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Samjhauta Express may resume from New Year
Attari, December 1
The Samjhauta Express, connecting large number of Muslim families living in India with their relatives across the border, may resume from New Year after a gap of two years.

Attari railway station being spruced up for the likely resumption of the Samjhauta Express between Attari and Lahore Attari railway station being spruced up for the likely resumption of the Samjhauta Express between Attari and Lahore from the beginning of next year. — Photo by  Rajiv Sharma

Sukhbir rushes to Delhi to counter Cong propaganda
Bargadi (Faridkot), December 15
Even as the persisting crisis in the Punjab Congress over the demand of change in leadership raised by the state Agriculture Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has endangered the continuation of its government in the state, a SAD leader and member Parliament, Mr Sukhbir Badal, today rushed to Delhi to keep a watch over “political developments” taking place in the Capital.

BSP for dissolution of Punjab Assembly
Jalandhar, December 15
In view of the persistent demand for the removal of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh from the post by the dissident MLAs of his own party and the latter’s reported admission that he enjoys the support of 40 MLAs only, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today demanded dissolution of the state Assembly “as no party or faction has majority to run the state government.”



Case against tehsildar false, claim trade panels
Demand action against guilty VB officials
Bathinda, December 15
The Arhtia Association, Raman Mandi, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal Raman Mandi unit and District Congress Committee today accused some officials of the Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda, of falsely implicating Mr Gurcharan Singh Brar, tehsildar, Talwandi Sabo, in a corruption case and demanded action against these officials.

10 cops summoned in ‘fake encounter’ case
Ropar, December 15
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) has summoned 10 policemen for allegedly killing a youth of Budha Bhora village of Ropar 10 years ago. Daljit Singh in his complaint before the CJM, had alleged that on July 9, 1993 his son Paramjit Singh had gone to Maujipur village along with Bagh Singh. There they met Mohinder Kaur, sister-in-law of Mohinder Singh, who was not present at home.


BJP memo to Governor
Chandigarh, December 15
BJP leaders led by the President of the Punjab unit of the party, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, seeking a CBI inquiry into the allegations of corruption levelled by Agriculture Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Punjab BJP President Avinash Rai Khanna (extreme right) and senior party leaders presents a memorandum to Punjab Governor O.P. Verma at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjab BJP President Avinash Rai Khanna and senior party leaders presents a memorandum to Punjab Governor O.P. Verma at Raj Bhavan


Indian handed over to BSF
Amritsar, December 15
Shahid Ali (25), a resident of Ghaziabad, UP, was today handed over to the BSF authorities by Pakistan after remaining imprisoned in a Lahore jail for three years for allegedly smuggling 200 gm of gold. He was arrested by Pakistan Customs officials on November 9, 2000.

Indian national Shahid Ali (C) crosses the border from Wagha check-post on Sunday. Shahid was arrested in Pakistan in a gold smuggling case and was sentenced to five-year imprisonment.

Indian national Shahid Ali (C) crosses the border from Wagha check-post on Sunday. Shahid was arrested in Pakistan in a gold smuggling case and was sentenced to five-year imprisonment

Rally lays stress on planting trees
Ferozepore, December 15
To bring awareness about the hazards of pollution and its ill-effects, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) organised an anti-pollution rally, which was flagged off by Mr Ravinder Singh Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary, for Home Affairs, from Shahid Bhagat Singh Stadium.

Dr Balbir Singh  remembered
Patiala, December 15
Punjabi University, Patiala organised the Dr Balbir Singh Memorial Lecture at Dr Balbir Singh Sahit Sadan, Dehra Dun, to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Balbir Singh, a pioneer in the preparation of the “Nirukth” of Gurbani.

Safeguard interests of ex-servicemen, says Verma
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P Verma, today said society and every citizen should work unitedly to safeguard the interests of ex-servicemen. He was presiding over the 27th meeting of the Punjab Sainik Welfare Board here.

SAD demands CM’s resignation
Patiala, December 15
The General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, demanded the resignation of the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today. He made this statement during a press conference organised at Circuit House here.


Split in lawyers’ body averted
Sangrur, December 15
With the reported intervention of certain senior members and members of the Executive Committee of the District Bar Association (DBA), a formal split in the DBA was averted today.

Bail plea in dowry case rejected
Patiala, December 15
The anticipatory bail application of a father-son duo, allegedly involved in a dowry case, has been rejected by a local court. The bail application was filed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Archana Puri after Ms Monica Singla, on September 10, alleged that her husband Navdeep Singla and her father-in-law Diwan Chand Singla were mentally and physically harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry at the time of her marriage in January 2001.

SC stays Principal’s termination
Chandigarh, December 15
Issuing notice, the Supreme Court has stayed the termination order of Ludhiana-based Guru Nanak Dev College’s Principal Col Dr Dalvinder Singh Grewal. The termination order was passed on October 29.


Two held under Copyright Act
Amritsar, December 15
The Batala police has arrested two persons Surinder Kumar and Sonu, both residents of Amritsar, for allegedly printing bags of ‘Dawat’ brand rice for two local leading rice exporters.

Explosives seized in Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran, December 15
The Khemkaran police has seized seven rockets, two grenades and 30 9mm cartridges from a Khemkaran drain hidden underground. The police has registered a case under the Explosive Act.

Gang of burglars busted
Jalandhar, December 15
The district police claims to have busted a three-member gang of burglars with the arrest of its members and recovered stolen property worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh.

4 killed in road mishap
Bathinda, December 15
Four persons were killed and 10 hurt in a road accident near Lehra Mohabat village, on the Bathinda-Barnala road late last evening. The accident took place when a jeep and a military vehicle collided head-on.

Labourer killed in brawl
Jalandhar, December 15
A Nepali labourer was allegedly killed by a technician of a local factory after some arguments by the labourer here today. According to the police, the victim, identified as Kishan Lal and the technician Balwinderjit Singh entered into a brawl on the factory premises at Raj Nagar locality. Agitated Balwinderjit Singh attacked Kishan Lal with a hammer causing serious injuries on his head.


Unemployed teachers demand jobs
Bathinda, December 15
Mr Yadwinder Singh, district president, Berojgar Adhyapak Front, in a press note issued here today, said that the government was not serious about providing them jobs.

Unhappy with VC, write to Chancellor
riting representations to the Chancellor has become a fashion of late in Punjabi University with suspended teacher K.S. Sidhu sending his fourth representation to the Chancellor, asking for an inquiry against Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai for his "anti-academic and vindictive attitude".

Plan to set up law college
Faridkot, December 15
The Baba Farid Gurdwara Godri Sahib Management Committee plans to set up a Baba Farid co-educational law college here. A three-year and five-year degree courses will be introduced in the institution. Initially 60 students will be admitted in each course and later the strength will be increased. This was stated by Mr Inderjit Singh Sekhon, Chairman of the committee, here today.

Workshop for special children
Patiala, December 15
A three-day cultural workshop, “Pehchan” for special children was organised by Navjivini School in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre at Amar Ashram here today.


Industrial units against house tax
Bathinda, December 15
The Bathinda Small Industries Association has urged the local Municipal Corporation authorities not to levy house tax on different industrial units in various focal points dotting this city which were in a developing stage.


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