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Move to amend PSEB Act for Ratra’s extension
Chandigarh, December 21
Re-employment of superannuated bureaucrats is low on the priority of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government in Punjab. The only exceptions have been two former chief secretaries - R.S. Mann and Y.S. Ratra.

Police hamstrung by political interference
Chandigarh, December 21
Punjab has seen a number of high-profile state police chiefs from the much-celebrated J.F. Ribeiro and K.P.S. Gill to other competent officers, so anyone ensconced in this position cannot avoid being the target of comparison.

Luxury tax
Strike by hoteliers, banquet hall owners tomorrow
Amritsar, December 21
Owners of hotels, restaurants and banquet halls will to go on strike and close their establishments on December 23 in protest against the tax levied by the state government.

Agitating farmers feel let down by Centre, state govt
Chandigarh, December 21
Protests, including dharnas, blockage of traffic and rallies throughout the state since the beginning of December and regular representations to the Union Ministries of Agriculture and Textiles notwithstanding, state farmers have achieved little in respect of grievances’ redress.



Defining Sehajdhari
Now, DSGMC blasts SGPC
Chandigarh, December 21
Definition of a Sikh as enshrined in Gurbani and based on messages of Sikh Gurus has already been accepted and approved by the Sikh Panth and no one has right or power to amend or change it.


Expelled Cong men not re-inducted: PPCC chief
Chandigarh, December 21
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Mohinder Singh Kaypee has clarified the three Congressmen expelled from the party for six years have not been taken back into the party’s fold.


Actor Akshay Kumar in Amritsar for paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday.
Actor Akshay Kumar in Amritsar for paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Town upgrade puts students to disadvantage
Talwandi Sabo, December 21
Upgrading of the town to the level of the Town Area Committee (TAC) has rendered the youth here ineligible for admission to the technology institute run by Patiala-based Punjabi University. The off-campus institute was established here only for rural students to pursue courses in B.Tech and other disciplines.

Centre urged to extend health scheme to pvt schools too
Jalandhar, December 21
The Union government has been urged to cover unaided private school students suffering from serious ailments like heart problems in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme.

Akali MLA accused of bid to grab temple land
Amritsar, December 21
About six-decade old private religious trust looking after nearly two-century- old Shiva temple at Bakkarmandi here, today alleged that Inder Bir Singh Bolaria, Akali MLA, was attempting to grab its land.

Travesty of justice
Police to get DNA test of Jagseer Singh
Ludhiana, December 21
The Ludhiana police (rural) will get DNA of Jagseer Singh tested to prove he was a son of Sukhdev Singh of Tallewal village, who was alive and five innocents were convicted for his murder.

Corruption in judiciary not to be tolerated: CJ
Lok Adalat settles over 3.25 lakh cases
Ludhiana, December 21
The Punjab State Legal Services Authority has been able to settle around 3.25 lakh cases involving Rs 4. 58 billion which is a record in the history of two-day mega Lok Adalat held in the state.

                                                                                               Chief Justice T.S. Thakur
Chief Justice T.S. Thakur

Payment of Oct, Nov pension to PAU retirees ordered
Ludhiana, December 21
Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang has ordered the payment of pension to varsity retirees for the months of October and November. The retirees have already received pension up to the month of September.

Appoint academicians as VCs: UGC
Amritsar, December 21
The Pay Review Committee (PRC) of the University Grants Commission (UGC), in its report, has suggested to the central and state governments that a vice-chancellor should be an academician and the practice of appointing vice-chancellors from among bureaucrats, police officers and even Army officers should be stopped .

SC ban on hoardings
Many such hoardings dot the Chandigarh- Kharar highway, defying the SC ban Billboards back on highways 
Ropar, December 21
In clear violation of the Supreme Court guidelines that ban hoardings along highways, a large number of billboards, advertising products ranging from winter wear to mobile services, have mushroomed on the national highways 21 and 95.

Many such hoardings dot the Chandigarh- Kharar highway, defying the SC ban

A boy dressed as Santa Claus distributes sweets among cops in Amritsar on Sunday.
A boy dressed as Santa Claus distributes sweets among cops in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI

Fire in airport’s arrival lounge
Rajasansi (Amritsar), December 21
Staff members at Rajasansi international airport averted major mishap when a fire broke out in its arrival lounge at 5:30 in the morning.

Akhand Kirtani Jatha chief dead
Amritsar, December 21
Chief of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha Bhai Surat Singh “Puranji” (80), also a former managing director of the Food Corporation of India, died here today after a prolonged illness.

Scribe bereaved
Nabha, December 21
Vidya Wati Sharma (95) wife of late Meghraj Sharma died here yesterday after brief illness. She was grandmother of The Tribune correspondent here.



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