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CEC reviews poll preparations
Chandigarh, December 15
The Chief Election Commissioner, Mr L.M. Lyngdoh, today rounded off his visit to Punjab after a meeting with the Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, the Director-General of Police, Mr Sarbjit Singh, and other senior officers here today. He reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming Assembly elections and sought to know the requirements for conducting a fair, free and peaceful election.

Bogus voters: EC begins investigation
Malout (Muktsar), December 15
The Election Commission has begun an inquiry into the allegations levelled against government officials in connection with the registration of bogus voters and deletion of names of genuine voters from the voter lists during the revision of electoral rolls.

GND varsity honours Arun Jaitley
Amritsar, December 15
Guru Nanak Dev University, at its 28th convocation held here today at Dashmesh Auditorium of the university, honoured Mr Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Mr Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi, Dr K. Kasturirangan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, and Ms Surinder Kaur, a popular Punjabi singer,
Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Governor of Punjab, confers the degree of doctor of laws (honoris causa) upon Mr Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, at the 28th annual convocation of the university held at Dashmesh Auditorium in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
with honorary degrees while Jasbir Singh Jassi, a noted folk singer was honoured with a gold medal.





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PSEB steps to check power theft
Patiala, December 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board has initiated a two-pronged approach to tampering of meters check shift meters outside the premises of consumers in commercial areas and starting Remote Monitoring of meters of large-scale consumers.

IC-814 plane hijack accused identified
Patiala, December 15
A Kolkata guest house owner yesterday identified Abdul Lateef, one of the accused in the IC 814 Indian Airlines plane hijacking case, during cross examination in the court of District and Sessions Judge S. N. Aggarwal here.

US directive on Sikh air passengers
Amritsar, December 15
Sikhs living in the USA will no longer be asked to take off their turbans while checking in for flights. The Sikhs had to lodge a strong protest with the government of the USA when Mr Satpal Singh Kohli, son-in-law of Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi was forced to take off his turban on October 22 by the security forces.

POLITICS

Yogi’s efforts to forge Panthic unity
Amritsar, December 15
The USA-based Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi has initiated efforts to forging panthic unity, especially, between the ruling party and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

SAD manifesto by month-end: Dhindsa
Sangrur, December 15
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Secretary-General of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today claimed that top Congress leaders of Punjab, including Capt Amarinder Singh, were afraid of contesting from rural constituencies in the Assembly elections due to the popularity of Mr Parkash Singh Badal among the rural folk.

‘Dhindsa should have quit’
Bathinda, December 15
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, MP and President of the Lok Bhalai Party, said today that Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, the lone Union Minister from the SAD, should have resigned when the coffin scam was unearthed. Addressing mediapersons, Mr Ramoowalia said ex-servicemen residing in rural areas of Punjab had told him that it was very shameful that irregularities had been committed in the purchase of coffins for Kargil martyrs.

Pasla new state CPM secretary
Jalandhar, December 15
The 17th state conference of the CPM concluded here today with the unanimous election of Mr Mangat Ram Pasla as party’s state secretary and the formation of a 43-member state committee.

Cong rally held at Nabha
Nabha, December 15
Rain and the absence of Mr Moti Lal Vohra and Capt Amarinder Singh dampened the spirits of party workers in yesterday’s rally of the Congress. The organisers had to take the help of folk singers in order to keep the audience sitting. Captain Amarinder Singh could not come as he was away to Delhi to meet Ms Sonia Gandhi.

COMMUNITY

8 killed in road mishap
Jalandhar, December 15
Eight persons were killed and as many injured when an Amritsar bound Punjab Roadways bus turned turtle near Kartarpur township this morning. The accident, according to eyewitnesses, occurred when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle due to fog and slippery road. As the bus overturned it made blast like sound, alerting villagers who gathered and started rescue work, much before the police reached the spot.

Beat system brings cops, public closer
Ludhiana
To establish cordial relations between the police and public in this industrial hub, the beat system has been introduced in various localities the beat system is the brainwave of the district's. Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who intends to involve the common man in the solution of public problems and to eliminate corruption.

Overbridge still at foundation stone stage
Patiala, December 15
After more than five years of wrangling, the foundation stone of an overbridge to be constructed on the railway crossing number 22 was laid by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on October 10 this year. Though work on the overbridge was slated to start ‘’immediately’’, the foundation stone was the lone reminder of the commitment of the government towards the project which, residents say, needs to come up at the earliest to remove traffic congestion in the area.

There is heavy traffic congestion on the railway crossing number 22, Patiala. The foundation stone (left) of an overbridge, laid in October, stands as a mute witness to the traffic confusion.

Army area unfenced?
Bathinda, December 15
Is the local military station, one of the biggest cantonments in Asia, safe and secure? The question is being debated among various state and central agencies involved in protecting vital installations and maintaining law and order in the state, especially after Friday’s terrorist attack on Parliament.

SGPC to engage audit agency
Ropar, December 15
To avoid controversies regarding misappropriation of funds in future, the SGPC would engage an independent audit agency. A tender will be floated soon to invite bids from independent audit agencies. This is the first time efforts are being made to bring the SGPC accounts.

Equipment display at KV No 1
Bathinda, December 15
Bathinda military station today organised an equipment display at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1 here. The display was organised to highlight the achievements of the Army in the ongoing war in Jammu and Kashmir.

ADMINISTRATION

4 Mayors get 18-cr grant
Chandigarh, December 15
Even as the state today fulfilled its commitment made to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to compensate municipalities for the loss suffered due to abolition of octroi, the time given to the committee set up to suggest alternatives sources of income in place of octroi has been extended from a fortnight to a month. The committee is headed by the Chief Secretary.

Municipal council funds spent on ‘trivial’ matters
Ropar, December 15
Since the abolition of octroi in the state from December 1, the issue of payment of salaries to the employees has been looming large before many municipal councils. The Nangal Municipal Council exhausted all funds with it in the past four months.

CRIME

50 kg of poppy seized, 3 held
Bathinda, December 15
The district police has arrested three persons in two cases and seized 50 kg of poppy husk from their possession. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that the police arrested two women and registered cases.

EDUCATION

MD (dentistry) at SGPC institute soon
Amritsar, December 15
The Punjab Government yesterday granted approval for starting three new MD courses by the SGPC-run-Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Research.

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