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‘Sangat darshans’ on despite CM’s absence
Chandigarh, December 2
The BJP is in an upbeat mood following abolition of octroi with effect from December 1. The fulfillment of this poll promise is expected to give the BJP the much-needed shot in the arm in the run-up to the Assembly elections.

Amarinder to contest as PPCC chief
Patiala, December 2
Punjab Pradesh media committee chairman Surinder Singla today said Capt Amarinder Singh would contest the Assembly elections as PPCC President during the course of which he would be the main campaigner of the party.

SGPC panel may run into rough weather
Amritsar, December 2
With the unceremonious removal of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi as SGPC chief, the parallel three-member panel constituted by him to probe into acts of sacrilege may run into rough weather.

Call for Akali unity an appeal: Vedanti
Jalandhar, December 2
The Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today outrightly rejected the hukamnama issued by the then Jathedar Ranjit Singh in 1998 calling all the warring Akali factions to join hands and termed it as an “appeal”.

Audit for better liaison in PU
Chandigarh, December 2
An academic and administrative audit of Panjab University has revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the existing systems and has suggested networking of the two.




Good response to pulse polio drive
Barnala, December 2
More than 12,000 pulse polio drops were administered to children between the age group of zero and five years during the first phase of the pulse polio immunisation drive here today.


Badal’s working dictatorial: CPI
Rampura Phul, December 2
Dr Joginder Dayal state CPI secretary, said today that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, was responsible for the criminalisation of politics in the state.
While addressing a group of party workers here today, Dr Dayal said Mr Badal had adopted a dictatorial behaviour in his working.

BSP opposed to POTO
Phagwara, December 2
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram today flayed the controversial POTO for the first time and stated that the BSP was opposed to it.
Talking to newsmen after addressing the “Hukamran Bano” rally here, Mr Kanshi Ram supported the stand of the Opposition against the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes as Defence Minister. 


Demand to create ministry of AIDS
Amritsar, December 2
The People’s Health Organisation demanded the creation of a ministry of AIDS to save the country from the killer disease at a rally held here yesterday.
Mr Ashok Goel, secretary-general, PHO, urged the Punjab Government to abolish sales tax on drugs, kits and equipment used in the treatment of HIV and AIDS patients.

Crime unchecked in Ranjit Avenue
Amritsar, December 2
The law and order situation in the Ranjit Avenue locality here has gone from bad to worse as the crime rate has increased manifold during the past one-and-half-year.
Dozens of cases of robbery, chain-snatching, dacoity and murders were reported in the area during this period and the police has allegedly failed to arrest even a single culprit so far.

He earns to cremate unclaimed bodies
Bathinda, December 2
Mr Hari Ram is an institution in himself for the service he has been rendering to mankind for the past many decades. Braving adverse weather conditions, he sells newspapers in the city to cremate unclaimed bodies. Biting cold, torrential rain and scorching sun do not dampen his missionary zeal.
After the cremation of unclaimed bodies, if he finds surplus money with him, he spends it on the upkeep of a cremation ground on the Bibiwala road near DAV College.


Mr Hari Ram, a newspaper hawker, spends his earnings on the cremation of unclaimed bodies. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Mr Hari Ram, a newspaper hawker, spends his earnings on the cremation of unclaimed bodies.

City focused on sports
The National Games brought sports into focus in this city as never before. The city, which has been bereft of quality sports despite being home to the National Institute of Sports, breathed sports for 10 days.

Inaction against Tehsildar resented
Mansa, December 2
Resentment prevails among the local lawyers against the district administration for its failure to take immediate action against Mr Jatinder Singh Saggu, the local Tehsildar, allegedly for his involvement in corrupt practices.

No funds for Civil Lines upkeep
Bathinda, December 2
The Civil Lines area, considered to be a posh area, is in bad shape due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned.
Though the government has been spending crores through its various agencies, including the municipal council, the Public Works Department and Building and Road, for the overall development of the city, the Civil Lines areas has failed to get enough funds.

Registration of bogus voters ‘rampant’
Bathinda, December 2
Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu, former Punjab minister, alleged today that bogus voters were being registered and names of genuine voters deleted from the voters’ lists by government officials who had been revising the electoral rolls.


Farm technocrats seek better deal
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Agriculture Technocrats Action Committee, at an all-party meeting here yesterday demanded better deal for agriculture, agriculturists and farm technocrats.
Among the resolutions passed at the meeting was one on higher financial outlay for research in Punjab Agricultural University, opening of ‘’plant clinics’’, steps to educate farmers on the implications of the World Trade Organisation regime, continuation of the minimum support price and procurement of foodgrains.


Bank Branch Manager booked
Tarn Taran, December 2
Rahul, Branch Manager of the Lauka branch of the State Bank of Patiala, along with two others, has been booked under Sections 420, 467, 464 and 120-B of the IPC, by the Patti police for drawing an amount of Rs 2.25 lakh in the name of another person.

Woman burnt to death by husband
Bathinda, December 2
In a bizarre incident, Paramjit Kaur was allegedly burnt to death by her husband and his brother when she refused to have illicit relations with her brother-in-law, despite pressure from her husband.

Campaign against gambling launched
Bathinda, December 2
The district police has launched an intensive campaign against gambling and “satta” transactions. From December 1, police personnel in civil dresses have been raiding shady places.

Gang of narcotic smugglers busted
Bathinda, December 2
The police has claimed a major success with the arrest of four members of an inter-state members of gang involved in narcotics smuggling. It has seized 94 kg of poppy husk and a car from them.


PG college faces govt neglect
Mansa, December 2
The state government has not paid any attention to improve the condition of the local Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College. It is the lone govt college in the district and has a strength of 1,300 students.

Annual day of school
Kharar, December 2
Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, Chappar Chiri, celebrated its second annual day. Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest of the function.
He gave away prizes to students for their achievements in cultural and sports activities. An educational exhibition was also organised on the occasion.


Small-scale units ‘hit’ by WTO pact
Hoshiarpur, December 2
The WTO agreement has proved to be disastrous for India as it has shattered the Indian economy by directly hitting small-scale industries, competitive policy and procurement in the country. This was stated by Prof Madhu Dandavate, former Union Finance Minister, while addressing a press conference at the canal rest house here today.

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