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Kultaran’s family wants death penalty for killer
Judgement within 10 days
Chandigarh, December 17
“Are all residents of a country equal before the law ?” This was the thrust of the arguments before the trial of Majid Jahanshahi (49), a Muslim in the Kultaran Singh Anand (51) murder case, that was held in Teheran Criminal Court yesterday where the five-member jury was told about mobilisation of international support in favour of justice to the victims’ family.

Chandumajra wants PM, Kalam to stay away
Stone laying of Sikh varsity
Chandigarh, December 17
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and President. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to stay away from the foundation laying ceremony of the World Sikh University at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Funds for heritage project within week: govt

Canadian PM to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib on Jan 15
Chandigarh, December 17
Accompanied by Canadian Punjabi Members of Parliament (MPs), Mr Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on January 15, a day after the Maghi festival. He will be the second Canadian Prime Minister to visit the Golden Temple. 

Misuse of herbicides damaging wheat crop
Jalandhar, December 17
Thousands of acres of wheat crop in Punjab is getting damaged due to misuse of certain herbicides by farmers following wrong advice by self-styled farm experts or pesticide sellers, who, recommend mixing certain amounts of herbicides with Isoproturon, a selective herbicide recommended by the Punjab Agriculture Department. 

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Living on the edge of a tinderbox
Nearly 40 persons live in houses just on the edge of the boundary wall of the ammunition depot at Surra Pind in Jalandhar.(Surra Pind) Jalandhar, December 17
Living just on the edge of an ammunition depot here, their life is in jeopardy day and night. As many as 40 persons have their houses at Surra Pind just across the boundary wall erected by the Army.

Nearly 40 persons live in houses just on the edge of the boundary wall of the ammunition depot at Surra Pind in Jalandhar. — Tribube photo by Pawan Sharma

Bir Devinder moots new district
Mohali, December 17
The Kharar MLA has proposed the creation of a new district Ajitgarh Sahib, that would comprise the Mohali, Kharar and Dera Bassi townships and 500 villages from these areas.


Shaheedi procession flagged off
Paonta Sahib, December 17
An impressive shaheedi procession was flagged off from the historic Gurdwara Paonta Sahib here this morning by the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti.

Bansal elected Sangrur IMA chief
Sangrur, December 17
For the first time in the history of Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), elections of a local branch of the association had been conducted by the state unit of the IMA, which otherwise used to be conducted at the branch level.

Stone laid for sports stadium
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Member Parliament Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone for a sports stadium at Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Member Secretary of the college trust Kirpal Singh Libra presided over the stone-laying ceremony .

Pensioners’ bhavan at Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
The state government has formed a high-powered committee for the welfare of senior citizens under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and members of the committee have been taken from all districts of the state, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary for Pensioners, while addressing a state-level gathering on the eve of pensioners day celebration at Bachat Bhavan today.

Steps to boost milk production
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Government’s Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Department is making efforts to further boost milk production from 3,000 litres per lactation to 5,000 litres per lactation by cross-breeding inter-bred varieties of cows and buffalos.

Bhakra project gets ISO 9001 certification
Chandigarh, December 17
The Bhakra Nangal project of the Bhakra Beas Management Board has been granted licence by the Bureau of Indian Standards under ISO 9001: 2000 for quality assurance.

Support for Markfed staff
Chandigarh, December 17
Employees of at least two cooperatives today extended their support to Markfed staff agitating against the “step-motherly treatment” of Punjab Government since last three days.

Low sex ratio, poverty lead to rise in bachelors’ number
Makha (Mansa), December 17
"Marriage is settled in heaven and performed on earth". It seems this adage holds no truth for a significant number of residents of Makha village of Mansa district who have been waiting for that lucky moment when they will get married.

Prashar group sweeps City Club poll
Phagwara, December 17
The Prashar group today made a clean sweep in the City Club polls by winning three posts out of four posts and six seats in the nine-member executive of the premier club. Out of total 333 votes, as many as 306 members cast their votes. One vote was declared cancelled. Phagwara BDPO Mr Harbilas was the Returning Officer while Mrs Seema Singh, Naib-Tehsildar, was the Duty Magistrate for the polls.

Sweepers ransack MC office
Amritsar, December 17
Safai karamcharis of the Municipal Corporation today staged a dharna outside its office to press for early clearance of pending department cases. Sanjay Khosla led the dharna.

Fresh probe into appointment of lab technicians
Amritsar, December 17
In a new twist to appointment of lab technicians in the TB Hospital on the basis of fake certificates, a fresh enquiry has been marked to Mr Munish Kumar, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) by the authorities concerned.


Notice to Punjab on reauction of liquor vends
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Punjab Government for March 21, 2005, on a petition challenging the reauction of liquor vends of Jalandhar-1 and II, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr on November 5.


Accused in acid-throwing case held
Batala, December 17
The police has arrested Davinder Singh, an accused in an acid-throwing incident, in  which five persons had suffered burn injuries. A case under Sections 307/323 of the IPC has been registered against him at Batala police station yesterday.

Raped minor girl gives birth to child
Barnala, December 17
A minor girl, who is deaf and dumb, gave birth to a child at the Civil Hospital, Barnala, on Wednesday. The girl had been repeatedly raped.


CD on engg college released
Patiala, December 17
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai today released a CD depicting various aspects and academic activities of the Yadvindra College of Engineering, set up by the university at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.

Stir gives new twist to tussle for HoD’s post
Amritsar, December 17
The tussle between the present Head of Department (HoD) of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy at Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Jaspal Singh, and his probable successor. Dr G.S. Kang, today took a new turn when the students of the department took out protest march to the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Book released
Chandigarh, December 17
Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh today released a book — Bharatiya Sangeet ke Anmol Mani Dr Lalmani Mishar — written by Dr Gurpreet Kaur in Hindi.

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