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SAD-BJP, Cong to contest MC poll on party symbols
Chandigarh, December 18
The SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress today announced to contest the January 23 municipal elections on their respective party symbols. While the Congress has decided to test its popularity on its own and not to go in for any electoral tieup, the SAD-BJP alliance has decided to keep this option open.

Capt has ‘compromised’ Punjab’s interests
Chandigarh, December 18
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of seriously compromising the interests of state farmers by going soft on the SYL issue with a view to helping the Congress-ruled state of Rajasthan.

Ministers are clean: Capt
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh (retd), today gave a clean chit to Congress ministers/MLAs, who were reportedly involved in “objectioable” activities while on campaign duty in Gujarat.

IT Commissioner’s house raided
Chandigarh, December 18
The CBI today conducted raids on the residences of the Income Tax Commissioner, Ludhiana, and some police officials.

Another probe into bogus votes ordered
Jalalabad (Ferozepore), December 18
Mr C.L. Bains, State Election Commissioner, Punjab, today deputed another IAS officer, Mr Roshan Sunkaria, Director, Technical Education, Punjab to probe bogus votes in the revised electoral rolls of this town for the Municipal Council elections.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Lawyers, cops to fight for deserted women
Chandigarh, December 18
The fight against exploitation of young married women by their NRI grooms has started gaining momentum following an overwhelming response from both policemen and lawyers throughout Punjab, says Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, ex-MP and President of the Lok Bhalai Party.

Panthic rows dominated 2002
Amritsar, December 18
The Sikh clergy could not solve most of the vital Panthic issues, including he Nanakshahi calendar, the Dasam Granth and many other controversial issues during this year. Instead, jathedars embroiled themselves in a number of controversies, including the infamous bribery case, which lowered their image in the eyes of the Sikh masses.

Child abducted by Bibi’s kin rescued


CRPF jawans at Bathinda Railway Station
CRPF jawans at Bathinda Railway Station while going back to their respective destination after performing their duties in Gujarat Assembly elections. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Border district cops to work jointly
Abohar, December 18
Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana have decided to curb criminal activities collectively by improving the delivery system of law and justice. A decision regarding this was taken by the high-level inter-state police coordination committee meeting held here today.

Vigilance nabs CIA Inspector
Patiala, December 18
The Punjab Vigilance Department today arrested Inspector Didar Singh, in charge, CIA, Patiala, on the charges of keeping a person in illegal detention and demanding a bribe to set him free.

Akali councillor booked for misusing funds
Bathinda, December 18
The police has registered a case against Mr Tarlochan Singh, an Akali Municipal Councillor, in connection with misusing sangat darshan funds.

Baba produced in court amid protest
Hoshiarpur, December 18
More than 300 activists of the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat (SKP) from all over Punjab staged a demonstration and shouted slogans against Baba Dhanvant Singh, head of Vishav Ruhani Charitable Sanstha and accused in a rape case, when he was brought by the police at the Sessions Court here today.

Lawyers go on strike
Batala, December 18
Lawyers of the Batala Bar Association, under the leadership of Mr Raghubir Singh Randhawa, went on a strike on Wednesday in protest against the verdict of the Supreme Court banning strikes by advocates.

Freedom fighter seeks pension
Chandigarh, December 18
He struggled for the country’s freedom, murdered a Britisher in 1943, was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 20 years on March 23, 1947, before being released from Central Jail in October, 1950. Today, Ferozepore resident Jagan Nath, reportedly forced to ply a rickshaw because of his financial condition, is fighting a different battle for freedom fighter’s pension.

War widow’s 37-yr wait for land
Kapurthala, December 18
Giving relief to a war widow, Amarjit Kaur, the Deputy Commissioner of Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh Verma, has cancelled the allotment of 80 kanals of land to Gurcharan Singh Cheema, purporting to act as attorney of Amarjit Kaur, and directed that the land be resumed and allotted to Amarjit Kaur afresh.

Farmers stage a dharnaDharna by farmers outside PSEB office
Patiala, December 18
On a call given by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), a large number of farmers organised a dharna outside the Punjab State Electricity Board’s (PSEB) head office here in protest against the state government’s decision to issue bills on electric motors installed by farmers.

Farmers stage a dharna outside the PSEB's head office at Patiala on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Illegal constructions in Mud Fort area
Abohar, December 18
The Archaeological Survey Department has served notices to the local municipal council for allowing the construction of houses in the Mud Fort area in violation of the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 (part 24 of the Act).

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan from Dec 27
Jalandhar, December 18
The 127th Shree Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan — festival of Hindustani classical music will be organised at Shri Devi Talab Mandir here from December 27 to 29. The sammelan was started by Baba Harballabh-saint musician and master of Dhrupad style of Hindustani classical music-here in the memory of his Guru Baba Tulja Giri.

Langah case: one remanded
Kharar, December 18
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Sudarshan Kaura in judicial custody till December 24.

Judicial posting
Chandigarh, December 18
Khanna’s Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Gurmail Singh has been posted to Fatehgarh Sahib as the Chief Judicial Magistrate by the Chief Justice and the Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Security for bridges, rail lines
Bathinda, December 18
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, in orders issued under the Punjab Village and Small Town Control Act here yesterday said special arrangements for the security of the railway lines, rivulets, water bodies, bridges, pipelines of the Indian Oil Corporation should be made.


Repair roads soon, DC tells officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 18
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, today directed the officials of the Health Department to ensure that eye operations were performed only in operation theatres where all facilities were available for this purpose.

IG Gupta shifted


Rape accused booked for fraud also
Bathinda, December 18
Another case has been registered against Dilbhajan Singh, already involved in a rape case allegedly for defrauding a Delhi-based bank of more than Rs 1 crore on the basis of fake sale deed of a piece of land in this town.

Property Act violators booked
Gurdaspur, December 18
The police has booked 10 persons under Section 36 of the Punjab Apartments and Property Regulation Act.

Gujjar woman murdered
Amritsar, December 18
A Gujjar woman, Hanima, resident of the Sultanwind area, was allegedly killed by relatives of the second wife of her husband, Harim, last night.

Parents booked


College exam postponed
Nawanshahr, December 18
After the clash on the campus of the local R.K. Arya College between teaching and non-teaching employees yesterday, the ongoing house examination has been postponed. The non-teaching employees, too, have gone on an indefinite strike.

Schools told to enforce order from Dec 1
Bathinda, December 18
The District Education Officer (Secondary) here in an order on December 12, 2002 to the heads of schools in the district has warned them against negligence in the implementation of the order of the Director, Department of Education (Secondary), Punjab, of November 22, 2001 to be effective from December 1, 2002.

Punjab ‘lacks concern’ for higher education
Jalandhar, December 18
The Haryana government has been asking state’s educational institutions of higher learning to improve quality of education by getting accreditation with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), but Punjab has not taken any initiative to motivate the colleges for meeting the global challenges in the field of education.

Teacher ‘molests’ schoolgirl
Fazilka, December 18
A teacher of Government Senior Secondary School of Jandwala Bhimeshah village of this subdivision has allegedly molested teenaged girl of plus one. Tension prevails in the village following the incident.

‘Restore 95 pc grant to colleges’
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh unit of Non-government Colleges Managements Federation has urged the Punjab Government to restore the 95 per cent grant-in-scheme in its original form by releasing the withheld grants for the past two years.Top

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