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Centre urged to make NRIs aware
of property papers

Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Government has urged the External Affairs Ministry to issue directions to the embassies and high commissions of India in foreign countries to acquaint Indians residing abroad about the documents needed for property and revenue matters in India.

Badal promises to reopen custodial
death cases

Rayya (Amritsar) December 2
The SAD will get cases registered against the policemen who indulged in extra-constitutional acts and reopen the cases of alleged custodial deaths if voted to power. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD, said this here today at the bhog ceremony of Sukhwinder Singh, who allegedly died in police custody recently.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, consoles mother of Sukhjinder Singh, who allegedly died in police custody, at Rayya Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, consoles mother of Sukhjinder Singh, who allegedly died in police custody, at Rayya on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Notice to Punjab trader on liquor vend auction
New Delhi, December 2
The Supreme Court today issued a notice to a liquor trader Sanjeev Bhandari from Punjab on a petition of the state government challenging the order of the high court asking the state to refund him the amount of Rs 6 crore deposited by him at the time of 2004 liquor vend auction which was quashed by the court.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Projects started by Bibi to be reviewed
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, while talking to the media- persons here today said that he would individually and if required then collectively assess all those projects, whose foundation stones were laid by outgoing president Bibi Jagir Kaur, only those projects which merit implementation would be finalised, he said.

Six Punjab cops dismissed
Kharar, December 2
The Punjab Police today dismissed six police personnel on the charges of committing heinous crimes after they were convicted in different cases of murder and rape. The dismissed cops included Sub-Inspector Malvinder Singh Malhi, Head Constable Vijay Kumar and constables Manjit Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Jasvir Singh and Paramjit Singh, the Ropar SSP, Mr S.P. Singh, here said, adding that these policemen were already under suspension after their conviction in different cases.

Do not take orders casually, Punjab, Haryana told
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today told the governments of Punjab and Haryana not to take its orders casually. “We will be very unhappy if our orders are not respected,” the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta said during resumed hearing of a PIL filed by a Panjab University student, seeking immediate release of two Pakistani boys, who had been nabbed by BSF personnel after they claimed to have mistakenly crossed over to India.

Agent-official nexus dupes farmers
Gurdaspur, December 2
A nexus of officials and commission agents has duped the farmers of the area in the recent procurement of paddy. Sources here said bungling took place in Deriwal and Kala Afgana mandis in this district.


JEs in Irrigation Dept resent stagnation in ranks
Chandigarh, December 2
There is resentment among junior engineers (JEs) of the Punjab Irrigation Department over stagnation in their ranks in the absence of any promotion for the past 10 years through the proper channel.

VHP’s bandh call evokes poor response
Bathinda, December 2
The bandh call given by the Vishva Hindu Parishad in protest against the damage to Lord Hanuman’s idol at Housefed Colony evoked poor response with only a section of shopkeepers of two markets downing their shutters for about a couple of hours.

Panel to settle marital disputes
Abohar, December 2
Responding to a demand from the community, the local Arorvansh Sabha today formed a sub-committee to settle matrimonial disputes by bringing both sides on the negotiation table.

‘Urdu literature still holds extensive appeal’
Ludhiana, December 2
Urdu may not be taught and read much in India any longer, but the Urdu literature, particularly the Urdu poetry, continues to hold an appeal among a large section of Indians. That is why the Urdu cannot be “banished” from India.

Dr Gopi Chand Narang

Dr Gopi Chand Narang

Rodrigues upset over foeticide
Phillaur, December 2
Visibly upset over the rising incidence of female foeticide and drug addiction in the state, the Punjab Governor, General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), has directed Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor to prepare an exhaustive action plan pertaining to the issue within a period of three months.

Garg takes over as Nagar Panchayat chief
Sangrur, December 2
Mr Girdhari Lal Garg, member of the Nagar Panchayat, Khanauri village, about 60 km from here, whose election as president of the Nagar Panchayat on September 30 led to violent protests in the village, today took charge after the issuance of a notification by the Director, Local Government, Punjab, yesterday in this regard.

RSS leader in ‘palki’ procession sparks row
Amritsar, December 2
Participation of Mr Rulda Singh, President Rashtrya Sikh Sangat , an offshoot of the RSS and his men in the ‘palki procession’ from New Delhi to Nankana Sahib has sparked controversy which may land Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, Delhi Sikh Management Committee in a Panthic imbroglio.

Home Guards threaten to boycott Raising Day function
Abohar, December 2
The Punjab Home Guards Welfare Association has warned that all jawans will boycott Home Guards Raising Day functions on December 6 if the process for accepting their demands is not initiated by Sunday.

Farmers, PSEB staff block traffic
Patiala, December 2
Thousands of irate farmers and employees owing allegiance to various PSEB unions blocked traffic on the busy the Mall Road in protest against the management’s decision to privatise the board.

4 officers absorbed in state police
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Government today ordered the absorption of four officers from the Central Reserve Police Force and the Border Security Force in the Punjab Police. The Principal Secretary, Home, Mr A.K. Dubey, issued orders to absorb, Mr Kubhi Ram, Mr R.C. Sethi, Mr S.K. Sharma and Mr S.K. Singh in the Punjab Police.

Banjaras to hold rally on Dec 13
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
The Punjab Bajigar Banjara Sabha will hold a rally-cum-conference on December 13 at the Polo grounds here. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, would be the chief guest and Mr Samsher Singh Dullo, President of the PPCC, would be the guest of honour, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and president of the All India Bajigar Banjara Sabha, told mediapersons here yesterday.


Cash, jewellery worth over Rs 1 lakh stolen
Rajpura, December 2
Burglars struck at the houses of two widows in the town last night and decamped with cash, jewellery and other items worth over Rs 1 lakh. The house of Ms Nirmal Kaur, a Class IV employee at Civil Hospital in the Hospital Colony, was broken into and ransacked.

1 killed, 2 hurt in accident
Kharar, December 2
One person was killed and two injured when a scooter and a motorcycle collided on the Landran road here this evening. Mr Laxman Singh, a resident of Kharar who was going on the scooter, was initially taken to a private hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.


Thapar Institute holds impressive convocation
Patiala, December 2
The 19th annual convocation of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology was held at the institute’s auditorium here in which over 500 students received degrees in various streams of engineering and sciences from the institute’s Director, Dr S.C. Saxena, during an impressive ceremony.


Call all-party meet before WTO talks, says Kanwaljit Singh
Patiala, December 2
General ‘Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Kanwaljit Singh has urged the Union Government to call a meeting of all political parties before sending a delegation for the next round of World Trade Organisation talks scheduled to be held from December 13 to 18 at Hong Kong.

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