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Cong stalwarts stay away from CM’s rally

Patti (Tarn Taran), December 15
As the state braces itself for a bitter battle for the Assembly poll, due in February next year, Congress giants in the Majha region seem to be caught in a clash of ideologies.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Punjab Subordinate Services Board member Harmohinder Singh Gill and Excise and Taxation Minister Sardul Singh Bundala at a rally
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Punjab Subordinate Services Board member Harmohinder Singh Gill and Excise and Taxation Minister Sardul Singh Bundala at a rally in Patti, Tarn Taran, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Sarbjit’s sister rejoins Cong

Mega projects: Badal reminds PM of poll code
Patiala, December 15
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal has said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should keep the election code in mind before announcing any project for Punjab as it might favour the Congress party in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Insurance, free power for BPL families
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Council of Ministers today okayed a medical insurance scheme for the state’s poor. Families below the poverty line and those covered under the Aantodya Aan Yojna will also be provided insurance.



Bhagwant, Waris to star in Virasat Mela
Bathinda, December 15
Punjabi standup comedian Bhagwant Mann and singer Manmohan Waris will be part of the annual Virasat Mela, schedule to take place at the sports stadium here from December 22 to 24.

Prof Karam Singh, writer and chief promoter of the Malwa Heritage Foundation, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Prof Karam Singh, writer and chief promoter of the Malwa Heritage Foundation, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Friday.

Decks cleared for rural varsity
Chandigarh, December 15
Decks were cleared today for Guru Gobind Singh Rural University in Punjab, the first of its kind. It will come up at Talwandi Saboo ( Bathinda), also called Guru-ki-Kashi.


Parties politicising Dalit issues: Kainth
Phillaur, December 15
Bahujan Samaj Morcha national president Satnam Singh Kainth has alleged that almost all political parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party, were politicising the Dalit issues and only misusing their sentiments for their own political interests.

Barnala meddling in state politics, says Mann
Sangrur, December 15
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann has asked the President of India to either keep Surjit Singh Barnala as Tamil Nadu Governor and prevent him from taking part in Punjab politics or relieve him from the post, as he was “meddling” in the state politics.


Tribune Impact
Bust of war hero traced
Amritsar, December 15
The mysterious disappearance of the bust of a 1971 Indo-Pak war hero, Capt Lalit Mohan Bhatia, from the protected area of the historical Ram Bagh, as reported in these columns yesterday, was traced to a storehouse of the Services Club here today.

Gloom in Bhinder’s village
Gurdaspur, December 15
There was gloom and shock across district today as the news of the death of six-time Member of Parliament, Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, spread in the area today morning.

Notices to staff for being absent
Faridkot, December 15
Six employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board, including an SDO, have been served notices by the district administration after they were found absent from duty.

Installation of statue opposed
Bathinda, December 15
The MC authorities’ effort to install a statue of Shaheed Sipahi Jarnail Singh at Haji Rattan Chowk today faced resistance from the area residents here.

Hair chopping: six rounded up
Moga, December 15
The police today rounded up six persons in connection with the incident of chopping off hair of a teenager Sikh of Baghapurana town by three unidentified motor cycle-borne miscreants yesterday.


2 brothers get life for murder
Hoshiarpur, December 15
Mr Jaspal Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur, convicted Sarwan Singh and his brother Jaspal Singh, sons of Tarsem Singh of Chhota Terkiana today in a murder case of Palo Ram of Baba Peer Gujar Mazara. He sentenced the two brothers to life imprisonment and fined Rs 5000/- each.

Sedition case: Simranjit appears in court
Amritsar, December 15
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today appeared in the court of Judicial Magistrate Daljit Singh Ralhan in sedition case following his inflammatory speeches delivered during a function to mark “Ghallughara Day” at Akal Takht on June 6.


Post of DTO not to be abolished
Chandigarh, December 15
Following sharp differences of opinion among ministers, the Punjab Council of Ministers today dropped the issue of abolishing the post of the District Transport Officer (DTO).


Dharna by teachers of aided schools
Barnala, December 15
Teachers of government-aided schools staged a dharna before the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. The indefinite postponement of the December tests is causing inconvenience to the students.

End to teachers’ stir in sight
Chandigarh, December 15
The issue of reviving the pension scheme for teachers in aided private schools in Punjab has been nearly clinched. A formal announcement is expected any time tomorrow. Representatives of the union met the Education Minister, Mr Partap Bajwa, and the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla.

Youth fest promises cultural bonanza
Amritsar, December 15
More than 1100 students from 25 universities of northern states i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Punjab, will participate in the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival being hosted by Guru Nanak Dev University here from December 17 to 21.


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