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Punarjyot director, husband die in road accident
Amritsar, January 11
Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu (50), and his wife Manveen Sandhu (46), principal of Spring Dale Senior School and director of Punarjyot, died in a car accident near Bikaner in Rajasthan this afternoon.

Nanhi Chhaan
One lakh saplings distributed
Muktsar, January 11
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, today said she would suggest to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to institute an award for those village panchayats which would take initiatives for improving the sex ratio and environment.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur plant a sapling at a gurdwara in Muktsar on Sunday. SGPC chief Avtar Singh is also seen in the picture. A Tribune photograph



Kasab Pak national: SAFMA chief
Amritsar, January 11
A votary of Indo-Pak peace process, Imtiaz Alam, media personality from Pakistan, said today that the terrorist captured during the recent Mumbai attack Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national. He reiterated his stand that Pakistan should not have gone into a denial mode and should have accepted the facts about terrorist activities going on in that country.

Imtiaz Alam, secretary-general, SAFMA (right), and Asma Jahangir, chairperson, Pakistan Human Rights Commission, address the media in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Suspense continues over 3rd BJP seat
Chandigarh, January 11
While a broader decision has been taken that the BJP will contest three of the 13 Punjabi Lok Sabha seats, suspense continues over which will be the third seat as both Vinod Khanna (Gurdaspur) and Navjot Sidhu (Amritsar) are certain to contest again. The SAD has already announced its candidates for six of the 10 seats it is going to contest.

Canadian minister on Punjab visit
BKU urges him to resolve visa, immigration hassles
Jalandhar, January 11
Canadian Federal Minister for Immigration and Multi-culturalism Jason Kenny, who will be on two-day visit of Punjab from tomorrow, has been urged to resolve all issues related to visa and immigration of Punjabis to Canada and other problems at the Canadian Embassy in Delhi and Canadian Consulate at Chandigarh.


Kaypee ready to fight Jalandhar seat
Jalandhar, January 11
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Mohinder Singh Kaypee is ready to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Jalandhar (reserved) seat.

Raninder warns Badal govt
Goniana, January 11
Raninder Singh, general secretary of the PPCC and son of former CM Amarinder Singh, said today that Parkash Singh Badal-led coalition government would be dismissed on the charges of corruption in case the Congress-led UPA government returned to power at the Centre.

Raninder Singh, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and son of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, addressing a meeting of party workers at Goniana near Bathinda on Sunday. Ravneet Singh Bittu, president of the Youth Congress, is also seen in the picture. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera


Common man, unending woes
Chandigarh, January 11
He stands for one hour in a long unwinding queue to get petrol for his motorcycle, pays 20 to 40 per cent extra for getting his weekly quota of vegetables and fruits because of truckers’ strike, gets a shock of his life when he learns of Rs 7,000-crore fraud in the info-tech company he had been investing his savings for the education and marriage of his two daughters.

Change in mindset a must to curb female foeticide: Majithia
Chandigarh, January 11
Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today gave a call to bring attitudinal change in mindset to check the increasing cases of female foeticide, especially in North India. He said this while presiding over ‘Kanya Lohri’, organised by the Sirhad Social Welfare Society here, today.

Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia presiding over second Kanya Lohri Mela organised by the Sarhad Social Welfare Society in Fazilka on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Move to raise retirement age irks medical teachers
Patiala, January 11
A section of medical teachers have opposed the state government’s move to raise the retirement age from the existing 60 years to 65 years. According to them, this will lead to stagnation among teachers working in the government medical colleges of the state.

Experts for joint panel to study organic farming
Chandigarh, January 11
Supporters of organic farming today called for a joint commission consisting of organic farming experts as well as proponents of intensive farming to scientifically analyse organic farming as a movement rather than giving this task to the PAU, Ludhiana, alone.

Chaos over Class V examination
Jalandhar, January 11
There is an utter confusion with regards to Class V examination among the schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The state government’s Sarav Siksha Abhiyaan (SSA) wing has ordered the holding of Class V examination in government schools, aided and private schools. Heads of high and senior secondary schools have been asked to conduct the examination under their supervision.

CM’s Vikas Rally
Police beats up ETT teachers, pharmacists
Malerkotla/Bhawanigarh, January 11
Members of the ETT Adhyapak Union today faced police ire when they interrupted the speech of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by raising slogans against the government and demanding of shifting ETT teachers from Zila Parishads to the Education Department, at a vikas rally at Malerkotla.



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