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Relatives of youths in Pak jails threaten immolation
Jalandhar, December 15

Perturbed over the alleged failure of the Central Government to ensure release of their wards, parents of the 76 youths Languishing in Pakistani jails, today threatened to self-immolate in front of residence of the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi December 20.

Relatives of youths languishing in Pakistani jails block traffic near the Bidhipur railway crossing on the Jalandahr-Amritsar National Highway in Jalandhar on Wednesday.
Relatives of youths languishing in Pakistani jails block traffic near the Bidhipur railway crossing on the Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Short House sessions murder of democracy: Badal
Opposition walks out of Assembly
Chandigarh, December 15
Expressing serious concern over the shrinking Assembly sessions, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, accused the Congress Government of murdering democracy by evading a debate on issues of public interest before leading a walkout by Opposition on the second and last day of one of the briefest sessions of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today.

Briefest session concludes

Citadel of democracy is crumbling, says Birdevinder
Chandigarh, December 15
“Where should we go? Bureaucrats do not attend to our phone calls. They don’t even answer our letters. We can’t get a teacher posted in a government school. We can’t raise issues in the House. What other accepted channel should we adopt to make our voice heard? How should we prove our effectiveness as representatives of the people?”


Fatehgarh Sahib




Home Minister urged to free Sikh prisoners
Patiala, December 15
The president of the SAD (International) and former MP Mr Atinder Pal Singh, has urged the Union Home Minister Mr Shivraj Patil, to provide details of Sikh prisoners who were still in jails for their involvement in militancy related incidents in Punjab.

Patiala police seeks militant’s custody
Chandigarh, December 15
For solving the mystery shrouding the escape of “militant” Gursewak Singh from the clutches of the Punjab Police in Delhi, the Patiala police has decided to seek his custody from the Jagraon police.

Strict action against kiln owners likely
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Government is contemplating to take action against owners of brick-kilns who are charging high rates for bricks.

Driver applied emergency brakes, but it was too late
Ludhiana, December 15
The driver of the ill-fated Jammu Tawi express, which collided head-on with a DMU train near Mukerian yesterday, today claimed to have done his best to avoid the tragedy by applying the emergency brakes resulting in deceleration of the train from 85 km to 25 km per hour. Under treatment at DMC hospital here, 56-year-old Harjinder Singh of Ferozepore said this was unfortunately not enough as the trains still crashed into each other leaving 38 dead and over 70 injured.

Harjinder Singh, driver of the ill-fated Jammu Tawi Express, with his daughter Sandeep Kaur at the DMC Hospital in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Harjinder Singh, driver of the ill-fated Jammu Tawi Express, with his daughter Sandeep Kaur at the DMC Hospital in Ludhiana.


Congress, SAD gear up for Chamkaur Sahib samagam
Chamkaur sahib, December 15
The Congress as well as the SAD are all set to prove their strength during three day samagam to be held at Chamkaur Sahib to commemorate the tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh.


Custodial deaths: relief issue ‘under study’
Chandigarh, December 15
In a reply to a question asked by Mr Manpreet Singh Badal in the Punjab Assembly today, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said that the matter to pay compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh each to the legal successors of 109 persons, who died in police custody during the days of terrorism in Punjab, was under consideration of the state government.

BJP for probe into lathi charge on workers
Sangrur, December 15
The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday demanded a judicial inquiry into the lathi charge by the Ludhiana police on BJP leaders and activists on December 10 at Ludhiana. These BJP leaders and activists were going to stage a dharna in front of the office of the Ludhiana SSP to protest against the alleged police “excesses” and deteriorating law and order situation.

Jathedar of Akal Takht in tight spot
Amritsar, December 15
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti is again in the tight spot for allegedly meddling in the affairs of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD).

CPI activists gherao police station
Amritsar, December 15
Hundreds of CPI activists today gheraoed Sarai Amanat Khan police station located near the Indo-Pak border in protest against the failure of registering a case against the husband of Surjit Kaur and her in-laws.

Surjit Kaur (centre) along with women of the area protests against the alleged police inaction at Sarai Amanat Khan village in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Surjit Kaur (centre) along with women of the area protests against the alleged police inaction at Sarai Amanat Khan village in Amritsar on Wednesday.

PSEB employees’ strike today
Patiala, December 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Joint Forum today announced its decision to go on a one-day strike tomorrow to lodge its protest against the decision of the state government to unbundle the board.

Youth told to go in for self-employment
Abohar, December 15
The 45-day training programme for graduates in science and technology concluded at the Centre for Post Harvest Research and Technology (CIPHET) here today. The camp, sponsored by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, was organised by the NITCON.

Mr Balbir Singh, Chief Consultant, NITCON, interacts with science and technology graduates at a camp held at CIPHET, Abohar. — Photo by Raj Sadosh

Mr Balbir Singh, Chief Consultant, NITCON, interacts with science and technology graduates at a camp held at CIPHET, Abohar.

Yatra to seek Kanshi Ram’s release concludes
Chandigarh, December 15
The yatra aimed at releasing BSP supremo Kanshi Ram “from the clutches” of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati concluded in Chandigarh today.

Udasi memorial function at Raisar
Barnala, December 15
Sant Ram Udasi Yaadgari Trust International will host an Udasi memorial function dedicated to the memory of the late Udasi — a revolutionary poet of the Malwa region on December,18 at Raisar village about 15 km from here.

Extension counter for ex-soldiers inaugurated
Bathinda, December 15
To provide ex-servicemen and their families with better facilities, the Chetak extension counter of veterans' canteen was inaugurated by Lt-Gen O.P. Nandrajog, at local military station here yesterday.

Visiting Americans relish Punjab culture
Chandigarh, December 15
Members of the American mission in Delhi , including Deputy Chief, Robert Blake, were treated to a feast of Punjab culture and folk here last evening.

Grewal denies allegations
Chandigarh, December 15
Denying the allegations of cheating city resident T.S. Pannu, Mr D.M.S. Grewal today claimed that a false story had been cooked up against him and Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) S.S. Virk.

23 students hurt in road mishap
Samrala, December 15
Today, early in the morning a school bus of the local Nankana Sahib Public School carrying about 40 schoolchildren overturned near Gehlewal village, 5 km from here, resulting in 23 children receiving injuries, some simple and some grievous. One seriously injured student was referred to a hospital in Ludhiana.

Music competition from Dec 22
Jalandhar, December 15
As a prelude to the 129th edition of Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, the Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Mahasabha has decided to hold an inter-state music competition for the upcoming artistes in the Devi Talaab Mandir complex here from December 22 to 24.


Bailable warrants against Vinod Khanna
Pathankot, December 15
Mr Raj Kumar Garg, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, issued bailable warrants against Gurdaspur Member Parliament Vinod Khanna today to secure his presence in a criminal case.

Warrants against Collector in land case
Bathinda, December 15
The court of Additional Sessions Judge here today issued warrants against the Land Acquisition Collector of the Industries Department in a case relating to the compensation of land that had been acquired.


Sahibzadas’ Shaheedi Jor Mela: sale of liquor banned
Fatehgarh Sahib , December 15
The Chief Secretary, Punjab Government has deputed eight more PCS officers to assist the Deputy Commissioner here for the Sahibzadas’ sacrifice observance. Earlier two PCS officers were deputed.


Man commits suicide at religious function
Abohar, December 15
Chandu Ram (28) committed suicide by shooting himself at a religious function outside his residence at Kalwasia village, near Sadulshehar, last night.

7 booked for attack on cable operator
Abohar, December 15
Aman Arora, president of the District Cable Operators Association, and six others have been booked by the police in connection with an attack on the office of a new cable TV network here.

Ex-registration clerk held for tampering with record
Bathinda, December 15
Gurpreet Singh, former registration clerk, Sub-Tehsil, Kotkapura, was arrested today by the Vigilance Bureau for his alleged involvement in tampering with the official record and causing losses to the government exchequer.

One more held in abduction case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
While the second accused wanted by the Dehlon police in a case of abduction of a minor girl of Jand village has been arrested the panchayat of the village of the youth has approached senior Congress leaders to impress upon the police to review the case and get the investigation done by an officer not below the rank of the DSP.

Three hurt in assaults
Lalru, December 15
Three persons who sustained injuries in two separate assault cases in the last 24 hours were hospitalised in Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

One arrested with stag horns
Amritsar, December 15
The Customs Department yesterday apprehended Ikram Mohammad of Saharanpur with horns of stag at Wagah railway station. The accused was to board the Samjhauta express for Lahore. He was caught by customs officials. The horns, which weighed 17.5 kg, were mixed with dry ginger.


Teachers’ Bill evokes severe criticism
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha passed five Bills, including the Punjab Pay Scales of Teachers’ Bill and the Bills pertaining to pay and salaries of the Leader of the Opposition, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker on the second and last day of the session here today.

President’s award for 2 employees of Dhanaula school
Barnala, December 15
Mr Om Chand, a social studies teacher and Mr Neeraj Kumar, a senior laboratory assistant, Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Dhanaula, about10 km from here, have been decorated with the President of India’s silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Police cool as students hot up stir at Punjabi varsity
Patiala, December 15
The Patiala police today again refrained from registering a case against the agitating students of the Punjabi University, who held a demonstration outside the main gate despite prohibitory orders to the effect .

Institute students receive training
Dera Bassi, December 15
A number of students of the Sri Sikhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology here have been taking training in more than 350 companies in India and Abroad.

Medical institute found wanting
Raikot (Ahmedgarh), December 15
The Directorate of Research and Medical Education, Punjab, and the Punjab Nursing Council have taken a serious note of “inhuman conditions” in the Bengali Institute of Medical Sciences here and the alleged exploitation of students at the hands of the management.


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