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SAD ‘not to allow’ SYL work
Ropar, December 17
Following the issuance of notices by the Supreme Court to Punjab and the Union Government with regard to the completion of the SYL canal by January 14 next year, the Shiromani Akali Dal today challenged both the governments that it would not allow the construction of the canal even if the government used police force for the purpose.

Samjhauta suspension: India incurs 100 cr loss
Attari, December 17
Attari railway station which used to hum with activity during the plying of Samjhauta Express has been wearing a deserted look since January 1 when rail and road links were snapped between the two countries after the December 13 attack on the Parliament House by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.

Goods trains stranded at Attari railway station since snapping of the rail link between India and Pakistan after  the December 13 attack on Indian Parliament.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Panchayat officer, ZP secy suspended
Gurdaspur, December 17
The Punjab Government has placed Bhagwant Singh, District Development and Panchayat Officer, and Daljit Singh, secretary, Zila Parishad, under suspension for acts of omission and commission in the rent reduction scam in Zila Parishad here and Panchayat Samiti, Pathankot.

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Probe into bogus votes starts
Congress, SAD workers clash
Bhucho Mandi, December 17
Congress and SAD workers clash today when teams headed by gazetted officials of the Punjab government were holding verification of fake votes in ward numbers 3 and 4 for the coming municipal council elections.

Religious authorities at the Golden Temple in Amritsar have called in American engineers to purify water in the lakes around the temple.
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Panel to meet sacked panchayat secys
Chandigarh, December 17
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today constituted a committee under Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to assuage the feelings of 909 sacked panchayat secretaries.

Panchayat secys allege mala fide intention
Chandigarh, December 17
In a bunch of petitions filed before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, panchayat secretaries sought to be terminated by the Punjab Government today claimed that action was being initiated against them in a mala fide manner due to political vendetta.

Explosive goes off in junk shop, two killed
Patiala, December 17
Two persons were killed and two others seriously injured when an explosive went off at a junk dealer's shop in New Badungar Basti here this evening.
Bunty died on the spot, while another person, Jagannath, who was his paternal uncle, died while being taken to the local Government Rajindra Hospital.

One of the two persons injured in an explosion at Badungar in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

One of the two persons injured in an explosion at Badungar in Patiala

2 students die in jeep-bus collision
Mansa, December 17
Two students of Bhai Gurdas Academy in Makha village died, while 12 students were injured, one of them seriously, in a head-on collision between a private transport bus and a school jeep carrying students today. Fog was stated to be the reason for the mishap.

4 youths held on rape charge
Jalandhar, December 17
Four youths, including an NRI, were arrested by the district police after a prostitute, approached the police authorities with a complaint that though she was “hired” by the four youths for a night and the deal was struck for Rs 2000 she was not given any money by them.

Nurses paper leak case: two surrender
Kharar, December 17
The Punjab Nurses Registration Council Examination Superintendent, Gurpal Singh Kang, and Junior Assistant, Charanjit Singh, today surrendered before a court here, a month since the registration of a corruption, cheating, framing an incorrect document and criminal conspiracy case against them by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at Mohali on November 15, in connection with the alleged question paper leak case of the council.


Come clean, Badal tells Amarinder
Chandigarh, December 17
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to come clean on reports in a section of the Press that three of his ministers indulged in “immoral pursuits” during their poll campaign in Gujarat. The Chief Minister’s own name had also figured in these reports.

Tikka Shatrujit to join politics
Kapurthala, December 17
Tikka Raja Shatrujit Singh of the Kapurthala royal family has announced that he will join politics. Tikka Shatrujit Singh, a scion of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a great Sikh general and founder of erstwhile Kapurthala princely state today visited Kapurthala town to participate in a function organised by the P and T and Accounts and other Central government pensioners association.


Villagers hold PSEB team hostage
Bathinda, December 17
A team of the PSEB that had gone to check power theft in Chack Fateh Singh Wala village, former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s in-laws home village, was allegedly held hostage by some residents after some cases of power theft were registered there.

11 cr drinking water plan for Fazilka
Fazilka, December 17
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, MLA here today said sewage treatment plant at a cost of 1.83 crore would be set up soon in the town. Dr Rinwa said the funds for the treatment plant would be provided by the board and the treated water would be sold to farmers for irrigation purposes.

Honoured SHO in Vigilance net
Patiala, December 17
The Punjab Vigilance Department today registered a case against Sadar Station House Officer Shamsher Singh Guddu for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. He had been honoured for his exemplary services by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Independence Day.

Inmates’ beating: probe starts
Hoshiarpur, December 17
On the directions of Mr Som Parkash, Director Social Security, Punjab, Mr Paramjit Singh, Addl Deputy Commissioner, here has started an investigation into the alleged beating up of two inmates of Juvenile Home Ram Colony camp by its Superintendent.

Resolve Sehajdhari issue, says Darshan Singh
Amritsar, December 17
Prof Darshan Singh, a former Jathedar in a hard-hitting letter to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, today expressed his serious concern over certain vital panthic issues, including the Sehajdharis and the Nanakshahi calendar which have been pending for a long time.

‘Jora ghar’ stone laid by Talwandi smashed
Amritsar, December 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee authorities have razed the foundation stone laid by former SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi of a “Jora ghar” (shoe deposit house) on the Golden Temple premises.

Drugs corroding Sikh society, says Vedanti
Phagwara, December 17
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has said drugs and intoxicants are corroding Sikh society and called upon youths to keep themselves away from the menace. He opposed female foeticide.

Ashes of CM’s father-in-law immersed
Kiratpur Sahib, December 17
The ashes of Mr Gian Singh Kahlon, former Chief Secretary, Punjab and the father-in-law of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were today immersed in the holy waters at gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib here by his son, Mr Himmat Singh, along with some close relatives.

Ex-minister not to be held sans notice
Hoshiarpur, December 17
Mr C.D. Gupta Additional Sessions Judge, today instructed the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, not to arrest Bibi Mohinder Kaur Josh, former State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, if it registered any case against her.

Admn gears up to tackle polio
Bathinda, December 17
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said here today that there had been a decline in number of polio cases during the past few years, but there had been a sudden increase in their number during 2002. As many as 1,046 cases, the highest number, were reported from Uttar Pradesh.

Flyash poses health threat
Bathinda, December 17
While there are reports that the city will get the status of a municipal corporation soon, dusty roads and the ash being emitted by the four chimneys of the thermal plant here have been leading to an increase in pollution of air.

Breach in Lambi distributary
Bathinda, December 17
Wheat and other crops in about 30 acres of land were submerged after a 60-feet wide breach took place in the Lambi distributary of the Bathinda branch of Sirhind canal near Rai ke village today. The Irrigation Department authorities claimed that the breach had occurred due to the presence of a large number of rats in the area.

Jor mela from Dec 25
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
The three-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela to commemorate the martyrdom of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh, who were buried alive here during the Mughal period, would be held from December 25.

‘Bridge’ Army, media gap
Amritsar, December 17
Mediapersons must be provided orientation to cover military activities, particularly war. This was stated during a seminar on “Synergizing media and military roles in generating public awareness” organised here today by the Western Command. The inaugural address was presented by Lieut-Gen K. Nagraj.

Inter-state police meeting today
Ferozepore, December 17
The police will organise an inter-state coordination meeting tomorrow at Abohar in which top police officials from Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh will participate.


1 more held in house ransacking case
Bathinda, December 17
The district police has arrested Mangat Ram, a resident of Patran, near Patiala in a case related to the ransacking of the house of a former Punjab Minister, Mr Kasturi Lal, on December 10.

11 arrested for selling panchayat land
Gurdaspur, December 17
The police today arrested 11 residents of Khayala village, under the Narot Jaimal Singh police station, for allegedly selling a piece of village panchayat land in connivance with revenue officials.

PSEB officer held for taking bribe
Hoshiarpur, December 17
Mr Man Mohan Singh Walia, Additional Superintending Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board was caught red handed by the local Vigilance Bureau while accepting Rs 2,500 from Hargian Singh, son of Hukam Singh of Dhanthore in his office today evening.


Global conference on education from Dec 19
Jalandhar, December 17
As a part of its platinum jubilee celebrations, local Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya will be holding a three-day global educational conference on “Culture of peace and non-violence” from December 19 to 21.

Panel proposals ‘anti-worker’
Amritsar, December 17
The general consensus of the panel discussion on the recommendations of the Second Labour Commission held on the concluding day of the annual conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics organised by the Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak University, revolved around the ‘anti-worker’ recommendations of the commission.

Non-teaching staff allege assault
Nawanshahr, December 17
The ongoing strike by teachers of the local R.K. Arya College, in protest against the non-payment of their salaries for the past four months, took a new turn after the college unit of Private College Non-Teaching Employees Union accused the agitating teachers of manhandling and abusing the Principal, Mr S.K. Sharma and non-teaching employees Gurdas Ram and Ravinder Kumar.


PSIEC asked to shift industries outside cities
Patiala, December 17
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation to shift industries out of the congested areas in Amritsar, Batala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh by allotting them vacant industrial plots outside the cities.

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