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Pollution control board to
act against violators
Ropar, December 16
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to act against government organisations and public sector units that don’t comply with the guidelines of the board. The PPCB passed a resolution yesterday to initiate criminal proceeding against the officials of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, and the Phagwara Municipal Council.

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Good lipid ‘not enough to prevent heart diseases’
Prof S. MajumdarChandigarh, December 16
Having a good lipid may not necessarily be a sure protection against a heart attack, as is the general belief. It is this latest research by Prof S. Majumdar, Head of Experimental Medicine, PGI, which has won him the Indian Council of Medical Research Basanti Devi Amir Chand prize for 2002.

‘Durgah’ that attracts all
The “durgah” of “Sheikh Brahm”, on the Indo-Pakistan international border near Mianwali Uttar village in Khemkaran sector continues to be source of belief and conviction for thousands of devotees not only from India but on the other side of the fence also. Every Thursday, thousands of devotees pay their obeisance here, and seek blessings. According to villagers “Peer Baba” was a disciple of Guru Nanak Dev.

Punjab shifts 3 IAS officers
Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of three IAS officers. Mr Boota Ram Banga has been posted Deputy Commissioner of Muktsar in place of Mr P.S. Aujla.

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Sonali charmed by Punjabis
Jalandhar, December 16
“I love Punjab, Punjabis and the Punjabi food. It is wonderful to be here . It is nothing short of a homecoming as I am married to a Punjabi,” says Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre. “It is wonderful. Punjabi food is fabulous. I was tired after the long journey from Mumbai, yet I savoured the food last night said Sonali while admitting that most of her films were flops.

Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre who was in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Photo by Sukhwinder

Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre who was in Jalandhar on Tuesday

Chohan asks militants to return, expose govt
Jalandhar, December 16
The president of the Khalsa Raj Party and Khalistan ideologue, Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, yesterday said the Sikh militants, who had been residing abroad for the past more than a decade, should return to their motherland to inform the people about the forces responsible for the decade-long turmoil in Punjab.


Vijay Divas: veterans feel let down
Bathinda, December 16
Gurnam Singh (94), a veteran of World War II, who has faced all odd situations in different countries bravely from 1939 to 1947, has been finding himself defeated in the evening of his life.

Brig Jatinder Singh, Station Commander, Bathinda Military Station, listens to grievances of war veterans on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Brig Jatinder Singh, Station Commander, Bathinda Military Station, listens to grievances of war veterans on Tuesday.

Heroes of 1971 war remembered
Khasa (Amritsar), December 16
Major-General B.S. Nagal General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Panther division today laid a wreath to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1971 Indo-Pakistan war at the “Dograi’ War Memorial to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of ‘Vijay Divas’ here. The jawans drawn from different regiments reversed arms to pay tributes to their comrades-in-arms who laid down their lives during the Bangladesh liberation war and defending the western borders.

Jor Mela to be a sombre affair
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 16
The four-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib scheduled to start from December 24, would be different from the previous years as the martyrdom of younger sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, would be commemorated strictly in a religious spirit this year.

Amarinder to visit native village today
Mehraj (Bathinda), December 16
Even as uncertainty over the visit of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to his ancestral village tomorrow, came to an end this afternoon, senior civil and police officials from Bathinda descended here to make foolproof security arrangements.

DC’s help sought on zamindar, Dalit issue
Sangrur, December 16
On behalf of the zamindars of Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, a five-member deputation comprising Mr Jhanda Singh, district president of the BKU (Rajewal), Mr Kesar Singh, sarpanch of Hasanpur, Mr Satwant Singh Punia, district president of the BJP, Mr Jeet Singh Alloarkh, district president of the SAD (A); and Mr Sher Singh, district vice-president of the BKU (Rajewal), today met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sarvjit Singh, to get the dispute between Dalits and zamindar settled soon.

Concern over declining sex ratio
Amritsar, December 16
Expressing concern over the alarming decrease in the sex ratio, particularly in Punjab, the president of the All-India Women Conference (AIWC), Dr Aparna Basu, said in the holy city of Amritsar the sex ratio had declined from 861 to 783 against the all-India figure of 934 per 1,000 males, which was shameful.

Shifting of vegetable mandi stalled
Amritsar, December 16
Senior officers of the Punjab Mandi Board, who had been camping here for the past three days, returned to Chandigarh today after having failed to persuade commission agents to shift to a new mandi site. A senior officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said fruit and vegetable licensees, who had come to know about the proposed shifting yesterday, managed to stall it by launching an agitation.

Police clueless about attack on bank manager
Amritsar, December 16
Even after more than 10 days the police is clueless about the attack on Mr S.P.S Bains, Zonal Manager Punjab and Sind Bank. Mr Bains was injured seriously in an assault by six persons armed with hockey sticks, iron rods etc a few metres from his residence in Akash Avenue on the Fatehgarh Churian road on December 6.

Hundreds turn up for recruitment rally
Bathinda, December 16
Hundreds of youths from Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Ferozepore, Moga and Muktsar districts came to try their luck at the sports ground of the local Government Rajindra College where the recruitment for the Army is under progress.

A youth gets his chest marked after performing the "beam" exercise during a recruitment rally of Indian Army at Bathinda on Tuesday, in which youth from six districts participated. — Photo by Kulbir Beera.
A youth gets his chest marked after performing the "beam" exercise during a recruitment rally

Check drug abuse, says judge
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 16
Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, in a function held here today released the second issue of “Yuva Chetna”, a magazine published by the District Hospital Welfare Section. The magazine aims to create awareness about social evils and this issue of focussed on drug abuse.

Kicked out of job, Dalit woman appeals to CM
Patiala, December 16
A local Dalit girl Krishna Devi, whose services as a clerk with the Punjab School Education Board have been recently terminated along with nearly 133 others, has appealed to the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, for help.

Two brothers die in accident
Hoshiarpur, December 16
Sohan Singh (55) and Amrik Singh (60), both brothers of Krishna Nagar Mohalla here died on the spot while Jagtar Singh son of Sohan Singh and Rajwant Singh of Nawanshahr were injured seriously when their car (No. PB-10AN-5453) in which they were travelling was hit by a tractor trailer at Chack Gujran village, 6 km from here on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar road last night. Both injured were admitted in local Civil Hospital.

13 couples tie the knot
Amritsar, December 16
Thirteen marriages were solemnised at a marriage function organised by the Rotary Club, Amritsar Midtown, at S.L. Public School here today.


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Akali worker’s plea for case against SSP
Chandigarh, December 16
In just over a fortnight after the Punjab police cane-charged Akali workers marching towards Ropar the day former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal were to appear before a court, a party supporter today sought directions for registration of an attempt-to-murder case against Senior Superintendent of Police Surinder Pal Singh and another official for beating him.

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Shamsher Mehndi files counter complaint
Patiala, December 16
The prime accused in the human trafficking case, Shamsher Mehndi, today filed an application in a local court against Bakshish Singh, complainant in the case as well as some of the other accused who were earlier his clients, claiming all of them had implicated him in a false case.


Kisan Sabha convention on December 19
Jalandhar, December 16
The Punjab Kisan Sabha has decided to hold a state-level convention at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here on December 19 on “failure” of the state government to implement already accepted demands.


Farmer murdered over water dispute
Muktsar, December 16
Mohinder Singh, a farmer of Lakhewali village in the district, was murdered last night by another farmer, Balkaran Singh, and three others while he and his nephew were working in a field.


VC fires another salvo against Pro-VC
Patiala, December 16
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has asked the university Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, to “expedite” action against the institute’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, on the basis of a report sent to him earlier which called for the removal of Dr Pal from the post of Pro-VC.

Conserve water sources, says Dr Sidhu
Patiala, December 16
The Department of Geography, Punjabi University, organised a lecture by Dr Kirpal Singh Sidhu, Department of Occupational Environmental Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, on the topic “Role of pollutants, environmental and social factors” in the Senate Hall of the university here today. Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai, presided over the lecture.

Education Minister fails to keep appointment
Faridkot, December 16
Infighting among senior Congress leaders cast its shadow in Punjab on silver jubliee celebration function of the Saint Marys Convent school here yesterday. Mr Khushal Behal, Punjab Education Minister who was to preside over the function did not turn up and the programme was cancelled a few minutes before the function.

Lyallpur Khalsa College tops NAAC evaluation
Jalandhar, December 16
The 77-year-old Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, has topped the Grade-A plus list of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission.


Plea to declare thermal plant area prohibited
Patiala, December 16
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Vigilance Department has recommended that Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant site in Bathinda district be declared a prohibited place besides police verification of all contract workers working in the plant.


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