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SGPC seeks action against officials
Old Subzi Mandi episode

Amritsar, December 29
Even as Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner Municipal Corporation, today wrote to the Jathedar, Akal Takht, and the SGPC chief claiming that corporation employees prevented the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Old Subzi Mandi here yesterday, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, sought action against the ‘responsible’ officials of the corporation, administration and others. Chief of the SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar (right) addresses mediapersons at his office on the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Thursday.
Chief of the SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar (right) addresses mediapersons at his office on the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Thursday. — PTI photo

SGPC chief tells Spokesman staffer to leave press conference

Rules bent for Kairon’s son
Industrial unit allowed to sell land
Mohali, December 29
The Punjab Government has allowed Harpratap Steel Limited, a company promoted by Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon, son of former Chief Minister of Punjab, to sell 15 acres of prime industrial land in Mohali allotted to the company over a decade ago for a steel industry.




Challenges Ahead
Poll year no cakewalk for Cong, Akalis

Chandigarh, December 29
The coming year will be one of challenges not only for the ruling Congress but also for the Opposition parties and the people of Punjab because it will be an election year.

Calcutta admits differences with Badal
Chandigarh, December 29
Admitting differences with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, regarding the functioning of the party and also on certain Sikh religious issues, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta said today that despite all this he was a loyal worker of the party and had not quit it.

CM must give details of Dubai visit: Mann
Chandigarh, December 29
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Akali MLA, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, and the Union Petroleum Minister, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, to give details of their visit to Dubai.

Schoolchildren not to greet VIPs at functions, rallies
Bathinda, December 29
Schoolchildren in Punjab will no more queue up to welcome VIPs/political leaders in public functions or political rallies. The state government has directed the district education officers to ensure that students were not called for such programmes.


Tribune Impact
Inquiry ordered into violation of felling rules
Gurdaspur, December 29
Chief Conservator Forest Swaran Singh has ordered an inquiry into the alleged violation of felling rules in Mahengrowal and Kapar ranges of Hoshiarpur forest division.

Rights panel seeks report on lathi charge
Chandigarh, December 29
Taking a serious note of the brutal police lathi charge on vegetable merchants in Amritsar, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a detailed report from the Home Department.

Girls’ decision to live together surprises many
Tarn Taran, December 29
The decision of two village girls of the area to live under the same roof has astonished those living in the surrounding areas. Palwinder Kaur, alias Goggi, 23, of Shakri village, who has been dressing up in men’s clothes for some time, has been living with Inderjit Kaur, alias Indu, a resident of Sarhali village, at the former’s house.

Inderjit Kaur (left) and Palwinder Kaur, who have decided to live together at Shakri village, Tarn Taran. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Inderjit Kaur (left) and Palwinder Kaur, who have decided to live together at Shakri village, Tarn Taran.

Social bodies step in to fight for aged
Bhog ceremony of living couple
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 29
The act of an aged couple of Baurhai Kalan village to organise their own bhog ceremony has prompted a number of local social organisations to launch a crusade to generate awareness among the younger generation about their obligation towards their parents and elderly citizens.

Amritsar dry port notified
Amritsar, December 29
The Central Board of Excise and Customs extended the operation of various export promotion schemes to Amritsar rail cargo.


Nawanshahr, December 29
An operation would be launched jointly by the district administration, Municipal Council, PWD Department and the Beopar Mandal to remove encroachments at Chandigarh Road, Banga Road, Garhshanker Road and Rahon Road here to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic in the town.


NRI murder case: 2 more accused surrender
Hoshiarpur, December 29
Of the eight persons booked for the murder of NRI Mohan Singh of Hardo Purala village of Jalandhar district, two more accused Sukhjit Singh son of Kashmira Singh and Rajwinder Singh alias Raju of Hoshiarpur district in this case surrendered before the Garhshankar police today and last evening respectively, according to the police sources.

3 arrested for smuggling smack
Abohar, December 29
Three residents of Government Seed Farm Colony (Pucca) were today arrested by the city police under Section 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act for smuggling smack from Rajasthan areas.

1 dies after being hit by bus
Kharar, December 29
One person was killed and another injured when they were allegedly hit by a Punjab Roadways bus near Gharuan today.

Cash, revolver stolen from police station
Rajpura, December 29
In a daring attempt, burglars broke into the ‘mall khana’ of the Sadar police station here last night and decamped with several lakh of rupees and a revolver.

SGPC recovers Rs 1.30 lakh of stolen money
Amritsar, December 29
Mr Avtar Singh, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief, in a press conference here today claimed that the five-member committee appointed by the SGPC had recovered Rs 1.30 lakh out of Rs 2.78 lakh stolen from Guru Nanak Nivas Serai in the Golden Temple complex.

3 held with poppy husk
Barnala, December 29
The police impounded a truck and car laden with 3,420 kg of poppy husk and arrested three persons. Mr Devinder Singh, DSP, said here on Thursday that the vehicles were impounded at a check post at Handiaya Chowk, Barnala.

Woman booked for murdering father-in-law
Amritsar, December 29
The police today booked Randip Kaur, wife of Rupinder Singh, a resident of Dhaul Khurd village, on the charge of murdering her father-in-law Gurmantar Singh in connivance with her husband.

Body found
Rajpura, December 29
The body of Locku Ram, a rickshaw-puller, was found from a nullah here on Thursday.


Punjab Board exam dates announced
Mohali, December 29
Examinations for senior secondary classes plus II of the Punjab School Education Board are beginning on March 2 next year and for matriculation on March 13.


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