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Akalis demonstrate in day,
dance at night
Patiala, December 9
Joyous scenes were witnessed at the Dukhniwaran Gurdwara in the city which is the focal point of the morcha launched by the SAD against the "repression" let loose by the Congress government after word was received that SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal had been granted bail by a Ropar court.

SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra along with other Badal supporters

Akalis’ stand vindicated, say leaders
248 SAD, BJP workers freed

SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra along with other Badal supporters stages a demonstration outside the Central Jail in Patiala on Tuesday. 
— PTI photo

NABARD to fund lining of canals
Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab Irrigation Department has successfully explored Nabard, which has agreed to finance irrigation systems and the lining of canals. It has sanctioned Rs 30 crore. Earlier, Nabard used to give money for only drainage and anti-waterlogging projects. 


Fatehgarh Sahib




Takht panel to get Dewan charge
Amritsar, December 9
The Deputy Commissioner here will hand over the charge of the Chief Khalsa Dewan to the representatives of the five-member committee constituted by Akal Takht to diffuse the tension between the two factions of the premier non-political Sikh organisation.

Pre-Partition village coming up on varsity campus
Amritsar, December 9
A bullock cart brought to Guru Nanak Dev University Bullock-carts ploughing in the fields of Guru Nanak Dev University’s proposed pre-Partition heritage village will be a treat for tourists. Mudhouses of ‘lohars’, ‘ghumiars’, ‘jolahas’ (blacksmiths, potters and weavers, respectively) and other artisans like cobblers working with their traditional tools and handlooms will be constructed in five acres of the university land.
A bullock cart brought to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for the proposed pre-Partition heritage village being recreated on the campus. 
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Rs 5 crore promised for unsafe school buildings
Chandigarh, December 9
With the Punjab Government undertaking to sanction Rs 5 crore for unsafe school buildings, the condition of dilapidated school buildings is likely to improve. This undertaking was given in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on behalf of the Chief Minister yesterday.


Globalisation has ‘harmed’ Dalits’ interests
Amritsar, December 9
The Dalits are worst affected by globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation being pursued by the Government of India. This was stated by activists of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, a non-political forum led by Dalit human rights activists committed to the protection and promotion of Dalit human rights and elimination of discrimination based on caste. 

Plan to oppose move to empower panchayats
Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee today chalked out its seven-stage plan of action to oppose government’s move to give more powers to panchayats and to press for its other demands. A decision to hold a state-level convention at Jalandhar on December 25 was also taken during a meeting held today at Sector 35 Kisan Bhavan.

Public service award for ghazal writer
Patiala, December 9
Mr Shamsher of Denmark,a renowned litterateur today announced that the famous ghazal writer Deepak Jotoie, would be given public service award patronised by ‘Vishav Lok Sewa Trust’ and a fellowship for two years.

Cheques given to persons hurt in Operation Prakaram
Tarn taran, December 9
The Army today distributed cheques as compensation to eight civilians or thier next of kin who suffered injuries during Operation Prakaram in the aftermath of Parliament attack at Khemkaran in Tarn Taran.

Bajrang Dal seeks gaushalas
Phagwara, December 9

The state convener of the Bajrang Dal, Mr Vijay Chhabra has alleged that Pakistan’s ISI was pushing Bangladeshis into Punjab under the garb of migrant workers in order to create its sources and a belt of terrorists much to the peril of the security of our country and its citizens. 


Farmers, administration stalemate continues
Tarn Taran, December 9
Stalemate continued between the farmers and the administration as the meeting between the two which lasted for two-and-half hours failed. The meeting was presided over by Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, at Rasulpur village.


Vigilance SP shifted for raids
Amritsar, December 9
The political controversy caused by the alleged Vigilance raids on the premises of Congress MLAs have landed the SP, Vigilance, Mr T.P.S. Sandhu, in trouble as he was transferred to Chandigarh and was asked to hand over the charge to the SP, Vigilance, Jalandhar, Mr Dilbagh Singh.

DC bans leave
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9

Keeping in view the coming Saheedi Jor Mela held in the memory of two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, being held from December 24 to 27, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, in a circular issued today has banned leave of all employees in the district.


Boy’s death: two minors arrested
Jalandhar, December 9
The district police has succeeded in solving the mystery shrouding the death of a five-year-old boy, whose body was found in a tank in the Abadpura locality here on Monday morning.

1 hurt in firing at Kharar reception
Kharar, December 9
One person sustained gunshot injuries when a senior Congress leader allegedly fired at a wedding reception at a farmhouse near here late last night. The victim, Mr Balraj Singh (22), a resident of the Randhawa road area, was admitted to the local Civil Hospital, with an injury in the leg.

Human trafficking racket  busted, one held
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9
The district police has unearthed a racket of fake travel agents with the arrest of Mr Karan Arora, a resident of Panchkula, who along with his brother Gaurav Arora used to send people abroad by taking huge sums of money. The police presented him in the court and he has been sent to judicial custody up to December 20.

Two held for demanding ransom
Patiala, December 9
The Patiala police has arrested two youths for demanding a ransom of Rs 20 lakh from a reputed cardiologist who runs a private hospital in the city.

Youths loot money changer
Nawanshahr, December 9
Three unidentified youths looted Rs 84,375 from the shop of Sharma, money changer, situated on the railway road at around 5.15 p.m. here yesterday.


College, school students hold traffic awareness rally
Barnala, December 9
College and school students of the district today held a traffic awareness rally, which started from the New Grain Market Complex and passed through the Civil Hospital Road, Sadar Bazar, College Road and Grain Market Road. The rally was flagged off by Dr Narinder Bhargava, SSP, Barnala police district.

Recruitment of regular teachers sought
Bathinda, December 9
The unemployed Teachers Front, Punjab, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to learn a lesson from the debacle of the Congress party in the Assembly elections of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Rotary Club gives sweaters to students
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9
The Rotary Club, Sirhind, distributed sweaters to students of Government High School, Madhopur, at a function presided over by Mr Daya Singh, District Education Officer Secondary, Fatehgarh Sahib. 

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