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Now, political focus shifts to Amritsar
Amritsar, January 18
The city is being spruced up for the swearing-in of Sukhbir Singh Badal as Deputy Chief Minister on January 21. It is after a long time that the SAD has decided to revive its political hub in Amritsar. Senior BJP leaders, including its national president Rajnath Singh, and chief ministers of NDA-ruled states will participate in the event.

Sukhbir move aimed at infusing young blood in Akali Dal
Chandigarh, January 18
An animated debate generated by SAD’s decision to induct its president Sukhbir Singh Badal as Deputy Chief Minister in the Punjab Council of Ministers has all components of an orchestrated move to forewarn its alliance partner BJP as well as the Opposition Congress of its emerging new line of youthful leadership.

Alliance to suffer in polls
Jalandhar, January 18
In what is being described as the first open political fight between the ruling coalition partners, the SAD and the BJP, over the induction of Sukhbir Singh Badal as Deputy Chief Minister in the Punjab cabinet, both parties have hurt themselves grievously. 



Is Centre monitoring bonus disbursal?
Chandigarh, January 18
The Union Ministry of Food has reportedly been seeking periodical reports on disbursement of bonus on paddy it had announced during the last procurement season.


Maharaja’s descendant to complete their works
Amritsar, January 18
Lahore-based Faqir Syed Saifudin, the fifth direct descendant of Faqir Aziz-ud-din a physician, diplomat and foreign minister at the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has said he will fulfill the dreams of Manveen Sandhu and her husband Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu who wanted to transliterate 50 pages of the historic Ropar Treaty, signed between the Sikh Maharaja and Lord William Bentick, the then Governor-General of India into English and Punjabi languages.

Homage paid to Sandhus
Students of Spring Dale Senior School light candles before the bhog ceremony of Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu and his wife Manveen in Amritsar on Sunday. Amritsar, January 18
Pakistani theatre and television artistes joined political leaders, artistes and citizens here today to pay homage to Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu and his wife Manveen Sandhu, cultural ambassadors of the country. Leader of the Pakistani delegation and founder of the Rafi-Peer Theatre group emotion-choked Usmaan Pirzada said he had no words to express grief with the family

Students of Spring Dale Senior School light candles before the bhog ceremony of Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu and his wife Manveen in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

AISSF hails Orissa committee on ’84 riots victims
Moga, January 18
President of All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad has welcomed Orissa government decision to set up a special committee to compensate victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the state. At the same time, he has raised apprehensions that the CBI was trying to protect Jagdish Tytler, senior Congress leader, allegedly involved in the riots in Delhi.

Court notice to Cong MP
Hoshiarpur, January 18
A court here has issued notice to Congress Rajya Sabha member Dharampal Sabharwal for not making payment to a marriage palace owner where marriage his daughter was held.

Only 273 child labourers identified
Jalandhar, January 18
In what may be termed as lackadaisical attitude of Punjab labour department for minimising child labour, it could identify only 273 child labourers in the state.

Cantt board row: Ex-CEO files reply
Ferozepur, January 18
Former chief executive officer (CEO) of the local cantonment board A Sekhar Babu, in a reply to the principal director (defence estates), Western Command, has denied the allegations of irregularities committed in his office during the past three years.

Engine derails
Bathinda, January 18
The engine of the Avadh-Assam Express (5610) derailed early this morning at Kot Fatta between Mansa and Bathinda near here. No one was injured in the mishap. The train was on its way to Guwahati from Bikaner.

Govt, pharmacy council at loggerheads
Chandigarh, January 18
Differences have appeared between the Punjab government and the pharmacy council over removal of council’s registrar PK Bhardwaj. The Punjab government issued orders relieving Bhardwaj of his charge. He has refused to comply with the orders.

US Dy Sheriff Sangha resolves to fight drug abuse
Patiala, January 18
Paramvir Sangha (22) has done Punjab proud by becoming first woman Deputy Sheriff in the USA. Fighting drug is her priority as she feels drugs harm the youth more all over the world than anything else.

Pen-down protest by 1,200 rural doctors on Jan 21
Ludhiana, January 18
Upset due to “unfulfilled” promise of the state government, 1,200 doctors working on contract in dispensaries of villages in Punjab have decided to submit resignations to the government. District heads of the Rural Medical Services Association (RMSA), doctors working under Zila Parishads, at a meeting in Ludhiana today deliberated on taking up jobs in the CRPF/BSF (1,200 vacancies), 600 in Haryana, 500 in Dubai and 250 in the Indian Army.

Book on Sikh philosophy released
Chandigarh, January 18
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today released the revised edition of "Gurmat Vihar Te Sikhi Jivan" based on essays on Sikh history, philosophy and Sikh way of life by scholar and former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee president Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar. The book has essays on the life and philosophy of 10 Sikh Gurus, besides Saint Kabir, Guru Ravi Das, Shiromani Bhagat Nam Dev and different concepts of Sikhism in the context of modern era. He also authored "Gurmat Sabhyachar" on Sikh philosophy and ethos in 2008.

Jaundice spreads in Patiala
Patiala, January 18
Poor sanitary conditions have cast its shadow on local Raghomajra colony where jaundice has allegedly gripped more than 200 residents in the past fortnight. Meanwhile, the Health Department has initiated a probe into the matter. Kuldip Kaur, Patiala civil surgeon, has directed the district health officer (DHO) and the medical officer (MO) to conduct a survey of the area to determine the number of persons afflicted with the malady.

VB to probe commission paid by PSEB
Chandigarh, January 18
The alleged payment of Rs 1.62 crore as commission to a middleman by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for securing a loan of Rs 300 crore from a bank in 2005-06 financial year is now being probed by the state vigilance bureau.

Missing Businessmen
‘Powerful lobbies out to harass honest officers

Chandigarh, January 18
Furious at what he calls baseless allegations levelled against him, an additional advocate-general of Punjab, Ajit Singh Virk says certain experienced criminals, at the instance of powerful persons, were out to harass efficient and honest officers.

Vets seek parity with medicos
Chandigarh, January 18
Expressing solidarity with their counterparts in Haryana, Punjab veterinarians have warned to forge a united front and join the stir in support of demands of vets of neighbouring state, whose parity with medicos has been disturbed.

Programme on heart surgery
Sangrur, January 18
The local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) organised a continue medical education (CME) programme on “Heart surgery and non-surgical methods of heart problems” here on Saturday.



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