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PSGPC committed to upholding ‘maryada’, says Mastan Singh
Amritsar, December 9
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) president, Mr Mastan Singh, has said he was committed to implement the ‘maryada’, approved by Akal Takht and SGPC in toto in all Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

Rs 60 cr project to improve sanitary conditions in villages
Mohali, December 9
The Punjab Government will implement a Rs 60-crore project aimed at improving sanitary conditions in villages. The scheme called “swachh ghar swachh pind’ will facilitate the setting up of low-cost sewer systems in at least 250 villages across the state.

Girls who married each other brought home
Amritsar, December 9
While the father of one of the two girls who had run away to get married to each other by breaking all the cultural and social barriers has refused to accept her, the police is in a quandary over this, as law does not have any provision in this regard. Raju (left) and Mala at their residence in Amritsar on Thursday on their return from New Delhi where they got married.
Raju (left) and Mala at their residence in Amritsar on Thursday on their return from New Delhi where they got married. — PTI photo

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Teenaged girl exploited, goes missing
Nangal December 9
A case of exploitation of a poor minor girl has been brought to light by a Non-Government Organisation, Arpan. About a 14-year old girl, residing in the Raj Nagar locality of Nangal town, has been reported to be seven months pregnant because certain wards of influential people of the town allegedly exploited her sexually.

SAD protest against govt policies
Hoshiarpur, December 9
Workers of the SAD, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, and Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary, SAD, staged a protest infront of the Mini Secretariat here today to register their resentment against the working of the Congress government in Punjab.


Terrorist activity in J&K down, says BSF chief
Hoshiarpur, December 9
Pakistan-supported militants have tried their level best to annex Jammu and Kashmir from India, but on account of the commendable services and sacrifices of BSF personnel, they have not succeeded in their mission.

Members of Pakistani music group Junoon pose after crossing over to India through Wagah joint check-post
Members of Pakistani music group Junoon pose after crossing over to India through Wagah joint check-post on Thursday. The band will perform in Patiala, venue of the first Indo Pak Punjab Games 2004. — PTI

Wakf Board asks residents to vacate houses
Bathinda, December 9
Panic gripped the occupants of a section of houses and hutments located in Udham Singh Nagar and Vir Singh Nagar when they were asked to vacate their dwellings by officials of the Wakf Board accompanied by policemen today. Hundreds of residents of these localities, who assembled in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to meet him, said that they had been living in these houses and hutments for the past 15 to 20 years after purchasing the land.

Hindu jatha leaves for Pakistan
Amritsar, December 9
A 91-member Hindu jatha left for Pakistan on a pilgrimage to Shadani Darbar – Hayat Pitafi and other Hindu shrines by the Samjhauta Express via Attari rail route from here today.

PF not released even after 12 yrs of retirement
Barnala, December 9
As many as five retired professor of the S.D. College are awaiting the release of their provident fund which has not been released even after nearly 12 years of their retirement. The management committee of S.D. College has even failed to provide the records relating to the provident fund account statements.

Dashmesh canal to be given priority: Kanwaljit
Kharar, December 9
Work on Dashmesh canal will be taken up on priority if the SAD comes to power in the state in the next elections.

N.S. Bawa selected for Indo-Pak conference
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 9
Dr N.S.Bawa, a renowned social worker hailing from Bassi Pathana, who wrote various books on female foeticide has been included in the Indian doctors delegation which will attend a conference in Pakistan.

All set for mela at Chamkaur Sahib
Mohali, December 9
Final touches are being given to the arrangements by the district administration, Ropar, in connection with the martyrdom tercentenary of the Sahibzadas to be observed from December 19 to 21.

Magistrate leads protest march
Phagwara, December 9
Tehsildar-cum-Executive Magistrate Hardip Singh Dhaliwal today led a protest march over delay in the arrest of President of the All-India Anti-Corruption Forum P.S. Passi and others who had allegedly used foul language against local Naib-Tehsildar-cum-Duty Magistrate Seema Singh. Safai karamcharis also joined the march.

Cold claims life
Bathinda, December 9
The cold wave, which has started sweeping this region, claimed a life this morning when an unidentified destitute, who was suffering from tuberculosis, died on one of the platforms on the local railway station.

PSEB sports official bereaved
Patiala, December 9
Narbhai Singh, father of the Deputy Director (Sports), Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Vir Devinder Singh, died here last night. He was 81. He was cremated today.


Farmers take to direct marketing of potato
Kapurthala, December 9
Irked over the low prices offered to them by the mandis in the Doaba region, potato farmers here have taken a decision to market their produce directly to the mandis of West Bengal and Assam.

Kirti Kisan Union activists block traffic
Moga, December 9
Demanding the immediate release of six farmers of Khosa Pando village, hundreds of Kirti Kisan Union activists today blocked traffic on Joginder Singh Chowk here.


2,200 posts to be filled in Animal Husbandry Dept
Pathankot, December 9
The Punjab Government is considering a proposal to fill 2,200 vacancies of veterinary officers, pharmacists and peons in the Department of Animal Husbandry on contract basis. A committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been constituted to work out the modalities for the recruitment.


Six Markfed and FCI officials held
Amritsar, December 9
The Vigilance Bureau here today arrested five Markfed and one FCI employees on the charge of bribery.

Special police team begins Bareta rape case probe
Bareta (Mansa), December 9
A special police team constituted by the DIG, Punjab police (Faridkot range), Mr G.S. Grewal, today visited the town to conduct an inquiry in connection with the alleged rape and subsequent suicide of a local girl Pincky, by a few residents, including industrialist, on December 1.

Woman killed by husband
Moga, December 9
A woman was killed by her husband at Sosan village, near here, today.

Punjabi singer assaulted
Bathinda, December 9
A murderous attack was allegedly made on renowned Punjabi singer Balkar Sidhu and on some musicians of his group while they were sitting in his house.


Guru Granth Sahib conference begins
Amritsar, December 9
Prof S.A. Ali, Vice-Chancellor, Hamdard University, New Delhi, today delivered a keynote address at the three-day international conference on “Guru Granth Sahib: Challenges and Response in the New Millennium” organised by Guru Nanak Dev University under aegis of the Department of Guru Nanak Studies.


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