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DGP: terrorists still getting training in Pak
Chandigarh, December 30
Small groups of Punjab terrorists are still getting training in Pakistan even though major training camps for insurgents have closed down there, said the Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr S.S. Virk, while addressing the customary annual press conference here today. Information in this regard was based on the interrogation of terrorists arrested in the past one year.
The Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr S.S. Virk, explains a point at a press conference in Chandigarh
The Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr S.S. Virk, explains a point at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Sanjivni to be launched on Jan 14
Chandigarh, December 30
Sanjivni, a healthcare scheme meant for members of rural cooperative societies, will be launched in Punjab on January 14. This was stated today by Mr Viswajit Khanna, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Punjab.

Viswajit Khanna
Viswajit Khanna

Fatehgarh Sahib


State hospitals ailing
50 pc posts of House Surgeon vacant; doctors threaten stir
Patiala, December 30
A section of doctors here today staged a protest against a large number of vacant posts (more than 50 per cent) of House Surgeon in almost all government-run hospitals in Punjab and threatened to burn their degrees if the authorities concerned failed to take corrective steps.
Doctors hold a protest against vacant posts of House Surgeon in government hospitals in Punjab on Mall Road in Patiala
Doctors hold a protest against vacant posts of House Surgeon in government hospitals in Punjab on Mall Road in Patiala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Govt planning quota for Christians
Gurdaspur, December 30
The Punjab Government has been contemplating extending 2 per cent reservation in government jobs to the Christian besides the formation of a minority commission in the state. A formal announcement in this regard will be made by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in February.

GRP cop killed in firing
Patiala, December 30
Gurdip Singh, a head constable in the General Railway Police, was killed and three others, including his two brothers, were injured under mysterious circumstances at a petrol station located near Bhagora village on the Ghanaur-Bhadurgarh road late last night.

NRI’s murder case cracked
Jalandhar, December 30
After some careful lobbying by a British MP and the subsequent pressure from the Punjab’s top authorities, the police today finally claimed to have cracked the murder case of Mohan Singh, an NRI from Leicester in the UK.

PU’s special chance to compartment candidates
Chandigarh, December 30
According to the Controller of Examinations, Panjab University, the varsity has granted a special chance, as one-time measure, to all those candidates who were placed under compartment in BA/BSc/BCom/ BBA/BCA/ Prak Shastri/ Shastri/BSc(home science) examinations, but could not clear these between April, 2002, and September, 2005.


Gold Palki yet to be installed in Pak
Amritsar December 30
The special bus carrying the gold Palki (palanquin) that left India on November 29, today returned from Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, via the Indo-Pak joint check-post here. Baba Amrik Singh of the Baba Jagtar Karseva Waley who returned with the bus while talking to The Tribune said the formal installation of the gold Palki could not be undertaken at Nankana Sahib.

Calcutta for world Sikh meeting
Ludhiana, December 30
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, who has been appointed chairman of the International Sikh Mission of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, proposes to convene an international Sikh conclave to consider steps to be taken with regard to the problems being faced by the Sikh diaspora globally. Sikh scholars will be invited to participate in the conclave.

Police a lawless force in Punjab, says Mann
Chandigarh, December 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that an alarming situation had arisen because of indiscipline, lawlessness, corruption and brutality prevalent in the Punjab Police.

Hike in allowances of Home Guard volunteers
Chandigarh, December 30
The Punjab Government today enhanced the daily allowance of Home Guard volunteers. An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had ordered a raise in the allowance from Rs 90 to Rs 150 with immediate effect.

Punjabi film actor Yash dead
Amritsar, December 30
Yash Sharma (71), Punjabi film actor, died of a massive heart attack here late last evening. His cremation took place today. Many of his family members were not present at the cremation. His nephew performed the last rites.

Grievances of farmers redressed
Bathinda, December 30
Following media reports on the farmers’ threat to boycott forthcoming Assembly elections, the Talwandi Sabo SDM, Mr Kamal Kishore Yadav, the SDO, Mr Gopal Singh, and other staff of the Canal Department today visited Kanakwal village to take stock of the prevailing canal water situation.

Railway employees stage dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 30
Members of the All-India Railways Men Federation today organised a protest rally at the Sirhind railway station in support of their demands. Mr Ram Chander and Mr Charnjit Singh Bajwa divisional president, and divisional secretary, of the Northern Railway Men’s Union (Ambala division) addressed the rally.

Progress of welfare schemes reviewed
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 30
In order to review the progress of various centre-sponsored schemes initiated in the district a meeting of Vigilance Monitoring Committee was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP.

Body cremated under compromise
Hoshiarpur, December 30
After lengthy talks, the two sides, Paramjit Singh, husband of deceased Surjit Kaur, and Roshan Lal and Nirmal Singh, alleged killers of Surjit Kaur, finally reached a compromise and the body of Surjit Kaur was cremated at Langeri village cremation ground this afternoon, according to police sources.


Killer of uncle, cousin held
Hoshiarpur, December 30
At last, a killer who had homicide his maternal uncle in December 1997, and his cousin in April 1999, has finally come in the police net. According to police sources, Dr Daljit Singh, son of Mr Avtar Singh, a resident of Terkiana village, who was arrested under Sections 302, 364, 201 and 120 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act by the Bhulath police.

Women done to death by in-laws
Patiala, December 30
In a bizarre incident, Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, a local resident, was brutally beaten to death by her husband and father-in-law late last night after Sukhwhinder’s parents’ side failed to spend adequate money on the marriage of her daughter.

1 killed, 3 hurt in group clash
Rajpura, December 30
One person was killed and three injured when two groups clashed at a petrol station at Bhagora village on the Ghanaur-Bahadurgarh road late last night. Certain unidentified persons in a Maruti Zen car snatched cash from the Surjit Singh, owner of the Guru Teg Bahadur filling station.

No headway in burglary case
Rajpura, December 30
Over 48 hours after a major burglary in the “malkhana” of the Sadar Police Station, in which about Rs 12 lakh, a revolver and three mobile phone sets were taken away, the police has failed to make any headway.


Conference on thermodynamics
Amritsar, December 30
A galaxy of scientists who gathered here to participate in the three-day of national conference on thermodynamics of chemical and biological systems were of the unanimous view that a central funding agency should be established to develop and promote the national research facilities in the field.


IOC petrol stations’ strike from tomorrow
Ludhiana, December 30
Petrol stations of the Indian Oil Corporation in Punjab will go on strike on January 1 to protest against the slashed transportation charges of petroleum products by the company.

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