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Vidhan Sabha probe to put ex-minister on mat
Chandigarh, February 13
A special committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha constituted to inquire into the alleged scandal of excluding 32.10 acres from a developmental scheme at Amritsar will move into a crucial phase tomorrow to look into the role of former local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh in the scam that cost the state exchequer huge loss.

Keep watch on ex-terrorists, DGP tells officers
Chandigarh, February 13
Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh today asked his officers to keep a close look on the activities of ex-terrorists, who were either out on bail or acquitted.

Sikh missionaries communists of Panth: Giani Iqbal Singh
Giani Iqbal Singh Amritsar, February 13
Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, today dubbed Sikh missionaries as “communists of the Sikh Panth”.

Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, at Akal Takht on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Another eyewitness points finger at Tytler
Chandigarh, February 13
The appeal of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh to witnesses of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to come out and depose against those involved in the riots has encouraged many people to “ignore threats to their lives by the accused” and express their desire to become witnesses in courts. Surinder Singh, a granthi in a Delhi gurdwara, has sworn in an affidavit that he saw Member Parliament Jagdish Tytler leading mobs of people, who were killing Sikhs and burning their properties.





Badals at it again
Blame Centre for state’s problems
The first SGPC school being inaugurated by CM Parkash Singh Badal at village Maluka in Bathinda Bhai Rupa (Bathinda), February 13
“The attack by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) men on north Indians is a threat to the national unity,” Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said this here today. Addressing a public meeting here, he urged the people to mark their presence at the “insaaf rally” to be held at the Ram Lila ground in Delhi on February 26.

The first SGPC school being inaugurated by CM Parkash Singh Badal at village Maluka in Bathinda distrct on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Maintain peace, CM to people

Beating up of BJP worker
Khanauri SHO sent to Police Lines

Sangrur, February 13
In a case of alleged beating up of a BJP worker and Khanauri iron merchant Ashok Kumar on February 1 by Khanauri SHO Rulda Singh and some other policemen, Sangrur SSP Arun Pal Singh today initiated disciplinary action against the SHO and shifted him to the Sangrur Police Lines.

SAD-BJP’s Feb 26 rally a stunt, say Cong leaders
Amritsar, February 13
Criticising the SAD-BJP combine government for taking political benefit from farmers and industrial package issue, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Harpartap Singh Ajnala, Congress leaders, in joint statement today termed the February 26 SAD-BJP rally as a stunt.

House summoned on Feb 29
Chandigarh, February 13
The Punjab Governor has summoned the 13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha to meet for its fourth session on February 29 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Hall, Vidhan Bhavan.


Transport Nagar ‘waste of public money’ 
Ropar, February 13
The Transport Nagar conceived to decongest Ropar from vehicles has proved to be a waste of public money. Crores of public money was spent by the Ropar Improvement Trust on the infrastructure for the nagar, but not even a single transporter has moved into the facility.

Toll: Charging of ex-servicemen stayed
Gurdaspur, February 13
The Gurdaspur civil judge (senior division) has issued stay orders to Rohan Rajdeep Tollway’s Limited on charging toll on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road from ex-servicemen and their families in violation of the Ministry of Surface Transport guidelines. The case will now come up for hearing on February 21.

Study on kinnow for anti-cancer properties
Chandigarh, February 13
The Horticulture Department is initiating a study to check if a natural compound found in kinnow can be used for treating cancer patients and help in lowering cholesterol in the blood.


Probe into delay in secy’s reinstatement 
Chandigarh, February 13
Coming down heavily on the state of Punjab and other respondents for “tardy and callous attitude to a genuine grievance”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered an inquiry into the delay in the reinstatement of a panchayat secretary after he was acquitted in a criminal case.

Gurbani contract violates Gurdwara Act: Society
Chandigarh, February 13
Referring to the reply filed by the SGPC, intervener Guru Nanak Universal Brotherhood Society has claimed that entering into an exclusive contract to make Gurbani a tool for earning profit for television networks and for the committee was illegal.

AG gets notice in seniority case
Chandigarh, February 13
Taking up a petition filed by 38 Punjab Police personnel, including inspectors and sub inspectors, against the state of Punjab, the DGP and 352 other respondents in a seniority case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the state Advocate-General for February 20.

Youth’s Murder 2 held, one gets police remand
Sangrur, February 13
After a protest by residents at Lehragaga yesterday, the police has arrested two persons allegedly involved in the murder of 23-year-old Sukhwinder Singh of Lehragaga. He was murdered with sharp-edged weapons a couple of days ago at Lehragaga.

Notice to Punjab over couple’s release
Chandigarh, February 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice for March 10 to the state of Punjab and others on a petition filed by Amina Bai of Burj, in Kutch district of Gujrat, seeking directions for release of her son Ahmed and daughter-in-law Seema, now lodged in a jail at Amritsar.


Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas
Govt simplifies payment mode

Chandigarh, February 13
In just two months since its imposition, Punjab has managed to earn Rs 80 crore monthly revenue through the Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act. Seeing a good tax compliance, the Excise and Taxation Department has now decided to simplify the payment mode for the tax.

Wood-based units exempted from NOC
Chandigarh, February 13
The Punjab government today exempted wood-based industries from the condition of NOC from district magistrates, benefiting 6000 such units in the state.

Freight Corridor
Industrialists back Sidhu

Amritsar, February 13
MP Navjot Sidhu addresses a press conference in Amritsar Industrialists from Amritsar and Jalandhar here today came together to endorse Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu’s demand for the extension of rail freight corridor from Ludhiana to the Attari border.

MP Navjot Sidhu addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


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