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Don’t foment trouble in Punjab, CM tells Chautala
Cabinet expansion after December 9

Amritsar, December 3
The Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, today warned his Haryana counterpart against fomenting any trouble in Punjab after the arrest of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his son, Sukhbir Badal.

Capt. Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, addresses a press conference in Amritsar
Capt. Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on December 3. Mr H.S. Hanspal, president, PPCC, is also in the picture. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Akali memo to Governor today
Chandigarh, December 3
Akali MLAs, who met briefly at the official residence of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here this evening, have decided to submit a memorandum against “state repression” on Akali leaders and workers to the Punjab Governor, Justice O. P. Verma, tomorrow.

Court frames charges against Punjab CM
Badal enjoys jail food
Party was taken into confidence: Amarinder
Notice on meetings with Badals in jail sparks protest
SAD’s Dec 8 rally: police to play ‘spoilsport’
We will get justice, says Tohra
Akali Dal to give befitting reply, says Kanwaljit

Offices of Chief Khalsa Diwan locked
Amritsar, December 3
In a swift action, the SDM, Mr Bhupinder Singh, today locked the offices of the Chief Khalsa Diwan, the oldest Sikh institution. The SDM has been appointed as Administrator by the District Magistrate though there is no such provision in the constitution of the Diwan.




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People walk the past in Amritsar
Amritsar, December 3
Something extremely fascinating marked the opening of the Heritage Festival in the walled city of Amritsar this morning. While most part of the city prepared to welcome the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who later graced the main celebrations at Ram Bagh this afternoon, those in the walled city reinvented Amritsar during the one-and-a-half-hour-long “heritage walk”, a concept employed extensively for tourism promotion in most western countries.
A view of the heritage festival inaugurated in Amritsar on Wednesday
A view of the heritage festival inaugurated in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Wadalis, Jagjit cast a spell

Guru Granth Sahib ‘model for harmony’
Amritsar, December 3
The message of oneness of God and universal brotherhood of mankind of Guru Granth Sahib serves as a model for harmony and world peace. It reaches inter-faith dialogue and spiritual elevation of living beings. Its message of love and peace continues to inspire the generations.

Docs struggle to save HIV positive mother, daughter
Bathinda, December 3
Doctors at the Civil Hospital here have been treating a 30-year-old widow Harbans Kaur, (name changed) who has been found HIV positive. She had been admitted in the trauma ward yesterday as she had been suffering from loose motions and vomiting.


CM to visit Pak
Amritsar, December 3
Favouring strong economic and cultural ties between two Punjabs (Indian and Pakistani), Capt Amarinder Singh said he was looking forward to visit Lahore for initiating process to resume the old commercial relations.


Indian PoWs’ families wait in vain
Every time, both the Indian and Pakistani Governments embark on some confidence-building measures like the recent ceasefire across the LoC in Kashmir, a new hope kindles amidst the families of the 56 Indian PoWs languishing in Pakistani jails since 1971.

Welfare society requires funds
Patiala, December 3
The Society for Welfare of Handicapped requires funds to upgrade the institution. The aim is to make the institute modern, sophisticated and high-tech.

Ex-cops to be involved in social panels
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
Retired police personnel will be given due respect in all offices and police stations in the district. They will also be involved in committees to be formed in collaboration with social organisations for social welfare and social causes, said Mr Shiv Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, here today.

Reflectors screwed on trolleys to mark Disabled Day
Patiala, December 3
The World Disabled Day was observed by a local society not only by distributing mandatory tricycles and hearing aids but also by taking steps to reduce accidents which leave thousands handicapped for life.

IB verification for Sikh priests waived
Amritsar, December 3
Conceding the long-standing demand of Sikh community, the Government of India has decided to issue visas to Sikh preachers, ragis, granthis and SGPC members employees and waive the Intelligence Bureau verification.

Police post set up at bus stand
Muktsar, December 3
To intensify the security arrangements in the district after buses were burnt at Malout and Killianwali, a police post was set up at the local bus stand.


Plea of Shamsher’s wife dismissed
Patiala, December 3
A local court today dismissed the application filed by Balwinder Kaur, wife of Shamsher Mehndi, an accused in the human trafficking case registered by the Patiala police, demanding recall of the order under which the proceedings had been started to get her declared a proclaimed offender.


CM orders transfer of Civil Surgeon
Amritsar, December 3
Succumbing to pressure from Congress workers, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, gave instructions for the transfer of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Yashpal Singla. The order came following complaints against him by some Congress leaders in an open darbar held by the Chief Minister today.


Murder accused escapes from police custody
Kharar, December 3
After being arrested in a case involving the killing of a woman in a Kharar village in October, the accused has reportedly escaped from police custody when he was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police has booked a Sub-Inspector Surjeet Singh among three cops, who was posted as in-charge of Gharuan village police post.


Teachers’ threat to intensify stir
Amritsar, December 3
A deputation of teachers of private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh led by Dr V.K. Sharma, finance secretary, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, today met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, regarding their demands at circuit house here.

Protest by staff of private colleges on Dec 5
Barnala, December 3
Private college teachers in Punjab will proceed on casual leave en masse on December 5 and stage a demonstration in Patiala, the Assembly constituency of Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister. Office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will court arrest at Patiala to express resentment of private college teachers against the “indifferent” attitude of the government towards their grievances.

250 engineers attend workshop
Patiala, December 3
The Institution of Engineers, Punjab and Chandigarh, organised a workshop cum exhibition for power utilities on the premises of the Technical Training Institute of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) here today.

Governor lays stone of varsity block
Amritsar, December 3
Mr O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab laid the foundation stone of Guru Nanak Dev University’s architectural block which is said to cost Rs 1.2 crore on the varsity campus here today.


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