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SC upholds life to killers of two Jalandhar kids
Chandigarh, December 7
The Supreme Court has upheld the November 30, 2004, order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court through which two persons, who had killed two minor children of Jalandhar, had been awarded life imprisonment.

Convicted employees may be asked to quit
Chandigarh, December 7
In an unprecedented move, hundreds of employees of the Punjab government, who have been convicted by lower courts face a situation where they may be asked to leave their jobs. The only exception can be made in case the conviction has been stayed by a higher court.

Sidhu, Sandhu get bail

Chandigarh, December 7
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh, Mr Y.S Rathore, today accepted the bail bonds of the BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend, Rupinder Singh Sandhu.

Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu faces a volley of questions from mediapersons after furnishing bail bonds at the Chandigarh District Courts on Thursday.
Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu faces a volley of questions from mediapersons after furnishing bail bonds at the Chandigarh District Courts on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan





Sukhbir exonerated from murder charge
Moga, December 7
Mr Varinder Kumar Sessions Judge here today exonerated Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal from the charges of attempt of murder and tampering with official records.

Five crushed to death as truck overturns on car
Bathinda, December 7

Five persons, including two women, were crushed to death on the Bathinda-Dabwali road when a truck overturned on the car in which they were travelling last night.

A view of the truck that overturned on a car, killing its five occupants, near Jodhpur Romana village in Bathinda on Wednesday night. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

A view of the truck that overturned on a car, killing its five occupants, near Jodhpur Romana village in Bathinda on Wednesday night.

Cousin’s love affair costs youth his legs
Bathinda, December 7
A Rampura Phul resident, Rajpal, who till last month was the sole breadwinner of his family, has paid the ultimate price for being the cousin of a youth who recently eloped with a girl. Both his legs were severed after the girl’s kin abducted him from Rampura Phul and threw him on the railway line.

Rajpal recuperates at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Rajpal recuperates at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda.


Bhatia keeps guessing game on
Amritsar, December 7
Speculations are rife that Mr R.L. Bhatia might resign as Governor of Kerala and jump into active politics again following the sentencing of Navjot Singh Sidhu to three years’ imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

No order to impound SAD buses, says CM
Chandigarh, December 7
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said his government had not given any instruction to district transport officers to impound the buses carrying people to the Shiromani Akali Dal's rally at Moga tomorrow.

SAD: demands of employees to be considered
Patiala, December 7
Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal said today all demands of employees would be considered positively before the party released its election manifesto for Assembly elections.


Vigilance Bureau yet to take action
Kharar, December 7
Even after three days of unearthing a land scam involving 523 acres shamlat deh land of Mullanpur Garibdas village, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is yet to make a headway in the case. Neither the Patwari accused in the case has been arrested nor the revenue records related to the case been seized.

Woman commits suicide with 3 children
Abohar, December 7
In a bizarre incident, a woman threw all her children in a water reservoir before committing suicide at 69NP village in the neighbouring Sriganga-nagar area yesterday, official sources confirmed this morning.

Jhelum Express not to halt at Pathankot
Phillaur, December 7
In a significant development, the Northern Railway has cancelled the halt of the Jhelum Express at the Pathankot railway station with effect from December 20.

SAD seeks CBI probe into Mohali “land scam”
Chandigarh, December 7
SAD yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues(retd), seeking a CBI inquiry into the alleged scam regarding a mega project promoted by Janta Land Promoters Limited (JLPL) at Mohali.


Poohla gets bail in NDPS case
Chandigarh, December 7
Nihang leader Ajit Singh Poohla, who is lodged in the Model Jail, Burail, Chandigarh, was today granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a case under the NDPS Act registered against him.

6 farmers to get relief for damaged paddy
Sangrur, December 7
Disposing of six complaints filed by agriculturists from Dhanaula and Kube villages and Sangrur town regarding insurance of their paddy crop, the Sangrur District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, Bandra, east Mumbai, to pay the complainants their respective assured sum along with 9 per cent interest per annum from the date of insurance till realisation.


Attempt to ‘kidnap’ girl, three held
Dera Bassi, December 7
An attempt to “kidnap” a 19-year-old girl from Amritsar was foiled by the local police this evening with the arrest of three persons.

Poachers arrested
Ropar, December 7
Punjab wildlife officials arrested two poachers near Dhaulora village in Chamkaur Sahib, yesterday Wildlife Protection Act. Officials recovered a cache of hog deer, rifles, and cartridges from them.


Rs 100 cr special grant for PAU
New Delhi, December 7
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today gave its approval for a special grant of Rs 100 crore to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to develop new technologies for enhancing input use and conserving natural resources.

Teachers’ agitation continues
Chandigarh, December 7
The Jail Bharo Andolan of teachers and other employees of government-aided schools in Punjab continues as 106 protesters, including 35 women, from Amritsar district courting arrest in Sector 17 this afternoon.

Protest against privatisation
Barnala, December 7
Activists of the Punjab Students Union (PSU) burnt an effigy of the Punjab Government and staged a rally at the local Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here today.

Medical college may shrink to Civil Hospital
Moga, December 7
To improve health care at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has decided to club important clinical departments. The aim is to save money by shunting out surplus staff especially the nurses and paramedical employees working on a contractual basis in the hospital.


Goldsmiths to meet Manmohan
Amritsar, December 7
The All-India Swarnkar Sangh has decided to meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister and the Home Minister to apprise them of the problems being faced by them.


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