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Ashirwaad/Shagun Scheme
More cases of fraud come to light

Chandigarh, December 17
More details of fraud in the Ashirwaad/Shagun scheme that was launched some years ago to help Dalits at the time of the marriage of their daughters and in the grants given to help poor sections of society to build houses have come to light.

Bogus CSD sale by auto-dealers
25-cr tax evasion detected
Patiala, December 17
Automobile/car dealers in Punjab have been depriving the Excise and Taxation Department of crores by evading payment of value added tax (VAT) and other taxes for three/ four years.

Second Sikh shrine to come up in Dubai
Two battery-operated floor scrubbing machines donated to Golden Temple
Amritsar, December 17
The Arab-Islamic country, Dubai, has come forward to allow the Sikh community to establish a splendid gurdwara building on the 2,600 square yard prime land with a view to send the message across that other faiths are also given freedom in the country. 
A battery-operated scrubber machine donated by a Dubai-based Sikh family, at the Golden Temple on Monday.
A battery-operated scrubber machine donated by a Dubai-based Sikh family, at the Golden Temple on Monday. —Photo by Vishal Kumar



SGPC panel on O’ Dwyer
Chandigarh, December 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) which has received a lot of flak from various sections for removing the portrait of Sir Michael O' Dwyer from the Sikh Museum in Golden Temple has decided to rethink its decision. But before a final decision is taken on the matter, the SGPC has sought the opinion of a committee of Sikh intellectuals and historians, who have been asked to give a serious thought to the issue.

Cancer deaths alarmingly high in state, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, December 17
The result of a random sample of 20 acquaintances, who died during the past few weeks in Punjab and Chandigarh, 16 fell to cancer, two had cardiac arrest and remaining two were victims of road rage - makes an alarming revelation.

Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh

Another travel agent duping story
4 landed up in Kuwait jail; bribed police to come back
Ropar, December 17
Despite awareness campaign launched in the media regarding travel agents duping youths, the practice is continuing due to persistent efforts of those who still want to go abroad for greener pastures and failure of the government to legalise the trade.



SAD (A) to file suit against govt
Amritsar, December 17
The SAD (A) will organise a rally at Fatehgarh Sahib on December 25 to create awareness among the public about the “barbaric” actions of the state government against the Sikhs and other minority communities.


PCS nominations: Revenue officers up in arms
Jalandhar, December 17
Revenue officers are agitated over the government decision to club nominations to the state’s provincial services for 2002 - 2007.This should have been a yearly practice.

Death on Marriage Anniversary
She died resisting snatching: Husband
Amritsar, December 17
An NRI, Kalpana Paramjit, from Toronto would not have thought that she will die on her 25th marriage anniversary while saving her bag from two motorcycle-borne persons at the Novelty Chowk area here last night.

Panic over reports of wild animal at village
Mansoorwal (Kapurthala), December 17
The presence of a carnivorous wild animal in and around Mansoorwal village on the Jalandhar road in Kapurthala district has created panic among villagers.

Bhagat Singh’s Statue
MP for Punjabis’ say in it
Chandigarh, December 17
Rajya Sabha member from Punjab Manohar Singh Gill, who made the Parliamentary Committee on Statues agree on installing the 18-foot bronze statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the Parliament complex, has urged the Lok Sabha speaker to involve people of Punjab and their elected representatives in the statue installation.

Homoeopathic council charge against dy speaker
Chandigarh, December 17
Taking on the deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain, certain members of the Punjab Homoeopathic Council today alleged that Gosain was trying to build pressure on the government to shield his former officer on special duty (OSD), Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, who was an owner of a private channel in Ludhiana.

Tributes paid to Pathak, train victims
Chandigarh, December 17
The week-long session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, which started here today, paid rich tributes to former Tribune Trust chairperson Justice R.S. Pathak who died last month.

Promoting women empowerment through ‘Pride’ 
Mohali, December 17
Punjab cooperative movement’s flagship brand ‘Verka’ will soon have a companion competing for shelf space in various stores across the state.

Italian pasta from Punjabi wheat!
Chandigarh, December 17
Italian pasta may soon be made out of Punjabi wheat. You may find it hard to digest the fact, but the palatable reality is that the Italian ambassador Antonio Armellini is here for coming out with a perfect recipe for enhanced business cooperation between Punjab and his country, particularly in the agriculture sector.


Board nod to re-evaluation of class X, XII answer-sheets
Mohali, December 17
The Punjab School Education Board will offer the facility of revaluation of answer-sheets to matriculation and senior secondary examination candidates from this academic session.



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