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Pak participants duped at Sain Mian Mir fest
Amritsar, December 12
The first Sain Mian Mir festival has been embroiled in a controversy even as many businessmen from across the border, who came here to mark the occasion, alleged that organisers had siphoned off huge amount collected for getting them visas.

Businessmen from Pakistan complain that they were duped by the Pakistani chapter of Sain Mian Mir Foundation Businessmen from Pakistan complain that they were duped by the Pakistani chapter of Sain Mian Mir Foundation.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Amritsar-Lahore bus returns
Wagah, December 12
The Amritsar-Lahore bus which crossed Radcliff Line yesterday, returned here today after the Beating Retreat ceremony. Mr A.K. Talwar, Secretary, Transport Punjab, told reporters he was satisfied with the trail run of the Indian bus.

Sikh pilgrims leave for Pak
Amritsar, December 12
A 13-member group of pilgrims headed by Ms Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah joint checkpost to pay obeisance at gurdwaras there.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Forest scam: cover-up operation on
In a cover-up operation, officials of the Department of Forest clear lantana from the area that was supposed to have saplings planted under the Japan-aided project in the Donera area in Gurdaspur district on Monday Sarti (Gurdaspur), December 12
Instead of taking an action against the officials involved in the forest scam in Dhar subdivision of the district, the department has started a cover-up operation.

In a cover-up operation, officials of the Department of Forest clear lantana from the area that was supposed to have saplings planted under the Japan-aided project in the Donera area in Gurdaspur district on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

“Badal, CM hand in glove”
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 12
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, state president of the SAD (Longowal), while talking to mediapersons here today, alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, are hand in glove with each other and are befooling public by issuing statements against each other.


Congress changes Lambi rally venue
Muktsar, December 12
In a bid to accommodate crowd and avoid any nuisance in its first electoral rally, the Congress has shifted the venue of the Lambi rally to Baba Maan Singh Stadium, Animal Husbandry Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang stated this while addressing party workers at Muktsar, Malout and Lambi.

SAD wins gurdwara committee election
Amritsar, December 12
The beleaguered Baba Gurpinder Singh Satlani suffered a big setback even as only one of his supporters, Fateh Singh could win the local gurdwara committee elections of Hoshiar Nagar, Gurusar Satlani, while his brother Suba Singh failed to win the election.


NHPC pegs Shahpur Kandi dam cost at Rs 2,600 crore
Gurdaspur December 12
has pegged construction cost of the Shahpur Kandi dam at Rs 2600 crore. This includes taxes. The NHPC submitted the design project report to dam officials who now are scrutinizing it from design and cost parameters.

‘Banner causes flutter’
Amritsar, December 12
A banner saying “Sikh Rashtra ki Rajdhani Amritsar; apka swagat hai” in front of the Railway station caused a flutter among several organisations, here today. The banner has been installed by the Dal Khalsa — a radical Sikh organisation.

Power cuts back in Punjab
Ropar, December 12
Keeping in view of power shortage, the PSEB has imposed five to eight hour powers cuts in the rural areas and one to two hour in small cities in the state. The decision to close down unit-1 of 210 MW of thermal plant, Ropar, for annual maintenance was today deferred to avoid further shortage of power.

300 patients examined at cancer camp
Abohar, December 12
As many as 300 persons were examined during a heart and cancer check-up camp organised by the Seth Shanker Dass Daulat Ram Nagpal Charitable Trust.

Patiala doctor honoured in Canada
Patiala, December 12
Renowned Patiala-based homeopathic physician Dr KRS Thind was honoured at an international-level homeopathic conference held recently at Ontario, Toronto by the Homeopathic Medical Educational Centre of Canada.

Relief for fire victims
Faridkot, December 12
The district administration today gave a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the kin of six persons who died in a fire incident while making firecrackers at Sirsadi village three years back.

Probe ordered into discrepancy in cotton purchase
Ferozepore, December 12
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr B.C. Thakur, has constituted an inquiry committee to look into complaints received from a section of farmers regarding alleged discrepancies in the purchase of cotton crop.

Home Guard jawans abstain from duty
Hoshiarpur, December 12
All Home Guards deployed at Talwara and Hajipur police stations of Hoshiarpur district abstained from duty today in protest against the Punjab Government for not implementing its decision regarding increase in their daily wages from Rs 90 to Rs 150.

Awaiting completion even after a decade
Ferozepore, December 12
At a time, when the state government is busy talking about infrastructural development, the work on the construction of the Circuit House is hanging in balance for the past 10 years, reportedly due to shortage of funds.


Plea to check Kali Bein pollution
Chandigarh, December 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the respondents on a PIL seeking directions to the respondents to initiate steps to check pollution of the Kali Bein.

Notice issued on PIL filed by Faridabad resident
Chandigarh, December 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for February 23 on a PIL seeking action against some persons for allegedly carving out and developing unauthorised residential colonies in Faridabad district.

Brandy in judicial custody
Kharar, December 12
A local court today remanded Himmat, alias Brandy, the main accused in the Sukhvinder Singh murder case, to 14 days of judicial custody in the murder case. He was however remanded to a day of police custody for the flesh trade case registered by the Ropar police.

Court allows rice millers’ entry into FCI depot
Sangrur, December 12
Mr Harsh Mehta, Additional Civil Judge here, today allowed the rice-millers entry into the FCI depot here but restricted their right of movement.


Licence of nursing home suspended
Patiala, December 12
Following a raid conducted by the Senior Medical Officer (SMO)-cum-in charge, CHC, Dera Bassi, Dr Ram Kumar, recently, the District Health Authorities have now sealed the ultrasound machine that was being used for sex determination tests in National Hospital, Dera Bassi, and have also suspended, the licence of the nursing home.

Misuse of 46 govt vehicles detected
Chandigarh, December 12
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has found during a surprise check that 46 government vehicles were being misused across the state. The bureau had checked 263 vehicles on Friday.


One held for murder
Bathinda, December 12
The police today has solved a murder case with the arrest of a person for killing Kapur Singh of Jogewala village. Police sources said Kapur Singh was brutally murdered on the night of December 3 at Mirjeana village.

Firing incident: 10 booked
Kharar, December 12
The Kharar police today booked at least 10 persons, including the president of BJP (Panchayati Raj) Ropar unit, who along with two others were injured during a stampede that followed the firing of gunshots in Ballomajra, near here, yesterday."

Two killed in road accident
Batala, December 12
Two persons were killed when an unauthorised vehicle (maruta) rammed into a train near Ghashitpur village on the Amritsar-Pathankot rail section of Ferozepore Division of the Northern Railway today, the police said.


PTU paper leak averted
Bathinda, December 12
It seems that Punjab Technical University has not learnt any lesson from the leakage of BTech and MSc papers in the past. Leakage of data communication paper of degree course in computer science and engineering was averted at the varsity’s examination centre here due to the alertness of an examiner on Saturday.

Drive launched to educate poor children
Rajpura, December 12
The SOS Children’s Villages of India and Hindustan Lever Limited today launched a unique campaign aimed at educating poor children in schools.

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