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Congress rally fails to arouse enthusiasm among people
Lambi, December 15
Even as the ruling party is upbeat about its first electoral rally at SAD president Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s citadel, local electorate has hardly displayed any enthusiasm towards the event.
Preparations being made for the ruling party’s first electoral rally in Lambi on Thursday.
Preparations being made for the ruling party’s first electoral rally in Lambi on Thursday. — Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera 

Ravi, Beas make Amritsar coldest
Amritsar, December 15
The holy city has often been in the headlines due to the severe cold during winters touching sub-zero temperatures in the early mornings and late nights. The reasons for this are related to both geography and its location.

90 Punjabis fall victim to drug abuse in Canada
Amritsar, December 15
Dr Inderjit Kaur, president, All-India Pingalwara Society said that more than 90 Punjabi youths majority of them Sikhs, fell victims to drug-abuse in Canada in past few years.





Action sought against Chicago baba
Amritsar, December 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal International (SADI) has submitted documentary evidence to the Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and sought action against Baba Daljit Singh Chicago, of Gurdwara Gurjoti Parkash , Chicago, under Sikh Rehat Maryada.

Tribune follow-up
Chief Conservator to probe forest scam

Gurdaspur, December 15
The Punjab Government, in a press note issued here, has stated that Mr Kuldeep Singh, Chief Conservator of Forest, has been appointed to enquire the forest scam. Spokesperson for the department said the inquiry officer had been ordered to seize all records of Japan bank-aided project at the Pathankot forest division.


Rally against eightyfifth amendment
Gurdaspur December 15
The general category employee's federation today held a huge protest rally against implementation of the 85th amendment in the state. Over a thousand members of the federation staged a rally at Suka Talab park here today.

Lambi rally: no one rounded up, says police
Sangrur, December 15
In view of the Congress rally on December 17 at Lambi the police claimed that it had arrested only two unemployed ETT teachers in Sangrur district, but the press secretary of the Sangrur District Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union (UETU), Mr Sukhbir Singh, today claimed that the police had taken four unemployed ETT teachers, a contract-based ETT teacher, besides Mr Kulwant Singh, father of Mr Mohinder Pal Singh Kaleke, district president of the UETU, in custody.

Brick-lining of water courses stalled
Fazilka, December 15
The construction activity worth crores of rupees of brick-lining of water courses under the Faridkot circle of the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation has come to a standstill at almost all sites.

Pregnant woman dies in hospital
Malerkotla, December 15
Two persons, including a woman, were killed in Malerkotla yesterday.

SSF meets Vedanti over film on Sahibzadas
Amritsar, December 15
The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) today presented a memorandum to Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti regarding animation film made on the sacrifices of four Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh.

Memory man mesmerises audience
Patiala, December 15

Mr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, said to be India strongest memory man and the national record holder for memory registered with the Limca Book of Record for the past half of decade, enthralled a select audience by demonstrating his super natural memory here today.


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Contempt notice

Chandigarh, December 15
The High Court on Thursday issued contempt notice to IAS officer D.S. Bains, presently posted as Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, and two other officers of the same department.

Dharna by lawyers
Batala, December 15
Lawyers of the Judicial Courts observed a strike and sat on dharna at Gandhi Chowk here yesterday under the leadership of Mr R.S. Sandhu, president, Batala Bar Association.


BKU members stall auction
Abohar, December 15
Members of Bhartiya Kisan Union today stalled auction of immovable property mortgaged by a farmer at Khatwan village in this sub-division to the state bank. The bank officials had to return as an agitated mob encircled the house owned by Mr Gurditta Ram to prevent an open auction.


Promotion quota increased
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Government has enhanced the quota for the promotion of junior engineers in the Public Works Department.

Sale of medicines sans prescription banned
Bathinda, December 15
The District Magistrate yesterday prohibited the sale of various medicines without clear prescription from a doctor for it.

Sale of 106 medicines banned
Amritsar, December 15
The district administration today banned the sale of 106 medicines, without valid prescription. Banning the sale under Section 144, CrPC, the District Magistrate, Mr Kirandeep Bhuller, said the identified drugs were increasingly being used by drug addicts and youth that was causing injury and producing psychological and physiological impact. Since such conditions were a threat to public peace and tranquility the drugs were placed under prohibition.


2 cheats held
Pathankot, December 15
The police claims to have arrested two high-profile cheats who would offer a lift to people in their car, give them a cold drink laced with drugs and make them unconscious. Then they would decamp with their cash and valuables before dumping them at remote places.

Firing incident: 3 remanded
Kharar, December 15
The Kharar police on Tuesday arrested three persons who were involved in the firing of gunshots in Ballomajra village near here, on December 11. Jaswinder, Manpreet Singh and Sultan were arrested today from the village. They were produced before a Kharar court which remanded them to a day in police custody.


School sealed, exams deferred
Amritsar, December 15
In view of the tense situation in PBN Senior Secondary School, the police here today sealed it to prevent any untoward incident between the warring factions.

Singla’s assurance to aided schoolteachers
Chandigarh, December 15
A deputation of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and other Employees Union held a meeting with the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, with regard to its demands here today. The meeting was arranged by Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Income tax survey irks traders
Bathinda, December 15
Tempers ran high at various markets in the town today when following complaints the income tax department carried out a survey at four shops.

Chinese coal for Punjab power plants
Ropar, December 15
After the instructions of the Power Ministry, the PSEB has begun using imported Chinese coal in two thermal plants of the state, the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar, and Lehra Mohabbat, to increase the plants’ efficiency. But the price of Chinese coal is almost double than the Indian coal that is used in thermal plants.

Central Bank extends working hours
Patiala, December 15
The Central Bank of India (Adalat Bazar branch) has extended its working hours from 9 am to 6.30 pm. This facility was today formally inaugurated by Mr A.P. Shukla, Assistant General Manager, Regional Office, Central Bank of India, Ludhiana.


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