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Terrorism: SAD backs Vajpayee
Chandigarh, December 16
The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Shiromani Akali Dal today passed a resolution extending whole-hearted support to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, for any action he might take to combat terrorism.

Sink differences, CM tells party men
Chandigarh, December 16
Akali leaders of Sangrur today openly acknowledged the harm caused to the SAD in the February, 1997, Assembly elections due to factionalism in the district. They vowed to sink their differences and abide by every decision of the party President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Morcha for poll under President’s rule
Ludhiana, December 16
The Shiromani Akali Dal and Panthic Morcha today demanded that the elections in the state should be held under President’s rule as, they alleged, the Badal government was resorting to unfair means. They alleged that free and fair elections were possible only under President’s rule.

Martyrs remembered on Vijay Divas
Bathinda, December 16
To mark the victory of the Army and the liberation of East Pakistan on December 16, 1971, Vijay Divas was celebrated at the cantonment here today. A “barakhana” (special meal) for soldiers decorated for gallantry in the war was also organised on the occasion.

Advani cancels Amritsar visit
Qadian, December 16
Even as the Union Home Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, who was scheduled to kickstart the election campaign of his party at the headquarters of the Ahmadiya Muslim sect, cancelled his visit at an eleventh hour, the installation of the statue of shaheed Ram Parkash Prabhakar here has kicked off a fresh controversy.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Factionalism crops up in SAD
Bhatia levels corruption charges against Garcha
Ludhiana, December 16
In a major development that may have far reaching consequences for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, the party vice-president Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, levelled charges of corruption and land grabbing against the senior party leader and Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Garcha.

Tohra rules out unity with Badal
Ludhiana, December 16
Senior Panthic Morcha leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra today ruled out any possibility of unity with the Shiromani Akali Dal led by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

No compromise with Pasla: Surjeet
Nawanshahr, December 16
Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, CPM General Secretary, talking to mediapersons at Garhshankar, about 10 km from here, today ruled out a compromise with Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, expelled centre committee member of the CPM, who had recently organised a parallel state-level conference at Jalandhar.

Set up regiment for SCs: BJP
Jalandhar, December 16
A two-day BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha national executive committee meeting concluded here today.

Cong poll panel to meet

CPI rally today

Yodha Sangharsh panel


2 sex determination clinics sealed
Amritsar, December 16
Following the Supreme Court orders for the registration of ultra sound clinics and prosecution of those conducting the illegal sex determination tests, two such clinics have been sealed here.

Octroi panel term may be further extended: Tandon
Gurdaspur, December 16
Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, talking to newspersons at Qadian today said the term of the committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to give recommendations for alternative measures to compensate for the loss caused to the government due to the abolition of octroi might be further extended.

Post-retirement fight for promotion continues
Amritsar, December 16
His hair has turned grey, and body frail as Pritam Singh, a retired Headmaster, runs from pillar to post for implementation of justice. Pritam Singh was eligible for promotion as Principal when he was superseded by his junior to the coveted post.

Unusual increase in ‘new’ voters
Bathinda Deputy Commissioner orders inquiry
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), December 16
Even as the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R Venkat Ratnam, has ordered an inquiry into the unusual increase in the number of new voters during the revision of electoral rolls, Congress leaders, including Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA, Talwandi Sabo, and Mr Karnail Singh, President of the Local municipal council, alleged that the names of genuine voters were being deleted from the list under pressure from the ruling party.

Freedom fighter’s long wait for reimbursement
Rampura, December 16
Mr Bhagwan Dass Tiyagi, a freedom fighter, has been running from pillar to post to get the reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by him.

‘ADA result fiddled with to favour kin’
Bathinda, December 16
Mr Kewal Krishan Aggarwal, general secretary, DCC, alleged here today that large-scale bungling had taken place in the results of the examination held for the recruitment of Assistant District Attorneys ( ADAs) by the Prosecution and Litigation Department, Punjab.Perch Dam near Chandigarh.

Tourism potential of earthen dams under-utilised
Perch (Ropar), December 16
Earthen dams in this Kandi belt of Punjab, constructed under the Kandi Area Development (KAD) and built keeping tourism in mind, are nowhere on the tourist map of the state.

Perch Dam near Chandigarh. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Where cobwebs compete with books
The 100-year-old Pandit Moti Lal Nehru Library is in a state of neglect. The second floor of the library, run by the Municipal Corporation, is in a dilapidated state. Plaster on its walls has fallen off and iron rods of its edifice can be seen jutting out from the roof. The walls are covered with cobwebs.

Focus on Panjkosi
Panjkosi came into focus following the election of Mr Bal Ram Jakhar to the Lok Sabha in 1980. The village had won the best panchayat award in 1975. At that time, Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar was its Sarpanch. This was perhaps one of the few villages from where people did not migrate to other areas.

4 killed in mishaps

1 killed, 3 hurt in accidents

Goods train derailed

Cong rights wing to approach NHRC

PSEB to start information service

8 artists conferred state awards

Id-ul-Fitr to be celebrated today


BBMB cuts down on establishment budget
Ropar, December 16
Due to pressure from partner states, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has finally reduced the budget on the establishment expenditure of the organisation. The BBMB budget committee, at a meeting held at Chandigarh on Friday, revised the budget for the current financial year from the original estimate of Rs 400 crore to Rs 373 crore.


Milkfed’s clean milk drive
Chandigarh, December 16
After achieving one of the highest milk production figures in the country, the Punjab Milkfed has begun concentrating on improving the quality of milk being supplied by it to consumers in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi.

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