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Kanwaljit smells a rat in PM’s visit
Zirakpur, December 16
The SAD today smelt rat in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s proposed two-day official visit to the state, starting December 19, terming it as gross misuse of the PM’s Office for “political purposes”.


SAD general secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh with his supporters at a rally at Mubarikpur village, Banur, on Saturday. SAD general secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh with his supporters at a rally at Mubarikpur village, Banur, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Pathankot man’s link with Hizb to be probed
Gurdaspur, December 16
Decks have been cleared for the local police to probe into the alleged links of Prabhakar, a resident of Pathankot, with the arrested Hizbul terrorists and for the arrest of Javed Ahmed Kanwari, the main accused in the case.

Pak paper: Sarbjit may get clemency
Amritsar, December 16
News about the probable release of Sarbjit Singh awaiting execution in Pakistan in connection with a series of bomb blasts there, was received with distribution of sweets in his native village Bhikhiwind in Amritsar district today. There was an atmosphere of festivity in the border town.





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Punjab Police denies providing security to maid
Mohali, December 16
In yet another twist in the alleged rape case involving SAD MLA from Dhuri Gaganjit Singh Barnala, the Mohali police, under whose jurisdiction Nayagoan ( where the complainant resides) falls, today claimed that they had never provided any security cover to the complainant.

Centre to set up panel for children
Amritsar, December 16
Ms Rajni Patil, Chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, said yesterday that the Central Government had taken a decision to set up a national child commission on the lines of the National Women Commission for the integrated development of children in the country.

 

 
POLITICS

Mann for recall of Governor
To file appeal against Sidhu in Supreme Court
Amritsar, December 16
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today demanded the recall of Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) as he was “instrumental” in getting Gaganjit Singh Barnala a clean chit in a case of rape.

Mann supporters raise slogans
Tarn Taran, December 16
Activists of the SAD (A) and other Sikh organisations raised slogans against the police and the local administration at the local court complex here today.

COMMUNITY

Durgiana panel to hold meeting
To discuss embezzlement case against ex-chief
Amritsar, December 16
The Durgiana Managing Committee (DMC) has called an emergency meeting here tomorrow even as the city police has refused to register a case against its former president, Mr Surinder Arjun, for embezzling temple funds.

Sikh boy’s hair not cut, says police
Moga, December 16
The local police today clarified that the incident of snipping of hair of a Sikh boy in the Bhagapurana town two days ago never actually took place.

1.69 cr to cast vote in poll
Chandigarh, December 16
The final voters list for the coming Assembly elections in the state will have 1.69 crore eligible voters spread across the state. This is an increase of about 2.11 lakh (1.26 pc) as the draft voters list had 1.67 crore voters.

Sikh Gurus’ teachings ‘relevant’
Patiala, December 16
The Governor of Uttaranchal, Mr Sudarshan Aggarwal, said today that the teachings of Sikh Gurus that every earning hand should part with 10 per cent of his or her income for the welfare of downtrodden was still relevant.

Principal killed in accident
Ferozepore, December 16
Prof Balwinder Singh Joshi, principal, Guru Nanak College, was killed and his wife grievously injured after two cars had a head-on collision on Moga Road on the outskirts of the town here yesterday night.

Wireless wing ASIs seek promotion
Chandigarh, December 16
Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs), recruited in the wireless section of the Computer and Telecommunication wing of the Punjab Police about 18 years ago, have not yet got their first promotion.

Protesters block rail traffic
Bathinda, December 16
Activists of the Khooni Phatak Hatao Sangharsh Committee today blocked the rail traffic for about 45 minutes thus causing inconvenience to the commuters. They were protesting against the alleged delay in the construction of a railway under-bridge.

Suicide by Naik
Ferozepore, December 16
Indian Air Force identified as Naik Shankar Lal allegedly committed suicide after he shot himself with his service rifle while on duty yesterday. He was posted here with an Army formation. Sources told Naik Shankar Lal, aged 50, hailed from Agra.

 


COURTS

Abhi murder
Hoshiarpur, December 16
After listening the arguments of the prosecution and defence counsels today, Mr G. K. Rai, District and Sessions Judge, has reserved his judgement till December 20, in the much-publicised Abhi Verma, alias Harry murder case.

Two get 10-year jail
Moga, December 16
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B. S. Sandhu, today sentenced two drug peddlers to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined them Rs 1 lakh each.

AGRICULTURE

Fall in the water table
Cut area under paddy in central Punjab, says panel
Chandigarh, December 16
Alarmed over a significant fall in the water table in central Punjab comprising Amritsar, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Moga, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Patiala and Mansa districts, the Punjab State Farmers Commission has urged the authorities to cut the area under paddy by 5 lakh hectares in this region.

Cooperative farming catching up
Abohar, December16
Madhya Pradesh Governor Bal Ram Jakhar yesterday handed over keys of 55 tractors to representatives of the Khuyiannsarwar and Panj Kosi cooperative multipurpose society societies to promote cooperative farming, which he said was the only way to make farming economically viable.

CRIME

Doctor accuses bank of fraud
Sangrur, December 16
Dr Parmod Kumar, an orthopaedist, has accused authorities of the local HDFC Bank of preparing fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 1 lakh from his account by forging his signatures on the form. He lodged a complaint against three persons of the bank, including a branch manager, in the court of a Chief Judicial Magistrate in this regard on December 14. The complaint was filed under sections 420, 465, 471, 472, 473 and 120-B of the IPC.


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