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Contract system for teachers likely
Jalandhar, December 1
Having realised that the private sector was playing a “creative” role in the promotion of standard education, the state government, which was in the process of evolving a new education policy, was likely to involve private resources and introduce the contract system for teachers for strengthening the infrastructure and for making schools, colleges and universities really function in accordance with the changing world education scenario and the needs of the people.

‘Classroom interaction must’
Bathinda, December 1
Mr Bruce CondieThe major difference between the Canadian and Indian systems of education is that the students there interact more in the classroom while here the students only listen to the teacher. Mr Bruce Condie, director of the Canadian Institute for International Studies, SAS Nagar, said yesterday that there should be more interaction between the students and teachers, lest education became a formality in place of a learning process.

Sikhs have distinct identity: Vatican envoy
Amritsar, December 1
The Vatican envoy in India, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, said his country would positively respond to any request by the Sikh high priests to visit the Vatican city, headquarters of the Catholics.
Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri
Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Vatican’s envoy in India, at the Golden Temple during his first visit to Amritsar on Sunday.


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SHSAD to begin stir on people’s demands
Ludhiana, December 1
The SHSAD chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today said his party would launch an agitation on the long-pending demands of the people, the programme for which would be announced at Fatehgarh Sahib on December 26. He flayed the SAD for allowing the Noormehlias to flourish and said the Congress, too, was protecting them.

Police ‘overthrows’ truck union chief
Ferozepore, December 1
The tussle over the leadership of the local Truck Union between two groups in the city has taken a new turn with the local police ‘overthrowing’ the sitting president, Mr Harbans Singh Palla, member of the Zila Parishad, and helping a Congress supporter, Mr Narinder Singh, to sit on the chair.

5 of marriage party crushed to death
Amritsar, December 1
Five persons of a marriage party, including a woman and a child, were killed here tonight after they were run over by a truck allegedly being driven by the driver under the influence of liquor, police source said here.


PAC meeting of SAD on Dec 10
Jalandhar, December 1
The Shiromani Akali Dal has called a meeting of Political Affairs Committee on December 10 at Amritsar to discuss the current political situation after the Jail Bharo Morcha on November 27.

Check interference by MLA, CM urged
Bathinda, December 1
Mr Paramjeet Singh Dhillon, Vice-President, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, and Mr Tejbir Singh Dhillon former president of the Municipal Council, Kotfatta, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to look into the interference by an Independent MLA into the affairs of Pakka Kalan.


Drug abuse middle class bane: study
Amritsar, December 1
The menace of drug addiction has assumed alarming proportions in Amritsar so much so that even people staying in religious places or ‘deras’ are reportedly taking drugs. There is hardly any case of conviction of such persons belonging to these deras in police records. This is revealed in a report “Addiction to alcohol and other drugs” prepared by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mr Baljit Singh Virk.

Milkmen demonstrate against the Municipal Corporation
Milkmen demonstrate against the Municipal Corporation in Amritsar on Saturday. The protesters brought huge number of buffalos to disrupt the train service in protest against a court order. — PTI

HC directs payment of DA on family pension
Chandigarh, December 1
Allowing a bunch of 18 petition filed by Punjab Education Department employees “whose spouses had died in harness”, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the state and other respondents “to grant dearness allowance on family pension in accordance with law”.

Dairies continue to make residents’ life miserable
Patiala, December 1
Even three years after the Patiala Municipal Corporation first expressed its commitment to shift hundreds of dairies situated in various localities in the city to somewhere outside the city, the move has not met with any success and no land has been earmarked for the purpose yet. Dairies, meanwhile, continue to pollute the city, clog drains thereby causing blockages in the sewers, besides causing health hazards.

Judicial remand for MC president, EO
Rampura Phul, December 1
Mr Charanjit Singh Jatana, President, and Mr Rakesh Kumar Garg, Executive Officer, local Municipal Council, who were booked in a criminal case pertaining to embezzlement of council funds and for corruption charges by the local police had been sent to judicial custody when they were produced before the Judicial Magistrate here yesterday.

Drug store row costs patients dear
Ferozepore, December 1
Patients are made to cough up more than the market cost for medicines as the drug store of the Red Cross Society in the Civil Hospital, Ferozepore, has been lying closed since October, 1993, following a dispute between the local administration and chemists.

Missing youth’s father alleges police inaction
Bathinda, December 1
Mr Balbir Singh, a resident of Maur Mandi in the district, in a complaint to the Punjab Governor, has alleged that though his son is missing since November 22, the police has not registered a case.

Bathinda finds place on cultural map
Bathinda, December 1
The city has been brought on the cultural map of the world with troupes from foreign lands performing here as part of the cultural exchange programmes of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Mann favours ban on cow slaughter
Sangrur, December 1
Akali Lok Sabha member Simranjit Singh Mann has extended support to the demand for a ban on cow slaughter in the country. Mr Mann told reporters here today that he had supported the proposed resolution on the matter inside Parliament when he asked the government to have a legislation on cow protection.

Cost of delay in Kandi project
Gurdaspur, December 1
Since the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project is yet to start the Ranjit Sagar Dam is proving less beneficial. Laying the foundation stone of the SKDP in April, 1995, the then Prime Minister, Mr Narsimha Rao had said that if the Punjab government completed the project within four years, the Centre would meet the entire cost of the project.

PSEB seeks data on purchases by plant
Ropar, December 1
The PSEB has sought data regarding the purchase of ‘proprietory’ items by Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant authorities in the past few years. Reliable sources said the board had sought the data apprehending misappropriation.

Follow ethics, pharmacists urged
Bathinda, December 1
The national pharmacy week was celebrated with enthusiasm at the local Government Polytechnic College by the Pharmacy Department and the Punjab Pharmacy Graduates Association.

World AIDS Day observed
Bathinda, December 1
Volunteers of the National Service Scheme unit of the local SSD Girls College have been working for the past many years to spread awareness about AIDS. The University Talk AIDS Programme, launched by the Union Government in 1992, has drawn regular participation of the volunteers.


BKU (E) rally on December 3
Bathinda, December 1
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) will hold a state-level rally at Mansa on December 3 to show resentment against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the demands of farmers.


RDOs up in arms against bureaucrats
Bathinda, December 1
The Rural Development Officers Association, Punjab, has decided to raise a banner of revolt against a section of bureaucrats for their alleged “unjust tendency” to make cases against departmental officers and send them to the Vigilance Bureau or the police without prior permission of the department.


Three held on car theft charge
Bathinda, December 1
The police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in smuggling of drugs and vehicle theft and arrested three members of the gang. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here, said Harvinder Singh, Sukhjit Singh and Amandeep Singh were arrested after a tip-off from Bir Behman village.

2 held on rape charge
Kapurthala, December 1
The Sadar police has arrested Mangal Singh and Dalbir Singh of Madhupur village on the charge of raping Harpreet Kaur (15) of the same village on November 24.


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