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Punjab to witness close contests
Ludhiana, December 3
Both the principal parties who are contenders for power in Punjab — Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal — have already done home work through their rallies and road shows, respectively.

SAD to help Sidhu fight case in SC: Badal
Ajnala, December 3
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would stand by Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, local BJP MP, and help him fight the case in the apex court as it was 'politically motivated'.
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, discusses a point with Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura at a rally held in Ajnala on Sunday.
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, discusses a point with Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura at a rally held in Ajnala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

BJP prays for Sidhu

Capt Kanwaljit at his populist best
Banur, December 3

Acknowledging the significant role of senior citizens in the February 2007 Punjab Assembly elections, a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Banur MLA, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today sought to woo them with old-age pension in a clear attempt to score political points over his rivals.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary (right), before addressing the “Dalit chetna rally” at Banur on Sunday.
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary (right), before addressing the “Dalit chetna rally” at Banur on Sunday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi







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SC verdict on DSGMC poll setback to Badal group
Ludhiana, December 3
With the Supreme Court judgement the election of the office-bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), decks have been cleared for the general house elections of the DSGMC by the end of this month. Term of the house of the SGPC is five years whereas of the DSGMC is four years. The four-year term has since expired.

BKU for case against sugarmill management
Chandigarh, December 3
The president of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to get a criminal case registered against the management of the Mukerian sugarmill for "attacking" farmers of the area with sharp-edged weapons.

Zee for de-merger; to launch 24-hr Punjabi news channel
Chandigarh, December 3
Zee, which pioneered entertainment on the small screen in the country, has decided to go for de-merger by rolling out three functionally, strategically and legally independent companies.




COMMUNITY

‘Constitution of pay panel after Dec 7’
Sangrur, December 3
Denying that there was any failure on the part of the state government, regarding constitution of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today claimed that the state government would hopefully constitute the pay commission after December 7 to benefit lakhs of employees in the form of new pay scales and other allowances.

Stable tax regime to be ensured, says Pawan Bansal
Tapa (Barnala), December 3
A stable tax regime will be ensured in India. The national economy is in a better state now, as the national economic rate of growth has gone up to 9.2 per cent from 8 per cent during the past quarter.

Judges vow to put cases under PNDT Act on fast track

Chandigarh, December 3
Taking a serious view of the declining sex ratio in Punjab and Haryana, the judiciary today vowed to take the necessary steps to stem the rot. In the first ever judicial colloquium held to discuss the issue, judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the 40 visiting judicial officers to decide the pending cases under the Pre-Conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 as soon as possible.

Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court chair a session in the first-ever judicial colloquium held on the subject of sex determination and pre-birth killing of the girl child in Chandigarh on Sunday
Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court chair a session in the first-ever judicial colloquium held on the subject of sex determination and pre-birth killing of the girl child in Chandigarh on Sunday

Pak artistes given warm welcome at Wagah 
Wagah, December 3
A 19-member delegation of artistes led by Usmaan Peerzada of Rafi Peer Theatre group of Lahore, crossed over to India to take part in 'Saanjh' Amritsar Lahore Festival-2006, that started yesterday. The artistes from across the border were welcomed by the management and students of Spring Dale School and residents of Amritsar at Wagah.

Engine snag hits rail traffic
Phillaur, December 3
Up and down line railway traffic to Jalandhar-Pathankot railway section remained suspended for more than one hour today.

Plan to set up hospice in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur, December 3
A group of social activists intends to set up a hospice in Hoshiarpur to provide symptomatic treatment to terminally ill persons in a homely environment to mitigate their sufferings.

Bhagat Singh’s philosophy ‘stirs souls in Maharashtra’
Bathinda, December 3
Martyr Bhagat Singh's philosophy is stirring the souls of lakhs of people in Maharashtra, a state that has witnessed a strong Dalit movement in the past and strain in Hindu-Muslim ties in the aftermath of bomb blasts at different places.

950 examined at neuro camp
Sangrur, December 3
More than 950 patients were examined at a free neuro-therapy camp, organised by the Lehragaga Niwasi Sabha, Sangrur, at the Pracheen Shri Shiv Mandir (Bagichi Wala) here today.

 
CRIME

Cable operators’ clash: 2 hurt
Abohar, December 3
After pointing accusing fingers at each other the warring factions of the cable network operators clashed late last evening.

One remanded under NDPS Act
Abohar, December 3
Avtar Singh, son of Lal Singh, a resident of Seed Farm Colony, has been remanded in police custody for two days. He was arrested by the police yesterday under the NDPS Act on recovery of 20 gm of smack.

EDUCATION

Unemployed B.Ed teachers stage dharna
Patiala, December 3
Hundreds of unemployed B.Ed teachers today staged a protest march on the main roads of the city stifling traffic at many important junctions.

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