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Govt to set up block-level farm machinery centres
Latest equipment for poor farmers
Moga, January 19
With a view to providing access to sophisticated farm equipment to marginal farmers, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced setting up of block-level pools, equipped with common farm machinery, across the state.

                        Parkash Singh Badal
Parkash Singh Badal

Rs 10 crore released towards DA arrears
Chandigarh, January 19
As the Punjab government has released Rs 10 crore for payment of arrears to employees in respect of 50 per cent DA merger, the Punjab State-Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union has put off dharna to be held on January 22 here in front of the office of the DPI (Schools).

Kamagata Maru: Ruby to urge Canadian govt for apology 
Jalandhar, January 19
The Canadian government is yet to apologise for the Kamagata Maru episode in which 376 passengers, largely Punjabis, were turned back by the then government after spending two months on the high seas off the coast of Canada.

Canadian MP Ruby Dhalla arrives for a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. A Tribune photograph



Japan Bank project funds misutilised
Forest contractor spills beans
Ropar, January 19
Officials of the Forest Department have misused the funds meant for afforestation under a Japan Bank-aided scheme during the previous Congress regime.



SAD (A) against inviting Sarkozy
Moga, January 19
Simranjit Singh Maan SAD (A) today opposed inviting the French President for the Republic Day celebrations.

Crucial NDA meeting on Jan 22 
Chandigarh, January 19
A crucial meeting of the constituents of the National Democratic Alliance ( NDA) will be held in Delhi on January 22 at residence of the senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.


Turban Ban
Sukhbir writes to PM, French diplomat

Chandigarh, January 19
Sukhbir Singh Badal, working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, has expressed anguish and concern over incidents of racial prejudice and violation of human rights in France.

Bedi Issue
Patna Sahib Jathedar seeks meeting

Amritsar, January 19
The Jathedar of Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, has asked Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to call a meeting of Sikh high priests over the issue of Diljit Singh Bedi, who had resigned as assistant secretary following charges of “moral turpitude” a few days ago.

Chahal out on Patiala streets 
Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, with a friend on the pillion, drives a motorcycle in the streets of PatialaPatiala, January 19
In an apparent bid of ‘show of strength’ or to indicate his ‘resurgence’ in Patiala, Capt Amarinder Singh’s former media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal ventured out and took ride on a motorcycle in the streets of the city today.

Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, with a friend on the pillion, drives a motorcycle in the streets of Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Pak actor for exchange of knowhow, scripts
Amritsar, January 19
The film industry in India will benefit significantly from the reciprocal exchange of technical knowhow and scripts as Pakistan has vast treasure of Sufi poetry and stories. Noted Pakistani film actor-director Samina Peerzada stated this to The Tribune here today

Samina Peerzada in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar
Samina Peerzada

Books on Sikhism in US library soon
Washington, January 19
Montgomery County has agreed to include books on Sikhism in its public libraries. This has been made possible because of the tireless efforts of Joginder Singh, a well-known philanthropist, and the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (GGSF).



Court can intervene if investigation is mala fide, says HC 
Chandigarh, January 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that the court may issue appropriate directions while exercising its inherent powers if it is found that the investigating officers have failed to perform their statutory duties, or have acted in a manner that may make people lose faith in the investigating agency and the administration of justice.


Kidnapping: One more held
Jalandhar, January 19
The district police succeeded in nabbing another accused in the high-profile kidnapping of a city youth Gagan Mahendru, alias Micky.

3 suspended for escape of accused
Jalandhar, January 19
An accused managed to escape from the custody of a Kapurthala police team when he had been taken to Goraya in Jalandhar for recovery in a case filed against him at Sultanpur Lodhi police station some time back.


ITBP team to ski down Everest
Ludhiana, January 19
With the scaling of the Mount Everest not considered a “big deal” any more, a mountaineering team of the ITBP will soon undertake the first-ever expedition to “ski down” the summit. The team will be led by DIG Harbhajan Singh, in charge of 26 BN Advanced Training Centre of the ITBP, near Baddowal, here. He is a highly decorated officer who has taken part in three ITBP Mt Everest expeditions, carried out successfully.

DIG Harbhajan Singh
DIG Harbhajan Singh


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