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Battered and bruised in the ‘promised land’

Chandigarh, December 21
Severe cold, torrential rain and snow notwithstanding, Vasudev of Khotr village in Banga tehsil, heaved a sigh of relief on reaching Teheran Gurdwara December 14.

Shaheedi Samagam ends
Chamkaur Sahib, December 21
Over 3 lakhs devotees paid obeisance at various historical gurdwaras during the three-day Saheedi Samagam which concluded here this evening. The day was full of religious activities as besides the religious programmes organised by the SGPC, two huge processions including one by the SGPC from the Katalgarh Sahib gurdwara and another by Nihang Singhs began from the Ranjitgarh Sahib gurdwara.

Bhindranwale’s posters and literature were in demand on the concluding day of the Shaheedi Samagam at Chamkaur Sahib on Tuesday. Bhindranwale’s posters and literature were in demand on the concluding day of the Shaheedi Samagam at Chamkaur Sahib on Tuesday. —  Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Central political leadership avoiding Punjab
Chandigarh, December 21
The ensuing Assembly elections in Haryana have cast a spell on the tercentenary of the martyrdom of the four Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri as the national political leadership has apparently started avoiding Punjab.

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50 shops, houses to be razed under galliara project
Amritsar, December 21
At least 50 shops, houses and a police station, will be demolished to carry out the proposed beautification of the ancient Durgiana Temple. The oustees would be accommodated on alternative sites, apart from giving them adequate compensation.

Is PWD ignoring rules while constructing roads?
Chandigarh, December 21
The Public Works Department (PWD) is apparently not following the procedure while laying roads running throughout the length and breadth of Punjab. As a result major chunks require repair much before the due date. Approximately 50,000 km are under the PWD along with Punjab Mandi Board.


Mid-day meal scheme to be given to panchayats
Bhaini Mehraj (Sangrur), December 21
The Punjab Government has been contemplating handing over Central-sponsored mid-day meal scheme to village panchayats.

Bhangra and Republic Day are his greatest passions
Chandigarh, December 21
The first thing that strikes you about Harbhajan Singh of Khokhar Fauji village in Gurdaspur is his name, as he likes it. “Call me Master Harbhajan, Republic Daywale,” declares the 75-something man even as you wonder why a veteran should insist on a prefix like “Master”. A few more minutes into the conversation and the element of surprise gives way to awe.

Pakistani classical singer Janab Hussain Bakhash Khan performs on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, on Tuesday.
Pakistani classical singer Janab Hussain Bakhash Khan performs on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, on Tuesday. — Photo by Prabhjot Singh Gill

Govt job for martyr Jasbir’s brother: Bhattal
Bhaini Mehraj (Sangrur), December 21
The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today announced to give a government job to the brother of martyr Jasbir Singh (21), an Army jawan, who laid down his life while fighting militants on Burma border in Manipur on December 8.

Run for Environment by pollution board
Rajpura, December 21
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Member-Secretary Malvinder Singh appealed to the younger generation to work for protecting the environment at a Run for Environment event organised at the Siel Chemical Complex here yesterday.

Dalits burn teacher’s effigy for using objectionable language
Phagwara, December 21
Activists of Ambedkar Sena and members of the Dalit community, today took out a protest march from Palahigate Phagwara to the courts complex, burnt effigy of Mr Nirmal Singh, a school teacher, and demanded the arrest of the teacher under the SC/ST Act.

Ahmadiyya’s annual gathering from Dec 26
Amrtisar, December 21
The three-day 113th annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammat will be held in Qadian in Gurdaspur on December 26.

31 buffaloes, horse killed in fire
Hoshiarpur, December 21
As many as 31 buffaloes and a horse were burnt alive and four buffaloes got burn injuries when a fire broke out in a shed of Supahia Gujjar, son of Kasam Gujjar, at Budi Pind, near Tanda Urmur, last night. Besides, Rs 42,000, dry fodder, one “rehra” and gold ornaments weighing 4 tolas were also reduced to ashes in the incident. The cost of the buffaloes and the horse was estimated at about Rs 5 lakh. A spark from the coal fire pit was stated to be the cause of fire.

KKU to gherao DC on Dec 31
Moga, December 21
The Kirti Kisan Union today held a meeting at Khosa Pando village and announced that if the village farmers arrested a few days back were not released unconditionally they would gherao the Deputy Commissioner on December 31.

Insurance employees observe strike
Amritsar, December 21
Employees of United Indian Insurance Company here today observed a strike and held a demonstration on a call from central leaders of the General Insurance Employees Union to protest against the anti-worker policies of the Central Government and to implement a wage revision which is due from August, 2002.

Cold wave claims two lives
Bathinda, December 21
The cold wave, which has been sweeping the region for the past few days, claimed two human lives during this town in the past 24 hours.


Firm owner sentenced by forum
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today, convicted Sanjeev Kumar proprietor of Aman Associates and authorised dealer of Dishnet India Emmtel Internet Services, Sirhind and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on him. The court ruled that in case of default of payment of fine, he shall under go rigorous imprisonment of six months.

Four get life terms for abducting minor
Barnala, December 21
The local court of Additional Session Judge Fatehdeep Singh today gave life imprisonment to four persons for abducting a minor and demanding ransom.

No chamber for non-practising lawyers: Gill
Moga, December 21
The president of a faction of the District Bar Association, Mr Rajvinder Singh Gill, today claimed that the district administration had agreed to their demand of not allotting any chamber to the non-practising lawyers on the new premises of the District Courts.


After cotton growers, potato farmers hit by price crash
Bathinda, December 21
Even as the cotton growers of this region are yet to come out of the shock of the losses they have suffered on account of a sharp fall in its prices, the potato farmers have started meeting the same fate as its prices have come down drastically over the past few days.


Cops suspended for bid to loot clerk
Moga, December 21
Two policemen were suspended after they were reportedly caught looting a clerk of a private college in broad daylight on the GT Road here today.

Smuggler Lakhwinder Singh arrested
Amritsar, December 21
One Lakhwinder Singh, accused in a smuggling case registered at the Sarai Amanat Khan police station, was arrested here last evening. This was informed by Mr R. P. S. Brar, SSP, Amritsar, in a statement issued today.

Janer dera supporters ‘attacked’, 2 injured
Moga, December 21
Four days after a piece of land of Gurdwara Baba Mal Singh on the Ghal Kalan road was handed over to Janer village gurdwara chief Mahinder Singh, his supporters alleged that they were attacked today by a group of men and women belonging to the camp of Baba Paramjeet Singh and injured a couple of them.

Gang of cheats busted; 2 held
Ferozepore, December 21
In a joint operation, sleuths of the Military Intelligence and the local police have busted a gang of agents, who used to allegedly allure innocent youths aspiring to get inducted into the Army with a promise of guaranteed recruitment and in the bargain fleeced a huge amount of many from them.

4 cops booked as accused escapes from custody
Tarn Taran, December 21
Four policemen and an accused have been booked under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC as an accused ran away from police station on Sunday.


Non-availability of wagons hits exports to Pak
Amritsar, December 21
The local exporters were facing a piquant situation as the railway authorities were not providing regular cargo rakes for exporting goods to Pakistan, causing an immense hardship and financial crisis.


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