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Avoid war, Badal appeals to Centre
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 27
Terming war to be devastating for any border state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has urged the Union government to try to find a solution to curb terrorism without going for a battle with Pakistan. However, the Punjabis were ready to make any sacrifice for the pride of the nation, maintained the Chief Minister.

Villagers near border not ready to leave

Devotees throng the Golden Temple in Amritsar even as temperature dips and fog engulfs the region on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Sehajdhari Issue
Religious bigwigs join hands with Delhi panel
Chandigarh, December 27
Controversy over the affidavit filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the definition of Sehajdhari refuses to die down as a number of once Badal camp loyalist and now dissident religious bigwigs, including Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and Manjit Singh Calcutta, not only turned up for a special meeting convened by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, but also endorsed its stand on the issue.



SGPC may take back affidavit
Amritsar, December 27
The emergency meeting of SGPC Executive, scheduled to be held here tomorrow, may withdraw the affidavit filed in the Punjab and Haryana High court with regard to the definition of Sehajdhari.

1984 Riots
CBI team completes questioning in US
Moga, December 27
The two-member CBI team, that visited New York and San Francisco from December 22 to 26, has completed recording statements of key witnesses of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 Jasbir Singh and Giani Surinder Singh. It is returning to India on Monday. Talking to this reporter on the phone, Jasbir said the CBI team had asked him about his background, profession, family and how and why he went to the US.

1984 Riots
Victim points finger at Cong leader Sajjan
Wants CBI to record his statement
Dera Bassi, December 27
After questioning of two USA-based eyewitnesses, Giani Surinder Singh and Jasbir Singh of the anti-Sikh 1984 riots by the CBI, Harvinder Singh Kohli, another eyewitness of the riots, has sought that the investigating agency should record his statement.

NRIs’ way to remember dead loved ones
Jalandhar, December 27
NRIs of the Doaba region have found a way out to deal with the death of their loved ones. In most of the villages of the region, NRIs have set up air-conditioned mortuaries to keep the bodies of their relatives till their arrival from abroad to perform their last rites.

An air-conditioned mortuary set up by NRIs at Mulewal Khaira village near Nakodar. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma


Cong will man every polling booth: PPCC
Sangrur, December 27
General secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Raninder Singh Tikoo said today that Congress workers would man every polling booth in the ensuing Lok Sabha (LS) elections to give a befitting reply to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as the SAD wanted to establish a “goonda raj” in Punjab.


‘Cancer is preventable’
Ludhiana, December 27
Elimination and intervention are the two important prevention strategies to combat cancer, which is taking its toll on the Indian subcontinent after the West, observed cancer experts from Indian and the UK. The experts were sharing their views with the surgeons participating in the 68th Annual Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASICON 2008) at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana today.

Zero-cost energy efficiency improvement model afoot
Amritsar, December 27
Facing criticism due to shortage of power supply even in winter, the state government today unveiled a zero-cost energy efficiency improvement model for Punjab which will reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent without putting any extra burden on the state exchequer.

Ratra urges consumers to save power
Patiala, December 27
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) chairman YS Ratra asserted the importance of electricity conservation and urged people to make continuous efforts to save power.

2009 will only add to PSEB’s miseries
Chandigarh, December 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) enters 2009 in deep financial crisis and an uncertain future with no money to undertake the much-delayed restructuring exercise or assure regular power supply to its consumers.

Govt writes to DCs to review BKU cases
Gurdaspur, December 27
The Punjab government has initiated a move to withdraw criminal cases registered against activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), Ekta (Ugrahan), in different parts of the state in the past seven years or so for their alleged involvement in different kinds of agitation.

And death flows down the Ghaggar
Patiala, December 27
There was a time when the Ghaggar decided the fortunes of politicians and political parties in the Malwa belt. Every politician worth his or her salt used the river in their political speeches, promising to divert its course since it caused floods and widespread misery.

Rice millers’ body seeks relaxation in new norms
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27
The Rice Millers’ Association of Punjab today demanded relaxation in percentage of damage in rice. The millers said that rice under 4 per cent damage category was accepted by the government of India for past four years, but this year it was reduced to 3 per cent. Due to this, delivery of custom-milled rice could not be started during the past three months, they said.

2,000 retirees of aided schools await pension
Sangrur, December 27
More than 2,000 teachers and other employees, who have retired from government-aided schools after June 1, 2003, are a disappointed lot as they have been awaiting pension and other retirement benefits since then. The pension and retirement benefits were stopped by the Amarinder government at that time.



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