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No New Year celebrations: Badal

HT Correspondent & PTI  Chandigarh, December 31, 2012
First Published: 20:08 IST(31/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:43 IST(1/1/2013)

The Punjab government has decided to observe New Year's Day as a day of rededication to the honour and dignity of women.

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In a statement here, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal stated that in deference and homage to the memory of "India's braveheart" (Delhi gangrape victim), there would be no celebrations at the government level. The CM would himself observe the day in solemn dedication to the cause the Delhi girl has come to symbolise, the statement said.

In a message to the people, the chief minister said this was an hour for introspection for everyone as to what extent people have followed teachings of the Gurus who urged us to accord a place of the highest honour to women.

"The New Year may see us closer to a society in which women, children and senior citizens may enjoy a life of complete honour, security and dignity," he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab governor Shivraj Patil on Monday cancelled all New Year's Eve celebrations in the Raj Bhawan in view of the Delhi gangrape victim's death.

He, however, wished people a happy and prosperous New Year.

In his message, Patil said, "We should focus more on social security, environmental protection and eradicating social evils such as drug addiction, female foeticide and dowry in the New Year."

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