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Monitoring work of admn secys, dept heads 
Bar chart system introduced 

Chandigarh, January 25
With an objective of keeping a watch on the performance of various administrative secretaries and heads of department with regard to the progress of work on various projects and programmes, the government has decided to introduce the “bar chart” system.

Loan Payment Default
Ex-servicemen may lose ancestral properties

Ludhiana, January 25
A Damocle's sword is hanging over as many as 121 ex-servicemen, including 27 widows, who have defaulted on money lent by the Punjab Finance Corporation (PFC) 20 years ago and the latter has warned them to return it by January 31 or their ancestral properties will be attached. These ex-servicemen are among the 680 who borrowed money from the PFC under the the Self-employment for Ex-servicemen Scheme  in 1988 for starting transport business post retirement. 

Defaulter SI’s family misbehaves with PSEB men
Jalandhar, January 25
Family members of defaulter Punjab police sub-inspection (SI) Sukha Singh allegedly misbehaved with two PSEB employees who had gone to his house in Friends Colony to disconnect his power connection yesterday evening. 


Turban Issue
SAD-BJP conveys Sikh sentiments to Sarkozy

Majitha, January 25

The SAD-BJP alliance here today claimed to have conveyed the sentiments of the Sikh masses on the contentious issue of sporting of turbans by Sikhs in France to the visiting French President Nicholas Sarkozy.




Turban: Mann lodges protest in Gwalior
Chandigarh, January 25
President of the SAD (A) Simranjit Singh Mann, today chose Gwalior to register his party’s protest against the French Government.

Sukhbir says no to hot seat
Mattewal (Amritsar), January 25
Sukhbir Badal, acting chief of the SAD, today put speculations about succeeding Parkash Singh Badal as Chief Minister at rest by announcing that his father would complete the term.


RTI Rules
Panel issues notice to Punjab

Chandigarh, January 25
In response to the activists raising objections over the RTI Rules, notified recently by the Punjab government, a full Bench of the Punjab Information Commission has issued notice to the Secretary of Administrative Reforms department asking it to reply to the issues raised in this regard.
A procession being taken out to mark the birth anniversary of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — AFP
A procession being taken out to mark the birth anniversary of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — AFP

Clergy rejects Patna Sahib’s edict
Vedanti refuses to summon Giani Iqbal Singh 
Amritsar, January 25

The Sikh clergy, at its emergency meeting here today, rejected the controversial “hukamnama” (edict) , pronounced by Sikh high priests of Takht Patna Sahib, challenging the “maryada”( Sikh tradition) and Nanakshahi calendar , approved by the SGPC and Akal Takht .

Tillers to be made land owners
Ropar, January 25
The Punjab government has decided to make tillers land owners. The government land on which tillers have carrying out farming for decades will now be allotted in their name.

‘Girl child should be welcomed’
Chandigarh, January 25
“The girl child should be welcomed in a family in the same way as a male child,” said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister of cooperation, Punjab, while inaugurating a symposium on “Girl Child - A Fight for Dignity”, organised by Panjab University Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, here today.
A member of the Dal Khalsa holds a poster during a rally on the Bhandari Bridge in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar
A member of the Dal Khalsa holds a poster during a rally on the Bhandari Bridge in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Condition set for chemist shops in civil hospitals
Faridkot, January 25
With the aim of providing medicines at lower prices than market rates to patients, the state will offer shops in all civil hospitals to private players and NGOs following competitive bidding of lowest rates among them.

History comes full circle
Amritsar, January 25
Sikh history seems to have come full circle! The marriage of the son of Baba Ram Singh, former chief of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, who was born at the time of Sikh-Nirankari clash on April 13, 1978, was solemnised at the site where the tragedy, in which 13 Sikhs were killed, took place 30 years ago.

‘Awas-Parwas’ organised
Sangrur, January 25
Delivering the keynote address at the programme “Awas-Parwas”, organised by the district education office (secondary), at a government senior secondary school here, president of an NGO, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum, A.S. Mann said there was nothing wrong in going abroad, but one should understand that dollars in foreign countries could only be earned by working very hard in the fields, restaurants and factories etc there.

Police medals 2008 awarded
Chandigarh, January 25
Two Punjab cadre IPS officers, Anil Kaushik, ADGP, Security, and Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG, Patiala Range, have been conferred the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

Anil Kaushik

Gaurav Yadav

Kuldeep Singh

Mohinder Kaur

Major Singh


Capt’s plea not heard due to roaster change
Chandigarh, January 25
Less than a fortnight after Justice Rajesh Bindal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court referred Punjab’s former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s plea for blanket bail to the Bench of Justice Ranjit Singh, the latter declined to hear the matter due to changed roaster.

Status quo on memorial gate
Chandigarh, January 25
Issuing notice of motion to Punjab and other respondents, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice K.S. Ahluwalia today directed maintenance of status quo on a petition against encroachment on the road leading from National Highway No. 1 to Nabha via Tarkhan Majra-Bhadson in Fatehgarh Sahib district.


Cold, depleting soil nutrients worry farmers
Khanna, January 25
Extreme cold, coupled with lack of soil nutrients, has upset farmers in several parts of the state, who are worried about suffering huge losses.


Virk’s suspension extended
Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab government has reviewed the suspension of former DGP S.S. Virk and has decided to extend his suspension. The decision was taken yesterday at a high-level meeting. This comes a few days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court while ordering a fresh inquiry into the allegations against Virk refused to hand over his case to the CBI.


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