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Congress strategy to tackle rebels
New Delhi, December 5
Aware of the problems the party could face in the distribution of the tickets for the party candidates in Punjab, the Congress has decided to invoke the authority of the “high command” to quell the problem of rebel candidates. 

PPCC members get rude shock
Aspirants told to pay Rs 1 lakh each
Patiala, December 5
Many Congressmen, who have been vying with one another for being elected members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee are now having second thoughts with the All-India Congress Committee asking them to submit a draft of Rs 1 lakh each.

For Cong, SAD, it’s ‘money game’
Bhucho Mandi (Bathinda), December 5
The Lok Bhalai Party chief, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, addressing a party rally here yesterday, alleged that both the SAD and the Congress had made elections a “game of money”. 

Ropar, Kanjli wetlands “deserve”global status
Chandigarh, December 5
On the direction of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, has recommended to the Ramsar Convention Bureau, Switzerland, the inclusion of Ropar and Kanjli wetlands in the Ramsar list.



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Punjab getting warmer: Experts
Ludhiana, December 5
Has the climate changed in this region? This question has become a topic of discussion among experts especially in the agriculture sector. Climatic conditions play a major role not only in determining the cropping pattern and other related matter but also the economy of any region.

Sikh clergy to meet tomorrow
Amritsar, December 5
The crucial meeting of Sikh clergy will be held at Akal Takht on December 7. Remarks of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi against high priests will be discussed at the meeting.

POLITICS



SHSYAD secretary-general Sukhwinderpal Singh Garcha and other party functionaries with the new entrants to the party at a workers' meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

CM must quit for unity: Baba Bedi
Rajasansi (Amritsar ), December 5
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Convener Panthic Morcha, has reiterated that Panthic unity cannot be forged unless Mr Parkash Singh Badal resigns as Chief Minister and President, Shiromani Akali Dal .

Akali leaders to join morcha: Rode
Jalandhar, December 5
The Panthic Morcha today claimed that some senior Akali leaders would join hands with it at its December 9 Ludhiana rally. The rally would also be addressed by the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram.

COMMUNITY

AIR to broadcast ‘Daire’ against female foeticide
Jalandhar, December 5
“AIR Jalandhar will help promote the theatre movement against female foeticide and encourage adaptations of effective theatre scripts on the subject for broadcast”, said Mr S.V. Kapil, Station Director, AIR Jalandhar.

Dr Mahajan may be DRME
Amritsar, December 5
With Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal, Medical College, Amritsar, getting the retrospective promotion, he may be tipped for the post of Director, Research and Medical Education.

Shopkeepers down shutters
Gurdaspur, December 5
Shops near Hanuman Chowk remained closed today in protest against the manhandling of shopkeepers and alleged looting of shops by municipal employees while removing encroachments.

HIGH COURT
ADGP Bhullar’s bail extended
Chandigarh, December 5
The interim bail granted to suspended Additional Director-General of Punjab Police Daljit Singh Bhullar in a triple murder case was today extended till December 20 by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Cop on duty shot dead
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
A police personnel on patrol was shot dead last night by an unidentified person in the Satnam Nagar area of Mandi Gobindgarh town in the district. The assailant escaped after the incident.

Smoking banned in court complex
Patiala, December 5
Patiala District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today banned smoking in the local court complex with immediate effect. Mr Aggarwal, while issuing these orders, also wrote to Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir and District police chief Paramjit Singh Grewal to ban smoking in public places all over the district.

Improvement trust head “misusing” powers
Bathinda, December 5
As many as three trustees of the local Improvement Trust staged a walkout at the general house meeting held here last evening in protest against the functioning of the trust’s chairman in a “non-transparent manner” and “misuse” of the powers entrusted to him.

Amritsar heritage walk planned
Amritsar, December 5
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Punjab chapter, has taken a new step to promote heritage tourism and sensitise the local residents towards the old buildings which are historically or architecturally significant in of various towns Punjab.

Seminar on traffic rules
Patiala, December 5
Patiala police organised a seminar on “Traffic rules” at Police Lines here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh, stressed the need to raise awareness among schoolchildren, keeping in mind the ever increasing number of vehicles on the road.

‘Shift’ dairy farm
Bathinda, December 5
Residents of the Talianwala mohalla here have made a plea to the authorities concerned for the shifting of a dairy farm that was being run in their locality.

ADMINISTRATION

TSU members stage dharna
Bathinda, December 5
Members of the Technical Services Union of Bathinda circle staged a dharna in front of the office of the Chief Engineer yesterday. They were protesting against the privatisation of the state electricity board.

Punsup’s assurance to employees
Bathinda, December 5
The chairman, Punsup, has given assurance to members of the local unit of the Punsup Employees Union, Punjab, that their demands will be discussed at a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the state Food and Civil Supplies Minister on December 24. 

EDUCATION

ETT candidates gherao DEO
Sangrur, December 5
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union and selected candidates for the ETT posts, under the leadership of Mr Devi Dayal and Mr Avtar Singh Bhalwan, presidents of the Malwa zone and the district unit, respectively, of the union, gheraoed the office of the District Education Officer (Primary) here for more than four hours today.

College teachers hold rallies
Amritsar, December 5
As part of the agitation launched by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, the local district council organised rallies in front of all colleges of the district.

Hard work only way to success: SP
Fatehgarh Sahib
Neither blue blood nor political or economic clout and good pedigree are required to become a great personality. Rather, it is hard work, determination and perseverance that make you great. Mr Shami Kumar, SP (H) and renowned scholar and writer told this to students while interacting with them at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here at its ‘Institute Administrative Interaction’ programme organised by the ISET Students chapter.

Teacher awarded for research project
Amritsar, December 5
Prof Vikram Chadha, teaching at the Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has been awarded a commendation certificate for his post-doctrol research project, titled,” WTO Obligations, Globalisation and the Significance of Agricultural Research: A comparative study of the Indian and the Mexican situations”, by Department of Pacific Studies, School of Humanities and social sciences, University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara (Jalisco), Mexico.

BUSINESS

Make payments, urge traders
Moga, December 5
Though the Punjab Government has said payments would be made to traders soon after the procurement of foodgrain, a deputation of traders of the Moga Traders Federation said they had not been paid so far.
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