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Separate SGPC for Haryana
Cong trying to divide Sikhs, says Sukhbir

Sukhbir Singh Badal, president, SAD, addresses a press conference at the Circuit House in Amritsar on Saturday.Amritsar, February 16
The Congress party is trying to divide the Sikhs on regional lines by weakening the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Sukhbir Singh Badal, president, SAD, addresses a press
conference at the Circuit House in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo by Vishal Kumar

Recruitment by SGPC
Teachers to face test
Muktsar, February 16
Initiating reforms in its educational institutions, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has, for the first time, decided to scan teachers' proficiency and their teaching aptitude through a written test while recruiting them.

Old-age home comes to their rescue
Sangrur, February 16
For five elderly persons, the local Shiv Shankar Birdh Ashram, set up by a social worker Dasu Ram more than eight years ago, is their home, as they have no shelter to spend their remaining life having been abandoned by their sons.
Inmates of the Shiv Shankar Birdh Ashram at Sangrur.
Inmates of the Shiv Shankar
Birdh Ashram at Sangrur.
— Photo by writer



Gynaecologist Swapan Jeet Kaur (left) and anaesthetist Dipreet Kaur. Docs fight over clicking of pics
Bathinda, February 16
There was a ruckus in the local Civil Hospital today when a gynaecologist, who was about to perform hysterectomy on a woman, accused an anaesthetist of clicking objectionable photographs of a patient in the operation theatre (OT) while the patient was unconscious.
Gynaecologist Swapan Jeet Kaur (left) and anaesthetist Dipreet Kaur. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera



Cong protest against ‘misrule’ on Feb 25
Chandigarh, February 16
The Congress has decided to hold dharnas and marches at all district headquarters on February 25 to highlight “misrule and failure to provide proper governance to the people”.

‘Khanna's statement misinterpreted’
Gurdaspur, February 16
Defending the local Member of Parliament Vinod Khanna, the Punjab BJP general secretary Ashwani Sharma said certain media channels had misinterpreted Khanna's statement on Raj Thackeray.


Custodial Death
Family of victim welcomes HC ruling on relief
Bukanwala (Moga), February 16
The family of the custodial death victim, Kewal Singh, has welcomed the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruling awarding Rs 10 lakh compensation to them.

Govt refutes media reports on Sikhs’ minority status
Chandigarh, February 16
The state government has refuted media reports stating that the Supreme Court of India had refused to give minority status to Sikhs in Punjab.

Farmer bodies demand higher compensation
Chandigarh, February 16
The Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has condemned the Punjab government for acquiring nearly 2,300 acres from around 300 families for the setting up of a 2000 MW Talwandi Sabo coal-based thermal power plant at Mansa.

Govt to help out panchayats on water plan costs
Pathankot, February 16
The government will assist panchayats which are unable to invest even 5 per cent of the total cost of water supply schemes under a World Bank plan in the state.

Moga Double Murder
Gonsgarh residents shocked over naming of youth, sister
Gonsgarh (Ludhiana), February 16
The shocking double murder of two NRIs in Moga on February 13 allegedly scripted by a Canadian NRI girl and executed by her brother and contract killers has sent shock waves among residents of this village who had seen the accused brother and sister growing up as decent youngsters.

Article on Dasam Granth
Controversy unfortunate, says SAD(A) chief
Chandigarh, February 16
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has described the controversy arising out of the publication of an article on Dasam Granth as mischievous and unfortunate.

Sikh body for global discussion
Amritsar, February 16
The Sikh Nation Organisation has appealed to the clergy of the five Takhts to hold transparent and wider discussions.

Badal decries hike in petrol, diesel prices
Chandigarh, February 16
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal decried the Government of India's decision for raising the price of petrol by Rs 2 per litre and diesel by Rs 1 per litre by immediate effect.

National heritage status sought for Amarnath cave
Ludhiana, February 16
The Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Organisation has sought the status of national heritage for the holy cave of Amarnath.

KAC to rope in Hindus, Dalits against dera chief
Amritsar, February 16
The Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) has decided to rope in Hindus and Dalits so that joint action could be launched against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who had allegedly imitated Guru Gobind Singh.

Five held, Rs 40,000 fake notes seized
Amritsar, February 16
The police here arrested five persons and recovered Rs 40,000 counterfeit Indian currency from them.




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