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Govt set to nail Badal: CM
Chaos inconveniences motorists
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, MP Rana Gurjit Singh and Jalandhar Improvement Trust Chairman Tejinder Singh Bittu greet supporters on the second day of Congress’ “Punjab Vikas Yatra” in Jalandhar on Tuesday Jalandhar, December 12
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s “Punjab Vikas Yatra” failed to evoke the kind of response that he would have liked in Jalandhar district, except for a few places like Jandu Singha and Chugitti, on the second day of its third phase today.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, MP Rana Gurjit Singh and Jalandhar Improvement Trust Chairman Tejinder Singh Bittu greet supporters on the second day of Congress’ “Punjab Vikas Yatra” in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Kathunangal shifted to hospital ‘at Amarinder’s behest’
Amritsar, December 12
Mr Sawinder Singh Kathunangal, a ruling party MLA, who was sent to jail here on charges of ‘forgery’ yesterday evening was shifted to the Civil Hospital here within hours, reportedly at the Chief Minister’s behest.

No end in sight to govt aided-school teachers’ stir
Arrested teachers at the Sector 17 police station on Tuesday. Chandigarh, December 12
Talks between the representatives of protesting teachers of government-aided schools and the Punjab Government failed today as the one-hour-long high level meeting between the two sides remained inconclusive.

Arrested teachers at the Sector 17 police station on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

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NGOs suspect police role in foeticide cases
Bathinda, December 12
Terming police role in female foeticide cases pending in courts as ‘dubious’, 40 NGOs of the district yesterday submitted a memorandum to the CM and top police officials in this regard. The NGOs warned if the police didn’t take action against the guilty they would stage a dharna in front of the Bathinda zone IG’s office.

PM may visit Punjab on December 19
Chandigarh, December 12
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is expected to visit Punjab on December 19.

2 students killed as bus, auto-rickshaw collide
Amritsar, December 12
Two schoolchildren were killed, while six others were seriously injured, when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in collided with a bus here today.

Sikh parties seek ‘justice’ for booked persons
Chandigarh, December 12
Representatives of four Sikh parties submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to express “anguish over attempts by right-wing groups and parties to vitiate the atmosphere of the state”.



BJP seeks seats in Malwa belt, SAD reluctant
Sangrur, December 12
Despite opposition by the Shiromani Akali Dal regarding allotment of some seats to the BJP in the Malwa belt of the state in Assembly elections, the Malwa unit of the BJP, comprising Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Faridkot, Muktsar, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib, Barnala and Patiala districts, seems to be bent on seeking seats in the Malwa belt as SAD-BJP alliance partner, as it had not given up claim on some seats as SAD-BJP alliance partner.

Badal out to contain groupism
Barnala, December 12
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal chief, taking the contest to be tough affair this time, is leaving nothing to chance to contain groupism in Barnala by visiting the residences of the past detractors of Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA.


A labourer is taken to the Civil Hospital after a mishap on the Power House road in Bathinda on Tuesday. Two labourers die as earth caves in
Bathinda, December 12
Two migrant labourers were killed and another was injured as earth caved in while they were engaged in sewerage work on the Power House road here today. According to sources, the labourers identified as Ambika, Altaf and Vijay were laying sewers from the Power House road to Urban Estate Phase III for the past one and a half months.

A labourer is taken to the Civil Hospital after a mishap on the Power House road in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Pre-recruitment training rally to be held today
Ludhiana, December 12
Lt Col Surinder Singh, Camp Commandant, Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) Nabha said a rally for pre-training for recruitment in Army and para-military forces, placement in factories, security agencies and imparting technical training to youth of Sangrur, Patiala and Ludhiana is would be held on December 13 at 9.30 am onwards at the C-PYTE Centre, Nabha.

Rice millers’ strike: Centre rushes officer
Chandigarh, December 12
As the crisis on the rice front turned serious, the Union Government rushed a Joint Secretary, Mr Sanjay Kaul, to deal with the issue of strike by rice millers in Punjab.

Ammonia leak leaves villagers panicky
Hoshiarpur, December 12
Panic gripped Bassi Kale Khan village, near Hariana town, 22 km from here, this evening when ammonia gas started leaking from a nearby chemical factory, Arch-M Industries Pvt Ltd.

Jor Mela preparations on full blast
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 12
To commemorate the supreme sacrifice of the younger Sahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh, who were stoned alive here, to make adequate arrangements for the annual Saheedi Jor Mela, which is from December 24 to Dec 27, Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, the Deputy Commissioner, issued related orders today. She said no employee or officer can take leave in December nor will they leave their station. In case of any emergency, the person concerned has to take prior permission of the Deputy Commissioner.

Ex-Capt wants to be treated as riot victim
Faridkot, December 12
Capt Joginder Singh (retd), who had been a victim of the 1984 riots, today lamented that despite being seriously injured in the riots he had been denied benefits being given to civilians who had been affected by the riots.

Tributes paid to martyr
Bathinda, December 12
Members of the SAD’s ex-servicemen wing, led by Col P.I.S. Phoolka (retd) today paid tributes to Naib Sube Nand Singh Bahadarpur on his martyrdom day here. Ex-minister Sikander Singh Malooka also joined them in paying homage to the martyr.

Jobless linemen hold rally
Patiala, December 12
Members of the Unemployed Linemen Union, who had to face the fury of the police yesterday when they were staging a protest near the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence, today took out a protest march in the city.

DMs told to suspend screening of ‘Baghi’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 12
The Punjab Government has directed all District Magistrates to take immediate steps to suspend the screening of a film, “Baghi”, at cinemas and video parlours of their respective areas.


BSF men seize 3 kg of heroin
Ferozepur, December 12
In an operation conducted last night, BSF jawans seized 3 kg of heroin worth Rs 3 crore in the international market along with a pistol and four cartridges from near Shameske BOP, close to the border.

37 hurt in fog-related mishaps
Phagwara, December 12
Thirty-seven persons were hurt on the National Highway-I between Jalandhar and Ludhiana due to morning fog, which reduced visibility, the police said today.

Minor raped, three booked
Malerkotla, December 12
The police today booked a youth and his parents on the charge of raping a minor girl who had gone to their house to hand over some clothes stitched by her.

Four hurt in steel factory blast
Ludhiana, December 12
Four labourers were reported injured, two of them seriously, in a massive blast in a steel factory late this evening.


Remembering Guru Granth Sahib
Patiala, December 12
The Department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Punjabi University, organised a commemorative lecture at the Kala Bhawan here today.


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