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Near-stampede at Jor Mela
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
The concluding day of Shaheedi Jor Mela witnessed a near stampede here today. The number of devotees coming to pay obeisance to Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, the younger Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, had swelled up today as it was the last day of the mela.

A palanquin procession being taken out on the concluding day of Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Youth Congress experiments to revive party
Chandigarh, December 26
The successful completion of the elections of the Youth Congress in Punjab will go a long way in reviving the party at the grass-roots level. Visualised by All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the pilot project for injecting a fresh life among party cadres has proved to be very successful.



BSF steps up vigil
Attari, December 26
The BSF and security agencies manning international border have beefed up vigil at the Attari-Wagah joint check post in view of tension building up between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

Stands on the Indian side (right) were jam-packed with visitors while there were fewer visitors on the Pakistan side during the beating retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah check post on Friday. Photos: Vishal Kumar

Pakistan-based girls pray against war
Qadian (Gurdaspur), December 26
Pakistan-based girls living in this town after their marriage with the local boys want to play a role of peacemaker between India and Pakistan.

War of succession in Kirtani Jatha
Amritsar, December 26
“War of succession” has started within the 70-year-old Akhand Kirtani Jatha following the death of Bhai Surat Singh Puranji, even as a splinter group elected Bhai Bakshish Singh Phagwara as its Jathedar here today.

NRIs slam govt for unfulfilled promises
Chandigarh, December 26
Perturbed over growing indifference on part of successive governments in addressing their concerns and problems, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from across the world that gathered here today resolved to become a pressure group to get justice for them.

Participants at the “Justice for NRIs - The Real NRI Conference” held in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Another riots witness names Tytler, Sajjan before CBI
Moga, December 26
After two days of grilling of Giani Surinder Singh, one of the two eyewitnesses of the anti-Sikh riots being questioned by the CBI in the USA, the two-member panel of the investigating agency questioned the second eyewitness Jasbir Singh at Gaddar Memorial House in San Francisco for more than four hours today.


SAD defers release of list
Jalandhar, December 26
Even as the Congress is yet to release its list of candidates for the parliamentary polls, the SAD has been forced to defer its list for tactical reasons.


Stress laid on subsidised health insurance
Ludhiana, December 26
 Dr Ahmad Abdul Hai People in the below poverty line (BPL) category in Haryana will be provided with free medical care, including medicines, from January 1. This was stated by chief parliamentary secretary of Haryana Krishna Pandit while addressing surgeons at ASICON 2008 here today. An alumni of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Dr Pandit expressed her gratitude for the faculty at the institute, adding: “The institute has done a commendable job in the arena of providing best health care services in this region and I am happy that my son and daughter-in-law are part of the efficient brigade of doctors running the hospital.”

Agriculture and dairy farming
China offers technical expertise to Punjab
Chandigarh, December 26
China today offered its technical expertise to Punjab in the field of agriculture and dairy farming. This offer was made by Chinese Ambassador to India Zhangyan, who called on Punjab Coopertion Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh at his residence today.

Chinese Ambassador to India Zhangyan with Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Manch wants library after Udham Singh
Sangrur, December 26
In view of the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh today, local NGO Samaj Sewa Manch has asked the Punjab government to include history of Punjab’s freedom fighters in the syllabus books of schools and colleges.

Coop Dept to fill vacant posts soon
Patiala, December 26
Cooperation Minister Kanwaljit Singh said here today that all vacant posts in co-operative banks, Milkfed and Markfed will soon be filled after taking the sanction of the state cabinet.

Mattewal felicitated in Melbourne
Chandigarh, December 26
The Australian chapter of the Old Boys Association of Sainik School, Kapurthala, felicitated its president and Advocate-General of Punjab HS Mattewal in Melbourne this morning.

Punjabi Varsity open on Dec 28
Patiala, December 26
All teaching, non-teaching and research departments of Punjabi University will remain open on December 28. In lieu of this, all departments of the university will remain closed on January 2. TNS



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