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Mushtaq moots joint-panel on history
Efforts on for Hindu, Sikh festival in Pakistan
Amritsar, December 5
While unfolding the agenda for the next World Punjabi Conference proposed to be held on the eve of Baisakhi in Lahore next year, Mr Kanwal Mushtaq, its general secretary, said efforts would be made to revive common festivals of Hindus and Sikhs, including Lohri, Divali and Holi in Pakistan.
Mr Kanwal Mushtaq, General Secretary, World Punjabi Congress, with Mr Syed Majid Yazdani, poet and journalist from Lahore Mr Kanwal Mushtaq, General Secretary, World Punjabi Congress, with Mr Syed Majid Yazdani, poet and journalist from Lahore.

Cultural exchange could bring peace in region: Jamal
Hoshiarpur, December 5
Dr Jamaludeen Jamal 81, a well-known Punjabi scholar from Pakistan, who came to India to attend World Punjabi Conference at Patiala after 58 years of Partition opined that the present process of exchanging heritage culture by the scholars and writers of India and Pakistan could make relations more cordial between both the two countries and could be helpful the permanent peace in the subcontinent.

Dy Speaker mesmerises Elahi with Urdu couplets
Chandigarh, December 5
Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi, Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan), has been completely swept off his feet by the hospitality extended to him and his family by the Punjab Government led by Capt Amarinder Singh.

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Patna Jathedar not to attend Dec 8 meeting
Ludhiana, December 5
The Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, today said that he would not only boycott the meeting convened by Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti on December 8 but would also declare the latter a tankhaiya on December 10 if he failed to disassociate himself from Giani Gurdit Singh, author of the controversial book, “Mundavani”, by that time.

Probe ordered into graft charges against bank MD
Gurdaspur, December 5
The working of the Pathankot-based Hindu Cooperative Bank has come under cloud with the Department of Cooperatives initiating an inquiry into the corruption allegation against the Managing Director of the bank, Mr Suresh Gupta.

Bareta rape case
Rape case registered against accused
Bareta (Mansa), December 5
The local police has registered a rape case against the accused in a case pertaining to suicide by Navneet Kaur, alias Paramjit Kaur alias Pinki, of the town recently. Police sources said the rape case was registered against Bhagirath Lal, a rice mill owner and senior BJP leader, Surinder Kumar, also a rice mill owner, Dharam Pal, Charanjit Kaur, alias Golu, and Palwinder Singh, mother and husband of the victim, late last night after they were found guilty of the offence in an inquiry conducted by a senior police official.

Favourable response to Kisan Goshtis
Chandigarh, December 5
Harbeant Singh, an old farmer of Malwa belt, had a question. He wanted to know why the yield of his wheat crop had gone down by almost 20 per cent after he went in for zero tillage process.

Historical site in utter neglect
Ropar, December 5
Evidence of a historical site about the existence of Harappan civilisation at Bara village, about 6 km from Ropar, is vanishing. This is because the place has not been taken into possession either by the administration or preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.


Mann backs tirade against Vedanti
Phagwara, December 5
SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann today lent support to the anti-Vedanti observations made by Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Patna Sahib, describing these as bitter truths and food for thought among the Sikh diaspora.

Virbhadra rules out resignation by Kuldeep Kumar
Jalandhar, December 5
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today ruled out resignation by his Cabinet colleague and Industries Minister Kuldeep Kumar following the latter’s nomination as the new Congress state president.


Centre to introduce employment Bill: MP
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 5
There is no fundamental difference between the Left and the UPA government because the focus of the government was to ensure growth with social justice and creation of avenues of employment, particularly in the rural areas.

Regularisation of colony sought
Nawanshahr, December 5
Residents and plot holders of the local Baba Jujhar Singh Nagar situated near Barnala Gate are in a dilemma as the colony falls within the land proposed to be acquired by PUDA for setting up an urban estate here.

Activists of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu organisations raise slogans before courting arrest over the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya in Amritsar
Activists of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu organisations raise slogans before courting arrest over the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Grants under Ashirwad Scheme to be released soon
Gurdaspur, December 5
Ashirwad Scheme, a replacement of the Shagun Scheme run by the SAD/BJP Government, is likely to be implemented in the state. This was stated by Ms Gurkawal Kaur, state Minister for Social Security, here yesterday.

Gurdwara granted permission for nagar kirtan
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The event manager of the celebrations to mark the tercentenary of the martyrdom of Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, has allowed the management committee of Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Aloarakh, near Bhawanigarh in Sangrur district, to organise a nagar kirtan on the occasion.

Ramoowalia to take up SGPC problems
Amritsar, December 5
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, member, National Commission for Minority Education Institutions, yesterday offered to take up the problems faced by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee-run minority education institutions in the state.

PPCB exceeding its brief: IMA
Jalandhar, December 5
Irked over the “re-allocation” of areas to all four common bio-medical waste treatment facilities and making owners of hospitals jointly responsible for handling and treatment of biomedical waste by the Punjab Pollution Control Board without consulting it, the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, has accused the PPCB of exceeding its brief and violating the fundamental rights of consumers to select the service providers of their choice.

Eradi tribunal team visits Harike barrage
Harike, December 5
Two members of the Eradi water tribunal formed under the 1984 Rajiv Gandhi-Longowal accord for the distribution of water among Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, today visited the Ravi-Sutlej-Beas confluence here. The tribunal has been under political pressure to review the accord.

Death anniversary of Tapiala observed
Amritsar, December 5
The CPM today paid homage to freedom fighters, including Fauja Singh Bhullar, Gurdial Singh Tapiala, Achhar Singh China, and Sohan Singh Josh, at the 12th death anniversary of freedom fighter Dalip Singh Tapiala at his native village, Tapiala, located near the Indo-Pak border, about 24 km from here.

General category welfare body members
Phagwara, December 5
The Kapurthala district and Phagwara block units of the Punjab State General Categories Welfare Federation have been dissolved and new office-bearers elected.

HIV positive girl’s b’day celebrated
Bathinda, December 5
It was altogether a different function held here yesterday in connection with the birthday of a HIV positive girl, who was adopted by Mr Vijay Goyal, a social activist and state awardee, after the death of her parents, who were also HIV- positive.

6 of family hurt in accident
Phagwara, December 5
Six pilgrims, including an NRI couple, were injured in a road accident on the bridge of Chaheru Bein on the GT Road, 8 km from here, last evening. The pilgrims were returning in their car to Delhi after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Residents stage dharna against encroachment
Bathinda, December 5
Hundreds of residents of six newly developed localities today staged a dharna on the Amrik Singh road to protest against the non-removal of encroachment from one of the main roads of the town.

Residents of six localities stage a dharna in protest against the encroachment on Sunday.
— Photo by Sonu

Residents of six localities stage a dharna in protest against the encroachment


SC vacates stay on probe against police officials
Moga, December 5
The Supreme Court has vacated the stay on the probe against eight police personnel, including SP Jarnail Singh, and ordered a further investigation into a case in which Shavinder Pal Puri was falsely implicated in the recovery of 1.75 kg of opium.


Murder case of 6-yr-old boy solved, 1 held
Bathinda, December 5
The Bhagta Bhai Ka police of the district has solved the blind murder case of six-year-old Birbal, alias Vicky, that took place on April 12, 2004, at Bhagta Bhai Ka town. The police also arrested Mansa Singh, who was allegedly involved in the crime.


Pvt colleges deny gratuity to promotees
Gurdaspur, December 5
“Is it a sin to do Ph.D and become principal of a college?” asks Mr Rakesh Mohan Sharma, Principal, SPN College, Mukerian, who has been fighting with the management of his previous college to get gratuity.

No schoolbuilding for deaf and dumb children
Gurdaspur, December 5
The children at the deaf and dumb school here are without any building or basic facilities. Their teaching is being carried out in the meeting room of the Small Savings Department. Among the files and meetings of the department, teachers of the deaf and dumb school are forced to impart them training.

Deaf and dumb children attending classes in the meeting room of the Small Savings Department . — Tribune photo Karam Singh

Deaf and dumb children attending classes in the meeting room of the Small Savings Department

PCCTU decision endorsed
Amritsar, December 5
Prof H.S. Walia, vice-president of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, and Prof Parminder Singh, secretary of the PCCTU today fully endorsed the decision taken by office-bearers of the PCCTU to postpone the programme of courting arrest by the teachers, slated for Chandigarh on December 7.

PCCTU general secy’s decision condemned
Jalandhar, December 5
Two office-bearers and 11 executive committee members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union flayed the union general secretary for postponing the executive committee decision to court arrest at Chandigarh on December 7 in support of the teachers' long-standing demands.


Rice millers threaten to move HC
Fategarh Sahib, December 5
Procurement agencies of the state govt have allegedly committed a fraud with rice millers of the State amounting to crores of rupees as they did not passed on maintenance and custody charges of paddy which the agencies got from the Central Government to the millers.

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