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Vajpayee, Chautala fail to turn up for shaheedi conference
Chamkaur Sahib, December 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal’s tall promises to get special guests like former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to address the “shaheedi” conference, fell flat as none of them turned up for the occasion.

Website on martyrdom event launched
Tent for CM’s conference damaged, venue changed
Index page: Chamkaur Sahib made subdivision

Senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana and former Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh look on as SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur whispers something to SAD president Parkash Singh Badal at a rally held at Chamkaur Sahib on Monday. Senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana and former Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh look on as SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur whispers something to SAD president Parkash Singh Badal at a rally held at Chamkaur Sahib on Monday. —  Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

He won battle for turban
Ludhiana, December 15
A Sikh student, Herbakshish Singh, who was debarred from wearing a turban at the graduation ceremony at his school in the USA, is proud that he not only succeeded in getting Los Angeles school officials to back down on an arbitrarily imposed dress code but also helped create awareness about his community by resisting to wear a hat.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Verbal duel in Burail Jail
Chandigarh, December 20
The lawyers of Navjot Singh, one of the accused in the assassination case of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, today had a verbal duel with the judge of the case, Additional Sessions Judge Balbir Singh, here in the Burail Jail complex. Navjot was present in the court.

Mandi board to set up two hi-tech markets
Chandigarh, December 20
Two new hi-tech fruit and vegetable markets, offering packing, ripening and cold storage facilities among other things, are coming up in Ludhiana and Patiala by March next.

Farmers threaten indefinite strike
Patiala, December 20
The agitating farmers today threatened to lay a siege to the headquarters of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in case the board did not withdraw the charge of Rs 3,200, being taken per horse power for increasing the capacity of the agricultural tubewell connections in the state.


Villagers rue trusting minister’s announcement
Phagwara December 20
Residents of Rampur Sunra village and about a dozen other villages are paying dearly for trusting a ministerial announcement. Residents of Rampur Sunra told this correspondent here yesterday that they had spent Rs 2.25 lakh on the earth work for raising and widening over 3-km long “katcha road” from Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road to Babeli village where four Babbars were martyred on August 31,1923.

Police registers case against ‘victim’
Patiala, December 20
The Kotwali Police has achieved the dubious distinction of registering a case against a ‘’waiter” who has suffered nearly 20 knife injuries which subsequently need a hundred stitches. The waiter is accused of injuring a person known as Commando who has received a single injury.

Work on Shahpur Kandi dam to start
Gurdaspur, December 20
The work on the Shahpur Kandi Dam project will start finally. Sources in the Department of Irrigation said the government had decided to release Rs 16 crore received from the Union Government under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP), for the Shahpur Kandi project. A matching grant of 20 per cent of the amount would also be provided for the project by the state government.
The site for the Shahpur Kandi dam on the Ravi near Pathankot.
The site for the Shahpur Kandi dam on the Ravi near Pathankot. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Rs 10-lakh cheque given to Mansar sarpanch
Hoshiarpur, December 20
In a special function, Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, along with Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, handed over a cheque for Rs 10 lakh to Mr Tara Singh, sarpanch of the gram panchayat of Mansar village in this district today for doing excellent service by the villagers in rescue operations for the injured passengers and protecting the belongings of injured and deceased after the train accident on December 14.

Punjab may buy power from national grid
Patiala, December 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday admitted that there would a major power problem in Punjab, if the state continued to receive scanty rainfall.

Dalit girl’s marriage row ends
Moga, December 20
The controversy surrounding the prevention of a Dalit girl's marriage in Gurdwara Chardi Kala in Bahona village has come to end with gurdwara committee chief, Rajinder Pal Singh and others named in the issue apologising to the girl's parents at their home.

Book depot gutted
Phagwara, December 20
A two-storeyed book depot and a mobile shop of Chopra Book Depot and Chopra Brothers were gutted after midnight last night, causing a loss of lakhs of rupees.


Bar members lock horns on voting rights issue
Moga, December 20
Following a violent confrontation last week, a group of the District Bar Association (DBA) today claimed to have gained recognition from the district administration. However, the other group termed their claim as false and said they were befooling everyone.

Consumer court asks college to refund fee
Abohar, December 20
In a significant order, that might give relief to students in future, a consumer court had directed a college to refund the admission fee.


Govt to ‘release development grant by Jan end’
Abohar, December 20
Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation and Horticulture, Punjab has said that the state government will release a grant of Rs 25 lakh for each Assembly segment by the end of January and members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha have been asked to submit plan for development projects immediately.


48 injured as vehicles collide
Phagwara, December 20
About 48 persons, including women, were injured, 18 of them seriously, in accident involving two buses, a car, a tempo traveller and a truck on the GT road over the Bein rivulet bridge, 10 km from here, this morning. The accident took place due to the poor visibility caused by a thick blanket of fog that engulfed this area today preceded by a heavy downpour last night. Drivers of the two buses are among the injured.

Two booked for dowry death
Moga, December 20
A woman was allegedly killed by her in-laws for dowry at Gholia Kalan village, near here. The husband and the mother-in-law of the deceased were absconding.

Two killed in road mishap
Hoshiarpur, December 20
Scooterists Som Nath (47), son of Karam Singh and Rajinder Singh (35), son of Swarn Singh, of Salempur village died on the spot when a vehicle hit the scooter (PB-8Z-7367) they were riding near Badesron on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road last night.


Suspended ITI Principal reinstated
Ferozepore, December 20
The Government of Punjab, which has been repeatedly claiming its commitment to eradicate corruption, has posted back the Principal of the local Industrial Training Institute (ITI), who was caught while accepting bribe from his subordinate in November 2004. Mr Madan Lal Jindal, who was the complainant in that case, has put under suspension without giving any reason.

Teachers to gherao ministers
Bathinda, December 20
The Punjab Government Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union has decided to hold divisional-level rallies and gherao ministers in their respective assembly segments from January 7 to lodge their protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards their genuine demands.

Teachers of aided schools call for strike
Amritsar, December 20
Teachers and employees’ union of government-aided schools gave a call for strike against the anti-employee policies of the state government.

Suba Singh heads Gurmat College
Amritsar, December 20
Dr Suba Singh, former Head of the Department of Divinity and Dean, Student Welfare of Khalsa College, Amritsar, has been selected for the post of Principal, Gurmat College, Institute of Comparative Religion, Patiala.

GND University syllabus changed
Amritsar, December 20
Guru Nanak Dev University today made certain changes in the geography syllabus for BA/BSc (parts-I, II and III) from the current academic session. The university in a press release issued here today said that all the colleges had been informed about the change.

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