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Amritsar buzzing as PM comes calling
Amritsar, December 19
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has put its task force on high alert to make the visit of the Prime Minister to the Golden Temple tomorrow hassle-free and without putting devotees to inconvenience.

Bhattal: No tussle with Amarinder
Patiala, December 19
In an attempt to project unity in the Congress rank and file, the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said the issue of chief ministership would be decided after the Assembly elections by the party president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and there could be no discussion on this at the moment.

DC in ‘who is CM’ imbroglio
Moga, December 19
The alleged use of ‘insulting’ words by the Deputy Commissioner, Dr Arvinder Singh, against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has raked up a major controversy here. Local Congress leaders have approached the Chief Minister, seeking action against the DC.

Malwa battleground for SAD, Cong
Ludhiana, December 19
With the holding of two massive rallies by the Shiromani Akali Dal at Moga and the Congress in Badal village, the Malwa belt has emerged as a battleground between the two major political parties of Punjab who are engaged in a do-or-die game to capture power.

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College teachers to go on indefinite strike
Chandigarh, December 19
Non-government college teachers across Punjab and Chandigarh will be proceeding on indefinite strike from December 21 paralysing all academic activities.

Rs 161cr abiana dues may be waived
Chandigarh, December 19
The Punjab Government is considering a proposal to waive abiana (canal water charges) dues of Rs 161 crore pending against farmers in the state.

Rs 20-cr shops auction scam alleged
Amritsar, December 19
In a missive to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Chairman of the Market Committee, Mr Dharam Bir Sareen, has alleged that around 100 shops of the committee were sold without “auction”, thereby causing a loss of Rs 20 crore to the state exchequer.


Shahbazpuri garners support for ticket
Amritsar, December 19
Various leaders of the Khadoor Sahib Assembly constituency today expressed support for Mr Sukhdev Singh Shahbazpuri, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, for a ticket from this seat.

Sukhbir an immature politician: Captain
Malout, December 19
Calling SAD MP Sukhbir Badal an "immature politician", the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today strongly retorted to former's allegations on mega projects and said before resorting to mud-slinging he should have taken a look at his family's past. The CM stated this while talking to mediapersons after laying the foundation stone of a railway overbridge on the Malout-Dabwali road here.


Paths being made to hoodwink Forest Dept
Ludhiana, December 19
“Development activities” are being carried out by owners of petrol stations, restaurants, industrial units, colonisers and others along the national and state highways at the cost of the forest cover.

Martyr’s bust gathers dust
Amritsar, December 19
Even as the whole nation and Army authorities were busy celebrating the 'Vijay Divas' to mark the 1971 victory over Pakistan, the bust of one of the war heroes, Capt Lalit Mohan Bhatia, was gathering  dust as nobody came forward to reinstall it at its original place.

Social evils theme of one-act plays
Amritsar, December 19 One-act plays and debate competitions were the main highlights on the third day of the North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival being held at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Heritage village is ready for mela

Bathinda, December 19
Ms Dileep Kaur, a woman in her 60s hailing from Kotbhai village in Muktsar, has been visiting the city daily for the past two days to decorate Jaipalgarh, a heritage village, being built at the local sports stadium for the forthcoming Virasat mela.

A woman gives finishing touches to Jaipalgarh, a heritage village, being built for Virasat mela, in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

A woman gives finishing touches to Jaipalgarh, a heritage village, being built for Virasat mela, in Bathinda on Tuesday.

Three die in mishap
Amritsar, December 19
Three persons were killed and two injured seriously when their vehicle hit a tree on Chawinda Devi village and Kathunangal link road falling under the Majitha police district last evening.

Over 100 units of blood collected
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 19
Eighth blood donation camp was organised on the campus of Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, in collaboration with Civil Hospital & Swami Vivekananda Samiti Mandi Gobindgarh.

Shaheedi Jor Mela begins
Chamkaur Sahib (Ropar), December 19
The three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela began here today. All roads led to the town, where the historical gurdwaras wore a colourful look.

Stone of power project laid
Ghanaur (Patiala), December 19
Mr Vilas Muttemwar, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, today admitted that the country had been facing a huge shortage of electric power and about 35000 MW of power would be added to existing infrastructure under fast-track energy development programme.


2-yr jail for 8
Barnala, December 19
Eight persons, including two women, were sentenced to two-year imprisonment and fined Rs 1,500 each in a case of assault.


Gurdwara ‘golak’ stolen
Barnala, December 19
Unidentified persons broke into the main premise of gurdwara Pargatsar situated at Court Road, near Handiaya, and stole the main “golak”.

Youth done to death
Hoshiarpur, December 19
Gurtej Singh, alias Babbi, son of Tasveer Singh of Haidrowal, was brutally done to death by Davinder Singh, alias Pittu, son of Harjinder Singh, Kirpal Singh, son of Santram, Harpal Singh, son of Harbhajan Singh, Bindu, Bhinda and Gondi, sons of Dev Raj, all residents of the same village, at Nasrala, 8 km from here, last night.

Boy crushed to death by bus
Ropar, December 19
Vaneet Joli, an 8th class student of Shiwalik Public School, was crushed to death by a private school bus near the Giani Zail Singh market, here this evening. He died on the spot.


PU exams postponed
Chandigarh, December 19
Panjab University has postponed the examinations scheduled to be held tomorrow due to the Municipal Corporation elections in Chandigarh.

Physical education a must: VC
Patiala, December 19
A seminar on “Emerging trends in physical education” was organised by the Department of Physical Education, Punjabi University, at Kala Bhavan here today.

Workshop for special kids
Patiala, December 19
Mr G.S. Negi, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, inaugurated a workshop for the mentally challenged children at the Amar Ashram here today.


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