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Ban orders in Nangal as situation remains tense
Nangal December 18
Nangal town remained tense for the third day today with the district administration imposing orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the area. Movement and assembly of more than five persons has been banned in the area. Announcement to this affect was made during the day on loudspeakers and cops patrolled the town.

Forest scam accused ‘gives’ clean chit to self, others
Gurdaspur, December 18
The government has appointed Chief Conservator Forests, Mr Kuldeep Singh, to inquire into the forest scam. He has been asked to confiscate all records pertaining to the Japan-aided bank project implemented in the Pathankot division.

HC: Industrial land not for multiplexes
Chandigarh, December 18
In what could result in spoiling hush-hush plans of the Capt Amarinder Singh government to allot costly industrial land at various focal points across the state at throwaway prices to its favourites for non-industrial activity, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the decision to divert industrial land for construction of multiplexes was the result of “irrelevant considerations”.

Man declared dead to claim insurance
Chandigarh, December 18
A living man was shown as dead by a trickster who tried to dupe an insurance company of Rs 5 lakh insured in the name of the man.

Kirpan case: Denmark HC accepts Sikh’s plea
Amritsar, December 18
The Denmark High Court has accepted the appeal of a Sikh, Mr Ripudaman Singh, in the high-profile ‘kirpan’ case.

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Badal diluting Akal Takht’s authority, says Ravi Inder
Jalandhar, December 18
Holding the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, responsible for “diluting” the authority of Akal Takht, the Akali Dal (1920) has dubbed the SGPC as a “puppet” of Mr Badal, which, had no right to change the “rehat maryada” of the Sikhs.


Tarksheel Mela ends peacefully
Sangrur, December 18
Amid tension and tight security, the Tarksheel Mela, organised by the local unit of the Tarksheel Society, Punjab, concluded peacefully in a school ground, near main bus stand, here last night.

Policemen take control of a deer that strayed into a crowded  area in Amritsar on Sunday. The  deer was later handed over to officials of the Forest Department who sent it to Mehangalwal Sanctuary in Hoshiarpur.
Policemen take control of a deer that strayed into a crowded area in Amritsar on Sunday. The deer was later handed over to officials of the Forest Department who sent it to Mehangalwal Sanctuary in Hoshiarpur. — A Tribune photograph

Book on gurdwaras in Pak released
Amritsar, December 18
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, released a book, “Darshan-Didar”, which provides information about 250 historic gurdwaras in Pakistan, here today.

Sarna group ignores Vedanti’s directive
Amritsar, December 18
The last-ditch efforts of Akal Takht, Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to postpone the annual elections of the DSGMC fizzled out when the ruling group led by Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna today decided to go ahead with the meeting proposed to be held in New Delhi tomorrow to elect the new body.

The SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh, flags off the “Roko cancer bus” at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. Mobile breast cancer detection unit launched
Amritsar, December 18
The Indian chapter of the Manjit Kaur Chawla (MKC) Roko Cancer Charitable Trust launched its mobile breast cancer detection unit van at Heir village, near here, today. The unit had been purchased with efforts of NRIs in the UK.

The SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh, flags off the “Roko cancer bus” at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Cut in EPF rate criticised
Hoshiarpur, December 18
While inaugurating the two-day state-level session of the Technical Services Union (VK) of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Dev Raj, working president, National Electricity Employees Federation of India, said the federation would start nationwide action in protest against the Central Government for not honouring its assurances regarding making amendments to the anti-employee and anti-people clauses in the Power Act, 2003, according to a press release by Mr Satish Kumar, general secretary of the union, here today.

Defence personnel to get plots after 18 years
Amritsar December 17
After nearly 18 years of struggle, more than 267 defence personnel will soon get the possession of their plots from the improvement trust.

Rs 1 lakh grant for pensioners’ body
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 18
The Punjab Government Pensioners Welfare Association celebrated Pensioners’ Day here yesterday. Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, presided over the function and gave Rs 1 lakh to the association.

Superspeciality OPD at Brain Hospital
Patiala, December 18
Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital is all set to launch superspeciality OPDs at Brain Hospital here from December 22.

Thermal plant staff hold protest
Ropar, December 18
Employees of the thermal plant associated with the RTP Contractor Workers Union and the PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC) on Tuesday blocked traffic on the college road for about three hours.

162 vehicles challaned
Sangrur, December 18
As many as 162 vehicles were challaned by the police in connection with the violation of various traffic rules in the district yesterday.

One killed in road mishap
Tarn Taran, December 18
Gurdev Lal, a resident of Tarn Taran, was killed and five persons, all women, were injured when a bus (PB-11H-9844) collided with a Maruti car (HR-23A-8290) here today.

Fog claims 2 lives
Batala, December 18
Dense fog engulfing this area led to an accident last night in which two persons, Gulraj Singh Goraya (40 years), resident of Kahnuwan road, Batala, and Surinder Kumar Rishi (48 years), resident of Bada Bazaar, Batala, lost their lives.

Council flays PSEB
Ropar, December 18
The local Municipal Council, has criticised the PSEB for charging commercial rates on the electricity being supplied by it to streetlights.

112 donate blood
Rajpura, December 18
As many as 112 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Young Blood Donors Club here today.

Medical camp for issueless couples
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 18
A free medical check-up camp for issueless couples was organised at Nabipur village in the district. A team of doctors led by Dr S.P.S. Virk checked the patients. At least 200 patients were checked and various tests were conducted free of cost.


Wife, paramour kill man
Amritsar, December 18
Kulwant Kaur with the help of her paramour and his companions allegedly killed her husband, Mukhtar Singh, here late last evening. A case under Section 302 and 34, IPC, has been registered at Ajnala police station in Majitha police district.


Pvt college teachers call off protest
Barnala, December 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to call off its December 21 ‘education bandh’ and protest rally at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh.

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