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SGPC seeks clarification from Unesco
Amritsar, December 13
Without involving the Central Government, the SGPC has directly sought clarification from Unesco regarding pre-conditions for granting world heritage status to the Golden Temple.

10 p.c. extra for WB-aided water
Chandigarh, December 13
People in the rural areas opting for the World Bank-funded drinking water supply and sanitation facilities would have to make at least 10 per cent contribution in such schemes.

Patna Sahib jathedar to attend clergy meeting
Amritsar, December 13
Bibi Jagir Kaur, President of the SGPC, today claimed that Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib, had decided to sink differences with Jathedar Akal Takht in the larger interest of the Sikh Panth. 

First use of ‘Hindustan’ by Guru Nanak: Jodh Singh
Chandigarh, December 13
Who was first to use the word Hindustan? Obviously, it is the most difficult question to answer. “Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, was first to use this word.

Inside Babudom
Randhawa gets back old posting
Chandigarh, December 13
Assistant Inspector-General of Police Inderjit Singh Randhawa is back in the same saddle. In less than two months after he was shifted from the post of Ferozepore’s Superintendent of Police (Vigilance Bureau), Mr Randhawa has been posted back.

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Revenue staff go on leave, seek arrest of anti-graft forum head
Phagwara, December 13
The Kapurthala district Tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars-cum-Executive Magistrates and Duty Magistrates today took mass casual leave and went on a two-day strike. They also joined the ongoing agitation inside the Courts Complex at Phagwara. 

Marriages between girls becoming a reality
Ludhiana, December 13
The same-sex marriage between two girls of Amritsar is not an isolated case in the state. Such relationships, hitherto unheard- of in Punjab, are fast becoming a reality with cases of as many as four more girls reported to the Ludhiana and Amritsar police in the past few months.


CPM (Pasla) criticises UPA government
Pathankot, December 13
The three-day state level conference of the CPM (Pasla) began here today. Hundreds of delegates of the party from all over the state are taking part in the conference.


Chamkaur Sahib readies for devotees
Ropar, December 13
The district administration and the SGPC have made arrangements for the stay of about 60,000 devotees at Chamkaur Sahib during a three-day samagam to be held here from December 19 to 21 to commemorate the 300th year of the martyrdom of the Sahibzadas. 

Vice-President to attend function
Amritsar, December 13
The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, would attend the main function of the tricentenary martyrdom of the Sahibjadas and the mother of Guru Gobind Singh at Chamkaur Sahib on December 20.

Setback to SGPC unity efforts
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 13
The efforts of the SGPC to set up a common stage on the eve of tercentenary commemoration of the supreme sacrifice of Sahibzadas here got a set back when Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, president SAD (Longowal), while addressing a press conference at Mata Gujri Sarai here today declared that the Panthic Morcha would organise a separate conference at Jor Mela, Chamkaur Sahib, and at Fatehgarh Sahib and Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president SAD (A), Baba Sarvjot Singh Bedi and Bhai Ranjit Singh would also address from that stage. 

Unfinished projects bare govt’s claims
Chamkaur Sahib, December 13
With only six days left for the three-day Shahidi Samagam to commemorate 300th year of martyrdom of sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh at Chamkaur Sahib, various development projects started by the Punjab Government are yet to be completed.

Jathas may now travel in buses to Pakistan
Chandigarh, December 13
Sikh jathas on pilgrimage to Pakistan are likely to be allowed to travel in chartered buses, says Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Brick-kiln owners making a fast buck while on strike
Chandigarh, December 13
On the one hand owners of various brick kilns have been claiming that they are on strike, and on the other they are making a fast buck by charging high rates of the bricks being supplied by them.

Dalit girl’s father insists on public apology
Moga, December 13
Mr Preetam Singh, father of a Dalit girl whose marriage was not allowed at a Bahona village gurdwara, today stated that if the committee chief of Gurdwara Chardi Kala and “others behind the incident” did not apologise publicly soon, he would write to the Deputy Commissioner seeking legal action against them.

IMA kicks up a row over bio-medical waste
Jalandhar, December 13
Irked over the “re-allocation” of areas to all four common bio-medical waste treatment facilities (CBWTF) and the making of hospital owners jointly responsible with them for the handling and treatment of bio-medical waste by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) without consulting it, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, has accused the board of exceeding its brief and violating the fundamental right of consumers to select a service provider of choice.

NGO seeks action against Jalandhar cops
Chandigarh, December 13
The Federation of Lawyers Against Corruption (FOLAC), an NGO, today urged the Punjab police to initiate action against police officials of Jalandhar district allegedly responsible for leaking a “case diary” to an accused to facilitate him in getting anticipatory bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Censor board for TV channels demanded
Sangrur, December 13
Expressing concern over the obscene scenes shown in the videos of Punjabi songs on various Punjabi TV channels, the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded a separate censor board for the private TV channels.

Army jawan cremated with military honours
Sangrur, December 13
Jasbir Singh (23), an Army jawan, who laid down his life while fighting against militants in Manipur some days ago, was cremated with military honours at Bhaini Mehraj village, 13 km from here, today.

25 Indian youths in Pak jail go on fast
Jalandhar, December 13
To protest against ‘inhuman’ conditions prevailing in Mach jail of Pakistan and to express their anguish over the “lack” of medical facilities, as many as 25 Indian youths, who are lodged in the jail, have decided to go on an indefinite fast from today.

Hooch claims four lives
Gurdaspur, December 13
The Dhaliwal police has booked one Roopa Massih on the charge of selling illicit liquor that led to death of four persons of village Fojula Chak.

Seminar on diabetes
Bathinda, December 13
The local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here organised a seminar on diabetes and its treatment.

Bareta rape case
Residents question police conduct
Mansa, December 13
Even as members of the Pinky Katal Kand Sangharsh Committee have threatened to launch an agitation in case the police failed to arrest of all accused involved in the rape and subsequently forcing Pinky to commit suicide by December 14, the police failed to make a formal arrest of Gajjan Singh Makkar, one of the main accused, despite the fact that he joined the investigations by presenting himself before the SP (D), Mr Lakhwinder Singh, today.


Baba roughed up in court complex
Amritsar, December 13
Baba Nand Kishor, a self- styled saint and resident of the East Mohan Nagar, was reportedly roughed up by some women, during a hearing in fraud charges against him in the district court here today.


Kisan sabha activists stage dharna
Moga, December 13
Activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha today staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner office here. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh.


MC to recover payments from govt deparments
Jalandhar, December 13
The local Municipal Corporation has decided to tighten the noose around those state government departments, which have over Rs 2 crore as outstanding bills for water and sewerage facilities.

MLA writes to DC on panchayat land
Kharar, December 13
Kharar MLA, Bir Devinder Singh, has asked the Ropar Deputy Commissioner to see that the panchayat land in Badali village was not sold in a secret manner.


8 booked for misuse of funds
Chandigarh, December 13
The state Vigilance Bureau has booked a Superintendent Engineer (SE), two Executive Engineers and a Sub Divisional Officer of Patiala Municipal Corporation, besides four others on allegations of misappropriation of corporation funds.

2 arrested in minor’s rape case
Ropar, December 13
The Nangal police today arrested two accused allegedly involved in the rape case of a minor. The two accused, Parshotam and Punam, were produced in the court of the SDJM, Mr R.K. Kaundal, at Anandpur Sahib, who remanded them in police custody till December 16.

1 held in shop allotment controversy
Pathankot, December 13
The ongoing controversy over the allotment of shops of Dr Shyama Parsad Mukherjee Shopping Complex (DSPMSC) here today took a new turn when the police arrested Maninder Singh Lucky, kin of one of the allottees, Avtar Singh, under Sections 420, 465, 467, 471 of the IPC for tampering with the records pertaining to some inquiry ordered by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Gurdaspur.

Bid to grab land
Dera Bassi, December 13
Mr Deepak Kumar, a resident of Madhopur village, in a complaint to police, has alleged that Jai Singh, his three sons, Tajinder Singh, Baljinder Singh, Narinder Singh and Prem Pal Singh and some others of the same locality have been threatening his family members.

One dies in mishap
Kharar, December 13
One person was killed when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jandpur village. According to the police, the deceased, Rajinder Singh, was returning from his relative's place, along with his father, when the accident took place.


Adolescent girls to be counselled
Kharar, December 13
Under a special project, girl students of high and senior secondary schools will be provided in connection with problems related to adolescence. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, while talking to mediapersons here today. He said the project, which was first of its kind in the country, would be started in 31 government schools failing under the Gharuan block. 

Dropout rate up as students fail to get stipend
Jalandhar, December 13
Accusing the Congress-led state government of failing to watch the interests of Dalits and Backward Classes, the Dalit Jabar Virodhi Front and the Bahujan Samaj Morcha today alleged that school dropout rate of Dalit and BC students was going up because of the failure of the state government to release monthly stipend meant for students of these communities for the past over two years.

Special education scheme to be launched shortly
Bathinda, December 13
To provide quality education in the government run schools of this district, which is considered as educationally backward area, a special scheme would be launched by the district administration shortly.

Students to stage dharna at campus gate
Patiala, December 13
The Punjabi University Students Confederation (PUSC) has threatened to intensify its agitation if its long-pending demands are not met immediately.

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