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
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
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.
Amritsar, December 13
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Dhaliwal police has booked one Roopa Massih on the charge of
selling illicit liquor that led to death of four persons of village
Seminar on diabetes
Bathinda, December 13
branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here organised a seminar
on diabetes and its treatment.
Bareta rape case
Residents question police
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Under a special project, girl students of high and senior secondary
schools will be provided in connection with problems related to
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
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
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
Students to stage dharna at campus gate
The Punjabi University Students Confederation (PUSC) has
threatened to intensify its agitation if its long-pending demands are
not met immediately.