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Navjot attacks Punjab, Union Governments
Chandigarh, December 14
The BJP MP, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, today blasted the Punjab and Union Governments on development issues related to the state. Speaking to mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Sidhu said that because of the biased approach of the Union Government and the lack of will of the state government, Punjab was sliding on the economic and development fronts while other states were marching ahead.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

SAD, Cong try to woo BSP
Chandigarh, December 14
The Bahujan Samaj Party is emerging as a much-sought-after party for political alliance for the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. Sources said the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal, the two principal contenders for power in the state, had begun probing the mind of BSP leaders for an alliance in the elections, only a year away now.

Blunders galore in PTU papers
Bathinda, December 14
Students of different streams at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology today rued that the university’s question papers had so many spelling mistakes, which forced them to leave some questions costing them crucial marks.



  Poaching case: government ‘shielding’ accused
Hoshiarpur, December 14
Alleging high-handedness from top bureaucrats of the Punjab government, especially, the Forest Department, two key witnesses in the Pathankot SDM poaching case has written to the Punjab, Chief Secretary apprehending hushing up of this case.


Dullo meets DCC presidents
Chandigarh, December 14
A meeting of the presidents of District Congress Committees was held here today under the chairmanship of the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo.

Dist units of MCPI, CPM merge
Sangrur, December 14
The district units of the Marxist Communist Party of India and the CPM Punjab merged and formed MCPI (United) at a meeting of the both parties here yesterday.


Police most corrupt, says govt-sponsored survey
Chandigarh, December 14
As the Punjab Assembly elections are only a year away, the state government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh has got its performance assessed from a reputed company. Besides corruption, law and order and the rating of MLAs, assessment has been made with regard to the government’s performance in various social sectors such as health, education, drinking water supply and power.

Pak child detainees sent to Delhi
Faridkot, December 14
They have lost some precious years of their childhood in the juvenile jail of their neighbouring country, but their dream of returning home may come true in coming days. Four Pakistani children lodged in the juvenile jail here today left for Pakistan embassy in New Delhi for their identification, which would pave the way for their repatriation.

Lodged in Faridkot juvenile jail, these Pakistani kids were sent to New Delhi for identification on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph 

Lodged in Faridkot juvenile jail, these Pakistani kids were sent to New Delhi for identification

Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus trial likely in mid-Jan
Amritsar, December 14
After successful trial run of ‘Punj-Aab’ express and ‘Dosti’ Amritsar-Lahore bus services, trial run for Amritsar to Nankana Sahib direct bus service is likely to be held till mid-January 2006.

Sekhri for SEZ status to Majha focal points
Chandigarh, December 14
Parliamentary Secretary to the Punjab Government and Congress MLA from Batala Ashwani Sekhri has demanded that the government should notify the existing industrial focal points at Pathankot, Batala, Goindwal Sahib and Amritsar as special economic zones.

Right to information denied
Amritsar, December 14
Despite the Right to Information Act-2005 in force for the past two months, the Municipal Corporation is yet to heed to the directions to spread awareness about this significant right among the citizens.

Registration of ultrasound centre cancelled
Sangrur, December 14
Dr Nirpal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, has cancelled the registration of an ultrasound centre at Longowal village, about 20 km from here. The registration of the centre has been cancelled due to the violation of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.

28 pc children anaemic
Hoshiarpur, December 14
Around 28.4 per cent school-going children were found anaemic during medical check-up camps conducted by the District Health and Family Welfare Department from April to November, 2005, Dr Manjit Kaur, Civil Surgeon, said here today.


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Vacant judicial posts: HC asks Punjab to explain
Chandigarh, December 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave time to the Punjab Government to inform it as to why the government was not filling vacant posts of judicial officers in the state by making fresh appointments.

Two get life term for murder
Bathinda, December 14
Additional Sessions Judge, D.K. Arora today sentenced two persons to life imprisonment in a murder case, in which four persons had conspired to eliminate four individuals of their village but were nabbed after killing their first target.


Daylight robbery at petrol station
Rajpura, December 14
In a daring daylight robbery, armed unidentified assailants yesterday looted a government-owned petrol station at gunpoint near the Shambu police post, near here, this morning.

Mandi board officer in police custody
Kharar, December 14
A local court today remanded Mrs Parinder Kaur, Establishment Officer, Punjab Mandi Board, booked by the Vigilance to a day in police custody.

Kanungo nabbed for accepting bribe
Patiala, December 14
The Patiala vigilance bureau yesterday nabbed a Kanungo for accepting illegal gratification of Rs 2000 from Mr Bharat Bhushan of Patiala.


Social role of Sufis, Bhaktas evaluated by historians
Chandigarh, December 14
The counter-hegemonic Sufi poetry has played a historic role in the secularisation and radicalisation of the Punjabi society and its culture, said medieval historians on the concluding day of the two-day seminar on ‘The role of Sufis in the making of Medieval Punjab’ held at Panjab University here.

Dr Iqbal Sabir from Aligarh speaking at a seminar on “The role of Sufis in the making of Medieval Punjab” at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Dr Iqbal Sabir from Aligarh speaking at a seminar on “The role of Sufis in the making of Medieval Punjab” at Panjab University, Chandigarh

Teachers force entry into school
Amritsar, December 14
Protesting teachers of more than century old PBN Senior Secondary School forced their entry into the school premises here today. As many as 37 teachers out of a total strength of 52 have been protesting against the officiating principal for the past more than two months.

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