‘Jee Aayan Nu’ by model village
Patiala, December 2
“Jee Aayan Nu”, said the banner erected on way to a tented enclosure where delegates of the World Punjabi Conference interacted and danced their way into the hearts of residents of Jalalpur village near here.
Members of the Pakistani delegation, who have come to participate in the World Punjabi Conference, enjoy at a reception held for them at Jalalpur village, near Patiala, on Thursday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Takht Patna Sahib bans book
Declares Giani Gurdit Singh ‘tankhaiya’
Amritsar, December 2
In an unprecedented move, the Sikh clergy of Takht Patna Sahib today declared Giani Gurdit Singh, a close associate of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, as ‘tankhaiya’ for the book ‘Mundawani’. They also imposed a ban on the book.
Chamkaur Sahib to get subdivisional status
Ropar, December 2
Chamkaur Sahib will be given the sub-divisional status soon, assured the president of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Mr H.S Hanspal, today while addressing a gathering of congress workers here.
SAD (A) changes route of Sikhi Sidak March
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has forged ahead in appreciating and recognising the contribution of Dewan Todar Mal in buying a piece of land for the cremation of two Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, by covering it with gold coins and later getting a part of their ashes preserved near his village, Kakra, where Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Aloarakh, was constructed afterwards.
degree colleges on the verge of closure
Chandigarh, December 2
Most of the engineering degree colleges have started crumbling for
want of students in Punjab. There are 40 engineering degree colleges
and of these 36 are in the private sector. Up to 60 per cent seats are
vacant in most of these colleges. In all there are 12,510 seats in
degree colleges and of these 5,172 are vacant.
Farmers protest against leaders’ arrest
Gurdaspur, December 2
Members of the Kirti Kisan Union and the Kisan Sangharsh Committee today held a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office to protest against the arrest of their leaders.
Awardee ‘kavi’ struggles to eke out a living
Chandigarh, December 2
To his customers, he is just another old man running the neighbourhood magazine “circulating library.” But for those who have an association with the Punjabi literary world, he holds an altogether different station. Perhaps, he occupies a pedestal that many others aspire for.
In fact, Shiv Nath will be among the select literary personalities who will be
honoured tomorrow by the Punjab Government with the prestigious Shiromani
Punjabi Kavi Award, 2001.
Shiv Nath with his grandson. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
1800 panchayats waiting for promised development grant
Mohali, December 2
More than 1800 village panchayats across the state are waiting for the past one-and-a-half-year for the Punjab Government to fulfil its promise of releasing a grant of Rs 2 lakh each for development. These panchayats were chosen through consensus during the last panchayat elections following the government’s announcement that special incentives and a sum of Rs 2 lakh each would be paid to such villages.
‘Trickster’ had tried his hands at politics
Jalandhar December 2
‘Trickster’ Subhash Bhagat, who has landed in the police net for allegedly selling fake certificates for Class XII, BDS, BAMS and D.Pharma, also had a taste for politics. He had contested Parliamentary elections as an Independent candidate against former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in 1989, former Rajasthan Governor Darbara Singh in 1996 and Assembly elections against Punjab Revenue Minister Amarjit Singh Samra in 2002.
Inspection of parks
Ludhiana, December 2
All attempts to thwart the inspection of municipal parks have failed and the district administration has finally started the same in the wake of strong opposition from the municipal authorities. The Municipal Corporation authorities have been trying to delay the inspection of the municipal parks and when the inspection started, they allegedly tried to create obstacles.
Tool-down strike by PSEB staff
Moga, December 2
The Technical Services Union today took out a protest rally against the proposed privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). The local staff went on a tool-down strike from 9 am to 11 am. Union activists also burnt an effigy of the PSEB Chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, at Joginder Singh Chowk here.
Excise officers’ meeting on Dec 18
Chandigarh, December 2
The annual general meeting of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Officers Association, which was to be held at Jalandhar on December 4, has been postponed and will now be held on December 18 at the same venue, Mr Paramjit Singh, general secretary of the association, announced here today.
Two get life sentence for kidnapping minor
Sangrur, December 2
In a case of kidnapping a minor for ransom, Mr Jaspal Singh Chugh, Additional Sessions Judge (Ad hoc), Fast Track Court, Sangrur, has awarded life imprisonment to two
accused, Vijay Inder Saini and Mohammad Asif, both residents of Malerkotla.
Batala, December 2
An unidentified person with muffled face today threw acid on a small group of girls, including Rajbir Kaur, Navneet and Shachi Khanna, of Batala near Khajuri Gate. However, all girls escaped with minor burns.
Dowry case registered
Kharar, December 2
The police has booked the husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law of a resident of Rasanheri village, near here, for alleged harassment.