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SGPC poll: enrolment process listless
Ludhiana, December 22
Despite last date for the enrolment of voters for the elections to the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), having been extended two times leaders of the political parties and the religious organisations interested in SGPC elections have not shown much enthusiasm. Total enrolment of voters for SGPC elections is estimated to be less than 10 lakh votes so far.

CBI probe sought into Rs 1-cr fraud
Chandigarh, December 22
In a suspected case of Rs 1-crore embezzlement in the Punjab PWD (B and R) the police has reportedly failed to apprehend the guilty despite an FIR having been registered in February, 2001. In fact, the accused have been drawing a “subsistence’’ allowance and their letters are on record demanding that the same be enhanced from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

A year mired in controversies
Amritsar, December 22
The first year of the new millennium witnessed the worst period in the 76-year-old SGPC which is the “mini parliament” of Sikhs. The year was mired in controversies which brought the SGPC and Akal Takht on a collision course.

PUDA plots for Everesters
Chandigarh, December 22
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will offer one-kanal plots to the mountaineers who have scaled Mt Everest at 50 per cent of the allotment price in its urban estates.

Suicide by cop facing trial angers colleagues
Tarn Taran, December 22
The ‘Zinda Shahid Policemen Association’ has taken a serious note of the suicide by Mr Ram Lubhaya a Sub-Inspector of police, who lodged in Patiala jail these days.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Decide by Dec 29 or we go alone, CPI tells Cong
Chandigarh, December 22
After waiting for several weeks to clinch an electoral alliance with the Congress in the state, the leadership of the CPI today declared that it would announce its candidates for the state Assembly elections on December 29, if the Congress does not make seat adjustments with it by then.

500 SAD activists ‘join’ Congress
Sunam, December 22
Mr Randip Singh Surjewala, President of the All-India Youth Congress, today accused SAD of hatching a “conspiracy” against the youths of the state as the state government had not provided a sufficient number of jobs to the youths to reduce unemployment and it was diverting their attention towards religious affairs.

Amarinder fails to turn up at rally


Badal asks DCs to visit border villages
Chandigarh, December 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today directed the deputy commissioners and SSPs of the border districts of Ferozepore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, to visit the border villages and infuse confidence amongst the people in view of the reported tension and migration. He also asked the MLAs and ministers of the area to go to their respective constituencies and request the people not to panic.

Jor Mela losing religious zeal
Fatehgarh Sahib
All is set for the Shaheedi Jor Mela to be held here from December 25 to 28 to commemorate the martyrdom of the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh who were bricked in alive by the Mughals for refusing to embrace Islam. The sacrifice is considered unique in world history.

‘Thrashing’ of SGPC men: 3 cops suspended
Kapurthala, December 22
Residents of Sultanpur Lodhi, 25 km from here, are up in arms against the alleged beating up of six employees of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) yesterday by the police over a dispute on the construction a chowk in front of Gurdwara Ber Sahib by PUDA.

Scheme to supply potable water
Bathinda, December 22
The Sector Reform Scheme aimed at providing potable water to rural areas will be carried out in all districts of Punjab if the experiment in three districts is successful.

Protest against dual US policy
Phagwara, December 22
The Punjab Shiv Sena (Bal Thackerey) today demonstrated against US dual policy during Indo-Pakistan conflict.

Chief Secy for crusade against foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 22
A state-level course of action would be implemented to launch a crusade against female foeticide in the state. This was stated by Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, while addressing a seminar on female foeticide here yesterday.

Red Cross to set up centres for disabled
Faridkot, December 22
The District Red Cross Society with financial aid from the Central Government will set up information and assistance centres in rural and urban areas for disabled and mentally retarded people to provide treatment, education and rehabilitation to them.

Irregularities in voters’ lists alleged
Bathinda, December 22
Mr Jasmel Singh Gill, former MLA and member, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today alleged that the names of genuine voters belonging to the Scheduled Castes had been deleted from the voters’ lists under political pressure.

Lord Jagannath ‘rath yatra’ held
Jalandhar, December 22
Devotees participated in the rath yatra of Lord Jagannath organised by the Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra Utsav Committee here today.

Deed writers granted bail


Small farmers too get credit facility
Chandigarh, December 22
The Punjab Local Government Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today inaugurated a scheme of 'Kisan Credit Card', launched by the Government of India at Allahabad Bank, Rajpura.


Construction work inspected
Fazilka, December 22
A team of officials of the Local Self Government’s Vigilance Department led by Mr L.C. Sharma, chief vigilance officer visited parts of the town yesterday evening and inspected the construction works of streets, drains and other development works. The team visited localities of Gandhi Nagar, Ward No. 2, near bus stand, Jhullelal Colony, Odanwali Basti and Badha Road.

Rs 2 cr development grant for Moga
Moga, December 22
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh today released a sum of Rs 2 crore for the development of the town.

Punjab Nursing Council Registrar suspended
Chandigarh, December 22
The Director Health Services, Punjab, has suspended Registrar of the Punjab Nursing Council Gulshan Beer Kaur in connection with an alleged irregularity in allotting more than required seats to Sacred Heart Hospital, Maksudhan in Jalandhar.


Three arrested for smuggling narcotics
Bathinda, December 22
The district police has arrested three persons for smuggling narcotics and seized 27 kg of poppy husk from their possession. A scooter was also impounded.

2 booked for duping
Bathinda, December 22
Iqbal Singh and Naresh Kumar, local residents, have been booked by the police for allegedly duping Ganda Singh of Nathana of Rs 20,000.


Interview on Dec 16, letter reaches on Dec 21

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