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Akalis want CBI probe into Mohali land scam
New Delhi, December 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal, joined by the NDA and the CPI, in the Lok Sabha today demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged Rs 2000-crore “forest land scam” in Punjab and accused Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of being “hand-in-glove” with the culprits.

Govt forcing farmers to sell land to MNCs, says Badal
Ropar, December 5
Criticising the Congress for forcing poor farmers to sell their land at low price for mega projects, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal said today the Congress government had collected crores for granting permission for mega projects in the state. Corruption would be a major issue in the elections against the Congress. If voted to power we would cancel all deals of mega projects started in violations of rules and regulations.

10,000 teachers join stir, students’ fate uncertain
Chandigarh, December 5
Fate of over five lakh students studying in 484 government-aided schools in Punjab came under cloud with 10,000 teachers of these schools joining the indefinite strike from today onwards.

Government-Aided School Teachers from Ludhiana court arrest at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Government-Aided School Teachers from Ludhiana court arrest at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

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People warm themselves beside a fire in a cold Tuesday in Patiala.
People warm themselves beside a fire in a cold Tuesday in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fate to blame for Sidhu’s legal woes
Chandigarh, December 5
Tomorrow when former BJP MP and ex-Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu is handed out a sentence by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court he would have nobody else but his fate to blame for the timing of the judgement.

Pak national killed, 10 kg heroin seized
Ferozepore December 5
The Border Security Force today gunned down one Pakistani national who was trying to smuggle heroin in Indian territory and recovered 10 kg of heroin Mr Kailash Chander Jha, Officiating CO 7 battalion, BSF said today morning at 3:15 am, BSF constable Ram Asre Yadav spotted unusual movement on the Pakistani side near border pillar 192/14, 400 metres from Border outpost Jagdish along the zero line of Indo-Pakistan border.

Fly-by-night firm dupes people of 28 cr
Bathinda, December 5
The police today claimed to have arrested an accused in a cheating case involving a fly-by-night firm which duped people to the tune of crores here.



EC ‘turns down’ SAD request
Ludhiana, December 5
The Election Commission of India is understood to have told a Shiromani Akali Dal delegation that it cannot interfere in the affairs of the Punjab Government until the Model Code of Conduct is imposed on the state.

NRI asks for BJP ticket from Amritsar
Chandigarh, December 5
Mr Vikramjit Singh Bajwa, a former chairman of the overseas cell of the Indian National Congress, has approached the president of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Mr Rajnath Singh, for party ticket to contest from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

SAD leaders meet EC
Chandigarh, December 5
A high-level delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal( SAD), led by its secretary-general, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, met the Election Commission in Delhi yesterday and demanded disqualification of all 37 Congress MLAs from Punjab, who were holding office of profit. It also demanded that model code of conduct should be imposed in Punjab with immediate effect to stop misuse of government machinery and public money by the ruling Congress.

Office of profit issue: Cong MLAs preparing replies
Chandigarh, December 5
While the crucial meeting of the Punjab Council of Ministers, to be held on December 7, has been postponed to December 15, many of the Congress MLAs today remained busy in getting their reply prepared with regard to the ‘office of profit’ case. They are supposed to file the reply before the Election Commission by December 8.

Majha Akali Dal comes into being, to counter Badal
Amritsar, December 5
A new Akali Dal is being established here to counter influence of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), in the Majha belt. Announcing the formation of the Majha Akali Dal Mr Raghbir Singh, Secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said that a 16-member executive, headed by him had been constituted to draft constitution of the party.

CPI to contest 26 seats: Dayal
Sangrur, December 5
The CPI will contest about 26 seats in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. The final list of these seats will be approved by the state executive of the CPI at its meeting convened on December 15 in Ludhiana. However, the CPI has so far announced the names of 12 Assembly constituencies, including Budhlada, Payal, Amritsar (West), Lehragaga, Khadoor Sahib, Valtoha, Majitha, Bathinda, Moga, Shatrana and Faridkot.

Shiv Sena protest against Tarn Taran attack
Hoshiarpur, December 5
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey) of Hoshiarpur district, led by Mr Ranjit Rana, president, Mr Chaman Lal, vice-president, and Mr Ashok Sethi, general secretary, staged a protest march from the Committee Bazar to Clock Tower here today to show their resentment against the attack by activists of the SAD (Amritsar) with sharp-edged weapons on workers of the Shiv Sena at Tarn Taran on December 3.

Mehta supporters decide to leave SSF
Amritsar, December 5
Supporters of Rajinder Singh Mehta a former president of the Sikh Students Federation today decided to resign from the federation in protest against the attitude of president Gurcharan Singh Grewal.

A view of the ongoing preparations for the Congress' Vikas Rally at Badal village. People “disillusioned” with rallies
Badal (Muktsar), December 5
Even as the SAD and the Congress are flexing their muscles to ensure a massive turnout at their December 8 rallies in Moga and Badal village respectively, it seems people here aren't much interested in their "number game politics".

A view of the ongoing preparations for the Congress' Vikas Rally at Badal village. — A Tribune photograph


Mann ‘rejects’ HC order
Chandigarh, December 5
The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today said he had refused accept a verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with regard to the release of his passport, that had been impounded earlier.

Rs 85 crore sanctioned for Wagah-Attari checkpost
Chandigarh, December 5
The Union Government has okayed a development plan of Rs 85 crore for infrastructure at the Wagah-Attari checkpost. This will include building of new arrival and departure terminals, which will be air-conditioned and have integrated facilities for customs and immigrations officials. The cargo handling facilities, to enable trade between the two countries, will also be augmented.

GCM of acquitted jawans reconvened
Chandigarh, December 5
The Army today reconvened the General Court Martial (GCM) at Ferozepore of two Army jawans whom it had acquitted earlier for alleged loss of a carbine from unit premises, to reconsider its findings.

Work on superspeciality hospital begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
The construction on Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh memorial superspeciality mother-child hospital started at Peerjain village 8 km from here, today.

PSEB maintenance pays dividends
Patiala, December 5
The PSEB Chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, has claimed that various research and maintenance works carried out by the board to increase efficiency of its thermal plants have resulted in excellent performance in different areas.

Neglect of education to farmers worries experts
Patiala, December 5
Dr G.S. Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab Farmers Commission, has said the constant neglect of education available to about 70 per cent of Punjab’s population is going to create irreversible fractured social system.


7 held in fake currency racket case
Moga, December 5
The police has arrested seven persons in a fake currency racket allegedly run in northern states.

Road rage: firing in air
Amritsar, December 5
Four unidentified car-borne persons, reportedly from Jalandhar, fired into the air in the Putli Ghar Chowk here to intimidate local residents when their vehicle collided with another vehicle.

Vigilance arrests ETO on graft charge
Patiala, December 5
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau today nabbed an Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) of the mobile wing, Mr Baljit Singh, when he was trying to accept illegal gratification from a Ludhiana resident.

Youth stabbed to death
Ropar, December 5
At 18-year-old youth Deepak was stabbed to death at Bela Chowk here this evening. He was a resident of Ali Mohalla here.


Engineering colleges need to upgrade skills
Chandigarh, December 5
During the fast-track selections recently by the Indian Air Force team at the Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran only 10 per cent of the 700 engineering graduates from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, qualified to appear before the selection board for the final interview.

Honour for Mata Gujri College teacher
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
“Dr. Dharminder Singh Ubha, Professor and Head, Department of Management Studies of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib has been invited to present his paper on “Corporate Governance: Solutions Through Indian Spiritual System” at an International Conference being hosted by University of the Thai and Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) from December 7 in Bangkok,”.

Solve indigenous problems, engineers told
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
The three-day International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering (AME 2006) organised by the Mechanical Engineering Department of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College concluded here today. Dr R.S. Khandpur, Director General, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, was the chief guest.

V. Mohan takes over
Bathinda, December 5
Dr V. Mohan has taken over the charge of Director-Principal of the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here. He had been a visiting professor at Westminster Medical School, London, and had also worked as a consultant in public health in Saudi Arabia. — TNS

Teachers stage dharna
Patiala, December 5
Hundreds of Education Guaranteed Scheme (EGS) teachers, who are on a continuous dharna since November 20 at the Mall road, held out a protest march to the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence here today.

Teachers strike work
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
All Government-aided privately managed schools in the district remained closed as the staff of these schools held a district-level protest rally at Ashoka Senior Secondary School Sirhind. The protesters raised slogans against the Government and said their protest would continue till the acceptance of their demands.


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