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Badal demands 50% share in Central taxes
Chandigarh, December 4
The Punjab government today presented its case seeking more fiscal benefits for the state before the 13th Finance Commission. Demanding a special economic package for the border cities and villages, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told the visiting Finance Commission chairman Vijay Kelkar and his team that Punjab bore the brunt every time there was a war or heightened military activity on the border, “so the centre must announce a special grant for development of border areas, besides a special agriculture and industry package”.

All states want bigger pie in Central kitty: Kelkar
Chandigarh, December 4
Chairman of the 13th Finance Commission of India Vijay Kelkar today stated that all the projections related to growth of the country are bound to change due to global recession.

Bibi Badal kicks off SAD LS poll campaign
Patiala, December 4
The apparent fix or reluctance within the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) over the selection of its candidate from Patiala notwithstanding, the whirlwind tour of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s wife Bibi Surinder Kaur Badal in the constituency has kick-started the SAD poll campaign.

Surinder Kaur Badal (second from left), wife of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, at a rally near Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar



PRAYER FOR PEACE: Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, performs ardas for the victims of the Mumbai attack in Amritsar on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Cong infighting starts over Amarinder election tour
Chandigarh, December 4
Bitter infighting seems to have started over former Chief Minister and party Campaign Committee chairman Capt Amarinder Singh’s campaign tour starting from December 8 with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal stating it has been cancelled. The Amarinder camp, however, claimed it was on. Pradesh Congress president Mohinder Singh Kaypee said he did not know about the status of the programme.

Move to remove 400 NRIs from list of POs
Jalandhar, December 4
The Punjab government is all set to get the names of about 400 NRIs of Punjabi origin removed from the proclaimed offenders (POs) list. There are about 1,400 NRIs on the POs list in the state. After examining the cases of such persons, the state government has decided to initiate the legal process to get the names of about 400 NRIs removed from the POs list.


Terrorists active in state
On their hit lists are religious leaders
Chandigarh, December 4
The Punjab police has in a report discussed at the conference of DGPs recorded that Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) are active in the state.

Ensure quick justice, Badal tells lawyers
Chandigarh, December 4
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday exhorted lawyers to play a proactive role in quick dispensation of justice to the people, as they were an integral part of the judicial system.

Mysterious blast damages 7 shops in Bhikhiwind
Bhikhiwind (Tarn Taran), December 4
Panic griped this border township today morning when seven shops and a Tata Sumo was badly damaged in a mysterious blast.

‘Definition of Sehajdhari unconstitutional’
Chandigarh, December 4
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation said today that the SGPC’s definition of Sehajdhari Sikhs was unconstitutional and against the teachings of Sikh religion.

Six PCS officers inducted in IAS cadre
Chandigarh, December 4
The union personal ministry today issued orders inducting six Punjab PCS officers in the IAS cadre. The officers are Deepinder Singh, M.L. Aggarwal, Balwinder Singh, Harbupinder Singh Nanda, Prabhjot Singh Mand and Arunjit Singh Miglani.

PCS officers to wear black badges
Chandigarh, December 4
An emergent meeting of PCS (executive) officers was held today to discuss the situation emerging out of the non registration of FIR by the Amritsar police on the complaint of SDM, Amritsar, consequent to the hooliganism resorted to by the lawyers. The association expressed grave concern with regard to the deteriorating law and order.


Trial court to consider doctor’s negligence
Chandigarh, December 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that it was for the trial court to consider whether a doctor was criminally negligent.

High Court
Dissolution no bar
Chandigarh, December 4
The high court has ruled there is no legal bar on the continuation of land acquisition proceedings even after the dissolution of an improvement trust.



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