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SGPC to recruit staff on merit only
CCTV cameras for Golden Temple
Amritsar, December 7
The SGPC has decided to install close-circuit cameras in the Golden Temple complex and at the Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara with a view to beefing up security.

No Lessons Learnt
Govt allows nursing course in unapproved colleges
Mohali, December 7
The Akali-BJP government in the state apparently believes that two wrongs make a right. After having allowed seven unapproved nursing colleges in the state to run the BSc (Nursing) course, the government has now allowed several unapproved nursing colleges to offer the post-basic BSc (Nursing) course.

Unbundling: Govt gets time till Feb 29
Y.S. Ratra Ratra gets extension
Chandigarh, December 7
While the Punjab Government has granted one-year extension to Y.S. Ratra as chairman of the PSEB, the Union Government has granted extension only till February 29 to the state government to unbundle the PSEB.

Fazilka best in Asia in fighting 
global warming

Chandigarh, December 7
Not many will be able to point out Fazilka on the map of Punjab. But this small town has done most Punjabis proud by being selected first amongst all Asian cities for adopting best energy-saving practices to fight against global warming in transportation.



Punjab denies bias against Virk
Chandigarh, December 7
Replying to a notice by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on the issue of the suspension of former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk, the Punjab government today denied any bias against Virk.



BJP wants Jalandhar seat
Amritsar, December 7
State BJP chief Rajinder Bhandari today said the party would demand the Jalandhar Parliamentary seat from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the next Lok Sabha elections. He said the SAD candidate never won from the Jalandhar seat while the BJP had a strong base in that region and was able to win the seat.

Kalia not aware of Badalís announcement
Pathankot, December 7
Minister for department of local government Manoranjan Kalia has expressed ignorance of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badalís announcement to form municipal corporations at Pathankot and Moga. The sudden announcement to form the two corporations by the Chief Minister has created ripples in the state BJP.

Cong MLAs meet Governor
Chandigarh, December 7
Led by the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, certain Congress MLAs met the Punjab Governor today to urge him to restrain the state government from transferring 29 acres of prime land at Bathinda belonging to the regional research station of Punjab Agricultural University to the Bathinda development authority to build a cricket stadium.


Doctor pays for punishing influential pharmacist
Gurdaspur, December 7
Health services have been hit in remote areas of the state, thanks to intervention of leaders and insubordination among employees of the health department.

Building excavated
Hoshiarpur, December 7
A huge building was unearthed during the widening and strengthening of Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway, 0.5 km ahead from Mukerian town towards Pathankot, last evening.

PAU lost 4 cr in Punwire
Ludhiana, December 7
Already crippled pension fund of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here has further been weakened for Rs 4 crore invested from it in Punwire (Punjab Wireless Systems) during 1998 has not yielded it a single penny of interest, what to talk about the principal amount. The company closed down in 1999.

Teachers defer dharna
Chandigarh, December 7
A delegation of the Punjab Government Teachersí Association led by Prof Jaspal Singh, president, and Prof Hardeep Singh, secretary, met Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister of Higher Education, Punjab, here today.

Amritsar trust to file affidavit
Chandigarh, December 7
Taking up a petition filed against the State of Punjab and the Municipal Council by a resident of Amritsar for quashing the change of land use (CLU) in certain areas of the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Amritsar Improvement Trust and other respondents to file an affidavit.

Veterans recall battle of Laungewala
Chandigarh, December 7
Veterans of the 23rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment gathered here to remember and pay homage to the men who had fought in the epic battle of Laungewala in 1971 and had made the supreme sacrifice.

Judicial officers get course certificates
Chandigarh, December 7
The first batch of judicial officers from Punjab were awarded course certificates by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain on the completion of a year-long training programme.

Judicial officers from Punjab, who are awarded course certificates by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain, at a function in Chandigarh on Friday. óA Tribune photograph

Judicial officers from Punjab, who are awarded course certificates by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain, at a function in Chandigarh on Friday.

Public holiday on Dec 10
Chandigarh, December 7
The Punjab Government today declared a public holiday on December 10 in all its offices, educational institutions and offices of boards and corporations on account of the martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur.óTNS


Mannís bail plea hearing today
SAD (A) toning down stance?
Patiala, December 7
Is the SAD (A), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, trying to tone down its stance on the Shaheed Bhagat Singh issue?

Breather for Punjab Kesri editor
New Delhi, December 7
In a relief to Punjab Kesri editor Vijay Chopra, the Supreme Court today stayed the trial proceedings against him in a defamation case, filed by a state government officer for publication of some report against him.


3 cops booked on rape charge
Sangrur, December 7
Three policemen have been booked under Section 376, IPC, for allegedly raping a woman from Dirba village, about 26 km from here.



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