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ADGP Virk accused of threatening man
handigarh, December 14
Punjab Additional Director General of Police S.S. Virk has been accused by a Chandigarh resident, Mr T.S. Pannu, of pressuring him to settle his dispute with his relatives. Mr Virk has also been accused of threatening him of dire consequences, including booking him in false cases, if he failed to follow his dictate.

Accused dies in police custody
Tarn Taran, December 14
Tara Singh (74), a resident of nearby Gorkha village died in the custody of the local city police last night. Tara Singh along with his wife Bhajan Kaur and son Malkiat Singh was booked by the police under Sections 304b, 34, IPC, in the case of death of Paramjit Kaur (34), wife of Mr Malkiat Singh, who was allegedly poisoned to death on December 9.

Link crop prices with price index: farmers
Sangrur, December 13
A large number of farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), led by Mr Gurjant Singh Mangwal, district president of the union, today staged a dharna in the district administrative complex here, urging the Union Government to link the prices of the crops with the wholesale price index and protesting against the state government for not fulfilling promises made with the farmers during Punjab Assembly poll in February, 2002.

Giani Gurdit summoned to Akal Takht
Amritsar, December 14
Maintaining a status quo of Takht Patna Sahib edict declaring Giani Gurdit Singh as “permanent Tankhaiya”, the five Sikh clerics today summoned him to the Akal Takht to clarify his position for allegedly distorting historical facts, by personally appearing here on January 8.




Ambedkar Sena holds protest
Phagwara, December 14
Another caste-centric issue cropped up in Phagwara today when activists of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Sena, led by its president Mr Harbhajan Suman, held a demonstration in front of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls on the Banga road against a school lecturer, Mr Nirmal Singh, for using a foul language against Satnam Kaur, a student of Class XII of the school.


BSP upset over remarks by Kanshi Ram’s family
Jalandhar, December 14
Upset over the anti-Mayawati utterances by the family of the BSP supremo. Kanshi Ram, the Punjab unit of the BSP has alleged that Kanshi Ram’s family had never stood by him during his long struggle and that it was being used by the Congress and the BJP to harm the BSP in Uttar Pradesh and other states.


Gurdwara panel agrees to give berth to Dalit: Mann
Moga, December 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today claimed that committee members of Gurdwara Chardi Kala at Bahona village had agreed to give membership to a Dalit in the gurdwara committee.

SGPC panel meets Prime Minister
Amritsar, December 14
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today assured a delegation of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee led by its president, Bibi Jagir Kaur, that the turban controversy in France would be solved soon.

SGPC should manage world Sikh varsity: Mann
Chandigarh, December 14
The president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, yesterday claimed that he was in favour of a world Sikh university but it should be managed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Fisticuffs at Pinky’s bhog ceremony
Bareta (Mansa), December 14
The situation at the Shardhanjali Samaroh of Pinky, who was allegedly raped and forced to commit suicide by consuming poison, held here took an ugly turn.

Youth Cong calls for drug-free society
Batala, December 14
Production of 5000 tonnes of opium in Afghanistan has alarm bells ringing in the region. This is the highest ever production of opium ever.

Ministry to form panel on teachers’ demands
Jalandhar, December 14
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO) held three rounds of discussions with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and UGC officials last week in connection with its demands.

22 Pakistani children arrive
Amritsar, December 14
A 28-member group, including 22 children from Pakistan, arrived here to interact with the Indian children form the Wagah Joint Checkpost today.

Seminar on Sahibzadas’ martyrdom
Moga, December 14
A seminar was organised to mark the tercentenary of the Sahibzadas' martyrdom at Guru Nanak College here today.

Cold wave claims five lives
Bathinda, December 14
The cold wave, which has been sweeping this region for the past a week or so, has claimed five human lives, including destitutes in this town, during the past 48 hours. While two persons died due to cold today, the three others died yesterday.

Freedom fighter dead
Chandigarh, December 14
Mr Hari Singh, father-in-law of Mr Mohinder Singh Gill, a former president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, died last week after a protracted illness. He was 103.


Govt accepts proposal to revive posts
Chandigarh, December 14
The Core Group of Ministers set up by the Punjab Government has agreed to the Revenue Department’s proposal of reviving the posts of revenue patwaris and kanungos in the state.


Four held for murdering NRI woman
Barnala, December 14
The Barnala police has arrested four persons in connection with murder of an NRI woman, Amarjeet Kaur. The four arrested are: Paramjit Singh, Manjeet Singh and Ram Singh and Karamjeet Singh, while fifth Jagroop Singh, is still absconding.

Police fails to ‘act’ against cop
Abohar, December 14
The police has not made any arrest so far in a case registered against a head constable of the Punjab Police and others for “abetting” a local resident to commit suicide on Saturday.

12 women held for theft
Tapa (Barnala), December 14
As many as 12 women have been arrested in a theft case. The SSP, Barnala, addressing a press conference here today said these women were arrested by the Tapa police near Gunus village.


105 schools to have computer labs by Dec end
Sangrur, December 14
With a view to imparting computer training to school students in the district, as many as 105 government senior secondary and high schools have been identified by the district education authorities and approved by the state government for the purpose.


Economic package to get nod soon: Soni
Amritsar, December 14
The Rs 1,400-crore Free Economic Zone Project for Amritsar, announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would get the nod by the Central Government shortly. The project would give desired boost to the local industrial scenario.

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