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Hundreds of SAD workers booked by Ropar police
Ropar, December 1
Just hours after the SAD workers dispersed after Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal were sent to judicial custody, Ropar police has booked hundreds for violating Section 144. Akali workers face a lathicharge at Ropar by the Punjab police
Akali workers face a lathicharge at Ropar by the Punjab police. — A Tribune photograph

No Akali stir to be allowed: Amarinder
Chandigarh, December 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said, ‘’My job has ended with the court remanding Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh, to judicial custody. And the government will not allow any agitation by the Akalis on this issue as the issue involved is purely of corruption and not of common cause.’’

Badal housed in MP ‘hataa’
Patiala, December 1
The M.P. ‘hataa’ (MP enclosure) is the new calling address for Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the Central Jail Complex here. The SAD President’s son Sukhbir Singh Badal has been allocated a barrack in the Jaura Chakki area in the jail complex, a far cry from the VIP barrack allocated to his father.

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Bhattal case adjourned twice
Counsel caught in traffic jam in Ropar
Chandigarh, December 1
The hearing of Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s case in Ropar today had an effect on the proceedings of a corruption case against Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, at the District Courts here as both had engaged the same counsel.

CM meets ‘dissidents’
Patiala, December 1
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met “dissident” leaders of the Congress at the wedding reception of Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh’s nephew at the Gymkhana Club here last night.



Hopes of Punjabi hospitality belied
Patiala, December 1
Hopes of traditional Punjabi hospitality have been belied for as many as 62 young teachers who have come to the Northern Regional Languages Centre here to learn Punjabi, Urdu and Kashmiri with all students boycotting the food being served by the centre since the past five days in protest against the “substandard fare” being dished out to them.

Quota eroding efficiency, feels SDM
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), December 1
Speakers expressed their concern over hatred, perpetuated due to the caste-based reservation at a state-level seminar on “Awareness on reservation” organised here yesterday by the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab.

Local man’s body cremated as unidentified; probe ordered
Abohar, December 1
The body of a local resident Ashok Kumar was allegedly cremated as that of an unidentified person on November 23 by staff of the municipal council. The parents of the deceased alleged that it was a murder that was why their son was cremated in this manner. The SDM, Mr Jaskiran Singh, has asked the SHO of police station Khuyiansarwer, to make an inquiry into the incident.

Unpaid meal scheme contractors threaten stir
Bathinda, December 1
Even as the supply of food under the mid-day meal scheme launched in various government schools in this district has been stopped for the past few months, supply contractors have been running from pillar to post to get their payments from the district education authorities.

Couple fails to get adopted child’s birth certificate
Bathinda, December 1
The couple which adopted Sakhsi, a three-month-old girl, who was found abandoned on the premises of Gurdwara Qila Mubarak on September 1, is finding it hard to get her birth certificate.

Students spread AIDS awareness message
Amritsar, December 1
The Lions Club International, DAV College and many other schools participated in a rally organised here today to observe World AIDS Day. Nearly 400 members of the Lions club, students of Shanti Niketan High School and Rosy Model School took part.

Pak doc offers to cure men with feminine voice
Wagah, December 1
It is now the turn of Pakistan to reciprocate the gesture of India for providing free health services. Dr Shehbaz Khalid Ranifa, an eminent speech therapy specialist from Islamabad, has offered to perform non-surgical speech therapy on Indian men who have a feminine voice.

Bakir Hussain Khan dead
Malerkotla, December 1
Patiala gharana’s last Ustad Bakir Hussain Khan Sahib died here today after a long illness.

Freedom fighters’ conference from December 13
Moga, December 1

A two-day All-India Conference of Freedom Fighters will be held at Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) from December 13.


Demand to check route permits issued flouting rules
Mansa, December 1
Mr Jatinder Kumar Agra, former president, Punjab minibus Operators Association, today urged the Secretary, Transport Department, Punjab for putting a check on the issuance of route permits for plying buses in the state by officials by violating provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act and misusing authority.

Health Dept raids eating joints
Amritsar, December 1
In a week-long campaign, the Health Department has raided several eating joints and collected food samples from them. Chutney and sauce samples from Tree House Restaurant in Ebony Mall were collected here today.

Padamjit is Adviser to Member, Operations, PSEB
Patiala, December 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board has appointed its senior engineer and Chief Engineer, Systems Operation, as Adviser to the Member, Operations, on his retirement yesterday even as the Tariff Revision Committee met at the PSEB Headquarters here today to finalise its recommendations to the State Regulatory Commission.


Police raids on to find Siti Cable chief
Jalandhar, December 1
The police today conducted another raid to find the Siti Cable Managing Director, Mr Sunny Gill and his co-workers, who were booked by the police on November 24 for allegedly launching an armed assault against workers of a rival Win Cable operator, in which two of the latter’s workers were injured seriously.


Amandeep BansalBathinda boy makes it to PCS
Bathinda, December 1
Mr Amandeep Bansal, a local boy, has secured 10th position in the PCS mains-2003 (reconducted) examination. Mr Bansal, a graduate of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, had earlier qualified UPSC test for All-India Civil Services and had appeared for interview. But he had failed to make it. Now he had succeeded in the PCS (executive) examination.

Punjabi University educationists to attend South Asian meet
Patiala, December 1
Dr Sucha Singh Gill of the Department of Economics and Dr K.C. Singhal of the Punjab School of Management Studies of Punjabi University have been invited to Trade Union Technical Consultation meeting on 'Studies of out migration in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka' on December 1 - 2 at New Delhi.


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