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Each minister to have one portfolio, says Amarinder
Talwandi Bhai (Ferozepore), December 8
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, while categorically stating that the Cabinet would be expanded after December 10, pointed out that efficiency and loyalty would be the criterion for the induction of new faces.

Efficiency, loyalty to decide induction into Cabinet, says CM

Bhattal to meet Cong high command today
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will discuss the problems being faced by Congress legislators in the state under the present leadership with the party high command in Delhi tomorrow.

Order in Bhattal case reserved till tomorrow

George, Dhindsa wish Badal happy birthday
Patiala, December 8
Defence Minister George Fernandes today shared the birthday cake with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir in the Central Jail here. He said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government would take “appropriate” action in support of the Badals.




George calls on Tohra’s wife
Balasar farmhouse assessed at 3.47 cr

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Save-Panth frenzy at SAD rally
Ropar Court directed to dispose of Badals’ plea

Bid to ‘run over’ SHO, 9 SAD men arrested
Sangrur, December 8
The local police today arrested nine SAD workers, including Charanjit Singh Jatana former President of the Rampuraphul Municipal Council, for allegedly making an attempt to kill the Longowal SHO, Mr Jasmail Singh, and a police party at a naka laid by the police at Kunra village on the Sangrur-Barnala road, about 12 km from here, today.

College teachers hold stay-in strike

Phagwara, December 8
Non-government college teachers, including those of the local Guru Nanak college, today observed a stay-in strike, held campus rallies and dharnas in protest against the Punjab Government’s “failure” to honour its poll promises of maintaining a 95 per cent grant-in-aid and implementing a pension-cum-gratuity scheme.

Teachers of private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh raise slogans against the Punjab Government in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Teachers of private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh raise slogans against the Punjab Government in Amritsar on Monday.

Teachers submit memorandum to Finance Minister
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College teachers hold rally

IAS officer deputed to resolve Chief Khalsa Dewan row
Amritsar, December 8
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) today deputed a senior IAS officer, Ms Sarita Dass, to visit Amritsar tomorrow to resolve the controversy of the Chief Khalsa Dewan, the oldest Sikh institute which had been taken over by the district administration though there is no such provision in the constitution of the Chief Khalsa Diwan.


BSP men stage dharna over Ambedkar issue
Jalandhar, December 8
Perturbed over the alleged failure of the Doordarshan Kendra authorities here to cover a function to mark the 47th pre-Nirvan divas in the memory of Dr B.R. Ambedkar at Phillaur on Saturday, the Punjab BSP yesterday asserted that the issue would be raised by the party during the current session of the Lok Sabha.


Heritage Festival concludes
Amritsar, December 8
Bureaucrats topped the list of those honoured on the concluding day of the Heritage Festival here today. Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, while presiding over the function, honoured two former Deputy Commissioners of the city, Mr Sarabjit Singh and Mr Karanbir Singh (in absentia), at present secretary, Punjab Urban Development and Housing. Other bureaucrats who were honoured were Mr Kulbir Singh, managing director, Punjab Sugarfed, and Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner.

Head Constable not held despite FIR
Bathinda, December 8
Mr Darshan Singh, Head Constable of the Punjab police has not been arrested so far despite the fact that a criminal case had been registered against him at the city police station on October 2 on a complaint of Mr Mohan Lal, a resident of the city.

243rd Corps Day celebrated
Bathinda, December 8
The 243rd Corps Day celebrations of the Army Service Corps (ASC) were held today with much fanfare in the local cantonment. In a press statement issued here today, the Army authorities said with many activities to commemorate the occasion in an appropriate manner having been organised in various ASC establishments, Brigadier B.P. Tiwari, the seniormost ASC official posted at Bathinda, also recalled the glorious deeds of the ASC over the past few years.

Mela dedicated to Bindrakhia
Phagwara, December 8
The annual Varinder Memorial Mela was dedicated to Punjabi folk singer Surjit Bindrakhia who died last month.

Power cuts irk Kharar residents
Kharar, December 8
Frequent power failure in the town has made life miserable for residents adversely affecting businesses and supply of water.

Rotary Club launches road-safety week
Patiala, December 8
The Rotary Club Patiala today launched road-safety week in the city to mark the 60th foundation day of the club. SSP A.S. Rai was the chief guest at a function, organised later in the day.


Lawyers’ strike today
Pathankot, December 8
In response to the call given by the Bar Council of India, lawyers throughout the country will organise protest rallies tomorrow in protest against the entry of foreign lawyers and other issues.


Five-year-old boy abducted, killed
Jalandhar, December 8
A five-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped, murdered and thrown into open water tank in the Abadpur locality here. The body was found today. Mukul, alias Nannu, was missing since about 5.30 p.m. on Sunday. He had allegedly gone out with Sawaan, a neighbourhood boy of his age to play in the backyard of his maternal grandparents’ house.

Truck driver shot at, 4 arrested
Bathinda, December 8
Four employees of a private bank here have been arrested for allegedly shooting at the driver of a truck with a gun today.

Mystery shrouds pastor’s death
Phagwara, December 8
A pastor of Nandachaur church, Monu Masih has died under mysterious circumstances. It was learnt that he along with his female companion of Rawa village near Khudda, Tanda, was going to Ludhiana to meet his sister. Two male friends were with them also.

Youngsters rob bank of Rs 3.75 lakh
Ferozepore, December 8
Three youngsters today looted cash worth about Rs 3.75 lakh from a city branch of Punjab National Bank in broad daylight here.


Engg institute holds convocation
Longowal, December 8
Dr R. Natarajan, Chairman of the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, today called upon the young engineers to be punctual, responsible and perfect in their profession to achieve the desired goal.


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