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Science stumped: Schoolchildren shown Mohali stadium, not science city 
Jalandhar, January 14
Cricket gets precedence over science! Yes, in Punjab cricket is preferred to science by those managing school education at the government level.

Has PSEB lost its legal status? 
Jalandhar, January 14
What is the legal status of the PSEB sans extension to it by the Union government? Under Section 172-A of the Electricity Act-2003, the state and Union governments were to decide the extension.

Sukhbir Badal’s clout up in party
Chandigarh, January 14
If developments, including deliberations at the core committee meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held here today, are any indication, Sukhbir Singh Badal is on for an important functional position in the Punjab government.




MPLAD Fund Utilisation Rating
Sidhu writes to Chief Secy

Amritsar, January 14
The Department of Planning’s rating of members of Parliament on the disbursement of MPLAD (MP’s Local Area Development) funds, describing the performance of Navjot Singh Sidhu (BJP) as “very poor,” has upset the MP. Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh has said the department had no authority to grade the MPLAD fund’s utilisation.

Only selective PR in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 14
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal may have today taken the Public Relations department within his fold by divesting both the secretary and director from their posts and given their charges to officers attached with him but the problem is not with these heads but the total lack of staff to man day-to-day operational needs.

Root out Cong: Sukhbir
Takhtupura (Moga), January 14
President of SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal has called upon people to root out the Congress from the state and vote in favour of SAD-BJP candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections to pave the way for the formation of the NDA government. He was addressing a public rally here today.


Acquisition of 17 acres: Residents start dharna
Sangrur, January 14
Apprehending forcible possession of acquired 17 acres by the Improvement Trust (IT) here with police help, residents of the area and the land, led by the Zameen Bachao Sangharash Committee, today started dharna near the site. They held a rally there attended by members of the affected families and activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan). The IT has acquired more than 17 acres (situated on the Sangrur-Sunam road) for the Mansahia Nagar scheme here.

11 more IPS cadre posts sought
Chandigarh, January 14
The Punjab government has asked the Union government to designate posts of the director-general of police (Punjab Home Guard and Civil Defence), ADGP (Law and Order) and SSP, SAS Nagar, as cadre posts in the state.

Strictures against two PSEB officers 
Chandigarh, January 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is surprised at the shocking way the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) functions. It not only “compromised” with an employee appointed on the basis of a forged certificate, but also reinstated him.

Call for an end to ‘inspector raj’
Chandigarh, January 14
In a blunt allusion to the presence of rampant corruption in Punjab’s Department of Industries, top industrialists of the state has asked the state government to “end inspector raj”.

Plight of Urdu upsets poets
Poets sit on the dais during a mushiara organised as part of the 14th National Youth Festival at Khalsa College in Amritsar Amritsar, January 14
Noted poets representing a shared vision of India, before the start of the Jashn-e-Bahar Mushaira as part of the 14th National Youth Festival at Khalsa College here today talked to The Tribune.

Poets sit on the dais during a mushiara organised as part of the 14th National Youth Festival at Khalsa College in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar


Amarinder did not defame SAD, says high court
Quashes complaint and summoning order
Capt Amarinder SinghChandigarh, January 14
Capt Amarinder Singh did not defame the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), after all. A party worker had accused Punjab’s former Chief Minister of defaming the SAD by issuing advertisements and posters in five newspapers, just prior to the February 2002 Assembly polls in Punjab.

Capt Amarinder Singh

Punjab CS apologises
Chandigarh, January 14
Punjab chief secretary today expressed his “unqualified apology” for not filing reply to a petition by NGO Resurgence India on cadre-non cadre row. Justice TPS Man accepted the apology and fixed the case for February 17. The petitioner had claimed: The posting of officiating SSPs in two districts is a part of stratagem to somehow post ineligible non-cadre officers on cadre posts and ex-cadre posts.


Nihang chief attack case: 2 held
Bathinda, January 14
Even after more than 36 hours, the district police could arrest only two persons out of the long list of accused who were booked for firing at the convoy of Baba Balbir Singh, chief of the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal, yesterday.



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