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Mann granted bail, released
Patiala, December 10
Chief of the SAD (A) Simranjit Singh Mann was granted bail by the court of chief judicial magistrate S.S. Panesar here today. Mann was released from the local Central Jail at 4.50 p.m. as his supporters raised slogans like “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal”.

Khalra Mission men stopped from reaching Lambi
Muktsar, December 10
The Khalra Mission Organisation activists were stopped by cops of Muktsar while they were on the way to Lambi, constituency of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal this morning. They were on way to Lambi from Amritsar when the police stopped their vehicles at Rupana village on the Muktsar-Malout highway.
Khalra Mission Organisation activists stage a dharna near Muktsar Khalra Mission Organisation activists stage a dharna near Muktsar on Monday.



Members of a band group hitch-hike for an assignment in Kharar
JUMPING ON TO THE BANDWAGON: Members of a band group hitch-hike for an assignment in Kharar. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

‘100 dairy farms by March-end’
Sangrur, December 10
The Punjab Government has fixed a target to set up 100 dairy farms by March next year in the state. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, said this while addressing a function organised today in connection with the martyrdom day of Major Hardev Singh Grewal, a martyr of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Action against two doctors for ‘irregularities’
Gosain seeks Badal’s intervention
Chandigarh, December 10
Punjab’s deputy speaker Satpal Gosain does not believe the SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab works on its own. He has, therefore, written to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seeking his intervention for registration of cases and Vigilance inquiry against two doctors, who he alleges committed serious irregularities, while they held important positions in the Council of Homoeopathic System, Punjab.

Sidhu wants Punjab to follow Modi’s development plan
Chandigarh, December 10
Lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for development, BJP MP Navjot Sidhu, who has been campaigning in Gujarat, said Punjab should follow the formula adopted by Modi in seeking central funds and grants and also in realisation of excise and house tax.

BSF wants dholis to tell Pak villagers where border is
Jalandhar, December 10
If the BSF has its way, villagers in Pakistan living along the international border will soon have dholis telling them where exactly the frontier is. A peculiar situation has arisen along the 553-km fenced area between both countries as villagers from Pakistan cross into the Indian side thinking that the barbed wire and electrified fence erected on the Indian side is the international border.

Pak youth repatriated after eight years
Attari, December 10
Pakistani national Mohammad Sharif was only 17 when he had mingled with Indians in Saudi Arabia and accompanied them up to Mumbai on a “fake passport” with dreams of “bright future” in Bollywood in 1999. Then many Indians were forced to leave the Gulf.

College uses students to collect funds for charity
Pathankot, December 10
Resentment prevails among parents and guardians of students, mostly girls, studying in Utkristh College here over the collection of funds allegedly by illegal means. Some parents here yesterday met this correspondent and handed over some fund collection receipt books containing 10 receipts in each with counterfoils and denomination of Rs 50 and Rs 20 printed on the receipt slips.


Mann vows to contest against Sukhbir
Patiala, December 10
Training his guns on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann has asserted that he would contest the next elections against Sukhbir.

Modi’s days numbered: Bhattal
Chandigarh, December 10
Punjab Pradesh Congress president and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has said Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi stands exposed for indulging in separatist politics both within and outside the party.

SAD, BJP meeting on Dec 16
Chandigarh, December 10
A meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP and other associate members’ legislature party has been called by Punjab Chief Minister on December 16 at Punjab Bhawan to discuss agenda for the winter session of the Vidhan Sabha commencing from December 17.


SGPC to remove Gen Dyer’s portrait from museum
Amritsar, December 10
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to remove the portrait of Reginald Dyer , called the Butcher of Amritsar from its Central Sikh Museum, with immediate effect following an ultimatum by an NGO, here today.

Hooter Row
No one booked, says Santosh Chowdhary
Hoshiarpur, December 10
Though chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Santosh Chowdhary has handed over her complaint to SP (D) Sushil Kumar on the alleged threats given by chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, Mohinder Kaur Josh and her son Karamjit Singh Babloo regarding the row over the blowing of hooter last evening, the district police has failed in registering any case.

World War veterans denied ECHS benefits
Bathinda, December 10
Veterans of World War I and II in the state, who do not come under the category of ex-servicemen are a worried lot. This is because the central government is learnt to have made no provisions for them in the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.

For them, joining Army is an honour
Dehra Dun, December 10
Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today implied lack of attraction among the youth to opt for a career in the armed forces, there are cases of young men and their families coming forward to join the forces for reasons other than the better career prospects.

Gurpartap Singh along with his family at the IMA, Dehra Dun, on Monday.
Gurpartap Singh along with his family at the IMA, Dehra Dun

Badal mourns Ajit Saini’s death
Chandigarh, December 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed grief and sorrow over sad demise of veteran freedom fighter and noted journalist Ajit Saini who passed away at Jalandhar after a brief illness.

V.K. Singh inspects Armoured Division
Chandigarh, December 10
The General Officer Commanding 2 Corps, Lt Gen V. K. Singh arrived at headquarters 1 Armoured Division in Patiala on an inspection visit today. This is his first visit to the Army’s most potent armoured formation since assuming charge as the corps commander.


High Court
Petition against security to dera dismissed
Chandigarh, December 10
A petition filed in public interest against the Union of India, along with the states of Punjab and Haryana challenging the security cover provided to Dera Sacha Sauda and its associates was today dismissed as withdrawn.


Teachers resent ACR criteria
Chandigarh, December 10
There is resentment among government school teachers over flaws in criteria laid down by the Punjab Education Department regarding writing of their annual confidential report. There are nearly 40,000 teachers in middle and secondary schools in Punjab.

Longowal Institute students get degrees
Longowal, December 10
Degrees, diplomas and certificates in engineering and technology were awarded to 756 students of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), now a deemed university, at the 10th annual convocation of the institute on its campus here on Saturday.


VB fails to arrest forgery case accused
Gurdaspur, December 10
Even though six days have elapsed since the additional district and sessions judge refused anticipatory bail to 14 persons involved in the Lahnga market case, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has failed to arrest them.


8 pc luxury tax will hit hoteliers: Assn
Amritsar, December 10
The entire hotel industry in Punjab is up in arms against the imposition of 8 per cent luxury tax on hotel room tariff. This had recently been approved by the Cabinet. The Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association today described the decision of the government as arbitrary.


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