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Punjab Roadways buses stay off roads
Passengers rush to board a private bus as Punjab Roadways buses stayed off roads in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Moga, December 17
The employees of Punjab Roadways today observed a total strike in the district to press the state government for the acceptance of their demands.

Passengers rush to board a private bus as Punjab Roadways buses stayed off roads in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Board goes slow on police stations to check power theft
Ludhiana, December 17
Though the state is undergoing major power crises and mooting innovative ideas to conserve energy, it seems that all these policies exist on papers only.

Industrialists demand dedicated land bank
Chandigarh, December 17
Better infrastructure, a dedicated land bank for industries and a genuine system of single-window clearance were the three major demands that top industrialist of the country put forth before the Punjab government today.

Jallianwala Bagh, Kukas part of freedom movement
Amritsar, December 17
It’s official now. Finally, after 137 years, the government of India has recognised Kuka Namdhari Movement of 1871 and Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 1919, as part of the national freedom movement.



Lack of storage space for foodgrains
State’s problem of plenty figures in RS
New Delhi, December 17
The problem of plenty that Punjab is facing, as far as foodgrains are concerned, figured in the Upper House of Parliament today. Taking up the issue of the Centre’s rejection of the state government’s request to send surplus wheat stock to Pakistan and Afghanistan and lack of adequate storage space in Punjab, Naresh Gujral of Akali Dal in a Zero Hour mention demanded adequate storage facilities for foodgrains in the state so that the buffer stock could be kept safely.


Definition of Sehajdhari ‘distorted’
Amritsar, December 17
The Sikh Mission International and Dal Khalsa today took strong exception to the contents of the affidavit, filed by the SGPC in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on the issue of Sehajdhari Sikhs.

CPM keen on regional ally in Punjab
Chandigarh, December 17
The CPM wants to stitch together an alliance with regional parties across the country and its secretary Prakash Karat is here to tackle the issue and decide how many seats the party should fight in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Cancel auction of school land: Manch
Amritsar, December 17
The decision of the local municipal corporation to auction the open playground and land area of the Govt Elementary School (Boys), Mahna Singh Road, here after demolishing the main building for the construction of a hotel/commercial enterprise today received flak from educationists and NGOs.

Rs 4,400-cr plan to improve infrastructure
Mansa, December 17
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said today that the SAD-BJP coalition government had chalked out a plan to develop infrastructure in rural as well as urban areas at a cost of Rs 4,400 crore.

Youth sent to Spain goes missing
Ludhiana, December 17
A 22-year-old identified as Jatinder Singh of Jaid village in Kapurthala, who was sent to Spain by a travel agent charging Rs 9.5 lakh, is reportedly missing for the past six months.

Quick-reaction teams for dist headquarters
Ludhiana, December 17
All police district headquarters have been provided with quick reaction teams of the police to meet emergency situations. These teams are fully trained and well-equipped to meet any situation.

Pensioners’ Day observed
Sangrur, December 17
Pensioners today demanded from the government Rs 1,000 per month as medical allowance. They also urged the government to issue directions to the Fifth Pay Commission to submit its report as early as possible and implement the same from January, 2006.

Energy conservation award
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has been conferred the National Energy Conservation Award 2008. Balour Singh, director, PEDA received the award on behalf of minister for non-conventional energy Bikram Singh Majithia from union minister for power Sushil Kumar Shinde on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day function held in New Delhi last evening.

Steps to improve power supply in place
Patiala, December 17
Chairman of the PSEB Y.S. Ratra said yesterday that in an attempt to provide maximum power to residents, the board had taken some important steps.

Sidhu urges CM to acquire 1,000 acres for Rajasansi
Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu today presented a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal demanding that 1,000 acres of land be acquired on the same pattern as done in Mohali for the Rajasansi airport in Amritsar keeping in view its future growth potential.

Gabria Case
ASI determined to fight till end
Ludhiana, December 17
Assistant sub-inspector of police Hardev Singh, who had lodged a DDR against jails minister Hira Singh Gabria, is determined to fight till the end for the honour of police uniform. Surviving all kinds of pressures from all quarters, he said if he would be denied justice, he would knock at the doors of the judiciary and walk away with justice.

Khaira for resolution on turban issue
Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira today requested the state government to call an emergency one-day session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to pass a resolution to support the case filed by the United Sikhs organisation before the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), challenging the ban on wearing of turbans in schools in France.

VAT: Board of Finance ministers to meet PM
Jalandhar, December 17
Concerned over a huge dip in the collection of VAT across the country, the Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers yesterday decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek an amount of Rs 20,000 crore to fund the plan expenditure of various states for the current fiscal year.


Violation of building norms
MC officer’s failure to report is ‘misconduct’
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the failure of a municipal corporation officer to report on continuing violation of the building by-laws and unauthorised construction will amount to misconduct.

Fake Currency Case
Probe conducted in shoddy manner
Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab virtually gave a clean chit to former senior superintendent of police Gurcharan Singh Pherurai in the fake currency case.



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