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Randhawa summoned to Delhi,
meets Patel
Chandigarh, December 24
Crisis facing the Punjab Congress Legislature Party today took a significant turn after Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, a dissident leader and Cabinet Minister in the Punjab Government, had one-to-one meeting with Mr Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi, while remaining dissidents displayed their unity at a dinner held here.

CM convenes Cabinet meeting
Nation page: Pressure on high command to end Punjab crisis

Administrative breakdown in Punjab,
says Badal
Ludhiana, December 24
The former Chief Minister and SAD president Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that the state was facing constitutional crisis. He said despite admitting that he was in minority, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, continued to remain in power.

Daler’s police remand extended
Police forced singer to sign papers, says lawyer
Patiala, December 24
A local court today extended the police remand of Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi till December 28. This was done following the submission of a disclosure statement in his name by the prosecution.
Daler Mehndi outside the district courts in Patiala on Wednesday.
Daler Mehndi outside the district courts in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

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  Daler for inquiry into bribe charge
Patiala, December 24
Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi today claimed that members of the erstwhile Special Investigation Team knew about the details of the bribe money demanded from him by a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Parties mobilise supporters for conferences
Thousands throng mela on first day
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
The three-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela witnessed a massive gathering of devotees on the first day. The mela started with “akandpath” at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. Thousands of devotees made a beeline since early in the morning at gurdwaras to pay obeisance to the great martyrs.

A bhakti sangeet sammelan on the eve of Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib.
A bhakti sangeet sammelan on the eve of Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib

Akal Takht summons ‘Spokesman’ Editor
Amritsar, December 24
Chief Editor of monthly ‘Spokesman’ being published in English and Punjabi, which was once considered as ‘mouthpiece of the Panth’ has been summoned at Akal Takht on January 7 for his alleged blasphemous acts and for violating the directives issued by the Sikh clergy time and again.

Chief Khalsa Diwan poll postponed
Amritsar, December 24
In a significant development Akal Takht today directed to postpone the controversial elections of the Chief Khalsa Diwan scheduled to be held on January 4.

4 get bail in Badal case
Ropar, December 24
The Special Judge of Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, granted bail to four accused in the disproportionate assets case registered by the Punjab Vigilance against the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. They are Jagnandan, Harbans Lal, Pavitar Singh and Darshan Singh.

Why 900 more seats for Punjab polytechnics
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training on October 22 approved the creation of 900 more seats in 17 private polytechnics. The polytechnics were asked to admit students at their own level before November 19, while the first semester examinations were scheduled from December 4.


75 pc hospital staff found absent
Amritsar, December 24
As many as 25 doctors and Class III employees out of a total staff strength of 33 were found absent from duty during a raid conducted by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kulwant Singh, at the local TB Hospital here today.

Flesh trade accused charges Mayor with giving threats
Amritsar, December 24
In a twist to the flesh trade racket allegedly run by Congress leader Neelam Chaudhary, the accused (Neelam) today charged the Mayor, Mr Sunil Datti, of patronising her trade, bringing her into the Congress party and then threatening her to silence after she was exposed by the police.

BSF Jawans patrol the rail track near Attari
BSF Jawans patrol the rail track near the Attari railway station where Samjhauta Express is likely to resume its run from January 15, 2004, between India and Pakistan. — PTI

No X’mas holiday for Sangrur health staff
Sangrur, December 24
When all employees of the Punjab Government will enjoy a holiday on December 25 on the occasion of Christmas, hundreds of employees and doctors of the Health Department of Sangrur district will attend their respective offices, the Civil Hospital and rural health institutions, according to an order issued by the Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, to all SMOs, those in charge of all Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres of the district, all Programme Officers, and the office of the Civil Surgeon.

Rafi goes unsung in birthplace
Kotla Sultan Singh (Amritsar), December 24
Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi ironically remains ‘unsung’ on his birthday today, in his village 16 km from Amritsar. A gate stands in his name outside a Senior Secondary School and a park has been four walled to commemorate it to great singing sensation produced by this village in pre-Partition days.

Politicians, cops out to defend tainted SI
Chandigarh, December 24
A section of Punjab politicians and police officials is mounting pressure on Mr P.S. Sarao, DIG, Faridkot Range, to reinstate Sub-Inspector, Shamsher Singh ‘Gudu’ (Inspector, local rank) who was prematurely retired by the SSP, Mansa, on December 16.

Library sans staff, funds
Sangrur, December 24
The district library here lacks requisite staff has no funds, and its building is not maintained by the departments concerned. Membership of these library is said to be around 4,500. Nearly 100 readers visit its reading room everyday to keep in touch with the world through newspapers and magazines.


Ex-SMO, two others declared PO in fake bills scam
Muktsar, December 24
Mr Rakesh Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, has declared Dr Sohan Lal Arora, former Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Health Centre, Chak Sherewala village, Mr Bal Kishan, an employee of the Primary Health Centre, Chak Sherewala, and its cashier, Mr Kanwaljit Singh, as proclaimed offender after they failed to appear in the court in connection with the trial of a case registered against them for their alleged involvement in a fake bills scam which was detected in April 2003.

Order to file challan against ex-SSP
Patiala, December 24
A local court has rejected a cancellation report moved by the police with regard to a murder case registered against a former Senior Superintendent of Police of this district — Paramjit Singh Grewal and two other police personnel. It has ordered the filing of a police challan against the accused and issued notices to them in this regard.

Warrants to attach 4 cars of officers
Jalandhar, December 24
Mr S.K. Aggarwal, Additional District Judge, has issued warrants of attachments of four Ambassador cars being used by senior civil officials, including the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the GA to the Deputy Commissioner for failure of the state government to make payment of about Rs 22.85 lakh to Sukhjit Singh and others on account of enhancement of compensation.


Animal welfare camp held
Patiala, December 24
The Secretary for Dairy, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Mr D.S. Bains, inaugurated a new scheme for animal welfare at Mallewal village near here, today. The Deputy Director Animal Husbandry Department, Patiala, Mr R.S. Grewal, in collaboration with Horlicks, Nabha, organised an animal welfare camp at the village.


5 kg opium seized
Faridkot, December 24
The Kotkapura police has seized 5 kg opium from Sukhpreet Kaur, a resident of Bholuwala village. A case under Sections 18/61/85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against her at Sadar Kotkapura police station. In a press note issued here today. Mr Kulchhinder Singh SSP, said on a tip-off the police seized a bag from Sukhpreet and recovered the opium.


Moga enrols 10,850 kids under education scheme
Moga, December 24
Moga achieved distinction in the state by enrolling 10,850 children in the age group under education guarantee scheme.


Online tax refund on cards
Phagwara, December 24
Under the online transfer plan, the refund of the income tax assesses will be credited directly to their bank account instead of releasing the refund by post or by hand. This was declared here yesterday by Mr Kamal Kishore Kapila, Director General, Income Tax (Investigation), a release said here today.

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