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Bhagat Singh Issue
Simranjit Singh Mann Simranjit arrested
Son says Bapu, Nehru backed martyr’s hanging
Patiala, December 6
While Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann was arrested by the Patiala police for hurting the sentiments of the people by reportedly stating that Bhagat Singh was “not” a martyr or a national hero, his son Iman Singh Mann kicked up a storm by saying that Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi had “supported” the hanging of Bhagat Singh.

Emergency party meeting today

Amarinder decries Mann’s remarks
Patiala, December 6
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has not only hailed the arrest of SAD (A) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, but has dubbed the latter as a person who has of late gone insane.

A master stroke of SAD
Chandigarh, December 6
Arrest of Simranjit Singh Mann, a former MP and president of the faction-ridden Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) in Fatehgarh Sahib in the Bhagat Singh case, has not only partially bailed the Shiromani Akali Dal out of Bhindranwale picture crisis but also got all major political parties at its back.



Cash strapped govt sits on subsidies
Chandigarh, December 6
A cash-strapped Punjab government has defaulted on payments of subsidies to provide cheap atta-dal to “poor” families and pensions for the aged. It has already defaulted on payment of power subsidy to the PSEB.


Bittu faction constitutes youth wing
Chandigarh, December 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal(Amritsar) headed by Daljit Singh Bittu today constituted its youth wing which has been named as Youth Akali Dal(Amritsar). Rajpal Singh Hardialeana has been appointed chief of the presidium announced today to run the affairs of the youth wing. Other members of the presidium will be Mandhir Singh, Jaspal Singh Manjpur, Gurvinder Singh and Gurbej Singh.


Work on Kandi canal stops for want of funds
Hoshiarpur, December 6
On account of failure of the state government in providing regular funds for the construction of 70 km-long second phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Kandi Canal from Hoshiarpur to Balachaur, work on the project has come to a standstill.

Land acquisition reason for farmers’ stir: Study
Chandigarh, December 6
What has led farmers and landless labourers to resort to violent and other forms of agitation? It is against acquisition of land for setting up SEZs, big industries or townships at Nandigram, Singur, Posco, Fatehgarh Channa(Barnala), Mohali, Jhajjar, Gurgaon and Manimajra, near here.

CM b’day: Bathinda may get development package
Bathinda, December 6
In a bid to placate the electorate of the Malwa region where his Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) suffered a drubbing from the Congress in the recent Assembly elections, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is expected to unfold a package of development projects during his birthday celebrations here on December 8.
A hoarding put up in connection with the birthday bash of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Bathinda, where the main function will be held.
A hoarding put up in connection with the birthday bash of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Bathinda, where the main function will be held. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Slum dwellers of 11 cities to get houses
Sangrur, December 6
The government will hire the services of private companies to prepare a project report for providing water supply and sewerage facilities at Sunam, Majitha and Kotkapura.

Anand Marriage Act draft taken to Pak
Attari, December 6
Sikh legal experts, including K.T.S. Tulsi, a senior Supreme Court advocate , led by Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today crossed over to Pakistan, from here to discuss the draft of The Sikh Marriage Act 2007 for Pakistan.

Dalits rally against atrocities
Chandigarh, December 6
Activists of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan (DDVA) today held a rally in Sector 36 here to observe the martyrdom day of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, as Dalit Daman Virodhi Maha rally and demanded the Punjab government to take action on atrocities being committed against Dalits. Swami Agnivesh, founder-member of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front and president of the World Council of the Arya Samaj participated in the rally. The Swami sought minimum wages be fixed at national level.

Swami Agnivesh at the Dalit Daman Virodhi Maha Rally in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Swami Agnivesh at the Dalit Daman Virodhi Maha Rally in Chandigarh on Thursday.

5 dists to be covered under diabetes project
Kharar, December 6
Five districts of the state are all set to be covered under a project of World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), Denmark, for diabetic eye problems. Extending a helping hand to diabetics in areas of Patiala, Ropar, Ludhiana, Mohali and Chandigarh suburban areas, the WDF has collaborated with Sri Guru Harkishan Sahib Eye Hospital at Sohana, near here.



High Court
HC chides Punjab for haphazard constructions in Dera Bassi
Chandigarh, December 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear its intentions of framing of norms by the state government for setting up residential complexes in Punjab after observing that nowhere in the world complexes had entry bang on the highways.


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