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Khalsa Diwan row: efforts for compromise on
Ludhiana, December 25
The five-member committee setup by Akal Takht to resolve the Chief Khalsa Diwan dispute has decided to explore a compromise between the two factions.

Mela devoid of merry-making
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 25

All political parties during their conferences tried to take mileage from the initiative taken by the district administration to commemorate the Shaheedi Jor Mela of the younger Sahibzadas, who were bricked alive.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh comes out after paying obeisance at the Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara along with PPCC President H.S. Hanspal and Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh.

Jor Mela solemn again
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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh comes out after paying obeisance at the Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara

PHRC satisfied over government action
Chandigarh, December 25
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has expressed satisfaction over the prompt action taken by the state government against some drunken policemen who allegedly shot dead a boy in Patiala in August for delay in bringing tea for them.


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Ahmadiyyas from Pak arrive for convention
Wagah, December 25
The 362-member delegation of Ahmadiyya Muslims which today crossed over to India through this joint checkpost remained tight-lipped about their nightmarish life in Pakistan as they were “persecuted” there for more than three decades.

Ahmadiyya Muslims from Pakistan arrive at the Indo-Pak Wagah joint checkpost on Thursday. 
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma 
Ahmadiyya Muslims from Pakistan arrive at the Indo-Pak Wagah joint checkpost on Thursday.

Wrappers of drugs found in school toilets
Ropar, December 25
Schoolchildren are increasingly becoming susceptible to psychotropic drugs that are openly available at chemist shops in the district. The activists of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha today collected empty bottles, wrappers and injections of such drugs from various schools in the Nangal area to highlight the problem of drug abuse among the schoolchildren.

Christmas spirit visits Punjab
Christmas was celebrated at Balchak and Shikar-machhaan village on the Batala-Dere Baba Nanak link road, near here. Mr B.M. Choudhary, President-cum Head of Christian Institute for Religious Studies, Baring Union Christian College, Batala, presided over the function. Mr Choudhary also distributed woollen blankets and clothes among needy members of the Christian community.

Flashback ’03
Tohra makes comeback as SGPC chief
Amritsar: Appearing of the Shiromani Akali Dal President before Akal Takht, re-induction of veteran Sikh leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra as SGPC chief, denying kirtan and seva to the Sikh women which ultimately led to the unceremonious removal of Prof Manjit Singh as Jathedar of Takht Keshgarh Sahib, implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar, ex-communication of Canada-based cop-turned Sikh scholar Gurbax Singh Kala-Afghana, debarring ‘Sehajdharis’ from voting in the General Election of the SGPC and declaring Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as ‘martyr’ were some of the significant developments witnessed in this year.


Councillors support beleaguered Mayor
Amritsar, December 25
A majority of councillors belonging to all political parties today lent their support to the beleaguered Mayor, Mr Sunil Datti, while the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, also backed him. Mr Datti was allegedly embroiled in the unsavoury flesh trade controversy, which had triggered discontentment in the ruling party.

Party for Khalistan floated
Amritsar, December 25
A new political party, Shiromani Akali Dal (International), headed by Mr Atinderpal Singh, a former MP from Patiala, was launched here today.


Ludhiana-Amritsar rail section electrification by March
Phillaur, December 25
The Northern Railway will open eight “Computerised Ticket Reservation Centres” at eight district headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir by March next year. This was stated here today by Divisional Railway Manager Hukam Chand Punia. Such centres would be at Fazilka, Kotkapura, Nawanshahr, Mukerian and Chakki Bank in Punjab by March, 2004.

Negligence caused sparks in train’s junction box
Phagwara, December 25
The four-member probe panel, inquiring into the causes of sparking in the junction box of a coach (E-C-01484 AB) of the Amritsar-Darbhanga Jansewa Express near Jandiala Guru on November 18, has submitted its report to Mr Hukam Chand Punia, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore Division, Northern Railway.

Rescheduling of train times sought
Barnala, December 25
Commuters on the Barnala-Bathinda rail section are sore at train times of Delhi-bound two trains running between Bathinda and Delhi via Barnala, Dhuri, Patiala and Ambala as there is no night train for Dhuri, Patiala, Ambala and Delhi.

Red Cross to train blind, disabled
Bathinda, December 25
The health authorities and the District Red Cross Society have decided to identify blind and physically challenged persons in the district so that they could be trained in different vocations to enable them to earn their livelihood.

DSP dismissed for outraging woman’s modesty
Abohar, December 25
DSP Bhanwer Singh Shekhawat, who was charged with outraging the modesty of the wife of a government doctor during his posting at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, has been dismissed.

Centre to make plastic-based limbs
Sangrur, December 25
The District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) authorities here would develop a high-tech centre for fabricating plastic-based light-weight endoskeleton prosthetic limbs in a couple of months with this high technology. The centre will be the first such centre to adopt this technique in Punjab.

Plea to take up Sikh issues at SAARC summit
Phagwara, December 25
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee should also take up Sikh issues when the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir is discussed between him and his Pakistani counterpart during the SAARC summit in Islamabad in January.

Call to oppose French legislation
Chandigarh, December 25
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today asked Sikhs to join others to oppose French legislation banning ‘visible’ religious symbols.

Consumers Day celebrated
Patiala, December 25
The Patiala Consumers and Telephone Subscribers Forum organised its annual conference on National Consumers Day at Central Library here yesterday.


Council to spend 2 cr on amenities
Phagwara, December 25
The Nagar Council here presently will spend nearly Rs 2 crore for city’s facelift and on projects like roads, streets, drains, sewerage and water supply and other civic amenities. Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, Council President, stated this yesterday, has completed one year in office.

Procedure of IT raids changed
Phagwara, December 25
Mr K.K. Kapila, Director-General, Income Tax (Investigation), North-West, on Tuesday told newsmen that 15 big raids were conducted in the region during the year and concealed money to the tune of billions of rupees was unearthed.

Income tax offices to be computerised
Phillaur, December 25
The Income Tax Department offices of the north-west region of North India will be computerised within the next six months and the department will introduce electronic filing of returns of income tax assesses.


Cheating cases doubled this year, says police chief
Bathinda, December 25
Even as the cases pertaining to cheating witnessed a jump of nearly 100 per cent in the current year as compared to the cases of cheating registered in the previous year and cases pertaining to the theft witnessed a jump of 50 per cent as compared to the cases of previous year, the district police authorities have decided to lay stress on reducing the number of pending cases and trying to reduce the number of preventable crimes in the next year.

Three arrested for gambling
Barnala, December 25
The local police has arrested three persons under Sections 13A, 3-67 of the Gambling Act in three cases.

One arrested for duping 12 persons
Abohar, December 25
The city police has arrested Daljit Singh in connection with “kabootarbazi” episode. He has been remanded in judicial custody by the court. The police had on Saturday registered a case against Jatinder Singh, a Chandigarh-based homoeopath and son of a “sex specialist” Vaid Daljit Singh and his brother Inderjit Singh of Dharam Nagri here.


VC throttling voice of dissent, alleges Pal
Patiala, December 25
Punjabi University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, today lashed out at Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai, saying a non-academician could not run the university.

Pbi varsity sacks APRO
Patiala, December 25
Punjabi University has terminated the services of an Assistant Public Relations Officer (APRO), who was alleged to have been wrongly confirmed in his job by the then Registrar, Dr K.S. Sidhu.

Construction of controversial Kala Bhavan begins
The construction of Kala Bhavan, which began during the tenure of the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, restarted after being at a standstill for quite some time.

NGO urges citizens to join hands
Patiala, December 25
Helping Hands Society, an NGO, started by a group of engineers in 1996, is now looking forward to others to join hands with them so that they could serve mankind in a better way.

Degrees conferred on 318 students
Phagwara, December 25
As many as 318 degrees were today conferred on girl graduate and post-graduate students by Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, GNDU, Amritsar, at the 28th convocation-cum-annual prize distribution function of the local Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara.


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