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Huge cache of arms seized from ISYF militants
Rode alleges conspiracy, blames Badal
Jalandhar, December 24
A day after arresting three persons from different places, the district police has claimed that it has achieved a major success by recovering a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives, including 11 kg of RDX, from the three International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)-Rode group militants.

Amarinder promises benefits to poor on lines of SC/BC
Announces cancer hospital for Talwandi Sabo
Sardulgarh/Mansa, December 24
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh greets people on the last day of his Vikas Yatra at Sardulgarh on Sunday. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that on retaining power the Congress would extend benefits to economically backward people on the pattern of scheduled castes and backward classes.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh greets people on the last day of his Vikas Yatra at Sardulgarh on Sunday. — Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera

2 doctors facing probe get nominated on PMC
Ludhiana, December 24
The newly-constituted Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has got mired into controversy with a few nominated members facing charges against them. So much so, two doctors who have been nominated to the council are facing an inquiry constituted by the council itself. Moreover, three of the four doctors belong to Jalandhar, while the fourth one belongs to Khanna.

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DTO case handed over to VB
Hoshiarpur, December 24
The police has handed over the investigation into corruption allegations against the District Transport Officer (DTO), Hoshiarpur, Mr Chander Gaind, to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Supporters want RS membership for Bhinder’s husband
Gurdaspur, December 24
‘Shradhanjali and Kirtan’ programme organised in memory of Member of Parliament from the district Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder here today turned out to be a political event. Supporters of Ms Bhinder demanded that her husband Mr P.S. Bhinder a former DGP be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.



SAD fields Kohli against Amarinder
Patiala, December 24
In a significant development, SAD (Badal) Chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, announced the candidature of a former minister, Mr Surjit Singh Kohli, as the party's candidate to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections from the Patiala assembly segment.

CPI declares candidates for 3 seats
Bathinda, December 24
The joint front formed by the CPI, the CPM and the Lok Bhalai Party would play a vital role in the formation of the government post Assembly elections in the state, claimed Dr Joginder Dayal, member of the CPI’s national executive, here yesterday.


16 farmers hurt in lathi charge
Amritsar, December 24
As many as 16 farmers were injured when the police reportedly lathicharged the protesting farmers near Chabba village on the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road here today.

Birth rate of girls up
Bathinda, December 24
The efforts of the PNDT Cell here have borne fruit, as the birth rate of girls has shot up in the district in the past couple of months.

“Bazigars” display thier skills with fire at the Virasat Mela in Bathinda on Sunday. Virasat Mela concludes
Bathinda, December 24
The three-day Virasat Mela concluded here today. The programme of Punjabi singer Manmohan Waris and satirist Bhagwant Mann opened to a great response from the local residents. Nine teams from different parts of the district participated in a “jaago” contest that was held last night.

“Bazigars” display thier skills with fire at the Virasat Mela in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera


Child Swapping Case
Sukhwinder, Ranjit Kaur’s appeal dismissed
Amritsar, December 24
Upholding the judgment of the chief judicial magistrate, the additional sessions judge yesterday dismissed appeals of couple Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Kaur of nearby Raipur (Amritsar) and Ramesh Rani (midwife) in the child swapping case.

Warrants against 2 dental college employees
Gurdaspur, December 24
The Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge, Ms Harpreet Kaur, yesterday issued bailable warrants against two employees of the Guru Ram Dass Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Amritsar, in the corruption case registered against the former SAD minister, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan.


Special committee to examine case of farmers
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
“The Punjab Government is making all efforts to get the loans of farmers waived and has prepared a strong case in this regard. It will be sent to the Union Government for forwarding to the special committee being formed by the Prime Minister.


Students of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology during the convocation at Rajpura on Sunday. Blend science with spirituality, says former CJI
Rajpura, December 24
Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice R.C. Lahoti, today advised students to blend science with spirituality to be successful.

Students of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology during the convocation at Rajpura on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Calligraphy workshop concludes
Hoshiarpur, December 24
A five-day workshop on calligraphy conducted by Mr Anis Siddiqui concluded at Woodlands Overseas School here.


Punjab drug manufacturers demand relief
Chandigarh, December 24
The Maximum Retail Price (MRP)-based tax regime on medicines where excise is levied on the MRP of the medicine is not only detrimental to the business of small drug manufacturers, but is also causing huge losses to the state exchequer.


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