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Cops crack writer’s disappearance case
Cousin, his son murdered Jawanda
Nabha, December 15
The police has claimed to have unravelled the mystery shrouding the disappearance of Punjabi writer and social activist Avtar Kaur Jawanda with the arrest of her sister Paramjit Kaur, Jitender Singh (Paramjit’s son), her cousin Bahadur Singh and his son Gurdip Singh.

Govt mulls steps to save Rajasansi airport
Parliamentary panel to visit city
Amritsar, December 15
The government is contemplating bringing in slew of measures to revive the fortunes of the Rajasansi airport in Amritsar. According to aviation sources, the government is likely to bring about parity in the landing charges besides revamping the entire customs cargo and warehouse facilities to boost the cargo and passengers operations at the airport.

Arora set to become tech varsity VC
Chandigarh, December 15
After months of uncertainty, Punjab’s only technical university — Punjab Technical University(PTU), Jalandhar — is set to have a regular vice-chancellor (VC) with the Punjab government recommending the name of Rajnish Arora to Punjab Governor-cum-chancellor S.F. Rodrigues.

IT database of undertrials, convicts
Punjab, Haryana fail to log in
Chandigarh, December 15
The states of Punjab and Haryana have apparently learnt little lessons from Mohinder Singh’s case. Taking serious view of the fact that the murder convict’s appeal was listed for hearing four years after his death, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had called upon the two states to develop information technology-enabled data base of the under-trials and the convicts.



Actor Mangal Dhillon addresses the media in Amritsar
Actor Mangal Dhillon addresses the media in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Custodial Death
HC: Case handled in lackadaisical manner
Chandigarh, December 15
Just over nine years after a youngster died in the custody of Amritsar police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed its opinion that the case was apparently being handled in a “lackadaisical manner”.

Sarv Sikhya Abhiyaan to conduct Class V exam
Chandigarh, December 15
The Class V annual examination for government schools in the state will be conducted by the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyaan (SSA), Punjab. The examination was earlier being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.


BJP leaders stay away from alliance rally
Sunam, December 15
A “Maha Vikas Rally” was organised under the banner of the SAD and the BJP at the new Grain Market here yesterday. It was addressed among others by BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, but the district BJP leaders did not attend it, perhaps in protest as they were not “invited” to the rally.

When minister kept Akali leader waiting
Chandigarh, December 15
It is so typical of a politician and yet it does not fail to elicit surprise. Every five years politicians come begging for votes and once they are in power the first thing they seem to forget is that they have to do the same thing another five years down the line.


Sant Samaj stakes claim to proposed college land
Amritsar, December 15
Sant Samaj today claimed that a portion of land where proposed girls college was to be set up at Gurusar Satlani, near Attari, belonged to the Baba Mangal Singh Kar Sewa sect. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the college on December 17.

Members of Sant Samaj address the media in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Members of Sant Samaj address the media in Amritsar

Subsidies for rural youth to start own ventures
Jalandhar, December 15
The Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board (PKVIB) will provide self-employment through sustainable industrial units to the rural youth of the state under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP).

Dairy farmers learn vet skills
Chatamli (Ropar), December 15
The proverbial “teeka” used to inseminate cows has always stood as an ultimate symbol in the dairy world of Punjab. This power is now coming in the hands of villagers and dairy farmers, instead of only being restricted to veterinarians, with hundreds of youth enrolling themselves in the Dairy Entrepreneur Training Course here as well as four other centres in Punjab to learn the art of artificial insemination and milk management.
Prospective dairy entrepreneurs at the training centre at Chatamli in Ropar district
Prospective dairy entrepreneurs at the training centre at Chatamli in Ropar district. Photo by writer

Export of high-end products
Milkfed to increase production
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Milkfed) is looking at increasing the production capacity of its plants for high margin items like “ghee”, “gulab jamun”, “lassi” and processed cheese, for the export market.

Complaint against Gabria
SSP summons ASI
Ludhiana, December 15
The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, today summoned the ASI who had complained against the jails and tourism minister, Hira Singh Garbria, for allegedly detaining him and abusing him. Sources said following the complaint, the SSP verified the facts from ASI Hardev Singh and even DSP (rural) Paramjit SIngh Pannu to find out the truth behind the complaint.

DA of employees released
Chandigarh, December 15
Punjab’s hand-to-mouth existence came to the fore once again today when the state treasury officials sent a verbal order to the secretariat cash branch that no payment be done to any employee on any account till further orders.

State to repay development loan by Jan 14
Chandigarh, December 15
The outstanding balance of 12.47 per cent Punjab State Development Loan issued in terms of the State government would be repaid on January 14, 2009 with interest due upto including January 13, 2009.

Punjab, HP police to discuss Bhakra security
Nangal, December 15
Police officials from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh will conduct a meeting to discuss the security concerns of the Bhakra dam on Tuesday in the wake of the Mumbai carnage. BBMB chairperson U.C. Misra said the meeting was a regular exercise held as a part of reviewing the safety concerns of vital installations.

Police station gheraoed over inaction in murder case
Sangrur, December 15
The protesters, who were demanding immediate arrest of the killers of milkman Balwinder Singh (45) of Mangwal village, today gheraoed the local police station for an hour and raised slogans against the police for its failure in nabbing the killers even after 11 days of his murder.

Cops to pay more for medical tests
Hoshiarpur, December 15
Those police personnel who undergo medical examination annually at government hospitals should be ready to dole out extra money from thier pockets, as the Punjab Health Systems Corporation has decided to enhance fee (from Rs 100 to Rs 200) for medical examination out of the package of tests from January 1.

Power staff protest govt interference
Patiala, December 15
The PSEB Engineers Association has called a meeting on December 17 to work out a strategy to stop government interference in day to day working of the PSEB. Stating this here yesterday, general secretary of the association Bhupinder Singh said the association, in a letter to the Chief Minister, had expressed its concern on the manner in which the power sector was being managed by the board and the state government.


High Court
PSEB chairman summoned
Chandigarh, December 15
Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Jasbir Singh directed Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) chairman and chief engineer to be present in the court on Tuesday in a case of un-recovered power bills Rs 176 crore.



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