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State strapped for cash
Netas, babus act as ‘courier boys’
Invitations for NRI sammelan 
Mohali, December 11
The strapped for cash Punjab government seems to have no shortage of funds to send chosen politicians and officers abroad on all- expenses-paid tours.

Medicos to have access to AIIMS, PGI classrooms
Chandigarh, December 11
Medical students (MBBS) of government medical colleges, Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot, will have access to the classrooms of the All- India Institute of Medical Sciences( AIIMS), Delhi and the PGI here. In fact, already such an arrangement has been made with AIIMS. Soon, similar arrangement will be possible with the PGI, it is learnt.

State to set up 3 eye banks
Patiala, December 11
The Medical Research and Education Department has decided to set up three eye donation banks in the state. Keeping in view the Human Organs Transplant Act, the department has decided to set up these banks at the local Government Rajindra Hospital, the Government Medical College Amritsar and the Government Medical College, Faridkot. Sources said final touches had already been given to the proposal and a final nod may come anytime.



New road to link Anandpur Sahib with Chandigarh
Ropar, December 11
The district administration Ropar has proposed a new road linking Chandigarh to Anandpur Sahib that would boost the economy of the area. The road has been planned along the Shivalik hills from Siswan road linking Kurali with Chandigarh. It would reduce the distance between Chandigarh and Anandpur Sahib by about 20 km. The distance between Chandigarh and Anandpur Sahib after the road would be made operational would be just 50 km.



Advani right for PM’s post, says Badal
Chandigarh, December 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has welcomed L.K. Advani as the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate for the post of Prime Minister, saying it was "as a very significant and positive development for the country."

Sena bandh; SAD(A) ‘fateh’ march
DGP tells officers to be effective

Chandigarh, December 11
Director- general of Punjab Police N.P.S. Aulakh today cautioned officers that complacency during the bandh called by the Shiv Sena (Hindustan) and the “fateh” marches planned by Simranjit Singh Mann-led Shiromani Akali Dal ( Amritsar) would not be tolerated. Both things are scheduled for December 14.

Don’t interfere in Sikh matters, BJP told 
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh here today stated that the leadership of the BJP should not interfere in the Sikh religious matters.

Mian Mir’s descendant calls on Badal
Chandigarh, December 11
Sain Makhdoom Syed Chan Pir Qadri, the 19th descendant of Sain Hazrat Mian Mir Ji who laid the foundation stone of Sri Harmandar Sahib, today called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence to show him glimpse (darshan) of the belongings of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji, including Guru ji's Simrana (mala) and necklace of Mata Ganga ji.

Cong protest from tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Pradesh Congress has decided to launch statewide protest march starting from Patiala from December 13 to highlight “misdeeds” and “misgoverance” of the SAD-BJP government. The march will be led by Punjab Pradesh Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal according to a statement issued here today. It will move to other cities later.


Eyeing Beauty
Models display a new range of sun glasses at a showroom in Amritsar
Models display a new range of sun glasses at a showroom in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI

Passport trouble: Jalandhar girl held up in Spain
Blames Indian embassy for her plight
Chandigarh, December 11
Rajbir Teja, a girl from Jalandhar, is held up in Spain because Indian embassy there is not extending her helping hand on a very minor issue of passport renewal. Rajbir, who spoke to Rajya Sabha member from Punjab, Manohar Singh Gill,on the phone today from spain, told him she was feeling harassed and disappointed over the attitude of Indian embassy that she could take any desperate step.

Another Punjab student meets tragic end abroad 
Muktsar, December 11
On the heels of the death of a Ropar student by robbers at Santiago (US), another youth, Avneet Kaur, has met with tragic end in Australia as she drowned on the sea shore of Melbourne yesterday.

Rally stops paralysed Sikh’s deportation 
Vancouver, December 1
Protesters raise slogans against Laibar Singh’s deportation, in Vancouver on Tuesday. In one of their biggest anti-government rally, thousands of Indo-Canadians forced authorities to stop the deportation of a paralysed Sikh. Laibar Singh, a failed refugee claimant who had entered Canada on a forged passport in 2003 and was paralysed last year, was ordered last week to be deported Monday at 2.30 pm.

Protesters raise slogans against Laibar Singh’s deportation, in Vancouver on Tuesday.

Father of pension schemes is no more
Amritsar, December 11
The man behind pension schemes in India, Parduman Singh (83), who fought a relentless fight against militancy in Punjab died after a brief illness at his residence here late last night. He will be cremated here tomorrow.

Parduman Singh
Parduman Singh

Tiwana Foundation to reward Ishmeet
Chandigarh, December 11
The Harpal Tiwana Foundation is all set to confer the Harpal Tiwana awards for promotion of Punjabi culture on the late litterateur Harcharan Singh and educationist Satish Verma, former head, Punjabi department at Punjabi university.

Utilisation of MPLAD funds
Punjab among top 5

Chandigarh, December 11
Punjab figures in the top five states as far as utilisation of the funds released under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) programme is concerned.

Dept of Employment Generation seeks files from c-pyte
Chandigarh, December 11
The Department of Employment Generation is facing problems in the absence of transfer of official files by the Centre for Punjab Youth Training and Employment (c-pyte) to it by the authorities concerned.

CM launches software at office of  Advocate General
Chandigarh, December 11
Welcoming the projection of L.K. Advani as the prime ministerial candidate, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he was an able and experienced administrator.


Lawyers call for strike on Dec 14
Hoshiarpur, December 11
The Bar Association Dasuya has given a call to all Bar associations of Punjab to observe a compete strike in state on December 14 to support its demand of closing Punjab’s first mobile court being run in four villages of Dasuya subdivision of this district.

Land Deal
NBWs against Himachal ADGP

Rajpura, December 11
A local court of Rajpura has issued fresh non-bailable warrants (NBW) against top cop of Himachal Pradesh police Bhupinder Singh Thind, who is holding the charge of ADGP (law and order) there. The police have been asked to produce Thind in the court by December 24.

Jallianwala Bagh
Go ahead with plan, HC to govt

Chandigarh, December 11
Modifying its earlier order directing the state of Punjab and other respondents against tampering with the national monument at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today clarified that the authorities concerned could go ahead with the revitalisation plan.


With new VC in chair, 9-month-old stir ends
Patiala, December 11
The tiff between the university authorities, teachers and staff members came to an end with the lifting of the nine-month-old dharna by the joint action committee (JAC), representative body of teachers, students and staff members following assurances by vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh.

  ‘I will side with no group’

Govt funds freshers’ party
Chandigarh, December 11
The Medical Education and Research Department, Punjab, to check ragging in government medical colleges in the state, has allotted Rs 1 lakh to every college for freshers’ party.


Awards: PAU invites entries from farmers
Chandigarh, December 11
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has invited applications from the farming community in Punjab for participating in Chief Minister’s awards contest.


RDX Seizure
‘Main conspirator’ held

Ludhiana, December 11
The police here has arrested a ‘Khalistan’ ideologue and author of controversial book " Holy war of Sikhs" on the charge of being the main conspirator in the plot to target Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other VIPs by bringing and planting RDX in the state.


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