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Jathedars put off parallel meetings in 'Panth's interest'
Amritsar, February 5
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, today postponed the meetings of the Sikh clergy scheduled for February 5 and 6, respectively, in the "larger interest of the Sikh Panth".

Funds for Urban Renewal Mission Projects
Improvement trusts told to sell property
Chandigarh, February 5
The Local Bodies Department is in a hurry to sell the property held by Improvement Trusts in cities and towns. Express orders have been issued by the authorities to the trusts at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur and other places to collect money to fund the schemes to be implemented in Punjab under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Minister-NCB official row
Speaker summons DSP before privileges panel
Amritsar, February 5
Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha Nirmal Singh Kahlon has issued notice to Balwinder Kumar DSP , Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), for allegedly misbehaving with health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla on January 31 , during an operation against a heroin smuggler.

Case of Corruption against Badals
I acted on DIG's orders: Vigilance SSP
Ropar, February 5
Like several other witnesses in the corruption case against Badals, investigating officer of the case and SSP Vigilance Surinder Pal Singh today also maintained before the court that he was acting at the behest of others.




SAD to change youth president
Ropar, February 5
The SAD would soon change its youth president Sharanjit Singh Dhillon. This was stated today by Sukhbir Singh Badal while talking to newsmen.


Panel finds cleanliness, facilities at railway station poor
Amritsar, February 5
Unhappy over lack of hygiene and mismanagement at the Railway station here, the Passenger Services Committee (PSC) of the Railway Ministry (Railway Board) has pulled up the authorities. A seven-member board headed by Parmeshwari Prashad Nirala, chairman, PSC, was in the city to inspect cleanliness and facilities at the railway station. The team found railway tracks, platforms, washrooms, benches and areas near the drinking water taps stinking. 
Chairman of the Passenger Services Committee of the Railway Board Parmeshwari Prashad Nirala (extreme left) points at the stinking tracks at the Amritsar railway station on Tuesday.
Chairman of the Passenger Services Committee of the Railway Board Parmeshwari Prashad Nirala (extreme left) points at the stinking tracks at the Amritsar railway station on Tuesday. -  Photo by Vishal Kumar

Speaker supports demand for new district
Chandigarh, February 5
Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Nirmal Singh Kahlon today said that he was supportive of the demand made by Hargobindpur MLA Balbir Singh Bath and Batala MLA Jagdish Sahni to create Batala district.

Probe report against Poohla by Feb 20
Amritsar, February 5
The investigation report by the SSP, Amritsar, into the case against Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla will be submitted in the Punjab and Haryana Court by February 20 in a case involving the killing of seven persons of a family.

UK offers to open visa centre in state
Chandigarh, February 5
To check the growing trend of illegal immigration, the United Kingdom minister of state, Home Office, Liam Byrne today offered to open a visa centre in Punjab to facilitate Punjabis to immigrate to the UK legally.

Foreign nationals earn more, admits UK minister
Chandigarh, February 5
Foreign nationals not only earn more than Britons, but also contribute significantly to the economy of the United Kingdom, says Liam Byrne, its minister of state for Borders and Immigration, holding that "jobs, wages and productivity have been going up" in his country.

Police for steps to check antecedents of errant NRI grooms
Chandigarh, February 5
Punjabi women, who find themselves duped in marriage and are deserted by NRI-husbands, can look up to have some safety before entering the alliance. The Punjab Police has asked the Government of India to take up the matter with various countries and seek stringent action against errant grooms.

70-year-old woman's wish fulfilled
Sangrur, February 5
In February 2007, Kushalaya Devi (70), a local resident and wife of late Roop Chand, got an affidavit prepared to donate her body after death to a medical college for research. 

A clarification
Chandigarh, February 5
In the news item "Rejection of visitor visa highest among Punjabis " appearing in The Tribune on January 18, it was inadvertently mentioned that Seema Bhayana was an immigration consultant. Bhayana, a woman of Indian-origin, is working full-time as an executive assistant to Canadian MP of Indian-origin Ruby Dhalla and not as an immigration consultant.


Moga Sex Scandal
Punjab plea adjourned sine die

Chandigarh, February 5
Punjab's application for recalling, amending or modifying the orders passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Moga sex scam was today adjourned "sine die".

Consumer forum sought for Mohali
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has moved an application to the government to set up consumer forums in Barnala, Mohali and Tarn Taran districts.


Punjabi varsity opens regional centre at Jaito
Patiala, February 5
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the regional centre at Jaito village at a function presided over by Punjabi University vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh. 


Ropar DC resigns
Ropar, February 5
Deputy commissioner of Ropar A.K. Sinha has submitted his resignation to the government. Sources here said that Sinha, a 1996-batch IAS officer, had cited family and personal reasons for his decision to quit the prestigious job in the resignation letter forwarded to the government.

Three DCs transferred
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab government today transferred three deputy commissioners among the nine IAS and two PCS officers.


Accused, kin attack police party
Tarn Taran, February 5
The SHO who had gone to arrest an accused wanted under the NDPS Act was held captive for an hour.


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