamjit Singh, patron, PSEB Engineers Association, and Shilender Dubey were elected chairman and secretary-general, respectively, of the All-India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) at federal council meeting held at Nagpur. M.S Bajwa from the PSEB was nominated adviser to the AIPEF.     
                        Padamjit Singh 

Virk admitted to PGI
Chandigarh, January 14
Former Punjab DGP S.S Virk was admitted to the PGI in a critical condition today as he was suffering from large pericardial effusion.

SGPC to set up panel of NRIs
Chandigarh, January 14
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee( SGPC) has decided to set up a committee of the NRIs to advise it on religious issues and resolve religious problems faced by Sikhs settled abroad. 



Failure to Serve Warrants on Accused
HC puts Punjab DGP on notice
Chandigarh, January 14
The Punjab Police’s failure to keep a tab on the whereabouts of suspects during the pendency of appeals filed by the state against their acquittal in cases of heinous offences has come to the fore with the disappearance of a rape-cum-murder accused.

HC to get tough with Dowry Act violators
Chandigarh, January 14
The district police chiefs in Punjab have been directed to ensure prompt against the violators of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, and the cases are being investigated only by an officer of deputy superintendent of police’s rank.


Pvt teachers to burn copies of amended Bill
Sangrur, January 14
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), non-government college teachers will burn copies of the Punjab Affiliated Colleges (Security of Service) Amendment Bill, 2007, on January 15 at all district headquarters of the state.


Cong councillor ‘arrested’ 
Jalandhar, January 14
The police has reportedly nabbed Congress councillor Sukhmeet Deputy and some other persons in connection with kidnapping of Gagan Mickey, son of a local coloniser, who was later released after paying a ransom of Rs. 1 crore.


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