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Sehajdhari Issue
Sants withdraw ultimatum
Sikh History Research Board director’s resignation accepted
Amritsar, January 2
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today accepted the resignation of Dr Anurag Singh, director, Sikh History Research Board, even as the Sikh Conclave, held in the SGPC complex, here endorsed the decision of the committee to file a fresh affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court with regard to the definition of Sehajdhari.
A view of a Sikh conclave held on the SGPC complex in Amritsar A view of a Sikh conclave held on the SGPC complex in Amritsar on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Organic farmers protest commission report
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Farmers Commission’s report on organic farming has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the state, with members of the Punjab Organic Farming Association (POFA) as well as the Kheti Virasat and the Nabha Foundation today staging a protest in front of the commission office in Mohali, besides claiming that the commission had neither involved farmers nor evaluated the organic farming work being done in the state before filings its report.



Farmers resent CCI’s apathy
Chandigarh, January 2
Refusal of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) to resume its operations in Punjab may once again bring this central agency face to face with members of six organisations of farmers who have been demanding minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.


Cong slams Badal over fund disbursal
Jalandhar, January 2
The Congress has castigated the Akali-BJP government for throwing all norms to the winds while disbursing funds during sangat darshan programmes out of the Rural Development Fund (RDF) and the market free collected by the state Mandi Board.

SAD (A) to form Parliamentary Board next week
Sangrur, January 2
In view of the ensuing Lok Sabha (LS) elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) is going to constitute a seven-member Parliamentary Board next week. The board will be constituted under the chairmanship of party president Simranjit Singh Mann. Though the party had decided to contest 10 LS seats, it is now planning to contest all 13 seats in Punjab to give a tough fight to candidates of the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress.

Emulate example of Maharashtra, says Khaira
Chandigarh, January 2
Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to emulate the example of Maharashtra which has announced a Rs 6,208-crore package over and above the central package.


Cheema inspects youth mela preparations 
Amardeep Singh CheemaAmritsar, January 2
The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has chalked out an ambitious programme for generating employment at the village level all over the country. Amardeep Singh Cheema, newly appointed vice-chairman of the sangathan, while talking to The Tribune, here today, said it was a 2.60 lakh-strong youth organisation with the widest reach in all districts of the country. It had more than 80 lakh active workers and ran the most crucial youth programmes in the country.

Amardeep Singh Cheema

Pargat Singh awaits extension letter
Chandigarh, January 2
It is no wonder that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal issues a statement at least once a month that the state’s bureaucrats should work and behave more like what they are: public servants.

Farmers block traffic over youth’s death
Amritsar, January 2
Activists of various farmer organisations today blocked traffic outside the post-mortem centre situated on the Majitha road here.

Dip in mercury may damage crops
Chandigarh, January 2
The increasing cold is bringing mixed reactions from Punjab farmers. While the weather is most suitable for wheat and kinnow, for those who have grown vegetables, specially potato, any further dip in mercury could lead to a damage of crops.

Depleting coal reserves worry power board
Patiala, January 2Coal reserves meant for thermal plants operated by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) are depleting following which the power board has no option except to impose unannounced power cuts in the state.

Save power, appeals PSEB chief 
Patiala, January 2
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) chairman YS Ratra here yesterday in his New Year message said the board took a pledge to provide better services to its consumers in this year and appealed consumers to make a resolve to save energy by using CFLs in place of ordinary bulbs, use shunt capacitors at tubewells and avoid wasteful decorative lighting. He said “energy saved is energy produced” and hoped that people of Punjab would help themselves by reducing their bills and help the nation by reducing the gap in demand and supply.

New market committee chairmen
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab government yesterday nominated four more chairmen in market committees in Faridkot district.



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