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Tough stand sought to protect agriculture
Patiala, December 17
Economist Prof Sucha Singh Gill said the government should take a tough stand for protecting Indian agriculture in the ongoing ministerial-level meeting of the World Trade Organisation at Hong Kong where agriculture had come out as an important agenda.

Gift horse crosses border hurdle
Wagah, December 17
Surpassing all legal wranglings, “Sunny the Kid”, gifted by Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi, Chief Minister, West Punjab, to his Indian counterpart, Capt Amarinder Singh, finally reached India by crossing the border on the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Sunny the Kid at the Wagah border on Saturday.
Sunny the Kid at the Wagah border on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Directorate for NRIs likely, says CM
Patiala, December 17
While the Chief Minister Capt, Amarinder Singh, has said that a move has been initiated to set up a separate department for Punjabi non-resident Indian (NRI), the Deputy Chief Minister Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has accused the bureaucracy of discouraging them (Punjabi NRI’s) from investing in various welfare and other activities in Punjab.

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Cong eyes Akali bastion

Lambi, December 17
The Congress flashed its trump card to kick-start its election campaign in the state today. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, astutely linked “development, darr (fear) and dharma (religion)” to mobilise the crowd on the home turf of Akalis.

MP: land Act has hit development in 470 villages
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) has been impeding development in 470 villages in the kandi belt of the state for several decades. This issue has been raised in the Lok Sabha by Mr Avinash Khanna, BJP MP.

Governor calls upon Punjabis to achieve self-reliance
Chandigarh, December 17

Impressing upon the International Punjabi Society the need to broadbase its charter of objectives with focus on bringing about major qualitative change in the socio-economic scene of Punjab, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), made an appeal to its members to help the State to achieve the goal of self-reliance in all fields.
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) at the inaugural session of the 32nd Convention of International Punjabi Society in Chandigarh on Saturday.
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) at the inaugural session of the 32nd Convention of International Punjabi Society in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


District status sought for Pathankot
Pathankot, December 17
Demand for district status for Pathankot has resurfaced the Pathankot Bar Association along with other political and social organisations have been demanding carving out Pathankot district from Gurdaspur district.

Pathankot-Dalhousie road in bad shape
Gurdaspur, December 17
The 80-km Pathankot-Dalhousie road is vital for defence and tourism purposes. It links the plains with two famous tourist spots, Dalhousie and Khajjiar, besides providing link to some Army outposts. Due to these reasons, its maintenance was handed over to the Border Road Organisation (BRO).

Black Arrow remembers ’71 war heroes
Pathankot December 17
“Black Arrow Brigade” of Western Command organised a remembrance parade for the heroes of the 1971 war at the Basantar War Memorial to commemorate the famous victory in the Battle of Basantar.

Pensioners hold protest rally
Amritsar, December 17
The Punjab State Pensioners and Senior Citizen Welfare Association held a protest rally in support of their demands here today.

42 bonded labourers freed
Amritsar, December 17
The Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) managed to free 42 bonded labourers including family members working at a brick kiln at Punia village, near here, today. The brick kiln was jointly owned by Pargat Singh, Bakhshish Singh and Buta Singh.

Thermal plant staff block highway
Ropar, December 17
General category employees federation thermal plant, here on Friday staged protest rally and blocked the national highway- 21 at Ghanauli for an hour against the state government decision to implement the 85th amendment. More than 330 employees and engineers participated in the dharna and burnt the copy of notification of 85th amendment.

Cops issue list of do’s and dont’s
Patiala, December 17
The winter season brings with it various problems including the rise in crime, if the record of previous years is any indication and with a view to check this menace the police has taken numerous steps to prevent crime.

Mann against sale of coop sugar mills
Chandigarh, December 17
The President of the Shiormani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has urged the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to get the state government’s proposal regarding the sale of cooperative sugar mills examined by experts.

Wakf Board working to be revamped
Ludhiana, December 17
A three-member committee has been constituted to look into the reasons behind the mounting losses, increasing encroachments on Punjab Wakf Board’s land and poor standard of teaching at the board-run schools in the state.

CM lays stone for water project
Malout, December 17
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, laid the foundation stone of a Rs 991-crore drinking water and sewerage project meant for 133 towns of the state at Malout.

Bedi chief of PSEB engineers’ body
Patiala, December 17
A meeting of the Executive Committee of PSEB Engineers Association was held here today and Mr H.S. Bedi was elected as president while Mr Rajinder Sarao was elected as the general secretary.


Ultrasound machine sealed
Nabha, December 17
The local health authorities have raided Sharda Nursing Home for the violation of the PNDT Act and sealed the record and an ultrasound machine.


6-yr-old boy becomes victim of unnatural act
Rajpura, December 17
A six-year-old boy of Gopalpur village was allegedly made to do unnatural act by six minor boys of the same village on Sunday last.


Science exhibition at DAV school
Patiala, December 17
An inter and intra-school scientific model making competition was organised by the science department of DAV Senior Seconder Public School, Patiala, in collaboration with the Punjab Academy of Science here today.

SAS Academy students shine
Anandpur Sahib, December 17
Achit, a VIII standard student of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy, secured the second position in the state-level bal sahitya competition organised by the Language Department, Punjab, in Jalandhar while Gurmeet Kaur of class XII secured the first position in poetry competition held at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana, according to the Chief Administrator of the academy, Mr Mohan Singh. TNS


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