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BJP MLA stages dharna against non-construction of road
Amritsar, December 11
Ruling party MLA Anil Joshi embarrassed the administration again when he staged dharna in protest against the apathy of the state government and the PWD for delaying 5 km stretch of Batala road which leads to Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal , for more than a decade.

BJP MLA Anil Joshi addresses a rally protesting against the non-construction of the Batala road, in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Dealer fires at raiding IT team
Jalandhar, December 11
Sleuths of the Income Tax Department had a close shave when a property dealer of the city fired at them at his house located in Model Town this morning. The IT sleuths had gone to the house to conduct a raid at about 10 am.

Direct Current 2
PSEB yet to enforce decision of 2006
Cutting transmission losses
Chandigarh, December 11
Despite being on the verge of financial collapse, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is yet to implement its policy decision of 2006 to bring operational efficiency by cutting down transmission and distribution losses.



‘Rein in agents defrauding youth, brides’
Jalandhar, December 11
Apprehending some of embassies in Delhi may stop entertaining cases of Punjabis for immigration to their countries Lok Bhalai Party president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said steps were needed to check greedy agents resorting to fraud, including forging of documents, for seeking immigration and visa etc.

Duped by agent, 12 Punjabi youths stuck in Dubai
Ludhiana, December 11
Twelve Punjabi youths have been stuck in a hotel in Dubai for the past two months after they were allegedly fleeced by their travel agent, who promised to send them to France on work visa.

Providing family-like atmosphere to NRIs’ kids
Tarn Taran, December 11
Gone are the days when NRIs would not like to come to their native land here for fear of terrorists, what to talk about sending their wards to India for education. Now, there seems to be a major transformation in the mindset of the NRIs as they are now sending their wards to day-boarding schools in this district, once considered to be the hotbed of militancy.

A view of Mamta Niketan Convent School situated in Tarn Taran. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Punjab to get Guru Gobind Singh’s relics
Chandigarh, December 11
Relics of 10th Guru Gobind Singh, presently with Hanumant Singh — the scion of erstwhile ruling family of Nabha state —will soon be handed over to Punjab for preservation and proper display. The relics include Guru’s sword, a comb, a turban and hand-written manuscripts.


Majha leaders repose trust in Amarinder
Gurdaspur, December 11
Congress leaders belonging to the factions of Congress legislature party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and PPCC president Mohinder Singh Kaypee joined hands with Capt Amarinder Singh and declared him an “undisputed” leader of the party.

Capt taking law in his hands, says Chandumajra
Chandigarh, December 11
SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra today claimed that Congress Campaign Committee chairman Amarinder Singh was taking the law in his own hands by threatening SAD workers as well as state government officers during his ongoing campaign tour in the state.


Sexual Exploitation
Blood samples of former sarpanch, girl taken
Moga, December 11
A panel of doctors on the request of the police has taken blood samples of Congress leader Harnek Singh a former sarpanch of nearby Ramuwala Kalan village and five-year- old girl for DNA tests to find out if he had any relation with the child.

7 pc DA raise for staff, pensioners
Chandigarh, December 11
Punjab government today increased dearness allowance of employees, pensioners and employees of private- aided institutions from 47 per cent to 54 per cent of basic pay plus dearness pay from July 1, 2008.

Commissioner visits Maqboolpura school
Amritsar, December 11
It’s nearly after a decade since the inception of Citizen Forum Vidhya Mandir, a charitable school running in Maqboolpura, infamous as the locality of widows, that the administration today announced to extend various government schemes to the school.

Nursing students hold rally, seek stipend
Patiala, December 11
Nearly 200 nursing students of the College of Nursing affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, today held a rally in support of their demands.

Cong MLA condemns construction cess
Chandigarh, December 11
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, MLA from Bholath, has criticised the imposition of 1 per cent cess on new or old construction activities involving expenditure of above Rs 10 lakh. He termed the cess as further dampener in the growth of Punjab that was already facing a slow down in economy.


Polluting Industries
HC questions preparation of draft policies
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Pollution Control Board’s attempt to pacify the court by coming out with a draft policy for ensuring optimum use of effluent treatment plants and other related issues today backfired.

Badal accused of ‘contempt of court’
Chandigarh, December 11
Congress MLA from form Qila Raipur Jassi Khangura has accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of “willful and deliberate contempt of court and letting loose fresh political vendetta”. He alleged the Chief Minister was directing the local authorities in Ludhiana to “blatantly violate court orders with the motive of pursuing vendetta”.

Arrest warrants against secy
Ludhiana, December 11
Taking note of non-compliance of State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission’s order, the local forum has issued non-bailable warrants against principal secretary, Local Bodies Department, D.S. Bains. The warrants were forwarded to the SSP, Chandigarh police, today with the direction to arrest Bains.



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