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CM doles out Rs 555 cr for villages, towns
Amarkot (Valtoha), December 22
To woo voters of the border region in view of Lok Sabha elections Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced special grants of Rs 555 crore in the state to speed up development projects in all villages and townships of Punjab under the new programme ‘tarakki ki lehar har pind aur har shehar’.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (right) along with Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, SAD candidate for the Khadur Sahib constituency, during a rally at Amarkot village in Tarn Taran district Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (right) along with Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, SAD candidate for the Khadur Sahib constituency, during a rally at Amarkot village in Tarn Taran district on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Amarinder ridicules Badal’s yatra
Chandigarh, December 22
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ridiculed the ‘vikas yatra’ launched by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, saying the latter should feel ashamed of offering paltry sum to people for development.

Valtoha criticises Chawla in CM’s presence
Amritsar, December 22
Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha today created unsavoury situation for the ruling alliance partners by publicly criticising BJP’s health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla in the presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for poor health care in the border belt, especially in farmers’ constituency of Valtoha.



Defining Sehajdhari
Sikh bodies protest, SGPC defends affidavit
Chandigarh, December 22
Increasing number of Sikh bodies joining hands in their outburst against the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the affidavit on the definition of “Sehajdhari Sikh” notwithstanding, the apex Sikh religious body continues to defend its stand maintaining it had only complied with the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Diwan, US panel reject definition
Amritsar, December 22
A general house meeting of the Chief Khalsa Diwan and the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) today unanimously passed a resolution to challenge the definition of Sheajdhari filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court by SGPC’s secretary Harbeant Singh.

Inside Babudom
Badungar may head backward classes panel
Chandigarh, December 22
The process of appointing chairpersons and members of various commissions under the control of the state government may soon be supplemented with re-employment of some superannuated bureaucrats and police officers.


Capt refuses to acknowledge Chatrath authority
Chandigarh, December 22
Former Chief Minister and Congress Campaign Committee chairman Amarinder Singh today again asserted his supremacy in the state Congress by refusing to recognise the authority of its disciplinary action committee (DAC) chairman GK Chatrath.


Secy visits tehsil complex, finds officers absent
Jalandhar, December 22
Overstepping his jurisdiction, chief parliamentary secretary, health and family welfare Avinash Chander, paid surprise visit to the tehsil complex including the office of the deputy commissioner (DC) here and found almost every employee absent, this morning.

Punjab to farm tourism
Ropar, December 22
Punjab has potential to develop farm tourism as a profitable venture and in a bid to attract attention of tourists and to provide them a glimpse of rural life, the Punjab government has launched a farm tourism scheme.

: A view of a mustard field, a must-see for tourists

TRUE FLAVOUR OF PUNJAB: A view of a mustard field, a must-see for tourists

Poor Upkeep
Baradari garden needs fast fix
Patiala, December 22
Despite repeated instructions from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to ensure proper upkeep of the historic Baradari garden, the place is in a mess, courtesy apathetic attitude of the local administration.

Sikh Youth of Punjab comes into being
Amritsar, December 22
The Sikh Youth of Punjab ( SYP) was launched here yesterday to mark martyrdom day of the elder sons of 10 th Master Guru Gobind Singh. The organisation came into being at a youth conference at Bhai Gurdas Hall .


Fast-track courts for cases of NRIs
No proposal from govt: CJ
Jalandhar, December 22
Contrary to Punjab government’s claims regarding the setting up of fast- track courts for speedy justice to non residents Indians (NRIs) of Punjab origin, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Tirath Singh Thakur said no such proposal had been received from the state government in this regard.

Discretion to grant ‘extraordinary leave’ vests with govt: HC
Chandigarh, December 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that discretion to grant an “extraordinary leave” to an employee, even without pay, vests with the government.

High Court
Non-functional ETP
Chandigarh, December 22
The chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi, is yet to look into the alleged non-functioning of the effluent treatment plant (ETP) of Punjab Meats Limited (PML), Dera Bassi.


6 of family killed in accident
Moga, December 22
Six persons of a family were killed and four injured in an accident probably due to fog in this district, 16 km from here on the Ferozepur road on Sunday evening. Police sources said two women and four children died on the spot when Maruti car they were travelling by hit a milk tanker standing on the roadside.



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