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CM rules out early Vidhan Sabha session
New DGP, Lok Pal to be named soon
Chandigarh, December 29
Punjab will have a Lok Pal again, says the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, maintaining that the process of appointing a new Lok Pal is in the final stages of approval. The office of the Lok Pal has been lying vacant ever since the death of the previous incumbent, Justice D.V. Sehgal, in December, 2002.

Shiromani Akali Dal to back INLD
Details yet to be worked out
Chandigarh, December 29
Though the Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced to support Mr Om Prakash Chautala’s party, the Indian National Lok Dal, in the Haryana Assembly election, Mr Badal is not clear yet that what sort of political arrangements should be made with Mr Chautala to contest the elections.

SAD rejects Nehra panel report
Chandigarh, December 29
Rejecting the report of Nehra Commission in Raninder Singh’ case, the SAD said today that it would file a case in the court in this regard. Speaking to mediapersons today, the President of the SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said the SAD would move the court against Mr Raninder Singh, son of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.



Fissures develop in Ajnala Congress
Amritsar, December 29
The District Congress Committee (Rural) president, Mr Inderjit Singh Baserke, has recommended suspension of Mr Jatinderjit Singh, president of Harsha Chhina block, on the charge of creating indiscipline in the party, even as Major Rajbir Singh, chairman, Punjab Livestock Development Board, today threatened to contest as a rebel candidate if the party ticket was denied to him for the Ajnala byelection likely to be held in February next year.

SGPC to donate Rs 10 lakh
The SGPC today announced to donate Rs 10 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to help those affected by Tsunami tragedy. Besides, the SGPC has set up a counter at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar to collect money and other material for those affected by the tragedy. All Akali MLAs and MPs would give one-month salary for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The SGPC would be prepared to extend whatever help is required for the affected people in coastal towns, said Bibi Jagir Kaur, President of the SGPC.

Punjab to set up ITIs at 10 places
Chandigarh, December 29
The Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, has decided to establish Industrial Training Institutes at 10 locations namely Mukerian, Kanowal, Khadoor Sahib, Partabpura, Shahkot, Jalalabad, Abohar, Nathana, Burar and Banarsi during the 8th and 9th five-year plan.

No PoW in Pak, claims Rangers
Wagah, December 29
A 10-member delegation of the Rangers, led by Brig Sakhi Marjan, Deputy
Director-General, arrived here today for the quarterly meeting with BSF officials. Addressing mediapersons before the commencement of the meeting, Brigadier Marjan claimed that there was no prisoner of war in Pakistan as claimed by families of soldiers.

Brig Sakhi Marjan, Deputy Director-General, Rangers, interacts with mediapersons at Wagah on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Brig Sakhi Marjan, Deputy Director-General, Rangers, interacts with mediapersons at Wagah

Punjab reduces public holidays in 2005 to 14
Chandigarh, December 29
The Punjab Government today announced that there would be only 14 public holidays in the state during 2005. There would be holidays also on all Saturdays and Sundays. During the next year, there would be 243 working days.

A year of setbacks for Punjab Police
Chandigarh, December 29
The Punjab Government’s three major decisions pertaining to the functioning of the Punjab Police were reversed in 2004 — two by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, one by the Central Government.


Historical gurdwara seeks importance
Khanuwan (Gurdaspur), December 29
An ordinary looking gurdwara located about 20 km from Gurdaspur depicts an important historical event in the history of Punjab. It commemorates “chhotta galughara” (massacre) of Sikhs at the hands of the Mughal army. The mass massacre of Sikh warriors at the hand of the Mughal army took place in the district in 1846. Mr Raj Kumar, president of the History Society of Gurdaspur and a retired Principal told The Tribune that the massacre occurred when Yahiya Khan was the Mughal Governor of Punjab.

The gurdwara that commemorates the 1846 mass massacre of Sikhs in Gurdaspur. — Photo by writer

The gurdwara that commemorates the 1846 mass massacre of Sikhs in Gurdaspur

Gianiji’s village in a state of neglect

A view of the memorial of late President, Giani Zail Singh, at Sandhwan village, near Kotkapura Kotkapura, December 29
The native village of late President, Giani Zail Singh, Sandhwan, is a picture of neglect today. While his memorial is lying incomplete, a couple of factories, which provided employment to local youth, have been shut down. According to sources, in 1997, the then Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, had declared in Sandhwa that a 78 feet long memorial would be erected in memory of the former President.

A view of the memorial of late President, Giani Zail Singh, at Sandhwan village, near Kotkapura.

Galaxy of stars to be part of DD’s New Year bash
Jalandhar, December 29
A galaxy of stars including the Mumbai-based singers, Bhupinder-Mitali, Sonu Nigam and Sonu Kakkar, will be performing for the Doordarshan’s New Year programme, “Nachiye gayiye shagun manaiye”, which will be telecast on December 31 evening.

Celebrity faces bad days
Amritsar, December 29
Yash Sharma (71), who has the honour to work with Amitabh Bachchan, Dharminder and many other stars in more than 100 Hindi and Punjabi films, is bed-ridden these days. Though he had suffered paralytic attack three years ago, neither the state government nor any artiste had visited his house to know his well being.

Women’s involvement in crime on the rise
Bathinda, December 29
A new trend in the crime scene in this district has been emerging as the involvement of women in committing murders and smuggling narcotics has started becoming visible prominently during the past few years.

Vedic chetna shivir concludes
Amritsar, December 29
The six-day long Vedic chetna shivir concluded at DAV College for Boys here today. As many as 1,200 students from DAV institutions of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan participated in it.


Girl accuses parents of trying to sell her
Chandigarh, December 29
In a rarest of rare cases, a young girl has accused her parents of trying to forcibly sell her off, to her own cousin for Rs 5 lakh. The girl, Ms Rosy Verma of Jalandhar, has also moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking its intervention to save her life and liberty.


Revenue officers defer stir
Phillaur, December 29
The Punjab Revenue Officers Association,headed by Sh Amarpaul Singh Tiwana have postponed its two-day agitation, which was to be held from tomorrow, till January 7.

Tubewell corporation staff hold rally
Hoshiarpur, December 29
Members of the Tubewell Corporation Employees Union staged a rally in front of the office of the Divisional Engineer, Maintenance, here today in protest against the non-payment of TA bills for the past 32 months, and their non-acceptance of other demands.


Rs 3 lakh looted from plant employee
Faridkot, December 29
Miscreants looted Rs 3 lakh from an employee of the Vohra Solvent Plant and shot at him in broad daylight here today. According to sources, the victim, Vicky, came to the Oriental Bank of Commerce to withdraw money at around noon.

1 killed, three hurt in fog-related mishap
Bathinda, December 29
A person was killed and three others were injured when a Tata Sumo in which they were travelling collided with a truck parked along roadside near Pathrala village of this district on the
Bathinda-Dabwali road early this morning.

Six-year-old Puneet Kumar under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda. He along with other members of his family was seriously injured in an accident near Pathrala village in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Sonu

Six-year-old Puneet Kumar under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda

Three boys run over by train, killed
Abohar, December 29
Three boys were crushed to death by a train near Kalian village on the Abohar-Sriganganagar section last night. According to information, the bodies were located in the morning after a night-long futile search by the parents.

Probe ordered into molestation of minor
Faridkot, December 29
Taking a serious notice of an incident in which a Class IV employee had reportedly molested a minor girl at Inservice Training Centre, the district administration has ordered a probe into the matter.

16 passengers hurt in mishap
Hoshiarpur, December 29
As many as 16 passengers, including four women, were injured when a mini bus of Bariana Coach company in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite side while the driver of the bus tried to overtake a sugarcane-loaded tractor trailer near Aalowal on Hoshiarpur-Tanda road, about 12 km from here, this foggy morning.


Efforts afoot to revive PFUTA
Amritsar, December 29
Efforts are underway to revive the Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association with a view to safeguard the autonomy of universities.

Teachers stage dharna
Bathinda, December 29
Hundreds of teachers belonging to different unions today joined a dharna staged by the Democratic Teachers Front in front of the office of the District Education Officer here to lodge their protest against the non-payment of salaries since November, 2004, to them by the state government.

ETT teachers’ dharna today
Bathinda, December 29
All the necessary arrangements have been made by the Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union to hold a dharna on December 30 at the district headquarters to lodge its protest against the temporary appointment of ETT teachers by the state government.

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