Campaign launched: The Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) on Thursday launched a campaign to encourage use of Punjabi in the state and the country. Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president of the federation said since the language was used by revered Gurus to produce the Guru Granth Sahib and it was their duty to spread the language.
Farmers defer rail roko: After having received written assurance over the smooth purchase of cotton, five groups of protesting farmers have announced that their 24-hour rail roko protest, slated for Friday, has been deferred. Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary, BKU Ekta (ugrahan) said: “The agitating unions have decided to accept the request of the state government.”
Training: The district sainik welfare office (DSWO) will conduct a pre-recruitment training for entry of males into the Army from January 15. Candidates clearing thescreening test will be put through the medical test on January 16. Candidates found medically fit would be enrolled for the coaching classes. DSWO deputy director Lt-Col Manmohan Singh said during the course, the wards of ex-servicemen, serving defence personnel and SC/ST candidates would be given free food.
Preneet backs Centre: MP Preneet Kaur on Thursday said the Centre has given more financial aid to the Badal government as compared to the previous government. Speaking at a press conference, she said Badal’s allegations of discrimination were unfortunate and politically motivated and stated that she would contest parliamentary election if nominated by the party high command. Earlier, the 318th birthday of Maharaja Ala Singh, founder of Patiala, was celebrated with religious fervour in Quila
Trade unions: Various trade unions, representing bank and insurance employees has asked the government to initiate effective steps to compel the industrial and financial institutions to stop retrenchment and wage cuts of their employees and workers on the pretext of financial crisis. The panel has also asked the government not to hand over the provident fund accumulations to private fund managers. The committee also sought revision in the minimum wages of urban and agriculture workers, besides implementation of labour laws in letter and spirit in the states.
JE held on graft charge: The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Thursday nabbed a junior engineer (JE) of the Irrigation Department while he was taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a farmer. DSP Ashok Kumar said the accused took the bribe for shifting irrigation channel for supplying canal water to the farmer’s fields. The JE had been demanding Rs 8,000 when the farmer agreed to give Rs 5,000 and the same time he brought the matter to the notice of the VB officials. A case has been registered.