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SAD backed expulsion of MPs, says Dhindsa
Chandigarh, December 24
Removing confusion regarding the stand taken by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the motion moved in Parliament yesterday for the expulsion of 11 MPs in the cash-for- questions scandal, a senior leader of the party, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today said the party had fully supported the motion.

Bungling of funds in afforestation scheme
Mehengrowal, December 24
The misappropriation in afforestation carried under the Japan bank-aided scheme in the state is not limited to the Pathankot forest range. The Tribune team visited the Mehengrowal forest range falling under the Hoshiarpur division.

21 yrs on, no relief for riot-hit
Amritsar, December 24

The brutal killing of fresh recruit Sukhwinderjit Singh (18) by a frenzied mob on November 1, 1984, in Morean district of Madhya Pradesh following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi did not dampen the spirit of his family, hailing from the border village Pahuwind (Amritsar), to send its members into the Army.

The parents of Sukhwinderjit Singh, who have failed to get compensation even after 21 years of his killing during the anti-Sikh riots.
The parents of Sukhwinderjit Singh, who have failed to get compensation even after 21 years of his killing during the anti-Sikh riots. — A Tribune photograph

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Kanshi missed at mother’s cremation
Bunga Sahib (Ropar), December 24
It was a tragic end for her. Bishan Kaur, the mother of senior BSP leader Kanshi Ram, was cremated today when his kin lost all hope of Kanshi Ram’s arrival to attend the funeral. The mortal remains of Bishan Kaur were consigned to flames at 2.30 pm along the Sutlej river near Bunga Sahib village by her daughter Sawarn Kaur.

Relatives light the pyre of Bishan Kaur, mother of BSP leader Kanshi Ram, at Bunga Sahib, Ropar, on Saturday. — Photo by Randeep Vashisht
The mortal remains of Bishan Kaur were consigned to flames at 2.30 pm along the Sutlej river near Bunga Sahib village by her daughter Sawarn Kaur.

A rousing start to Jor Mela
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
The three-day Shahidi Jor Mela, to commemorate the martyrdom of younger sahibjadas and Mata Gujri ji, began amidst religious fervour and ceremonies with “ arambh of akhand path of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib”.

It’s musical nirvana at Harballabh
Jalandhar, December 24
Music blurred all boundaries on the first day of the 130th Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan at the historic Shri Devi Talab Mandir premises today. The array of music maestros at the sammelan too defied all boundaries as Sattar Khan Tari from Pakistan and music maestros like Pandit A. Pohankar and Pandit Ullhas Bapat gave music enthusiasts a treat both rare and divine.

Pakistani tabla artiste Sattar Khan Tari performs during the 130th ‘Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan’ in Jalandhar on Friday. — PTI

Pakistani tabla artiste Sattar Khan Tari performs during the 130th ‘Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan’ in Jalandhar on Friday.

81 Congress leaders, activists join SAD
Chandigarh, December 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal got a shot in the arm as a significant number of Congress leaders and workers from Ropar district joined the party today.


Hospital staff call off stir
Faridkot, December 24
Over 300 class III and IV employees of the local Govt Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital suspended their nearly four-week old agitation today following a meeting convened by Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Medical Research and Education, on December 27 at Chandigarh to lend a sympathetic ear to their demands.

Plea to include more names in foundation stone of hospital
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
The panchayat of Peerjain village, where the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, will lay the foundation stone of a mother-child superspecialty hospital tomorrow, has condemned the state government for not including the name of the village panchayat and Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Ms Jaspreet Talwar with whose efforts the site for the hospital materialised.

FLASHBACK 2005: GND varsity
Heritage village failed to come up

AMRITSAR: Guru Nanak Dev University that played pivotal role in bridging the gap between the two Punjab (East and West) — by awarding honoris causa to Mr Parvez Elahi, Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab and Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, failed to complete the heritage village of pre-partition era to project the composite culture of both Punjabs.

FLASHBACK 2005: Punjab law & order
Mixed year for police
Chandigarh, December 24
It was a mixed year for the Punjab Police. Even as the force faced embarrassment in having failed to check terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara’s free run in Punjab, it cracked some sensational case of murder and robbery. Phone tapping and call tracing came to its aid in critical and high-profile cases.

Chetna march against drug addiction
Hoshiarpur, December 24
Activists of the Social Democratic Party of India led by their president, Mr Jai Gopal Dhiman, along with students of DM Senior School and Senior Secondary School held chetna march and a rally in protest against the menace of intoxication and drug abuse at Kot Fatuhi, 34 km from here, yesterday.

Shaheed Udham Singh remembered
Amritsar, December 24
The activists the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front commemorated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh at Jallianwala Bagh today.

2 killed, 11 hurt in fog-related mishap
Patiala, December 24
A woman and her six-year-old daughter were killed, while her husband received serious injuries when their vehicle was hit from rear in the stranded queue of veh cles at Madhopur Chowk on the GT Road near Sirhind this morning.


5 depose against SAD ex-minister
Gurdaspur December 24
In a major development in the corruption case registered against the former SAD minister, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, five prime witnesses today deposed in the court of Mr J.P. Mehmi, Additional Sessions cum Special Judge Gurdaspur.


Xen charged with flouting rules
Amritsar, December 24
The Amritsar Cooperative Labour and Construction Union Ltd (ACLCUL) has charged the Executive Engineer (XEN), Jandiala Mandal, Amritsar, for flouting the rules framed by the Punjab Government for allotting work at higher rates than the estimated cost thus leaving the state’s exchequer poorer by Rs 25 lakh.


Deranged man kills three
Muktsar, December 24
A mentally-challenged person hailing from Kheri Fakarsar village, near Gidderbaha, yesterday killed three villagers. The accused was allegedly in an inebriated state at the time of crime.

2 held in NRI murder case
Hoshiarpur, December 24
The police today arrested two suspects in the NRI Mohan Singh murder case. They are Sukhwinder Singh, alias Reeta, and Gurdeep Singh, alias Ghanti, both residents of Moranwali village in the district.

Gang of mobile snatchers busted, 6 held
Amritsar, December 24
The Civil Lines police today claimed to have busted a gang of mobile and chain snatchers with the arrest of six persons here. One of their accomplice managed to give a slip to the police.

Woman raped by father-in-law
Phagwara December 24
A 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her father-in-law while she was alone in their house in Nawanshahr district, the police said today.

3.42 quintal poppy husk seized
Barnala, December 24
Following a tip-off, the police has seized 3.42 qtls of poppy husk from a truck and a car with the fake number plates in Handiaya area and arrested three persons in this connection.

Contractor’s men rounded up for scrap theft
Ropar, December 24
The police yesterday rounded up some employees working with the contractor at the thermal plant here for their alleged involvement in the theft of metal scrap.

ASI held for graft
Patiala, December 24
Intensifying its drive against corruption, the Vigilance Bureau nabbed an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) while he was allegedly accepting bribe here today.


Copying in exam: school board to act tough
Mohali, December 24
The Punjab School Education Board is planning strict measures to check copying in the examination beginning early next year.


Punjab inks MoU with S. Africa province
Chandigarh, December 24
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Premier of the Province of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) Sibusiso Ndebele today signed a memorandum of understanding MoU for co-operation in art and culture, agriculture, small and medium enterprises, science and technology.


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