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Daler’s two old passports recovered
Patiala, December 27
Pop star Daler Mehndi was today brought back to Patiala after the police recovered his two old passports, besides documents containing details of foreign visits of his 12 troupe members. The pop star, who had earlier been remanded in police custody, was taken to Delhi yesterday.

Ahmadiyyas flay ‘Shariat’ law
Amritsar, December 27
Sayid Abdul Hai Shah, secretary, publications of Ahmadiyyas, Pakistan, presided on the second day of the international convention of the Ahmadiyya community at its headquarters at Qadian in Gurdaspur district today.

15 rape cases registered
Complainants, accused known to each other
Bathinda, December 27
Nimmo (named changed), a resident of one of the villages of the district, registered a complaint in February that she was allegedly raped by another resident of the same village.

Government to provide job opportunities
Hoshiarpur, December 27
There are more than 30 lakh unemployed youths in Punjab for whom the state government is trying to provide job opportunities. This was stated by Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister while addressing a gathering on the concluding function of the five-day Inter Zonal Youth Festival at JC DAV College, Dasuya, 40 km from here today.



  NRI helps set up school in village
Bilga (Jalandhar):
To realise the dream of their mother to see this area developed, as a centre of education, Mr Ashwani Tangri, a Canada-based NRI, and his wife Neena, one of the 10 top policy makers of the Conservative Party of Canada, and their family members have been regular visitors to this village.

Bhatia writes to Yashwant on French legislation
Amritsar, December 27
A former minister of State for External Affairs, Mr R.L. Bhatia, has urged the Minister for External Affairs, Mr Yashwant Sinha, to immediately take up the matter with the French Government to withdraw the legislation on religious symbols like turbans worn by Sikhs in schools and at work places.


Kainth seeks CM’s resignation
Jalandhar, December 27
The president of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha and former MP, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, today sought the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, as he had lost the faith of majority in the Punjab CLP.

Resumption of Samjhauta Express opposed
Amritsar, December 27
The president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today said his group would oppose the resumption of Samjhauta Express and would launch a peaceful agitation to focus on anti-India activities of Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chairman of All- India Anti- Terrorist Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta, who threatened to stage nationwide protests against the resumption of train and air links with Pakistan, talks to the media on in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Sawinder Singh

Chairman of All- India Anti- Terrorist Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta


Sergeant cremated with military honours
Patiala, December 27
Fifty-year-old Randhir Singh of New Moti Bagh colony in the city today lighted the pyre of his only son Sergeant Ranjot Singh, who died following a gun battle in the Kashmir valley on December 24 at the Ghalori Gate cremation grounds today.

The coffin of Sergeant Ranjot Singh being carried to the cremation ground in Patiala on Saturday.

The coffin of Sergeant Ranjot Singh being carried to the cremation ground in Patiala

Collecting donations for road repair
Nangal (Ropar), December 27
Having experienced government apathy shown to the deplorable condition of the Nangal-Anandpur Sahib road, residents of Nangal have started collecting donations for carrying out its repair.

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan
Dhrupad vocalist Sanyal casts a spell
Jalandhar, December 27
Music lovers from far and wide braved the chill to be part of the three-day 128th Sri Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, which began at the Devi Talab temple last night. The first day was dominated by the Varanasi-based dhrupad vocalist, Dr Ritwik Sanyal, and sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee, a disciple of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

A year of revivals — cultural and political
Patiala, December 27
If this year started on a winning note for Capt Amarinder Singh, party legislators trooping to Delhi against him ended it, leaving his future and that of the city hanging in balance.

Anti-pollution rally by NSS volunteers
Patiala, December 27
A 10-day NSS camp is being organised at the ITI, Patiala, and the local Government College of Education here. NSS volunteers of the Government College of Education today organised an anti-pollution rally in this context.


People unhappy with Municipal Corporation functioning
Bathinda, December 27
Residents of this town had felt happy when the Municipal Committee here was accorded the status of a Municipal Corporation in April this year thinking that it had raised status of the town.

Vigilance Bureau to get office in Mohali soon
Mohali, December 27
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is all set to open its office in the township. The office, to be headed by the OSD to the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, will be initially run from a residential premises.


Punjab police’s help sought in murder mystery
Abohar, December 27
The Rajasthan Police has sought help from the Punjab police to solve the mystery behind the cold-blooded murder of Gurbacahan Singh Bawri (45) at Rawla Mandi in Sriganganagar district bordering Abohar.


College teachers not paid for eight months
Barnala, December 27
Resentment prevails among  teachers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala). They have not been paid salary for eight months. Prof Darshan Kumar, President, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera unit yesterday regretted that it was very difficult to be without salary of eight months.


Sudanese delegation visit coach factory
Kapurthala, December 27
Sudan Transport Minister Mohammad Eleemani Elwesila Eleemani along with a high-level delegation of the Sudan Railways, including General Manager and Track Manager, today visited the Rail Coach Factory here to explore the possibilities of importing coaches from India.

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