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Samjhauta, Punj-Ab cancelled
Assassination casts shadow on retreat ceremony

Attari, December 28
Samjhauta Express has been cancelled till further orders following assassination of Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, according to railways authorities. The Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus, Punj-Ab, was also cancelled at the eleventh hour on a request made by senior officials of the Pakistan authorities in the wake of the crisis there.

Setback to Indo-Pak peace process: Karat

Empty visitors’ gallery on the Pakistan side at the Wagah joint checkpost Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib bus at the international bus terminus in Amritsar on Friday.
Empty visitors’ gallery on the Pakistan side at the Wagah joint checkpost; (right) the Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib bus at the international bus terminus in Amritsar on Friday. — Photos by Vishal Kumar



Shingaar Cinema
Blast mastermind arrested
Chandigarh, December 28
The Punjab Police has finally been able to solve the mystery behind the Shingaar Cinema blast with the arrest of a group of Babbar Khalsa activists. The arrest includes Gurpreet Singh, who had escaped while carrying a huge quantity of explosives, before the blast.

 Benazir Bhutto ‘I may visit Chandigarh one day’
Chandigarh, December 28
“I would have loved to meet you, but doctors have advised me complete bed rest,” is how Benazir Bhutto responded to my telephone call during one of my several visits to Pakistan in early ’90s. “In fact, anybody who is from Shimla or Chandigarh is welcome to visit me. Do you come to Pakistan often? I promise I will not disappoint you when you visit Pakistan or Karachi next time.”
                                                                                             Benazir Bhutto
Siswan as tourist spot planned
Mohali, December 28
The Punjab government is considering development of Siswan dam and surrounding areas as a tourist spot. A detailed proposal to develop the area and exploit its tourism potential has been mooted by local MLA Ujagar Singh Badali. 

Police laxity in probe benefiting accused: HC
Chandigarh , December 28
In what is being seen as strictures against police functioning, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the cops are resorting to casual investigations in drug trafficking cases, resulting in undue benefits to the accused.


Financial Crisis
Bhattal dares CM to open debate
Dhariwal, December 28
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has sought an open debate with the SAD-BJP government on the alleged financial crisis in the state.

Badals’ security
Chandigarh, December 28
A day after former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed by assassins, security agencies in Punjab today issued a written warning about the security of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal saying frequent security breaches were occurring at functions attended by the father and son duo.

Badal congratulates BJP on HP win
Chandigarh, December 28
While senior leaders of the Punjab BJP led by Balramji Dass Tandon here today celebrated the victory of the BJP in Himachal Pradesh by dancing to the beats of the drums, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today congratulated the BJP high command and its HP unit on its resounding victory in the just-concluded Vidhan Sabha elections.

Withdraw decision on security deposit: Cong
Chandigarh, December 28
Punjab Congress has flayed the decision of the SAD-BJP government to enhance the security deposit of industrial electricity connections equivalent to their two months consumption.


‘Iran influenced Punjab’ 
Amritsar, December 28
“Iran had a striking impact not only on Punjab’s paintings, music and architecture, but also on its language and thought. The Golden Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Fort at Gobindgarh and his ‘Kachi Garhis’ near Amritsar are a fine mixture of Indo-Iranian style.”

Minority commission soon, says Badal
Dhariwal, December 28
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that a state minority commission will soon be set up to sort out problems and welfare of the Christian community.

PSEB unbundling unviable: Assn
Chandigarh, December 28
Unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is not mandatory to meet the legal provisions in the Electricity Act, 2003. Unbundled electricity boards have failed to become commercially viable entities and attract private investment. 

Bachchans’quiet visit to Amritsar 
Amritsar, December 28
It was a quiet visit of Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan, wife Jaya, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Ashwarya Rai, brother Ajitabh and family friend Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who reached the Rajasansi International Airport in a charted plane bare-footed, this evening to perform “ardas” for the eternal peace of Teji Bachchan (mother of Amitabh and Ajitabh) as per the Sikh maryada.

Amitabh Bachchan, along with family friend and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Amitabh Bachchan, along with family friend and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, in Amritsar on Friday.

PU survey on Punjab
Chandigarh, December 28
On a request made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Panjab University has engaged its teachers along with the research scholars in conducting study tours across the districts of Punjab state.

Board tightens noose around pvt schools
Mohali, December 28
Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), today stated that the class V examination to be conducted by the board in February this year would help curb the “racket” being run by many private schools in the state.

Body of Dawood man handed over to Pak
Attari, December 28
The dead body of Noor Baksh, sharp shooter of the Dawood Ibrahim gang who was shot dead by the state police on October 24 at Lucknow, was handed over to Pakistan here today.

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