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March against Dera Sacha Sauda chief 
Akal Takht ex-Jathedar picked up, freed

Jalandhar, February 7
The police picked up a former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode from his residence situated at New Hardayal Nagar locality today.

  Crackdown on radical Sikhs

Bittu held, ex-envoy Khalsa under house arrest
Ludhiana, February 7
Three days before proposed march by the Khalsa Action Committee to Salbatpoora against Dera Sacha Sauda head, the Punjab Police in an early morning swoop today arrested radical leader Daljit Singh Bittu from Ludhiana besides putting Harinder Singh Khalsa, former ambassador to Norway and ex-chairman, National SC-ST Commission, under house arrest at his residence in Barrewal here.

Daljit Singh Bittu
Daljit Singh Bittu 

Annual Plan: State ninth in per capita outlay 
Chandigarh, February 7
Though Punjab has been boasting that it is among the leading states in the country as far as per capita income is concerned, it is at the ninth place as far as the per capita outlay in the annual plan is concerned.

Dept withdraws concessions to labour societies
Ropar, February 7
The department of local governments has withdrawn concessions to labour societies across the state. As per the new directive, labour societies would now be treated on a par with other contractors working for the department.



PSEB Privatisation Issue
Agriculture workers stage dharna

Sangrur, February 7
Activists and leaders of various farmer and agriculture workers’ organisations today staged a dharna in front of offices of executive engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at Sunam and Dirba in protest against the proposed privatisation of the PSEB.



Training camp for Cong legislators
Chandigarh, February 7
Following a dismal performance by newly-elected Congress legislators in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha during the three previous Assembly sessions, the Congress has decided to hold training classes for these legislators at a training camp headed by former Speaker Kewal Krishan. The camp has been made mandatory for all first time legislators, who the party high command feels need to be educated about the rules and procedure of business in the house.


Seizure of Panther Skins
Notice to wildlife officials

Ropar, February 7
The ways things are in the department of forest it seems the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. Higher officials in the department of wildlife have no knowledge about two sensitive cases at Hoshiarpur.

Facilities, Efficiency
Govt transport ‘can’t match private operators’

Bathinda, February 7
Punjab State Transport Commissioner R. Venkatesh Ratnam (right) at a meeting with the private truck and bus operaters in Bathinda Punjab transport commissioner R. Vanketesh Ratanam today said Punjab Roadways and the Punjab Road Transport Corporation could not compete with private bus operators in efficiency and facilities.

Punjab State Transport Commissioner R. Venkatesh Ratnam (right) at a meeting with the private truck and bus operaters in Bathinda on Thursday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

For DRME office, Kakkar hospital still transplants kidneys
Amritsar, February 7
For the director research and medical education (DRME) office, Ram Saran Daskishori Lal Kakkar Charitable Hospital (RSDLKCH) and certain hospitals, which have been in the eye of a storm due to multi-crore kidney scam in the past, are still in the business of human organ transplant, though their licence for doing such operations had been cancelled by the state government.

Minister finds staff missing
Ropar, February 7
A surprise raid by minister for social security Swarana Ram this evening found a majority of the staff of the social security department at the Ropar office missing.

Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar puts off meeting
Amritsar, February 7
An important meeting to be held at Takht Shri Patna Sahib tomorrow has been postponed by Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh today. Talking to The Tribune on the telephone Giani Iqbal Singh said they had received a telegram and a fax of advocate Mohinder Singh Romana in which he had shown his inability to appear before the Sikh clergy at Patna Sahib due to ill health. He said Romana had also requested to adjourn the meeting.

7 Jalandhar jail warders shifted out
Jalandhar, February 7
As many as three head warders and four warders have been shifted from the Jalandhar central jail to different prisons of Punjab.


Consumer forums hit by staff shortage
Chandigarh, February 7
The shortage of staff in consumer disputes redressal forums in various districts of Punjab has affected their functioning. Six forums in Punjab are dysfunctional due to a few members. If there is president in one forum, members are not there and vice versa.


School-Forest Dept row over violation of PLPA
Badhani (Dhar), February 7
An overhead bridge on the Dalhousie Public School, along the Mamun-Udhampur Defence road at Badhani village near Pathankot The Punjab Forest Department and the management of Dalhousie Public School, Badhani,have locked horns over the violation of Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900.

An overhead bridge on the Dalhousie Public School, along the Mamun-Udhampur Defence road at Badhani village near Pathankot. A Tribune photograph


Fish Farming
Govt support, proper marketing needed

Ghalib Kalan(Jagraon), February 7
Fish farmers of Punjab have sought government relook into fisheries in the state. Except seed money, the government has no follow-up plans on support to fish farmers which can be cited as the biggest factor hindering fish farming since 1967.


Six-year-old raped, killed
Hoshiarpur, February 7
Rape and murder of a six-year-old daughter of a migrant labourer was reported at Garhshankar police station today. The accused is an employee of victim’s father and lived in the Jhuggi with the girl’s family.

Youth held with smack
Batala, February 7
Qadian police on Thursday arrested Amarbir Singh son of Joginder Singh of Golden colony Qadian and seized 8 gm of smack from his possession.A case under Sections of the 21, 61, 85 NDPS Act was registered.


Chill brings warmth to hosiery units
Chandigarh, February 7
For hosiery manufacturers, the prolonged biting cold has virtually proved a boom in Punjab. This winter, in fact, has proved a golden period for them. There has been a record growth of 35 to 50 per cent in the main hosiery industry.


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