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Action against Talwandi deferred
Amritsar, December 7
The Sikh clergy today deferred any action against former SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi for using derogatory language against the high priests on the eve of Divali.

Cong woos exservicemen
SAS Nagar, December 7
Seeing a potential vote bank among the exservicemen, efforts of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) to rope in retired defence personnel today saw over 100 exservicemen joining the Congress party at an ex-defence officers meet organised here today.

7 killed, 2 hurt as car rams into truck
Sunam, December 7
Seven persons were killed and two injured when their car rammed into a truck parked on the Sunam-Patiala road, near here, last night. Mr Davinder Attari, SHO, City, said the occupants of the car were returning to Sunam after attending a marriage at Cheeka when the mishap took place.

A view of the accident in which seven persons were killed when a car rammed into a truck on the Sunam-Patiala road on  Thursday night. — photo Sumer Garg


I didn’t meet Sukhbir, says Baba Bedi
Ludhiana, December 7
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi of the Panthic Morcha today denied having met Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal along with Mr Ravi Inder Singh, a former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha at Chandigarh.

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Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
A function was organised here today to celebrate the Armed Forces Flag Day by the District Sainik Welfare Department. Mr Vilkas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function. On this occasion Flag Day fund was collected by Capt Kesar Singh, Deputy Director, Sainik Welfare, by distributing Army flags among various officers present at the function.

Traffic awareness march held
Jalandhar, December 7
Hundreds of students from different schools and their principals and NCC cadets participated in a traffic awareness march organised by the district police authorities here today.

Leader behind attack on nursing home: IMA
Amritsar, December 7
The president of the Indian Medical Association, Dr Hardeep Singh Deep, alleged here yesterday that the attack on a private nursing home this week was instigated by a senior Punjab leader causing damage to the hospital.

Ultrasound unit refused registration
Sangrur, December 7
The District Advisory Committee constituted for the implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act — 1994 at its meeting here yesterday declined to recommend the registration of ultrasound unit of the Malerkotla Government Civil Hospital due to the absence of an expert doctor there as required under the Act.

German injection for paralytic attack
Amritsar, December 7
A former head of the Department of Neurology of the local Medical College, Dr Ashok Uppal, said there was new hope for the treatment of people suffering from paralysis attack.

Former SAD district chief arrested
Amritsar, December 7
Mr Pardeep Singh Walia, former president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Urban), who was wanted in two cases of alleged land grabbing was arrested by the Civil Lines police when he visited the police station with a view to secure the release of some persons.

Police sheltering suspect: villagers
Jalandhar, December 7
Residents of Bhikha Nangal village today alleged that the police was sheltering Amarjit Singh who allegedly tried to murder a Scheduled Caste woman of the same village on November 12.

Rlys using anti-collision devices
Gidderbaha, December 7
To check accidents, the Indian Railways have started using anti-collision devices that are fitted in front of diesel engines.

Old-age home for mentally challenged
A unique old-age home meant exclusively for mentally challenged persons will start functioning next month in Sular village on the outskirts of Patiala.

Badungar’s notice to ‘Desh Sevak’
Amritsar, December 7
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, today served a defamation notice on the printer, editor and publisher of ‘Desh Sevak’ for publishing his ‘super-imposed ‘picture with excommunicated Sikh Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Water in LPG cylinder


Petrol station looted, attendant shot
Ropar, December 7
Robbers struck at a petrol station on the Ropar-Chandigarh road at Kurali, early morning today, killing the attendant and looting cash.

Arrested for impersonation
Amritsar, December 7
P.K. Sabharwal, who had allegedly swindled about Rs 15 lakh by giving fake appointment letters to 11 persons, has been booked on charges of impersonation.


Varsity remembers Maharaja
Chandigarh, December 7
To perpetuate the memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Guru Nanak Dev University today presented a set of 17 books on the life, state and administration of the sovereign ruler to the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J. F.R. Jacob (retd), here today.

Minister: pension to govt-aided college staff as per Act
Chandigarh, December 7
On the controversy of giving pensionary benefits to teachers of privately run government-aided colleges in Punjab, the Minister for Higher Education, Master Mohan Lal, today reiterated that the staff of these colleges would get pensionary benefits as per the Pensionary Benefits Act of 1999.

Youth festival put off
Agitating teachers storm meeting
Ropar, December 7
The agitating teachers of the aided colleges of the district today forced the postponement of the Ropar zone youth festival that was scheduled to be held at Government College here from December 10 to 12. The striking teachers today stormed into the meeting being held at the college to discuss the arrangements for the festival and demanded its postponement.

Striking teachers get AIFUCTO support
Amritsar, December 7
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (AIFUCTO) has extended its support to the struggle launched by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union.

PCCTU rally in front of minister’s house
Bathinda, December 7
Members of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher’s Union in continuation with their agitation held a rally in the city and sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today.

ETT candidates jam traffic
Bathinda, December 7
Hundreds of ETT holders, who have been selected as teachers by the Punjab Government in the recent past, along with their parents and others today jammed the traffic in front of the District Education Office (DEO) complex on the Mall Road in protest against the denial of issuance of appointment letters to them by the district education (primary) authorities.

DC’s directive to teachers
Bathinda, December 7
Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, has issued a directive for the teachers of the district to be present on duty from today till Sunday without fail. The directive was issued in connection with a survey to be done under the Sarav Sikhiya Abhiyan in the district.


Disagreement on tariff may delay BSNL project
Patiala, December 7
Mobile telephone facility through the BSNL may yet take another six months before it is introduced in Punjab with the Punjab Telecom Circle not being able to agree to the tariff structure as proposed by the Swedish company which is collaborating in the project.

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