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Govt fined for non-reply to promotion pleas
Chandigarh, January 8
The state’s failure to file reply in a promotion matter has left two PPS officers richer by Rs 5,000 each. In an order that comes as an embarrassment to the state, the Delhi High Court has asked Punjab to pay the amount to Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Ranbir Singh Khatra for causing inconvenience to them.

Lotus chowks draw flak
Saffronisation of Amritsar-Lahore road alleged
Amritsar, January 8
The alleged saffronisation of the Amritsar-Lahore road by constructing “lotus chowks” (the election symbol of the BJP) drew flak from various quarters here today.

2 Canadian ministers coming
Chandigarh, January 8
Recognising India as one of its major source for meeting its new immigrant targets and for further strengthening bilateral relations, especially in areas of agriculture and food processing, two federal ministers of Canada will be visiting India this month.



Punjabi youth shot in Manila
Jalandhar, January 8
A youth from Jalandhar city has been shot dead in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Over 100 Punjabis have already been killed in the Philippines in the past six years, three-fourth of whom belonged to Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur in the Doaba region.

Black flows Chitti Bein
Jalandhar, January 8
Awash with untreated sewage, highly toxic chemicals, metals and bacteria, the black waters of Chitti Bein, also known as East Bein, bring diseases and other sufferings to lakhs of people settled in the villages alongside it on about 100-km stretch.

Toxic black waters of the Chitti Bein flowing near Issewal village, near Malsian, in Kapurthala district. Tribune photo: Pawan Kumar
Toxic black waters of the Chitti Bein flowing near Issewal village, near Malsian, in Kapurthala district.


Harsimrat Kaur Badal greeting people during a public meeting in Bathinda on Thursday. Harsimrat dares Amarinder
Bathinda, January 8
Harsimrat Kaur Badal today challenged former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bathinda instead of pushing the name of his son Raninder Singh.

Centre misleading people: Sukhbir

Harsimrat Kaur Badal greeting people during a public meeting in Bathinda on Thursday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Chandumajra kicks off campaign
Nabha, January 8
SAD-BJP candidate for the Patiala seat Prem Singh Chandumajra has said the alliance would contest the parliamentary elections on the development and performance agenda. He claimed the development in the Patiala parliamentary segment in the past two years was hundred times more than that done in the tenure of present MP Preneet Kaur.

Cong ready to accept dissidents
Jalandhar, January 8
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) is preparing for the homecoming of scores of dissidents who have expressed their willingness to return to their parent party.

Centre not discriminating against Punjab: Preneet
Patiala, January 8
Denying allegations of discrimination against Punjab, Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, said the UPA government had being giving more financial aid to the Badal government as compared to the previous government.


People buy kites ahead of Lohri in Amritsar on Thursday
People buy kites ahead of Lohri in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI

Power crisis looms as NTPC units shut down
Chandigarh, January 8
Power crisis looms large over North India following the closure of a number of gas-based thermal units due to shortage of gas. Ongoing strike by officers of the Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) has led to the situation.

Minister for tough steps against cheating
Chandigarh, January 8
Minister of Education Upinderjit Kaur today stated that cheating in board examinations in the state was a “strong nexus among parents, teachers and students” and stringent measures were required to stem it.

Security policy to be submitted to HC
Chandigarh, January 8
Punjab Police chief NPS Aulakh said today that the government would submit the new security policy framed for the use of escort vehicles as security staff to be provided to ministers as well as civil and police officers to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Now, sugarcane farmers launch stir
Morinda, January 8
Sugarcane farmers in and around villages of Morinda went on indefinite strike today demanding immediate payment of their long-standing dues.

National cleanliness award for this hamlet
Balwinder Kaur (R), sarpanch of village Naina Khurd at her residence in Patiala district on Thursday. Nain Khurd (Patiala), January 8
This village definitely shows the way to thousands of other Punjab villages which are still wanting on account of cleanliness and proper sanitation as they look towards the authorities for improvement of their lot. Things are starkly different at this tiny village having a populatin slightly crossing the mark of 300.

Balwinder Kaur (R), sarpanch of village Naina Khurd at her residence in Patiala district on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

HP police raids village Majari
Anandpur Sahib, January 8
The Himachal Pradesh police raided village Majari on Tuesday at around 12:30 am. A team of around 40 cops, headed by Kuldeep Sharma, SP, Bilaspur, conducted raids in the entire village, which is known to be house to scores of drug peddlers, illicit liquor manufacturers and addicts.

Inspector clicks trouble
Punjab issues show-cause notice for thrashing boy
Chandigarh, January 8
Caught in the camera thrashing a youngster, a Punjab police officer is in trouble. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the state to take the proceedings initiated against the inspector to a logical conclusion, expeditiously.

Waste Retrieval
PSEB takes up ‘re-engineering’
Patiala, January 8
Apparently fed up with wastage of material, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has finally adopted ‘re-engineering’ process in its distribution system which led to huge savings of more than Rs 8 crore in terms of material.

Model schools for Punjab on anvil
Chandigarh, January 8
Punjab is likely have its own “model schools” on the pattern of Kendriya Vidyalayas. A proposal to this effect is being sent to the government of India for approval, revealed Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister of Education, Punjab, here today.



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