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SGPC recognises Damdami Taksal group
Amritsar, December 31
In a significant development, the Sikh high priests and the SGPC have decided to accord recognition to breakaway group of Damdami Taksal, headed by Baba Ram Singh, who believed that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale was killed during Operation Bluestar in June, 1984.

GND varsity professor couple resigns
Controversy over working abroad while on leave
Amritsar, December 31
The two senior Professors of Guru Nanak Dev University, who had gone to New Zealand on ‘extraordinary leave’ reportedly resigned today following a complaint that they had been working in an educational institute in New Zealand without permission of the university authorities.

Ludhiana sitting on powderkeg
Ludhiana, December 31
Ludhiana, the industrial capital of Punjab, continues to sit on the powderkeg as more than 10,000 explosives, including high-powered bombs (both live and dead) and shells are still lying on the premises of the container freight station (CFS-dry port) depot of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation in the Focal Point here.

Declare Rajasansi port for export, Punjab to Centre
Chandigarh, December 31
With the Punjab government writing to the Union Government to declare Amritsar’s Rajasansi International Airport, a port for export, it will give a boost to exports from the region by facilitating cargo movements from here.

66 gazetted officers booked for corruption

Chandigarh, December 31
If you thought Punjab Public Service Commission scam was a deterrent, you are in for a surprise. In 2004, as many 66 gazetted officers and 165 non-gazetted officers were booked by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on the allegations of being involved in corruption.




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PSEB officials charge-sheeted for embezzlement
Gurdaspur, December 31
The PSEB has issued a charge sheet to three senior Gurdaspur-based officials for allegedly misappropriating an amount of about Rs 60 lakh.


Quake rumour spreads panic
People spend night in the open
Moga, December 31

Rumours of a possible earthquake threw normal life out of gear and people in Moga, Baghapurana, and a number of nearby villages spent last night in the open.

Schoolchildren collect donations for the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for tsunami victims in Amritsar
Schoolchildren collect donations for the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for tsunami victims in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Governor seeks help for tsunami-hit
Chandigarh, December 31
The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen (Retd) S.F. Rodrigues, while extending his good wishes to the people of Punjab and Chandigarh for the year 2005, has exhorted them to renew their resolve for a dedicated contribution to the process of dynamic change, and the peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

DC appeals people to donate
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 31
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today appealed to people and to the social, religious, political and other organisations to help the grieving people of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, rehabilitation process could be started immediately.

VB not taking action in DTO records case, alleges judge
Bathinda, December 31
Mr D.S. Malwai, Additional Sessions Judge today accused the Vigilance Bureau of purposely not taking interest in the investigation of a case registered by it against the local District Transport Office (DTO) for alleged bungling in its official records pertaining to driving licences and registration certificates of vehicles.

DRM orders probe into allegation of overcharging
Phagwara, December 31
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore Division on Northern Railways, Mr Dharam Singh, today ordered a probe into the allegations of overcharging from migrant workers of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh at Phagwara railway station by unscrupulous elements as well as the selective briefing by the local Station Superintendent, Mr R.K. Suman, of a section of media about the future departmental plans related to the development of the local railway station.

Ring Main Unit inaugurated
Patiala, December 31
Mr H.C. Sood, Director (Distribution), PSEB, inaugurated a Ring Main Unit at its headquarters here today. The unit has been set up on experimental basis. The unit automatically switches over to the second supply source in case of failure of first supply source.

SGPC employees arrange bhog of Tohra
Amritsar, December 31
After the SGPC having failed to arrange akhand path in the memory of former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra in its complex so far, its employees today came forward to arrange the same at Dewan Hall, Manji Sahib, here today.

Stamp duty rates to be notified
Chandigarh, December 31
The Punjab Government has clarified that the rates of stamp duty and the date of enhancement would be duly notified to the general public. A spokesman of the Revenue Department also contradicted news in a section of the press claiming that stamp duty would be enhance by the government.

CM greets people
Chandigarh, December 31
Capt Amarinder Singh today greeted Punjab residents on New Year’s eve. He also solicited the cooperation and support of Punjabis to realise the vision of modern and progressive state.

Eminent Punjabi writer dead
Amritsar, December 31
Renowned Punjabi writer and short story writer, Dalbir Chetan, who wrote many stories on Punjab tragedy, died here today after prolonged illness. He was 60.


Farmers stage dharna
Amritsar, December 31
On a call given by five farmers’ organisations, a large number of farmers yesterday staged a dharna in protest against the pollution created by sugar mills.


PRTC to induct 100 buses
Patiala, December 31
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) is set to add another 100 buses to its fleet next year after successfully commissioning 92 buses in the current year.

4,484 complaints received, says ADGP
Chandigarh, December 31
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is looking into complaints against a former Managing Director of Milkfed, besides the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority’s Chief Engineer.


Protesters booked for blocking traffic
Phagwara, December 31
Kapurthala SSP Arun Pal Singh has ordered that strong action be taken against the accused responsible for blocking National Highway No 1 here yesterday and the violence triggered during the blockade by Dalits led by the Ambedkar Sena.

2 killed in road accident
Faridkot, December 31
In a head-on collision between two trucks at Sadak today, drivers of both the trucks were killed.

Granthi found murdered
Amritsar, December 31
Dilbagh, a granthi of a Baba Bakala gurdwara, was found murdered in mysterious circumstances.


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