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Vedanti refuses to appear in court
Amritsar, December 16
The Spokesman case (Punjabi daily) today took a serious turn when Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, announced that he would neither receive summons nor appear in any court.

Dalit bonded labourer’s son freed
Sangrur, December 16
Alleged bonded labourer, Dalit youth Kamikar Singh, son of Mr Ram Singh, of Lasoi village, 12 km from Malerkotla, was freed by Mr Ish Kumar, Warrant Officer, Punjab and Haryana High Court, from landlords of Lasoi village yesterday.

Vijay Divas celebrated with fervour
Bathinda, December 16
To commemorate the exemplary acts of valour of soldiers of the Indian Army, Vijay Divas was celebrated by Chetak Corps here today. 3 Grenadiers also celebrated its Battle Honour Day with traditional splendour and gaiety.

War veterans struggle to survive
Bathinda, December 16
They fought enemy forces with matchless courage in World War II, but today they are fighting battle of survival in twilight years of their age.

World War II veterans at the War Veterans Meet on the occasion of Vijay Divas in Bathinda on Friday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
World War II veterans at the War Veterans Meet on the occasion of Vijay Divas in Bathinda on Friday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Widows of IPKF soldiers want parity with war widows
Ludhiana, December 16
“We are nobody’s babies. While the state government organises various functions to commemorate the sacrifice of war veterans, there is not a word about those who sacrificed their lives as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka 1984,” lamented widows of IPKF soldiers who came to the Vijay Divas function organised here today.
Widows of Indian Peace Keeping Force soldiers at a Vijay Divas function in Ludhiana on Friday.
Widows of Indian Peace Keeping Force soldiers at a Vijay Divas function in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmad

Varsity help sought to hike sugar recovery
Chandigarh, December 16
Worried about the lowered output of sugar from sugarcane, the Punjab Government today decided to take the help of experts of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, to suggest a comprehensive plan for mills.G.S. Sodhi

Punjab’s ex-PR man dejected
Chandigarh, December 16
Mr G.S. Sodhi, who retired as a Joint Director from the Punjab Public Relations Department several months ago, is a disappointed man now. The department authorities concerned have not released his gratuity of Rs 1.70 lakh.                                                            
G.S. Sodhi

Punjabi convention today
Chandigarh, December 16
It was a homecoming for about 150 delegates, who arrived here today from all over the country and the world to attend the 32nd convention of the International Punjabi Society to be inaugurated tomorrow morning.

Delegates arrive for the 32nd conference of the International Punjabi Society to be held in Chandigarh on Saturday.They are being welcomed at Hotel President in the city on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Delegates arrive for the 32nd conference of the International Punjabi Society to be held in Chandigarh on Saturday.They are being welcomed at Hotel President in the city on Friday.

Sukhbir dares Amarinder
Chandigarh, December 16
The Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday dismissed as a “bunch of wishful and self-contradictory jokes” the ORG-MARG survey on political trends in Punjab. The report gave the Akalis 38 sure seats and the Congress 25 in the event of an immediate poll in the state and yet in its conclusions gave the Congress the edge.


Advanced trauma centre to be set up in Rajindra Hospital
Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab Government, GOMCO Alumni Association and the Patiala Health Foundation USA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a trauma care centre in Patiala.

Poor bundh upkeep poses problems for BSF
Gurdaspur, December 16
Wild growth and improper maintenance of the earthen bundh on the Indo-Pak border have created problems for the BSF.

CM urged to revive NRI Sabha
Chandigarh, December 16
Mr Narpal Singh Shergill, a UK-based Punjabi writer and columnist, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to revive the NRI Sabha.

AITUC decries cut in EPF interest rate
Amritsar, December 16
The government must specify resources in its forthcoming Budget to pay interest at the rate of 9.5 per cent on the Employees Provident Fund (EPF). This was stated here by Mr Parduman Singh, vice-president, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

MC flayed for enhanced water, sewerage charges
Hoshiarpur, December 16
Mr R. P. Dhir, vice-chairman of the Legal Cell of the Punjab BJP, has condemned the act of the Hoshiarpur Municipal Council and the state government in demanding sewerage and water supply charges at enhanced rates in spite of a stay granted by the high court.

LPG shortage in Malerkotla
Malerkotla , December 16
The residents of Malerkotla are facing acute shortage of cooking gas these days. While black marketers are selling cooking gas at rates much higher than prescribed, the administration is doing nothing and is apparently playing a mute spectator.

Beopar Mandal members lathicharged
Ropar, December 16
Tension prevailed in Nangal subdivision in the evening when the police resorted to lathi-charge on members of the Beopar Mandal who were protesting in front of a police station against inaction with regard to slum dwellers living in the town. Six protesters sustained injuries.

Media seminar highlights women and child issues
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 16
The Press Information Bureau and Voluntary Health Association Punjab today organised a media seminar on women and child health issues and AIDS awareness.

Employees’ fast enters 75th day
Pathankot December 16
The ongoing relay fast by the employees of the Ranjit Sagar Dam (RSD) here against the withdrawal of their allowances today entered in the 75th day. Sawarn Singh, Surat Singh, Sewa Singh, Surjit Singh, Balwinder Singh and other employees sat on dharna and observed fast today.

Police in dark over VIP security duty
Chandigarh, December 16
It seems the Punjab Police does not know where its staff members are posted. The police, following a high-level meeting yesterday, decided to seek details from VIPs on how many security men were deployed with each of them.

Inaction by PUDA leaves residents harassed
Patiala, December 16
Frequent leakages in the main water supply pipeline and inaction by the Public Health Department of the Punjab Urban Development Authority has left the residents of Phase-II, Urban Estate, here a harassed lot.

Perneet goes for check-up
Chandigarh, December 16
Ms Perneet Kaur, wife of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, came to the PGI here today for check-up of certain skin allergy, sources said.


Clear farmers’ dues, Johar tells DC
Ropar, December 16
Taking serious note on the non-payment of Rs 5.86 crore dues of farmers pending with Morinda Sugar Mill, the Education Minister and Chairman of the District Grievance Committee, Mr Harnam Das Johar, today directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr H.I.S Garewal, to take up the matter with the Financial Commissioner on priority.


Bajwa promises better roads
Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab Government has targeted to “improve or upgrade” major state highways in the next one year, the Minister for Public Works, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, said yesterday. He also claimed that the Congress government had done more for the road network than the previous Akali regime led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Licence of nursing home cancelled
Ropar, December 16
The Civil Surgeon, Ropar, Mr Yash Pal Singla, today cancelled the licence of a local private nursing home under the NDPT Act, prohibiting it from the use of ultrasound machine for one-and-a-half month.


Patwari caught taking bribe
Patiala, December 16
Kamaljit Sharma, a Patwari of the Lehal area in the city, was today caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from Mr Ram Singh for entering his name in the revenue records in connection with the ownership of a house bought by him.

Man jailed under NDPS Act


Dullo’s plea to striking ETT teachers
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 16
Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, President, PPCC, today presided over a meeting of Congress workers here. The meeting was convened by Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, and the DCC president Mr Hari Krishan, for the preparation of the Sahidi Jor Mela.


Bank extends working hours
Patiala, December 16
The Central Bank of India, Adalaton Bazar branch, has extended its working hours from 9 am to 6.30 pm.

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