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Rai Sikhs forced to consume “urine”
Abohar, December 10
The BJP has threatened to raise the issue of forcing two members of the Rai Sikh community to consume “urine” in the coming session of the state Assembly.

Pak declares Billa persona non grata
Wagah, December 10
The government of Pakistan today sent Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, President, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, back to India by declaring him persona non grata, only 24 hours after his arrival at Wagah (Pakistan’s railway station).
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, President, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, shows his passport
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, President, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, shows his passport at Wagah on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Lahore Zila Nazim arrives
Amritsar, December 10
Mian Amer Mahmood, Zila Nazim, Lahore, today acknowledged the historical links between the city of Lahore and Amritsar and said the twin cities could cement their bonds with public participation.

Eruption of water hits hydel project
Mukerian, December 10
The work on the 18 MW hydel power project of the PSEB has come to a standstill due to eruption of water at the proposed foundation of the power houses. Sources told The Tribune that the eruption of water started at the site in September.

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NRI arrested for murdering wife
Barnala, December 10
The police has arrested Harpreet Singh, a citizen of Norway, for allegedly killing his wife Amarjit Kaur and then covering up the crime as a case of kidnapping.

Siberian cranes flutter past the waters over the Kanjli wetland
Siberian cranes flutter past the waters over the Kanjli wetland at Kanjli village in Kapurthala. Hundreds of such birds have recently arrived in the wetland. — Photo by Pawan Sharma

Probe ordered into sexual exploitation of girl
Nangal, December 10
Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Seema Jain today marked an inquiry into the alleged sexual exploitation of a local teenaged girl to the SDM, Anandpur Sahib.

Orders asking 7 DSPs to relinquish charge issued
Chandigarh, December 10
Three days after Punjab Home Department asked the state’s Director-General of Police (DGP) A.A. Siddiqui to “relieve” seven Deputy Superintendents of Police, orders asking them to relinquish charge were today issued.

Raju, Mala can live together, says court
Amritsar, December 10
The lesbian couple can live together, pronounced the duty magistrate after hearing the pleas of the two girls, Raju and Mala, who had been in the limelight for marrying each other.

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Scientific census of wild animals at last
Chandigarh, December 10
The Punjab Wildlife Department has woken up to the need of a scientific census of wild animals in the state. Long after the uproar over arbitrary culling of blue bulls and wild boars in Punjab, the Wildlife Department has decided to go in for an accurate counting of these animals before finalising the proposal of issuing permits to shoot them with the objective of culling.


Probe begins into misbehaviour case
Phagwara, December 10
The strike by revenue and ministerial staff in protest against the alleged misbehaviour with Naib-Tehsildar-cum-Duty Magistrate of Phagwara Seema Singh by President of the All-India Anti-Corruption Forum P.S. Passi entered its fourth day today. The protesters burnt an effigy of Mr Passi at Gol Chowk on GT Road and blocked traffic for half an hour.

Sikh clergy refuse to pardon Giani Gurdit Singh
Amritsar, December 10
The Sikh clergy of Patna Sahib today refused to rescind the edict under which Giani Gurdit Singh, author of controversial book, Mundavni, was declared tankhaiya The clergy also alleged that the proceedings of the Akal Takht were tampered with in the past which was an 'anti-panthic' act.

Relatives of Indians jailed in Pak stage dharna
Kapurthala, December 10
Parents and elder brothers of nearly 78 detainees from Doaba region, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu today staged a dharna outside a gurdwara demanded immediate release of their kin, who have been but behind bars of Lahore and Baluchistan.

Pak prisoner repatriated
Wagah, December 10
A Pakistan national, Rangila Bi, was repatriated to Pakistan by the Indian Government through the joint check post here today.

SGPC takes control of 2 gurdwaras
Amritsar, December 10
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has taken over the control of two historical gurdwaras — Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh, near Bhikhiwind, and Guru Ki Masit ( Hargobindpur ) — which had remained under the control of Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla, who is currently behind bars.

Poor girl gets free heart surgery
Jalandhar, December 10
With a hole in her heart, Seema, the 11-year-old daughter of a Himachal Pradesh based labourer, did not know a month ago whether she would be able to go to her school again and lead a normal life.

SAD to organise nagar kirtan on Dec 18
Moga, December 10
A 'nagar kirtan' mainly comprising youths would be kicked off from Anandpur Sahib on December 18 to mark the tercentenary of Sahibzadas’ martyrdom. Ludhiana MP and Punjab Youth Akali Dal chief Sharanjeet Dhillon said this while addressing a press conference here today.

Mann endorses Tamil Nadu’s move on seer
Ferozepore, December 10
Former MP and president of the SAD (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann said that the government should adopt the same yardstick and attitude while dealing with the Shankaracharya case which was adopted in the case of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Mr Mann was talking to the mediapersons at PWD Rest House here today.

Seminar on human rights held
Bathinda, December 10
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has been working to dispense justice and equality to all by ensuring the protection and implementation of their human rights.

Air Defence Regiment celebrates raising day
Pathankot, December 10
The Air Defence Regiment today celebrated its raising day by organising a blood donation camp. About 200 jawans of the regiment donated blood.

Rallies held against use of intoxicants
Faridkot, December 10
More than 20,000 students of different schools along with sarpanches, panches and members of various non-government organisations, carrying banners and placards against the use of intoxicants, participated in nearly 200 rallies against drug abuse which were organised by the district administration and district Red Cross Society jointly in all the 181 villages and urban areas simultaneously in Faridkot district yesterday.

PM may visit gurdwara, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 10
On the request of the Government of Punjab, Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, is likely to join the tri-centenary commemoration of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh from December 23 to to 26 at Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of district officials, political parties and other social organisations called to review the arrangements for the commemoration of historical event.


Dalit girl’s marriage: SDM records statements
Moga, December 10
Taking serious notice of the incident in which a Dalit girl’s marriage was disallowed at a Bahona village gurdwara, the district administration has swung into action.


5 Markfed employees suspended
Chandigarh, December 10
Five Markfed employees, including a senior branch officer, were today placed under suspension by the corporation’s Managing Director S.S.Channy for allegedly indulging in large scale bungling.

Census medals given for outstanding work
Chandigarh, December 10
Over 480 enumerators and supervisors from all over Punjab were awarded President of India’s Census Medals for outstanding contribution during census operations in the state in 2001. The medals were presented by Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Gen (retired) S.F. Rodrigues.


4 arrested in dowry death case
Jalandhar, December 10
The district police today arrested four members of a family, including a woman, on the allegation of murder of a newly wed woman for bringing inadequate dowry.


School run by student gets offer of help
Amritsar, December 10
Ajanta Senior Secondary School here has offered to manage Government Elementary School, Soyemajra (Ropar), as a gesture towards the girl students who have been without teacher for the past few months.


End brick-kiln owners’ woes, urge engineers
Patiala, December 10
The Association of Practising Civil Engineers today urged the Punjab Government to immediately intervene and end the ongoing strike by the brick kiln owners by ensuring supply of fly ash to the brick kilns, giving them loans at subsidised rates to bring in mechanisation and exempting bricks from sales tax.


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