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Environmentalists claim
Tree-felling rules relaxed for influential persons

Ropar, December 3
The decision of the Punjab government to relax the rules for felling trees in forest areas of the state has drawn flak from environmentalists. They have alleged that the rules have been relaxed on the plea that it will be benefiting for the farmers. However, the government is allegedly benefiting the influential persons of the state who have bought huge chunks of forest land at throwaway prices from poor farmers of Kandi areas.

Education board in for major reforms
Chandigarh, December 3
The Punjab School Education Board ( PSEB) that deals with lakhs of students at school level, is in for major reforms. All major branches dealing with examination, migration, affiliation, registration and results will be computerised soon. Results of all classes conducted by the board will be available online.

Dalits lay claim to dera, NRI lands
Chandigarh, December 3
Dalits in Punjab have reiterated their claim on thousands of acres of land under control of religious deras, non-resident Indians (NRIs) and government departments, saying their present cultivation was in individual and not public interest.


World Disability Day
Admn plans survey of disabled

Amritsar, December 3
The district administration here will have disabled persons in the district surveyed to include them in government-sponsored schemes, said deputy commissioner K.S.Pannu at a function of the District Red Cross Society on the occasion of the World Disability Day here today.



Bhindranwale’s Portrait
Bhattal to meet Governor

Chandigarh, December 3
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on Saturday said she would meet the Governor, Union Home Minister and Prime Minister to urge them to get the portrait of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale removed from the Golden Temple’s Sikh Museum.
Acting president of SAD Sukhbir Badal, along with chief secretary Ramesh Chander Singh, inspects the Ranjit Sagar Lake site for tourism purposes.
Acting president of SAD Sukhbir Badal, along with chief secretary Ramesh Chander Singh, inspects the Ranjit Sagar Lake site for tourism purposes. — A Tribune photograph

Stay away from Sikh matters, SSF (M) to Cong
Amritsar, December 3
Warning the Congress party, the Sikh Student Federation (Mehta) yesterday asked the party to stop interfering in the internal matters of Sikhs.

‘Cong, not SAD, failed on law & order front’
Patiala, December 3
Slamming former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s statement that total lawlessness was prevailing in Punjab, SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra has said Capt Amarinder Singh was trying to rake up the issue without any rhyme and reason. He also criticised the Congress effort for making an issue out of the installation of the portrait of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in the Sikh Museum in Amritsar.

Anti-Sikh forces active in state: Bittu
Chandigarh, December 3
Chairman of the presidium of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) Daljit Singh Bittu today said anti-Sikh forces had become active in the state and that they had started interfering in the internal affairs of the Sikhs.


British Columbia offer to upgrade school education 

Chandigarh, December 3
Visiting Premier of British Columbia (Canada) Gordon Campbell today offered services to work together with the Punjab Government in upgrading technical skills and knowledge through experts and teachers' exchange programmes in spheres of primary and secondary education, tele-medicine, bio-technology, nano-technology and information technology.

Bhindranwale Portrait Controversy
SGPC justifying Operation Bluestar: Bitta

Patiala, December 3
Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, today said the portrait of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale installed by the SGPC in its museum at Amritsar was ‘blatantly wrong’ and in fact this decision of the SGPC actually justified Operation Bluestar.

State mulls over marriage Act for Sikhs
Chandigarh, December 3
Sixty years after Independence, Sikhs in Punjab are set to get the right of marriages registeredoutside the purview of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, or the Special Marriages Act, 1954, which till now covered Sikh marriages.

Moga Sex Scam
Akali leader’s son seeks permission to inspect files

Chandigarh, December 3
A day before the hearing of the Moga sex scam in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Barjinder Singh, son of senior Akali leader Tota Singh, today filed an application seeking permission to inspect the judicial files and "make copies of the proceedings".

Book Mann for sedition, says Sud
Chandigarh, December 3
Senior BJP leader and medical education and forest minister, Punjab, Tikshan Sud today demanded that Simaranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), be booked for sedition for hurting feelings of countrymen by calling Bhagat Singh, a petty terrorist.

Probe ordered into ‘misuse’ of Red Cross funds
Chandigarh, December 3
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered an inquiry into the alleged misuse of Red Cross funds by different districts of the state.


Blanket bail to Amarinder
Punjab fails to file reply again

Chandigarh, December 3
For the second consecutive time, the State of Punjab has failed to file a reply in the matter pertaining to the grant of blanket bail to state's former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Notice issued to industries dept secy
Wilful violation of orders on subsidy release
Chandigarh, December 3
After the secretary, department of industries, admitted a backlog of Rs 350-crore industrial subsidy in an affidavit filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a Division Bench today issued a suo motu contempt notice to him for wilful violation of orders on subsidy release.


Pbi varsity officials gave up only additional charges: JAC
Patiala, December 3
The joint action committee has reacted to the news item in sections of the Press that certain senior teachers have resigned in solidarity with former vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai.

BEd: Institute for special children starts
Faridkot, December 3
Punjab's first institute to impart B.Ed degree to teachers for educating special children was dedicated to its people on the International Day for Disabled Persons here today.

Jaspal Singh to be Pbi varsity VC?
Ludhiana, December 3
Jaspal Singh, principal, Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and former diplomat is certain to succeed S.S. Boparai as vice-chancellor of Punjabi University.

  Anjali is acting VC


300 pc rise in vegetable export to Pak in Oct
Wagah, December 3
An impressive 300 per cent rise in fresh vegetable export from India to Pakistan has been recorded for October in comparison to September this year. In October 14,717 tonnes of fresh vegetable worth Rs 1,912 lakh was carried to Pakistan.


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