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Pensive Badal asks activists to
remain peaceful
Patiala, December 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had tears in his eyes when he escorted his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, to his separate cell in the Central Jail complex here last evening. 

Capt did not consult me in Badal case: Bhattal
Chandigarh, December 2
The rift between Congress party members over the manner in which the case against the Badals was handled surfaced today with Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal blaming the Chief Minister for not taking her into confidence.

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Akalis could not have asked for more
Chandigarh, December 2
The Akalis could not have asked for more. With police action against them in Ropar on Monday still fresh in their memory, their leaders' call today for a ''people's movement'' to focus on alleged ''state repression'' from December 9 is seen by them as an opportunity to air their anguish against the Congress government of Capt. Amarinder Singh. 



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Quila Mubarak on endangered site list
New Delhi, December 2
The Quila Mubarak Fort in Patiala and the Bhuj Museum in Gujarat are among the world’s 100 “most endangered sites” on the list of the Washington-based World Monument Fund.

Standard missiles not in demand, says ISRO chief
Jalandhar, December 2
G. Madhwan Nair “Abundance of decommissioned missiles and their easy availability, particularly in South-East Asia, has led to a fall in demand for standard missiles in the world.” Stating this during a brief interview with The Tribune, Mr G. Madhwan Nair, Chairman of the ISRO who attended a special convocation of Punjab Technical University at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here today, said de-commissioned missiles, which were available at cheaper prices, were easily available in some parts of the world, particularly in South-East Asia, and this had hit the production and demand for standard missiles.

Cops form team to arrest Tota
Chandigarh, December 2
The Chandigarh police has constituted a special team to arrest Anil Kumar, alias Tota, wanted by the police in a murder case, besides the yesterday’s robbery at gunpoint in a house in Sector 35.

His father laid cable up to Afghanistan
Dr Neol Q. King (left), Prof Emeritus and Comparative Religion, University of California, Santa Cruz, CaliforniaAmritsar, December 2
“My father, the late William Henry King, used to come on horseback to the General Post Office during the British regime when communication was through coded messages (Morse code).

Dr Neol Q. King (left), Prof Emeritus and Comparative Religion, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, and Major Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd) in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


CPM’s call to oppose globalisation
Amritsar, December 2
Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said here that nearly 8.6 small scale units out of total 23 lakh in the country had closed down due to the government following policies of America.


Excessive selenium affects villagers
Hoshiarpur, December 2
Inhabitants of more than 12 villages of Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts located in the low-lying belt of the Shivalik hills are leading a miserable life on account of the presence of excessive selenium in soil and water in these areas.

BSF has speeded up fencing work: Mitra
The Additional Director-General of the Border Security Force, Mr A.K. Mitra, inspects a guard of honourJalandhar, December 2
Taking benefit of ongoing ceasefire being observed along the LoC as part of peace initiatives undertaken by Pakistan and India recently, the Border Security Force has speeded up fencing work along 167 km international border in the Jammu sector.

The Additional Director-General of the Border Security Force, Mr A.K. Mitra, inspects a guard of honour at the 39th raising day of the force in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Jobs on compassionate grounds: rally held
Chandigarh, December 2
Employees are up in arms against the Punjab Government for its failure to issue instructions to provide jobs on compassionate grounds to next of kin of employees, who had died in harness. Employees held a rally here today seeking jobs for next of kin of deceased employees, besides raising other issues.

American Sikhs girls in traditional Punjabi attire sit in a row at the rehearsal of the Amritsar Heritage Festival
American Sikhs girls in traditional Punjabi attire sit in a row at the rehearsal of the Amritsar Heritage Festival at Ram Bagh, Amritsar, on Tuesday. The festival is being held to promote tourism in the state and prominent artistes will perform during this. — Photo by Sawinder Singh

Garbage littered near the boundary wall of Khalsa Collage, the main venue of the heritage festival
Garbage littered near the boundary wall of Khalsa Collage, the main venue of the heritage festival, on the eve of the even in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Ustad Bakar Hussein dead
Patiala, December 2
The last scion of the Patiala Gharana Ustad Bakar Hussein, breathed his last at Malerkotla yesterday after being bed-ridden for the last three years. He was the last known surviving vocalist of the gharana in India.

Incidence of heart disease higher among Indians
Patiala, December 2
The local unit of Indian Medical Association organised a continuing medical education programme on the coronary artery disease here today.

MP inaugurates sewerage project
Patiala, December 2
Under the national capital region project MP Parneet Kaur inaugurated a sewerage project in Ward No 40 here today. Speaking on the occasion, she said nearly 11-km-long sewerage lines would be laid down in the area. . She further said the work of laying down sewerage lines in the remaining areas of the city would also be completed soon.

Lecture on  influenzae strains
Patiala, December 2
Dr Ramneet Kaur, a bio -medical scientist from Harvard Medical School, Boston, visited the Punjab College of Education, Raipur and delivered an extension lecture to students and faculty members here today.

Two buses set on fire
Malout, December 2
Two buses of Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation were set on fire in this town and windowpanes of another bus of Punjab Roadways were broken in neighbouring town, Killianwali, this morning by miscreants, who belonged to Haryana.


Punjab DGP ordered to provide security
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab's Director General of Police to provide "proper security" to police officers involved in the busting of the kidney scam.


Verma’s assurance to litchi growers
Pathankot, December 2
The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, (retd), has assured litchi growers here that he would ask the state government to consider their demand of declaring Pathankot as a litchi zone.


JEs observe black day
Patiala, December 2
The junior engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board observed black day in protest against the "anti people" Electricity Act 2003 here today. Mr Pal Singh Mundi and Mr Davinder Singh, president and general secretary of the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, respectively, in a joint statement said in the wake of failure of power sector reforms in many states, the Central Government should review its power policy.


Cinema house owner booked for forgery
Bathinda, December 2
A criminal case has been registered against Mr Charanjit Singh Sidhu, owner of the local Urang cinema house, for his alleged involvement in preparing a fake certificate for the exhibition of a film and submitting the same to the Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab, Mr S.K. Sinha.

Grenades belonging to KCF seized, 1 arrested
SSP Gurkirpal Singh shows hand-grenades and detonators recovered from one Major SinghTarn Taran, December 2
 Explosives, including hand grenades, belonging to the Khalistan Commando Force have been seized from Major Singh, a resident of Assal Uttar village, about 40 km from here.

SSP Gurkirpal Singh shows hand-grenades and detonators recovered from one Major Singh about 60 km from Amritsar on Tuesday. 
— Photo by Sawinder Singh

Former sarpanch shot
Hoshiarpur, December 2

Mr Amarjit Singh, a former sarpanch of Kule Fatehpur village, was shot by three persons while he was working in his fields last evening. According to police sources, three persons came in a car and approached Amarjit Singh while he was working in his fields. One of the assailants fired two shots at Amarjit Singh who died on the spot.


IT sector looking up, says Natrajan
Jalandhar, December 2
“The service sector will require 3.3 million information technology experts throughout the world, particularly in North America and the European Union, by the year 2008 and India is fast emerging as a major outsourcing market for IT professionals”.

120 PTU students get degrees
Jalandhar, December 2
Four eminent IT and and science professionals were awarded doctorate degree, while 120 students were conferred degrees during a “special convocation” of the Punjab Technical University at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

GND varsity body, don clash
Amritsar, December 2
Members of the Guru Nanak Dev University Association and Dr Jaspal Singh, head of the Physiotherapy Department, exchanged heated words today after the postponement of the interview of Mr G.S. Kang, seniormost lecturer of the varsity, for his selection as Reader.

Action recommended against school managements
Bathinda, December 2
The Additional Commissioner, Bathinda, Mrs K.P. Brar, has recommended action against the president and the secretary of the S.S.D. Sabha, Bathinda, the Principal of S.S.D. Senior Secondary School and the president, secretary and Principal of Moti Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya to the Secretary, Department of Education, Punjab, after they were found guilty of committing irregularities while managing the affairs of these schools.

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