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Gurnam’s family upset over Sidhu verdict
Patiala, December 6
The irony was inescapable. While on the one hand there was a lot of jostling and pushing outside Gurnam Singh’s residence at Ghalori village, on the Devigarh road, an eerie silence prevailed at the residence of the man who was killed by Navjot Singh Sidhu and his accomplice Rupinder Singh Sandhu nearly 18 years ago.

‘I am not weak man’
Chandigarh, December 6
Even as the SAD-BJP combine has stood behind Navjot Singh Sidhu like a rock in his hour of crisis, he himself made it clear: "I am not looking for any sympathy as that is for the weak. I am not a weak man".

Badal regrets tearing up copy of Constitution
Chandigarh, December 6
Almost 25 years after he had torn up a copy of the Indian Constitution to protest against the policies of the Central Government, the chief of the Shriomani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today expressed “regrets” for his act saying, “It should not have happened and I never wanted to do it then also.

Congress to move privilege motion
Chandigarh, December 6
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today said the Congress would move a Privilege motion in Parliament against the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP MPs for spreading “falsehood and canards” against the Punjab Government in Parliament.



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Government-aided school teachers from different areas of Punjab court arrest at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. More govt-aided school teachers court arrest
Chandigarh, December 6
On the third day of the Jail Bharo Andolan, 163 teachers and other employees of government-aided schools in Punjab courted arrest in Sector 17 this afternoon.

Government-aided school teachers from different areas of Punjab court arrest at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Kar sevaks desilt Budda Nullah at Koom Kalan village near Ludhiana on Wednesday. Kar sevaks launch operation Budda Nullah clean-up
Koom Kalan (Ludhiana), December 6
In the first ever major effort to solve the Budda Nullah problem, a cleaning operation of the highly polluted drain began from this village today afternoon when kar sevaks started its desilting under over Rs 200 crore joint venture of the Punjab government and Sant Baba Jaspal Singh, head of a Baddowal-based religious set-up.

Kar sevaks desilt Budda Nullah at Koom Kalan village near Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

 

 
POLITICS

Mann’s ‘Pendu rally’ wants him as future CM
Barnala, December 6
The Kisan Rally, organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), at the local New Grain Market, today virtually turned into an election rally, as almost all speakers emphasised on the formation of the SAD (A) government and appealed to the gathering to make Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (A), Chief Minister of Punjab, in the coming Punjab, Assembly elections “to end all problems of the state”. Thousands of farmers and activists of the SAD (A) from all parts of the state participated in the rally.

Ultimatum to govt on Mandal panel report
Hoshiarpur, December 6
Mr Kehar Singh, President of the Backward Classes Sangharsh Committee, Punjab (BCSCP), warned the Chief Minister, Punjab if the Mandal Commission report was not implemented in Punjab before December 10, Backward Classes of the state would disassociate from the Congress party during the Vikas Yatra commencing from December 11, from Balachaur.

Councillors seek MC president’s removal
Malout, December 6
Resentment is brewing among eight Congress municipal councillors here over the alleged non-implementation of the "party's decision to remove MC president Satguru Dev Pappi from the top post".


COMMUNITY

Protest over ‘favour’ to Badal Co.
Bathinda, December 6
Five employee bodies of the PRTC today accused a transport official of showing undue favour to SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal's Orbit Bus Company by making frequent extensions in the route of the company's buses. The protesting unions also gheraoed an Orbit bus at the local bus stand following a meeting of their joint panel.

PSEB allows 200 units of free power to BPL consumers
Patiala, December 6
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), acting on the directions of the Punjab Government, has decided to allow 200 units of free power per month to domestic consumers belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category.

Punjab lags in police modernisation, Central funds unutilised
Union Home Secretary, V.K. Duggal, flanked by Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal and Director-General of Police S.S. Virk, at a meeting in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, December 6
Punjab had lagged miserably behind in the modernisation of the police compared to other states. It had not been able to utilise the central funds for the purpose. These revelations were made at a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary, V.K. Duggal and attended, among others, by Chief Secretary, K.R. Lakhanpal and Director-General of Police S.S. Virk here today.

Union Home Secretary, V.K. Duggal, flanked by Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal (left) and Director-General of Police S.S. Virk, at a meeting in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Land vacated by hospital to have park
Abohar, December 6
The land vacated by the shifting of the Military Hospital here will be used to build a park. The Arhtiya Association is spending Rs 28 lakh for the purpose. Besides, Rs 22 lakh would pour in from the local municipal council and MLA’s development fund. The park is expected to be ready by next month.

Nine truck unions form association
Bathinda, December 6
Nine truck unions of the district today joined hands to form the District Truck Association here. Congress leaders, including PPCC general secretary Raninder Singh played a role in the formation of the association.


 
AGRICULTURE

Adopt organic farming, farmers exhorted
Sangrur, December 6
Mr Suresh Sharma, Managing Director, Nandni Biotechnology Centre, Maur Mandi, said almost every village of the state, especially villages of Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur and Muktsar districts had 15 to 20 cases of cancer. He attributed the spread of cancer and other diseases to unnecessary use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.


ADMINISTRATION

Posts of DTO may be abolished
Chandigarh, December 6
The Punjab Government is contemplating the abolishing of the posts of District Transport Officer (DTO), it is learnt.


CRIME

2 charred to death
Barnala, December 6
Two persons were burnt to death when a fire broke out after a truck-canter collision in this district town today.


EDUCATION

Sikh students’ body splits
Amritsar, December 6
The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) virtually split today when Rajinder Singh Mehta, former patron of the federation formed the Sikh students Federation Mehta (SSFM) here.


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