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Akali disunity shot in arm for Cong
New Delhi, December 1
With Akali unity having fallen by the wayside, a section of Congress leaders from Punjab see a silver lining in this development and now believe that the party’s prospects for regaining power in the state have received a shot in the arm.

POTO unacceptable in any form: Cong

Bajwara (Hoshiarpur), December 1
Admitting that there were some lapses in TADA, the AICC today outrightly rejected the POTO in any form.
The AICC Treasurer, Mr Moti Lal Vora, and the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, share a point before addressing a function at SBAC Higher Secondary School at Bajwara village, Hoshiarpur district, on Saturday. 
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The AICC Treasurer, Mr Moti Lal Vora, and the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Sikh youths asked to shun ‘patkas’
Akal Takht not to entertain minor complaints
Amritsar, December 1
In a significant development, Akal Takht has decided to accept only those complaints which pertain to the entire Sikh Panth henceforth.
This was stated by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, while talking to TNS at his residence here today.




Chandumajra backs Talwandi
Tearing up of SGPC ballot paper
Sangrur, December 1
Justifying the action of Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi with regard to the tearing up of ballot paper in the recently held SGPC elections, the Panthic Morcha today stated that Jathedar Talwandi had given proof that he was a true Akali.


Notice issued to Punjab, CBI
Chandigarh, December 1
Taking suo-motu note of a news report appearing in an English daily alleging that a test conducted by a Chandigarh-based laboratory on polythene sheets purchased by Markfed for covering foodgrain had exposed a scandal apparently having financial implications running into several crores, Mr Justice A.S. Garg of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the issuance of notices to the state of Punjab and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

80 pc of ‘blindness’ due to cataract
Faridkot, December 1
A two-day annual conference of ophthalmologists organised by the Punjab Ophthalmological Society at the local Baba Farid Sabhyacharak Kendra which began today impressed upon the state governments to give more powers to the government medical colleges and hospitals and civil medical centres so that better health services could be provided to the needy.

45 lakh Indians ‘infected with AIDS’
Bathinda, December 1
To educate truck drivers about the preventive measures against AIDS, a seminar was held today at the office of the local Truck Operators Union by the district health authorities.

Faridkot gets video conferencing facility
Faridkot, December 1
Faridkot has become the first district of Punjab where the facility of video conferencing has been started. The facility was today inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr A. Venu Parsad at his office.

Bogus votes being made: ex-MLA
Gidderbaha, December 1
Mr Raghubir Singh, former MLA, today alleged that bogus voters were being registered and names of genuine voters were being deleted from the voter’s lists by government official who had been revising electoral rolls.

Shiv Sainiks burn Pak flag
Phagwara, December 1
Hundreds of Shiv Sena activists, led by Punjab unit vice-president Pawan Prabhakar and local unit president Inerjit Karwal, held a protest march and burnt the effigy of the Pakistani President, Gen Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani flag here today.


C.L. Bains is Punjab Election Commissioner
Chandigarh, December 1
Mr C.L. Bains today assumed the charge as the state Election Commissioner, Punjab.
Talking to mediapersons after assuming the charge, Mr Bains reiterated his firm resolve to ensure a free and fair election process keeping in view the values of the democratic setup of the country.

Dy Chief Engineers, SEs promoted
Patiala, December 1
The PSEB has promoted three Deputy Chief Engineers and 10 Superintending Engineers (SEs) besides others postings and transfers today.
A press note said Mr M.S. Dhaliwal, Deputy Chief Engineer, Headquarters, had been promoted as Officiating Chief Engineer, Personnel, Ludhiana. Mr S.C. Bhatnagar, Deputy Chief Engineer, Technical Audit, Patiala, had been promoted as Officiating Chief Engineer, RE and SIL, Patiala while. Mr C.J. Rai, Deputy Chief Engineer, Planning — 2, had been promoted as Officiating Chief Engineer, Operation and Maintenance, GHTP, Lehra Mohobbat.


4 killed as bus rams into tree
Gurdaspur, December 1
Four persons were killed and 35 injured, five of them critically when a private bus hit a tree near Awankha today. The deceased have been identified as Surjit Singh, resident of Banthawali, Suresh Kumar, resident of Behrampur, Rashpal Singh, owner of the bus and resident of Gurdaspur, and Rakesh Kumar of Makaura.


GND varsity heritage village to get 20 lakh
Amritsar, December 1
The state government will provide Rs 20 lakh for the establishment of “Punjabi heritage village” on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus.
This was stated by Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Minister for Revenue, here today while inaugurating a four-day Guru Nanak Dev University inter-zonal (men and women) youth festival final.


‘Bring in attitudinal change’
Patiala, December 1
Thapar Institute of Information and Technology (TIET) Director, Dr M.P. Kapoor laid stress on the need for training employees of public sector banks to have an attitudinal change for better customer service in the competitive market of today.


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