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City Centre Scam
Arguments on framing of charges fixed for Jan 10

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh surrounded by Congress workers in LudhianaLudhiana, December 13
Sessions Judge G.K. Rai today fixed January 10 for arguments on framing of charges in the City Centre scam case, involving former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh surrounded by Congress workers in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Govt to slap more cases on Amarinder
Jaito (Faridkot), December 13
 leader puts a crown on the head of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal during a rally at Jaito, Faridkot district Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh might face more trouble ahead with the SAD-BJP government contemplating initiating at least eight new vigilance cases against him.

A leader puts a crown on the head of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal during a rally at Jaito, Faridkot district, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera




Media policy soon: CM
Sang Dhesian, December 13
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said a comprehensive media policy would be announced in the coming days to ensure the welfare of the journalistic fraternity in the state.

SAD (A) to allot ticket to OBCs 
Sangrur, December 13
Considering other backward classes (OBCs) and economically weaker persons of high castes as an “ignored” lot by various political parties in the elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) has chalked out a programme to allot them ticket, along with the SCs, in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Capt warns leaders claiming to be Cong candidates
Ludhiana, December 13
The Congress will take action against its leaders claiming to be Lok Sabha candidates as the party is yet to decide on ticket allotment.

SAD to contest Delhi MC polls
Chamiari (Ajnala), December 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that the SAD would contest the coming Municipal Council election in New Delhi on the party symbol.

Sarna urges Sonia to abolish black list
Amritsar, December 13
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) that she will review the demands of the Sikh community, including that of doing away with the black list of Sikhs living in foreign countries.

Need to activate UPA in state: Ramoowalia
Jalandhar, December 13
Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP), has said the Congress on its own will not be able to win the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. He says the BKU ( Lakhowal)-backed National Democratic Alliance ( NDA), comprising the SAD and the BJP, was a major force in Punjab and to defeat it the Congress will have to tie up with Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Morcha and other political outfits having substantial vote bank across the state.


50% cut in VAT on fuel hike withdrawn
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab government has withdrawn 50 per cent reduction in levy of VAT (Value Added Tax) on the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. This 50 per cent cut in VAT was imposed in July this year, after the Centre increased the fuel prices.

CM cancels transfers of 840 border cops
Gurdaspur, December 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said all transfers of policemen from border districts to other districts made recently have been cancelled. He has issued necessary instructions in this connection to director-general of Punjab police N.P.S. Aulakh.

Nawanshahr plagued by traffic chaos
Nawanshahr, December 13
Though the incidents of road accident are on the rise, nothing, except lip service, is being done to streamline the traffic on the main roads in the district. As per available information, as many as 92 persons have died and 130 injured in 120 road accidents which have taken place during the current year so far.

Plans to revamp Meena Bazar
Bathinda, December 13
The Tourism Department has again decided to revamp Meena Bazar, which used to on the left side of the Quila Mubarak at the time when Razia Sultan was imprisoned in Bathinda.

Fund collection by school principal
DPI to examine propriety 

Chandigarh, December 13
Can a government school principal collect money on his own from the students, or the area residents, on the pretext of carrying out improvements in the school? The vital question of law on propriety and conduct has been referred to Punjab director public instructions (DPI) by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Inspection teams to visit govt schools every month
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab government has put in place a new system of monitoring government schools education in the state. Special inspection teams at the circle-education level have been constituted to visit schools every month.

Governor to decide on PTU vice-chancellor soon: Badal
Sang Dhesian (Jalandhar), December 13
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has denied that technical education in the state would be “saffronised” if an RSS person is appointed the next vice-chancellor (VC) of Punjab Technical University (PTU).

State to raise retirement age of medical teachers
Amritsar, December 13
The state is likely to increase the retirement age of medical teachers from 60 to 65 to meet a shortage of staff on the pattern of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Teachers hold flag march
Tarn Taran, December 13
Hundreds of teachers working in Zila Parishad and other schools being controlled by the local-self government’s institutions held a flag march in the constituency of rural development and panchayat minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura here today. The agitating teachers were demanding to give back the control of schools to the Education Department.


Debt waiver to ‘big’ farmers a policy matter: HC
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held the issue of giving debt waiver to “big” farmers is “a matter of policy”. As such, there is a little scope for the courts to interfere.

Exemption to PCA, others legal: HC 
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has not found any illegality or irregularity in exemption to Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and other sports associations from the payment of entertainment duty.


Rs 2 lakh looted from gas agency staff, 3 shot dead
Sangrur, December 13
Two motorcycle-borne youths shot dead three persons and looted Rs 2 lakh from a mobile gas agency team of Bharat Petroleum on the Sunam-Mansa road at Cheema Mandi, near Sunam, last night.

Cop on duty run over by panch, dies
Sangrur, December 13
A head constable identified as Inderjit Singh, who was posted at the Longowal police station, succumbed to his injuries today at the DMC hospital, Ludhiana. He, along with two others, was allegedly hit by a person with his vehicle at Kila Bharian village, about 12 km from here, last evening.



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