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SGPC to confront scholars on hukamnama
To move SC against Sajjan’s acquittal
Amritsar, December 30
The SGPC Executive today decided to confront a group of Sikh scholars who have challenged the institution of hukamnama. It was disclosed at the meeting that edicts had been issued since the time of Gurus.
The SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, addresses a meeting
The SGPC chief, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, addresses a meeting of the Executive Committee in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Ensure refinery’s completion: CaptCapt Amarinder Singh
New Delhi, December 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has asked the Centre to ensure that the successful bidder in any privatisation of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd should provide a guarantee for the completion of the company’s refinery in Bathinda.




Heritage status for city opposed
Amritsar, December 30
Even as the 63rd session of the Indian History congress has passed a unanimous resolution supporting heritage status for Amritsar, Prof Balwinder Singh, Reader, Guru Ram Dass School of Planning, at Guru Nanak Dev University today presented a detailed paper on the city, on the concluding day of the congress here today.

Tax on farmers to open Pandora's box
Chandigarh, December 30
The recommendation of Vijay Kelkar to tax agriculture income has come at a time when agricultural economy is fragile, farmer is walking on the razor's edge, subsidies to the farm sector are shrinking, shadow of the WTO regime is lengthening, income returns from farms are reducing, debt burden is increasing and there is uncertainty.

VRS for Punjab PSUs, corpns approved
Chandigarh, December 30
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved as voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for the employees of public sector undertakings (PSUs) and corporations. A government spokesman said in a press note that this scheme would be applicable to the employees with over five years of service in a PSU and having a minimum of five years service left.

7,000 teachers not paid for 7 months
Bathinda, December 30
Many government school teachers have not received salary for the past many months. Earlier, nearly 7000 government teachers could not celebrate Divali due to non-payment of salary by the government.

‘CM offered Rs 20 lakh each to SGPC members’
Phillaur, December 30
Former Punjab Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal has accused the Congress for misleading peoples of the state on core issues. Addressing 20th ‘barsi’ function of Late Sohan Singh father of former Akali MLA Gurdip Singh Bhullar in Mao Sahib Gurdwara near here this afternoon, Mr Badal alleged that the Congress was interfering in religious matters of Sikhs.


Kaushiki’s effortless melody charms
Jalandhar, December 30
Jugalbandi of vocalists Mohan Singh and Sukhdev Singh and solo performance of vocalist Kaushiki Chakarvorty enthralled the music lovers gathered at the Devi Talab Temple Complex here on the conclusion of the three-day 127th Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan.

Ajoy Chakarborty (vocal) and Dr N. Rajam on the violin during the 127th Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar on Sunday. — Photo Pardeep Pandit

Ajoy Chakarborty (vocal) and Dr N. Rajam on the violin during the 127th Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar

Garbage piles up in Pathankot
Pathankot, December 30
This border town of Punjab is stinking as garbage has not been removed for about a month. Heaps of filth are seen lying in various parts of the town. If no immediate steps are taken to remove the garbage the town may see an outbreak of a contagious disease.

Tohra to be discharged today
New Delhi, December 30
The former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who underwent bypass surgery in the Capital earlier this month, will be discharged tomorrow, an aide close to the veteran Akali leader said.

Winter drizzle in Bathinda on Monday evening.
Winter drizzle in Bathinda on Monday evening.
— A Tribune photograph

Resource centre for disabled
Ropar, December 30
The district administration has identified 10,723 handicapped persons in the district who would be provided financial and medical help under the Union Government sponsored National Programme for the Rehabilitation of handicapped persons.

All set for Maghi Mela
Muktsar, December 30
More than 10 lakh devotees are expected to visit the three-day Maghi Mela in memory of 40 Sikh martyrs known as “muktas” who sacrificed their lives while fighting the Mughals.

Filth dots Beant Singh complex
Patiala, December 30
The Beant Singh showroom-cum-shopping complex here, once projected as a model of a modern shopping complex, is in a state of neglect. The complex, situated in the Chhoti Baradari area of the city, is dotted with heaps of refuse and filth in its corridors.

Phone subscribers deplore poor services
Patiala, December 30
Resentment is brewing among telephone subscribers of the Urban Estate and its surrounding areas here over the callous attitude of the Telecom Department and the poor services being provided to them. Telephones have been lying out of order for the past about 20 days and no action has been taken despite repeated reminders by the complainants.

PRTC employees stage dharna
Patiala, December 30
Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) workers today organised a dharna in front of its headquarters here under a call given by the PRTC Workers Union (AITUC) group to protest against the report of the Disinvestment Commission which has been submitted to the Punjab government.

PRTC workers raise slogans outside the head office during a protest rally at Patiala on Monday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

PRTC workers raise slogans

Dairy workers seek encashment of DA
Chandigarh, December 30
The Punjab Dairy Development Workers Union, at an emergency meeting held here today, urged the Punjab Government to pay the arrears of 3 per cent DA in cash, released in July 1, 2002, besides granting of LTC and casual leave on the pattern of Punjab Government employees.

Gurdev Badal’s remand extended
Ludhiana, December 30
Ms Anshul Berry, Duty Magistrate, today extended the judicial remand of former Agriculture Minister Gurdev Badal till January 11. He is facing charges of amassing property worth Rs 1.7 crore disproportionate to his known sources of his income.


Weed control expert’s advice to farmers
Ludhiana, December 30
Dr Lall Singh Brar, Head, Department of Agronomy and weed control specialist of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has advised the Punjab farmers to administer certain directions regarding the spray of herbicides in wheat crop for the efficient and better control of Gulli Danda (Phalaris minor) and other broad leaf weeds.


Art historian appointed
Chandigarh, December 30
Ms Alka Pande, art historian and curator, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, has been appointed president of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi.

Liquor smugglers arrested
Jalandhar, December 30
The police today arrested two liquor smugglers near Basti Danishmanda here and seized 25 cases of liquor from their possession.

Official nabbed while taking bribe
Jalandhar, December 30
A senior assistant posted at Dasua subdivision was nabbed by the Vigilance Bureau, while taking Rs 2000 for issuing a marriage certificate to a farmer.

Crime rate up in Mansa
Bathinda, December 30
The district police chief, Mr Ishwar Singh, today said that 3,888 cases had been registered, besides 17 cases under the NDPS Act this year. He said some drug smugglers who had been giving the police sleepless nights had been arrested. Eleven proclaimed offenders had also been arrested and eight interstate gangs had been busted.

Couple drugged, looted
Ludhiana, December 30
A middle-aged couple was found drugged and looted in a train at local railway station early this morning. They were returning to the city from New Delhi. Near Rohtak, two youths became friendly and gave them a drug-laced tea. The couple fell unconscious and was looted of Rs 3000 besides precious jewellery.


11,000 schools to be set up in rural areas
Faridkot, December 30
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Union Government has decided to set up 11,000 schools under the education guarantee scheme to impart education to children under 14 years of age. The schools will be opened in the slum and rural areas.Top

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