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Kandahar hijack case verdict deferred to Feb 5
Patiala, January 29
A Special Court here today deferred to February 5 its judgement against three persons arrested on conspiracy and other related charges in connection with the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane IC-814 during its flight from Kathmandu to New Delhi nearly eight years ago.

‘84 riots: He is ready to nail Sajjan Kumar
Chandigarh, January 29
The trauma Gurcharan Singh Rishi faced was so intense that for 23 years he stayed in oblivion, fearing that his persecutors may still be hounding him. Though he survived the attempt on his life on November 1, 1984, in the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, he continues to remain paralysed and has burns waist below.

Fiscal crisis stares in the face
State Cabinet to meet today
Chandigarh, January 29
Caught in a serious financial crunch, the Punjab government will spend the next week on the exercise of wriggling out of the critical situation. The Punjab Cabinet will meet tomorrow when the Finance Department is to begin the exercise to write the Budget proposals and the Planning Department is to finalise the annual plan for the next financial year. The Planning Commission has fixed February 19 to discuss the Punjab plan in Delhi.

Dictionary of Punjabi Language
It’s different, says Pbi varsity
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjabi University, Patiala, will soon bring out a dictionary that will present a definitive epistemological departure from those published so far world over. Under the command of Harjeet Singh Gill, Punjabi University is preparing “The Conceptual Dictionary of Punjabi Language and Culture”.





Jolt to Badal Govt
Congress leader rejoins as MC chief
Kapurthala, January 29
Congress leader Sudesh Kumar Agarwal re-joined as president of the Kapurthala MC today, exactly two months after his removal from the post.

Khera for ban on SAD elections
Hoshiarpur, January 29
In a fax message to the Election Commission, Balwant Singh Khera, chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, has sought a ban on the election of the SAD to be held on the premises of the SGPC complex in Amritsar on January 31. He has also demanded an inquiry into the alleged irregularities committed by SAD leaders in the election process of the organisation at the district-level.


PPSC directed to supply information
Chandigarh, January 29
The Public authorities in Punjab will not be able to seek exemption from the RTI Act citing grounds they are serving in fiduciary capacity for the state government, hence obliged to protect information concerning its client.

Sonia to visit in February; Rahul on March 23
Package for farmers soon: Bhattal
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjab Congress president and leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has said the state unit of her party has prevailed upon the party’s Central leadership to come out with a package for farmers wherein loans of all farmers with holdings up to 5 acres will be waived. “We are confident that the Centre will waive Rs 26,000 crore due from small farmers across the state. The announcement will be made soon”, Bhattal said.

Naujawan Manch contributors felicitated
Raikot, January 29
Terming the response of the youth of the state to platform provided by Punjabi Tribune for airing views, as revival of Creativity Era, Sidhu Damdami, Editor of the newspaper, claimed that the trend would inspire more people to fill the vacuum in literature created following frustration of veteran writers of pre-terrorism era.

Students of Swami Ganga Giri College for Women, Raikot, perform during a cultural programme on Tuesday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma
Students of Swami Ganga Giri College for Women, Raikot, perform during a cultural programme on Tuesday.

75 eye collection centres proposed in state
Ropar, January 29
The Punjab government has decided to open 75 eye donation collection centres in the state. Societies have been registered at three government medical colleges located at Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot to open eye banks.

Fresh charge sheet against Guru Nanak varsity FDO
SAD MLA to complain against VC
Amritsar, January 29
Fresh charge sheet against suspended finance and development officer (FDO) Varinder Pal Sharma, tabled at the meeting of Syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University today annoyed Akali MLA and Syndic Virsa Singh Valtoha who threatened to complain against vice- chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here tomorrow.

2 Generals, Vice-Admiral visit alma mater
Nabha, January 29
Two Generals and a Naval officer visited their alma mater at Punjab Public School (PPS) here. Lt-Gen O.P. Nandrajog, GOC-in-C, Central Command, Vice-Admiral G.S. Bedi, Chief, Western Naval Fleet, and Lt-Gen T.K. Sapru, GOC-in-C, Western Command, were accorded a rousing welcome on their arrival.

Panel to resolve Gurbani telecast row
Chandigarh, January 29
The issue of Gurbani telecast by Tata Sky from Golden Temple, Amritsar, today trudged towards a solution with a committee, comprising representatives of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), ETC Channel of Zee Group, Tata Sky and the Chandigarh-based Guru Nanak Brotherhood Universal deciding to resolve the matter within seven days.

Nanakshahi calendar ‘adopted in haste’
Jalandhar, January 29
The alleged arbitrary attitude of the SGPC on the implementation of Nanakshahi calendar at the behest of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal was responsible for crises confronting the Sikhs.

Stray dogs wreak havoc on wildlife
Ropar, January 29
Pack of stray dogs that have taken to hunting in the Shivalik forest ranges are wreaking a havoc on wildlife. These dogs recently killed a large numbers of wild animals, including sambar, blue bulls, barking deer, monitor lizards and mongoose etc in the forest ranges of Ropar, Garhshankar and Hoshiarpur.

Nikhil Sanger, president, Wildlife Conservation Society, Nawanshahr, with a dead sambhar that was killed by stray dogs in the Shivalik forest ranges. — A Tribune photograph
Nikhil Sanger, president, Wildlife Conservation Society, Nawanshahr, with a dead sambhar that was killed by stray dogs in the Shivalik forest ranges.



Lawyer threatened in court complex; Bar up in arms
Tarn Taran, January 29
The local District Bar Association has condemned the threatening of a Ferozepur lawyer, Rajan Aul, and his family here today by the opposite party in the Sessions Court in connection with a case.

Virk Case: Centre files reply
Chandigarh, January 29
Considering the last opportunity given by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the Union of India has filed its reply today to the application filed by former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk challenging his suspension by the Punjab government.

Graft case against Badal
We gave statements under pressure: Witnesses
Chandigarh January 29
In replies submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a substantial number of witnesses declared hostile by Ropar special judge for resiling from their statements earlier made in corruption case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others, have submitted that they had given their initial statements under pressure and threat at that time.


Firing in Sangrur Govt College
Two injured; 7 booked
Sangrur, January 29
Panic gripped the campus of the local Government Ranbir College today when a group opened fire with a pistol or revolver on members of the rival group. In the firing two youths were seriously injured and admitted to the local Civil Hospital from where they were referred to the DMC Hospital, Ludhiana, for treatment.


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