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Groom’s tipsy uncle ‘shoots’ lensman
Amritsar, December 9
A tipsy uncle of the groom today turned the marriage party of his nephew into tragedy when a stray bullet fired by him into the air hit a photographer, engaged to cover the occasion.
Residents gherao B-division police station in protest against the killing of a photographer by the groom’s uncle in a freak accident at a marriage palace in Amritsar on Monday.
Residents gherao B-division police station in protest against the killing of a photographer by the groom’s uncle in a freak accident at a marriage palace in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo Raju Sharma

Deposition today in Giani Kewal case
Bathinda, December 9
Even as Mr Amarjit Singh, complainant in the dowry death case registered against former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Kewal Singh, and others and who is to depose before the Additional Sessions Judge here tomorrow, has lodged a complaint to the district police authorities that his life is under threat, Mr Harbhajan Singh, SP (H), said the security arrangement for Mr Amarjit Singh would be made as per the directions of higher police authorities.

17 youths in Pak jail
Travel agents to blame, say parents
Gurdaspur, December 9
Uncertainty continues about the future of 17 youths, including nine from Punjab, seven from Haryana and one from Rajasthan, languishing in the Quetta jail in Hudda district in Pakistan because of unscrupulous travel agents.

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States owe crores to asylum
Amritsar, December 9
Dr Vidya Sagar Mental Hospital here, which has been catering to the mentally ill referred to by the neighbouring states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh since 1967, claims to be in debt running into crores of rupees by way of expenditure incurred on the referred patients.

PSEB’s climbdown, Padamjit’s upclimb
Made Chief Engineer, Enforcement
Patiala, December 9
After calling its Chief Engineer Padamjit Singh “negligent” and “indisciplined”, the PSEB management today climbed down from its earlier stand and gave him one of the most important posts in the board i.e. Chief Engineer, Enforcement.

‘Captive’ patient freed from clinic
Ludhiana, December 9
In probably the first case of its kind, a warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court raided the premises of Sobti Neuro Centre and Nursing Home near the DMC this evening and rescued a ‘captive’ patient and two “illegally confined” relatives.

SC rejects Sidhu’s plea for trial outside Punjab
New Delhi, December 9
The Supreme Court today rejected the plea of former chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu for trial of corruption cases outside the state on the ground that he was being subjected to media trial with the police leaking his statements to newspapers.


Factionalism in Cong comes to fore
Phagwara, December 9
Factionalism in the ruling Congress today came to the fore when councillors belonging to the faction headed by PPCC member Balbir Raja Sodhi, including Ms Sita Devi, vice-president of the local nagar council, stayed away while Hardip Kaur Anand, took over as the officiating President. Ms Anand, an Independent, who is supported by the Congress group headed by the local MLA, Mr Joginder Singh Mann.

BSP flayed for supporting BJP
Jalandhar, December 9
Dubbing the BSP as a front organisation of the BJP, the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM) has criticised it for forging an electoral alliance with the BJP for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat.

Row over dissolution of Shiv Sena units
Pathankot, December 9
The Gurdaspur district unit of the Shiv Sena (Thackeray) is up in arms against the north zone in charge of the party, Gen P.N. Hoon (retd), who has recently dissolved the state and district units of the party.


Badungar writes to PM on Bangladesh gurdwaras
Amritsar, December 9
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to approach the Bangladesh Government to ensure proper upkeep of Sikh gurdwaras there. He has also requested the Prime Minister to grant permission for sending sevadars and granthis to perform religious ceremonies and maintain the gurdwaras.

Fatehgarh Sahib urban estate site marked
Patiala, December 9
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to develop an urban estate near Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup in Fatehgarh Sahib for which notification for acquiring land under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act is being issued this month.

Bail granted

Chandigarh, December 9
Punjab Technical University’s former Director (Out-reach) Amarjit Singh Grewal was granted bail on Monday by Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Water shortage in Sirhind town
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9
Residents of Sirhind town have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the past 15 days. The residents allege that the drinking water is supplied for a few minutes and that too with low pressure, causing great difficulty to those residing on first floor. They further allege that the water supplied is not fit for human consumption. 

Meeting ends without taking up resolutions
Fazilka, December 9
The meeting of the local municipal council, today ended abruptly without taking up any resolution following a dispute between Mr Mohinder Partap Dhingra, president of the council, and Mr Mohan Lal Goklany, Superintendent of the council.

Anti-encroachment drive in Nangal soon
Ropar, December 9
The district administration is planning to extend the anti-encroachment drive to other part of the district. Sources told The Tribune that the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, had issued instructions to all SDMs in the district to initiate the process of removing encroachments in their respective areas. The instructions had also been issued to the executive officer of the municipal council.

Plea to withdraw decision on perks
Patiala, December 9
The Punjab State Services Federation today organised a meeting under the leadership of Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, a former MP, which was attended by representatives of the Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation and the Punjab Kirti Dal. The meeting discussed the ramifications of the alleged anti-employee and anti-working class decisions taken by the present state government.

Rally against MC move on sanitation
Jalandhar, December 9
Members of joint action committee (JAC) today held a rally at the Municipal Corporation complex to protest against the proposed moves of the state government to allot sanitary work to private contractors.

2 killed, 13 hurt in head-on collision
Patiala, December 9
Two persons were killed and 13 others injured when a catering van collided head-on with a truck on the outskirts of Dhanaula town in Sangrur district, around 65 km from here, early this morning.


Recovery notice to 7 officers
Moga, December 9
Seven government officers, who served the local nagar council between 1991 and 1999, have been served a recovery notice by the Local Self-Government Secretary as due to their negligence the department, on the directions of a lok adalat, paid Rs 15 lakh as interest to a construction company .


Drug traffickers’ gang busted
Gurdaspur, December 9
The police has busted a gang engaged in the smuggling of smack and seized 67 gm of smack from their possession. The SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar, today said that Mohan Lal, Rashpal Singh of Amritsar district, Bikramjit Singh, Gagandeep Singh of Gurdaspur district and Nirmal Singh of Chhotee Khatran, which falls under Ajnala police station in Majitha district, have been arrested.

3 kidnappers arrested
Hoshiarpur, December 9
The Hoshiarpur police arrested three members of a gang of kidnappers and recovered a stolen Toyota Qualis from them last night.

Cop held on graft charge
Tarn Taran, December 9
The Tarn Taran police has booked two head constables of Sarhali Kalan police station for allegedly allowing the sale of “bhuki” a kind of drug used for addiction) after taking bribe.

Thefts in 3 gurdwaras reported
Bathinda, December 9
Thousands of rupees were stolen from three gurdwaras in Jajjal, Malkana and Ramsra villages in Talwandi Sabo sub-division of the district in the past two days.

2 held in pension scam case
Talwandi Sabo, December 9
Gurjant Singh and Mohinder Kaur, clerk and supervisor with the Child Development Project Office (CDPO), respectively, were arrested today for their alleged involvement in the old-age pension scam, which came to light after Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma got an inquiry conducted when he received complaints in this connection from local residents.

Eight booked for vehicle thefts
Abohar, December 9
Eight persons, including a property dealer and a document writer, have been booked for theft of vehicles.


Pbi varsity youth fest concludes
Budhlada, December 9
The four-day Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival concluded here last evening at Guru Nanak College. Students from 21 colleges from Mansa, Bathinda and Faridkot districts presented a musical extravaganza.

‘Varsity ignoring our demands’
Students threaten agitation
Patiala, December 9
Accusing the administration of Punjabi University of continuously ignoring their long standing demands, the Punjabi University Students Confederation, an umbrella organisation of eight student unions, said today that despite their repeated requests to the university authorities, they have done little except to give “false assurances”.

No classes in school
Patiala, December 9
Classes could not be held at Playway School, situated near the Anardana chowk here, today after the registration of a kidnapping case against its Principal, two teachers and two others following the disappearance of a class VII student from the school.


Jobs for nurses in Canada
Jalandhar, December 9
“There is an annual shortage of about 10,000 nurses in the hospitals of Canada. Trained Indian nurses can avail themselves of the opportunity to settle there along with their families for earning handsome salaries ranging between 50,000 and 80,000 Canadian dollars per annum as per Canada’s immigration policy.”


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