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Declare Punjab sensitive: Amarinder to EC
Faridkot, December 9
Former Chief Minister and chairman of the Campaign
Capt Amarinder Singh addresses a Congress workers meeting at Faridkot on Tuesday. Committee of the state unit of the Congress, Capt Amarinder Singh has asked the Election Commission (EC) to declare Punjab “sensitive state” for the Lok Sabha elections keeping in view large-scale violence in the recently held panchayat and local body elections. 
Capt Amarinder Singh addresses a Congress workers meeting at Faridkot on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Capt gets Malwa’s support
Bathinda, December 9
Overwhelming response of Congress activists to Capt Amarinder Singh’s two-day whistle-stop tour of the Malwa belt of Punjab is bound to rattle his detractors who made futile attempts to “derail” his mass contact programme.

Amarinder’s campaign too early: Bhattal
Jalandhar, December 9
The war of words in the PPCC continues with Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal hitting out at former Chief Minister and chairman of the Campaign Committee Amarinder Singh for ploughing a lone furrow rather than following the party’s programme on holding rallies in the state.



Muslims pray for peaceMuslims perform namaz while security guards keep a close watch at the Khairudin mosque in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Malerkotla, December 9
Muslims participated in the Namaaz-e-Id held at the Idgah here today and celebrated Id-ul-Zuha. Hindus and Sikhs also greeted their Muslim brethren. Muslims prayed for peace, unity and integrity of the country.

Muslims perform namaz while security guards keep a close watch at the Khairudin mosque in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Mumbai attacks cast shadow on Indo-Pak trade
Amritsar, December 9
Jittery pangs were noticed among the traditional Indo-Pak traders due to hesitancy to continue trade in the aftermath of Mumbai terror strikes in which 200 innocent lives were lost.


SAD to contest LS poll in Haryana, Rajasthan
Chandigarh, December 9
Emboldened by the fight given to the Congress in Delhi, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has announced to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan on its party symbol. It has also decided to contest municipal elections in Delhi on its symbol.

SAD-BJP rout in Delhi
Badal, son should quit: Sarna
Jalandhar, December 9
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal should quit leadership of Sikhs following defeat of the SAD- BJP alliance in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections, said Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Akali Dal.


Tainted Officers
Police Act not applicable to vigilance: AG
Chandigarh, December 9
The Punjab government today made clear its stand that the mandate of the Punjab Police Act, against the continuation of tainted police officers on plum postings, was not applicable to the state vigilance department.

Inside Babudom
Encroachments in District Admn Complex 
PCS officers threaten to go on leave
Chandigarh, December 9
Perturbed by turn of events in Amritsar last week, the Punjab PCS Officers Association has decided to serve a ultimatum on the state government: take an affirmative action by December 15 or all PCS officers will go on mass casual leave.

Agri Loan
Over Rs 20,196 cr outstanding: Punjab
Chandigarh, December 9
Punjab today claimed that the outstanding agriculture loan in the state was running into over Rs 20,000 crore.

Flu scare brings down poultry prices
Chandigarh, December 9
The avian flu scare has once again led to crash in prices of all poultry products. Ever since the avian flu outbreak in Assam, the prices of broiler, chicken and eggs have gone down by 20-50 per cent.

Sikh council celebrates Badal’s birthday
Patiala, December 9
The Sikh Intellectual Council has begun the celebrations over completion of 82 years of age by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by organising “path” at Gurdwara Hansali Sahib on the Patiala-Sirhind road.

NRI play on misuse of sanctity of marriage
Ludhiana, December 9
The society nowadays is witnessing western influence on youth, who are misusing the pious alliance of marriage to go abroad. “Rishtey”, a play shedding light on the social evil, is probably the first NRI production that is being staged across the state. The cast and crew of the play, including the writer and the director, are NRIs from British Columbia, Canada. The 11-day tour ends on December 16.


High Court
Stay vacated
Chandigarh, December 9
Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Rajan Gupta vacated the stay on the termination of some of the Punjabi teachers recruited for state-run schools in 2006.

Man gets life term for throwing acid on sisters
Gurdaspur, December 9
Additional Session Judge (fast track court), Gurdaspur, today sentenced a man to life imprisonment for throwing acid on two sisters in October 2004. One of the girls had died in the attack.



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