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Free health insurance for poor
CM launches third phase of Vikas Yatra
Balachaur, December 11
While launching the third phase of his Punjab Vikas Yatra here today, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced a free health insurance scheme for 4.70 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state.

UT releases 764 protesters; 170 more court arrest
Chandigarh, December 11
At the instance of the Punjab Government, the UT Administration today ordered the release of 764 protesting teachers and other employees of aided schools in Punjab lodged in Burail, Patiala and Nabha jails.

Barsat back with CM; talks with teachers today
Chandigarh, December 11
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh's political secretary, Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, is back into action. He had resigned due to differences with the officials on certain matters, including non-acceptance of demands of various sections of employees and teachers of aided private schools.

Fatehgarh Sahib


20 linemen hurt in police lathi-charge
Patiala, December 11
In yet another case of brutality, a large number of policemen used lathi charge to disperse members of the Unemployed Linemen Union, Punjab State Electricity Board, near the Polo ground here. About four persons who suffered serious injuries were battling for their lives in the emergency ward of the local Rajindra Hospital.

Members of the Punjab Unemployed Linemen Union being lathicharged during a protest in support of their demands near the private residence of the Punjab Chief Minister in Patiala on Monday.
Members of the Punjab Unemployed Linemen Union being lathicharged during a protest in support of their demands near the private residence of the Punjab Chief Minister in Patiala on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Farmers take government to task
Mansa, December 11
Farmers and labourers of state would oppose the political parties not coming clean on problems faced by them, unemployed, salaried class and small traders in their manifestos in the forthcoming Assembly poll. This was announced at the Majdoor-Kisan Mahapanchayat held at the local grain market today.

Talaq, talaq, talaq
Sangrur, December 11
After withdrawal of a matrimonial dispute case from a Malerkotla court by the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) to his own court here on November 23 last, Mr Harsh Mehta, the CJM, within a period of just 15 days, succeeded in persuading both parties, belonging to the Muslim community, to settle their matrimonial dispute amicably.



No decision on seat sharing with BJP: Dhindsa
Sangrur, December 11
The SAD(B) will finalise the modalities of its manifesto for the ensuing state Assembly elections within 10 days, for which a meeting under the presidentship of Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, chairman of the manifesto committee, would be organised at Chandigarh.

Campaign for Delhi gurdwara election picks up
Ludhiana, December 11
With the announcement of the election schedule for the general house election of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), the campaigning for the same has started picking up.


Halwara airport project may get the nod on Dec 18
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Government is hopeful that the much-awaited project of an international airport at Halwara will get the nod from the Union Cabinet when it meets on December 18. Two days ago, the Union Cabinet at a meeting had decided to put off approval to the airport.

Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, inaugurates a power grid at Loh Simbli, on Monday. Preneet inaugurates power grid
Patiala, December 11
The Patiala MP Ms Preneet Kaur, today claimed that Punjab was the first state in the country that had all of its 13125 villages getting round the clock power supply. She said this after inaugurating a 66 KV power grid station at Loh Simbli village here today.

Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, inaugurates a power grid at Loh Simbli, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Govt has nothing to do with Sidhu case: CM
Chandigarh, December 11
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said he was unmoved by the “disinformation” being spread by the BJP leader, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu. He said his government had nothing to do with his case.

Sports stadium cries for use
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11
The district-level Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan sports stadium is in a pitiable condition. It is proving to be a white elephant and not being used for promoting sports in the district.

Disinvestment: BSNL employees hold rally
Patiala, December 11
Hundreds of BSNL employees assembled under the banner of the National Federation of Telecom Employees and staged a rally in protest against the management’s decision to disinvest government stake in the BSNL and stop the increase of FDI from 49 per cent to 74 per cent.


Farm expert favours law on tenancy reforms
Sangrur, December 11
Dr Mandeep Singh, Extension Specialist (FM), Farm Advisory Service Centre of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Sangrur, has suggested the marginal and small farmers to become part time farmers and full- time workers in the non-agriculture sector to improve standard of living.


Missing jeweller still untraceable
Kharar, December 11
Even over a month after the mysterious disappearance of 40-year-old Kharar jeweller, Satish Kumar, from near the Bhakra canal, police are still clueless about his whereabouts. He went missing after leaving his scooter and other belongings near the canal.

Youth found dead
Rajpura, December 11
Mystery shrouds the death of Mandeep Singh of Thuha village, who allegedly died on Saturday night.


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