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It’s curtains down on Anandgarh
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Government may finally dissolve the New Town Planning and Development Authority, Anandgarh, at its Cabinet meeting tomorrow. According to sources in the Punjab Government, a Cabinet memorandum in this regard has been prepared and forwarded to the authorities concerned by the Housing Department.

Talwandi’s removal was must: Bibi
Jalandhar, December 11Bibi Jagir Kaur
Politically sensitive Bholath constituency of Kapurthala district witnessed a war of words today as former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, who represents the constituency and prospective Congress candidate Sukhpal Singh Khaira, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, levelled allegations against each other.

Lehragaga seat in limelight
Ludhiana, December 11
As the Assembly elections are nearing, the high profile Lehragaga constituency, near Sangrur, is in the limelight. It has a vital importance in the current political scenario of the state. The constituency has given two Chief Ministers — Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Babu Brish Bhan — to the state.

BJP may have to settle for 23 seats
Chandigarh, December 11
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership in Punjab appears to be gradually getting into the election mode. While it is still to discuss seat adjustment with its major alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal, for the coming Assembly elections, it has set in motion its election machinery by convening an important meeting here on December 14.



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POLITICS

Vote with caution, says Badal
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asked party workers from Hoshiarpur to reach out to the people telling them about the “evil designs’’ of the Congress and other inimical forces out to create a communal wedge and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere.

Cong rally proves damp squib
Pathankot, December 11
The Jan Shakti rally organised by the Congress today at Bijli Grounds Sujanpur, 8 km from here as part of the party’s poll campaign proved to be a damp squib because of the absence of senior Congress central leadership.

‘Congress enemy of farmers’
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11
The SAD (B) has achieved success not only at the national level but also at the international level in safeguarding the interests of farmers, as its stand against the WTO terms relating to the farmers was fully endorsed by the representatives of the developing countries in the Doha conference held recently.

Sukhbir lays stones for minor projects
Faridkot, December 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will strictly give tickets for the forthcoming Assembly poll in Punjab on merit. This was stated by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary, SAD, talking to mediapersons here today.

COMMUNITY

Councillor remanded in judicial custody
Ropar, December 11
Ms Anita Sharma Municipal Councillor from the Majowal area of the Nangal council was today remanded in judicial custody till December 22 by a Magistrate at Anandpur Sahib for her alleged involvement in a murder case.

Punjab Police DSP, others convicted
Chandigarh, December 11
In a case of custodial death, a Punjab Police DSP and four others, including a Sub-Inspector, have been convicted by a Patiala sessions court today.

Cops laugh their heads off!
Jalandhar, December 11
It was an altogether different day for about 150 Punjab Police personnel as instead of being asked to do the duty, they were forced to laugh by their bosses. The Police Lines wore a different look today as the sounds of drums and whistles accompanying the usual morning physical training session were replaced by bursts of laughter.

Stress can lead to infertility
Jalandhar, December 11
Chewing of tobacco and stress of modern life are two of the biggest factors leading to infertility among young couples in India and abroad.

MC employees observe strike
Sangrur, December 11
Employees of the local municipal council today observed a strike against the non-payment of salary to them for the month of November. The employees also set on a dharna in the complex of the council office. They claimed that the council had earned Rs 30 lakh from octroi in November. They also raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

Clock Tower chimes after two decades
Kapurthala, December 11
It was a pleasant moment for the residents of the town when they heard the chimes of the local Clock Tower after the district administration succeeded in restoring the old glory of the Clock Tower after two decades.

Six of wedding party die in road mishap
Tarn Taran, December 11
Six members of a wedding party were killed and five injured after a bus hit their car near Thatian Mahanta village in Tarn Taran police district yesterday.

Dharna by Class IV staff of forum
Sangrur, December 11
Class IV employees of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today held a demonstration in front of the forum premises here in protest against the change in designation of a Class IV employee of the forum from peon to sweeper-cum-chowkidar.

JEs’ rally against power Bill today
Bathinda, December 11
Nearly 5,000 Junior Engineers (JEs) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) belonging to the JE Council, will participate in the chetna rallies to be held tomorrow in the state to create awareness among masses against the Electricity Bill-2001.

Demand to step up night patrolling
Kharar, December 11
The Ropar District Petroleum Dealers Association has demanded that keeping in view the recent incident in Kurali in which Manjit Singh, an employee of a petrol filling station, was shot dead and cash looted, the police should strengthen night patrolling on the National Highway and the culprits responsible for the Kurali incident should be arrested soon.

Train passengers stranded
Abohar, December 11
Several hundred passengers of the Sriganganagar-Abohar-Hardwar Inter-City Express were put to inconvenience for three hours yesterday.

RSS workers burn effigies

AGRICULTURE

Compensation for farm land unpaid
Abohar, December 11
Residents of border villages on this side of Sulemanki and Hindumalkot sectors are now feeling completely relieved after the end of the “seasonal exercise” undertaken following USA-led strikes against Taliban in Afghanistan. 

Kisan union to gherao minister

CRIME

6 held for smuggling drugs
Bathinda, December 11
The police has arrested six persons for smuggling narcotics and indulging in anti-social activities. One kg opium, 16 litres of illicit liquor, 5 litres country-made liquor and Rs 250 were recovered from their possession.

Petrol station owners looted
Phillaur, December 11
A gang of at least eight armed men looted Rs 50,000 after seriously wounding a father and son duo proprietors of a petrol station at Doraha last night, the police said.

EDUCATION

Computer training centres to be set up in villages
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11
With a view to providing quality computer training to rural youth and to enhance the number of IT professionals in the state, the government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to open more computer training centres in villages, where training in different computer courses, introduced by Punjab Technical University would be imparted at the affordable charges.

GND varsity convocation on December 15
Amritsar, December 11
At the Syndicate meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University held here today, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP MLA and a Syndicate member, raised the issue of wearing black gowns at convocations by the students. She said donning of black gowns was an affront to the Indian ethos and a symbol of slavery to the erstwhile British regime.

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