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Capt promises better education, health care

Jaure Pul (Ahmedgarh), December 18
Better education, health services and facilities to weaker sections of society will get priority in the election manifesto of the Congress party for the Assembly elections.

Mr Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, explains a point at a media conference at Jaure Pul near Ahmedgarh on Monday.
Mr Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, explains a point at a media conference at Jaure Pul near Ahmedgarh on Monday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

CM gives grant of Rs 50 lakh to Patiala Press Club

SAD (A) manifesto to focus on rural uplift
Barnala, December 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will focus on development of villages, bettering lot of Dalits and unemployed youth by creating jobs to contain unemployment in Punjab. Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, of the Dal told reporters at PWD rest house here yesterday.

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Govt urges court to summon Badals
Ropar, December 18
In a significant move after the recent apex court verdict, the Punjab Government today made a plea before the Special Court, Ropar, to summon the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his family members in a corruption case registered against them by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

RTI Act not being implemented in SGPC: SAD(A)
Amritsar, December 18
Mr Baldev Singh Sirsa, national executive member, Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar(SAD-A), today alleged that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) had not been implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act in its offices, whereas it should be executed in all offices within 100 days of its beginning.

Paths, roads being made to hoodwink Forest Dept
‘Developers’ removing trees in Punjab
Ludhiana, December 18
“Development activities” are being carried out by owners of petrol stations, restaurants, industries, colonisers and others along the national and state highways at the cost of the forest cover. They do so by cleverly exploiting an amended order of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

Setback to govt on PPS officers as SSPs
Chandigarh, December 18
The plan of the Punjab Government to post Punjab Police Service (PPS) officers on the crucial posts of Senior Superintendent of Police before the coming Assembly elections has run into rough weather.


BJSP may have poll pact with SAD
Mohali, December 18
Uma Bharti’s Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party (BJSP) is looking to form an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab.

Badal launches poll campaign of Parminder
Sunam, December 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is not for revenge in politics but if voted to power will teach a lesson to Mr Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, as he had put leaders of the SAD behind bars.

Badal woos Tohra loyalists
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 18
Sensing a tough contest ahead in the coming Assembly elections, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, president SAD, is not taking any chance and to win over Tohra loyalists in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Dist Youth Cong chiefs appointed
Chandigarh, December 18
Mr Jaswinder Singh Sikhanwala has been appointed president of the District Youth Congress, Faridkot.


CM seeks ATR in Siti Cable sex scam
Amritsar, December 18
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has sought an action taken report (ATR) within two weeks from the DIG Border Range Amritsar with regard to the Siti Cable sex scam.

Youth goes missing on way to Nigeria
Phillaur, December 18
A Punjabi youth, resident of Aur and employee of a Mumbai-based shipping company, has allegedly gone missing from a vessel during its journey from Houston in the USA to Nigeria.

Female foeticide: Probe sought into cops’ role
Patiala, December18
The Public Grievances Association, a Bathinda-based non-governmental organisation, along with 40 other voluntary organisations, has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI inquiry to identify and punish those top police officials who have allegedly been helping those medical professionals and others involved in female foeticide.

Ex-servicemen seek more benefits
Ludhiana, December 18
The Indian Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has alleged that a sum of approximately Rs 100 crore is lying with the state government as liquor tax collected for Cantonment Boards and the same has not been released to the Boards.

Akalis clash over control of gurdwara
Amritsar, December 18
Supporters of two Akali factions exchanged blows during the election of a gurdwara’s management committee at Verka village, near here, yesterday.

Tuteja to head pay panel
Chandigarh, December 18
Mr S.K. Tuteja, former Union Secretary for Food and Public Distribution, will head the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.

Surinder Arjun to take on Darbari Lal
Amritsar, December 18
Mr Surinder Arjun, former president of the Durgiana Managing Committee, has announced to contest against Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab from the holy city in the coming elections.

Ex-minister S.S. Kohli dead
Patiala, December 18
Former Akali minister Sardara Singh Kohli passed away at his residence here this evening. He was 88. Sardara Singh Kohli remained a two-time MLA from Patiala and was also president of the Patiala Municipal Committee from 1964 to 1966.

Punjab offices in UT closed tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab Government has declared a holiday on December 20 in its offices and also in all offices of its corporations and boards within the jurisdiction of Chandigarh.

4 nominated to medical council
Chandigarh, December 18
The state government today nominated four members to the Punjab Medical Council.


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Notice issued to two cops
Chandigarh, December 18
Mr Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice for March 8, 2007, to two officials of the Punjab Police, asking them to show cause as to why proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act should not be initiated against them for refusing to recognise the bail granted by the Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) and the High Court.

Bar seeks funds for chambers
Bathinda, December 18
A delegation of the District Bar Association today met Mr Justice AK Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and raised with him the matter of the state government not providing any funds for construction of advocates' chambers in the new court complex whose foundation stone would be laid on December 30.


Cotton worth Rs 2 lakh gutted
Bathinda, December 18
Cotton worth about Rs 2 lakh was gutted in the grain market when it caught fire due to an electric spark here today.


One booked for human trafficking
Hoshiarpur, December 18
On a letter written by Mr Jagadananda Panda, Protector-General of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, New Delhi, to Mr S. S. Virk, DGP, Punjab, the city police registered a case here under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Baldev Singh Tagore of Balshan International and resident of Belapur, New Mumbai, last evening.

133 students awarded degrees
Patiala, December 18
The Punjabi University Chancellor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), conferred Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees on 133 students on the 31st convocation of the university here today. Earlier, General Rodrigues declared the convocation open after which he conferred degrees on students of nine different faculties of the university.

Retirement age for medical teachers to be raised
Patiala, December 18
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that the notification for raising the retirement age of the faculty members of the state medical colleges from 58 to 62 years would be issued shortly.


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