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Teachers on warpath
‘Jail bharo andolan’ from tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 2
Teachers and other employees of the Punjab Government-aided schools will launch a “jail bharo andolan” from December 4 and will go on indefinite strike on December 5. Mr Hardeep Singh Dhindsa, press secretary of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union, said today that teachers would court arrest in front of the Punjab Civil Secretariat from December 4.

BKU (Ekta-Sidhupur) split wide open
Sidhupur settles score by expelling Dakonda
Sangrur, December 2
Giving a befitting reply to his opponents, who had expelled him on November 30 from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Sidhupur), Mr Pishora Singh Sidhupur, state president of the BKU (Ekta-Sidhupur), has expelled Mr Balkar Singh Dakonda, Mr Buta Singh Buraj Gill, Mr Manjit Singh Dhaner, Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhattiwal and Mr Malook Singh Heerke, all leaders of the union, for their alleged "anti-union" and "anti-farmer" activities.

Congress, SAD gear up for show of strength
Moga, December 2
With the election scenes already hotting up in the state, both the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have stepped up their efforts to cause a dent in the rival’s support base by holding major rallies in the Malwa belt of the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib


6 revolt against trust Chairman
Amritsar, December 2
As many as six out of nine trustees of the local Improvement Trust have virtually raised a banner of 'revolt' against its Chairman Jugal Kishore Sharma who is also a ruling party MLA. All six trustees are senior local Congress leaders.

Third degree: Yehi hai cop’s choice
Batala, December 2
Despite big talks about human rights, the methods of the Punjab Police to treat suspects or criminals have not changed even 59 years after Independence. The police here is still using pre-colonial third-degree methods of torturing and extracting information from suspected criminals, no matter how inhuman these are.

Third-degree treatment being meted out to suspected criminals at the CIA staff centre in Batala.
Third-degree treatment being meted out to suspected criminals at the CIA staff centre in Batala

Distorted portrayal of Guru Ravidas in school book
Hoshiarpur, December 2
Activists of Shri Guru Ravidas Sabhas of Singriwala, Dagana Kalan, Piplanwala, led by Mr Bhagwan Singh Chohan, a BSP candidate from Shamchauras, and Mr Onkar Singh Jhamat, general secretary of the Punjab unit of the BSP, staged a dharna and blocked the traffic at Singriwala on the Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar state highway for about an hour here today.


‘Make politicians accountable’
Chandigarh, December 2
Punjab can set an example for the rest of the country in introducing transparency and decency in the election process by introducing public debates, featuring candidates of major political parties.


Untreated pollutants in Tung Dhab damage DNA of villagers
Amritsar, December 2
Untreated pollutants being released openly in the Tung Dhab, a natural drain passing through Amritsar city, are having an adverse effect on the health of residents. The pollutants, including heavy metals and chemicals, were being released into the drain by local industry, Municipal Corporation, Guru Nanak Dev University, Army and the central jail area.

Probe into assault on photo-journalist begins
Ropar, December 2
DIG (Patiala Range) H.S Randhawa, on the direction of the DIG, Punjab, today began the probe into the alleged beating up and implication in a false case of the senior staff photographer of The Hindustan Times, Samuel N. Dass, while he was on duty in Kharar on Thursday.

Punjabi writer ‘Arif’ dead
Chandigarh, December 2
Acclaimed Punjabi writer Prof G.S. Bhatia “Arif” breathed his last at PGI this afternoon. He had a cardiac arrest and had been on treatment since November 27. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Prof G.S. Bhatia “Arif”

Prof G.S. Bhatia “Arif”


Three get jail for murder
Sangrur, December 2
Mr S.K. Goel, Additional Sessions Judge, today awarded life imprisonment to Khushi Ram (27) in a murder case registered at Sunam police station on July 5,2002. The case was registered under Sections 302, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC against Khushi Ram, Ramandip, alias Rimmi, and Gurdeep Dass, alias Gola, all residents of Gandhuan village (near Sunam).


Raid to nab teacher
Abohar, December 2
The police today raided some localities to arrest a government schoolteacher and his accomplices who have been booked on a complaint lodged by an Executive Officer of the Municipal Council. However, no arrest has been made so far.


Shivalik Principal sacked
Ropar, December 2
The Principal of Shivalik Public School, Ropar, Ms Gurpreet Mathur, was today dismissed due to administrative reasons by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, who is also the chairman of the management of the committee running the school.

International conference on mechanical engineering
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
The mechanical engineering department of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, yesterday organised a three-day international conference on ‘Advances in Mechanical Engineering-06 (AME-06)’.


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