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Anandpur Sahib pact row needless, says Badal
Chandigarh, February 1
Referring to the controversy over the Anandpur Sahib Resolution as needless, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has always stood for the unity and integrity of the country and will continue to remain in the forefront to defend it.

Sukhbir prefers to keep mum
Jalandhar, February 1
Unlike his diplomatic and serene father, who makes it a point to seem to reply to even unsavoury queries, Badal Jr is a bit “lordly” when faced with unpleasant questions from mediapersons. This was evident here yesterday when the SAD chief in the new role of Deputy Chief Minister paid his maiden visit to the city.



News Analysis
Sood resigns to uphold values

Chandigarh, February 1
After suspending four officials, including a staff nurse, junior doctor and principal of Rajendra medical College Hospital - Minister for Health Education,Punjab, Tikshan Sood has taken the moral responsibility for factors, both under and beyond control, that led to tragic demise of five children yesterday.

‘Politics’ behind neglect of Patiala hospital
Chandigarh, February 1
Medical Education Minister Tikshan Sood’s conscience may have been pricked but apparently not to that extent as the minister has chosen to submit his resignation to his party rather than to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Patiala Tragedy
No danger to injured infants

Patiala, February 1
The parents of the four infants, who have survived the fire in the Paediatrics wing of the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital here, are hopeful of their early recovery.

Docs may lose right to practise
Chandigarh, February 1
A well-intentioned, but legally questionable move by the Punjab Medical Council, could translate into most allopathic doctors in the state losing their right to practise by the end of this month, if they fail to comply with the council’s directive to re-register.

Centre sets up panel to review toll system
Jalandhar, February 1
Acting on demands of the All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), the union government has set up a high-level committee to monitor and review the toll-collection system on all national highways. It will also review the condition of public-funded toll roads and look into minimising the waiting time at toll palazas and setting up a mechanism to collect and redress public grievances with regard to the toll collection.

Punjab farmer for Rs 1,768 as wheat MSP
Chandigarh, February 1
Punjab farmer needs a minimum support price of Rs 1,768 per quintal for his wheat produce in order to post a 15 per cent profit, according to a study conducted by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal).


CM trying to shift focus from Sukhbir: Cong
Congress general secretary Raninder Singh being greeted by party activists at Sangat near Bathinda on Sunday. Sangat (Bathinda), February 1
Though Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has now been terming the row over the Anandpur Sahib Resolution a needless controversy, the Congress is in no mood to let the controversy die down.

Congress general secretary Raninder Singh being greeted by party activists at Sangat near Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Badal, son fuelling communal divide: CPM
Chandigarh, February 1
The CPM, Punjab unit, today alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal were fuelling communal divide in the state to hide failures of the government.

Cong seeks bonus on wheat
Chandigarh, February 1
The Punjab Congress has urged the state government to announce for farmers bonus proportionate to hike in wheat MSP effected by the Centre recently.


Nanhi Chhaan set to enter stage II
Chandigarh, February 1
Encouraged by the response to Nanhi Chhaan, a project to check female foeticide and to promote green cover in Punjab, the Punjab government has agreed to support the initiative. As per the understanding reached among Harsimrat Kaur, wife of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who launched the initiative, the SGPC and the Punjab Forest Department, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be signed to launch the stage II of the project.

One hurt in student clash; car damaged
Amritsar, February 1
There was tension in government medical college, here after two groups of medical students clashed this evening. Students of MBBS (first year) damaged a car of BDS interns who allegedly tried to thrash them.
Polio drops being administered to a child in Amritsar on Sunday.
Polio drops being administered to a child in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

IMA Conference
‘Doctor has lost patient’s trust’

Amritsar, February 1
Doctors should give more time to patients to improve doctor-patient relationship and the government frame proper health care policy to protect interests of doctors.

BJP to take decision on Sood soon: Punj 
Amritsar , February 1
BJP’s national secretary and in charge Punjab affairs Balbir Punj has said he had received the resignation of Punjab Minister for Medical Education and Research Tikshan Sood and it is under consideration of the party.

Rural docs meet adviser to CM
Chandigarh, February 1
The Rural Medical Services Association, Punjab, a body of rural doctors and rural health met Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, adviser to the Chief Minister and SAD-BJP candidate from the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, regarding regularisation of their contract jobs.

Panel to go into demands of ETT teachers
Lehragaga (Sangrur), February 1
The Punjab government has set up a committee headed by the Punjab Chief Secretary to look into demands and problems of government employees.

Farmers to offload potatoes on the road tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 1
Punjab farmers will offload their potatoes on the road on February 3 in a attempt to “awake” the state government from “slumber” and persuade it to announce a subsidy for potato farmers who are forced to resort to distress sale of their produce.

Slowdown blues: 6 lakh jobs lost
Jalandhar, February 1
Owing to economic slowdown, six lakh persons had lost jobs in the organised sector in the country in a few months, said official estimate of the Union government. GK Pillai, Union Commerce Secretary, told a news channel that though the impact of global meltdown was not very severe in the country, people had certainly lost jobs. He said the government had estimated about six lakh workers had lost jobs in recent months.

Hira Mahal: Jindal writes to Mann
Nabha, February 1
Clarifying his position, local businessman Om Jindal has written to SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann that he had purchased Hira Mahal from Maharaj Hanumant Singh in 2002 and Pritam Singh was living in a portion of the building. He never troubled Pritam, but during the past many days some mischievous persons were demanding money from him, threatening him that they would give a communal colour to the matter by constructing a gurdwara there.

Op Bluestar’s 25th Anniversary
Fissures in KAC

Amritsar, February 1
Intelligence agencies are keeping watch on preparations being made by the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) for observing the 25th anniversary of Operation Bluestar in June.

States asked to give land for driving schools
Jalandhar, February 1
Responding to the demand raised by the All-India National Motor Transport Congress to establish driving schools and stands for truckers with the provision of toilets, etc, along main highways, the Union Surface Transport Minister has given an offer that any state government giving land free of cost for opening such schools would get adequate funds from the union government.

Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line work in progress, says Punjab Chief Secy
Chandigarh, February 1
Punjab state Chief Secretary (CS) Ramesh Inder Singh has stated that the work on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line is in progress and will be completed within the timeframe.


Two Nigerians arrested in Amritsar on Sunday. Heroin worth Rs 25 cr seized
Amritsar, February 1
Involvement of Nigerian nationals in an international drug cartel has once again come to the fore with the seizure of 5 kg of heroin, said to be worth Rs 25 crore in the international market, from the possession of two Nigerians here today.

Two Nigerians arrested in Amritsar on Sunday. A Tribune photograph



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