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Sonia to kick off campaign on Jan 5
Rajpura, December 17
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will kick off the party’s poll campaign in Punjab on January 5 after the culmination of the Congress rallies being held in all Assembly constituencies of the state on January 4.

Pvt colleges may hike fee
Chandigarh, December 17
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the teachers, principals and managements and non-teaching staff of non-government aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh has estimated a three-fold hike in private college fee from next session.

Cold war between MLA, minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
A cold war has started between the SAD MLA from the Amloh constituency and the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh after the recently concluded sangat darshan programme, presided over by the Finance Minister in the absence of the Chief Minister as the grants to panchayats and municipal councils were not distributed with the consent of the local MLA.

Sub Registrars had it coming
There were several complaints against them
Mansa, December 17
It was inaction on the part of the district administration that led to the beating up of Tehsildar Jatinder Singh Saggu and Naib Tehsildar Jai Chand Parinda on Thursday. It was in the knowledge of the Deputy Commissioner and other officers that all was not well between the two long but the district administration did not take any action to set the things right.


Cong workers upbeat at rally
Gurdaspur, December 17
More than 10,000 persons from the Fatehgarh Curian Assembly constituency participated in a rally organised by Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, PPCC, general secretary at Dera Baba Nanak today. The rally was part of the PPCC plan to cover all 117 constituencies in Punjab by January 5.


Fatehgarh Sahib




500 Cong workers join SAD
Chandigarh, December 17
Expressing their satisfaction over the development and other works in their village, more than 500 Congress workers of Jarot village today met Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Finance Minister of Punjab, at his residence here and joined the SAD.


A Muslim wearing a cap with colours of the Indian National Flag offers prayers on Id-ul-Fitr in Amritsar on Monday. — PTI photo 

Id-ul-Fitr celebrated with fervour
More than 1 lakh Muslims performed namaz and greeted each other on the occasion of Id here on Monday. Maulana Hashim Shah Shabib, Shahi Imam of the local Jama Masjid, led the namaz at the Idgah.

The significance of Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramzan — a month of fasting in obeisance to Allah, who is most merciful and beneficial. During this month it is obligatory for every Muslim to fast from dawn to dusk. Id is celebrated after seeing the rising moon at the earliest on the first day of the following month of the Islamic calender.

Ayurvedic dispensaries cry for attention
Patiala, December 17
If one goes by the condition of ayurvedic dispensaries in the city and nearby areas, the promotion of ancient Indian system of medicine seems to be last on the Punjab Government’s mind.

Sarovar opened for public
Patiala, December 17
The newly restored Mata Kali Devi Mandir sarowar was today formally thrown open to the public after Ms Surinder Kaur, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, performed the “‘jal parvah” ceremony.

BSF man alleges harassment
Bathinda, December 17
Mr Mohan Lal, Head Constable in the border security force (BSF), has allegedly been dismissed twice from services for going to court against his seniors since February 2, 2001, when he rejoined duty following a high court verdict.

Plea to shift electoral revision officer
Kapurthala, December 17
Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, PPCC secretary, has sent representations to the Chief Election Commissioner against the electoral revision officer-cum-returning officer of Bholath subdivision of this district for allegedly misusing authority to help the sitting Akali MLA Jagir Kaur. Mr Khaira is a Congress contender from Bholath.

Unprocessed milk a health hazard
Chandigarh, December 17
While India is no doubt No.1 in milk production in the world, the quantity of milk being processed in the organised sector is hardly 10% of the total production.

Technicians to court arrest on Dec 23
Phagwara, December 17
Members of the Punjab Laboratory Technicians Association at an emergency meeting held today under the chairmanship of Mr Sikandar Singh have decided to hold a state-level demonstration in front of the residence of the Punjab Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, at Amritsar on December 23.

Hepatitis-B camp organised
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
Rotary Club, Sirhind organised a hepatitis-B vaccination camp today at the Vishwakarama Mandir Sirhind where 375 people were vaccinated.

Goyal allays fears on octroi abolition
Jalandhar, December 17
Mr J.B. Goyal, Director, Punjab Local Bodies Department, today made it clear that no civic body official would be sacked on account of the abolition of octroi in the state.

3 killed in road accident
Pathankot, December 17
Three persons were killed in an head-on collision between a truck and a scooter near Jakolahri, village about 15 km from here today.

Pensioners give memorandum to DC
Bathinda, December 17
The local unit of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association celebrated Pensioners’ Day here today. Mr Hira Lal Bansal, president of the association, presided over the function.

Book Kanjhla, demand sarpanches
Sangrur, December 17
The resignation of 50 sarpanches of the Sherpur Assembly constituency were presented to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, by Akali leaders at Chandigarh yesterday, protesting against the “beating up” of Mr Charanjit Singh, sarpanch of Gurbuxpura village (near Sherpur), allegedly by Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Punjab Social Security Minister, a few days ago.


Punjab releases grants for MCs
Ferozepore, December 17
The Punjab Government has released a special grant-in-aid for municipal committees so that salaries of employees can be paid on time. It is pertinent to mention that after the government’s decision to abolish octroi, most municipal committees were finding it hard to disburse salaries to employees as the revenue earnings had been greatly affected.

Civil Hospital inaugurated
Amritsar, December 17
A 150-bed Civil Hospital, completed at a cost of Rs 12 crore, was inaugurated by the Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, here yesterday.

Garg lays stone for water works
Bathinda, December 17
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, had said that work on the project of water-supply and sewerage has begun. Water-works worth Rs 2 crore would be built under the same at Kamla Nehru Colony in the city.


Lure of foreign land: 3 duped
Hoshiarpur, December 17
Mahilpur police registered three cases of cheating in the district yesterday. On the complaint of Avtar Singh of Pansra, a case was registered against Jatinder Kaur.

Flesh trade racket busted, 3 held
Amritsar, December 17
The city police busted a flesh trade racket here today. Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested.


Free education for poor students
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that the SAD-BJP government had taken an important decision of providing free education up to the university level to brilliant students from poor sections.

Pvt college staff to go on chain fast
Phagwara, December 17
Maintaining that the focus of the next phase of the agitation of the Joint Action Committee comprising managements, principals, teachers and non-teaching staff of 172 private colleges will be on mobilising public opinion against the Punjab Government’s ‘‘offensive’’ against higher education, Principal Tarsem Bahia, spokesman for the committee, said here today that the committee would begin a chain fast at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh, from December 20 to 31.


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