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Punjab to donate Rs 10 crore to PM’s Relief Fund
Chandigarh, December 28
The Punjab Government today decided to send a cheque of Rs 10 crore to the Prime Ministers’ Relief Fund for the victims of the tsunami-affected southern states and union territories.

IAS body to donate 1-day salary
Govt to mobilise ex-servicemen for relief work

Devotees throng Tahliana Sahib to have glimpse of Ganga Sagar
Raikot (Ludhiana), December 28
Thousands of enthusiastic devotees thronged the Tahliana Sahib, gurdwara here to have a glimpse of Ganga Sagar, a sacred metallic urn of high religious and historic value for the Sikhs, in general, and residents of this area in particular, as the same was gifted to the erstwhile rulers of the walled town Raikot by Guru Gobind Singh three centuries ago.

Ganga Sagar being taken through Sahnewal in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Ganga Sagar being taken through Sahnewal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma




Punjab to revive ETT course for teachers
Chandigarh, December 28
The Punjab Government has decided to restart the Elementary Teachers Training course, which was terminated a few years ago, at all district headquarters. The admission in the ETT course will be made through the entrance test.

Takht jathedars unlikely to recognise new Taksal head
Amritsar, December 28
With the split in Damdami Taksal, the Jathedars of Akal Takht, Kesgarh Sahib and Damdama Sahib may not give recognition to Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma as acting head of the Sikh seminary for the time being.

Akali Dal hits back at Mann
Mohali, December 28
The Akali Dal here today condemned the inclusion of names of Mr Baldev Singh, Defence Minister, and Mr Ravi Inder Singh in the list of traitors released by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann.

Natwar writes to SGPC on turban issue
Amritsar, December 28
Mr K. Natwar Singh, Minister of External Affairs, conveyed to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee that the French Government had told the Indian Government that the restrictions on Sikh students in the schools was being applied under the law which was passed by their Parliament.

Indo-Pak relations: another step forward

Chandigarh, December 28
Holding of World Punjab Conferences, Indo-Pak Punjab Games and exchange of visits by the Chief Ministers of East and West Punjab marked the beginning of a new chapter of bonhomie and cordiality in bilateral relations between the border states of two neighbours.

GND varsity crisis deepens
Teachers association threatens to boycott exams
Amritsar, December 28
The crisis in Guru Nanak Dev University has deepened further even as the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) has threatened to boycott the examinations, besides gheraoing the Governor–cum-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor if Dr G.S. Kang was not elevated as the head of the Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Department from January 1.

Kidnapping case solved within 10 hours
SMS leads them to police custody
Malout, December 28
While it took months to plan a kidnapping, it was just a blank SMS sent to the parents of the kidnapped boy that landed the accused, Gursahib Singh and Labh Singh, into police custody.


Infighting mars state BJP
Gurdaspur, December 28
In Punjab factionalism is marring the state unit of the BJP. Former ministers and senior leaders of the party and their supporters are feeling being sidelined by the present leadership of the party in the state.


Amritsar, Mohali to be special economic zones
Chandigarh, December 28
The Punjab Government has decided to declare Amritsar and Quark City, Mohali as Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in accordance with the central Government’s policy to provide an internationally competitive and hassle- free environment for exports.

Sikh scholar's birth anniversary to be observed on March 1
Chandigarh, December 28
The birth anniversary of late Principal Satbir Singh will be observed on March 1. This was announced by Mr Hardev Singh Rosha, president of the International Punjabi Vikas Manch, while speaking at the first death anniversary function of Mrs Jaspal Kaur, widow of Satbir Singh, at Patiala yesterday.

International conference of Ahmadiyyas concludes
Qadian (Gurdaspur), December 28
The 113th annual international conference of Ahmadiyyas concluded here today. On the concluding day the speakers laid stressed on giving rights to women in the Islamic society.

Ahmadiyya Muslim women proceeding to attend prayers in women’s enclosure at the 113th annual conference of Ahmadiyyas in Qadian on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Ahmadiyya Muslim women proceeding to attend prayers in women’s enclosure at the 113th annual conference of Ahmadiyyas in Qadian on Tuesday.

New moth species identified
Chandigarh, December 28
Its wing span is just 11mm, head pale yellow and antennae are black. It’s a new species of moth. This species of moth, Diastalica asymmetria, has been identified by a team of scientists of the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in this region.

Books on martyrdom of Sahibzadas released
Chandigarh, December 28
Three books focusing on the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s Sahibzadas were released today. Two cassettes and one CD of shabad sangeet by Dr Gurnam Singh, Bhai Manpreet Singh, Prof Alankar Singh, Prof Jagjit Singh, Dr Surinder Kapila, Bibi Jaspreet Kaur and Dr Nivedita Singh were also released.

Self-help groups: a success story
Moga, December 28
The family of Surjeet Kaur was on the verge of starvation till a few months back, but today they do not only have a roof over their head, but also have a regular monthly income. This has happened due to the concept of self-help among a group of women.

Ropar remained in news

Ropar, December 28
The district which is usually considered to be sleepy turned out eventful this year, as it not only got recognition at the national level, but also at the international level.

Harassed by octroi staff, man seeks justice
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 28
A social activist has accused the authorities of the Municipal Council, Bhawanigarh, of inaction against employees of an octroi contractor who had allegedly harassed and manhandled him when he was passing through the town in a car.

‘Yoga has changed our lives’
Doraha, December 28
Ever since a yog sansthan introduced its classes in the pollution-free atmosphere of Guru Nanak National College here in 1999, people in the town have witnessed a sea change in their physical, mental, social and psychological behaviour.

Trees axed illegally
Ropar, December 28
A large number of trees have been axed illegally by the locals in Kherhi village, about 30 km from here. The fully grown trees spread over 200 acres of “shamlat” land of the village were cut down by the villagers on Saturday and Sunday, without any permission from the competent authority.

Ex-gratia for kin of furnace blast victims
Chandigarh, December 28
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the three persons who were killed in a blast in a steel furnace unit at Mandi Gobindgarh yesterday. Besides, the Chief Minister also announced financial grant of Rs 25,000 for the injured in the mishap.


Revive sprinkler system to conserve water, say experts
Chandigarh, December 28
Punjab Government’s failure to revive a scheme aimed at promoting the use of sprinkler system by farmers is not only resulting in water wastage, but is also affecting the yield — at least this is what irrigation engineers are claiming.

Fish farmers ruin historic Keshopur wetland
Chandigarh, December 28
Under tremendous pressure from indiscriminate fish farmers, the historic Keshopur wetland (chhamb) of Gurdaspur is losing its natural habitat. Home to rare birds like Siberian cranes and rare varieties of aquatic plants, the 990 acre wetland is under invasion from fish farmers who are plundering 220 acres for prized catch.

A prominent floriculturist
KAPURTHALA: Flowers nurtured by him are the centre of attraction in the lobbies of some top hotels of North India. He has also been exporting the Asiatic and Oriental Liliums cultivated in his fields to South-East countries. Mr Sandeep Puri, a prominent floriculturist of Punjab, started his business almost a decade back.

Sandeep Puri shows variety of flowers in his fields at Kapurthala. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Sandeep Puri shows variety of flowers in his fields at Kapurthala.

Rebels demand probe into anomalies at MC
Moga, December 28
Breaking their silence after a couple of months, the dissident councillors have once again come out against the Municipal Council chief, Mr Joginder Pal Jain, and have written to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to order a probe into the prevailing “anomalies” at the MC.


DSP caught accepting bribe
Chandigarh, December 28
Continuing with its drive against corruption in the state, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has caught “red-handed” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sukhdev Singh Chhina on graft charges.

Man killed in property dispute
Hoshiarpur, December 28
The body of Dharamvir Dogra was found in the well of his fields at Kabirpur Sheikhan village today.

10-year-old boy found murdered
Abohar, December 28
A school going boy of a migrant family was kidnapped and murdered in Indira Nagri locality here. According to information, Ravi Raja (10), son of a migrant of Uttar Pradesh, had gone to play yesterday afternoon.

Clash at a local hotel
Abohar, December 28
A clash took place at a local hotel when some stringers of regional channels allegedly forced entry into a hotel room and tried to record the proceedings there.

Rs 2 lakh, jeep looted at gun-point
Jalandhar, December 28
A group of five unidentified car-borne robbers decamped with Rs 2 lakh and a Scorpio vehicle while threatening the owner of the vehicle at gun-point to shoot near Hazara village late last night.


Application of polymer-based films discussed
Amritsar, December 28
The scientists highlighted the new developments on small organic molecules and polymerbased thin films and their applications in sunlight harvesting (solar cells), photovoltaic cells, sensors, defence and new display systems for applications in defence to fashion on the third day of the five-day National Symposium on Solid State Physics.

SBP gives loans to 200 farmers
Patiala, December 28
The State Bank of Patiala (SBP), Dhuri branch (Patiala region) organised a loan distribution function here today for farmers under various agricultural schemes and personal segment schemes.


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