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Tohra, Mann visit Badal
Amritsar, November 19
Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal had closed-door emotional interactions at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi at 12.55 p.m., today where Mr Badal is hospitalised.

India’s bid to send back Afghan Hindus, Sikhs
Amritsar, November 19
Immediately after the announcement of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, that India was keen to rehabilitate Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan after the return of normalcy in the troubled country, the Indian Government has begun efforts to establish contacts with leaders of the Northern Alliance which had recaptured important cities of the country from the Taliban militia for this purpose.

50 US Sikhs cancel visit
Amritsar, November 19
More than 50 American Sikhs who wanted to come here on a pilgrimage cancelled their air tickets as the monster attacks of September 11 still haunt them. Ms Satsimran, secretary of state for Sikhs, and Mr Guru Singh, chairman, Khalsa Council (both Sikh converts from the USA, who visited the Golden Temple and other places of pilgrimage, while talking to TNS said only 70 American Sikhs could come here.




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UK memorial for war veterans
Ludhiana
The British Government is constructing a monument in memory of Common-wealth veterans who sacrificed their lives for the British in the First and the Second World Wars. The Commonwealth memorial gate is being built by the British Government, thanks to the efforts made by Lt Col Chanan Singh Dhillon a veteran of World War II, who heads the Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh.
Queen Elizabeth with members of the Ex-services League after laying the foundation stone of a memorial gate to honour veterans of the two World Wars in London.

Bathinda refinery work going full steam
Chandigarh, November 19
A prestigious project of the Badal government, the Bathinda oil refinery, will go on stream as scheduled in December, 2005. This was announced here today at a press conference by Mr H.L.Zutshi, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation.

POLITICS

No factionalism in PPCC : Bhattal
Ludhiana, November 19
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today claimed there was no factionalism in the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and the party was poised to contest elections with an edge over others. She was have to attend a function organised by the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association, Mrs Bhattal, however, evaded queries on the issue of Chief Ministerial candidate of the party.

Chohan for amending Constitution
Jalandhar, November 19
The Khalsa Raj Party today advocated that the Indian Constitution should be amended to incorporate the right to self-determination for all states. Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, president of the KRP, addressing a press conference here today said though the right to self-determination to part with the Union of India was allowed to those states which had been annexed by India after Independence, but the same had been withdrawn by amending the Constitution in 1956.

COMMUNITY



Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi makes the city residents dance to the tunes of his Punjabi pop songs at Bathinda on Sunday night. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Five die in mishaps
Bathinda, November 19
Five persons died in separate incidents in past 24 hours in the district. Hospital sources said Mr Sham Sunder Mittal, a businessman from Delhi fell from the Dainik Express train this morning near the Patiala Phatak and received serious injuries.

Mann for CBI probe into Channi-Chief Secy links
Sangrur, November 19
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and MP from Sangrur, today demanded a CBI probe into the alleged links between Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, and Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, an alleged land-grabber of Jalandhar.

“Cooperative sector backbone of economy”
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
“Only state cooperative institutions have advanced loans to the tune of Rs 2,532 crore to farmers, which comprises 60 per cent of institutionalised credit, at low interest rates of 12 to 13 per cent, which no other commercial or non-commercial institution in the country have. Even commercial banks have started our policies”, said Mr Suresh Kumar, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, after laying the foundation stone of the ‘Sehkarta Bhavan’ while addressing a massive gathering here yesterday as part of the ongoing celebrations of the co-operative week.

Thrashing of SDO: stern action sought
Bathinda, November 19
Members of the PSEB Engineers Association of Bathinda circle, condemned the beating up of SDO and other staff members of PSEB office Dhuri, when they visited a house during a checking of power theft.

Memorial to Army martyrs soon: Deputy Commissioner
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
A memorial to the Army martyrs of the district who sacrificed their lives while defending frontiers of the country would be raised on the premises of Sainik Bhavan, being constructed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh, said Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a quarterly meeting of the District Welfare Board here today.

Pooja MehraPooja first girl from district to join Army
Bathinda, November 19
Pooja Mehra, a local resident, has done the people of the area proud by becoming the first woman of the district to get commissioned in the Army. She is one of those 45 women inducted under the 18th WSES course and passed out from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

Pen-down strike by health staff
Sangrur, November 19
Members of the district unit of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association led by Mr Balwant Singh Saini, district unit president of the association, today observed a pen-down strike and sat on a dharna in the Civil Surgeon’s Office complex here.

2.5 acres for ‘Maharaja panorama’
Amritsar, November 19
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has put to rest a major controversy by agreeing to allot a 2.50-acre plot in the Ram Bagh Golden Complex for setting up a panorama in memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

250 PSEB employees hold rally
Dhuri, November 19
Nearly 250 PSEB employees held a rally in front of the office of their Senior Executive Engineer here today. The employees were protesting against the police for not arresting Baljit Singh and Malkiat Singh who have been booked by the Dhuri police under Sections 333 and 353 of the IPC along with four others, for allegedly beating up Mr S.R. Vashist, AEE, City Subdivision, Dhuri and Junior Engineers Surinder Singh and Bhup, Singh when they allegedly “caught” Surinder Singh for theft of power during a routine checking here on November 8.

Sikh council to meet in Dec
Patiala, November 19
At a meeting of the World Sikh Intellectuals Council held here, members of the council decided to organise a two-day seminar on various concepts of Guru Granth Sahib at Patiala in the last week of December.

Jathedar’s vehicles cost SGPC dear
Amritsar, November 19
Does Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, travel more than other Sikh high priests? The reply is in affirmative after scrutiny of the official record. An official notice of the SGPC points out that the expenditure on petrol from April to September on two vehicles (number 9370 and 4400) allotted to the Head Granthi was whopping Rs 88,891 and Rs 1.54 lakh, respectively, while the maintenance cost during this period was Rs 56,767 and Rs 51,597, respectively.

World Heritage Week starts
Amritsar, November 19
The World heritage week and cultural awareness seminar organised by the Archaeological Survey of India, Chandigarh circle, stated here today. Inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Narinder Singh, the week started with the photo exhibition by Dr Balwinder Singh, Head of Planning, GND varsity, and release of a brochure depicting photos of national sites and monuments of Punjab.

Painting contest for kids held
Lassara (Jalandhar), November 19
To commemorate the Founder’s Day of Canara Bank, the Lassara branch organised an on-the-spot painting and drawing competition. As many as 30 students of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Senior Secondary School took part.

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ADMINISTRATION

DRME office may review policy
Patiala, November 19
The Punjab Research and Medical Education Department may review purchase policy following allegations that had purchased non essential items in bulk for the Faridkot Medical College and was in the process of making more such bulk purchases for its other colleges in Amritsar and Patiala.

New SSP takes charge
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
Mr Parampal Singh Sidhu assumed charge as SSP of the district on Monday. He was earlier SSP Amritsar and has replaced Mr H.S. Saran, who has been posted as SSP Amritsar.

CRIME

2 booked in cheating case
Sangrur, November 19
The local police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Amandeep Singh and Surinder Kaur, the purchaser and the seller, respectively, of the land on which a school in the name of Baba Vishavkarma is reportedly situated here.

Three booked in milled rice case
Muktsar, November 19
Gurpreet Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Paramjit Kaur, who were partners in a rice mill they had taken on lease, have been booked under Sections 406, 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC for their alleged involvement in misappropriating milled rice worth Rs 1 crore belonging to government agencies.

Burglars strike again, Rs 1 lakh stolen
Patiala, November 19
In yet another incident of burglary almost Rs 1 lakh was stolen from house number 26, Doctors Enclave, on Saturday. Mr Ashoo Tuli , owner of the house, while talking to this correspondent said no one was at home at the time of the robbery as his parents had gone out for dinner . He vaulted the gate and found that the front door had been forced open. He could also hear noises coming from within.

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