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Govt to raise Bathinda refinery issue at NDC meeting
Chandigarh, December 19
What will be the fate of the prestigious Bathinda oil refinery project in wake of the Union Government’s decision to put Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited on the chopping block?

Send plea to Gujarat for probe: BJP
Punjab ministers’ conduct
Chandigarh, December 19
With a view to making the reported involvement of certain Punjab ministers in a sex scandal an issue in the coming municipal elections, the BJP today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh (retd), to formally send a request to the Gujarat Government for probing this matter to bring out the truth.

Bibi snaps ties with ‘tainted’ nephew
Jalandhar, December 19

Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Bibi Jagir Kaur severed ties with her nephew today, barely a day after the police charged him with masterminding the kidnapping of a schoolboy.

Snap ties with BJP: Dayal to Badal
Phagwara, December 19
The Punjab CPI secretary, Dr Joginder Dayal, today declared that the party would contest elections of 87 nagar councils and nagar panchayats on January 23 next year, but not on the party symbol.

Take action against Badal: forum
Amritsar, December 19
Capt Chanan Singh Sidhu, president of the Sikh Forum, Punjab, has said that the forum, with the assistance of other Sikh organisations, will take up the issue of punishing Mr Prakash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, for his alleged role in the Sikh-Nirankari clash in 1978. 

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Capt better Sikh: Talwandi
Brahaman Majra (Ropar), December 19
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, a former president of the SGPC, expelled from the SAD recently, said today that Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, a better Sikh than Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD.


Coal position at thermal plant critical
Patiala, December 19
The coal stock position at the Bathinda thermal plant has turned critical with only four days of stock left even as the Punjab State Electricity Board has shut down one unit at the plant and another at the Ropar plant with the Railways in no mood to lift its unofficial ban on the supply of coal to the Board's plants because of the non-payment of dues.

Badungar to meet Afghan PM
Amritsar, December 19
SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has decided to meet the Afghanistan Prime Minister soon for carrying out kar sewa at Sikh shrines there which had been damaged during the US attack on the Taliban.

Tota Singh gets challan copies
Ropar, December 19
The court of the Special Judge here today provided remaining copies of the documents of the challan to Mr Tota Singh, former Punjab Education Minister and a senior SAD leader, in a case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Garcha seeks bail
Chandigarh, December 19
Acting on a petition filed by Punjab’s former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha seeking the grant of bail in a cheating and corruption case, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion for January 7.

‘Thoughtful citizens can change world’
Dr Mitsuo Okamoto, a renowned law expert of Hiroshima Shudo University of Japan
Jalandhar, December 19
“A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. There is a need to check the policy of retaliation, which has witnessed large-scale violence and massacre across the globe in the past century, Dr Mitsuo Okamoto, a renowned law expert of Hiroshima Shudo University of Japan, said in his key note address during the inaugural session of global educational conference on culture of peace and non-violence.
Dr Mitsuo Okamoto, a renowned law expert of Hiroshima Shudo University of Japan, speaks during the inaugural session of Global Educational Conference at Jalandhar on Thursday . 

Complaints of fake votes pour in
Bathinda, December 19
Even as various political parties have started gearing up for Punjab municipal elections to be held on January 23, allegations and complaints of manhandling of workers seem to have started the poll race in this district.

Major train mishap averted
Ludhiana, December 19
A major tragedy was averted today, thanks to the timely action taken by a guard at the railway station here today, when two trains coming from opposite direction almost collided with each other. The guard of one of the trains released the vacuum forcing the train to stop instantly thus preventing a major tragedy.

Harike reservoir closure put off
Chandigarh, December 19
On orders of Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, the Irrigation Department has postponed the proposed closure of the Harike reservoir to carry out certain repairs. The closure was to be effected in the second week of January. 

Community policing centre inaugurated
Amritsar, December 19
The police to make its image people-friendly has launched community policing here. Mr G.S. Sahota, DIG, Border Range today inaugurated a Community Policing Resource Centre in the district courts complex.

Cops turn red-faced over Batalvi function
Amritsar, December 19
The police here was in embarrassment when the Gurdaspur police arrested Sultan, main organiser of ‘Birha tu Sultan’ function proposed to be organised in the memory of noted Punjabi poet, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, here today. Senior police officials, including the IG, the SSP and SP, were invited to the function, which had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour due to his arrest. 

Leopard trapped, killed
Hoshiarpur, December 19
The carcass of a leopard was disposed of by burning by officials of the Forest Department here today. Carcass of the animal was noticed by children in the forest area of Baruhi village on the boundary of the Dasuya-Hoshiarpur road on December 17 evening.

36 pc pensioners found to be bogus
Moga, December 19

About 36 per cent of the pensions granted by the previous SAD-BJP coalition government, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal in Faridkot district have been found to be bogus.

One more succumbs to injury in blast case
Patiala, December 19
One more person, injured in the explosive blast which rocked a junk dealer’s depot in New Badungar Basti on Tuesday, succumbed to his injuries yesterday in Government Rajindra Hospital, taking the toll to three.

Patwaris’ stir put off
Bathinda, December 19
Mr Sham Lal Grover, tehsil president, of the Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, in a statement issued here this evening said that the agitation programme announced by the union had been postponed following assurances by the district authorities that the demands would be met. 

Cops to be computer savy
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
To equip itself with the latest information technology tools and to combat the menace of cyber crime the district police has launched a training programme for police personnel.


DC unhappy with MC performance
Mansa, December 19
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of the local municipal council. He said he had convened a meeting of municipal councillors to discuss ways to raise income for the council. He said only eight municipal councillors out of 21 turned up to attend the meeting which showed their lack of interest in the affairs of the council. 

Red Cross addl secy dismissed
Mansa, December 19
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-president of the District Red Cross Society, has taken a serious note of complaints about the working of the society and checked the records of the society.


Life term for killing landlord
Hoshiarpur, December 19
The fast track court Hoshiarpur here today sentenced life term to Joginder Pal, son of Dalip Chander, for killing his landlord Tarsem Lal by poisoning his tea. He acquitted Simarjit Kaur, wife of the accused Joginder Pal, who was co-accused in the case.

Police remand for IT Commissioner


GND varsity sets up Baba Budha Chair
Amritsar, December 19
A Baba Budha Chair for Sikh studies was established at Guru Nanak Dev University here today. Mr Jagir Singh Randhawa of the USA has donated Rs 25 lakh as endowment fund for establishing the chair in the memory of his wife Narinder Kaur.

Varsity to host history Congress
Amritsar, December 19
Guru Nanak Dev University will host the 63rd session of “Indian History Congress” from December 28 to 30 at its campus. More than 100 historians from all over the world are likely to take part in the event.Top

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