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Jathedar Vedanti offers conditional resignation
Amritsar, December 7
Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib, has alleged that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, threatened to get him killed, whereas the latter has said the allegation is baseless and he would step down as Jathedar if the charge is proved.

Giani Gurdit Singh to appear before clergy today

Villagers, BKU (E) men gherao police station
Seek arrest of accused in rape case
Bareta (Mansa), December 7
Thousands of people of this town and its surrounding villages, including activists of the BKU (Ekta), Sidhupur group, and members of the Pinky Katal Kand Sangharsh Committee today gheraoed the local police station to press the authorities to arrest the accused involved in the rape and subsequent murder of Pinky on December 1.

Siddiqui told to ‘relieve’ 7 DSPs of their duties
Chandigarh, December 7
Less than two months after the selection of seven Deputy Superintendents of Police was set aside by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab Government’s Home Department today asked Director-General of Police A.A. Siddiqui to “relieve” the officers of their “duties”.

Friendship spirit pervades Indo-Pak
Punjab Games

Patiala, December 7
Friendship spirit is all pervasive at the Indo-Pak Punjab Games. The Pakistan Punjab contingent did not lodge a protest with the games organising committee even after the first gold medal was won by a cyclist who had tested positive for dope recently.

Fatehgarh Sahib


From backyards to Olympics, Pak women players come a long way
Patiala, December 7
Sumaira Zahoor is by no means an extraordinary athlete. She has to her credit neither world records nor astounding laurels, however, she remains one of the most famous names in the Pakistani contingent which is here to participate in the first Indo-Pak Punjab games.

Sumaira Zahoor

Punjab Rattan’ conferred upon Pervaiz Elahi
Sumaira Zahoor

Re-editing of Suraj Parkash begins
Chandigarh, December 7
On the direction of the SGPC, the re-editing of Sri Gur Partap Suraj Granth, also called Suraj Parkash, has begun to comb out the ‘mythological content’ from its text and include the same into its appendix.

SGPC failed to highlight Sikh heritage: Dhillon
Moga, December 7
Actor-turned-film producer Mangal Dhillon has said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and other Sikh bodies have failed to highlight Sikh heritage at the global level.

Debt in farm sector estimated at 12,494 cr
Chandigarh, December 7
The total debt in the agriculture sector in Punjab is estimated at Rs 12,494 crore 2002-03. At least 46.32 per cent of it is from non-institutional sources. And, increasing indebtedness of farmers, particularly small and marginal, has led to many cases of suicides as well.


Homage paid to martyrs
Jalandhar, December 7
A function was organised by the District Sainik Welfare Board to mark Armed Forces Flag Day at War Memorial here today.

Mann reverts to sovereign Punjab theme
Ludhiana, December 7
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) supremo Simranjit Singh Mann yesterday reverted to the theme of sovereign Punjab, declaring that his party would launch a peaceful movement to realise this dream.

Mann flays SAD on POTA issue

Plot owners fail to get compensation even after 19 yrs
Amritsar, December 7
Even as the improvement trust was announcing ambitious housing and commercial schemes for developing the outskirts of the holy city, a large number of people whose plots were acquired to make these schemes possible have been left high and dry as the trust has failed to pay the acquisition charges, for the past 19 years.

Villagers seek recognition for possessing ashes
Sangrur, December 7
Residents of Alloarkh village, near Bhawanigarh, and activists of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) asked the SGPC to set up an educational and religious institution in the village as it possesses an urn containing a part of the ashes of Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, in the Manji Sahib gurdwara.

Role of intellectuals in saving environment stressed
Jalandhar, December 7
Need for intellectuals to act and create awareness among people about the importance of clean environment and perils of pollution was stressed at a seminar organised by the Life Awareness Movement at Guru Osho Duar Ashram here.

Panel to sort out problems of doctors
Ludhiana, December 7
In order to ensure closer coordination between the police and the doctors, particularly the problems faced by doctors while conducting their professional duties, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ludhiana Range, Mr Parag Jain, has constituted committees of doctors and police officers for the police districts of Ludhiana, Ropar, Khanna and Jagraon.

Tehsil staff protest against misconduct
Phagwara, December 7
Phagwara tehsil complex staff went on a strike today in protest against the objectionable behaviour of certain people with Naib Tehsildar Seema Singh.

Patwaris stage dharna
Muktsar, December 7
Activists of the Revenue Patwar Union, Muktsar, today staged a dharna in front of the district administrative complex (DAC) to lodge their protest against the false implication of a Patwari, Chamkaur Singh, in a corruption case by the Vigilance Bureau a few days ago.

Plays with message to curb foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
The Voluntary Health Association of Punjab has launched a campaign in the district against the female foeticide. Under this campaign, one-act plays, choreography, cycle march, corner meetings, and students’ rallies will be taken out, said Mr Manmohan Sharma, Director, Voluntary Health Association, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Eye selling case: teachers back Dharmvir
Patiala, December 7
Members of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association here today said they would oppose any action taken against their colleague, Dr Dharmvir Chalia, faculty member of the Eye Department of Government Medical College who has been named by the police in the Pingla ashram eye selling case.

Revenue patwaris abstain from offices
Abohar, Dec. 7
The Revenue Patwaris staged a dharna, on a call given by the state action committee, at the sub divisional complex here today.

GND varsity staff condole Dr Kesar’s death
Amritsar, December 7
Dr S P Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, senior lecturers, teachers and other staff members and students of the Department of Punjabi today condoled the death of Dr Kesar Singh Kesar.

Demolition of houses opposed
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
Tension prevailed in the old defence bandh area of Sirhind town yesterday when hundreds of PWD (B&R) employees led by Mr Parminder Singh Tiwana, SDO, along with the local Tehsildar started a demolition drive in the area.


Contempt notice issued to PSEB chief Ratra
Chandigarh, December 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for contempt to Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman Y.S. Ratra and Secretary Jaspreet Talwar.


Sell cotton at minimum support price, DC tells farmers
Bathinda, December 7
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, said yesterday that arrangements had been made to ensure the minimum support price of raw cotton to its growers.


MC official shifted on complaint
Malerkotla, December 7
On a complaint lodged by the Bar Association, Malerkotla, the Punjab Government has transferred a section officer of the local municipal council, Mohd Salim, to Jandiala Guru in Amritsar district.


ASI booked for custodial death
Abohar, December 7
Three persons, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Punjab police, have been remanded to judicial custody by a special court trying cases filed by the CBI, a report received by officials here said.

Job scam unearthed, main accused held
Gurdaspur, December 7
The police has arrested a person whose exploits could match that of the famous thug, Natwar Lal.

Kashmir terrorist held in Moga
Moga, December 7
The Moga police got a major breakthrough in its drive to nab proclaimed offenders today when they arrested one of the wanted terrorists of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Hamid, son of Saeed Mohammad.

Bomb blast accused surrenders
Moga, December 7
An accused in the bomb blast at a Baghapurana temple, Jagvinder Singh, alias Gurvinder Singh, reportedly Associated with the Khalistan Commando Force, today surrendered in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Munish Arora.

Robbery accused arrested
Jalandhar, December 7
The police today claimed to have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in a recent robbery in a moving bus in Adampur area, in which the accused robbed a businessman and snatched over Rs 3 lakh from him.

Father, sons kill woman
Bathinda, December 7
Jeet Kaur, a resident of Lehra Mohobat village in this district, was allegedly murdered by Malkit Singh and his three sons, residents of the same village after entering her house late last night. Paramjit Singh, son of the deceased, was injured in the attack.

One killed in road accident
2 labourers die in road mishap
Three hurt in mishaps
Four of family die in mishap


Sainik School band team for R-Day parade
Kapurthala, December 7
Playing the tune of “Sare jahan se accha”, as many as 44 boys of Sainik School here who have been chosen to represent the state for the Republic Day parade, have started rehearsing on the campus.

Blueprint for jobs for unemployed graduates
Chandigarh, December 7
The Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends has prepared a blueprint for generating job opportunities for unemployed graduates in Punjab. It also promises employment to nearly 5,000 retired defence officers in the state, who are willing to impart training on basic service sector industry skills to these youth.

Grace marks galore for students
Mohali, December 7
The Punjab School Education Board here has been found to have hiked up the pass percentage of its class X and class XII candidates by giving them across the board grace marks.

I’ll quit if proved guilty: VC
Ludhiana, December 7
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University K.S. Aulakh today said he would quit if single allegation of corruption or harassment of any teacher or employee of the university was proved.


Forum sounds off RBI about credit card ‘traps’
Patiala, December 7
The Forum For Common Cause has appealed to the Governor, Reserve bank of India, to intervene and stop `unethical` practices relating to credit cards being resorted to by many private as well as nationalised banks.

Non-availability of resin chokes factory
MIRAN SAHIB: The government-owned Resin and Turpentine Factory here is virtually shut without any raw material for producing resin.

Small savings agents hold demonstrations
Barnala, December 7
Small savings scheme agents of the Postal and Telecommunication Departments yesterday held a demonstration against the dictatorial attitude of the Postal Department employees.

Market panel gets new chief
Sangrur, December 7
Mr Gurdial Singh Chatha, a confidant of local MLA Arvind Khanna, today assumed charge as chairman of the Market Committee here.


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