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Mazdoor Union:
Stepping up their campaign, the members of Pendu Mazdoor Union held a Jatha march on Monday to press for their demand of waving off of their electricity bills. The march passed through Bakkhu Nangal, Nangal Colony, Khusropur, Bashrampur, Fazalpur, Pattad Kalan and Barhampur, villages near Kartarpur. The members raised slogans demanding unconditional withdrawal of the electricity bills by the government. Jatha march was also held in villages of Shahkot area, which passed through Kakra, Navankilan, Bhullar, Billi Chaharam, Alewali, Vadaslam, and concluded at Kagran.

Meeting held: Indian Federation of Trade Unions at a meeting, held under its president Gurmeet Singh, has called on the government to fulfill its demands which included stopping the privatisation of the PSEB and the sale of sugar mills, bring Bhattha workers under the purview of the 1948 Factory Act, and provide basic facilities for rickshaw pullers in all cities among others. Gurmeet Singh alleged that the Centre was giving a free play field buckling under the World Trade Organisation regime to the multinationals.

LBP rally: Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) on Monday held a dharna in protest against the state government for not fulfilling “any of its promises to the people of the state”. Addressing the rally, LBP’s national general secretary, Ramandeep Singh, said the Congress government in the state was following the footsteps of the previous Akali government and had only been indulging in sloganeering during its four-year term. “The situation has worsened to the extent that the figures of unemployed have gone up to 40 lakh in the state. This grim scenario is forcing youth to flee abroad,” he alleged. He also accused the government of ignoring the suicides by farmers and alleged that nothing was being done to improve their plight. District Jalandhar Urban president, Jasbir Singh, demanded withdrawal of “anti-people policies” of the state government. The party members also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh through the deputy commissioner highlighting the failures of the government on every front.

Kisan Sabha:
The CPM-led All India Kisan Sabha has decided to hold country-wide dharnas, rallies and conventions next week for building pressure on the Centre for taking an initiative to encourage the third world countries for raising their voice against America’s monopoly in the ministerial-level meeting of the WTO being held in Hong Kong from December 13 to 18. This was disclosed here on Monday by Comrade Lehmber Singh Taggar, the national joint secretary of the sabha. A state-level convention in this regard would also be held at Desh Bhagat Yaadgaar Hall in Jalandhar on December 13, he declared. “Indian government should make a common cause with China, Brazil and other third world countries for thwarting American designs,” he said. He alleged that the developed countries were out to put pressure on the third world nations, including India, to decrease subsidies on agriculture, besides downsizing excise and custom duties on the export of their agricultural products into the third world countries.


ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Council of Junior Engineers PSEB, president — Mr R.K. Airi, vice-president — Mr Sohan Singh; general secretary — Mr Gangasharn Vashisth; organising secretary — Mr T.P. Singh; finance secretary — Mr Dharam Singh; adviser — Mr Pushpinder Singh; and propaganda secretary — Mr Amarjit Singh.

Stolen: A resident of Sector 11 here got a shock this morning, when he found that some miscreants had taken away all four tyres of his Santro car. The resident, Ankush Goyal, informed that he found his car without tyres in the morning.

Blood camp: As many as 35 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised at Government College here today. The camp was organised with the help of doctors from General Hospital.

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