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Mohali Airport
Centre agrees to speed up clearances

Chandigarh, December 21
The Centre today agreed to speed up clearances for the Mohali airport and will consider positively the state’s plea for allowing civil terminals at Adampur and Bhisiana (Bathinda) airports.

Now, HIV test at blood banks
Chandigarh, December 21
In keeping with the latest policy of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) that requires HIV testing even at blood the bank level, the Punjab health ministry has strengthened all its major blood banks.

For better ties
Sidhu names scheme after Badal
Amritsar, December 21
Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP, here today launched a major job initiative for the unemployed youth in the border belt of the state. Coining the project as Parkash Scheme dedicated to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sidhu while addressing newspersons 
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu at a press conference in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu at a press conference in Amritsar on Friday.



A Pakistani Ranger greets a BSF jawan on Id-ul-Zuha at Attari border in Amritsar on Friday.
A Pakistani Ranger greets a BSF jawan on Id-ul-Zuha at Attari border in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Tampering with Assembly Record
Recommendations to remain in cold storage: Kahlon

Chandigarh, December 21
Recommendations of the Privilege Committee of the Vidhan Sabha in a case of tampering with the Assembly’s official record by its staff will stay in the cold storage, at least till the next session, if not longer. Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon has said the report has to be discussed on the floor of the House before he can take the recommendation of the committee into consideration or proceed against the erring officials.

Chuhar Chak Mishap
Gateman surrenders
Faridkot, December 21
The guard who was manning the Chuhar Chak railway crossing on that fateful day, Kulwinder Singh, surrendered before the Government Railway Police (GRP) here today. Seventeen lives were lost in the Satluj Express-mini bus collision on December 14.



MC gift for Sangrur residents
Rs 1.29-cr project for covering nullah
Sangrur, December 21
Thousands of residents and shopkeepers of the local Sunami Gate area have a reason to be happy with the local municipal council deciding to cover the nullah in the area. A double-barrelled storm water channel would be constructed to drain out dirty storm water from the nullah, work on which will start in January.

Guardians of law will now save heritage
Pul Kanjari, December 21
Though the “Friends Of India New Zealand” (FOINZ) and state government agencies have failed to see their plans on preserving glory of Pul Kanjri ,once a bustling town ,associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh materialise, the Punjab Police has adopted the border village for overall development with support of local people.
A view of Pul Kanjari, which the Police Department has decided to preserve. — A Tribune photograph
A view of Pul Kanjari, which the Police Department has decided to preserve.

From financial crunch to financial mess
Govt depts owe Rs 68 cr to PSEB
Patiala, December 21
Despite the fact that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is facing financial crunch, its management has failed to convince various government departments to pay arrears. There are more than 20 government departments who collectively owe it a whopping Rs 68 crore with departments like the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, Punjab Police and Public Health Departments topping the list. 

Sugar mill staff not paid salaries, hold protest
Tarn Taran, December 21
Employees of cooperative sugar mills, Sheron, held a protest carrying the body of one of their colleagues here today. The employees have reportedly not been paid wages for the past 14 months. The protest was supported by workers of the BSP and other organisations.

Book cops for false cases: Cong
Chandigarh, December 21
Congressmen in Punjab today demanded registration of cases against guilty police officers and SAD leaders, who had got false cases registered in Bholath Assembly constituency in Kapurthala.

Land Pooling
Implementation on trial basis
Chandigarh, December 21
Though the Cabinet sub-committee has given its report on the new land pooling policy, but it will be implemented first on a trial basis in certain cities.

Farmers want SEZ Act, 2005 scrapped
Chandigarh, December 21
Protesting against forcible acquisition of fertile agricultural land for non-farming operations, the organising committee of the All-India Kisan Organisation has demanded immediate scrapping of the Special Economic Zone Act, 2005.

Prayers mark Id-ul-Zuha
Malerkotla, December 21
Muslims today celebrated Id-ul-Zuha with traditional fervour. Muslims gathered in large numbers for prayers in mosques and specially arranged Id gahs where religious scholars gave the Id message of devotion and sacrifice. At many places, women also turned up for Id prayers.

Case against cops sought
Chandigarh, December 21
Seeking suspension of police officials involved in what it described as brutal lathicharge on students of ITI at Bathinda yesterday, Dr Joginder Dayal, a member of national executive of the CPI and Comrade Jagroop Singh, secretary of the Punjab unit of the party, said here today that a case should be registered against policemen concerned.

5 dolphins in Harike lake
Gurdaspur, December 21
Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today confirmed the presence of river-water dolphins in the Wildlife Sanctuary at Harike in Ferozepur. The team had reached the sanctuary on Thursday.


HC questions Punjab’s anxiety in Virk case
Chandigarh, December 21
Punjab’s “anxiety” to get modified the court order favouring former DGP S.S. Virk today evoked a sharp response with Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court verbally asking the state counsel the reason behind treating the matter as special.


Cricket bat exporters allege harassment
Patiala, December 21
Relief might come in the way of cricket bat exporters of the state soon as Punjab Excise and Taxation Commissioner A. Venu Parsad has assured them that he would look into their complaints regarding alleged harassment of truckers transporting finished bats at the Madhopur-based Information Collection Centre (ICC).


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