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House nod to four Bills
Chandigarh, December 18
Friendly jibes between the SAD-BJP and Congress members proved to be the only attraction in the otherwise lacklustre second day of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The Opposition played a rather timid role making the proceedings of the House come to a close earlier than expected.

Grants Disbursement
Govt faces embarrassment
Chandigarh, December 18
The SAD-BJP government had to face embarrassment today in the Punjab Assembly with regard to the disbursement of grants to village panchayats in the state for development works as even speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon questioned the government on this.

Himachal HC issues contempt notice to Manoranjan Kalia
Chandigarh, December 18
Punjab Industries and Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia has been issued a contempt notice by the Himachal Pradesh High Court for his unbecoming behaviour with a Chief Judicial Magistrate at Nadaun in Hamirpur a few days ago.

Separated by Partition, families long to meet Muslim relatives in Pak
Khadoor Sahib, December 18
Bhai Gurmohinder Singh (born as a Muslim) holds his picture with Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sitting by his side is Baba Sewa Singh, chief of the Kar Sewa Samprada, Khadoor Sahib. Many Muslim families of this Majha heartland who were converted to Sikhism so that they could save themselves from the communal frenzy in 1947 yearn to meet their relatives in Pakistan.
Bhai Gurmohinder Singh (born as a Muslim) holds his picture with Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sitting by his side is Baba Sewa Singh, chief of the Kar Sewa Samprada, Khadoor Sahib. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

An earthern furnace being used by an artisan to keep himself warm as mercury dipped considerably in Amritsar on Tuesday.
An earthern furnace being used by an artisan to keep himself warm as mercury dipped considerably in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar



Tampering with proceedings
Panel for booking officials
Chandigarh, December 18
The Privileges Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in a report tabled in the House has recommended registration of a case against two former employees of the Assembly for tampering with proceedings to mislead the House and cause loss to the exchequer.

Amrik Singh GillIn his teacher’s memory
Chandigarh, December 18
Amrik Singh Gill, along with his brother Col Sardul Singh Gill (retd), has instituted a scholarship of Rs 10,000 in memory of his teacher late Pt Dina Nath, who served as headmaster at Chawinda Devi School, near Amritsar, in the 1950s.


CPI for longer House session
Sangrur, December 18
As Punjab has been facing the worst financial crisis and poor law and order situation, the Assembly session should not be just a ritual Also the session should not be less than of 10 days, as a brief session can not find solutions to people’s problems.


Rural disabled kids not cared well: Study
Ludhiana, December 18
Ninety per cent of the parents in the rural areas of Punjab do not provide or work towards providing any special education to their disabled children. This has been revealed in a study conducted by Yadwinder Kaur for the Department of Human Development and Sociology at Punjab Agricultural University.

Mann questions Punjab police
Where is the ‘uniformity’?
Chandigarh, December 18
Chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjeet Singh Mann has questioned the Punjab police saying the cops wear uniforms that are of different colours.

State jails overcrowded
Chandigarh, December 18
Punjab jails are overcrowded. Against authorised capacity of 10,854 males and 888 females, there are 14,860 male and 859 female inmates in jails in the state. Most crowded is Amritsar jail where 2137 male convicts and under-trial prisoners are lodged against capacity to house 1455 male inmates.

Docs told to educate masses on TB
Sangrur, December 18
Besides doctors of the allopathic system, the role of doctors of other systems of medicines, like ayurvedic and homoeopathy, is of vital importance in controlling the spread of tuberculosis (TB). So all doctors should whole-heartedly ensure the successful implementation of the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) to have a check on the spread of TB.

Car hits boy, taken along, later abandoned
Pathankot, December 18
A Jammu-bound Indica car hit a 14-year-old boy on the Jammu-Pathankot highway near Sujanpur and the car occupants took the injured along for treatment. The critically injured boy was later abandoned by them near Pappar Mor, Mansar road near Samba in J& K.

TB cases on the rise in state
Chandigarh, December 18
Tuberculosis cases in Punjab are increasing. “New sputum positive case detection rate is on the increase,” according to a statement issued by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare.

Team to check overcharging of fee
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab government today constituted a five-member team to check overcharging of fee by private medical institutes, including nursing, pharmaceutical, para-medical, ayurvedic and homoeopathic and medical institutes in the state.

Holiday on Dec 21
Chandigarh, December 18
The Punjab government today declared a public holiday on December 21 on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) in all government offices, corporation, boards of government and educational institutions.


Verdict on Amarinder’s bail plea today
Chandigarh, December 18
Can the orders granting bail to an accused be modified without amounting to review of the same?

Exclusive rights for Gurbani telecast to ETC challenged
Chandigarh, December 18
The Guru Nanak Universal Brotherhood Society (regd) through its secretary, advocate Hirdey Pal Singh has moved an application to intervene in the matter pertaining to the exclusive rights given by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for direct telecast of Gurbani from Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, to ETC Punjabi channel.

High Court
Jalandhar SP tenders apology
Chandigarh, December 18
A Superintendent of Police today apologised for leveling allegations against a counsel while investigating a criminal case.


PTU sacks 110 striking daily wage workers
Jalandhar December 18
Embarrassed by the prolonged strike and resistance to join duties by Tuesday despite warning, Punjab Technical University (PTU) today terminated the services of as many as 110 daily temporary employees, who were on strike.


Forests Dept faces acute shortage of staff, equipment
Jalandhar, December 18
Though the load of work has doubled for the Forests Department due to its merger with the Wildlife Department a few years back, it is facing an acute shortage of staff and equipment in three Doaba districts, including Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr.


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