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PSEB’s last chance to farmers
Patiala, December 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to launch a special scheme to give a last chance to tubewell owners in the state to regularise extra load, following which it has decided to crack down on defaulters.

Casino tourism to start in Punjab
Amusement parks planned for private sector
Patiala, December 12
The Punjab Government has decided in principle to offer casino and amusement park sites to private entrepreneurs besides introducing health tourism and farm tourism concepts to attract visitors to the state.

Rs 1,152-cr irrigation projects await Centre’s clearance
Chandigarh, December 12
At least nine major Punjab irrigation projects, involving a financial commitment of Rs 1152.10 crore, have been awaiting clearance from the Centre since 1997.

MPs espouse Punjab cause in Parliament
Chandigarh, December 12
Problems that beset Punjab and its demands now occasionally find an echo in Parliament ever since Capt Amarinder Singh briefed an all-party MPs’ meeting in New Delhi on November 26, on the issues pending with the Centre.




Vedanti: decision on Ashutosh in 10 days
Amritsar, December 12
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, today assured representatives of five Sikh organisations that a final decision on controversial godman Ashutosh Maharaj would be taken within 10 days.

Tohra trying to ‘benefit Cong’
Gurdaspur, December 12
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, said yesterday that Sikhs had never tolerated interference in their religious affairs and would humble Capt Amarinder Singh and his government in Punjab as soon as they got an opportunity. Without mentioning the next Lok Sabha and assembly elections, he said the Congress would be routed in the state.

Clerk not booked in cops’ salary scam
Jalandhar, December 12
Despite the instructions of the Punjab government for the registration of a criminal case of Rs 34 lakh in the policemen salary scam, the local municipal corporation authorities have failed to initiate criminal proceedings against the employee, putting a question mark over the functioning of the civic body.


Cabinet berth for Singla sought
Bathinda, December 12
A section of Congress workers today urged Mr Raninder Singh, son of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, to help the local MLA, Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the High-Powered Committee on Finance, in getting a Cabinet berth.

Cong kicks off poll campaign
Pathankot, December 12
The local Congress committee organised a rally here to kick off the party’s campaign for the municipal elections in Punjab.
Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, a former Union Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Punjab minister, Mr Romal Chand, MLA from the Narot Mehra constituency, Mr Shyam Behal, general secretary, PPCC, and Mr Rakesh Gupta Pammi, president of the local Congress unit, addressed the rally.


Police remand for BJP activists
Abohar, December 12
A former senior vice-president of the local Municipal Council, Mr Satish Narang, and two other BJP activists, Mr Ramsaran Gumber and Mr Ved Parkash, have been arrested in connection with a case registered against six BJP men for an alleged attempt on the life of Congress worker Dev Raj Ahuja, alias Nanha, during the verification of revised electoral rolls here.

Bathinda to get corporation status
Bathinda, December 12
Once described as a “backward city” and the ‘dust bown of Punjab’ Bathinda city is likely to get the status of a municipal corporation, the fifth in Punjab, in a few days. Information collected from reliable sources revealed that almost all formalities needed to grant the corporation status to the present municipal council had been completed. 

Undertrial moves court to shift case
Mansa, December 12
Mr Naginder Singh Harika (60), Managing Director of Khalsa Rural Dental College for Women at Nangal Kalan in the district, who is in judicial custody since May 1, 2001, has moved an application in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Bathinda, for the transfer of his case from the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa, to any court at Bathinda.

Govt told to file fresh affidavit
Chandigarh, December 12
Expressing dissatisfaction with an affidavit submitted by the state of Punjab, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted it additional time for filing another affidavit giving details of politicians, bureaucrats and senior government officers, besides other “such persons” involved in different cases, against whom first information reports were made.

SAD govt ignored Abohar: Jakhar
Abohar, December 12
Former Punjab Minister for Irrigation and Cooperation Sajjan Kumar Jakhar has said that the SAD-BJP regime in the state had tried to halt all development work in this subdivision.

Move to set up heritage village
Faridkot, December 12
A three-day zonal open competition of folk-songs art and craft, painting and music, organised by the Punjab government in collaboration with the Punjabi Overseas cultural Association, Canada, concluded here last evening. More than 500 competitors took part in the event.

Lifetime Achievement Award for scientist
SAS Nagar, December 12
Dr Kirpal S. Sidhu, a toxicologist and environmental health risk assessment expert from Michigan, USA, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Toxicology, India.

Dark comedy touches hearts
Patiala, December 12
The play ‘Nau Baraan Das’ staged at Punjabi University on Tuesday, was attempt by students of Department of Theatre and Television to bring forth the theatrical idiom through improvisations in the Sahitya Akademi Award winner Waryam Sandhu’s famous story by the same name.

Gurcharan and Harpreet in ‘‘Naun Baran Dus’’ based on Waryam Sandhu’s story and directed by Navnindra Behl.

Gurcharan and Harpreet in ‘‘Naun Baran Dus’’ based on Waryam Sandhu’s story and directed by Navnindra Behl

Victim’s mother alleges police ‘inaction’
Jalandhar, December 12
A sevadar posted at the District Public Relations Office here, Simbo Devi, today alleged that the police was shielding the accused who had allegedly poisoned her daughter to death about a month ago.


Naib Tehsildar suspended
Mansa, December 12
Mr Bhagat Singh, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Punjab has placed Ms Baljinderpal Kaur Brar, Naib Tehsildar of Bhikhi in the district under suspension with immediate effect.


Another held for SAD leader’s murder
Tarn Taran, December 12
The district police has nabbed another accused in the murder of SAD leader, Mr Gurdial Singh and five others on May 19, 2002, at Bhikhiwind. The accused has been identified as Dewinder Singh, alias Ballo.

Groom’s uncle surrenders in murder case
Amritsar, December 12
Kirpal Singh, the main suspect in the murder of photographer Rupinder Singh on December 9, surrendered to the police here today. Confirming this Dr S.K. Kalia, SP, (Headquarters) said he surrendered in the afternoon today.

Jail inmate dies in hospital
Jalandhar, December 12
Pritam Masih (60), an inmate of the local Central Jail, died at the Civil Hospital here this morning. According to the jail authorities, Masih, who was booked under Sections 308, 325 and 324, IPC, by the police and remanded into judicial custody on November 12, was a diabetic.


Satinder Singh new Pro-VC of GND varsity
Amritsar, December 12
Dr Satinder Singh, a Punjabi scholar and former Professor of School of Punjabi Studies and Namdhari Guru Ram Singh Chair, today took over as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University here.

Education board poll: 47 file papers
SAS Nagar, December 12
Nomination papers of candidates standing for elections to the Punjab School Education Board Non Teaching Employees Association were filed by as many as 47 board employees here today.

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