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Withdrawal of Excise Relief in HP
Govt happy, but says it’s awaiting concessions

Chandigarh, January 21
The Centre’s decision to withdraw Central excise duty exemption to industrial and other units which are not into manufacturing activity in states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand has gladdened the Punjab government, but its demand to give concessions on par with hill states to promote industry in the border state has not been addressed yet.

Industry hails move
Chandigarh, January 21
The withdrawal of area-based excise concessions from industrial units in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand has been hailed by the political powers and doyens of industry in Punjab and Haryana. 

36 rescued from de-addiction centre
Banur, January 21
Thirtysix youths were rescued from a drug de-addiction centre on the Rajpura-Zirakpur road by the Global Human Rights Council, an NGO, which raided the centre following complaints of inhuman treatment of inmates by the centre authorities.



PIDB Sale List
BBMB property figures on it 
Ropar, January 21
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) property, including residential colonies at Nangal township, figure in the list of properties to be sold for commercial use.

Bureaucracy ponders over Punjab’s downslide
Chandigarh, January 21
Why did Punjab take so long to link its just 300 educational institutions with Edusat whereas Haryana is moving far ahead?


Ruckus at SAD meeting
Patiala , January 21
There was rumpus at the of the delegate session of the Shiromani Akali Dal at gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib here today. This made Punjab cooperation minister and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal Capt Kanwaljit Singh leave the meeting.

Cong decries move to sell public property
Chandigarh, January 21
The Punjab Congress has condemned the method adopted by the SAD-BJP government to tide over financial crisis, as reported in the Press, by which it was contemplating to sell 13,413 public property sites lying vacant with various government departments. 

Abhi to main jawan hoon, claims Badal
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 21
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, is in no mood to retire from active politics. This was reflected in his remarks in reaction to remarks about his old age made by a commentator, Darshan Singh Bari, anchor at the rural sports fair at Gujjarwal village yesterday.


Bird Flu
No need for panic in region, says expert
Patiala, January 21
Bird flu may have taken West Bengal in its grip leading to a countrywide hue and cry, but as of now no case has been reported in the northern states, particularly in Punjab.

Pollution control board team visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, January 21
A high-level team of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), headed by Dr R.C. Trivedi, additional-director, CPCB, visited the Golden Temple complex here today to make its surroundings free from pollutants on the pattern of the Taj Mahal.

R.C. Trivedi, additional director, Central Pollution Control Board, along with members of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, at the Golden Temple on Monday.
R.C. Trivedi, additional director, Central Pollution Control Board, along with members of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, at the Golden Temple on Monday. — A Tribune photograph 

Suicide by Farmers
Kin hold rally, want debt waived
Sangrur, January 21
To get the debt written off, Rs 5 lakh compensation and a government job for the suicide-affected families of farmers and agriculture workers, members, including women, of suicide-affected families from Sangrur district, led by state president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) Joginder Singh Ugrahan, held a rally in front of the office of the deputy commissioner here today .

Authorities doing nothing about threats to me: Bitta
Chandigarh, January 21
Maninderjit Singh Bitta president,Anti-Terrorist Front today accused Indian politicians of being afraid of speaking up against terror and said he had been receiving death threats for one year from foreign-based people.

Cop suspended: Mixed response to MLA’s dharna
Amritsar, January 21
The dharna staged by BJP MLA Anil Joshi here yesterday against the traffic police for issuing challans against his associate for not fastening his car seat belt and using mobile phone while driving has evoked strong reactions from the general public.

3 Ropar thermal plant units trip
Ropar, January 21
Three generating units of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) tripped this morning, leading to generation loss of 610 MW from the grid.

Media society instead of corpn
Chandigarh, January 21
Instead of media corporation, the Punjab government has now proposed to set up a media society, it is learnt. The society, if it is approved by the Cabinet, will be headed by the public relations minister, it is learnt.

Govt to float Rs 456-cr loan
Chandigarh, January 21
The Punjab government, in line with the Reserve Bank of India, has proposed to float a state loan of Rs 456.101 crore to raise part of the borrowings through auction system.

5 lakh for playwright’s treatment
Chandigarh, January 21
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for the treatment of Ajmer Singh Aulakh, an eminent Punjabi playwright. Badal said he was pained to learn that Aulakh was suffering from cancer. He wished him speedy recovery.



Don’t charge sheet dera chief, Punjab told
Chandigarh January 21
Taking up an application filed by Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab against filing a chargesheet in a case registered against him at Bathinda in May last year on the allegations of harming religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

Jail libraries: Notice issued
Chandigarh, January 21
On a petition filed in public interest for providing reasonably stocked libraries to the prisoners and undertrials in Punjab jails, Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Mr Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia have issued notice of motion for April 29.


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