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CM refuses to resign
Gurdaspur, December 23
Even as Congress dissidents stayed away from the Samman rally held here after unveiling the statue of freedom fighter and former Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Prabodh Chandra, here today, Capt Amarinder Singh said he won’t resign as the Chief Minister as demanded by his Cabinet colleague, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Captain Amarinder Singh unveils the statue of Parbodh Chander at Gurdaspur on Tuesday Captain Amarinder Singh unveils the statue of Parbodh Chander at Gurdaspur on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Deadlock continues, factions hold
separate dinners
Chandigarh, December 23
Return to work by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and some members of his Council of Ministers notwithstanding, the deadlock over the leadership crisis in the Congress Legislature Party continues unabated with "dissidents" staying away from official functions.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Complainants in Daler case told to give evidence
Patiala, December 23
The pendulum in the human trafficking case seems to have started swinging in the favour of pop star Daler Mehndi with the police showing satisfaction with the record submitted by the singer regarding his trips abroad between 1998- 2000 even as it has started asking the complainants in the case to “give further evidence” to support their charges against Daler.

Saka Sirhind — a unique example of faith and sacrifice
Lakhs expected to pay homage
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
Saka Sirhind, the martyrdom of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh is unique in the annals of world history. The barbarous incident of the bricking of the two sons alive for refusing to embrace Islam took place on December 24, 1704. To commemorate the event, Shaheedi Jor Mela is held every year from December 24 to 28 at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

  Jor mela holidays from Dec 24

SAD may open doors to non-Sikhs
Chandigarh, December 23
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal has set up a high-level committee to suggest changes in the party constitution to broaden its base. Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, senior Vice-President, is the convener of the committee comprising Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta.

Entry in DDR against Kanjhla
Sangrur, December 23
On the complaint of Mr Mohinder Singh, a traffic policeman, the local police today made an entry in the daily diary report against Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, MLA from Sherpur and former Punjab minister in the SAD-BJP government, for allegedly misbehaving with Mr Mohinder Singh while he was performing his duty.

Sukhminder discharged in Badal case
Ropar, December 23
The arguments on the bail applications of six persons booked in the disproportionate assets case registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau against the former Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Gurpinder Singh Grewal, Mr Jagnandan, Mr Harbans Lal, Mr Pavitar Singh, Mr Darshan Singh, and Mr Nirapjit Singh were closed today in the court of Special Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel.

MCs buying chlorination plant at different rates?
Ropar, December 23
Can different municipal councils in the state purchase similar equipment at different rates. If the data collected by this correspondent from the municipal councils was believed to be true the councils were purchasing chlorination plants at different price.

3 KLF militants held
Amritsar, December 23
In a major breakthrough, the Majitha police has arrested Jeewan Singh, alias Natha Singh, belonging to the Khalistan Liberation Force along with two of his associates while two others escaped under the cover of darkness.


Jakhar may contest from Ferozepore
Abohar, December 23
Without commenting on rumours that he was being tipped to replace Ms Girija Vyas as the president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Balram Jakhar, a former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, has expressed his willingness to contest the next Lok Sabha election from the Ferozepore constituency.


Drive against drug peddlers yield results
Bathinda, December 23
The intensive police drive against the smuggling of narcotics has yielded positive results, as on an average a case under the NDPS Act has been registered after every 30 hours in the district this year.

PCMS Doctors Forum elect office-bearers
Chandigarh, December 23
The Punjab State Senior PCMS Doctors Forum at a general body meeting today unanimously elected the following office-bearers: Dr Hardev Singh (Civil Surgeon, Patiala) — president; Dr Nirpal Singh (Civil Surgeon, Mansa) — vice-president; Dr Yashpal Singla (Deputy Director, Family Welfare, Chandigarh) and Dr J.K. Bajaj — treasurers.

Couple, child burnt to death
Abohar, December 23
Three members of a family were burnt alive at Raipura village, near here, yesterday. Residents of the village said Kashmir Ram was living in a hut with his wife and three-year-old son outside the farmhouse of Mr Avtar Singh.

Christmas procession taken out
Amritsar, December 23
A large number of Christians today participated in a Christmas procession organised by the Masih Nagar Kirtan Committee here.

Men dressed as Santa Claus take out a procession ahead of Christmas Day in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Christmas celebrated
Kharar, December 23
Christmas was celebrated with great enthusiasm by students of Mother Mary School here today.

Men dressed as Santa Claus take out a procession ahead of Christmas Day in Amritsar

Cop booked for letting off ISI agent
Malerkotla, December 23
The Malerkotla police has registered a case against in charge of city police station Jugraj Singh for allegedly letting off a suspected ISI agent, Hafiz Asdula, after taking money from him.

Man ends life on rail track
Dera Bassi, December 23
Vishal Dutt, an employee of a Mohali-based telecommunication firm, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on the Kalka-Ambala railway line at Jawaharpur village, near here, late last night.

Gang of cheats busted
Jalandhar, December 23
The district police claims to have busted a five-member gang of criminals which specialised in cheating gullible people on the pretext of multiplying their money. The police seized Rs 40,000 from them.



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