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Charge sheet against ADGP Virk
Blamed for overstaying in Punjab
Chandigarh, December 23
Blaming IPS officer S.S. Virk for “willful disobedience” of orders terminating his inter-cadre deputation, the Central Government has issued a charge sheet against him. Disciplinary proceedings have also been initiated against Mr Virk. His inter-cadre deputation was terminated on April 12.

Human Trafficking-III
Touts, travel agents running flourishing business
Chandigarh, December 23
Though the Union External Affairs Ministry had in a recent communication to all state governments urged them to take stern action against touts and agents who had been luring youth by promising them immigration and jobs overseas, little was done by the states.

Nehra panel report to be tabled today
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder said today that an English daily was writing against him knowingly and if it continued to write in that manner, he knew very well how to respond.

Sikhi Sidak March begins from Takht Damdama Sahib
Talwandi Sabo, December 23
Thousands of people belonging to all sections of society participated in Sikhi Sidak march, organised by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) to mark the tercentenary occasion of supreme sacrifices made by four Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, which began from Takht Damdama Sahib here today.

Single Window Clearance Act in final stages
Chandigarh, December 23
The Punjab Government is in the process of finalising the Single Window Clearance Act and the draft would be presented before the Cabinet for approval during the Budget session in February, 2005.

CM stresses for bio-technology, vocational education
Nawanshahr, December 23
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today stressed the need to go for bio-technology and vocational education to enable the youth to face challenges of the present era of rapid strides in the field of science and technology.
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, inaugurates the newly constructed building of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College at Mukandpur Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, inaugurates the newly constructed building of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College at Mukandpur, on Thursday.

A Nihang boy brandishes a sword during the nagar kirtan
A Nihang boy brandishes a sword during the nagar kirtan and 'Mahan Saheedi Chetna' March organised to observe the 300th anniversary of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh, in Patiala on Thursday. — PTI

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Primary school that teaches how to cook
Bhadel (Hoshiarpur), December 23
Getting a cooked mid-day meal is still a distant dream for the students of Government Primary School of this village, one of the 22 primary schools of this once “most literate” district of Punjab.

A view of Government Primary School at Bhadel in Hoshiarpur. — Photo by writer

A view of Government Primary School at Bhadel in Hoshiarpur

Punjab declares 7-day mourning
Chandigarh, December 23
The Punjab Government has declared seven-day state mourning following the death of India’s former Prime Minister P.V. Narsimha Rao. No official functions will be held during the period. A meeting of Council of Ministers has also been convened on Friday to condole the death.


CM committed constitutional improprieties: Badal
Chandigarh, December 23
Shiromani Akal Dal president, Parkash Singh Badal today dismissed as “total hogwash and utterly irrelevant’’ the so-called inquiry report of the Nehra commission in the infamous multi-crore Internet money laundering scam involving, among others, the son of the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.


Shovel fails to find owner despite Rs 1 cr spent on its repair
Gurdaspur, December 23
It is the way things work in the government departments. A CT-4 150 B Buoyrus Erie electric shovel that has worked for almost two decades in the construction of the Ranjit Sagar Dam has got no owner. This, despite the fact, that more than Rs 1 crore has been spent on the repairs of the machine against its cost of Rs 7,71,221.

Ammunition found near Pathankot
Gurdaspur, December 23
The Gurdaspur police has seized two empty magazines of the AK-47 rifle and 44 live cartridges near the Khath bridge in Pathankot town. Village boy, who informed the police, allegedly first noticed the ammunition.

Shiv Sena (H) to gherao PM’s residence
Phagwara, December 23
About 10,000 activists of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan), led by its national president, Mr Pawan Gupta, would gherao the PM’s residence on January 10 next in protest against the shaby treatment being meted out to Kanchi seer Shankaracharaya Swami Jayendra Saraswati in jail and his unwarranted arrest.


Court comes to PSEB’s rescue
Patiala, December 23
The Punjab State Electricity Board was today successful in getting an injunction from a local court restraining members of the Mritak Mulazim Ashrit Sangharsh Committee from holding demonstrations or any other form of protest within a 300-metre radius of its headquarters building here.


Distress sale of cotton in North India
Ludhiana, December 23
Cotton growers of northern region comprising the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan continue to make distressed sale of cotton due to low prices. The cotton prices have failed to pick up in the region.

Kang opens fish seed farm
Katli (Ropar), December 23
The Minister of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today inaugurated a fish seed farm for ornamental fish at Kalti village. The project has been launched to generate employment for youths so that they could set up their own fish-breeding units in private sectors.


Sanaur Nagar Council chief, deputy resign
Patiala, December 23
The Sanaur Nagar Council, near here, today saw its president and vice-president bowing down to the pressure from other councillors to quit their seats. Both president Surjit Singh and vice-president Kuldeep Singh Kala submitted their resignations to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, who has forwarded the same to the Director, Local Bodies.

Ban on use of polythene bags
Bathinda, December 23
Taking a serious note of the environmental hazards being created by use of various plastic items, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, District Magistrate, today imposed a blanket ban on the manufacture and use of polythene bags in the district.


Couple disappear under mysterious circumstances
Abohar, December 23
The Punjab police has joined the Haryana and Rajasthan police in the search of a newly-wed couple, who has disappeared mysteriously after filing a petition for protection in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

PSEB accountant held for graft
Moga, December 23
A Vigilance team has caught a revenue accountant of the Punjab State Electricity Board posted at Mudki while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 500 for transferring a power connection.

Girl alleges rape by landowner’s son
Abohar, December 23
A teenaged girl, who was married recently, alleged that the son of a landowner had raped her on Saturday. According to a report lodged at the Khuikhera police station near here, 18-year-old girl said that a landowner of Khippanwali village had engaged her husband for farming on annual contract for Rs 28,000.

Bank manager held on bribe charge
Patiala, December 23
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau has arrested a Manager of Primary Cooperative Development Bank, Patran, while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from a farmer who wanted to loan from the bank to buy buffaloes.

125 bottles of liquor seized
Kharar, December 23
As many as 125 bottles of liquor, which were being smuggled from Chandigarh to Punjab, were seized at a police naka here today. According to the police, a naka was laid near the quila complex.


New turn to GND varsity tussle
G.S. Kang to be Head of Physiotherapy Dept
Amritsar, December 23
Even as Guru Nanak Dev University has decided in principle to elevate Dr G.S. Kang, Reader, as Head of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Department from January 1, Mr Anand Kumar V, ad hoc lecturer, has resigned in ‘protest’.

Withdrawal of pension scheme decried
Abohar, December 23
The Private Aided School Association at its annual meeting here last evening criticised the Punjab Government for withdrawing the pension scheme with effect from May, 2003.

ETT teachers to hold dharna on Dec 30
Bathinda, December 23
Members of the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union have decided to hold a dharna on December 30, at the district headquarters to lodge their protest against the non-regular appointment of about 6000 ETT teachers by the state government.

5 college students in merit list
Kharar, December 23
Five students from a local college were placed in the merit list of the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. Examinations for different engineering courses held by the university in May this year.

Inter-faith dialogue marks X’mas celebrations
Patiala, December 23
Singing of Christmas carols, presence of Santa Claus, exchange of Christmas and New Year greetings and discourses on the salient features of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism marked the ‘inter-faith dialogue’ organised by the Rotary Club, Patiala, at a hotel here yesterday.

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