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Withdraw remarks, Badungar told
Amritsar, December 10
The National Commission for Minorities today came down heavily on the SGPC chief for his statement that he would appeal against the verdict of the Supreme Court, which has pronounced that ‘Udasi deras’ are not gurdwaras.

Brig Harika sworn in as PSSSB Chairman
Chandigarh, December 10
Brig Charanjiv Singh Harika (retd) was today sworn in as Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB). The Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh (retd), administered the oath of office and secrecy to Brigadier Harika at Punjab Bhavan.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh administers the oath of office and secrecy to Brig Charanjiv Singh Harika (retd) as Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh administers the oath of office and secrecy to Brig Charanjiv Singh Harika (retd) as Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board at Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

DSP gets SHO suspended
Patiala, December 10
In a serious lapse of judgement, the Patiala police deputed a DSP to investigate a complaint against a Station House Officer (SHO) who had earlier been instrumental in recommending the cancellation of an FIR registered by the DSP against relatives of his landlords.




A former Jathedar of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Giani Kewal Singh, who is facing trial in a dowry death case, comes out of the court Hearing in Giani Kewal Singh case adjourned
Bathinda, December 10
Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, and his son Baljinder Singh today failed to secure bail as the Additional Session Judge, Mr Jaspal Singh, today adjourned the hearing to January 28, 2003, in the dowry death case registered against them at police station, Talwandi Sabo, after recording the evidence of complainant Amarjit Singh.

A former Jathedar of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Giani Kewal Singh, who is facing trial in a dowry death case, comes out of the court of the Additional Civil Judge, at Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addressing a meeting of the SAD PAC in Bhai Gurdass Hall in Amritsar on Tuesday. SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar and Capt. Kanwaljit Singh are also seen in the picture.
Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Lensman’s death: murder case registered
Amritsar, December 10
Even as the police has registered a murder case in connection with the death of a photographer yesterday it is contemplating taking action against the owner of the marriage palace where the incident happened.

EPF scam: arrest of engineers ‘imminent’
Ropar, December 10
The arrest of some engineers in a case related to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scam, which took place in the Ropar Thermal Plant (RTP) from 1997 to 1999, is imminent, police sources said here today.

Amritsar shivers at 4°C
Chandigarh, December 10
A cold wave swept the north-west region for the second consecutive day today with icy north-westerlies blowing across the region, dipping the mercury by several degrees.


Hectic lobbying for municipal elections
Pathankot, December 10
Hectic lobbying has began in Congress circles here for the municipal elections. The morale of Congress leaders seems high following the party’s landslide victory in the recent panchayat elections.

MC poll: panels to select SAD candidates
Bathinda, December 10
The district unit of SAD held a meeting here yesterday to chalk out a programme for the municipal council elections here.


Petition of MLAs to come up on December 12
Chandigarh, December 10
Taking up a petition filed by Dr Rattan Singh and seven other MLAs seeking directions for the registration of a first information report against Punjab minister Lal Singh, member of Parliament Shamsher Singh Dullo, besides former minister Balmukand Sharma and Lakhmir Singh Randhawa, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the filing of a short affidavit.

IG gets 6 months to complete probe
Chandigarh, December 10
In just over 12 years after a Patiala resident was accused of being involved in a case regarding the disappearance of her daughter-in-law, Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Inspector General of Police (Crime) to finalise the investigation in the case as expeditiously as possible.

Spurt in crime: SAD MLAs voice concern
Hoshiarpur, December 10
Mr Balbir Singh Miani and Mr Des Raj Dhugga, SAD MLAs from Tanda and Garhdiwala segments of the district, respectively, jointly alleged here today that the law and order situation in Hoshiarpur was going from bad to worse.

Permission for jatha to Kabul sought
Ferozepore, December 10
The president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society has sought permission to take a jatha comprising 100 members to Afganistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other neighbouring countries via Wagha.

Ardas for jailed Sikh youths
Amritsar, December 10
To commemorate Human Rithts Day, the Khalra Commission today performed ardas at Akal Takht for the release of hundreds of Sikh youths languishing in jails for the past 18 years.

Kanwaljit meets jailed ex-ministers
Jalandhar, December 10
The General Secretary of the SAD and former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today ruled out any compromise with the SHSAD headed by former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra, terming him as an agent of the Congress.

Safai karamcharis dump dirt
Nangal (Ropar), December 10
Safai karamcharis of the Nangal Municipal Council dumped dirt in front of the residences of council President Ranjit Singh Saini and Sanitary Inspector Gurmail Singh this evening, despite the presence of the police.

Wall made to divide the dead
Phagwara, December 10
At Nangal Majha, 7 km from here, a fortnight-old dispute over the dead was today resolved with the construction of a wall at the cremation ground to divide the dead.

Action against NRI husband sought
Phillaur, December 10
An NRI woman, Mrs Monica Sharma, of Phillaur has urged the chairman of the Punjab NRI cell and Human Rights Commission, Punjab, to take action against her NRI husband and in-laws, who are residents of Phagwara, for torturing her physically and mentally.

Work on railway line starts
Pathankot, December 10
The construction work on the Mukerian-Pathankot railway line, started today after performing yajnas.

Rail link electrified
Phillaur, December 10
The electrification of the railway track between Ludhiana and Phillaur has been completed and it would be carried out between Phillaur and Phagwara within this month.

Soldier cremated
Muktsar, December 10
The mortal remains of Sepoy Sukhjinder Singh of 30 RR Battalion, who was killed while fighting militants at Jama village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on December 6, was today consigned to flames with military honours at his native village Aalamwala today. Sukhjinder Singh had joined the Army in 1998.

Missing boy returns home
Patiala, December 10
Mithilesh Gupta, a class VII student who had disappeard from the local Play Way High School after being caught stealing money from the bag of a teacher, was today brought home by a stall owner from Ludhiana.


Engineers’ body seeks clarification
Bathinda, December 10
Even as the PSEB management has tried to control the damage inflicted on its reputation by appointing Mr Padamjit Singh as Chief Engineer, Enforcement, after his removal from the post of Chief Engineer (Systems operation), PSEB engineers refuse to dump the issue.

BBMB daily-wage workers stage dharna
Ropar, December 10
Daily-wage workers of the BBMB today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Chief Engineer (Irrigation) at Nangal today and demanded regularisation of their service.

DC raps Nangal MC authorities
Ropar, December 10
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today reprimanded the Nangal Municipal Council authorities for trying to purchase laboratory tables for the Shivalik College of Pharmacy at exorbitant prices.


2.97 lakh theft at SDO’s office
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), December 10
A sum of Rs 2.97 lakh and cheques for more than Rs 4 lakh were stolen from the office of the SDO, Punjab State Electricity Board, last night.

700 kg of poppy husk seized
Mansa, December 10
The city police seized 20 bags of poppy husk, weighing 700 kg, from a truck here today. A police party led by an SHO intercepted the truck near the new grain market here during a nakabandi.


Plea to start course on Punjabi culture
Faridkot, December 10
The Punjabi Overseas Cultural Association, Canada, has urged the Punjab Government to introduce a special course in educational institutions of the state to promote Punjabi culture. This was stated by Mr Satwant Singh Boparai, vice-president of the association, while talking to this reporter here today.

‘Lok virsa academy’ suggested
Faridkot, December 10
A three-day zonal competition of folk dances, music, and painting organised by Punjab in collaboration with the Punjabi Overseas Cultural Association, Canada, to promote Punjabi culture at the national and international level, began at the local Government Brijindra College yesterday.

Students caught taking liquor in hostel
Amritsar, December 10
In a raid conducted by the Warden, Assistant Warden and other staff members of Guru Nanak Dev University, three hostlers were caught while they were consuming liquor in a hostel room late last evening.

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