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Jail officials to be shifted every 3 yrs: Birmi
2 high security jails in Nabha, Kapurthala
Ferozepore, December 19
In order to keep check on the drug peddling in various jails of the state, the government has decided not to allow any jail official to continue at any place of posting for more than three years.

Engineers may face reversion
Chandigarh, December 19
As many as four Superintending Engineers of the Punjab Irrigation Department are awaiting the State Government’s response with regard to the implementation of the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court passed recently.

Thaw in CM-Bhattal relations?
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
The Chief Minister during the World Punjabi Conference and Indo-Pakistan Punjab Games, did not forget to give Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal her due. As a result there has been some thaw in the estranged relations.

Murdered Sikh’s mother writes to Iranian Judge, seeks fair justice
Chandigarh, December 19
Mrs Harbans Kaur, mother of Kultaran Singh, who was brutally and allegedly murdered in Teheran on August 7 last year , has reminded the Judge and Jury of the Teheran criminal court of the goodwill and cordial relations Sikhs of Iran have enjoyed with the local populace.

Bibi Jagir Kaur invites Chief Justice to seminar on martyrdom
Chandigarh, December 19
Making an exception and deviation from traditions, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has invited the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, to participate in an international seminar on “Concept of martyrdom in Sikhism”.

Raikot residents wait for ‘Ganga Sagar’
Raikot (Ludhiana): Residents of this town are awaiting the rare ‘darshan’ of ‘Ganga Sagar’, a metallic urn of high religious and historical value for the Sikhs, which was gifted to the erstwhile rulers of Raikot by Guru Gobind Singh three centuries ago.

The kothi of the erstwhile Nawabs of Raikot, where “Ganga Sagar” was kept for public display before Partition All-party reception to Guru’s relic

The kothi of the erstwhile Nawabs of Raikot, where “Ganga Sagar” was kept for public display before Partition.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

A visitor looks at a painting
A visitor looks at a painting by Chitralekha Singh at an art gallery in Amritsar on Sunday. The painting based on peace initiatives between India and Pakistan will be exhibited during the Peace Fair at Lahore from December 24-28. — PTI

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  Monuments of Guru Gobind Singh’s time no longer there
Chamkaur Sahib, December 19
When lakhs of Sikhs from across the globe will congregate here tomorrow to pay tributes to the two elder Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and other “Singhs” on the historic occasion of the 300th anniversary of their martyrdom, they will also come to know how the SGPC has wiped out the great historical monuments associated with the wars fought by the Guru, his Sahibzadas and followers.


3 Lok Bhalai Party office-bearers quit
Barnala, December 19
The Lok Bhalai Party yesterday got a jolt when three of the key office-bearers resigned from their respective posts. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday Mr Jagjit Singh, party chief spokesman and vice president, said owing to increasing indiscipline and corrupt practice by few party members, he, Mr Bhola Singh Virk, senior national vice-president, and Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwa, general secretary, were resigning from the party posts.


Need to spread Punjabi culture stressed
Nawanshahr, December 19
The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), in collaboration with the Punjabi Sahitaya Academy, Ludhiana, organised a national Punjabi kavi darbar, on the trust premises at Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, on Sunday. Dr Swaran Singh, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division was the chief guest.

Missing driver: case not registered
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 19
After receiving the information about the disappearance of a driver of the Civil Hospital, Sudhar, the Jagraon police has asked the health authorities to get the complaint registered at the Patiala police station as the driver was reported to have left that city on December 11.

Power institute to train engineers at Nangal
Talwara, December 19
The National Power Training Institute will set up its training institute for engineers and technocrats at Nangal. The BBMB has already allotted 15 acres to the institute at Nangal.

Villagers threaten stir on water shortage
Pathankot, December 19
The Gharota block did not receive water for the second consecutive day today. The irked villagers have threatened the Public Health Department that if the water supply is not restored they will launch an agitation.

Free medical camp organised
Jalandhar, December 19
Stressing that free medical camps could play the vital role in providing better health services, the Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Avtaar Henry, today said such free camps should be organised to make the society disease free.

484 children examined at camp
Jalandhar, December 19
As many as 484 children were examined at a medical check-up camp, organised at CT Public School here today. The camp was inaugurated by the Punjab Revenue Minister, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Mr Charanjit Singh, chairman, CT Educational Society, presided over the function.


Two commit suicide
Phillaur, December 19
Sandeep (24), a resident of Sangowal village and Randeep Kaur (22) of Parjian Khurad village, reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison last night. The bodies of both were found near the fields of Parjian Khurad.

Bank employee killed in road accident
Abohar, December 19
Ashok Kumar Babbar, an employee of UCO Bank here, was crushed to death this morning. Family sources said he was going to attend the weekly satsang at a religious place on Hanumangarh road along with his wife on his motor cycle.


PCCTU invited for talks tomorrow
Barnala, December 19
Mr M.P. Singh, Principal Secretary (Higher Education), Punjab, has invited the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union for talks on December 21. Disclosing this here today, Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the PCCTU, said that earlier the PCCTU was scheduled to meet Mr A.R. Talwar, the then Principal Secretary, on December 13, but in the wake of his transfer the meeting could not take place.

Painting exhibition on Lord Buddha’s teachings
Amritsar, December 19
The senseless destruction of historic statue of Gautam Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the then Taliban regime, which actually resulted in deepening the faith, is the essence of the series of paintings by Dr Chitralekha Singh, Director of Lalit Kala Sansthan, Agra, whose two-day exhibition opened at Thakur Singh Art Gallery here today.


Mandi Board to constitute remaining market committees
Barnala, December 19
Mr Sant Ram Singla, chairman, Mandi Board, Punjab, said the remaining market committees of the state would be constituted very shortly. He said there were 145 market committees in Punjab, out of which, 34 had already been constituted. Mr Singla was in the city to attend the annual day function of Y.S. Public School.

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