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Power Crisis: The two sides
Level at Pong dam lowest in 10 years
Ropar, December 27
Islands in the Gobind Sagar lake indicate reduced water level at the Bhakra Dam. With the state experiencing power cuts coming months may face more more crisis. Water level at two major projects of region, the Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam, is considerably low.

Islands in the Gobind Sagar lake indicate reduced water level at the Bhakra Dam. Photo by Sushil Sharma

PSEB likely to get more power
Patiala, December 27
The existing grim power scene in Punjab may get better at the very outset of summer or in the next four months as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is expected to enhance its power generation capacity by nearly 500 MWs by then.

Advance Power Bill
CM to meet panel chief
Patiala, December 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of a diwan hall at Gajewas village near Samana. He also inaugurated a hospital set up with the efforts of Baba Hardev Singh at Namadaan village.



Trials, changing political equations may dominate 2008
Chandigarh, December 27
Though the unsavory debate on politics of vendetta versus corruption by people in high places may continue unabated for years to come, some of the ongoing cases against a former Chief Minister and the present incumbent and a possible future leader of Punjab Vidhan Sabha may head for final adjudication in 2008.

Punjab not to give airport land for free
Chandigarh, December 27
The Punjab has a 49 per cent equity in the international airport for which an MoU will be signed by the state government with the Airports Authority of India on January 4.

Textile mill fined Rs 2.28 cr
Kharar, December 27
The local market committee has slapped a penalty of Rs 2.28 crore on a Kharar textile mill on charges of evasion of market fee and rural development fund (RDF).

Gurcharan Singh (in black turban) and his accomplice in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. Ludhiana Acid Attack
Victim may never see again
Ludhiana, December 27
He was nurturing a dream of marrying her. When she got engaged to somebody else, he thought of a sinister idea of throwing acid on her back so that her alliance was broken and her way to marry her was cleared.

Gurcharan Singh (in black turban) and his accomplice in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


Rebel alleges threat from SAD leaders
Amritsar, December 27
Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala and his son Amarpal Boney, SAD MP and MLA from Ajnala, respectively, were allegedly involved in felling of poplar trees on 20 acres cultivated by his son and the police has failed to take any action against them.


Ludhiana Metro unlikely to see light of the day
Chandigarh, December 27
The proposed Rs 4,000-crore Ludhiana Metro Project will be unviable and require an annual subsidy of at least Rs 500 crore unless it is supported by a self-supporting revenue generating infrastructure. Stating this on the floor of the House, Congress legislator Jassi Khangura said the government was going ahead with the project without studying the viability of the project thereby threatening the already precarious fiscal health of the state.

Public-Private Partnership Projects
Plan panel guidelines to Punjab
Mohali, December 27
The Planning Commission has issued guidelines to Punjab for the implementation of the public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the state.

‘Door Kinare’ highlights illegal migrants’ plight
Chandigarh, December 27
Ahead of the non- resident Indian (NRI) meet being organised by the Punjab government in the beginning of January 2008, two Congress legislators have highlighted the plight of thousands of illegal Punjabi migrants through a film “Door Kinare” (Shores far away), alleging the Punjab government had done precious little for thousands illegal Punjabis overseas.

Govt releases list of holidays
Chandigarh, December 27
Besides all Saturdays and Sundays, the schedule of holidays released by the government says public offices will remain closed for Sri Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday (January 5); Republic Day (January26); Basant Panchmi and Satguru Ram Singh’s birthday (February 11); Sri Guru Ravidas’s birthday (February 21); Maha Shivaratri (March 6); Good Friday (March 21); Holi (March 22); Shahidi Divas of Bhagat Singh (March 23); Baisakhi, Ram Navami and Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s birthday (April 14) and Mahavir Jayanti (April 18).

Dalbir gets award posthumously
Chandigarh, December 27
Bharat Sahit Akademi has selected a novel translated by late deputy editor of Punjabi Tribune Dalbir Singh for the Sahit Akademi Award in the translation category. He had translated the book authored by Narender Yadav.


Centre buys Adarsh School concept
Chandigarh, December 27
Though the Congress, main opposition party in the state, has ridiculed the Badal government for its concept of “Adarsh School” in Punjab, the union government, led by Congress Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has decided to set up such schools in each of 6,000 blocks in the country.

Seminars: Teachers may get compensatory leave
Chandigarh, December 27
Teachers attending seminars under the Sarav Sikhiya Abhiyan during vacations will be considered for a compensatory leave with effect from this year.


Woman travel agent in police net
Amritsar, December 27
To save herself from police clutches, a fake travel agent found a novel way by filing a complaint against her victims to the additional-director general of police.


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