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Scrutiny of ‘fake’ voters starts
Officer to do door-to-door survey
Jalalabad, December 8
Mr Alok Shekhar, Director-General (Schools), Punjab, has started probe into the registration of fake voters and the deletion of the names of genuine voters from the voters’ lists for Municipal Council elections. Residents of this border town brought some startling facts to his notice today when he met a section of complainants individually.

Threat to stop custom milling of govt paddy
Ludhiana, December 8
Rice millers in Punjab may stop custom milling of paddy if the Centre failed to receive the levy rice from the millers soon.
The Union Food Ministry has stopped receiving levy rice from rice millers from all over the country and laid the condition that levy rice will be accepted if the millers have purchased it at the minimum support price.

Manjit Singh’s resignation sought
Jalandhar, December 8
Even as the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal have demanded the resignation of Jathedar of Akal Takht Joginder Singh Vedanti for allegedly supporting the cause of controversial Baba Dhanwant Singh, an accused in a rape case, the SAD (Amritsar) today came out openly in support of the Jathedar by rubbishing the demand for his removal as baseless. On the other hand, the SAD (Amritsar) has appealed to Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Manjit Singh to tender his resignation for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known source of income.




Siberian birds enjoy the cold wave in North India, at Rajindra Lake, Patiala, on Sunday. — PTI

Encroachments on market removed
Ropar, December 8
The local Municipal Council authorities, under the supervision of the SDM, Mr Daljit Singh, in an early morning swoop removed encroachments in the old Anaj Mandi area of the town today. The authorities, armed with court orders, descended on the rehri market in the area around 5 a.m. 

10 leprosy cases detected
Ferozepore, December 8
Ten new cases of leprosy have been detected in the border district of Ferozepore during the 4th Modified Leprosy Elimination campaign launched last month to create awareness among people through seminars/rallies, training of medical staff and organising skin camps at the sub-divisional level, besides routine OPDs in the government hospitals/dispensaries.

Kharar bypass: PIDB awaits govt nod
Chandigarh, December 8
The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board is waiting for the Punjab Chief Minister’s directions for the past over one month, to start work on the prestigious Kharar bypass project that has been planned to lessen traffic congestion on the Chandigarh-Mohali-Ludhiana road.


Summon Panjrath at Takht: SAD(A) leader
Phagwara, December 8
The SAD(A) general secretary, Mr Jaskaran Singh, said today that he would tomorrow call on Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Akal Takht Jathedar, and present him a charge sheet against Joginder Singh Panjrath, a senior SGPC member and SAD leader, for having links with Baba Ashutosh of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan.

Khalsa Panchayat is ‘Cong creation’
Patiala, December 8
SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar today alleged that the Khalsa Panchayat was a creation of the Congress. Speaking to newsmen after taking part in the inaugural Akhand Path ceremony to consecrate the newly built Darbar hall of Dukhnivaran gurdwara here, the SGPC President said the Khalsa Panchayat was being propped up by the Congress to create divisions in the “Panth”.

Never threatened to quit: Bhattal
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjab minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal issued a statement today denying that she had ever threatened to resign as a minister during her recent meetings with AICC President Sonia Gandhi.

Don’t shield corrupt, Ramoowalia to Badal
Mansa, December 8
The Akalis and Congress men fight with each other when either of them assume power, this was observed by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, member of Parliament and president of the Lok Bhalai Party here yesterday.

BJYM meeting today
Phillaur, December 8
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Punjab president Mr Manjit Singh Rai has called an emergency meeting of the state office-bearers of the morcha on December 9 at Ludhiana.


Don’t act as proxy for Sarpanch wives, husbands told
Abohar, December 8
Deputy Commissioner Ferozepore D.K. Tiwari has warned the husbands of women Sarpanches, members of village Panchayats and Municipal Councillors against working as “proxy” for their wives.

PUDA to reduce price of complex sites
Patiala, December 8
Finding it unable to dispose of commercial sites in the Akal Commercial Complex developed over the site of the erstwhile Kaurji ki Haveli, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has recommended to the government to further lower the reserve price of the complex land.

Minors taking drugs worries Sajjan Jakhar
Abohar, December 8
Former Punjab Minister Sajjan Kumar Jakhar has asked the Punjab police not to be influenced by political interference in dealing with drug mafia, which had endangered the social and economical security in this subdivision.

Jailed arms dealer’s death to be probed
Patiala, December 8
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejvir Singh today ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of Kartar Singh Sodhi, an arms dealer who was arrested last month on charges of running an arms smuggling racket in collusion with the Peoples War Group, in the Central Jail yesterday.

Painting contest in Sobha Singh’s memory held
Bathinda, December 8
The 11th annual prize distribution function of the Sobha Singh Memorial Chitrakar Society was held here today at the Teachers’ Home. Mr Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, MLA, Talwandi Sabo, who was the chief guest at the function, said he would recommend to the government that an arts college must be set up here.

Civil surgeons told to hold shows of ‘Daaire’
Patiala, December 8
“In pursuance of the Punjab Government’s policy of generating awareness against female-foeticide, the Punjab Department of Health and Family Welfare has joined the state-wide anti-female-foeticide theatre campaign of the National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala,” said Mr Pran Sabharwal, director NTAS, here yesterday.

IMA pact on waste treatment plant
Jalandhar, December 8
The state chapter of the Indian Medical Association has signed an agreement with PECMA Air Systems Private Limited to set up a common treatment plant here to handle and dispose of biomedical waste generated from hospitals of the state.

Dispensary in gurdwara opened
Kapurthala, December 8
Rana Gurjit Singh, local MLA, today inaugurated Sri Guru Nanak Dev Dispensary set up in the Sant Pura Mohalla gurdwara. It has been set up by Mr Amar Singh, freedom fighter, who worked as cashier with Netaji Subhash Chandar Bose.

Residents laud MC chief’s role
Bathinda, December 8
Residents of Ward Nos 8, 9 and 10 have felicitated the president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, for his role in initiating developmental activities in the areas.


Kale kachhewale loot 2 houses, injure 5
Hoshiarpur, December 8
At least 10 persons, suspected to be members of the “kale kachhewale” gang, struck the houses of Ram Parkash and Des Raj Chopra in Dashmesh Nagar and New Tagore Nagar localities early today and assaulted the inmates with sharp-edged weapons and wooden rods.

Man arrested for murdering wife
Jalandhar, December 8
The district police today arrested Sarwan Kumar for allegedly murdering his wife at his residence in the Golden Avenue locality here today. Raj Kiran, brother of the victim, in his complaint to the police, said his sister Sonia (26) was married to Sarwan Kumar about nine years back and had two sons.

Principal, teachers accused of kidnapping student
Patiala, December 8
The case of the disappearance of a class VII student from a local school on December 6 has taken a new turn with the Kotwali police registering a case of kidnapping against the school Principal, two teachers and two others.

Youth’s body found
Amritsar, December 8
Mandeep Singh (20), a resident of the Naraingarh area, was allegedly killed by two persons for having illicit relations with a girl here today. According to information available, Jagtar Singh and his nephew Vicky strangled Mandeep allegedly for having illicit relations with the daughter of Jagtar Singh.

Drug smugglers' gang busted
Jalandhar, December 8
Following a tip-off, a local police party laid a naka on the G.T. Road at Phillaur last evening and intercepted a car. Two packs of 10 grams of smack each were seized from the two occupants of the vehicle, Mr P.S. Gill, SSP, said today.


Students defy varsity order
Amritsar, December 8
B. Tech students of Guru Nanak Dev University today protested against the university authorities defying its order to vacate the university hostel within 24 hour notwithstanding the note of warning sounded by the university that defiance would attract strict action including striking off the name from the university rolls.

Students awarded degrees, medals
Longowal (Sunam), December 8
The fifth convocation of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology was held here today. Students who had passed degree, diploma and certificate courses recently were awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates at the convocation. They were also honoured with medals.

GPF issue: teachers cry foul
Bathinda, December 8
While the high-ups in the Education Department have been claiming that all records pertaining to the general provident fund of the employees will be shifted to Drawing and Disbursing Officers, mostly school principals, a section of the teachers allege that no concrete steps have been taken in this regard.

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