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Corruption case against Bhattal: challan filed
Bathinda, December 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has filed the challan in the court of the Additional Session Judge, Mr S.K. Garg, here in a corruption case registered against former Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal relating to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Badal reflects on promises, problems 
Chandigarh, December 31
When Mr Parkash Singh Badal took oath as Chief Minister at the PCA Cricket Stadium on February 12, 1997, a guessing game was on. No one was willing to give him a full five-years innings. Yet, he has led the SAD-BJP team to a complete five-year term.

Badal “bullying” EC: Congress
Chandigarh, December 31
Taking serious notice of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s letter to the Prime Minister challenging certain decision of the Election Commission pertaining to the posting of officers in the state, the Congress today said the Chief Minister was trying to ‘bully’ the commission by using various means.

Code violation: EC seeks report
Jalandhar, December 31
The Election Commission has sought a report with regard to the alleged violation of code of conduct by the BJP Mayor of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation for using three official cars to ferry BJP workers to the party rally at Rajpura yesterday.

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Cong list likely by weekend
Chandigarh, December 31
The first list of Congress candidates for the coming Assembly elections is expected by the end of this week as the AICC election committee has reportedly the names of single candidates for 50 seats each.

Dhabas serving tea laced with opium
Bathinda, December 31
The district has been witnessing the mushrooming of poppy cafe where drug addicts are supplied tea prepared by mixing tea leaves with the poppy husk.

Sangeet sammelan ends on soulful note
Jalandhar, December 31
Maestros bade an emotional adieu to the 126th Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan and scores of classical musical lovers by presenting their spectacular performances which marked the conclusion of the three-day musical extravaganza at the local Devi Talaab Mandir premises last night.


Mann opposes use of EVMs
Phagwara, December 31
Akali Dal (Amritsar) President and senior Panthic Morcha leader Simranjit Singh Mann today opposed the use of electronic voting machines in the Punjab Assembly poll. Talking to newsmen, Mr Mann said these machines could dupe the electorate and be doctored and manipulated.

Cong rallies put off
Chandigarh, December 31
All Congress rallies and public meetings to be held at the block and constituency level s until January 5 have been postponed, Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, general secretary, PPCC , announced today.

BJYM changes rally venue
Phillaur, December 31
Due to the tension prevailing on the Indo-Pak border, the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Punjab, has changed the venue of its January 6 rally from Wagah to Putli Ghar Chowk, Amritsar.


Health officials ‘fleecing’ teachers
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 31
The newly selected teachers in the district are allegedly being fleeced by the local health authorities, who are conducting their medical fitness examination. Several selected candidates, particularly the women, have alleged that there is no lady doctor available to conduct their medical examination. Secondly, they alleged that the health authorities are charging Rs 40 per candidate for the screening test, whereas the charges mentioned are Rs 10 only.

Unemployed B.Ed Teachers' Front ( Bathinda unit) activists raise slogans, demanding appointment letters. Nearly 1,000 activists of the front staged a dharna at the office of the DEO (P) to press for their demands at Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Patiala turns green this year
Patiala, December 31
This year Patiala turned green with two years of plantations bearing fruit besides final phases of the beautification exercise of the Baradari Gardens being completed. Though the town became more beautiful and orderly this year due to double laning in many new stretches as well as paving of streets in various colonies, the residents of the old city complained that similar attention had not been paid to them. Besides this, areas in the inner city continued to face acute water shortage during the summer months.

Dal (Mann) war panel submits report
Phagwara, December 31
The 11-member no-war panel constituted by the Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has submitted its report to him. Disclosing this here today, Bhai Dhyan Singh Mand, vice-president of the party and head of the panel and Mr Jaskaran Singh, general secretary of the party and member of the panel have alleged that any pro-war decision of the Vajpayee government will be anti-Punjab and that their party would oppose it. Both the leaders have flayed PM Atal Behari Vajpayee for not inviting Mann to all-party meetings.

4 polytechnic teachers die in mishap
Phagwara December 31
Four young staff members of community polytechnic near Palahi village, near here, died in an accident near Agra this morning, it was learnt tonight.

SGPC langar for border migrants
Chandigarh, December 31
The SGPC will organise langar (community kitchens) at various places in the border belt for those who are migrating from villages because of the growing tension on the Indo-Pakistan border.

Tributes paid to security personnel
Chandigarh, December 31
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha met today for its 13th session. It adjourned after obituary references. Tributes were paid to those security personnel and employees who were killed in terrorist attacks on Parliament House in Delhi and the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Complex in Srinagar.

Jawan cremated
Tarn Taran, December 31
Two Army jawans, Manjit Singh (26) of Sanghar Kot village and Ranjit Singh of Kot Dharam Khurad village were on duty in Srinagar sector on Saturday when they were killed in a mine blast.

Youth run over by train, dies
Bathinda, December 31
A beggar was found dead yesterday in the rest room of the local railway station. The cause of the death could not be ascertained.


Woman ‘murdered’ parents-in-law
Amritsar, December 31
A bizarre case of a woman having allegedly murdered her father-in-law and mother-in-law by poisoning them to death has come to light. A case has been registered at Islamabad police station on the basis of an affidavit submitted by Ms Sukhjinder Kaur a resident of Ranjit Pura locality and the daughter of the deceased.

Travel agent booked
Kapurthala, December 31
The local police has registered a case of fraud against a travel agent, Nirmal Singh, for giving a fake immigration visa of France to Mela Singh of Bholath. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, said in a press note today that the suspect, took Rs 4 lakh from the complainant for providing him the immigration visa.

Man held for cheating
Barnala, December 31
The district police has arrested Vipin Kumar Gupta, who allegedly duped several persons of lakhs of rupees by promising to send them abroad. Stating this here yesterday, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Sandhu, SSP, said Vipin Kumar, on the pretext of sending people to foreign countries by forming fake musical groups, duped gullible persons of huge amounts.

Insurance firms wary of war?
Jalalabad, December 31
As the clouds of another Indo-Pak war loom large over the region, the local residents are trying to safeguard their assets. Fearing of a war, the people have approached the insurance companies for covering their properties against the war risk. But the companies have declined to underwrite such risk as ‘the war’ as it is an excluded peril in the purview of the standard fire policy.


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