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Vidhan Sabha session unlikely in December
Chandigarh, December 7
There is no possibility of holding the much talked about session of the Punjab Assembly on December 20 and 21. The session will probably be held in February when the Budget will also be passed.

Officials told to inform MEA of foreign trips
Chandigarh, December 7
Issuing an advisory on unplanned and wayward foreign travel by politicians and bureaucrats in Punjab, the State Government has issued instructions that all foreign visits must be brought to the notice of Ministry of the External Affairs (MEA) in advance.

Nirmaljit not ‘real’ mother of Simran
Amritsar, December 7
In a startling turn of events 13-year-old Simran was caught amid a maternity battle when she found that she was not Nirmaljit Kaur’s daughter.
Simran with Gurcharanjit Singh Batra at the latter’s residence in Amritsar on Wednesday
Simran with Gurcharanjit Singh Batra at the latter’s residence in Amritsar on Wednesday.A Tribune photograph

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Sharp rise in cotton prices
Bathinda, December 7
Though inclement weather in September has ruined cotton crop on thousands of acres, it proved a boon for the farmers whose crop survived nature’s fury. Drastic fall in cotton production in north India has pushed up its prices which now hover around Rs 2,100 to Rs 2,200 in the region.


Sukhbir wants CM’s Dubai trip cancelled
Chandigarh, December 7
Former Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal today expressed “alarm and disbelief” over Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s proposed trip to Dubai reportedly to look at Emmar Group’s infrastructure projects.

Discrimination against Punjab: MP to raise issue with Centre
Amritsar, December 7
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, has decided to raise the issue of alleged discrimination against Punjab by the central government. In a press note today, Mr Sidhu alleged that the central government had been discriminating against Punjab by blacklisting it till today under the Disturbed Area act since 1983, which was affecting growth.

CM has dual policy on corruption, says Kanwaljit
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister of Punjab, here today lashed out at Capt Amarinder Singh for his dual policy regarding corruption. He said while on the one hand, the Chief Minister was challenging the Opposition for an open debate in the Assembly regarding corruption and development in Punjab, on the other he was sleeping over the open charges of corruption levelled by his own MLA Bir Devinder Singh against his senior Cabinet minister.

Cong creating social tension, says Kainth
Nawanshahr, December 7
Mr Satnam Kainth, former MP and president, Bahujan Samaj Morcha, addressing a district-level rally here yesterday to mark the Nirvana Divas of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, lamented that political parties had been using the name of Dr Ambedkar to woo Dalit votes. These parties had done nothing concrete for the social and economic welfare of the Dalits and Backward Classes. He also accused the BSP of deviating from the ideals of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.


Avtar holds meeting with Calcutta
Amritsar, December7
In a significant development, Mr Avtar Singh, SGPC President, had a closed-door meeting with Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a Shiromani Committee member, at the house of the latter here today.

SGPC to review ‘illegal appointments’ by Jagir Kaur
Amritsar, December 7
The first SGPC Executive Committee meeting, held under the presidentship of Mr Avtar Singh, here today, decided to review all appointments (about 1000), made during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur.

SGPC chief’s removal sought
Amritsar, December 7
The Khalra Mission Committee (KMC) has filed a petition against the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) chief, Mr Avtar Singh in Sikh Gurdwa4ra Judicial Commission for participating in function organised by a Jalandhar-based newspaper and describing those persons as ‘shaheeds’ who were not ‘shaheeds’ as per the SGPC, Akal Takht and Sikh Panth.

SGPC aid for Rajasthan Sikh family
Amritsar, December 7
The SGPC will provide Rs 1 lakh each to the families of three Sikh brothers killed near Alwar in Rajasthan and demanded swift action against the perpetrators of crime. Mr Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, here said today that Rs 50,000 each would be given to three other brothers who got injured in the fight.

Lambi rally put off to Dec 17
Muktsar, December 7
The ruling party’s first electoral rally to be held in Lambi has been postponed once again. It will now be held on December 17, according to Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang here today.

INTUC wants contract system to go
Bathinda, December 7
Activists of District INTUC today took out a protest march and later staged a dharna in front of the Mini-Secretariat here. Employees of a number of government departments, including PRTC, PWD, Health Department, State Bank of Patiala, ITI, Milk Plant, Thermal Plant, FCI, Fire Brigade, Post Office, and Public Health Department participated in the protest.

Three of marriage party drown
Hoshiarpur, December 7
Three members of a marriage party were drowned and three injured when a Tata Sumo vehicle (HR-02G-5602) carrying 12 persons fell into the Kandi canal near Datarpur in Hoshiarpur district at about 7.30 last evening. According to police sources, the deceased were identified as Ashok Rana, Pradeep Kumar and Sukhdev Raj. The injured, who were admitted to BBMB Hospital, Talwara, were identified as Dev Raj, Tirath Ram and Raj Kumar.

Punjabi play staged in Central Jail
Patiala, December 7
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), in collaboration with the Central Jail authorities and the State Bank of Patiala (SBOP), yesterday organised the 25th show of the Punjabi play “Takey ser bhaji takey ser khaja” at the Central jail to mark the completion of the National Integration Theatre Campaign-2005.

18 marriages solemnised
Tarn Taran, December 7
Eighteen marriages of youths belonging to poor families were solemnised at Chohla Sahib today. The function was organised by Mr Amarjit Singh Kang, an NRI of Pakhopur village, 20 km from here.

Cops escape Vigilance raid


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Cancer patients may get Mediclaim policies

Chandigarh, December 7
The Punjab Government today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it is planning to provide subsidised medi-claim insurance policies to patients suffering from incurable diseases like cancer. To start with, the government has decided to contribute 50 per cent of the premium of the policies.

Old-timers recall association with HC
Chandigarh, December 6
Mr D.S. Nehra probably handled the first-ever service matter in India in 1952. At that time, he was a young lawyer practising at the Pepsu High Court, Patiala. He won the case. The case was a trendsetter of sorts as there was a deluge of service cases in almost all High Courts in the country after the judgement of the Pepsu High Court.

Life term for killing wife
Moga, December 7
A local court today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife, while three others were acquitted in the case. Sources said the convict, Naresh Kumar, had murdered his wife in September last year when she resisted his affair with a girl employed at his pathology lab.

Ex-ASI gets death sentence


Admn gears up for Jor Mela
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
To make adequate arrangements for the Shaheedi Jor Mela starting from December 24 at Fatehgarh Sahib Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday issued certain orders by which she has banned that no employee and officer would take leave in the month of December nor they would leave their station. No head would accept the leave of his staff and, in case of emergency, he has to take prior permission of the Deputy Commissioner.


Boy freed, 5 kidnappers held
Hoshiarpur, November 7
The district police Hoshiarpur, has succeeded in finding six-year-old Ronek Rawat, son of Vishvanath Rawat of local Sunder Nagar Mohalla,who was kidnapped on December 3. His five kidnappers were arrested today. Mr Lok Nath Angra, SSP, Hoshiarpur, stated here that the accused were arrested from a house in Garha area of pollice station division No. 7 of Jalandhar. The kidnappers were identified as Jag Narain of Chakti Chinai, Nand Lal and Jatinder Kumar, both of Nandnama, Triveni of Mastapur and Munna of Kametha, Bihar.

Six-year-old Ronek, who was kidnapped from Hoshiarpur, is reunited with his mother by the rescuing police team in Jalandhar on Wednesday.
— — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Six-year-old Ronek, who was kidnapped from Hoshiarpur, is reunited with his mother by the rescuing police team in Jalandhar on Wednesday

Dy Attorney caught taking bribe
Corruption case against two cops
Patiala, December 7
The Vigilance Bureau, the Patiala range achieved a major success in its anti-corruption drive today when it nabbed K.S. Brar, Deputy District Attorney, of Fatehgarh Sahib district, red handed while taking a bribe from Mr Ranjit Singh for not opposing his bail application submitted in a court in connection with a criminal case registered against him.


Two professors invited to present papers
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7
Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Head, Postgraduate Department of Commerce, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Prof Kashmir Singh, Senior Lecturer in the same department, have been invited to present papers on ‘Financial Capital to Knowledge Capital: The Search for a New Paradigm in Accounting’ in the All-India Accounting Conference being organised by the All-India Accounting Association on December 10 and 11, at Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Singla’s assurance to teachers
Patiala, December 7
A state-level function was organised by the Punjab Aided School and other Employee’s Progressive Front (Punjab) which was attended by hundreds of teachers from different parts of Punjab.


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