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Security forces remain on high alert
Chandigarh, December 1
Developments in the Union Capital notwithstanding, security forces, including defence forces, continue to be on general alert with vigil at busy public centres stepped up.
Sniffer dogs and Customs authorities check the Samjhauta Express and luggage of passengers at Attari railway station on Monday. Security has been beefed up at Attari following the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Sniffer dogs and Customs authorities check the Samjhauta Express and luggage of passengers at Attari railway station on Monday. Security has been beefed up at Attari following the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Plea to utilise ex-soldiers’ services
Ludhiana, December 1
Various organisations of ex-servicemen today urged the administration to set up disaster management cells to tackle Mumbai strikes-type situations.

Govt wants wheat export through Wagah
Asks FCI to speed up movement of stocks
Chandigarh, December 1
The Punjab Food and Supplies Department has requested the Centre to allow border trade of wheat to Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Wagah land route to clear the huge wheat stocks lying in the state.

FCI demands exclusive mandis
Chandigarh, December 1
Facing flak from the Punjab government for procuring only 1.7 per cent of the total paddy at mandis this season, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has voiced the need for “exclusive” FCI mandis in the state to improve its share in paddy procurement.



Gill for A-I to pitch in
Jalandhar, December 1
Union minister M.S. Gill and chairman of the committee, set up to look into the issues related to the Amritsar airport, has asked the Union Aviation Ministry to make available to him detailed background paper about the flights taking off from the airport, infrastructure and other related matters.

Russia seeks Punjabi boost to agriculture
Chandigarh, December 1
Russian Ambassador Vyacheslav I Trubnikov said today that his country was keen on increasing the potential of the Kudankulam nuclear plant and to take up construction of more nuclear power plants in collaboration with India.


Majithia refutes Amarinder’s allegations
Chandigarh, December 1
Information and public relations minister, Punjab, Bikram Singh Majithia today said former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was indulging in allegations about the Badals buying a Rs 24-crore plane.

Youth Cong workers clash
Gurdaspur, December 1
Nitin Sharma, chief spokesman for the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), suffered injuries when he was allegedly attacked by Gurdarshan Singh Randhawa, president of the Gurdaspur unit, and his associates at the local Congress office this evening.


Lawyers ransack SDM’s office
Demolition of chambers sparks protest
Amritsar, December 1
Agitating over the demolition of around 70 chambers, which were allegedly built without permission, lawyers today vandalised the office of SDM Sandeep Rishi here.

Pakistan hospitality overwhelms jatha
Attari, December 1
Mumbai terror strikes notwithstanding, love and affection between people of India and Pakistan remain the same. In fact, Pakistan nationals have expressed solidarity with the residents of Mumbai while condemning the acts of terrorism as Pakistan has also been a victim of such attacks.

Members of the Hindu jatha, which returned from Pakistan, at Attari railway station on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar
Members of the Hindu jatha, which returned from Pakistan, at Attari railway station on Monday

Trade fair: 77 from Pak confirm participation
Amritsar, December 1
The PHD Chamber of Commerce (PHDCC) has confirmed that a 77-member delegation from Pakistan will participate in the five-day international fair which opens here on December 3.

Docs pay tributes to Mumbai victims
Patiala, December 1
In a meeting held here today, the Patiala Association of Allopathic Practitioners (PAPA), paid tributes to the martyrs of Mumbai terrorist attacks. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the operation.

11 poor couples tie knot
Amritsar, December 1
A Vedic Virat Sammelan held here yesterday concluded with a pledge to eradicate social evils and awaken the youth to moral and social degradation, besides working for the overall development of Punjab. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health and family welfare minister, called upon the youth to oppose social evils like female foeticide, dowry, corruption, racism and regionalism.

Couples whose marriages were solemnised at the Vedic Virat Sammelan in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar
Couples whose marriages were solemnised at the Vedic Virat Sammelan in Amritsar on Sunday.

Board approves panel for PTU VC’s post
Chandigarh, December 1
The Board of Governors of the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, today approved a panel of names to be forwarded to the state Governor for the appointment of vice-chancellor of the university.

Students exposed to art of film-making
Patiala, December 1
The budding journalists got an opportunity to try their hands on crafting of films and TV programmes at a seven-day workshop-cum-symposium, “Vision 2020: Future of Media in Convergence Era”, at the Punjabi University, here today.

Nursing students to go on hunger strike
Patiala, December 1
Nursing students of Patiala have decided to intensify their agitation. The students have been agitating to press their demands for payment of stipend and issuance of notification for the recognition of College of Nursing by the Punjab government.

MCom students given MBA question paper
Amritsar, December 1
Guru Nanak Dev University’s supervisory staff here today distributed a wrong set of question papers among students appearing for M.Com part I examination causing confusion among them.

World AIDS Day
132 HIV+ cases detected in Sangrur
Sangrur, December 1
Two integrated counselling and testing centres (ICTCs) at Sangrur and Malerkotla Civil Hospitals have detected 132 persons, including 55 women, suffering from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the first 11 months of 2008. Two new ICTCs were recently established at Dhuri and Sunam Civil Hospitals to check the HIV status.

Lawyer shot at
Sangrur, December 1
In an alleged property dispute case, a local advocate Gurbinder Singh Cheema reportedly sustained a gunshot injury on his hand near a local marriage palace on the Sangrur-Patiala road last evening.

Services of safai sewaks to be regularised
Chandigarh, December 1
The Punjab government has decided to regularise the services of safai sewaks working in Mohalla Sanitation Committees as on April 1, 2008, and also recruit more safai sewaks.


High Court
Suo motu notice of liberal remission
Chandigarh, December 1
Taking suo motu cognizance of liberal grant of remission to convicts in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the state government to report on the actual situation.

Release Indian prisoner: HC
Chandigarh, December 1
Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice Nawab Singh of Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice of motion for January 23, next year, to the union government on a petition for directions to provide necessary travel documents to Kuldeep Singh, an Indian prisoner now languishing in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail since his arrest in 1992 on the allegations of spying. The petition has been filed by his sister-in-law Rukmani Devi of Bhanowal village in Hoshiarpur district. — TNS

Delhi court reopens case against MLA
Moga, December 1
The Delhi High Court has accepted two appeals of the Department of Customs and a local resident against the orders of a trial court in which local Congress MLA Joginder Pal Jain was acquitted under the benefit of the doubt following the death of a key witness in a case pertaining to foreign currency registered against him 20 years ago.



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