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22 HIV positive cases detected in Sangrur district
Rallies, seminars mark World AIDS Day
Sangrur, December 1
Of the 286 suspected cases of HIV referred to the local Civil Hospital’s Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing Centre this year by doctors of various government and private health institutions of the district so far, 22 have tested positive.

Schoolchildren and volunteers of various organisations take out a rally in Bathinda city Amritsar district leads in HIV positive cases

Schoolchildren and volunteers of various organisations take out a rally in Bathinda city on Wednesday.
— Photo by Sonu

Punjabi conference starts on fond hopes
Patiala, December 1
For the scores of Punjabis who have descended on the city for the World Punjabi Conference from both sides of the border, Punjabi University campus today took on a different connotation altogether.
Delegates at the World Punjabi Conference pose for a group picture Akalis invited to Punjabi conference, says spokesperson

Memories to be cherished: Delegates at the World Punjabi Conference pose for a group picture. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar




Break down barriers, create SAARC visa: Pak poet
Patiala, December 1
Talk to Fakhar Zaman and one can understand as to why this man is one of the most sought after in the world of Punjabi literature. Love for his language, and the passion with which he nurtures it are evident enough.

Z-plus security for Elahi 
Amritsar, December 1
Even as West Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi faces Al-Qaida threat, the Punjab police have made unprecedented security arrangements by requisitioning forces from six police districts for his visit to the holy city here tomorrow.

Call for common Punjabi market
Patiala, December 1
Punjabis from both sides of the border in India and Pakistan today gathered and mulled over what they had lost since the partition. As much as Rs 20,000 crore was a conservative estimate drawn up on the occasion.

Consumer is king Message to PSEB
Chandigarh, December 1
The consumer is the king! Who would know better than the Punjab State Electricity Board, which has been ordered by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission to lower the tariff rates and, thus, pass on to the state’s 54 lakh consumers a benefit of Rs 400 crore.

Govt releases money for jails’ upgradation
Chandigarh, December 1
Less than a month after a report was carried in these columns regarding the Punjab Government’s failure to hand over its share of Rs 3.72 crore for upgrading jails in the state, the authorities have released the first installment of Rs 56 lakh.

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Gurdwara seeks ‘recognition’ on Sahibzadas’ issue
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 1
Though the SGPC and other Sikh organisations are yet to consider the appeal to accord recognition to the historically important Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Aloarakh, near Bhawanigarh in Sangrur district, where an urn reportedly containing a part of the ashes of Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh — the two young Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh is preserved, devotees from all corners of the country have started visiting the gurdwara to pay their obeisance.

Pawar to inaugurate Agro Tech, 2004
Chandigarh, December 1
The Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, will inaugurate Agro Tech, 2004, here on December 3 while the Chief Ministers of the two Punjabs and Finance Minister of Haryana will be the guests of honour on the opening day of the four-day event.

Teacher promoted after death!
Bathinda, December 1
It was the heartfelt desire of Jagjit Singh, a teacher in a government school of this district to get a promotion. But when the district education authorities gave him the promotion, he was no more.

Baba Balbir Singh arrested in eye sale racket case
Patiala, December 1
The Patiala Police today arrested Baba Balbir Singh who runs the All India Pingla Ashram on the outskirts of the city as it claimed that two more eye specialists of the city were involved in the eye sale racket which it had busted two days back by arresting an employee of a local eye hospital.


Non-Jats feel alienated from Akali Dal
Ludhiana, December 1
Non-Jat Sikhs are feeling distanced from the mainstream of the Sikh Panth. For the last three decades no notable second rung leader from among the non-Jat sikhs has surfaced in Akali politics.

Sukhbir, Dhillon to address Youth Akali workers on Dec 4
Chandigarh, December 1
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal and Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, both Members of Parliament, will address senior leaders and office-bearers of the Youth Akali Dal and senior functionaries of the district units of the Dal at Sector 27 Kalgidhar Niwas here on December 4, Mr Harsukhinder Singh Badal, general secretary of the Youth Dal, announced today.


Dr Aujla gives 92 lakh for Kala Bhavan
Chandigarh, December 1
“To live a pure and unselfish life, one must understand that nothing in the world belongs to you”. These words of Buddha aptly describe what Dr Rachhpal Singh Aujla is. Dr Aujla lives amidst abundance of money in the USA, but he never considers it as his own.

Accounts of 200 provident fund defaulters attached
Bathinda, December 1
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has attached bank accounts of more than 200 defaulting business firms and companies. The EPFO has also started seizing the property of the owners of the defaulting companies and today it seized a bus belonging to the Sewak Bus Service and Transport Company, Moga, after its owner failed to make contribution of Rs 12.29 lakh into its Employees Provident Fund.

Govt notifies names of Wakf Board members
Chandigarh, December 1
The Punjab Government has notified the names of six Wakf Board members, including Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana, state’s Additional Director-General of Police Mohammad Izhar Alam and Dr Nashir Naqvi of Punjabi University at Patiala.

He cycles to fulfil dreams
Wagah (Amritsar), December 1
Rogers (40), an Englishman who is on a world tour on a bicycle, entered India yesterday after crossing over the joint checkpost here from Pakistan. India is the twentythird country he is visting.

Punsup employees demand HRA
Bathinda, December 1
The Punsup Employees Union, Punjab, has threatened to launch an agitation if the authorities concerned failed to make arrangements for the payment of full house rent allowance and conveyance allowance to them.

Hospital staff call off strike
Hoshiarpur, December 1
Doctors, paramedical staff, nurses and Class IV employees here today called off strike on the request of Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab. The protest had started following an assault on Dr Bhupinder Singh, Medical Officer in the OPD of the local Civil Hospital, by seven undertrails yesterday.

Tributes paid to Hans Raj Sharma
Chandigarh, December 1
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and members of the Punjab Council of Minister as well as Congress Legislature Party, joined Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief S. Hanspal in paying rich tributes to former PPCC chief and ex-Finance Minister of state, Mr Hans Raj Sharma, who died here last night after a prolonged illness.


Contempt proceedings: Chahal given more time to appear
Chandigarh, December 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today agreed to the request of Mr B.I.S. Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, for adjourning contempt of court proceedings against him on medical grounds.


Inside Babudom
Govt decides to remove nine PPS officers
Chandigarh, December 1
It’s final. The Punjab Government has decided to remove nine PPS officers occupying the post of Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs). The authorities have also resolved to remove another PPS officer occupying a Commandant’s post.

Carrying of arms banned in Chamkaur Sahib
Ropar, December 1
In order to prevent any untoward incident during the three-day samagam at Chamkaur Sahib to commemorate 300 years of martyrdom of the Sahibzadas, the district administration today banned carrying of arms, and entry of private security guards till December 31 in Chamkaur Sahib.


Man kills son; arrested
Moga, December 1
A man, who had killed his wife about a year and half back, killed his son at Khosa Pando village, near here, today. Sources said that the accused, Shamsher Singh, was an ex-panchayat member of the village.

Rs 10 lakh looted, 1 held
Hoshiarpur, December 1
The police here has solved a dacoity case of Rs 10 lakh within an hour. The robbery took place at a sugar mill at Mukerian last night. Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP Nawanshahr, having the additional charge of Hoshiarpur district, also told mediapersons here today that at 2.15 a.m., five persons came in a Santro car and parked it near the gate of the sugar mill.

Truckers clash, SHO shifted for incompetency
Malout, December 1
Following a clash between two groups of truck operators in the local truck union yesterday, Mr Gurmail Singh, Station House Officer, city police station, was shifted to the police lines as he failed to control the situation or reach the spot in time.

2 brothers held for abetting suicide
Pathankot, December 1
A man and his brother have been arrested by the local police for allegedly forcing the former’s wife Sandhla Devi, a local resident, to commit suicide. The police said today that Vinod Kumar, a local resident, alleged that his sister, Sandhla Devi, got married to Manohar Lal, a local resident, about 12 years ago.

Held for smuggling charas
Pathankot, December 1
The police has arrested a charas smuggler, Sawaran Kumar, alias Bittu, a resident of Sawan Chak, (J&K) and seized 1 kg charas from his possession. He was nabbed at Madhopur near here.


Children of 11 schools take part in Virasat — 2004
Kharar, December 1
Inter-school shabad gayan, essay reading and turban-tying competition, Virasat
— 2004, was organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School here today.

Students beat up bus conductor
Moga, December 1
A group of students from the local Industrial Training Institute today beat up a private bus conductor and a commuter, injuring them, besides damaging the bus.

JE interview letters dispatched
Chandigarh, December 1
The staff selection committee has dispatched interview letters to qualified candidates seeking recruitment as Junior Engineers (Civil).


Massive increase in revenue from cattle fairs’ auction
Mohali, December 1
The Punjab government has, for the first time in the past 30 years, auctioned cattle fairs organised across the state through the year.

FCI’s policy on rice irks millers
Jalalabad, December 1
The Punjab Rice Millers Association has criticised the Food Corporation of India (FCI)’s move not to accept raw rice from parboiled rice millers.

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