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HC notice to Bibi Jagir Kaur
Chandigarh, December 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of contempt to former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, Director-Principal of Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Education and Research, Amritsar, Dr US Dhaliwal and Secretary SGPC Dalmegh Singh.

SAD to forge front with parties opposed to Congress
Chandigarh, December 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal will forge a front with all ďanti-CongressĒ parties while continuing its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next Assembly elections in Punjab, SAD President Parkash Singh Badal said today.
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, offers sweets to elected members of gurdwaras in Haryana, at a function in Chandigarh The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, offers sweets to elected members of gurdwaras in Haryana, at a function in Chandigarh on Thursday.
ó Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

There was a bid to use me, says ex-Takht Jathedar
Amritsar, December 22
A former Akal Takht Jathedar, Prof Darshan Singh, in a two-page letter to the present incumbent, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has spilled the beans by revealing that the leadership of the SGPC and the SAD tried to use the institution of Akal Takht for personal favours when he was holding the post of Jathedar.



  International airport at Halwara okayed
Chandigarh, December 22
The Punjab Government has given its consent to the Centre to expand the Halwara defence aerodrome into an international airport. Sources said that a letter in this regard had been sent to the Prime Ministerís Office by the Punjab Government.

Son's tribute to a great father
Chandigarh, December 22
AS the nation gets ready to mark 100 years of the commissioning of the notorious Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar islands in March next, a memorial at Siswan near Chandigarh is also sprucing its environs and making additions to its gallery of memorabilia.

Inside view of the museum in memory of Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani. ó Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Inside view of the museum in memory of Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani


Lalpura tipped to head Akali front
Amritsar, December 22
A veteran Akali leader, Mr Prem Singh Lalpura, is tipped to head a unified Akali Dal to constituted in the state to counter the Congress and the SAD during the next Assembly elections likely to be held in February 2007.


Tainted officers in race for promotion to IAS
Chandigarh, December 22
Certain tainted Punjab Civil Service officers are in the race for promotions as IAS officers. At least eight posts are to be filled by way promotion to the IAS from the state service cadre.

Railway staff deface walls during cleanliness drive
Bathinda, December 22
Even as a cleanliness fortnight was on at the regionís railway stations from December 16 to 31, the staff at the railway station here defaced walls of the local station inscribing slogans and pasting pamphlets of their demands prior to their unionís function today.

A view of defaced walls at the Bathinda railway station on Thursday. ó Photo by Kulbir Beera

A view of defaced walls at the Bathinda railway station

Kin want Kanshi Ram to perform last rites of mother
Ropar, December 22
Family members of senior BSP leader Kanshi Ram decided not to cremate body of his mother Bishan Kaur, till he was brought here to perform funeral rites, by BSP chief Mayawati.

Ex-spyís sacrifice goes unnoticed
Chandigarh, December 22
Mr Robin Masih was just out of his teens when, in 1992, he was nabbed near the international border by Pakistani Rangers, minutes after he had crossed over to that side.

Licences of 2 ultrasound centres suspended
Kharar, December 22
The SMO incharge of the local Civil Hospital, Dr Moninder Jeet Singh, today raided two ultrasound centres at Kuarli and suspended their licences for a period of one month.

Private body to study suicides by farmers
Chandigarh, December 22
The Farmers Commission, Punjab, has decided to engage some private organisation to study the issue of suicides by farmers in the state. A decision in this connection was taken at a high-level meeting here today.

Blood donation marks martyrdom day of Sahibzadas
Hoshiarpur, December 22
To mark the martyrdom day of Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, staff and students of Shri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing organised a blood donation camp in collaboration with blood banks of the Civil Hospital and Bhai Ghanhiyaji Charitable Hospital, Hoshiarpur here today.


FLASHBACK 2005: High Court
Fifty eventful years
Chandigarh, December 22
The year 2005 will remain etched in the history of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. For, the year witnessed the golden jubilee celebrations of the Court in Chandigarh.

Judicial Magistrate suspended
Tarn Taran, December 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today placed Mr S.K. Singla, Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (Junior Division), under suspension with immediate effect against a pending inquiry.


3 killed, six injured in road accident
Tarn Taran, December 22
Three persons were killed and six injured when Quallis car they were travelling in collided with a truck (JK-02F-5061) near Naushahra Pannuan village 15 km from here, today.

Ex-sarpanch held for embezzlement
Moga, December 22
The Vigilance Bureau yesterday arrested an ex-sarpanch and a panchayat secretary on the charge of embezzlement of funds allotted for development works.

Case against traffic Inspector
Patiala, December 23
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau has slapped cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Excise Act against Gurcharan Singh, traffic incharge of Patiala police, and two other cops who were nabbed by the bureau yesterday for accepting illegal gratification.

Driver hurt in clash
Kharar, December 22
In a clash between two drivers of private buses one of them got injured near Chapparchiri village, near here, today. According to information available, the two drivers had heated arguments over the plying of routes by their vehicles which later led to a clash.


Lovely group no longer has varsity status
Chandigarh, December 22
What is the status of Lovely University at present? This is the question which is being debated in the corridors of the Punjab Secretariat. Inquiries made from the Punjab Chief Ministerís office have revealed that the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), has not returned the file sent to him to give his assent the Lovely University Bill passed recently by the Assembly.

ICAR reviews farm research
Ludhiana, December 22
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research team reviewed research progress and prospects of rapeseed and mustard in state agricultural universities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir here yesterday.

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