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Canal water shortage: farmers threaten to boycott elections
Bathinda, December 26
Protesting against shortage of canal water, farmers of Kanakwal, Phulokhari and Gayana villages today announced to boycott Assembly elections. The farmers took to the streets of Kanakwal and raised slogans against the local administration and the state government.
Farmers protest against shortage of canal water at Kanakwal village near Bathinda Farmers protest against shortage of canal water at Kanakwal village near Bathinda on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

2.78 lakh looted from Golden Temple complex
Amritsar, December 26
Unidentified men looted Rs 2.78 lakh from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee cash collection centre inside Guru Nanak Nivas on the Golden Temple complex this evening, the SGPC said.

8 repatriated to Pak
Wagah, December 26
A Pakistani minor girl Farha Masih (now 16), who entered the Indian territory after she jumped into the Ravi that criss-crossed Indian and Pakistan border, following a duel with her parents, is among the eight Pakistani nationals, repatriated from the Wagah joint check post here today.

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Govt firm on abolishing octroi
Sangrur, December 26
Claiming that there is no confusion in the Punjab Government with regard to the abolition of octroi in the state, Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, has disclosed that the government would soon issue advertisements in all newspapers of the state to seek opinion of the people for abolishing octroi.

Three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
The three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela held in memory of the younger Sahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh — Baba Zorawar Singh (9) and Baba Fateh Singh (7), who were bricked alive, concluded here today with religious ceremonies.

Kidnappers turn out to be victims of travel agent
Batala, December 26
The police here yesterday recovered Gurdial Singh who was kidnapped on December 21 and arrested three kidnappers. The arrested include Sukhjinder Singh, Manjinder Singh and Variam Singh all residents of Khude Bet village in the Dera Baba Nanak area.


Charges false, says counsel
Chandigarh, December 26
Reacting to the news-item headlined “Volcker report: SAD for probe against CM” carried in these columns on December 10, the former President of the Qadian Municipal Council, Mr Jarnail Singh Mahal’s counsel has claimed that no criminal case was pending against his client.

SAD’s plea to EC on opinion poll companies
Chandigarh, December 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal has asked the Election Commission of India to look into the antecedents of all opinion poll companies in the country in order to stop the blackmail of political parties and attempts to mislead the masses by these companies.


2 thermal plants units still non-functional
Ropar, December 26
Two units of 210 MW capacity each out of six units in local the thermal plant continued to remain non-functional on the second day today causing loss of 100 lakh units to the state. As a result there were power cuts in the rural areas and cities in the state today.

40 set to join Badal’s old-age home
Badal, December 26
Fulfilling their family responsibilities, they dreamt of a dignified retired life, but their children shunned their obligation forcing them to look for a support system outside their own homes.

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan concludes
Jalandhar, December 26
Rabab, the instrument played by Guru Nanak’s ‘Sangi’ — companion Bhai Mardana made its first appearance at the closing evening of the 130th Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, at the Shri Devi Talab Mandir. Ustad Gulfam Ahmad introduced Rabab to the audience and also played religious tunes much to the delight of the gathering.


Rabab player Gulfam Ahmad performs at Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar on Sunday night.
— Photo by S.S. Chopra

Rabab player Gulfam Ahmad performs at Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar on Sunday night

Ahmadiyya convention begins
Qadian (Gurdaspur), December 26
On the first day of a three-day annual convention of Ahmadiyyas that started here today, Hadharat Mirza Masrro Ahmad, religious head of the community, urged his followers to work for the formation of on egalitarian society.

Second phase of Suvidha Centre to be completed soon
Nawanshahr, December 26
With the setting up of an ultra-modern Suvidha Centre in the premises of the District Administrative Complex here, it seems that the idea of hassle-free administration has been translated into reality.


‘Kidnapped’ boys found
Ropar, December 26
The two minor boys who had been allegedly kidnapped by some unknown person from Kotla Nihang village two days ago were recovered from Jawalaji by the Himachal police. The two boys — Rajat Kumar (10) and Bhupinder (8) — were handed over to their parents by the police today.

Sex scam witness seeks arrest of Siti cable owners
Amritsar, December 26
Even as a police inquiry report has recommended the “quashing of FIR” registered against the Siti Cable owners, prime witness Harinder Singh in the infamous Siti Cable sex scam has demanded immediate arrest of cable owners against whom a fresh case was registered accusing them of “pressure tactics”.

1 killed in road accident
Kharar, December 26
One person was killed and five injured, two of them seriously, when a Qualis van hit a tree on the national highway near Kharar here last night. The impact of the accident was so much that the driver of the vehicle, Surjit Singh, died on the spot while others who were travelling in the van also got injured.

2 held with fake visa, passports
Amritsar, December 26
Alert immigration staff at Amritsar international airport, Rajasansi, have arrested two persons, including a woman, for allegedly possessing fake visa and passports. A case under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, IPC, has been registered at Rajasansi police station here.

10 held for links with ISI
Amritsar, December 26
The Punjab Police today took into custody 10 persons from border villages in Attari sector of the district for their alleged links with Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.

Pickpockets have a field day
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
Pickpockets did brisk business during the three-day Shahidi Jor Mela here, where lakhs of devotees came to pay obeisance. The pockets of hundreds of devotees, including journalists were picked.


Jobless teachers protest against Punjab Govt’s apathy
Chandigarh, December 26
Unemployed B.Ed teachers in the state today burnt photocopies of their degrees while protesting against the indifferent attitude of the state government. They were protesting against the state government for not giving them jobs and their exploitation by the private school managements.
Unemployed B. Ed teachers of Punjab and members of Unemployed B Ed Teachers Union burn photocopies of their degrees to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Unemployed B. Ed teachers of Punjab and members of Unemployed B Ed Teachers Union burn photocopies of their degrees to protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh

Patiala girl donates prize money
Patiala, December 26
Patiala-based 11-year-old dance exponent Isha Dang has donated Rs 2.50 lakh to the Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section. Isha handed over the cheque to Ms Parneet Shergill, chairperson of the society, at a function held here recently.


Selling Kashmiri shawls in Amritsar
Amritsar, December 26
Kashmiri Muslims from the picturesque valley have come down to the plains of Amritsar due to the sub-zero temperature and the rising demand of Kashmiri shawls among local customers.

Airtel, Hutch offer lifetime card for 999
Chandigarh, December 26
Airtel today claimed that they were the first mobile operators in Punjab to have crossed the 15-lakh customer mark. The mobile operator was the only B category circle in India to cross the landmark.

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