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Parties trade charges at Jor Mela
Chamkaur Sahib, December 20
The political conferences of parties held here on the second day of Shaheedi Jor Mela today witnessed allegations and counter-allegations.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a senior SAD leader, addresses a political conference Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a senior SAD leader, addresses a political conference on the second day of the Shaheedi Jor Mela at Chamkaur Sahib on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

50,000 pay obeisance at Jor Mela
Chamkaur Sahib, December 20
A heavy flow of devotees was witnessed on the second day of Shaheedi Jor Mela here today. As many as 50,000 devotees paid obeisance in five historical gurdwaras. While the political conferences of the different political parties failed to attract a respectable crowd.

News Analysis
Big blow to Badal in Delhi poll
Chandigarh, December 20
By registering a victory in the election of the office-bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, the Delhi Shiromani Akali Dal, headed by Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, has dealt a big political blow to the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh.

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  1,000 Indians still in Iraq work as sweepers, say rescued youths
Ludhiana, December 20
Iraq, witness to much bloodshed in the past over a decade, has also been silently witnessing the worst form of human trafficking involving mainly Indians. Youths, after being fooled by agents in India and Kuwait for jobs of truck drivers in Kuwait were being illegally pushed into the war-ravaged country where they were made to work as construction workers for the USA army apart from being employed as sweepers to work and live in inhuman conditions.

Bailey bridge at Tibri collapses
Tibri (Gurdaspur), December 20
Traffic has been disrupted once again on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road. The bailey bridge constructed by the Army has wilted under pressure of over-loaded trucks carrying load up to 25 to 30 tonnes.

The damaged Bailey bridge over the UBDC, near Tibri village, on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road.
— Photo by Jangi

The damaged Bailey bridge over the UBDC, near Tibri village, on the Mukerian-Gurdaspur road

Doc shifted to 2 places on same day!
Bathinda, December 20
Can a government employee be transferred to two places through two orders issued from the same office on the same date? The state’s Health Department committed such a blunder while posting a Senior Medical Officer in the district.


No let up in cold wave; sadhu dies in Bathinda
Chandigarh, December 20
The piercing cold wave sweeping most parts of the northern region today claimed life of a sadhu and intensified its grip with ice-cold winds keeping the minimum temperatures down much below normal.

Check driving by children, says IG (Traffic)
Sangrur, December 20
Mr S.K. Sharma, Inspector General (IG) of Police (Traffic), Punjab, today stressed on traffic education to children to reduce accidents in the state. He desired a check on drivingby children.

Child development scheme to cover all
Chandigarh, December 20
The Government of India under the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme has modified the guidelines for the supply of supplementary nutrition to the beneficiaries.

More IPS officers given charge of jails
Chandigarh, December 20
The Punjab Government today handed over the management of more jails to police officials. A decision was taken last month that all jails would be under the charge of Indian Police Service officials.

Boycott of Sikh Sangat “must continue’’
Amritsar December 20
Several Sikh organisations today took a strong stand against the appeal of the National Minorities Commission to the Akal Takht Jathedar to retract its directions of boycott against the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.

PSEB staff plan agitation
Hoshiarpur, December 20
The state executive of the Ministerial Services Union Punjab of the PSEB at its meeting held here today discussed the problems being faced by the clerical staff and decided to struggle for getting implemented their already accepted demands.

Revenue officials asked to hear grievances
Ropar, December 20
The Divisional Commissioner, Patiala, Ms Anjali Bhavana, yesterday directed all Revenue Department officials to hear the grievance of the people on priority basis at a special meeting convened here.


Property dealer found murdered
Lalru, December 20
A 26-year-old property dealer of Lalru was allegedly done to death by certain unidentified persons on the Dosarka-Barara road in Ambala district on the intervening night of December 18 and 19. The badly-bruised body of Sanjeev was found dumped in the sugarcane fields of Holi village yesterday evening.

Shopkeeper hurt in attack
Kharar, December 20
The owner of a medical store got seriously injured after he was allegedly attacked by about six persons at his shop in Mundi Kharar here this morning. According to information, the injured person, Mr Parminder Singh, was taken to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.


Institute of law at Sidhwan Khurd
Chandigarh, December 20
The foundation stone of Guru Hargobind Institute of Law for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, was laid by Dr Khem Singh Gill, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, and a member of the Sri Guru Hargobind Ujagar Hari Trust, at Sidhwan Khurd yesterday.

Teachers helping examinees face action
Chandigarh, December 20
Disciplinary action will be initiated against teachers who are found helping students in copying during examinations. Any case of mass copying will mean that the centre superintendent and the controller will be held responsible for the lapse, said the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, at a high-level meeting here today.

Students felicilated
Patiala, December 20
A warm welcome was accorded to the students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School on their return from the programme named `Khel Khel Main Badlo Duniya’ on DD-1. The sweet fragrance of victory was experienced by students of Class IX —Shivani, Ashima, Deepaushu and Manmeet, who won the quiz contest by beating students of Alok Senior Secondary School, Rajasthan.

NRI donates money for scholarships
Patiala, December 20
Mr G.S. Gujral, president of the London-based International Punjabi Society, the UK, gave a cheque for 1360 pounds (Rs 1,08,800) for the Golden Heart Scholarships for rural students of the Yadavindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo, to the Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, here today.


Rs 9.17 crore subsidy for rural industry
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
The Punjab Khadi and Village Industry Board will distribute Rs 9.17 crore as subsidy to approximately 700 borrowers, who would set up village industries units in the rural areas and generate sustainable employment for 13,520 rural unemployed of the state, said Mr Charanjit Singh Walia, Chairman of the board, while talking to mediapersons here today.

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