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Lawyers speak up for Bhattal
Bathinda, December 3
Even after getting a positive response from a section of central leaders, Punjab Rural Development Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has decided to stay put in Delhi until she secures an audience with AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. A section of lawyers of Bathinda has also decided to bring out the fact that Mrs Bhattal is being victimised by her political opponents.

Political leadership with foresight need of hour
Chandigarh, December 3
The Punjab Development Report—2002, released by Capt. Amarinder Singh on Monday, is only a referral point for those concerned with the processes to bring about prosperity for posterity. To achieve that it suggests that political consensus is as imperative as regional co-operation and decentralisation of powers.

Irrigation scam: cover-up exercise begins
Chandigarh, December 3
Rattled by reports regarding a scam of Rs 100 crore pertaining to the Upper Bari Doab Canal remodelling project, certain officials posted at the project site have started a “ cover-up” exercise to conceal irregularities and other faults committed while handling the project, according to informed sources.

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Kamaljit’s sister records statement
Patiala, December 3
Ms Manjit Kaur, sister of Kamaljit, the alleged husband of former SGPC president Jagir Kaur’s daughter Harpreet who was allegedly murdered, today gave her statement in a local court claiming that her brother had developed a “relationship” with Harpreet and they were married during a ceremony held at a Chandigarh hotel.

Punish Prof Manjit: Mann
Gives clean chit to Vedanti
Amritsar, December 3
SAD (A) today sought a high-level probe into the serious charges levelled by the Khalsa Panchayat against Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar Sri Takht Kesgarh Sahib. Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President SAD (A), alleged here today that Prof Manjit Singh had violated the ‘maryada’ (Sikh tradition).

EPF scam: police seeks addresses of engineers
Ropar, December 3
The local police today wrote a letter to the General Manager, Ropar Thermal Plant, to supply the house addresses of 19 engineers of the plant to it in connection with the Employees Provident Fund scam which took place from 1997 to 1999.

NCM: allow jatha to Afghanistan
Amritsar, December 3
The National Commission for Minorities today asked the Foreign Minister to allow the SGPC to send a delegation to Afghanistan to carry out kar seva of historical Sikh shrines which were totally destroyed in US attacks against the Taliban.


13 called for probe into hospital affairs
Amritsar, December 3
Additional Deputy Commissioner Harbhupinder Singh Nanda has summoned at least 13 persons, including the District Vaccination Officer, Dr Amrik Singh, for the reported case of sodomy and death of four mentally challenged patients in a month at the government-run Vidhyasagar Mental Hospital here.

Revised observation therapy for TB patients
Patiala, December 3
The district has started revised observation therapy for Tuberculosis patients with the view to ensuring easy availability of TB medicine doses to them. Addressing a press conference here to give information about the activities of the Health department, Civil Surgeon Inderjit Kaur Walia said microscopic centres had been opened under the programme in Samana, Rajpura and Nabha.

Gurum’s pre-arrest bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, December 3
Punjab Technical University’s former Vice-Chancellor Hardev Singh Gurum’s petition seeking the grant of anticipatory bail in a cheating and corruption case was today dismissed by Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Tame politicians: scholars
Barnala, December 3
Sant Baba Attar Singh Khalsa College, Sandaur, about 30 km, from here, hosted a University Grants Commission UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Code of conduct for politicians” today in which more than 100 scholars and academicians from Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi University participated.

Plea to summon CM at Takht
Amritsar, December 3
At a joint meeting here today, the Khalsa Mission Committee and the Punjab Human Rights Organisation had decided to perform ardas on December 10 at Akal Takht for the release of Sikh youths who have been languishing in various jails of the country without trial.

Ghee supply to gurdwaras to continue
Chandigarh, December 3
Apropos of the news item published in a section of the Press today, a spokesman of the Punjab Milkfed has clarified that there is no question of stopping the supply of “desi” ghee to the Golden Temple or any Gurdwara in Punjab.

Steps to improve transport services
Kapurthala, December 3
Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Verma has informed that a number of measures have been taken by the district administration to strengthen transport services in the district in pursuance of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Disband PSERC, says BKU (E)
Mansa, December 3
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) organised a state-level conference today where farmers passed resolutions, demanding remission of bank loans, dissolution of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, free water and power supply and reduction in power tariff.

Dharna by cane growers
Dhuri, December 3
On a call given by six farmers’ organisations, more than 200 sugarcane growers of the area today staged a dharna and took out a rally in front of the main gate of the local Bhagwanpura Sugar Mills, in protest against the non-payment of arrears to the farmers by the mill management and its delay in starting the current crushing season.


Punjab police website launched
Chandigarh, December 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today exhorted the Punjab police to equip itself with the latest information technology and armaments to combat any eventuality due to cross-border terrorism, especially at the behest of hostile Pakistan.

Mr M.S. Bhullar, Punjab DGP,  honours Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at the launch  ceremony of the Punjab police Website, at the police headquarters in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Row over absorption of paramilitary officers
Ludhiana, December 3
A controversy involving police officers and seven officers of the paramilitary forces has arisen over the issue of the absorption of the latter in the Punjab police. The office of the Chief Minister reportedly made the absorption possible.


Woman arrested for committing fraud
Gidderbaha, December 3
Mrs Karamjit Kaur, wife of Mr Charanjit Singh, naib-tehsildar and former personal assistant of the local MLA, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau yesterday in connection with a case registered against her for allegedly committing fraud and indulging in corrupt practices for securing a government job.

5 of marriage party killed
Abohar, December 3
Five members of a marriage party were killed when the jeep carrying them collided with a road-roller yesterday. According to family sources, some residents of Arya Nagar had gone to Gharsana to attend a marriage.

Two killed in mishaps
Bathinda, December 3
Two persons were killed in separate accidents in the district while another died at the local railway station since last night.
A cyclist was hit by a fast-moving vehicle near Seengo village, about 45 km from here, today. The cyclist died on the spot. The deceased has been identified as Bali (25) of Natheha village.

Young lovers commit suicide
Jalandhar, December 3
Two young lovers committed suicide after consuming a poisonous substance in Dhure village under the Adampur police station last night. A police report here today identified the victims as Joseph Ali, 22, and Baljit Kaur,20, of Noorpur village. The girl was staying in the house of her maternal uncle in Dhure village.

Couple dies of burns
Pathankot, December 3
A dispute over dowry ended in the death of a couple due to burns. Parveen Kumari (24) was married to Vishwajeet of Dhobra village near here, about three years ago. Parveen in her statement to the police had alleged that her in-laws poured kerosene on her, threw a lighted match stick on her and bolted her in a room.

3 booked for abduction
Amritsar, December 3
The district police has booked three persons Ashwani Kumar of Katra Ahluwalia, Nand Lal of Gheo Mandi and Rishi Kumar for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old boy Gautam here today.

Held for stealing coal from rail wagons
Ropar, December 3
The local police arrested the driver of a tractor-trailer who was allegedly carrying coal stolen from rail wagons, in his vehicle during the intervening night of December 2 and December 3. The coal in the wagons is supplied to the Ropar Thermal Plant and factories at Nangal.


Founder’s Day celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
Saffron City School, Fatehgarh Sahib, today celebrated its third Founder’s Day by organising a cultural programme. The entire function was managed by students. An English play ‘The Simple Simon’, dances, skits, fancy dress by tiny tots, bhangra and speeches made by students from Class 1 to Class X were the highlights of the function, which were appreciated by the audience.

GND varsity wins trophy
Amritsar, December 3
Guru Nanak Dev University won the overall championship trophy of the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival which concluded at Allahabad University, Allahabad, last evening, by winning four trophies out of five.

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