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Hectic lobbying begins for the post of Punjab DGP

Chandigarh, December 11
With less than two months to go for the present Director-General of Punjab Police, Dr A.A. Siddiqui, to superannuate, hectic lobbying has started for his successor. Interestingly, two more senior officers of the Punjab cadre would have superannuated by March 31 next year thus making the contest for the top cop post open for those belonging to the 1970 batch.

Separate Haryana gurdwara panel to be poll issue
Patiala, December 11
The self-styled Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which had earlier won the majority of the seats during the SGPC elections, has now decided to make its demand for a separate committee to manage the gurdwaras in Haryana a poll issue

Gurdwara at Poohla handed over to SGPC
Poohla (Tarn Taran), December 11
The situation in this border village today remained tense after armed Nihangs and the Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front, led by Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), organised an akhand path at Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh, earlier under the illegal possession of Nihang chief Baba Ajit Singh Poohla, currently behind bars.
Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), chairman of the Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front (fourth from left), with armed Nihangs at Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh in Poohla village, Tarn Taran Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), chairman of the Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front (fourth from left), with armed Nihangs at Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh in Poohla village, Tarn Taran, on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma




SGPC has failed on all fronts, says Akali Dal (Amritsar)
Moga, December 11
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which should have played a pivotal role in spreading Sikhism, has failed on all fronts and the Sikh youth are going astray merely due to its incompetence. The chief of the state unit of the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Barinder Singh Mann, said this while addressing a press conference here yesterday.

Police fails to book in-laws in dowry case
Amritsar, December 11
The police has allegedly failed to register a criminal case against the in-laws of Surjit Kaur, a resident of Rajatal village. She along with her three-year-old daughter was thrown out of the house for bringing insufficient dowry. She was pregnant at that time.

Three booked in sex abuse case
Nangal, December 11
The police has finally acted in the case of sexual exploitation of a minor girl and has booked three persons. The victim, a teenaged girl, was also located by the police. For the past three days, the police had been maintaining that the girl could not be traced.


Hit by fan blade, electrician killed at sugar mill
Faridkot, December 11
An electrician, Amir Chand, died at the Cooperative Sugar Mill here when a blade of a cooling fan broke up. Surprisingly, the incident that took place on Wednesday came to light after two or three days.

Spreading addiction in the families
Bathinda, December 11
Sahil (name changed), 22, a local resident, was merely 17-year-old when he started taking drugs. Though he consumed intoxicant for once only, but it became a habit for about five years.

Kharar MLA writes to CM on four-laning of road
Mohali, December 11
The Kharar MLA and former Deputy Speaker, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has written to the Chief Minister seeking the four-laning of road from Desumajra to Kharar.

Jathedars answerable to sangat, says Dr Randhawa
Amritsar, December 11
Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, president, Sikh Nation Organisation, said yesterday that Akal Takht was supreme and hence nobody had the right to question its supremacy. He said head priests of all five Sikh Takhts enjoyed equal status.

Chhotta Ghalughara martyrs remembered
Kahnuwan (Gurdaspur), December 11
The Chhotta Ghalughara (massacre) of the Sikhs was commemorated at a function held at the Ghalughara gurdwara here today. Thousands of devotees paid obeisance to the martyrs, who laid down their life fighting the tyranny of the Mughal rule.

Environment mela inaugurated
Phagwara, December 11
Punjab Revenue Minister Amarjit Singh Samra inaugurated the environment mela here today. He lauded the local Environment Association for its concern for an eco-friendly, pollution-free environment which resulted in the Vatavarn mela.

Government’s contribution to tercentenary preparations ‘nil’
Sangrur, December 11
Expressing dissatisfaction over the preparations for the tercentenary of the martyrdom of the Sahibzadas and the mother of Sri Guru Gobind Singh by the Punjab Government, the president of the youth wing of the SAD and MP from Ludhiana, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today criticised the state government, saying it had done nothing in this regard so far.

Lathi charge on BJP workers condemned
Amritsar, December 11
Ms Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president of the BJP, today condemned the Punjab Government for failing to control crime in the state and of lathi-charging BJP workers at Ludhiana yesterday.


Under scanner, they work on a holiday
Bathinda, December 11
Officials of the local District Transport Office scanned official records today, a holiday, though Mr D.S. Malwai, Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, had ordered the vigilance bureau to register a criminal case against a section of officials for their alleged involvement in bungling in the department records, which he had found while dealing with four cases about a week back.

Officials of the District Transport Office in Bathinda handle official records on Saturday, a holiday.

Officials of the District Transport Office in Bathinda handle official records


3 booked in illegal colony case
Kharar, December 11
A case has been registered against three local residents for allegedly setting up a colony without the approval of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Inebriated man shoots son
Moga, December 11
A man allegedly killed his son when he stopped him from drinking liquor at Chotia Thoba village, near here, today.

Burglars strike at six offices
Nawanshahr, December 11
Miscreants struck at as many as six offices, including that of Amar Ujala, near the municipal council office here last night. The miscreants broke into the offices and took away a digital camera and some cheques from the office of Amar Ujala and cash amounting to Rs 10,000 from Gurukul Academy.


Conference on manufacturing begins at Longowal institute
Sangrur, December 11
A two-day national conference on precision manufacturing began today at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology at Longowal. Dr S.C.Jain, Professor from the IIT, Roorkee, who was the chief guest of the day, inaugurated the proceedings of the conference.

UGC/NET exam on Dec 26
Amritsar, December 11
More than 4,000 candidates would appear in the UGC/NET examination to be conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University on December 26.

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