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Cabinet nod to law on printing of Birs
Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab Cabinet today approved the law for prevention of printing, publication, storage, distribution and sale of Birs of Guru Granth Sahib by private persons except the SGPC or those authorised by it.

River water dolphin spotted at Harike
Gurdaspur, December 16
Unbelievable but true, a pair of endangered river dolphins was spotted at the Harike wildlife sanctuary in Ferozepur district. Worldwide, river dolphins are only found in five rivers, two of which are Ganges and Indus.

Amritsar air linked to Italy
Amritsar, December 16
The state government will soon sign an agreement with a private company for the construction of an international airport at Mohali. This was disclosed by Bikram Singh Majithia, information and public relations minister, while inaugurating a direct charted flight from Amritsar to Italy at Cargo Complex, Rajasansi International Airport here today.

Suicides by Farmers in Debt
Society to help families in distress
Chandigarh, December 16
The rescue and revival project started by the Baba Nanak Educational Society to help the families, especially the wards, of farmers who committed suicide in Punjab in the past two decades, has got donors to support 50 families so far.

At 21, she’s ‘Specialist Kaur’ in US forces
Chandigarh, December 16
The burst from a malfunctioning automatic weapon may have injured her but not her spirit to be where action is. Gunner Ranbir Kaur, a Jat Sikh girl born in India, is headed back to Iraq for patrol duty with the US National Guards.


Stop maligning Phoolka, KAC to Hit
Amritsar, December 16
The Khalsa Action Committee here today asked Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal to stop his Delhi-based leaders who were indulging in false and malicious utterances against advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka. Taking a serious view of utterances of Avtar Singh Hit, president, Delhi state SAD (B), against Phoolka Bhai, convener of the KAC, Bhai Mohkam Singh and Kanwarpal Singh said if Badal failed to rein in his men he would have to face the wrath of the Sikhs.

A Sikh model at the Mr Singh International Turban Pride Fashion Show-2007 held in Amritsar on Saturday night. The event was organised by the Akal Purkh ki Fauj. — AFP
A Sikh model at the Mr Singh International Turban Pride Fashion Show-2007 held in Amritsar on Saturday night. The event was organised by the Akal Purkh ki Fauj. — AFP




Kolkata woman in love with Punjab goes missing
Chandigarh, December 16
Manikana Roy A middle-aged man yearning for his wife and a son longing for his mother, who has gone missing. It seems like a Bollywood movie, but this is reality of a Kolkata-based family. Fortyfive-year-old Manikana Roy, married to Kolkata executive K.N. Roy for 25 years, is missing from her home since May. She is believed to be somewhere in Punjab. The family has provided evidence regarding her to the Punjab Police. She was reportedly in touch on phone with a man, whom the family had met in Punjab a couple of years back.

Sukhbir not averse to Ludhiana City Centre project
Chandigarh, December 16
Shiromani Akali Dal working president Sukhbir Singh Badal is not against the Ludhiana City Centre project.

Chowk of contention
Sangrur, December 16
The Sangrur district unit of the Indian Ex-Services League today celebrated Vijay Diwas to mark the victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971 at the league’s office here. Indu Malhotra, ADC, presided over the function.

Actors Randhir and Rishi Kapoor at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.
Actors Randhir and Rishi Kapoor at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Memorial to PVC winner inaugurated
Pathankot, December 16
"My son was born for the nation. He sacrificed his life for the motherland which was a great honour for the family. Initially, I was shattered after his death, but now I feel honoured being the mother of a martyr whom the entire nation calls a hero who did his duty with courage," said Maheshwari Khetrapal, mother of 2nd-Lt Arun Khetrapal.

Vidhan Sabha session from today
Chandigarh, December 16
The week-long winter session of the Punjab Assembly will begin here on Monday. It is expected to be stormy .The opposition leadership is expected to raise issues of development and fiscal health of the state, besides registration of "false cases" against Congress workers by the SAD-BJP alliance regime.

Nod to Goindwal thermal plant soon: Minister
Tarn Taran, December 16
The state government is going to give approval to the Goindwal thermal plant soon, thereby providing the state enough power within the next three and a half years.

Chuhar Chak Tragedy
Rlys pays Rs 44.75 lakh to victims
Moga, December 16
The Railways has paid a compensation of Rs 44.75 lakh to the families of Chuhar Chak village whose dear ones were killed or injured in the accident involving the Sutlej Express and a mini-bus at the level crossing on Saturday.


School principal penalised under RTI Act
Sangrur, December 16
For not providing requisite information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to a teacher Tarsem Lal by principal of Government Senior Secondary School of Thales village, 4 km from here, state information commissioner R.K. Gupta has imposed a fine of Rs 250 per day with effect from July 30, 2007, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000, on the principal of the school Harminder Singh.


Uncertainty prevails over ETT course
Ropar, December 16
Uncertainty prevails over the ETT course in Punjab as the state has not initiated any move to carry admissions for the course this year. Ideally, admissions for the course should have been completed by December. However, the government has not issued any notification for the purpose till date.


Congress forms committee on agriculture
Chandigarh, December 16
Punjab Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has constituted an Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Committee under the chairmanship of former Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) vice- chancellor Dr K.S Aulakh.


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