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SAD-BJP combine frustrated, says CM
Only 4 MLAs to be dropped from renominated list
Chandigarh, December 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today claimed that the SAD-BJP combine had become panicky and it was copying the “ Vikas Yatra model” of the ruling Congress in frustration.

Barsat resigns from Cong
Recommended as Information Commissioner
Chandigarh, December 28
Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party and also from the office he was holding in the organisation.

High command to decide on ticket to youths: Congress
Ropar, December 28
The Congress is prepared for the forthcoming Assembly elections. “We will not ask for tickets for youths. It’s the Congress high command that will decide about the tickets to be given to the deserving young candidates to contest the coming Assembly elections, state youth president Vijayender Singla, said today.

Ginners strike brings cotton procurement
to halt

Bathinda, December 28
Protesting against the state government’s dilly-dallying approach on the withdrawal of infrastructure development cess, about 275 cotton ginners under the banner of the Punjab Cotton Factory and Ginners Association have stopped purchasing cotton across the state.

Tarn Taran


500 farmers to court arrest
Amritsar, December 28
Nearly 500 farmers belonging to various organisations of farmers will court arrest at Deputy Commissioner’s office on January 1. Announcing this Kisan Sangharsh Committee convener, Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu said here today the government, instead of redressing their grievances and long standing demands, was trying to muzzle their dissent by oppressive measures including police lathi charge and in firing on peacefully demonstrating farmers community.

Rs 76,000 electricity ‘shock’ for Zirakpur resident
Zirakpur, December 28
Electricity supply may be in shambles in Zirakpur but when it comes to giving shocks to residents, the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities are second to none. Such a shock has been received by Harvinder Singh Dhaliwal, a resident of Sarvmangal Housing Complex on the Lohgarh Road here, who has been served an electricity bill amounting to Rs 76,740 for a period from April 3 to September 17 this year.

Flashback 2006
Pathankot airport, Kathlore bridge major developments
Gurdaspur, December 28
The year passing by can be termed as a period of development for the district. Two major projects, the Pathankot civil airport and Kathlore bridge, were completed in this year. Though political parties had been clamouring for taking the credit both projects would contribute significantly to the development of the area.


Former Chief Minister and president of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal honours the Congress workers who had left the Congress party and joined the SAD ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, in Qadian
Former Chief Minister and president of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal honours the Congress workers who had left the Congress party and joined the SAD ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, in Qadian on Thursday.

Verka stakes claim to Cong ticket
Amritsar, December 28
Dr Raj Kumar Verka, parliamentary secretary, today staked claim to the Congress ticket for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, vacated by BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. The development came a day after Kerala Governor R.L. Bhatia announced that he was not in the electoral fray as he had retired from active politics.

Raninder doles out free power connections
Faridkot, December 28
With Assembly elections round the corner, the state government is leaving no stone unturned to lure the electorate, especially in the Malwa region. Congress state general secretary Raninder Singh, after launching the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana in four districts, today announced 12,000 free power connections for BPL families at a rally here today.


6 MC employees found absent
Sangrur, December 28
Local municipal council president Simrat Rana Punia found the executive officer, two junior engineers, an accountant, a works supervisor and a peon absent from duty when she checked the attendance of the staff at its office here this morning.

One killed in road accident
Banur, December 28
One person was killed and three injured when a Scorpio collided head-on with an Indigo car at Jandpur, near here, today. According to sources, Santokh (60) died on the spot and Sucha Singh, who was driving the Scorpio, was seriously injured in the accident.

People pull out the body of Santokh Singh from a Scorpio that was involved in an accident of three vehicles on the Chandigarh-Rajpura highway at Jang Pura village, near Banur, on Thursday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi
People pull out the body of Santokh Singh from a Scorpio that was involved in an accident of three vehicles on the Chandigarh-Rajpura highway at Jang Pura village, near Banur

EO complains against 4 for erecting cell towers
Sangrur, December 28
An Executive Officer of the local municipal council has asked the police to register a case against three persons, including an officer of the Spice Telecom, for installing mobile towers at two places.

Power supply to 30 villages suspended
Abohar, December 28
Electricity supply to more than 30 villages in this area was suspended yesterday night due to the theft of high-tension wires. The supply was restored at 3 p.m. today, sources said.

PSGPC chief gets invitation
Amritsar, December 28
For the first time, the Delhi Shiromani Akali Dal has invited the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president, Mr Bishan Singh, to campaign in favour of his party for the general election of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, slated for January 14 next.

Dharna shifted
Abohar, December 28
The three-day dharna by the Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan and the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha at Burjmuhar village was shifted to the subdivisional complex today as railway authorities resolved to suspend earthwork for the Abohar-Fazilka rail link.


3 youths loot petrol station, flee in owner’s car
Abohar, December 28
Three persons late last night looted an HP petrol station near Gobindgarh, 8 km from here, on the Abohar-Malout road and injured an employee before speeding away in the Maruti Zen car of the proprietor. They abandoned their own car as its engine failed to start.

2 women jump before train, die
Abohar, December 28
Two women aged 35-40 were killed when they reportedly jumped before 356 Dn. Sriganganagar Ambala train near Qabarwala village on the Abohar-Malout section yesterday, GRP sources said. The train had left Abohar nearly two hours late.

Man killed, son injured
Tarn Taran, December 28
Gurmukh Singh (42) of nearby Mattewal village, 8 km from here was murdered and his son Gursewak Singh injured seriously late last night. They were attacked by four persons of the same village due to some dispute in the day time in mela organised in the village.

Two posing as ministers arrested
Gurdaspur, December 28
The Batala police arrested two persons Ranjot Singh and Lakhbir Singh on the charge of calling up district officials in name of Union Ministers. SDM Batala Sandeep Rishi said Lakhbir Singh had a property case that was to be adjudicated by his court.

Flesh trade racket busted
Amritsar, December 28
Acting on a tip-off, the Majitha road police has nabbed four persons, including three women, allegedly for running flesh trade racket. The police has registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC.

2 held for rape, minor’s murder
Bathinda, December 28
The police has arrested two persons in connection with the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found at Shakti Nagar here a few days back. Those arrested have been identified as Anil and Ashok Kumar, migrant labourers from Bihar.


Panel to boost food processing industries
Abohar, December 28
The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries has formed a task force for boosting the growth of food processing industries in the state. A 32-member panel will have 18 non-official members on its roll, a letter received here today stated Mr M. Jayaraman, Under Secretary in the ministry, said the task force would suggest steps for the identification, development and propagation of processable varieties of agricultural commodities.


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