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Yes, Sukhbir is Deputy CM, says Badal
Jalandhar, January 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today confirmed the appointment of his son and SAD president Sukhbir Badal as Deputy Chief Minister. This adds a new chapter to history in the country and with it the Badals join those who had it all in the family.

Paving way for Sukhbir, BJP miffed
Chandigarh, January 15
The decks are being cleared for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s ascendancy as Deputy Chief Minister with the Vidhan Sabha informing the Election Commission to hold elections for the Nurmahal Assembly seat which fell vacant after the death of Gurdeep Singh Bhullar.

‘Organic farming not good for wheat, rice’
Ludhiana, January 15
Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, noted rice breeder and recipient of the World Food Prize and professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, has said the state, which was providing food security to the country, would be in trouble in 10-15 years due to excessive pumping of water sub-soil water.



Meltdown hits sports goods units too
Jalandhar, January 15
Known the world over , especially in Europe, the UK and Australia for export of footballs, hockey sticks, cricket bats and other sports material, sports industry here is hit by global meltdown. Fluctuations in the exchange rate of currencies, especially, of Australia and the UK, have given hard blow to the sports units.

Now, a price on science trip
Jalandhar, January 15
There is some good news that students can after all visit Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala. But, the roadways has other ideas. It has demanded payment in advance for hiring buses. The students have to wait till the issue is sorted out. The Tribune had highlighted the issue in today’s edition.


SAD fields Cheema from Anandpur Sahib
Chandigarh, January 15
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced the candidature of party secretary Daljeet Singh Cheema from Anandpur Sahib. Dr Cheema is adviser to the Chief Minister. He has been entrusted with the responsibility of interacting with the grass root party worker and solving their grievances if any ever since the SAD-BJP government came into being.


Plea against Punjab govt with power panel
Chandigarh, January 15
A petition has been filed under various sections of the Electricity Act against the Punjab government with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission for failing to pay the full agricultural subsidy to the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Youth Fest
A day of folk songs, dance
Amritsar, January 15
At the 14th National Youth Festival here today, folk singers from Madhya Pradesh (MP) performed a ballad in their native dialect portraying psychology of a girl who was reluctant to accompany her husband to his house .
People enjoy paragliding during the 14th National Youth Festival at Khalsa college in Amritsar on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
People enjoy paragliding during the 14th National Youth Festival at Khalsa college in Amritsar

Food fest a big draw
Amritsar, January 15
Punjabis, especially residents of Amritsar, where about 50 per cent of population savours desi ghee delicacies while the others like cooking, today had a real taste of India at the food festival pavilions put up by 28 states and union territories of the country during the 14th National Youth Festival here.

Secy, Dir of Public Relations shifted
Chandigarh, January 15
Punjab government on yesterday shifted the secretary and director, Public Relations, apparently with Lok Sabha elections in mind. DS Guru, principal secretary to the Chief Minister, will have an additional charge of the secretary, Public Relations. He replaces DS Jaspal.

Salary of computer teachers hiked
Chandigarh, January 15
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered to hike the salary of computer teachers from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 with immediate effect. Badaltook the decision at a meeting with a deputation of the Punjab State Computer Teacher Union led by president Gurvinder Singh.

Civil hospital to have dialysis unit from Jan 20
Sangrur, January 15
The Civil Hospital will be the first hospital in the district to have a dialysis unit from January 20 . It will take care of poor patients, and dialysis fee has been fixed Rs 750. Civil surgeon Dalip Kumar said on Tuesday the civil hospital would be the fourth government hospital in the state to have a dialysis unit.

7 PSEB employees reinstated
Patiala, January 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board today reinstated seven employees sacked for misbehaving with a senior engineer. Many unions had been demanding reinstatement of these employees. This development came with H.S Brar taking over as PSEB chief in place of Y.S Ratra.

January 17 holiday in Sangrur
Sangrur , January 15
In memory of 66 Kuka martyrs Sangrur deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri today announced a holiday under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 for January 17 (Kuka martyrdom day) in the district.


ETT teachers get bail
Malerkotla, January 15
All 75 ETT teachers, who had been arrested during Chief Minister’s Vikas Rally here on January 11, were released on bail today. According to Sukhvir Singh, district president of the ETT Teachers Union 28 teachers kept in the local jail were released yesterday while the remaining 47 teachers were released today from the Patiala jail.



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