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SAD plans 'rasta roko' agitation
on Jan 10

Badungar leaves for Delhi to meet lawyers
Moga, December 31
The Shiromani Akali Dal has prepared its “rasta roko” agitation programme for three hours on January 10 when traffic will be “jammed throughout the State and if the State government attempted to prevent them the Akali workers would not hesitate to court arrests”.

A bad year for people of Punjab: Badal
Chandigarh, December 31
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said here today that in Punjab year 2002 would be remembered for “politics of unseemly and dangerous confrontation, neglected development, rollback of welfare and people-friendly schemes, heavy taxation, brazen governmental interference in the religious affairs, vendetta against political rivals, a leadership made famous for scandals and inaccessibility and introduction of a ‘leisure-and-pleasure culture” among the rulers.

West Kali Bein to have Mukerian channel water
Kapurthala, December 31
The Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, has approved a plan to discharge water from the Mukerian Hydel Channel into West Kali Bein. This was stated here today by the Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh Verma.

Recruitment of ASIs: bending of rules alleged
Bathinda, December 31
The previous SAD-BJP government recruited Assistant Sub-Inspectors in the Punjab police those who allegedly had fake degrees, were overaged, former militants and were related to members of the selection committee.



  Pherurai’s PCS kin suspended
Mansa, December 31
The Punjab Government has suspended PCS officer Arvinderpaul Singh Sandhu, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Mansa, and son-in-law of Gurcharan Singh Pherurai, jailed former Senior Superintendent of Police of Ferozepore, for remaining in police custody for more than 48 hours.


A milkman rides a bicycle as he carries metal pots of milk on a foggy morning on the outskirts of Amritsar on Tuesday. Fog covered the city with temperatures dipping as low as 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). — Reuters

With cold sweeping the region, the poor sit around small fires to keep warm, at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

IAS officer denies allegations
Killianwali (Muktsar), December 31
A team of revenue officials of Malout subdivision today descended on this town to gather facts in connection with the alleged encroachment of a piece of land belonging to “Jumla Mushtarka Malkana” category by a kin of an IAS officer posted in Madhya Pradesh.

Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi may be discontinued
Bathinda, December 31
The Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi Express, flagged off by Union Railway Minister, Nitish Kumar on August 16 this year with fanfare, may come to a halt forever from January 16 as it has been losing lakhs of rupees daily on account of shortage of travellers since day one.

Rights panel direction in bribe case
Malerkotla, December 31
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission today directed the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, to ensure that Darshan Singh of Hathoa near here is provided with necessary medical treatment, preferably at the Civil Hospital, Dhuri, within 24 hours and an action taken report submitted within two days.

Scam accused remanded
Jalandhar, December 31
Nardev Kumar, accused of the “salary scam” of the Municipal Corporation, has been remanded in police custody till tomorrow.


Register case against Manager: DC
Bathinda, December 31
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the police to register an FIR against Mr Sukhdev Singh Sra, manager and Mr Baltej Singh, field officer, PADB, Mansa, in a cheating case.

26 Junior Engineers reverted
Amritsar, December 31
As many as 26 junior engineers of municipal corporations in the state were reverted yesterday. The reversion orders were issued by Mr B.R. Banga, Special Secretary-cum-Director, Local Government, last evening.


Customs seizes yarn worth Rs 46 cr
Amritsar, December 31
The Customs Commissionerate at Amritsar today achieved a breakthrough in busting a major racket by seizing polyester yarn worth Rs 46.72 crore from the godown of a leading transporter at Ludhiana.


Year of controversies
Patiala, December 31
Year 2002, which started with the ouster of Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia from the Vice-Chancellorship of Punjabi University following a sustained campaign by a joint action committee formed by varsity teachers, turned a full circle with the new incumbent in the chair unceremoniously replacing a prominent JAC member from Registrarship with his own relative.


PNB widens retail segment operations
Patiala, December 31
Punjab National Bank has decided to widen the range of offerings under the retail segment under the PNB - Fin basket scheme under which housing and personal segment loans will be disbursed through simplified procedures. which would include softer interest rates, lower margins and insignificant processing fee irrespective of the loan amount.


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