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Vice-Chancellors discuss higher education
Chandigarh, December 14
The coordination committee of Vice-Chancellors of three Punjab universities discussed the academic and administrative problems and needs of higher education with the Minister of Education, Mr Khushal Behl, here on Friday.

Eight officials booked for scams
Gidderbaha (Muktsar), December 14
In a significant development, which could expose the politician-official nexus in corruption, a criminal case has been registered against at least eight high-ranking officials of the Irrigation and Drainage Department of Punjab under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act late last evening.

Judicial remand for Pherurai’s son-in-law
Kharar, December 14
A local court today remanded a Punjab Civil Services officer, Arvinder Pal Sandhu, who is the son-in-law of former SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai and presently posted as Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) at Mansa, in judicial custody till December 24.

Talwandi’s charges baseless: Badal
Patiala, December 14
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today accused former Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee Jagdev Singh Talwandi of making ‘baseless allegations’ to defame him and the party.

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Cong rift comes to fore
Dera Bassi, December 14
The simmering rivalry between three groups of the local Congressmen came out in the open after the government turned a deaf ear to the objections filed by various aspirants to the Secretary of the Department of Local Government of Punjab against the allegedly biased delimitation of wards of Dera Bassi Municipal Council by the Wards Delimitation Committee.

Gupta dares Hoon to dissolve unit
Phagwara, December 14
The infighting in the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Punjab, deepened further today when Mr Pawan Gupta claimed at a press conference here that he was the president of the sena’s state unit, that there was no ad hoc committee and that Gen P.N. Hoon (retd), sampark parmukh, had no locus standi to dissolve the state unit.

Sena threatens to gherao PM
Amritsar, December 14
The All-India Shiv Sena chief, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has threatened to gherao the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, if the Union Government did not permit Hindu pilgrims to pay obeisance at temples in Pakistan.


Water: Chandumajra against Centre’s interference
Patiala, December 14
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today said that the people of the state would not allow any interference in the water distribution system by the Central Government in the name of reforms.

Minister’s effigy burnt
Phagwara, December 14
Activists of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, supported by some other bodies, today took out a protest march from Gurdwara Akalian here, burnt an effigy of Punjab Social Welfare Minister Santokh Singh and presented a memorandum to the local authorities against the move to implement the 85th constitutional amendment.

Giani Kewal Singh case hearing on December 24
Bathinda, December 14
Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, failed to secure bail today as the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Surinder Mohan, adjourned the hearing to December 24 on the fact that it was yet to be seen that whether the statement of the complainant, Mr Amarjit Singh, had been recorded in the trial or not.

Disability pension claim allowed
Chandigarh, December 14
Allowing an ex-serviceman’s claim for disability pension over 20 years after his discharge due to epilepsy, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has awarded costs of Rs 10,000 to the petitioner and held that ‘the attitude of adamant denial despite clear enunciation of the legal position is not acceptable in a welfare state, specially while dealing with the legitimate claim of armed forces personnel’.

Probe killing of Sikhs: panel
Phagwara, December 14
A four-member fact-finding panel of SAD (A), headed by party’s general secretary Jaskaran Singh, today indicted the Jammu and Kashmir police and criticised the government on the issue pertaining to the killings of Sikhs in the valley.

17 couples tie nuptial knot
Faridkot, December 14
Seventeen couples, belonging to the weaker section of the society, from Moga, Muktsar, Ferozepore and Faridkot districts tied the nuptial knot at a simple but impressive ceremony organised by the local Gurmat Raagi Granthi Sabha, at the local Gurdwara Singh Sabha today.

PSEB way of saving energy
Bathinda, December 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities today observed Save Energy Day and held a state-level function in this connection at the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Colony. Interestingly, the function was held in an open ground in broad daylight with streetlights switched on.

Accused in forgery case acquitted
Mansa, December 14
Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate, acquitted Mr Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, former president of the District Congress Committee, and others in a case (FIR No 114) registered against them under Sections 419, 467, 471 and 120-B of the IPC at Sardulgarh police station on the complaint of Bhag Ram of Ahlupur village in the district on November 21, 1989.

Panchayat Secys hold protest
Hoshiarpur, December 14
Panchayat Secretaries led by Mr Rajinder Singh, Amrik Singh and Kuljit Singh, gheraoed Ms Santosh Chaudhary, MP, and her husband Ram Lubhaya, MLA, at Canal Rest House here today to show their resentment against the decision of the Punjab Government to sack 909 Panchayat Secretaries in the state.

Gian Singh KahlonEx-Punjab Chief Secretary dead
Chandigarh, December 14
Mr Gian Singh Kahlon, ICS, former Chief Secretary, Punjab, today died here after a prolonged illness. He was 88. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. The daughters are Ms Praneet Kaur, MP, wife of Capt Amarinder Singh, and Ms Geet Inder Kaur, married to Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP. His son Himat Singh is with UNO.

Councillors demand EO’s transfer
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 14
At least 22 out of 27 councillors of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Municipal Council have demanded immediate transfer of the Executive Officer of the council for allegedly promoting factionalism among them.

Probe into kidney scam sought
Phillaur, December 14
Former BJP MLA Prof Lakshmi Kanta Chawla has demanded a high-level CBI probe into kidney racket in Amritsar, Jalandhar and other places of the state. Talking to mediapersons here today, she said CBI officers from outside Punjab should be deputed to hold the enquiry.

Rally against drugs
Bathinda, December 14
Volunteers of Sankalp, an NGO dedicated to create awareness about drug abuse, took out a rally in various bazars of the city today. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, flagged off the rally and said a special de-addiction centre had been opened at the District and Civil Hospital and medicines were also being provided free of cost to the needy.

Three-month-premature infant survives
Bathinda, December 14
In a bizarre case, a baby born three months premature has won the battle for life. The baby boy remained in an incubator for about 20 days.


BKU (E) asks farmers not to pay power bills
Bathinda, December 14
Mr Manjit Singh, general secretary, BKU (E) Bathinda block, in a statement here today said the state government had imposed power bills on debt-ridden farmers under the pressure of the WTO.


More transfers ordered
Chandigarh, December 14
The following postings/transfers were ordered in Punjab today. Mr V.N. Ojha will also be Financial Commissioner (Appeals-II); Mr P. Ram, Principal Secretary, Welfare of SCs/BCs and in addition Presiding Officer, Sales Tax Tribunal-II, has been given the powers of Financial Commissioner for the purpose of deciding revenue cases.


Suicide by girl
Amritsar, December 14
A first year BDS student of the Sri Guru Ram Das Dental College and Research Institute, Amritbir Kaur (20), committed suicide by throwing herself in front of Chhattisgarh Express yesterday near the Vallah bypass railway crossing.

Man shoots at son, 4 others
Patiala, December 14
A man who had made a deal to sell off his land at Raisal village, near here, today allegedly shot at and severely injured his only son, stopping him from handing over the possession of the land to another party.

Drug racket unearthed
Sangrur, December 14
The district police has unearthed a racket of drug peddling near educational institutions in Malerkotla and discovered 7.65 lakh intoxicating tablets and capsules, besides 517 intoxicating injections.


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