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Anti-Sikh Riots
CBI grills key witnesses in US
Questioning biased, allege Sikh bodies
Moga, December 24
Sikh organisations of New York protested outside the office of the Consulate-General of India in Manhattan, alleging that CBI officials had put “unwanted” questions to Giani Surinder Singh, a key-witness in the anti-Sikh riots case, on the second day of the questioning today. They alleged that the investigating agency was trying to protect the Congress leaders involved in the riots of 1984.

Indian Diaspora - I
NRIs from US threaten to boycott Chennai Parvasi Divas
Chandigarh, December 24
Creation of an independent Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (OIA), grant of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), conferring of national awards upon eminent members of Indian diaspora and introduction of the Parvasi Bharatiya Samman award notwithstanding, a section of US-based Indians are threatening to boycott the coming edition of the Parvasi Diwas in Chennai from January 9.

Rising Day Temperatures
Govt seeks suitable wheat seed
Jalandhar, December 24
As fluctuation in temperatures has posed a serious threat to predominantly agrarian economy of Punjab and Haryana, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been told to screen all available varieties of wheat to find suitable out of them for sowing in varying temperature conditions.



UN asks France to review turban rule
Chandigarh, December 24
The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations has advised France to re-examine the rule forbidding wearing of conspicuous religious symbols, including the turban, in schools, in the light of guarantees given by the state to allow citizens freedom of conscience and religion.

Nanhi Chhaan body keen to bring social change
Chandigarh, December 24
Having established its foothold in Punjab, the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation is now working to make it into a national movement for ushering social change. By making a positive impact for protecting the girl child and for preserving trees through the positive power of faith, the foundation is now aiming to spread its message across all religions and regions within and outside the country.

Jor Mela begins under ‘Nanhi Chhaan’
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 24
The three-day Jor Mela, held in commemoration of the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh's younger sons Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, started with Nanhi Chhaan programme today.

Jor laga ke: On a signal from Sukhbir Badal, Akali workers began forcing people to stay on once Harsimrat Kaur Badal, SAD chief’s wife, had ended her speech at the Jor Mela in Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Not keen on LS polls: Manpreet
Jalandhar, December 24
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal is not inclined to contest the Lok Sabha election from Bathinda. “I am satisfied with what I am and not interested in national politics at the moment,” said Manpreet, whose name is regularly appearing in various media reports, speculating that he is being considered by his party for nomination from Bathinda.


Hoshiarpur students do state proud
Hoshiarpur, December 24
Setting an example in the fight against global warming, students of a school, located in this backward district of Punjab, have shown the way to the rest of the nation. A group of students of Woodlands Overseas School, located on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road, 6 km from here, have won the fourth position in an all-India contest.

The students of Woodlands Overseas School in Hoshiarpur district, who have bagged the fourth position in the National Green School Award-2008 conducted by the Centre. A Tribune photograph

Sehajdhari: Ultimatum to SGPC
Amritsar, December 24
An emergency meeting of the Gurmat Sidhant Parchark Sant Samaj, Nihang and Sikh organisations, held at Gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash, Mehta Chowk, 40 km from here, today, served a seven-day ultimatum on the SGPC to withdraw the affidavit on the definition of a Sikh filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Faculty shortage to hit varsities
Amritsar, December 24
University Grants Commission’s Pay Review Committee (PRC) has attributed deteriorating quality of higher education in the country to the alarming shortage of teachers in colleges and universities.

Move to restore pilot, escort vehicles to VIPs
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab Police is moving very quickly to restore pilot as well as escort vehicles of its own officers and senior bureaucrats and people who have a high threat perception level following the withdrawal of this facility by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Mega conference of surgeons kicks off today
Ludhiana, December 24
More than 3,000 surgeons from across the country and abroad will witness live surgeries during the 68th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON-2008) in Ludhiana on its opening day tomorrow. The conference will conclude on December 30.

Tribune Impact
Probe ordered into rotting of wheat
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab government has ordered an inquiry into the rotting of wheat procured by Punjab Agro Industries Limited. A report on the wheat stacked in the open by the corporation was highlighted by The Tribune in today’s edition.

Ludhiana lawyer to be new PPSC member
Chandigarh, December 24
The way has been paved for the appointment of Ludhiana based advocate Anil Sareen as member of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) with Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues giving his assent to the recommendation made by the State government in this regard yesterday.

Steps to improve exam preparedness
Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab government will organise a slew of preparatory examinations for government school students before they get down to writing their final exams next year.


Security Equipment Case
Punjab action borders on contempt: Judge
Chandigarh, December 24
A day after Punjab placed before the court “something which was not connected” with the security equipment case in an “attempt to browbeat the judge”, Justice Ranjit Singh today said he was of prima facie view that the action was contemptuous.

Cong ex-MLA serves notice on Bhattal
Sangrur, December 24
Former Congress MLA from Sangrur and chairman of an NGO, Umeed Foundation, Arvind Khanna has served a defamation notice on Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for allegedly issuing a statement against him, regarding his name in the report of Volker’s Committee on oil-for-food scam.

Judges’ phone-tapping issue rings again
Chandigarh, December 24
Judges’ phone-tapping issue is ringing again. It seems an affidavit placed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the State of Punjab says the state has equipment that can be used for listening to conversations.



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