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SAD to give priority to youth
Dera Bassi, December 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal will give priority to the youth while distributing the party ticket for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. This will not only help make a strong government but also make the youth aware about their responsibility for the nation.

PPCC chief’s brother applies for ticket
Patiala, December 3
Even though PPCC chief Amarinder Singh has announced that ticket would not be given to relatives of senior Congress leaders for the Assembly elections, his younger brother Malwinder Singh has filed his application for ticket from the Samana Assembly constituency.

Punjab officers stake claim to BBMB post
Chandigarh, December 3
A controversy has started over the post of Financial Adviser-cum-Chief Accounts Officer in the Bhakra Beas Management Board.

Punjab not to raise varsity staff retirement age
Chandigarh December 3
The Punjab government has communicated to the Ministry of Human Resource Development that the “state government does not agree with the proposed amendment increasing retirement age from 60 years to 62 years in its universities.

POLITICS

Vedanti ‘garnering’ votes for Badal
Phagwara, December 3
Former SGPC acting President and Panthic Morcha stalwart Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur today took strong exception to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti’s statement that the hukamnama (edict) issued by Bhai Ranjit Singh on December 31, 1998, as the then Akal Takht Jathedar was not valid and that a single high priest cannot issue an edict due to the “panj pardhani prampara.”



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Jaswinder is BSP youth wing chief
Phagwara, December 3
Ms Jaswinder Kaur Jassi has become the first woman president of the newly constituted youth wing of the Punjab BSP. This announcement was made here yesterday by BSP supremo Kanshi Ram.

YC arranges Badal's ‘property darshan’
Amritsar, December 3
The Youth Congress has pledged to arrange transport for "property darshan" of Mr Parkash Singh Badal's assets.

COMMUNITY

When PM’s Office belies hope
Ropar, December 3
Kewal Krishan, a yellow card-holder labourer of Pachranda village, about 30 km from here, is a dejected person today. He has lost all hope after he failed to get the grant sanctioned to him from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund in 1999, even after two years of struggle.

Badungar visits gurdwara
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, newly elected president of the SGPC, today came to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib for the first time after becoming the chief of the religious organisation. 

Octroi staff not to be retrenched: Tandon
Gurdaspur, December 3
Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, talking to newspersons at Narot Jaimal Singh on the Indo-Pak border in this district said today Punjab would have to bear a burden of Rs 425 crore per year due to the abolition of octroi. He said the government was trying to find alternative funds to meet this deficit.

‘Exclude media from POTO purview’
Amritsar, December 3
Mr Bharat Ram, president, Crime Free India Bureau, appealed today to the Central Government for exclusion of the print and electronic media from the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance so that freedom of the Press could be ensured.


Wrestlers in action at the annual wrestling championship held in memory of Joginder Singh Pehalwan at Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Bera

Bhai Ranjit favours open debate
Amritsar, December 3
For the first time, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh has asked the present incumbent Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti to hold an open debate on Sikh traditions.

DGP: more active role for women in police
Phillaur, December 3
Striving to reduce gender bias in the police, the Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr Sarbjit Singh, today announced that women officers and personnel would be appointed in each police station of the state and entrusted with investigation task. Mr Sarbjit Singh stated this while addressing a regional conference of police personnel of seven states at the Punjab Police Academy here.

Prayers for speedy recovery of CM
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
An ardas divas for the welfare and speedy recovery of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister was organised by Mr Didar Singh Bhatti and Mr Rajeshpal Singh Lalli, senior SAD, leaders at Bassi Pathana in the district today.

Naiks to be listed as SCs: Verma
Mansa, December 3
Dr Sahib Singh Verma (MP), former Chief Minister of Delhi and Senior Vice-President of the BJP said the Naik community would shortly be included in the list of Scheduled Castes. He said he had already spoken to the Prime Minister in this regard. He was addressing a public meeting organised by the Naik community here today at the old grain market.

Park lacks maintenance
Bathinda, December 3
Non-functional fountains, wild growth of weeds, poorly maintained swing is what remains of the Nehru Children’s Park, which was once the hub of activity.
Situated in the Civil Lines area of the city the park has lost its beauty due to the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned. 

BSP (A) workers seek SHO’s transfer
Tarn Taran, December 3
To lodge their protest and stress for the transfer of Mr Bhola Singh, SHO, Sarhali BSP (Ambedkari) workers today staged a dharna in front of the office of the local SDM. The dharna will go on till December 17.

Dandavate hails JP as revolutionary
Hoshiarpur, December 3
Prof Madhu Dandavate, former Union Finance Minister, addressed a gathering at Lajpat Rai Senior Secondary School here last evening. He said Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan was a great revolutionary. Having been a close associate of the Lok Nayak, Mr Dandavate talked about his aims.

ADMINISTRATION

Punjab fills slot of Commissioner
Chandigarh, December 3
Mr N.S. Rattan has been posted as Financial Commissioner (Development) against a vacant slot by the Punjab Government. The post was vacated by Mr C.L. Bains, who has been appointed as Commissioner, State Election Commission.

CRIME

3 killed in road accidents
Amritsar, December 3
Three persons were killed and an equal number were injured in separate road mishaps in the district and nearby areas last evening.
One unidentified person was killed near Supal village when a Tata Sumo (PBO2-X-9877) after colliding with a horse cart lost its balance and struck him.

Man killed by brother-in-law
Tarn Taran, December 3
Gurbax Singh (40), a resident of Lakhna village was reportedly killed by his relatives for money. The Khalra police has registered a case under Sections 302, 201 and 34, IPC, against four persons who allegedly killed him and also disposed of the body.

EDUCATION

Contribution of public schools lauded
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
Private educational institutions are playing a big role in providing quality education to children in the state whereas the government has its own limitations and it had to plan the education system keeping in mind every section of society, said Mr Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Minister for PWD, while addressing of foundation day-cum-annual function of Saffron City School.

Pension scheme for aided colleges
Gurdaspur, December 3
Master Mahan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, talking to reporters at Narot Jaimal Singh today, said the Punjab Government had agreed in principle to cover employees of all 140 government-aided colleges in the state under the Pension Gratuity Scheme on par with their counterparts in government service.

Bathinda boy to do research at Canada institute
Bathinda, December 3
Harash Sukhija, student of BMIT (Ist year), DAV College, here has done his family, college and the region proud by getting selected for training and continuation of research work at the Canadian Institute of Scientific Computer Technology. Harash is one of the two Asian students who have been selected by the institute.

First DPS in Punjab to start at Jalandhar
Jalandhar, December 3
The Delhi Public School Society has decided to open its first branch in Punjab at Jalandhar.
Stating this at a press conference here today, Mr Vipan Mahajan, Managing Trustee of Delhi Public School, said the school, recognised by the CSBE and spread over 10 acres of land on GT Road, would start functioning from March, 2002.
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