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SAD names Ghubaiya for Ferozepur
Badal rules out contesting LS polls
Ghubaiya (Ferozepur), January 22
Sher Singh GhubaiyaBanking on the caste factor to woo the Rai Sikh community, as expected, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has declared the name of chief parliamentary secretary Sher Singh Ghubaiya as the SAD-BJP candidate for the Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency.

IT raids 18 premises of Malhotra Book Depot
Jalandhar, January 22

Income Tax officials raided Malhotra Book Depot publishing house (MBD), premises at 18 places in Jalandhar and Delhi, including Noida and Ghaziabad.

Sleuths of the Income Tax Department during a raid at Malhotra Book Depot in Jalandhar on Thursday. Photo: Suryakant



State increases plan outlay to Rs 8,400 cr
Chandigarh, January 22
Encouraged by the Rs 10,000-crore annual plan proposal made by Haryana, the Punjab government has put forth an enhanced plan outlay of almost Rs 8,400 crore for 2009-2010 before the Planning Commission of India, a 25 per cent increase in the annual outlay from last year.

Transfer of lecturers
Quash HC order, Punjab plea to SC
New Delhi, January 22
Punjab government challenged in the Supreme Court the high court’s verdict, in September 2008, seeking review of the transfer of 85 college lecturers earlier last year.

SSP in dock over land case
To explain violation of stay order
Chandigarh, January 22
Ferozepur’s senior superintendent of police (SSP) is in the dock. The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants to know from him under which provision of law the police delivered the possession of land to a party, despite stay orders. The officer has been asked to either file an affidavit, or remain present in the court on the next date of hearing.


Ranike pays homage to slain militant
Amritsar, January 22
A day after Sukhbir Singh Badal was inducted Deputy Chief Minister, the district has again emerged as hub of political activity of the state and Gulzar Singh Ranike, a minister in the Akali-BJP government today paid homage to slain militant Gursahib Singh at a function organised by the Khalsa Action Committee at Mandiala village, 6 km from here.


PSEB in deeper crisis
Chandigarh, January 22
Figures prepared by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for discussion with the State Planning Commission give a first hand account from the horse’s mouth that the board will incur a loss of Rs 2,652 crore in 2008-09 and that this could shoot up to Rs 3,991 crore in 2009-10.

Inside Babudom
Kaushik on Centre’s panel for ADGPs
Chandigarh, January 22
After the appointment of RV Raju as the first chief of the National Investigating Agency and SC Sinha as Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), their batch mate Anil Kaushik of Punjab has been empanelled for appointment as Additional Director-General of Police.

Vaghela urges Badal to slash cotton tax
Amritsar, January 22
Shankersinh Vaghela, Union Minister of Textiles, has requested Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to reduce 2 per cent sales tax on cotton to bring Punjab farmers on a par with other states and also to end role of commission agents in cotton procurement.

Govt offices to open for 180 days in 2009
Jalandhar, January 22
Government staff in 2009 will work for about 180 days in 2009. Government offices will remained closed for 126 days, including Saturdays and Sundays, in Punjab. There will be two restricted holidays, to choose from the list of list 19 restricted holidays declared by the government. Apart from it there is casual leave of 10 days to 20 days depending to the length of service.

Missing Ludhiana Businessman
Ashish Kumar rebuffs counsel’s charges
Chandigarh, January 22
Ashish Kumar, a Delhi-based businessman, has denied that his brother Vinod Kumar owed money to banks. “ We were troubled because we refused to break off our business relations with Saini Motors,” he said in a written statement. He was referring to the allegations made by the defence counsel Ajit Singh Virk, AA-G, Punjab, in the missing Ludhiana businessman case.

Gurdwara flooring to be restored
Amritsar, January 22
Heritage conservation experts will dig up marble layers around Baba Atal gurdwaral in the vicinity of the Golden Temple complex and restore its original brick flooring.

Rural docs examine patients on mats
Mallewal (Patiala), January 22
Displaying a good deal of “Gandhigiri” to register their discontentment against the state government, rural doctors have abandoned their chairs and examining patients on durris (mats) at dispensaries in Patiala villages.

Teachers observe strike
Nabha, January 22
On the call of the Government College Teachers Association (GCTA), Punjab, demanding implementation of the UGC pay panel ‘s report and other demands of teachers, two-hour strike was observed in Government Ripudaman College here today.



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