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Rajasansi airport set to expand runway
A file photo of the Rajasansi International Airport in Amritsar. Amritsar, December 30
The Rajasansi International Airport is set to begin the NewYear on an happy note with long-awaited facility of night parking and expansion of runway coming through next week.

A file photo of the Rajasansi International Airport in Amritsar. — A Tribune photograph

Curbing spread of AIDS
Govt to create awareness, facilities along roads
Jalandhar, December 30
Acknowledging the roads are conduits for the spread of AIDS, the Punjab government will make special efforts to create awareness and provide other allied facilities on all roads to be constructed under the Punjab State Road Sector Project.



Harjinder Kaur in Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Sunday. Woman attempts immolation
Alleges police harassment
Amritsar, December 30
Feeling humiliated allegedly by the police, a woman of Chohla Sahib under Sarhali police station in Tarn Taran district set herself ablaze yesterday. With over 80 per cent burns she was shifted to government-run Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here today from the Tarn Taran Civil Hospital.

Harjinder Kaur in Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Oblivion of Persian language will leave void in Sikh history’
Amritsar, December 30
No efforts are being made to rescue the Persian language from its forced oblivion and there is need for the textual study and theological analysis of poetical works of Bhai Nand Lal, a Persian scholar.

Fund-starved state has too many problems on hands
Chandigarh, December 30
Significant improvement in VAT collections during the last quarter notwithstanding, the Punjab government will have to take some unpleasant and hard decisions not only to accelerate the pace of infrastructure development but also to put the economy back on the road to recovery.

Punjab Arts Council
Constitutional amendment sparks a bitter row
Chandigarh, December 30
Punjab Culture Department’s move to amend the 29-year-old constitution of Punjab Arts Council responsible for promotion of culture in the state has invited sharp criticism from heads of two of the three culture akademis working under the council.


Balwant Singh is state CPM secretary for 4th time
Chandigarh, December 30
Prof Balwant Singh Prof Balwant Singh was today elected unanimously secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPM for fourth successive term. The election was held in the presence of Parkash Karat, general secretary of the CPM. Addressing the party delegates after the election, Karat said the CPM was a democratic party which had been holding delegate sessions regularly to elect party office- bearers on due dates.

BJP’s win in Gujarat, HP
Danger to minorities: Mann
Sangrur, December 30
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann today termed the victory of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in the recently held Assembly elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh (HP) a “danger to the minorities” in the country.


Land Acquisition by NHAI
Owners not paid collector’s rate, 300 suffer loss
Pathankot, December 30
Over 300 landowners of this town have suffered loss due to the widening and four-laning of the Jalandhar-Jammu highway by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Land acquisition authorities at Jalandhar and the district administration failed to co-ordinate to evaluate land, to be acquired by the NHAI, for four-laning of the highway.

PCCTU to oppose amendment Bill
Amritsar, December 30
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has taken exception to the Punjab Affiliated Colleges (Security of Services Amendment) Bill, 2007, introduced and passed by the Assembly on December 24.

Senior Army officers salute to martyr Capt Navpal Singh Sidhu on the Fifth Balidan Diwas function at his memorial at his village 40 RB, 9 km from Padampur, on Sunday. Tributes paid to martyr, war widows honoured
Abohar, December 30
Fifth Balidan Diwas of Capt Navpal Singh Sidhu was observed at his memorial at his village 40 RB, 9 km from Padampur, on the Raisinghnagar road in the Sriganganagar region today.

Senior Army officers salute to martyr Capt Navpal Singh Sidhu on the Fifth Balidan Diwas function at his memorial at his village 40 RB, 9 km from Padampur, on Sunday. — Photo by Raj Sadosh

Policemen perform bhangra for fitness
Ludhiana, December 30
The image of a typical cop with layers of flab is a major cause of concern and raises questions about fitness in the force. For the Punjab police, it is quite a challenge to persuade these obese personnel to lose weight. But they have evolved a novel way to dispose of some of the adipose by shaking a leg to bhangra during their daily drill.

CTU to curtail bus service in Punjab
10 times hike in special road tax

Chandigarh, December 30
As the Punjab government has hiked special road tax for the buses entering Punjab from other parts of the country the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking( CTU) has decided to cut its operations by 15,000 Km on all important routes in Punjab.

Landowners for award according to new scheme
Mohali, December 30
Hundreds of landowners, who have been protesting against the acquisition of their land for development of Sectors 76 to 80, have shot back at the Punjab government saying that the government itself had, at one point of time, asked them not to sell their land to private players.

WSF to launch Save Youth programme
Amritsar, December 30
The World Sikh Foundation (WSF) will launch the Save Youth, Save Future programme in four border districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran , Gurdaspur and Ferozpur by the end of January.

Gastro Forum, IMA hold seminar
Amritsar, December 30
Patients suffering from hepatitis C and B can be cured if it is detected at early stages. Any delay will cause severe damage to the liver resulting in the death of the patient.

Bid to nab gangsters continues
Abohar, December 30
Teams from the Ludhiana police were camping in Sriganganagar, near here, for continuing raids to nab two persons. Both were reportedly members of the gang engaged by a Canada-based NRI to kill his father-in-law against a payment of Rs 1.20 lakh, sources confirmed today.

Contract workers stage protest
Amritsar, December 30
The Field and Workshop Workers Union Punjab will organise a rally here on January 2 to protest against the state government for failing to regularise the services of daily-wage workers in the state.


Inside Babudom
Deputation blues for IAS officers
Chandigarh, December 30
In what gives an indication about things to come for bureaucracy in Punjab, the state government has virtually stalled the deputation of two senior IAS Punjab-cadre officers.


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