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Bhattal not among Cong ticket aspirants
Chandigarh, December 8
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a former Congress Chief Minister of Punjab, is not among the 1,000-odd applicants for the party ticket for the coming assembly elections in Punjab. Her predecessor, Mr Harcharan Singh Brar, besides several senior Congress leaders, including Mr Santokh Singh Randhawa, are among the applicants.

Punjab to continue free power to farm sector
Chandigarh, December 8
In less than 24 hours after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the PSEB to ensure a 3 per cent rate of return, the Punjab Government has clarified that it will continue providing free power to the agricultural sector.

It’s fragrance of ‘gur’ in Doaba
It is jaggery time everywhere in the Doaba region where the fragrance of fresh “gur” being produced by dozens of seasonal jaggery making units, permeates the air. Scores of such units have mushroomed along all the main roads in Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Nawanshahr districts.

Bains’ efforts to unite Akali factions
Chandigarh, December 8
Efforts have been revived to forge unity among various factions of Shiromani Akali Dal. The latest initiative has come from the US-based World Sikh Council chief, Mr Didar Singh Bains, and his Secretary-General, Mr Jaswant Singh Mann.

SGPC, PGPC refuse to exchange ‘siropas’
Attari (Amritsar), December 8
Even as Sikh militants who have taken shelter in Pakistan did not distribute “inflamatory literature”, office-bearers of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PGPC) did not exchange “siropas” (robes of honour) at Nankana Sahib to mark the 532nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.




Leaders preparing ground for elections
Hoshiarpur, December 8
Though the notification for the Punjab Assembly elections is yet to be issued yet the candidates seeking party tickets, especially from the Congress and the sitting SAD and the BJP MLAs and ministers have started hectic activity to influence the electorate in the district. The SAD-BJP sitting MLAs who are likely to get the party ticket in the coming elections have geared up the campaign in their respective constituency.

Dalits denied due share in government jobs: Kainth
Jalandhar, December 8
The president of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM), Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, has criticised the SAD-BJP regime for its failure to implement welfare schemes for the downtrodden. Mr Kainth, addressing the state-level party rally at Partap Bagh here today, alleged that though the Dalits constitute 33 per cent of the total population of the state, yet they were denied their due share in the government jobs by the ruling combine.

Cong leaders hold parallel rallies
Nawanshahr, December 8
The PPCC Vice-President and former Finance Minister, Dr Kewal Krishan, today addressed two rallies organised simultaneously by the district Congress and rebel Congress leader Tarlochan Singh Soond, at Purani Sabzi Mandi, Banga, and Behram, respectively, as part of election campaign rallies.

Baba Bedi rules out unity talks
Ludhiana, December 8
Convener of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic Morcha), Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, today said he wanted to put a lid on reports of unity moves between the Morcha and the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. He claimed that such reports were aimed at creating confusion among the Morcha cadres.

BJYM rally on POTO gets poor response
Bathinda, December 8
To garner public support and end the controversy which has engulfed POTO, the BJP and the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) organised a district-level rally here today.


Guru Nanak University in Amritsar has released 17 books on the life and times of the great Sikh warrior and ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
(28k, 56k)

Where a terror wound doesn’t heal
Ramesh, Rajesh and Geeta, whose parents were gunned down by terrorists in broad day-light in 1984 as a backlash over Operation Bluestar, were only infants (the youngest was nine months old) and there was nobody to look after them.

Dissemble nukes to avoid mishap: Virk
Amritsar, December 8
“To reduce the risk of a nuclear weapon being launched by error, panic or miscalculation, as could be the case in the aftermath of the US attack on Afghanistan out of frustration, revenge or just accidental; it is advisable to keep the nuclear weapons dissembled”.

The over-flowing junk at Kabari Bazar which might become a permanent feature at Bahera Road in Patiala.Govt goes overboard in appeasing junk dealers
Patiala, December 8
The local kabari bazar, which has become a major traffic bottleneck in the old city and has been in the process of being shifted out of the city since 1976, may no longer have to be shifted out, with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal directing the Municipal Corporation to sell off its shops to the junk dealers who have been occupying them.

The over-flowing junk at Kabari Bazar which might become a permanent feature at Bahera Road in Patiala.

Justice Anand visits Ludhiana courts
Ludhiana, December 8
Lawyers are an integral part of the judicial system and they should extend whole-hearted cooperation to the judiciary for smooth running of the chariot of justice. This was stated by Mr Justice R.L. Anand while addressing the members of the District Bar Association here at the district courts today.

Bishop condemns attack
Amritsar, December 8
The Bishop of Amritsar diocese, Babu Masih, has condemned the attack on Bishop House here on December 5, in which several persons were seriously injured.

Sangrur leads in 7-digit phone numbers
Sangrur, December 8
Mr G.S. Gill, General Manager (Telecom) of Sangrur district, has said that no registration charges and security deposit will be charged from the existing subscribers of the urban exchanges of Sangrur, Ahmedgarh, Dhuri, Malerkotla, Tapa, Sunam, Barnala, Dhanaula and Bhadaur if they apply for second and subsequent telephone connections without the STD/ISD facility.

Garg highlights role of youth clubs
Bathinda, December 8
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, Punjab, said organising more and more cultural programmes and sports fairs in the state would help ensure peace and happiness as these were in symbols of eternal joy. Mr Garg was addressing a gathering at a cultural fair at Balluana village, today.

Netizens lock horns with Glide
Bathinda, December 8
Members of the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) Netizens Association, Lehra Mohabbat, in a complaint to the in charge, District Glide Internet Services, has requested to restore Internet service at Power Colony, GHTP, in the district.

Youths still falling prey to travel agents
Bathinda, December 7
Even as the district police has launched a war against the unscrupulous travel agents operating in the region, more and more unemployed youths of the rural and semi-urban areas having small landholdings are falling prey to them.

3 injured in road mishaps
Bathinda, December 8
Two persons were injured today on the Bathinda-Barnala road when an unidentified vehicle hit their scooter and sped away. They were admitted to a hospital by volunteers of a local NGO. The injured have been identified as Mr Kanwaljit Singh and Mr Gurvinder Singh.

Boy crushed to death by truck

Quality of phone directory ‘poor’


Lambardar ‘awaits appointment’ for 23 yrs
Mansa, December 8
Mr Aggar Singh, a resident of Sadda Singh Wala village of this district, continued to work as Lambardar for 23 years without being appointed as such. He used to attend various meetings as Lambardar but none of the officials, including those of the Revenue Department, who are directly connected with the working of the lambardars, cared to check his credentials.


Priest held for cheating youths
Jalandhar, December 8
A priest who had allegedly cheated four residents of Noormahal to the tune of Rs 7.5 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad was arrested here yesterday.

Man running drug store sans licence held
Bathinda, December 8
The police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, at the Kotwali police station against Ranjit Singh, a resident of Goniana Mandi, for selling intoxicants and running a medical shop without a licence.

1 held for selling adulterated petrol
Bathinda, December 8
One person has been caught red-handed while he was adding petrol to kerosene oil so that it could be sold as petrol at a higher price.

11 held for gambling
Bathinda, December 8
The police has registered eight cases against 11 persons under the Gambling Act and recovered Rs 4,350 from them.

Mother’s earring snatched to buy drugs
Bathinda, December 8
How bad is the habit of taking drugs is evident from the incident of snatching of an earring of a woman by her drug-addict son to buy drugs.

Case solved


‘Shiksha abhiyan’ a mere farce?
Nathana (Bathinda), December 8
The much-hyped Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan being conducted in the state with funding from the Union Government has allegedly been reduced to mere paper work.

Teachers boycott BJP ministers’ function
Abohar, December 8
Teachers and non-teaching employees of all three DAV colleges here boycotted functions of the BJP ministers and held a demonstration today in protest against the ‘highly evasive and callous’ attitude of the government towards the long-pending demands of the teachers of the privately managed colleges in the state.

Teachers burn minister’s effigies
Amritsar, December 8
Effigies of the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, were burnt here on a call given by Joint Action Committee of the Management, principals, teachers and non-teaching employees of the government-aided colleges of the Amritsar district.

Joshi promises autonomy to SLIET
Longowal (Sangrur), December 8
Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, today announced that academic autonomy to Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) here would be granted by his ministry immediately after the file submitted by the SLIET authorities reaches him.


Traders’ complaint against ST staff
Chandigarh, December 8
Two Sriganganagar-based traders were reportedly thrashed and duped of Rs 8000 by employees of the Punjab Sales and Taxation Department (mobile wing) at Hari ke Patan barrier while they were carrying a truck-load of goods on December 1.

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