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Teacher sacked after mass protest
Furore over Vineet’s death ends
Bathinda, December 6
The furore over the suicide committed by Vineet, a student of the local M.S.D Public School, after he was allegedly beaten up by a Punjabi teacher and the subsequent protest by his parents and other students subsided late last evening when the management of the school sacked the teacher and declared three holidays as a mark of respect to the dead student.

Punjab to compensate MCs on octroi loss
Chandigarh, December 6
In a significant statement before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Punjab’s Principal Secretary (Finance) P.K. Verma today stated that the government would compensate Municipal Corporations, councils and committees for the loss suffered due to the abolition of octroi in the state.

Low oxygen killed Sutlej fish: report
Ropar, December 6
A lesser amount of dissolved oxygen, allegedly caused due to the release of some toxic effluent, caused the mass mortality of fish in the Sutlej waters near Naya Nangal. Mr Krishan Kumar, ADC, has stated this in his report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday. Earlier, the court, taking a suo motu notice of a news item published in The Tribune, had directed the ADC to conduct an inquiry into the reasons that led to the mass mortality of fish in the Sutlej.



Sunit Batra is Miss Lashkara 2001
Ludhiana, December 6
Amritsar damsel Sunit Batra was chosen Miss Lashkara-2001 while Kiran Gill of Mumbai and Gehna Singh of Bhopal were declared the first and second runners-up at the ‘Miss Lashkara -2001 Beauty Paegant’ held at the sprawling lawns of Hotel Gulmohar here last night. Though the programme started over two hours late, yet the audience waited patiently for the mega event which was full of glitz and glamour, flavoured with good music and anticipation.

Miss Lashkara 2001 Sunit Batra, flanked by first and second runners-up, Kiran Gill and Gehna Singh, respectively. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi
Miss Lashkara 2001 Sunit Batra, flanked by first and second runners-up, Kiran Gill and Gehna Singh, respectively.

Kanwaljit clarifies on teachers’ benefits
Chandigarh, December 6
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today clarified that there was no confusion over the grant of pensionary and gratuity benefits to the teachers of privately-run government-aided colleges in the state.

Koshiari non-committal on poll pact with SAD
Chandigarh, December 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal has expressed keenness for an electoral alliance with the BJP in the February-2002 Uttaranchal Assembly elections to be held along with those in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Clergy ‘protecting’ CM’s interests
Amritsar, December 6
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, covener, Panthic Morcha, alleged today that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, who was given a two-year extension as priest, Golden Temple, after his superannuation in April, 1998, had no authority to take any decision on behalf of the Panth.


Pasla charges Surjeet with deserting ideology
Ludhiana, December 5
With the expulsion of Mangat Ram Pasla former state secretary of the CPM from the primary membership of the party by the Politburo for his anti-party activities, the Punjab CPM, has virtually split which will be formalised on December 13 when the Pasla faction holds its two-day conference at Jalandhar.

Kainth to hold rally on Dec 8
Jalandhar, December 6
To bring some former top BSP leaders and those who are dissatisfied with the working of BSP supremo Kanshi Ram on one platform, Bahujan Samaj Morcha leader Satnam Singh Kainth is organising a “massive rally” on December 8 at Partap Bagh here.

Badal keeping SGPC under thumb: Gagowal
Mansa, December 6
“By appointing Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, his OSD and close associate of excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, as President of the SGPC, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, has not only violated the Sikh traditions but also given a proof of keeping religious institutions, like the SGPC, under his control”.

Malti for CBI probe into ministers’ assets
Moga, December 6
Former president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Varinder Kataria today alleged that the SAD-BJP combine government of Punjab had brought the state to the brink of economic disaster due to fiscal mismanagement.

Cong, BSP men enter verbal duel
Jalandhar, December 6
Workers and leaders of the Congress and the BSP entered into a verbal duel at the local Ambedkar Chowk, where they had organised separate functions to observe the “norman divas” of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.


Civic bodies spend lakhs on ads
Bathinda, December 6
Even as municipal councils and corporations of the state have been trying hard to pay the salaries to their employees after the Punjab Government decided to abolish octroi from December 1, 2001, lakhs of rupees have been spent by various civic bodies on inserting advertisements in various dailies to highlight the function organised today at Mohali in connection with the foundation stone laying ceremony of Punjab Municipal Bhavan by the Union Minister for Urban Development, Mr Ananth Kumar.

Manch holds dharna against POTO
Sangrur, December 6
Members of the local Anti-POTO Manch comprising the Punjab Radical Students Union, the Kirti Mazdoor Union and the All-India People’s Resistance Forum today sat on a dharna on the office premises of the SDM here and took out a protest march demanding withdrawal of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance.

Dalit Sangathan holds rally
Bathinda, December 6
Mr Jai Singh, president, Dalit Dasta Virodhi Sangathan, said today that farmers in Punjab made a hue and cry if they did not get the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce but spared no thought for the labourers ‘harassed’ by them.


MC fails to pay salary to staff
Sangrur, December 6
Abolition of octroi in the state has started showing its adverse affect on the financial health of the municipal councils. The local municipal council has also become its victim as it could not pay the salary to more than 200 employees, including the Executive Officer, for the month of November till date.

Govt urged to withdraw Electricity Bill
Bathinda, December 6
The PSEB Engineers Association, Bathinda zone, has urged the Central Government to withdraw the “Electricity Bill-2001” from the agenda of Parliament as its passing and subsequent implementation would lead to “slavery” of India apart from unprecedented escalation in cost of power.

DC orders removal of encroachments
Bathinda, December 6
Taking a serious note of the gross violations of the Municipal Act and rampant encroachments being made in the city, Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatratham has ordered that the encroachments must be removed and necessary action taken within three days.


Armed men loot bus passengers
Sangrur, December 6
A PRTC bus was looted near Jind by some armed robbers on gun-point last night when it was on its way to Sangrur from Delhi.
In a note sent to the PRTC authorities today, Mr Iqbal Singh, General Manager of the Sangrur depot, said the robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other commodities worth Rs 8 to 10 lakh from the passengers. He said there were been 70 passengers in the bus.

3 officials held on graft charges
Ferozepore, December 6
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Mr Jasvir Singh, Manager, Punjab National Bank, Vadai branch, allegedly while accepting a bribe of Rs 800 from Mr Jagtar Singh for passing his loan. According to Mr Hardyal Singh Mann, SP, Vigilance Bureau, Mr Jagtar Singh had got a loan of Rs 70,000 sanctioned under the Prime Minister Rozgar Yogna to set up his workshop.

Constable held carrying smack
Amritsar, December 6
A team of the Amritsar police led by DSP, Manminder Singh, today arrested Raj Kumar, a police constable, Jaspal Singh, a railway employee, and Harjit Singh and recovered smack from them.

Principal  dies in road mishap
Fazilka, December 6
Jagdish Rai Kalra (43), Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Nukerian, was killed yesterday when a bus hit his motor cycle, 6 km from her, on the Fazilka-Abohar road. He died on the spot.


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