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Congress rejects Lokpal’s appointment
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, today split the state Election Committee into four groups to shortlist aspirants for the party ticket. The groups have been formed Parliament constituency-wise.

Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Sonia GandhiSonia to decide on kin’s nomination
Patiala, December 18
The candidature of Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh’s brother as well as relatives of other senior party leaders is likely to be decided at the highest level with the PPCC chief reiterating that relatives of senior leaders should not be given ticket in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.

Badal holds SAD-BJP review meeting
Chandigarh, December 18
It was the turn of the Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib SAD-BJP to participate in a district-level review meeting at the residence of Mr Parkash Singh Badal here today.
Pain is writ large on the face of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as he is helped to hold a walker after a ‘sangat darshan’ programme at his residence in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

SGPC to propagate religion, fight social evils
Chandigarh, December 18
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has for once decided to focus on preaching and propagating the Sikh religion making full use of the print and electronic media. 




A former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Prof Darshan Singh and Mr Ajaib Singh Sangha.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Sikh clergy toeing govt line: ex-Jathedar                                      
Amritsar, December 18
A former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Prof Darshan Singh, yesterday said religion should be separated from politics if the Panthic organisations wanted to continue with ‘dirty politics’.

Punjab landholdings mired in litigation
Amritsar, December 18
Even as the Punjab Government is selling prime land to fill its coffers, many of its premier landholdings are mired in lengthy litigation, making the land inaccessible for use or for selling.


RSS holds protest march
Sangrur, December 18
A large number of members of the RSS, the Bajrang Dal and other allied organisations under the leadership of Mr Rameshwar Dass, district sangh chalak of the RSS, today took out a protest march in the town to protest against the atrocities being committed on Hindus in Bangladesh.


Army aspirants fall prey to touts
Bathinda, December 18
Officials organising an Army recruitment rally at the local Government Rajindra College were surprised to see some youths bearing red nail polish on their fingers and others wearing handkerchiefs of a particular colour around their wrists.

POTO will ‘dilute’ Fundamental Rights
Bathinda, December 18
The local People’s Law Forum said many of the Fundamental Rights conferred by the Constitution would become meaningless if POTO became an Act in its present form.

Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, accompanies the “palki” carrying Guru Granth Sahib on the eve of Shaheedi Divas of Guru Teg Bahadur in Amritsar. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Sloganeering marks rally against officials
Mansa, December 18
A public meeting of the Bar Association, Mansa, was organised here today. 

PUDA to beautify Kamara Bagh
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority is embarking upon the beautification and landscaping in and around the historic Kamara Bagh in the erstwhile princely state of Kapurthala.

Army holds medical camp
Abohar, December 18
More than 1000 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by a Rifles unit of the Army at the border village, Bakainwala, today. 

Bail for 125 undertrials
Sangrur, December 18
During an inspection of Sangrur jail and Barnala sub-jail, the Inspecting Judge for Sangrur district, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today ordered the release of all those undertrials who had been arrested by the police for having poppy husk up to 20 kg or opium up to 500 grams.

Pop not real music, says Surinder Kaur
Amritsar, December 18
“Music has become commercialised and is now a source of business. Today’s pop music is not music in the real sense but corrupts the mind of our youth”. 

MC workers’ rally
Bathinda, December 18
Members of the Municipal Employees Union and the Municipal Sweepers Union today held a dharna and a rally at the district headquarters.

Trader’s body found
Phillaur, December 18
A trader from Hoshiarpur, identified as Sandeep Vohra (28), was found dead in Sutlej Classic Hotel here this morning. 


26.25 cr for overbridge
Jalandhar, December 18
The sanctioning of Rs 26.25 crore by the Centre for the replacement of the Railway underbridge, popularly called “Domoria pul”, which used to get submerged during rains virtually dividing the city into two, has generated a ray of hope among about 10 lakh residents of the city their long-cherished dream of a new overbridge will finally become a reality soon.

6 promoted to rank of IG
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab Government today ordered the promotion of six officers to the rank of Inspector-General of Police.

Voter cards from Dec 21
Bathinda, December 18
Ms Kanwalpreet Brar, SDM and Registration Officer, Gidderbaha, in a press note issued here today said the photography for voter ID card would be done from December 21 to December 29 in Gidderbaha.

Ministerial staff to hold dharnas
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab State Ministerial Service Union has decided to organisations and dharnas in the constituencies of all Ministers by turn in Punjab.


4 FCI officers booked for forgery
Sangrur, December 18
The police has booked four assistant mangers of Food Corporation of India — Harihar Singh, Sita Ram, Khushhali Ram and Bhagwan Dass (posted in the local FCI depot in early 1990s) and Teja Singh, president of the FCI Cooperative Labour and Construction Society here (along with members of the society), in a case of cheating and forgery.

Man booked for killing 18-day-old daughter
Amritsar, December 18
An 18-day-old girl was allegedly murdered by her father yesterday. The girl was poisoned by her father, Dilbagh Singh, and her paternal grandfather, Dhian Singh, according to a complaint lodged at Chabal police station by the baby’s mother, Bajbeer Kaur, and her maternal grandmother, both residents of Basarke.

Relatives murder orphaned child
Hoshiarpur, December 18

A one-and-a-half year old orphaned male child was allegedly murdered at the house of his maternal grand-parents on the Fatehgarh road in the town last night.


New system to recruit teachers
Bathinda, December 18
Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Punjab, while claiming that there was no “saffronisation” of education, said the state government will oppose any move to alter history by making changes in textbooks.

Anti-terrorism rally by schoolchildren
Bathinda, December 18
Students of Police Public School, Bathinda, organised a rally here today to strengthen patriotic feelings among residents. 
Students of Police Public School imitate the December 13 attack on Parliament during an anti-terrorism rally organised at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo.


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