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Punjab to open job window to 10,000 youth
Chandigarh, December 7
In Punjab, politics is slowly but surely transforming into populism. In fact, the two words have become synonym, even if the state’s fiscal situation remains tense and tight. It is reliably learnt that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has asked the Chief Secretary to map the overall shortage of employees at various levels in all departments. 

PSEB presenting incorrect facts: engineers
Patiala, December 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association today charged the board management with releasing misleading and incorrect facts relating to alleged decisions taken by Chief Engineer Padamjit Singh in his capacity as head of the Systems Operation wing to divert attention from the main issue which it said was giving an order for the supply of power to a private party by superceding an agreement made with a government undertaking.

LS poll in mind, Sonia to focus on Punjab
Bathinda, December 7
The AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, who has been urging the party rank and file to prepare for the next Lok Sabha elections, due in 2004, is on the lookout for a face which can fetch votes for the party in Punjab.

Punjabis’ diet ‘invites’ heart disease
Jalandhar, December 7
Indians living abroad are more prone to coronary artery disease, commonly known as heart attack, compared to other world communities. Experts attribute this to genetic factors, but also do not rule out that it could be related to the stress and strain of struggle in foreign countries.



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  Kirpal Singh BadungarCharge against Panjrath false: Badungar
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), talking to reporters here today has urged Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to give up confrontation with the SGPC and help for the maintenance of gurudwaras following high traditions of Sikhism. He called upon him to look into the activities of Ashutosh in the state.


Sena Chairman refutes ex-leader’s statement
Phillaur, December 7
Shiv Sena Punjab unit Chairman Swami Pushpinder Swaroop, co-Chairman Surinder Dogra and Mr Pawan Parbhakar have sharply reacted to the statement of sena’s Former Vice-President Vinay Jalandhari, that Pawan Gupta was still the President and he is the Vice-President of the sena.

Sikh Front formed
Chandigarh, December 7
Representatives of several Sikh religious and social bodies in the region have come together to form a new panthic organisation called the Sikh Front with Mr Surjit Singh Niddar, a prominent member of the SGPC belonging to the Badal group, as its president.


IMA ‘relaxes’ norms on biomedical waste
Patiala, December 7
The Punjab Indian Medical Association (IMA) today claimed that the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had granted relaxation with regard to submission of documents while applying for authorisation to implement the provisions of the Biomedical Waste Act under which all hospitals will have to handle the biomedical waste according to a set procedure.

Mittal for probe into ‘benami’ land deals
Ropar, December 7
Mr Madan Moham Mittal, former Punjab Food and Supplies Minister and a senior BJP leader, today demanded an inquiry by a sitting or a retired High Court into the acquisition of hundreds of acres of ‘benami’ land by certain persons in Nanglian and Khairpur villages of Kharar tehsil in this district.

Vedanti: Sikhs have separate identity
Amritsar, December 7
Addressing the House of Commons in England, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht declared that Sikhs had distinct, separate identity. Talking to the Press, at his official residence here today, Jathedar Vedanti said that this statement was made by him in reply to the question whether Sikhs were part of Hinduism or enjoyed separate identity.

Kidney sale: DGP exonerates IG
Amritsar, December 7
The Vigilance Bureau has summoned the record relating to the alleged kidney sale. Mr Mahal Singh Bhullar, Director-General Police, has today promised fair investigation of the case. Sources in the Vigilance Department disclosed that DIG (Vigilance) B.K. Uppal entrusted with investigation of the case, has summoned the record of the case from the Senior Superintendent of Police here for scrutiny.

Weird excuses stun traffic cops
Patiala, December 7
“Look at my hair, how can you expect me to wear a helmet” says a young woman with lovely long hair. Giving interesting excuses for not wearing a helmet and surprising the cops, women drivers of two-wheeler vehicles here have been shocked by the sudden elaborate challan drive initiated by the Patiala police yesterday on orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which has made the wearing of helmets mandatory for women drivers.

Dera Bassi MC chief, councillor removed
Dera Bassi, December 7
A case of alleged land-encroachment has made the Punjab Local Government Department Secretary order the removal of the Dera Bassi Municipal Council president, Mr Jagjit Singh Dalli, and a councillor, Mr Paras Jain. The Secretary, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, said in his order that the membership of the civic body had been withdrawn from the two men. The action had been taken under Sections 22 and 16 (1) (D) and (E) of the Punjab Municipal Act of 1911.

Punjabi function from December 9
Faridkot, December 7
The Punjabi Overseas Cultural Association, Canada, will organise a three-day programme of folk dances, music, art, craft and painting in the local Government Brijindra College from December 9. Artistes from Faridkot zone comprising Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts would participate. Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Punjab will preside over the inaugural day function.

Funds collected on Flag Day
Jalandhar, December 7
An impressive function was held at the Punjab State War Memorial here today on the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day.

Home Guards to finally get salaries
Amritsar, December 7
Mr Baldev Singh, Commandant, Home Guards (border zone) yesterday assured Home Guards that their salaries would be paid soon. He was speaking on the occasion of Raising Day of Punjab Home Guards. He said the DGP (Home Guards) had directed that the salaries should be disbursed.

Army to undertake plantation drive
Abohar, December 7
The Army will undertake a plantation campaign in and around the military station near the international border in Fazilka sector, for protecting the environment, Brig R.C. Malik said while all precautions were being taken to remove the landmines from the villages located near the border yet possibility of minor incidents could not be ruled out.

AIDS awareness rally
Bathinda, December 7
Students of Goodwill Public School held a rally here to create awareness about AIDS. As many as 400 students, besides staff of Goodwill Charitable Hospital, participated. The chairpersons of the District AIDS Control Organisation, Mrs Raj Gupta and Mr Narinder Bassi, flagged off the rally.

Plea to raise Dr Kirpal Singh memorial
Amritsar, December 7
A number of Sikh intellectuals today asked the SGPC to raise memorial to Dr Kirpal Singh, an eminent scholar, who died this week, for his contribution in preserving rare Sikh manuscripts during his lifetime.

2 killed in mishap
Amritsar, December 7
At least two persons were killed when a truck ran over their motorcycle on the Tarn Taran road here today.


Neem-coated urea developed
Bathinda, December 7
National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) has achieved a major success by developing a process for the manufacture of neem-coated urea on commercial scale.


Anti-encroachment drive smoothens traffic
Bathinda, December 7
The anti-encroachment drive launched by district administration in association with the police authorities has started yielding results as the traffic movement in the town, particularly on busy roads, has become smooth.


Extortionists’ accomplice arrested
Moga, December 7
The police has arrested the third accomplice of the international gang of extortionists which was busted recently with two members of the gang already in custody.

Drug smuggler gets 12-year RI
Sangrur, December 7
Disposing of a 13-year-old case of narcotics peddling, a local court sentenced Teja Singh of Malerkotla to rigorous imprisonment for 12 years and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.


GND varsity to start more courses
Amritsar, December 7
Guru Nanak Dev University will introduce some postgraduate courses from the next academic session (2003-2004) under various faculties at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur. This was decided at a meeting of the Syndicate held here today.

Elementary teachers hold rally
Hoshiarpur, December 7
On a call given by the Elementary Education Bachao Morcha, Punjab, comprising six primary teachers’ organisations, elementary teachers of the district held a rally in protest against the new education policy of the state government at Shaheed Udham Singh park here today. 

Warehouse staff booked
Abohar, December 7
The city police has registered a case against several warehouse officials here in connection with the supply of poor-quality wheat to primary schools under the mid-day meal scheme. The case was registered yesterday on a memorandum received from the Executive Magistrate, Mr Virender Garg, under Sections 420, 409, 273 of the IPC.

Fake degrees: two teachers booked
Mansa, December 7
The city police has booked two government teachers for joining service on the basis of their fake degrees under Sections 420/465/467/471 and 120-B of the IPC on a complaint of the District Education Officer (Primary), Mansa.


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