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Amarinder replies to ‘kursi’ charge
Chandigarh, December 13
The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today shot off a missive to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, answering the allegation that he hankered after ‘’kursi’’. In the two-page letter, Capt Amarinder Singh has posed four questions to Mr Badal to set the record straight.

‘Oust Badal govt’ call by Bhattal
Sunam, December 13
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, MLA from Lehragaga and former Punjab Chief Minister, yesterday gave a call to Congress workers to unite themselves and asked people to vote for the Congress to oust the SAD-BJP government.

CEC takes serious view of omissions
Amritsar, December 13
Taking serious view of irregularities in electoral rolls especially in Muktsar and Amritsar districts of Punjab Mr J.B. Lyngdoh, chief election commissioner, announced to take strict action in the matter.

Procurement of 4,500 bags of paddy ‘in papers only’
Amritsar, December 13
On the heels of the purchase of sub-standard polythene covers worth Rs seven crore another scam in the Markfed—Asia’s biggest cooperative organisation involving ‘bogus purchase’ of paddy in this border district has put a question mark on procurement process of the government.

PUDA's reprieve to defaulters
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to extend the deadline for the construction on the vacant plots by a period of six months upto June 30, 2002, in cases where this period is expiring on 31.12.2001.



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Punjab gets 25 new sub-tehsils
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab council of ministers has decided to create 25 new sub-tehsils. A decision to this effect was taken by it here on Wednesday night.
The need for creation of new sub-tehsils has been necessitated by ever growing population and increasing number of registrations in respect of land and property in urban and rural areas.

NEWS ANALYSIS
Agitated teachers, bewildered students
Chandigarh, December 13
Is the teaching and non-teaching staff of the non-government aided private colleges, 140-odd, satisfied with the decision of the Punjab Council of Ministers, taken on Wednesday night, to grant them pension-cum-gratuity benefits?

Ropeway project okayed
Chandigarh, December 13
Agreement for the ambitious ropeway project connecting two pilgrimage places — Anandpur Sahib in Punjab and the Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh has been finalised, said highly placed sources in the Punjab Tourism Department Corporation.

POLITICS

Chaudhary slams Badal govt
Barnala, December 13
Predicting a clean sweep by the Congress in the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, described the present tenure of Mr Parkash Singh Badal as a regime of Emperor Aurangzeb and not of Maharaja Ranjit Singh as had been claimed by Mr Badal.

BJP executive meeting today
Chandigarh, December 13
The state executive committee of the BJP will meet here tomorrow.
According to the media cell convener, Mr Vineet Joshi, the invitees include the party’s legislative group, the three members of Parliament, mayors, chairmen of boards, corporations, improvement trusts, district presidents and general secretaries and officials of BJP’s various cells.

Chiti joins SAD
Chandigarh, December 13
Mr Ram Lal Chiti, a senior Congress leader and a former MLA, today joined the SAD at the district level meeting of Jalandhar workers at the residence of Mr Parkash Singh Badal here.

COMMUNITY

Staff oppose contract sweepers
Bathinda, December 13
Class IV employees held a rally on the premises of the local Civil Hospital in protest against the hiring of sweepers on contract by the Health Systems Corporation authorities.
The call for the rally was given by the state unit of the Class IV Government Employees Union.

Revenue officials, deed writers clash, 2 booked
Mansa, December 13
Mr Jatinder Singh Saggu, Tehsildar and Mr Jai Chand Parinda, Naib-Tehsildar Mansa here were assaulted in the district courts complex today when they tried to take into possession a few papers from a deed writer.

Pilot falters during cross examination
Patiala, December 13
The cross examination of Capt Devi Sharan, Chief Pilot of the Indian Airlines aircraft which was hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar in December, 1999, took a curious turn today with Capt Sharan not being able to answer most of the questions put forward by the defence and later pleading that he was not well following which the examination was adjourned.

Clarification on registration fee
Gurdaspur, December 13
Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Revenue Minister, while talking to newspersons here today, said the Punjab Government had exempted registration fee on the transfer of agricultural land and houses in the rural areas by way of the execution of a Will. However, 1 per cent of the registration fee will be charged.

Steps to develop Ferozepore villages
Ferozepore, December 13
To ensure all-round development of the villages of the district and bring them on a par with the urban areas in respect of facilities and infrastructure, the district administration has established 24 focal points in which facilities, like purchase centre, civil dispensary, animal dispensary, agro service centre, cooperative bank, electricity complaint centre, have been provided.

Yuva Morcha to hold rally at Wagah border
Moga, December 13
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, a front organisation of youth of the BJP will be organising a big anti-terrorist rally at Wagah border on January 6.
The rally will be addressed among others by Punjab state leadership as well as national leadership of both Bharatiya Yuva Morcha and BJP leadership, Arun Sood, general secretary of the morcha has said.

ADMINISTRATION

Panchayat Officer suspended
Hoshiarpur, December 13
Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, ordered the suspension of the Garhshankar Panchayat Officer for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1560 to sanction the compensation amount of Mr Niku Ram of Sihwan village of the district at a meeting of the District Grievances Committee held under the Chairmanship of Mr Raghbir Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, here yesterday.

Justice Sehgal is Punjab Lokpal
Chandigarh, December 13
Justice D V Sehgal will be the new Lokpal of Punjab. He will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan here tomorrow at 11.30 am.
Justice Sehgal is a former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He resigned on January 9, 1989.

EDUCATION

Insurance for schoolchildren
Chandigarh, December 13
Under the student safety insurance scheme for school children, numbering 39.94 lakh studying in Class I to 12, an insurance scheme is to be introduced in Punjab for a period of one year. The installment will be Rs 1 per child.

Cabinet nod not enough: PCCTU
Phagwara, December 13
Reacting to the acceptance of the demands of private college teachers regarding pension and gratuity by the state Cabinet, Prof Gurnam Singh Kahlon and Prof Jaspal Singh Randhawa, acting president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union said today that Cabinet approval alone was not sufficient as it had already given its approval to the scheme twice.

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