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Chamkaur Sahib nagar panchayat in 3 months
Chandigarh, December 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Nagar Panchayat in Chamkaur Sahib would be set up with in three months. Charanjit Singh Channi, MLA from Chamakaur Sahib, had asked a question in this regard. To another question by Channi, Badal said 50 -bed hospital at Chamkaur Sahib would be constructed by the end of next year.

MLA seeks CBI probe into teachers’ recruitment
Chandigarh, December 24
Seeking a CBI probe into the recent selection of teachers by zila parishads at certain places, Congress MLA Makhan Singh said today that there was nepotism, favouritism and irregularities in the selections. He said even some candidates holding fake degrees of ETT from Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar had been selected whereas qualified and meritorious candidates, who did ETT from Punjab, failed to make to the selection list.

Acquisitions for SYL Canal
HC enhances compensation for ‘barani’ land
Chandigarh, December 24
In a significant judgement expected to have a bearing on acquired land compensation cases, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, while enhancing compensation for ‘barani’ land in a case, has ruled that in the absence of credible evidence the only option left with the court is to determine the price by resorting to some guess work, which in any case is involved the land acquisition matters.



A view of century-old St Paul Church illuminated on the eve of Christmas in Amritsar.
A view of century-old St Paul Church illuminated on the eve of Christmas in Amritsar. —Photo by Vishal Kumar

CM greets people on Christmas
Chandigarh, December 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and local government and industries minister Manoranjan Kalia, besides many other ministers, have in separate statements extended their warm greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of Christmas.

Class IV employee attacks 2 doctors
Medicos go on strike
Amritsar, December 24
Doctors of Guru Nanak Dev hospital and government medical college today went on strike in protest against alleged assault on two junior doctors of the hospital by a class IV employee along with three others last night.

Manpreet for consensus on state fiscal health
Chandigarh, December 24
Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today made an emotional appeal in the Vidhan Sabha asking all legislators to bring the issue of fiscal health of the state on the centre stage of the politics. This is the biggest issue being faced by the state and its survival depends upon its financial health, he said.

House nod to new Police Bill
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab Police Bill, 2007, dominated the proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha on its concluding day today with the opposition benches being supported by some members of the Treasury Benches expressing apprehensions over what they called “sweeping powers to the Punjab Police”. 

Cinema blast main suspect held?
Ludhiana, December 24
The Ludhiana police is learnt to have cracked the Shingaar cinema blast case and the Mullanpur RDX seizure with the arrest of main suspect Gurpreet Singh, a terrorist who had been on the run since September 2 when over 3 kg of RDX was recovered from his car.



A town plagued by lease problem
Residents in possession of property for over 50 years fear
Nangal, December 24
The town has been is reeling from problems of lease. The residents are engaged in nearly 1200 cases in courts with the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) relating to market places and other lease property occupied by them for over more than 50 years. Fear of eviction from their sources of livelihood and homes haunts the residents.

Rafi’s village forgets him Varinder Walia
Kotla Sultan Singh (Amritsar), December 24
Memories of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi, seems to be fading away in his village, as nothing that belonged to him had been preserved. His ancestral house has also not been preserved.

Industry opposes PSEB proposal
Amritsar, December 24
The small and medium industry in the state have not taken kindly to the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board to deposit two months consumption bill as security to overcome its financial crisis.

ITDC to tidy up Jallianwala Bagh for tourism
Amritsar, December 24
The Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has decided to spruce up the historic Jallianwala Bagh memorial for tourism promotion. The ITDC will spend Rs 5 crore and has prepared a design to give a new look to the place and a presentation has been scheduled for January 15 to highlight the design details.

A view of the area adjoining the Jallianwala Bagh, which has been cleared for setting up a visitors’ facility centre, in Amritsar. —Photo by Vishal Kumar

A view of the area adjoining the Jallianwala Bagh, which has been cleared for setting up a visitors’ facility centre, in Amritsar.

Of 385 POs, police clueless about 26
Bathinda, December 24
The state police has declared 385 terrorists as proclaimed offenders (POs) and of these it has no clue about 26 POs. This is according to the information provided by the office of the deputy inspector-general of police, crime-cum-APIO, Punjab.

Dimpa walks out of jail
Amritsar, December 24
Former Congress MLA from Beas Jasbir Singh Gill, alias Dimpa, was released from the central jail here today. He had been granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 19. Soon after his release from the jail, Dimpa said the ruling SAD-BJP alliance would not be allowed to register even a single false case against Congress workers.

Supporters garland former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa after his release from the central jail in Amritsar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Supporters garland former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa after his release from the central jail in Amritsar on Monday

Over 70 govt houses unsafe, residents told to vacate in 15 days
Patiala, December 24
Over 70 residents of the Rajpura colony, near the bus stand here, have been told to vacate their government houses by the Punjab Public Works Department saying these houses were unsafe for habitation.

Road rage: Youths beat up driver of Punjab IAS officer
Chandigarh, December 24
In an incident of road rage, a driver of the official vehicle of the principal secretary, vigilance, Punjab, was thrashed by two youngsters travelling in another car. The victim, Swaran Singh of Sector 39, said it was the timely intervention of The Tribune cameraman Vinay Malik, that saved his life.
the suspect escapes in his ca
Swaran Singh is thrashed by a youth in Sector 40 on Sunday night.
one of the suspects before he escaped from the spot
one of the suspects before he escaped from the spot
The suspect escapes in his car.
The suspect escapes in his car. — Tribune Photos Vinay Malik 

Two die as tractor-trailer overturns
Amritsar, December 24
Two children died and three were injured when a tractor-trailer carrying them overturned on the Kathunangal-Chogawan road, 25 km from here, today.


PIL against Abohar road elevation
HC issues notice to state
Muktsar, December 24
The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has issued notices to the state of Punjab on a public interest litigation (PIL) plea wherein residents of Muktsar had objected to the elevation of the Abohar road in the town. Chief Justice Vijender Jain on Saturday issued notices of motion for March 6 to the secretary, PWD (B&R), Punjab, and the department's chief engineer at Patiala and the executive engineer of Muktsar district after hearing the plea which stated nearly 1,100 families and some 200 shops along the Abohar road would face hazards like rain water draining into houses and shops following the proposed elevation of the said road up to three feet.


Gang of international smugglers busted
Tarn Taran, December 24
The Patti police has busted a gang of international smugglers involved in fake currency, drugs and arms smuggling from Bahmaniwala village. P.K. Rai, SSP, said here on Monday that five .30-bore special mousers, 35 cartridges and a mobile have been recovered from them. Those arrested have been identified as Kuldeep Singh, Satnam Singh (brothers), Manoj Kumar, all residents of Patti, and Shamsher Singh of Thatha. A case has been registered.

32000 pills, 15000 capsules seized
Sangrur, December 24
Narcotics cell in charge inspector Darshan Singh and drug inspector Kamal Kamboj today raided a medical hall, near Housing Board colony here and seized tablets, capsules, cough syrups, injections, believed to be used as intoxicants by addicts. Darshan Singh said this evening the raiding party had seized 32000 tablets, 15000 capsules, 53 bottles of cough syrup and 30 injections.— TNS


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