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People suffer as govt sleeps
Chandigarh, December 27
While people in about 300 villages of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar districts in the periphery of Chandigarh continue to suffer for various reasons, the Punjab Government has done nothing to mitigate their sufferings.

Army hands over de-mined fields
Dag Tut (Ajnala), December 27
Much to the relief of farmers whose fields had been mined, the Army, during the first phase of its de-mining operations in the area, today handed over the fields back to them.
An Army official talks to farmers at Dag Tut village in Ajnala
An Army official talks to farmers at Dag Tut village in Ajnala on Friday before handing over fields after de-mining. Photo Rajiv Sharma

No end to PF bungling controversy
Ferozepore, December 27
The deadlock over the illegal withdrawal and misappropriation of the provident fund money between teachers and the management of Guru Nanak College continues with the indefinite strike by teachers entering the 72nd day on Thursday.

Jor Mela: remember martyrs?
Sirhind, December 27
From a ‘shok sabha’ to a pleasure haunt having circuses dancing girls, swings and temporary liquor ‘ahatas’, Shaheedi Jor Mela has come a long way.

A religious procession carrying the ‘Sri Guru Granth Sahib’, makes its way towards the gurdwara in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday. Reuters photo


A young Sikh brandishes his sword
A young Sikh brandishes his sword while holding a painting showing the two young martyred sons of the tenth Sikh Guru standing beside their grandmother, during a religious procession in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday.  — Reuters


‘Langars’ that underscore amity
Chandigarh, December 27
Their indomitable spirit of community service blended with their religious belief of contributing one-tenth of their income (daswandh) for the welfare of society in general and the poor and needy in particular make them organise community kitchens — “langars” in common parlance — on all national and state highways, besides link roads, during several major religious melas and fairs held in the state.

Kisan Express from Jan
Bathinda, December 27
The Northern Railway will offer a New Year gift to the residents of the Bathinda region by introducing Kisan Express from Delhi to Bathinda via Hisar and Sirsa from January.

Mr R.K. Singh, General Manager, Northern Railway (fourth from left), during his visit to the Bathinda Railway Station on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
Mr R.K. Singh, General Manager, Northern Railway, during his visit to the Bathinda Railway Station

Railway commuters air grievances
Abohar, December 27
Consumer organisations have urged the Railways to convert the Bathinda-New Delhi Shatabdi train into Jan Shatabdi Express. In memorandums submitted to Mr R.K. Singh, General Manager, Northern Railway, on his arrival here this morning, representatives of these organisations suggested that the Jan Shatabdi Express be run between Sriganganagar-New Delhi via Bathinda to make it financially viable.


BJP to ‘have pact with like-minded parties’
Phillaur, December 27
The SAD and the BJP will make the “non-performance of the Congress government” as its main poll plank in the municipal elections. This was stated by Punjab BJP organisational general secretary Avinash Jaiswal, while talking to The Tribune here yesterday.


Sedative claims woman’s life?
Ajnala (Amritsar), December 27
Ranjit Kaur (27), mother of three, died while three others fell unconscious at the Civil Hospital here. On being administered sedative injections before the tubectomy operation during a special camp held today. The three women who have been rushed to the Guru Nanak Hospital, Amritsar, are Kashmir Kaur, Beero, and Gurdip Kaur — all residents of Tera village.

CBI begins probe into Punwire case
Ropar, December 27
The CBI has started an investigation into the reasons that led to the financial debacle of Punwire. A team of CBI officials from Delhi, led by an ASP, Mr Lucky Prasad, today met district administration officials for obtaining logistic support in conducting the investigation.

Ahmadiyyas deplore violence
Amritsar, December 27
Visa restrictions made less number of foreign delegates attend at the annual 111th convention of the Ahmadiyyas held in Qadian today. Last year members of the community from 48 countries participated.

Plea for revised pension
Bathinda, December 27
Pensioners of recognised and aided schools are yet to receive their pension under the revised scales implemented in January 1, 1996. Sources said even as the grades of pensioners had been revised with effect from January, 1996, only a handful of pensioners had got these.

Discrepancies in voter list
Faridkot, December 27
More discrepancies regarding deletion and duplication of names in the voter list of ward No. 11 in the local nagar council has come to light. According to reports, the names of over 100 voters are missing and more than 150 names had been enlisted in both ward No. 9 and ward No. 11.

Vigilance notice to sena chief
Amritsar, December 27
The Vigilance Department in a letter to the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena chief, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has directed him to join investigations tomorrow in the multi-crore sugar scam which took place in connivance with the municipal corporation and the Customs Department when sugar was imported from Pakistan.

Teachers flay police action
Bathinda, December 27
The Bathinda district unit of the Berozgar Adhyapak Front has condemned the picking up of the unit president, Mr Sukhdarshan Singh, by the police on Wednesday.

Fortis to hold cardiac OPDs  in Bathinda, Sangrur
Chandigarh, December 27
Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital will hold cardiac OPDs at Bathinda and Sangrur for the benefit of people in and around the belt on December 29. Well known cardiologist, Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalra, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Heart Institute and former Professor of Cardiology at G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, will provide consultancy on various heart ailments.

Signature drive against terrorism
Phagwara, December 27
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha will collect one lakh signatures against terrorism from January 12 to January 26 and its Kapurthala district unit will collect 5,000 signatures.

Fog delays trains
Most of the trains were up to 17 hours behind schedule following poor visibility due to thick fog in the entire region today. Railway sources said the Howrah Express, the Frontier Mail, the Howrah Mail, the Jhelam Express, the Morrie Express and the Malwa Express were among the trains delayed due to heavy fog.

Accountant admits to embezzlement
Mansa, December 27
Rajinder Kumar, suspended accountant of the District Red Cross Society, has admitted to an embezzlement of Rs 42,000. He has deposited the amount with the society.

They saved him, but died
Mansa, December 27
Four persons lost their lives while saving the life of a person at Jhanda Kalan village in the district last evening. According to information, Harbir Singh was burned while digging a tubewell in the fields of Jarnall Singh.


Cane growers stage dharna
Jalandhar, December 27
Hundreds of sugarcane growers today staged a dharna outside Bhogpur Co-operative Mills, near here, for about two hours in protest against the failure of the state government to release Rs 11 crore as payment for their crop.


Notice served on 5296 polluting units
Mansa, December 27
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has issued notice to 5296 small-scale industries in the state to obtain the necessary approval under the Pollution Acts up to December 31, 2002, failing which the defaulting units will be forced to close down. The PPCB issues the necessary approval to units releasing solid waste, polluted water and air in the atmosphere.


Four die as bus, truck collide
Hoshiarpur, December 27
At least four passengers of a private bus were killed and 25 others injured, six of them seriously, in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck at Ucchi Bassi on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway under the Dasuya police station this morning.

5 BKU leaders held
Mansa, December 27
To implement the warrant of possession of a piece of land, the sadar police arrested five BKU leaders, including the district president of the union, Mr Ram Singh Bhainibhaga and president of the Bhikhi block, Mr Gurcharan Singh, in connection with a case registered on October 30 against eight BKU leaders under Sections 341, 283, 153, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC and Section 174 of the Railway Act, 1989.

Girl crushed to death
Jalandhar, December 27
A girl was crushed to death near Nari Niketan on Nakodar road in the city this morning. According to the police, the accident occurred when the rickshaw in which the victim, Alka Verma, along with her sister was riding was hit by a speeding truck from the rear.


Indian History Congress begins today
Amritsar, December 27
All arrangements to host the 63rd session of the Indian History Congress by the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) have been completed. A university press note issue here today said the three-day conference would commence tomorrow.

PTU’s ‘knowledge reservoirs’
Jalandhar, December 27
With a view to bridging the gap between students of rural and urban areas, the Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided to come out with ‘knowledge reservoirs’, under which prominent figures from the industrial and education sectors would visit colleges in rural and urban areas to share their knowledge with the students.


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