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PPCC makes last-minute bid to scuttle Capt’s tour
Meeting called in Delhi, Bhattal rebuts Amarinder
Chandigarh, December 7
Efforts to postpone Punjab Congress Campaign Committee chairman Capt Amarinder Singh’s campaign tour starting tomorrow from Sangrur reached a crescendo today with the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee announcing that a meeting of the committee had been called in Delhi tomorrow. Simultaneously, Congress Legislature Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal declared that “real” Congressmen should remain in discipline.

Language blues hit bureaucracy
Chandigarh, December 7
The impact of the use of Punjabi language in all official work has hit the Punjab bureaucracy full blast. While the Gurmukhi script is already flowing like the punj aabs (five rivers) out of government file notings and meeting minutes, many bureaucrats are now wondering if they should even sign in Punjabi!

Badal announces flats for ’84 riots victims
Ludhiana, December 7
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced residential flats for victims of 1984 riots. This was a long-pending demand of the riots victims. Badal was in the city today to attend a function of riots victims.

Gurcharan Singh (42) of Mohali, a bed-ridden ’84 riots victim, who was brought to meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in an ambulance in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph



Sect to plant 30,000 saplings on GT Road
Khadoor Sahib, December 7
To provide green cover on a 42-km stretch of the GT Road from Amritsar to Beas, the head of the local Kar Sewa Sect will plant more than 30,000 saplings on both sides of the road.

Baba Sewa Singh (extreme left), head of the Kar Sewa Sect, supervises kar sewa of the Nishan-e-Sikhi building at Khadoor Sahib on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Even govt, Guv fail to rein in ‘erring’ council registrar
Chandigarh, December 7
The Punjab government’s professed fight against corruption sounds quite hollow, especially with officials like Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj, registrar, Punjab State Pharmacy Council, continuing in office despite being indicted on several counts, including financial irregularities by a departmental committee and the police. Finding him prima facie guilty, the committee recommended his removal. Despite two government orders, he refuses to budge, allegedly at the behest of a politician.

‘Sikh bodies involved in Kanishka blast’
Amritsar, December 7
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation, in its final report on the Kanishka blast, has concluded that more than 12 activists of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) were involved in the conspiracy and the blast while approximately 50 persons had knowledge about the blasts in Narita, Japan, and on Air-India Flight 182 in which 329 persons were killed about 23 years ago.


LS Poll
AISAD warms up, forms team for alliance talk
Patiala, December 7
Bracing up for the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll, the All India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD), headed by Jaswant Singh Maan, has formed a four-member team for holding alliance-related negotiations with like-minded political parties.

Rigging alleged in Punjab Youth Cong poll
Bathinda, December 7
Voting for the organisational elections of the Punjab Youth Congress was stalled for about two hours here today as supporters of one of the contestant accused the other group of rigging the election. The returning officer, Rakesh Rana, suspended the polling for some time following noisy scenes by supporters of Terinder Bansal, who was contesting for the post of block president.

A policeman asks Congress activist Harmesh Bansal Pakka to leave the venue of the polling booth in Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh


Plan to provide 100 pc water supply in 131 cities
Bathinda, December 7
The state government has embarked upon a three-year-plan to provide 100 per cent water supply and sewerage in the 131 cities of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. Besides, Amritsar would be developed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore to become the number one city in the country. In addition, sewerage water treatment plants would be set up in each city.

Business worth Rs 200 cr in 5 days; Pak items a big hit
Amritsar, December 7
The International Trade fair turned out to be a huge success as the exhibition managed to do a business of worth Rs 100 crore, while another Rs 100 crore was negotiated during the five-day fair which concluded here today and the process has started to work for further business ventures to the tune of Rs 50 crore.

Misuse of fertilisers rampant
Services of soil-testing centres not being utilised
Ludhiana, December 7
Punjab has been witnessing rampant misuse of fertilisers with heavy overdose. More than 95 per cent farmers are not even making use of the 65 soil-testing centres all over the state to know composition of soil and the right mix needed for better yield.

State all set to host mega health event
Chandigarh, December 7
Punjab is all set to host the 68th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India from December 25. The five-day mega event will be held in Ludhiana and is expected to have over 4,000 surgeons from across the world.

Power engineers oppose govt interference in postings, transfers
Patiala, December 7

The executive committee of the PSEB Engineers Association has condemned the direct involvement of the state government in postings and transfers of engineers, thereby delaying the promotions of officers in the process.

Mumbai terror attack blot on UPA govt, says Badal
Anandpur Sahib, December 7
The Mumbai terror attacks are a blot on the face of the UPA government, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today. Badal, who was here to attend Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Tarlochan Singh’s son’s wedding, added that the Centre did not heed to the warnings issued by intelligence agencies.

Varsity centre attendant ‘embezzles funds’
Gurdaspur, December 7
As embezzlement to the tune of lakhs of rupees allegedly made by an attendant working in the local Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University regional campus has come to light, the authorities concerned have written to the SSP, Gurdaspur, to register a criminal case against the accused.

Eight more AC buses by Dec 10
Patiala, December 7
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) will add 60 buses, equipped with the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning facility, to its fleet by March-end.

Land transferred to vet varsity
Bathinda, December 7
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today formally handed over the papers of transfer of 10 acres of government land at Kaljharani near here to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University (GADVASU), paving the way for setting up a regional research and training centre that was expected to transform the economy of the farming community.

PCS assn to hold meeting on Dec 9
Mohali, December 7
The Punjab Civil Services (PCS) Officers Association has called a meeting of general body of association on December 9 to discuss their strategy in wake of alleged vandalism by a group of advocates in the office of the SDM and tehsil at Amritsar on December 1.

International coop body chief to visit state
Chandigarh, December 7
President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Ivano Barbaini will visit India in February. He gave this assurance to cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who had extended an invitation to him.

RSS takes out ‘mashal yatra’
Sangrur, December 7
A “mashal yatra” (torch-light march) was taken out under the banner of the RSS through the local main bazar on Saturday evening in protest against Mumbai attack by terrorists. Participants raised slogans against terrorism and those who could not control terrorism.

Possible Indo-Pak war opposed
Sangrur, December 7
The New Democratic Party (NDP) at its meeting held here last evening passed a resolution opposing a possible war between India and Pakistan in the light of terrorist activities from Pakistan that had occurred in the country recently.


Officer cooks arms theft to kill daughter
Amritsar, December 7
Honour killing angle was revealed during investigations into a complaint of a senior commandant of the Home Guards posted here who had stated a service combine allotted to his security guard had been snatched by certain miscreants late last night.



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