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Shaheedi Jor Mela begins
Political conferences to launch poll campaign today
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 25
The annual three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela organised in memory of the younger Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, who were entombed alive by the Mughals for not embracing Islam, started here today with an akhand path at Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib. Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and Jyoti Swarup Sahib.

Total voting through EVMs
Chandigarh, December 25
Even as the political parties getting into the election mode, the Punjab Election Department has geared it-self up its for the Assembly poll.

‘No need to consult BJP over candidates’
Chandigarh, December 25
Top leadership of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal( SAD) has not liked the way its ally, the BJP, has reacted over the SAD’s first list of candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections released yesterday by the party chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Boy injured in blast dies
Abohar, December 25
One of the five persons injured in a landmine explosion yesterday in Daulatpura village in Hindumalkot sector succumbed to his injuries late last night, hospital sources said this morning. Another explosion was reported from Bareka village in Fazilka sector on Saturday.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Jagmeet’s removal ‘not’ approved
Chandigarh, December 25
Supporters of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, a senior leader of the Congress, have built up pressure on the party high command to issue a clarification with regard to Mr Brar’s reported removal from the convenership of the Punjab Congress Parliamentary Party.

Vedanti again appeals for Panthic unity
Gurdaspur, December 25
Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, talking to newspersons after attending the observance ceremony of the death anniversary of Jagjit Singh, reporter of a Jalandhar-based newspaper at Purana Shalla, 5 km from here, said today his appeal for Panthic unity in the interest of Punjab still stood.

Lok Bhalai Party to contest 90 seats
Faridkot, December 25
The All-India Lok Bhalai Party will release the final list of all its candidates by January 5 to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. It will contest the poll from 90 Assembly segments and the names of 24 contestants have already been announced.

Shiv Sena to contest 30 seats
Phagwara, December 25
The Punjab Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) will contest more than 30 Assembly seats in the coming Assembly poll and announce the names of the candidates by January 19 after getting a nod from Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray.

Cong men say no to CPI candidate
Budhlada (Mansa), December 25
Congress workers of this Assembly segment have urged the party high command not to leave this seat to a CPI candidates if both parties formed an electoral alliance for the coming Assembly elections. Instead the Congress should field its own candidate, they said.

No differences with BJP: Brahampura
Taran Taran, December 25
Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, senior vice-president of the ruling SAD and Minister for Cooperation, Punjab, has denied any differences with the BJP on seat-sharing issue. He said a four-member committee of the SAD would have a meeting with the BJP state unit on the issue tomorrow.


Mission’s appeal to Jathedar Vedanti
Amritsar, December 25
The Malta Boat Tragedy Mission today urged the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to declare SAD ministers and an SGPC member ‘tankhaiyas’ for their alleged involvement in the infamous “pigeon scandal”.

A young Sikh attends "ardass" at a three-day Sikh religious program, "Sikh wirsa sambhal sammelan," in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— PTI photo

Probe into land-grab by ex-MLA
Chief Secy dissatisfied with earlier inquiry
Ferozepore, December 25
The Chief Secretary, Punjab, Mr N.K. Arora, has ordered an inquiry into the controversy relating to 11 acres of agriculture land at Chak Sotrian village on a compliant of an ex-serviceman, Mr Bhagat Singh, of Khusal Joian village of this district, who alleged that the land was illegally possessed by Mr Hans Raj Joshan, former MLA, and his brother Hakam Chand after it was allotted to him (Bhagat Singh) by the Sainik Welfare Board after retirement.

Ferozepore cantt residents smell war
Ferozepore, December 25
The Army authorities in this district are taking all precautionary measures in the wake of volatile situation along the Indo-Pakistan border. The direct telephone access to the Cantonment here has been blocked due to security reasons.

SC staff seek quota in defence services
Jalandhar, December 25
The Gazetted and Non-Gazetted Scheduled Castes and Backward Class Employees Welfare Federation, Punjab, has demanded that the Central Government should allow reservation of jobs for these classes in defence services, private sector and courts.

Clouds of war hover over kavi darbar
Phagwara, December 25
Ominous clouds of war hovering over India and Pakistan, a poetic wish for durable peace, religio-political stunts and hypocrisies, the need to change the rotten system and find new directions, sufferings, alienation, stress and strain afflicting the modern man the passion of love and divine faithfulness dominated the ghazals, poems and songs recited and sung at the trilingual kavi darbar organised here on Sunday evening by the Ghazal Darbar, Punjab headed by noted poet Arif Gobindpuri.

Fireman posts: lapses in recruitment alleged
Sangrur, December 25
Alleging that irregularities were committed in the physical test and interview of candidates for the 13 posts of fireman and two posts of driver for appointment in the local fire brigade office of the local municipal council (MC), some municipal councillors have demanded immediate cancellation of the physical test and interview.

Blood separation unit still lying idle
Amritsar, December 25
The Chief Minister is very much annoyed with the non-installation of the imported blood component separation (BCS) unit, reads a communication sent by the Punjab Civil Secretariat to the local Health Department after publication of a report in The Tribune in August.

Coolies dread Wagah closure
Attari/Wagah, December 25
Apprehensions that land route between India and Pakistan will be closed has created tension among coolies (porters), who work at Wagah and carry mainly dry fruit consignments that arrive from Afghanistan to some distance from the Zero Line.

Cheap movies popular among migrants
The poster of a grade-C movie being screened at a cinema hall in Patiala.T
he much-awaited star-studded 'K3G' has hit the screen at a time when cine collections in the city have hit an all-time low with cinema halls running almost empty, forcing their managements to cancel the last show of the day many a times during the last two months. Whether 'K3G' will manage to reverse the trend and set the cash registers ringing will be interesting to see.

The poster of a grade-C movie being screened at a cinema hall in Patiala.

Award conferred on four
Patiala, December 25
Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley conferred National Dapu Kartar Singh Dhaliwal Awards on theatre personalities Pran Sabharwal and Sunita Sabharwal and poets Harchand Singh Dilbar and Darshan Singh Buttar (Nabha) at a function organised by Delhi’s Punjabi Sahit Kala Sangam at the India International Centre’s auditorium in Delhi recently, according to a press note.

Facing odds with fortitude
Kashmiri the darner is a fairly known figure in Rajpura. For the past eight years he has been doing this business in his ‘‘khokha” in Jawahar Market and his shop is always full of clothes needing repairs.

Tiny tots captivate audience
Culture and heritage seemed to blend on the stage of Public Modern High School, Rajpura, when it held its annual function. An audience of more than 2500, including the parents and teachers of the students, watched spellbound as the children presented the captivating show.

Nationwide bank staff stir on Jan 4
Bathinda, December 25
To educate bank employees about problems which could surface for those opting for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and to mobilise them to join a nationwide strike on January 4 against the transfer of 870 employees from Kolkata to remote areas, for not opting for VRS, a zonal-level convention of the State Bank of Patiala was held here today.

Pensioners hold protest
Amritsar, December 25
At least 100 old-age handicapped pensioners and terrorist victims protested at the Hall Gate here yesterday wearing black badges, raising slogans against the government.


Bachi new PSEB Administrative Member
Patiala, December 25
Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachi has been appointed the new Administrative Member (AM) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in place of Mr Baldev Singh Mann. Mr Mann’s two years' tenure ended on November 24 and the Punjab Government had given him an extension till further orders.

Dubey is Tourism Principal Secy


NRIs raise funds for educational projects
Nawanshahr, December 25
Mr Budh Singh Dhahan, a social worker and president of the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan-Kaleran told mediapersons here on Sunday that he had got an encouraging response from the Punjabis living in Toronto (Canada) during his recent tour and had mobilised donations worth Rs 1 crore for the Trust.

Students resent hefty late fee
Ludhiana, December 25
The Punjab State Education Board has been charging a hefty late fee of Rs 2,000 from students. Some students told The Tribune here yesterday that when they went to submit their examination forms at the local camp office of the board, they were asked to deposit Rs 2,330 instead of the usual fee of Rs 330.

Education system in disarray: BSP (A)
Jalandhar, December 25
The Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar) has criticised the state government for its failure to revamp the education system in Punjab, particularly in the rural areas.

Teaching resumes in unaided colleges
Ferozepore, December 25
The teaching and examination work in all unaided colleges of Punjab has been resumed after the teachers strike was called off. According to Prof Davinder Arora, in order to make up for the loss of time and studies of the students, the teachers have decided to forego their winter vacation and conduct the examinations, which were postponed earlier due to the strike call.

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