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Railways stops carrying coal to PSEB plants
Patiala, December 16
The Railways has stopped the placement of wagons at the disposal of Coal India Limited for carrying coal to the Punjab State Electricity Board’s thermal plants on the plea that the board had not followed the promised payment schedule and a controversy over the payment due to the Railways.

Sarpanches brief CM on problems, needs
Chandigarh, December 16
Capt Amarinder Singh today got a direct feed-back from sarpanches on the problems they encountered and the performance of his 10-month-old government. These sarpanches were assured by the Chief Minister that their problems would be mitigated.

Hanspal to probe ministers’ ‘shady’ activities
Bathinda, December 16
Even as PPCC President H.S. Hanspal said yesterday that he would enquire into the alleged shady activities committed by a section of ministers during the Gujarat Assembly elections as reported in a vernacular daily being published from Chandigarh on December 13, a section of the workers opined that the party image had suffered badly due to it.

Punjab Lokpal D.V. Sehgal dies
Chandigarh, December 16
Punjab Lokpal and former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge D.V. Sehgal (69) died here last night following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.




Vijay Divas celebrated
War veterans unhappy lot
Mr Kehar Singh, a retired jawan, being helped by Army personnel to reach the venue for a function
Bathinda, December 16
Mr Kehar Singh, a former jawan who fought during the Burma war in 1947, is a sad man today. Two of his four sons have died and he receives no pension. One of his sons works as an electrician and the family is facing economic hardships. A resident of Bibiwala village, Kehar Singh, said they were not respected in the government offices.
Mr Kehar Singh, a retired jawan, being helped by Army personnel to reach the venue for a function organised to celebrate Vijay Divas at Bathinda cantonment, on Monday. 
— photo Kulbir Beera


Bride seeks action against in-laws
Bathinda, December 16
Amandeep Kaur, a local girl who was married to Harjinder Singh of Amritsar, on September 16, 2002, has been allegedly thrown out from her in-laws’ house as she could not arrange for a motor cycle. Her husband and parents-in-law have been arrested in the case registered in this connection.

Boycott marks council chief’s takeover
Phagwara, December 16
While the Opposition put up a show of unity by staying away from the takeover ceremony of Mr Malkiat Singh Raghbotra who assumed the charge of president of the local Nagar Council today, factionalism continued to plague the ruling party as the anti-Mann faction also boycotted the function even though a large number of citizens attended it in Town Hall.

Salary scam: MC employee faces action
Jalandhar, December 16

Jalandhar Municipal Corporation has decided to initiate legal proceedings against its employee who allegedly committed a fraud of Rs 34 lakh in the corporation in the last two and-a-half years.

One gets police remand in Langah case
Kharar, December 16
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate today remanded Sudarshan Kaura in police custody till December 18 in connection with a case involving Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD Minister, Punjab.

Absenteeism among doctors regretted
Gurdaspur, December 16
An air-conditioned intensive care unit was inaugurated at Civil Hospital here yesterday. It is the first civil hospital in the state to have an air-conditioned ICU. Mr Ashwani Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP, contributed Rs 5 lakh from his MP lad fund.

PRTC workers organise rally
Patiala, December 16
On a call given by the Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation workers union, employees of the PRTC organised a rally to protest against the alleged transfers of several of the corporation employees and the cut in over-time remuneration. 

Pay scales
Chandigarh, December 16
Taking up a petition filed by retired teachers seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents to give them the benefit of higher pay scale from the date of passing FA examinations, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the “petitioners’ claim for the grant of higher pay scale shall be considered and decided by Punjab’s Education Secretary within four months of receiving the order’s copy

  • Bail plea

  • Dismissed

Four shops in RTP market got vacated
Ropar, December 16
The Ropar Thermal Plant authorities today got vacated four booths (shops), located in the RTP market in Nuhon Colony, about 10 km from here, from their tenants.

Protest against ‘police inaction’
Hoshiarpur, December 16
The residents of Alera and its surrounding villages in Dasuya subdivision staged a massive dharna in front of the police station, Talwara, about 80 km from here, yesterday in protest against the failure of the police to arrest those accused for raping a minor on the Amroh-Dharampur road on November 6.

For them, winter is no time to rejoice
Patiala, December 16
For them even heavenly bodies do not shed a tear. Deserted and left to their fate, winter for them is not a season for rejoice, as it may be for the affluent, but a time when the sun, deep in in its hibernation leaves their skin prone to the mercy of harsh chill and hardly anyone cares to offer any help.


Lakhowal asks farmers to repay loans
Jalandhar, December 16
In a U-turn, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) today issued an appeal to the farmers of the state to repay their loans. The union also asked the farmers not to sell their landholdings for the repayment.


MC Executive Officer suspended
Bathinda, December 16
The Director, Local Bodies, Punjab, Mr B.R. Banga, has placed the Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Maur Mandi, Mr Bhupinder Singh, under suspension.

MC gets Rs 95 lakh aid
Bathinda, December 16
The state government has given a special grant of Rs 95 lakh to the local Municipal Council for the maintenance for water supply, sewerage and solid waste management.

New voters’ listing till Dec 18


Life term for 5 in murder case
Hoshiarpur, December 16
Mr Surjit Singh, Additional District Judge of a local fast track court, sentenced five persons to life imprisonment in a murder case today. He acquitted four other accused persons and ordered to refer the case of a teenaged accused to juvenile court.

3 booked for gangrape
Jalandhar, December 16
The police has registered a case against three persons for allegedly raping a girl on the outskirts of Divali village near here late last night.

Minor scuffle ends in murder
Amritsar, December 16
Tension prevails in the Dhab Khatika area following the murder of Jatinder Singh (24) of the area after a clash among some boys over a minor dispute here late last evening.

2 held for killing ex-serviceman
Jalandhar, December 16
An ex-serviceman has been allegedly murdered over a land dispute and his body thrown into the Sutlej by the accused to remove evidence. The police yesterday arrested two persons in this connection and took out the body of the victim from the river.

130 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, December 16
Two persons have been arrested for being in possession of nearby 130 kg of poppy husk. The SSP in a press note issued here today, said Bobby Singh, a resident of Rampura, had been arrested for possessing 15 kg of poppy husk.


Morcha supports students’ stir
Bathinda, December 16
The district unit of the Punjab Lok Morcha has supported the agitation of students demanding the continuation of the facility of concession in bus passes. Mr Jagmail Singh, district secretary of the morcha, said in a press note issued here today that the police authorities had been harassing students to end their agitation for the facility that the students had been enjoying since 1974.


Large-scale evasion of ST detected
Bathinda, December 16
Evasion of Sales Tax on goods coming into Punjab from Delhi and other parts of the country by trains and inter-state deluxe and tourist buses has come to light. The state has been losing lakhs daily due to this and the authorities concerned have started hiring informers to check this activity.

Shopkeepers play cat and mouse with MC
Tandoors outside a takeaway joint at the railway crossing
Patiala, December 16
Even though the Municipal Corporation has started a drive since nearly two weeks against temporary encroachments, including ‘rehris’ and shopkeepers putting counters outside their shops, the drive seems to have fallen flat on its face with the ‘rehri’ owners and shopkeepers playing a cat and mouse game with the corporation.
Tandoors outside a takeaway joint at the railway crossing number-22 market at Patiala on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph


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