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Director, Health, ‘threatens’ hotelier
Amritsar, December 20
The local hoteliers are up in arms against the alleged threat given to the owner of a four-star prestigious hotel of the city by the Director, Health Services, Punjab, Dr D. P. S. Sandhu. The Director allegedly threatened to seal the hotel because he reportedly said that he was not “treated properly” during his brief stay there this week.

Farmers’ protest over free power withdrawal
Patiala, December 20
Farmers in large numbers today descended on the city to protest against the withdrawal of the free power facility and demonstrated in front of the head office of the Punjab State Electricity Board disrupting traffic on The Mall and causing traffic jams in other parts of the city.

Param Bakshish is new Registrar
Patiala, December 20
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai removed Dr Karamjit Singh Sidhu as Registrar and appointed Dr Param Bakshish Singh in his place hours after a delegation of teachers owing allegiance to the United Teachers Front sought Dr Sidhu’s ouster.

Pirated porno CDs seized in raid
Amritsar, December 20
The district police, Majitha, in a large haul has seized over 12,000 pirated and pornographic CDs during a raid conducted late last evening. Claiming it as the largest seizure in recent times, Ms Shashi Prabha Dwivedi, district police chief, while addressing a press conference here today said that Dushiant Kumar of Beas, along with his two brothers had been running a video lab there.

4 youths loot garment showroom
Bathinda, December 20
A garment showroom, situated on the busy Mall Road here, was looted by four youths after attacking the owner and its employees late last evening. According to information gathered by TNS the four youths entered the showroom and started talking to employees. After some time they started attacking people who were inside the shop.




SBP ‘modernising’ heritage building with tiles, aluminium
Patiala, December 20
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh may want to make Patiala a heritage destination, but the State Bank of Patiala, headquarters of which are located in one of the land marks given to it by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, is clearly not in sync with the plans of the state government. The bank is going in for an extensive renovation exercise, including pasting tiles on the building’s exterior, which will completely change the facade of the historic building.


MLA objects to bridge opening
Chandigarh, December 20
Capt Balbir Singh Bath (retd), MLA from Sri Hargobindpur, has objected to the inauguration of a bridge over the Dhirowal drain by Punjab PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa as a blatant violation of the model code of conduct as the municipal elections have already been announced in the state.


Ayurveda herbal garden a non-starter
Patiala, December 20
Even though diversification may be the buzz word and the growth of herbs way up on the government’s agenda, a 42-bigha herbal garden of the Ayurveda Department has been leased out for wheat-paddy cultivation due to lack of initiative on the part of the Punjab Government to form a plantation board which was to receive Rs 1 crore from the Centre to develop the garden.

Children taking to gun: expert
Jalandhar, December 20
More than 3 lakh children have been fighting for rebel armies with child recruits as young as 12-year-old. Nearly 30 per cent of child recruits are girls. These child recruits are called “Little Bells” or “Little Bees”. Children from wealthy and educated families are, however, at lesser risk of recruitment as their families send them to schools.

Project to control lantana
Ropar, December 20
To check the unabated growth of lantana camara, a foreign weed in the forests, a project for its utilisation and control has been launched in Punjab. Under the project scientists of Horticulture University, Nauni in Solan, will study the chemical control measures on lantana and the effect of the measures in association with the plantation of fast-growing forestry species at various experimental sites in Punjab.

High priests to meet on Dec 23
Ludhiana, December 20
The five Sikh high priests will discuss the issue of alleged police entry into the Golden Temple complex at the time of the SGPC elections on November 12. They will also discuss the Nanakshahi calendar issue.

Panchayat secys’ petition
Chandigarh, December 20
Taking up a bunch of petitions filed by panchayat secretaries sought to be terminated by the Punjab Government, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed January 7 as the next date of hearing in the case. The state of Punjab will, meanwhile, file their reply a day before the next date.

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Councillor, aides out on bail
Abohar, December 20
Mr Satish Narang, BJP councillor, and his supporters Ramsaran Gumber and Ved Parkash were released today. The District Court had accepted their bail applications yesterday. The court had earlier granted bail to Mr Narang’s brothers-in-law.

Tributes paid to martyr
Faridkot, December 20
Mrs Angrej Kaur, mother of martyr Sukhjinder Singh (22), has offered to send her four other sons to the Army. She was talking to this reporter at Aalamwala village in Muktsar district yesterday at the antim ardas of her son, Sepoy Sukhjinder Singh (22) of 30 Rashtriya Rifles, who laid down his life after killing two militants in an encounter in Kupuwara district

8 buffaloes electrocuted
Jalandhar, December 20
Eight animals charred to death today in a fire that broke out due to short-circuit in the high-tension wire passing over place where the animals were tied at Manak Rai Lohara village under the Bhogpur police station.

Ex-sarpanch sentenced to one-year jail
Pathankot, December 20
Mr Ranjit Singh, Judicial Magistrate (Class I) here today sentenced former sarpanch of Dholowal village to one-year jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him for a breach of trust.

Paper leak case: accused in judicial custody
Kharar, December 20
A court here today remanded Punjab Nurses Registration Council’s examination superintendent Gurpal Singh Kang and junior assistant Charanjeet Singh in judicial custody till December 24.

2 killed, 2 hurt in mishap
Sangrur, December 20
Two women were killed and as many seriously injured when their car rammed into a truck-trailer near the Punjab State Electricity Board office at Bhawanigarh in this district today.

Martyrs cremated
The mortal remains of a jawan of 69 Battalion of the BSF, Mandeep Singh, a resident of Their village who died while on duty in the Kupwara sector in Jammu and Kashmir recently, were consigned to flames here on Friday with full police honours.


Kisan conference from March 6
Jalandhar, December 20
30th national conference of the All-India Kisan Sabha will be held here from March 6 to 9 next year. Talking to reporters here, the Chairman of the reception committee of the conference, Mr Rachpal Singh, said the main agenda of the conference was to oppose the ongoing process of privatisation and liberalisation which had virtually ruined the Indian agriculture and industrial sectors in the past one decade.

Kisan Sanman Divas observed
Jalandhar, December 20
Kisan Sanman Divas was observed by the Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural and Technology Management Agency here today. Addressing the gathering, Dr R.K. Rampal, Director, Agriculture, Punjab said efforts were being made by his department to bring farmers out of the wheat-paddy crop cycle.


Probe into bogus votes begins
Jalalabad, (Ferozepore), December 20
Mr Roshan Sunkaria, Director, Technical Education, Punjab yesterday started an inquiry into the registration of fake voters in the recently revised electoral rolls of this town for the municipal council elections.

Inquiry report submitted
Bathinda, December 20
Mr D.R. Verma, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, has submitted to the higher authorities in New Delhi the report of inquiry conducted into the alleged suspect functioning of a section of income tax officials who were posted here recently.

Rail booking computerised
Kapurthala, December 20
The long-standing demand of residents of the town was met today, with the start of computerised reservation of rail tickets. Mr R.K. Singh, General Manager of Northern Railway, inaugurated the facility at the local railway station.

Ban on DPC meetings extended
Chandigarh, December 20
The Punjab Government today further extended the ban on holding the departmental promotion committee meetings for one month. An order to this effect has been issued by the Special Secretary, Personnel Department. However, the order will not apply in those cases where courts have passed orders for holding such meetings.

Four found absent during DC’s raid
Mansa, December 20
House surgeons Dr Jagtar Singh Sidhu and Dr Rajiv Kumar, chief pharmacist, Mr Mohinder Singh, and radiographer, Mr Surjit Singh, working in the local Civil Hospital, were found absent during a raid conducted by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, yesterday.


Boy rescued from exorcist
Amritsar, December 20
The police yesterday rescued a seven-year-old boy from an exorcist who had kidnapped the boy for sacrificing please gods. Mr Narinderpal Singh told this correspondent that the exorcist, Kaladas, and his accomplices kidnapped Jagprit Singh, from his house in Sultanwind village yesterday morning for sacrificing.

“Supari” killer shot dead
Shivdaspur (Jalandhar), December 20
A farmer shot dead a “supari” killer, allegedly a member of a faction of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, who had come to his house to collect Rs 10 lakh for “sparing” the farmer’s life.

Youth found dead in hospital bathroom
Tarn Taran, December 20
Shamsher Singh (22), resident of the local mohalla Tonk-Kashatrya, was found dead in a bathroom of the local Civil Hospital last night. His body was found hanging with a piece of cloth from the ceiling. The local police has registered a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against Goldy, Vicky and some other youths of the town.

House attack case: 1 more arrested
Bathinda, December 20
The district police today arrested Parmod Singh and seized a countrymade. 315 bore revolver with one cartridge from him. Parmod Singh is the fourth of the accused who had ransacked the house of former Punjab Minister, the late Kasturi Lal, on December 10.

Inter-state lottery gang busted
Bathinda, December 20
The district police today busted an inter-state gang involved in selling lotteries that had been banned by the Punjab Government. It said it had seized lottery tickets worth Rs 1.75 lakh.

Two robbers arrested
Hoshiarpur, December 20
The Hoshiarpur district police arrested two members of a gang of robbers last night. Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP, in a press note here today said during nakabandi at Bhangi choe bridge, Dhobi Ghat, here last night, Dharamvir, son of Balbir Singh, and Raju, son of Ram Kishan of Adarsh Colony, PS Civil Line, Muradabad (UP) where arrested.


Vishvavidyalaya plan on herb medicines
Jalandhar, December 20
Gurukul Kangri Vishvavidyalaya, Hardwar, has decided to explore the potential in the international market for the export of its herb medicines being manufactured at its pharmacy.

20 colleges take part in youth festival
Barnala, December 20
A four-day-long Punjabi University Sangrur zone youth festival began here. The local S.D. College is hosting the festival on the college premises from December 18 to 21.


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