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Border dists: Punjab seeks special assistance
Chandigarh, December 15
For the socio-economic development of the three sensitive border districts, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Ferozepur, Punjab has sought special assistance from the Centre. It has also suggested revision of the Gadgil formula, which determines the grant of central assistance to states for their Annual Plans.

‘Most rights violation complaints against cops’
Phagwara, December 15
Mr N. K. Arora, Acting Chairperson, Punjab State Human Rights Commission, today told newsmen at the nearby Palahi village that the commission received over 8,000 complaints of human rights violations every yea. Nearly 80 per cent of these complaints were against the police.

Home Guards await salaries, look for petty jobs
Bathinda, December 15
Mrs Manpreet Kaur (name changed) fears losing her earrings which were gifted to her by her mother when she got married about five years ago to Mr Jagmeet Singh (name changed), a jawan of the Punjab Home Guards.

A Home Guards jawan pulls a rickshaw near Bathinda railway station on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera




SHSAD’s stir plan
Hoshiarpur, December 15
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to launch an agitation seeking merger of Chandigarh and Punjabi-speaking areas, left out the state at the time of reorganisation in 1966, in Punjab, solution to river waters and other disputes relating to the state and to oppose proposal of Central Government to withdraw minimum support prices of farm produce.

No hand in booking of BJP councillor: MLA
Abohar, December 15
Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, has strongly denied any hand in the registration of a case against the a BJP councillor, Mr Satish Narang, and other party activists under Sections 307, 323, 324, 148, 149, IPC.

Cong to bring new faces in MC poll
Ropar, December 15
Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, and MLA from Anandpur Sahib, said the Congress would allot party ticket for the Ropar Municipal Council elections to new faces and persons with clean image.

Cong to contest MC poll
Faridkot, December 15
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee plans to contest elections in all municipal councils in the state.

Council poll: Cong to go it alone
Phagwara, December 15
The PPCC General Secretary, Mr Dharampal Sabharwal, has said the Congress will contest the January 23 council poll on its own.

‘SKP working at behest of govt’
Amritsar, December 15
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat (SKP) was working at the behest of government agencies.

BJP workers hold dharna
Jalandhar, December 15
Hundreds of agitated members of the district unit of the BJP today sat on dharna outside police station no 8 for about two hours against the failure of the authorities to arrest the three who had allegedly attacked a senior BJP activist on November 27.


Goodbye to TB
Faridkot, December 15
The Central Government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation has formulated a comprehensive scheme, “Revised National TB Control Programme” to eradicate TB in Punjab. Faridkot, Ferozepore, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Mansa, Moga and Muktsar districts have been selected for the purpose.

Low-cost surgery turns lass into lad
Patiala, December 15
Life has changed dramatically for Paramjeet Kaur, a 17-year-old village girl, after she underwent a sex change operation at the local Government Rajindra Hospital, which has enabled her to become Paramjeet Singh, now proudly wearing a turban and donning a male attire.

Pure water for villages soon: FM
Ropar, December 15
A new era of development has begun in the state with improvement in the financial health of the state’s economy by the Congress government during the past nine months. This was stated by Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister, while addressing a public function after laying the foundation stone of city centre market at Morinda, 21 km from here, today.

Canada honours Sikh scholar
Phagwara, December 15
Dr Raghbir Singh Bains, a Sikh scholar and author of world’s first encyclopaedia of Sikhism on CD-ROM, was honoured yesterday with Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in Surrey, BC Canada. Dr Bains is in India for three-day World Peace Conference starting at Jalandhar on December 19.

Red Cross under pressure to recruit pharmacists
Ferozepore, December 15
The opening of a medicines store in the Civil Hospital premises here took a new turn with the Ferozepore Chemists Association demanding that the shop be not opened due to political pressure for the appointment of a particular person as a pharmacist.

Couple, kin die as car falls into canal
Jalandhar, December 15
Three members of a family, including a woman, were killed, when the car they were travelling by fell into a canal at Kalra village near here late last night.

1 dead as tractor rams into train
Malerkotla, December 15
One person was killed and a child injured seriously when the tractor they were travelling by rammed into a train going to Ludhiana at a crossing near Matoi village 4 km from here today.

Medical camp for cops
Bathinda, December 15
Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, said here yesterday that nearly 350 patients were examined at a medical check-up camp held by Fortis Heart Institute at the local Police Lines. He said the camp was held for the welfare of the police personnel and their families as the police personnel did not get much time to look after their health due to their hectic and tense professional life.

Police officers get friendly  with youth
Patara (Jalandhar),  December 15
Sports kits were distributed among 300 youths by senior police officers at a police-public meeting held here yesterday. The youths belonged to 30 sports clubs and were brought on a platform by the police authorities to involve them in the crusade against crime and drug peddling.


Seek more farm subsidies: Johl
Jalandhar, December 15
Opposing the demand raised by various political and social organisations asking India to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation, terming its provisions as anti-developing countries, the Vice-chairman of State Planning Commission and renowned economist Dr S.S. Johl, yesterday asserted the need to convert challenges emerging out of GATT into business opportunities.

Training centre to be set up at Dulwan
Kharar, December 15
The Punjab Government has decided to set up a common training centre with an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore at Dulwan village of Kharar tehsil in order to encourage animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries.


Health services reviewed on HC order
Amritsar, December 15
A four member team led by Director, Health Services Union Territory, Chandigarh, Dr C.P. Bansal, yesterday visited emergency wards run by the state Health Department and at the local medical college. The team was constituted under the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court to review health services in the states of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh and to present a report with its recommendations for improving the services.


Ex-serviceman murdered
Jalandhar, December 15
In a brutal incident an ex-serviceman was murdered over a land dispute and the body thrown into the Sutlej. Two persons have been arrested in this connection and the body has been recovered.

Farm dispute: four booked
Mansa, December 15
The city police has registered a case under Sections 427, 447, 506, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code against Mohinder Singh, Amrik Singh, Malkiat Singh and Ashoki, all residents of Mansa and Amritpaul Singh resident of Khiala Kalan village in the district on a complaint filed by Surinder Singh, a local resident.


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