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My son innocent, says Preneet
Nabha, December 30
Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala and wife of Capt Amarinder Singh, has urged the media to play a constructive role in diffusing the prevailing crisis in the ruling Congress party. She was here to inaugurate a cultural night organised by the local Maharaja Hira Singh Memorial Cultural Club. She was accompanied by local MLA Randip Singh.

DCC concerned over crisis in Congress
Amarinder adopting double standards, says Badal

Pak must act to fight terror: Shashank
Wagah, December 30
D. Shashank India expects Pakistan to take positive steps to combat terrorism and declare its resolve to do so, remarked Mr D. Shashank, Foreign Secretary, who crossed over to Pakistan today to attend a meeting of the SAARC standing committee starting tomorrow in Islamabad. He said two important agreements on social reforms and industrial growth were likely to be signed at the forthcoming summit.

Parliamentarian from Pakistan for 
intellectuals’ role in talks

Pak boy arrives for eye surgery

Multi-crore fake permit racket unearthed
Ludhiana, December 30
Close on the heels of the Telgi fake stamp paper scam, the Ludhiana police has unearthed a multi-crore racket of fake vehicle registration copies, driving licences, insurance papers and national route permits, spanning over 150 cities in 10 states. The racket was allegedly run by an Agra- based woman.

Punjab IG dies of heart attack
Mohali, December 30
Punjab Inspector-General of Police Ramesh Chander Prasad died here this morning following a heart attack. The 52-year-old IPS officer was currently serving as IGP, Provisions and Traffic.

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Volunteers take out a traditional Jaago ceremony, urging everyone in Bathinda to get their kids below the age of 5 immunised against polio AWAKE DEARS! Volunteers take out a traditional Jaago ceremony, urging everyone in Bathinda to get their kids below the age of 5 immunised against polio, on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

State Cabinet defers toll policy
Chandigarh, December 30
Due to differences among the ministers, the approval of the toll policy for roads and bridges in Punjab to be effective from April 1, 2004, was today deferred by the Council of Ministers.

Homecoming leaves Om Puri nostalgic
Patiala, December 30
It is a homecoming that has left Om Puri fraught with emotions. As the car approached the “tonga” stand in the sleepy little town of Sanour, near here, the actor forbade his co-passengers to point out the way to his school, insisting that he would figure it out himself.

Actor Om Puri with wife Nandita and son Ishann at Harpal Tiwana’s house in Patiala.
Actor Om Puri with wife Nandita and son Ishann at Harpal Tiwana’s house in Patiala.


Blind Chandu Lal Aggrawal and his family members at their house in Jalandhar on Tuesday.
Blind Chandu Lal Aggrawal and his family members at their house in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Photo by Sukhwinder
Defying all odds in life                               
 Jalandhar, December 30
He has virtually been defying blindness for over 59 years by striving to lead a near normal life and by attaining a height in business like any other normal businessman. Now when he is 64, Chandu Lal Aggrawal has exhibited an inimitable zeal for life by making an effort to overcome his heart ailment by undergoing a complex heart operation.

State policy on compassionate appointments
Chandigarh, December 30
The Punjab Council of Ministers today condemned concerted attempts at the national level, the NDA government, to destabilise constitutionally elected governments and create impediments in the functioning of the Congress-ruled states.

Court orders to shift dairies
Jalandhar, December 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the dairy owners in Jalandhar to shift their dairies to the Jamsher Dairy complex by January 6. Talking to reporters here today, the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Ms Sarojini Gautam Sharda, said the Dairy Development Association had filed a public interest writ petition in the high court to delay the shifting of dairies on account of the non-provision of proper facilities at the Jamsher Dairy complex.


Punjab issues 2 million birth certificates to children
Chandigarh, December 30
As part of the nationwide campaign to issue birth certificates to all children aged less than 10, Punjab has taken a lead by distributing more than 2 million certificates in just a-month-and-a-half.

Ex-Improvement Trust officer in the dock
Amritsar, December 30
A former Additional Executive Officer of the Improvement Trust, Mr Rooplal Bhagat, is again in the eye of a storm. The trust has sent a detail note to the Punjab Government levelling charges against Mr Bhagat for alleged acts of omission and commission in cases of sale agreements.

Rs 14 cr for Chamkaur Sahib roads
Ropar, December 30
In view of the forthcoming tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh, the Punjab Government would spend Rs 14 crore to widen and strengthen all approach roads leading to Chamkaur Sahib.


FLASHBACK ‘03: Crime in Punjab
Trust statistics, corruption is on decline in Punjab!
IF statistics are to be believed, corruption, in spite of the sensational cases registered against the Badal family and Daler Mehndi this year, has been on the decline in Punjab. Against 104 cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act in 2002, only 78 cases were registered in 2003, to give credence to the impression that statistics, manipulative as they are, seldom reflect the true picture.

Police claims decrease in crime
Hoshiarpur, December 30
Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, claimed yesterday that crime remained under control in 2003. In 2002, 31 cases of murder were registered compared to 38 in 2003. There was slight increase in murder cases yet all cases (except 2) were traced and there was decrease of 16 cases in attempt to murder.

3 held for missing girl’s death
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 30
A sensational case of “murder” of BA-1 student, Sonia (17), has come to light. The girl was missing from her residence at Mandi Gobindgarh since May 5. According to Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, Mr Bhoj Raj, a peon in the Mandi Gobindgarh Municipal Council, along with his wife and relatives, had met him regarding the disappearance of his girl.


Varsity to set up centre for development of Punjabi
Patiala, December 30
Punjabi University has decided to establish a Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language under which facilities will be provided for learning Gurmukhi anywhere in the world besides making research material in Punjabi available on the Internet.

Notice issued to Punjabi University
Chandigarh, December 30
Taking up a special leave petition filed by a Patiala resident, Dr Inderjit Singh against Punjabi University, the Supreme Court of India has issued notice to the varsity authorities. He had challenged the judgement and order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court pronounced on September 2 regarding filling of a post in the Forensic Science Department.

Principal faces charges on retirement eve
Faridkot, December 30
A function organised by the Parent-Teacher Association Brijindra Manch and the Old Students Association to honour Mr Harcharan Singh Punia, Principal of the local Government Brijindra College a day before his retirement today, took a controversial turn when 10 professors and three council members of the institution staged a dharna in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Principal towards the teachers.


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