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Volcker report: SAD for probe against Chief Minister
Qadian (Gurdaspur), December 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has demanded increasing the scope of the Justice Pathak Commission probing the allegations levelled in the Volckar report. Mr Sukhbir Badal, general secretary of the SAD stated this to newsmen here today.

Mr Sukhbir Badal and Mr Vinod Khanna with Akali leaders at a rally in Qadian on Friday Mr Sukhbir Badal and Mr Vinod Khanna with Akali leaders at a rally in Qadian on Friday. — Photo by Jangi

State not disturbed area, says govt
Chandigarh, December 9
Punjab is not a disturbed area. “No notification has been issued after October, 1997, to declare Punjab a disturbed area under the Disturbed Area Act,” said a senior officer of the Punjab Government.

Sterilisation under insurance cover
Ludhiana, December 9
The Centre has launched an innovative insurance cover to both performing doctors and acceptors undergoing sterilisation operations. This has been done with a view to minimising legal complications arising out of the procedure.



Bonded labourer tastes freedom, courtesy NGO
Amritsar, December 9
The Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) an NGO, and Socio-Economic Development Programme (SEDP) today liberated a bonded labourer, Puran Singh, of Makhu from Jagdev Kalan village near here from the clutches of a landlord, Sulakhan Singh.

Bonded labourer Puran Singh (right), who was freed from a landlord, and Dalbir Singh in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Bonded labourer Puran Singh, who was freed from a landlord, and Dalbir Singh in Amritsar on Friday


Fire breaks out at petrol station
Hoshiarpur, December 9
A devastating fire broke out in a petrol tanker while it was unloading petrol at Jupiter Filling Station opposite the general bus stand here this afternoon. The fire at once engulfed the entire filling station, as a result the petrol tanker, carrying 12000 litres petrol, two diesel and one petrol filling machines, three scooters, two cycles, an STD/PCO situated inside the filling station and main portion of the shed on the filling station were reduced to ashes.
The scene at a petrol pump where a major fire broke out in Hoshiarpur on Friday
The scene at a petrol pump where a major fire broke out in Hoshiarpur on Friday.  — Tribune photo by Bipin Bhardwaj 

13-yr-old Army aspirant seeks Kalam’s help for treatment
Gehri Buttar (Bathinda), December 9
President APJ Abdul Kalam has displayed his affinity for children on many occasions, but children of this village are disappointed to know that he would only interact with farmers during his visit here tomorrow. A student of Class VIII with a partially disabled hand, Gurvinder Singh is one of them.

13-year-old Gurvinder Singh with his mother at his house in Gehri Buttar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
13-year-old Gurvinder Singh with his mother at his house in Gehri Buttar on Friday

MLA finds govt officers absent
Kharar, December 9
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, yesterday paid a surprise visit to various government offices here. A large number of officers supposed to be on duty were found missing from these offices during office hours.

Get Indian prisoners released, Pak delegation urged
Amritsar, December 9
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) today urged the delegation comprising senior judges and advocates of the Pakistan Supreme Court, who paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here, to fight for the release of Punjabi and Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistan jails.

Advance trauma centre for Patiala planned
Patiala, December 9
There is a plan to have an advance trauma care centre (ATCC) on the premises of the local Rajindra Medical College, which is in bad shape otherwise and has been facing acute shortage of staff.

Overloaded vehicles continue to ply
Gurdaspur, December 9
Overloaded trucks plying on the Pathankot-Gurdaspur road are posing traffic hazard. One such truck carrying stone-crushed material lost balance in front of the Gurdaspur bus stand in the wee hours today and overturned. Due to excess weight, the truck smashed into two pieces. The material also spilled over to road blocking the traffic. The driver escaped with minor injuries.

Pak Judge’s family donates blood at camp
Patiala, December 9
In a unique tribute, members of the family of a judge of the Lahore High Court donated blood at a camp organised to mark the 70th birth anniversary of the former Mandi Board Chairman Sant Ram Singla.

Suvidha camp fails to draw villagers
Ropar, December 9
The first suvidha camp organised by the district administration to solve the problems of people on their doorsteps at Lutheri village in Morinda town today got a poor response due to lack of awareness about it among the villagers. Out of the 31 temporary offices setup by the administration, only a few managed to attract the villagers.

Heavy rush at Lok Suvidha camp
Fatehgarh Sahib,  December 9
Lok Suvidha camps are proving to be a boon for the people of the area who wants that grievances of the people should be redressed at their door step, said Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Loak Suvidha camp organised at Kamali village in Bassi Pathana Sub Division.

Rs 5.73 cr for Muktsar
Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab Government today released Rs 5.73 crore for the development of Muktsar town where a ‘‘Mukt-e-Minar” would be raised in memory of ‘‘ 40-Muktas’’, who had special mention in Sikh history.

Telecom staff hold protest 
Bathinda, December 9
Activists of the National Federation of Telecom Employees (BSNL) yesterday carried out a protest rally in front of the gate of telephone exchange to register their protest against the apathetic attitude of Centre Government towards its employees.

Strike by thermal plant staff
Bathinda, December 9
On a call given by joint force Punjab, workers of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal plant (GNDTP) yesterday observed a one day strike to lodge their protest against the state government apathetic attitude towards their demands.

Convention of Christians


Information Commission plans paper-free office
Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab State Information Commission will adopt modern systems of management, communication and control in its own working. To implement the Right to Information Act, the Commission has decided to make extensive use of information technology. Also, the Commission would need to discard the routine office procedures of government and take prompt and efficient decisions.

Liquor sale banned


2 killed, 3 hurt in road accident
Bathinda, December 9
Two persons were killed and three injured after a car smashed into a tree when the driver of the car tried to save a scooter who was coming from the opposite side on the Bathinda-Dabwali national highway, near Jassi Bagh, today.


Chaman Lal elected to JNU teachers’ body
Patiala, December 9
Dr Chaman Lal, former teacher in Punjabi University and who was conferred the Shiromani Hindi Sahityakar by Languages Department, Punjab, in 2003, was unanimously elected vice-president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association, where he is working as Professor in the Hindi Department.

Pak qawwal performs at GND varsity
Amritsar, December 9
Qawwal Zameer-ul-Hasan of the Verinwala gharana, hailing from Faisalabad, Pakistan, enthralled the audience at Guru Nanak Dev University here today. Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, DIG, was the chief guest.


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