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Badal ready for ballot war
Chandigarh, December 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal has completed his round of interface with the SAD-BJP grassroot workers. He had a date with Gurdaspur today. The rendezvous was the official residence of the Chief Minister. It became a beehive of activity, political and administrative, since his return after an orthopaedic surgery from New Delhi on December 9. 

First list fails to enthuse SAD workers
Patiala, December 27
Feeling demoralised due to the injury of their star campaigner and party chief Parkash Singh Badal, SAD workers are now feeling that the Chief Minister has tried to play safe by relying on incumbents for ticket for the Assembly elections.

Jor Mela concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27
The three-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela concluded here today amid religious ceremonies. To mark the concluding ceremony, a nagar kirtan was taken out from Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib after an ardas by Giani Baldev Singh, Head Granthi, Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

A Nihang plays ‘gatka’ at a procession on the concluding day of the Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. A Nihang plays ‘gatka’ at a procession on the concluding day of the Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Fernandes visits forward areas
Ferozepore, December 27
The Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, visited the forward areas in this sector along with the Vice-Chief of Army Staff and other senior Army and BSF officials to take stock of the preparedness of the forces to meet any eventuality. The visit was kept a secret.

Channel breach submerges 3,000 acres
Rs 2 crore spent on repairs recently 
Dodewala (Abohar), December 27
Efforts to plug 100-ft wide breach in the link channel were intensified last evening with the help of farmers from the affected villages after a futile wait for bulldozers, which were to arrive from Taranagar (Churu District).


Mann alleges persecution
Chandigarh, December 27
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief and MP,Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, alleged today that he was a victim of ruthless persecution of the state and a deliberate attempt was being made again under the already lapsed draconian TADA to imprison him and to keep him out of active politics.

Rift in Punjab Cong over convener deepens
New Delhi, December 27
There seems no let up-in the tussle for the post of convener, Punjab Congress Parliamentary Party with the group opposed to Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar today meeting the AICC treasurer Motilal Vora and releasing the copy of letter, signed by six MPs, which has been written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

BJP charts ‘rath’ route
Chandigarh, December 27
The BJP General Secretary, Organisation, Mr Avinash Jaiswal, today unfolded the party’s ‘rath yatra’’ as part of its Assembly poll campaign. Mr Jaiswal, addressing a press conference, said the ‘’sadbhawna-vikas yatra’’ would begin from Chandigarh holding the first election-rally at Rajpura on December 30. 

CPI alleges misuse of funds, complains to Lyngdoh
Amritsar, December 27
The CPI has brought to the notice of the Chief Election Commissioner the alleged violation of financial and administrative rules by the independent MLA from the Amritsar West constituency, Mr O.P. Soni. 

Councillors for action against MC chief
Rampura Phul, December 27
Twelve councillors today urged the authorities concerned to take departmental action against the local municipal council President, Mr Charanjit Singh Jatana for not convening a monthly meeting.

Thiara clarifies


50 ‘birs’ arrive on Samjhauta Express

Attari, December 27
A group of Pakistani Hindus, who had come on pilgrimage to Radha Soami Satsang (Agra) and many Muslims returned to their country with heavy heart after meeting their relatives in India, while a jatha of Sehajdhari Sikhs from Sindh in Pakistan brought 50 old volumes of Guru Granth Sahib for their cremation here.

“Birs” of Guru Granth Sahib being brought from a gurdwara in Sindh (Pakistan) by devotees at Attari railway station on Thursday. — Photo
  Rajiv Sharma

"Birs" of Guru Granth Sahib being brought from a gurdwara in Sindh (Pakistan) by devotees at Attari railway station on Thursday.

Harballabh sangeet mela begins today
Jalandhar, December 27
The 126th three-day Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, the oldest festival of Hindustani classical music in the world, will begin at Shri Devi Talab Mandir from tomorrow.

World Sikh Council urges Vedanti to give unity call
Amritsar, December 27
In a significant development, the World Sikh Council (WSC) has urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, to issue a directive to the warring Akali factions for forging Panthic unity.

Hospital staff go on pen-down strike
Jalandhar, December 27
Doctors and paramedical staff of the local Civil Hospital observed a three-hour pen-down strike in protest against the ‘‘goondaism’’ by members of the Anti-Corruption Society, who had staged a dharna in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office two days ago alleging that patients had to pay bribes for better treatment.

Bhuchu Mandi water samples fail test
Bathinda, December 27
Although the authorities concerned, including the Deputy Commissioner, has said there is no drinking water problem in Bhuchu Mandi, yet residents are drinking water unfit for human consumption, according to the health authorities.

SPs promoted “under pressure”
Chandigarh, December 27
There is great resentment over the appointment of two Superintendents of Police as the new DIGs of Ludhiana and Patiala ranger by the Punjab Government here yesterday.

2 Bangladeshis arrested
Amritsar, December 27
The BSF held two Bangladeshi youths while they were attempting to go to Pakistan last evening.

New PSEB members


5 held on charge of killing kabaddi player
Abohar, December 27
Five persons wanted in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a kabaddi player, Amrik Singh, have been arrested, the police sources said today.

Newly born restored to mother, lifter held
Patiala, December 27
One day after a newly born baby was stolen from the Government Rajindra Hospital by a childless woman after befriending the infant’s mother, the Patiala police today arrested the woman and restored the infant to his family.

Man shot dead
Nabha, December 27
A former sarpanch of Mehr village, Manjit Singh, was yesterday shot dead by some unidentified persons near Punjab Public School, here.

Asst XEN caught red-handed
Dhuri, December 27
An Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe here last evening.


Grant for private colleges released
Phagwara, December 27
The Punjab Government has released a grant of Rs 18 crore for the third quarter of the financial year for 138 private colleges covered under 95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme. A communication to this effect has been despatched to the college authorities by the DPI (Colleges).

FEAR: dept funds misutilised
Patiala, December 27
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) today claimed that the Correspondence Department of Punjabi University had misutilised a grant of Rs 35 lakh given to it by the Distance Education Council.


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