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Unruly scenes mark Cong rally
Sangrur, November 27
Unruly scenes marred the proceedings at a protest rally against the Punjab Government organised by the Congress at the new grain market here today. Nearly 10,000 persons participated in the rally which was attended, among others, by Mr Moti Lal Vora, in charge of the Punjab Congress affairs and treasurer of the AICC, Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the PPCC, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a former Chief Minister, and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

Finance Dept’s warning on octroi abolition
Chandigarh, November 27
Abolition of octroi is a key item on the agenda before the Council of Ministers meeting here tomorrow. Because of the accidental fall of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the meeting will be presided over by the Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Das Tandon. And, incidentally, the issue of abolition of octroi is also close to his heart.


POLITICS

SAD wooing Dalits: Arshi
Budhlada, November 27
“Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, has been distributing public funds as if they were his personal treasure.” This was stated by Mr Hardev Arshi, local MLA and leader of the CPI group in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Kanshi Ram opposes use of voting machines
Phagwara, November 27
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram today opposed the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the coming Assembly poll in Punjab.



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BJP poll panel to meet on Nov 30
Phillaur, November 27
An 11-member election committee of Punjab BJP will meet on November 30 in Chandigarh to finalise election strategy. This was stated by its organisational general secretary Avinash Jaiswal while talking to this correspondent here today.

Chhibber not keen to contest
Ferozepore, November 27
Bringing all speculations at rest, Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd), former Punjab Governor, refuted that he was keen to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections.

COMMUNITY

Bathinda gets facelift as elections near
Bathinda, November 27
This city, heartland of the Malwa region which remained backward even after it becames district head-quarters in 1948, is being given a facelift in some pockets at a time when the Assembly elections are round the corner.

Medicos take oath against sex tests
Patiala, November 27
In a unique move, the thirteenth annual Conference of Patiala Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society issued an appeal to medical professionals to make public declarations against sex determination tests aimed at female foeticide.

Dharna against poor condition of roads
Bathinda, November 27
The rally by the lawyers in the city yesterday to express resentment against the dilapidated roads in and around the judicial complex seems to have borne fruit as the civic authorities have started the process for getting permission regarding the repair of roads. It has promised the Deputy Commissioner that the task will be completed by December 15.

Beautification around historic gurdwara
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) is undertaking the landscaping and beautification of the frontage of the historic Gurdwara Ber Sahib at Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district, according to the PUDA Chief Administrator, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu.

Save power, people urged
Nawanshahr, November 27
The district administration in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Power and Energy and the National Thermal Power Corporation organised a function here at Shivalik Public School today to create awareness among masses, especially schoolchildren about the judicious use of power and energy sources.

Programme on stress management for cops
Ludhiana, November 27
A specialised training programme on stress management for non-gazetted police officers of punjab and CRPF started today at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. Mr D.R. Bhatti, Director of the academy, inaugurated the course. 

Five hurt in scuffle
Jalandhar, November 27
The scuffle between migrant labourers and owner of a tyre manufacturing unit resulted in injuries to five persons near the Pathankot chowk here today.

Vets proceed on mass leave
Barnala, November 27
The functioning of about 1,000 veterinary hospitals all over Punjab came to a standstill as about 900 veterinary officers, including Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors, went on mass casual leave today on a call given by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association.

PCI panel visits Central Jail
Bathinda, November 27
A fact-finding committee of the Press Council of India (PCI) today visited the local Central Jail to inquire into the complaint made by an Editor of the local Hindi daily regarding his implication in a criminal case.

One killed as car hits tractor
Amritsar, November 27
One person was killed and three injured when a car collided with a tractor-trailer at Khasa here last evening. Mohinder Singh, his son Harjit, Harjit’s friend Sawarn Singh and his mother, all residents of Lopoke, were returning home when the mishap occurred. Harjit Singh was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Last date for booking replicas extended
Chandigarh, November 27
On public demand, the last date for the booking of gold and silver replicas of coins originally issued by Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his regime 200 years ago, has been extended to November 30.

Sikh jatha leaves for Pak
Attari (Amritsar), November 27
In the wake of heightened tension in the region after the September 11 attacks on World Trade Center in the USA, a number of Sikh pilgrimage cancelled their visit to Pakistan at the eleventh hour.

Sikhs from India wave as they reach Pakistan's Wagah border in a train on Tuesday. Hundreds of Sikhs from all over the world are expected to visit Pakistan during the week to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib, near Lahore. — Reuters photo

AGRICULTURE

Sutlej pollution: fish farmers seek action
Ropar, November 27
The Fish Farmers Association, Punjab, had demanded that criminal cases should be registered against those responsible for the death of fish in the Sutlej. The president of the association, Wg Cdr Sukhcharan Singh Grewal, while talking to newspersons here today alleged that the fish dying in Sutlej due to the toxic wastes had damaged the reputation of the quality of fish being produced in the state.

ADMINISTRATION

Water schemes inaugurated
Ropar, November 27
Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health and Civil Aviation, inaugurated rural water supply schemes at Kamera and Dukli villages, about 60 km from Ropar, yesterday evening. These schemes have solved the longstanding drinking water problem of about 10 villages in the area.

Retirees may continue with GPF accounts
Ropar, November 27
The financial position of the Punjab Government has reached such a position that it is now trying to formulate schemes to keep the GPF deposits of its employee even after retirements.

CRIME

Gang of robbers busted
Bathinda, November 27
The district police has arrested four members of a gang of robbers. They are Mandar Singh, Bhanta Singh, Resham Singh and Surjit Singh.

Rs 1 lakh looted
Budhlada (Mansa), November 27
Two car-borne unidentified persons today allegedly looted Rs 1 lakh from Mr Surinder Kala, an employee of a local business establishment, while he was bringing the money from a bank here.

EDUCATION

Science exhibition inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 27
Dr Jagtar Singh Khatra, DPI, Schools, inaugurated the state-level science exhibition-cum-competition organised by the District Education Department here today. More than 800 students and 350 teachers from all over the state are participating in the exhibition.

‘Open brain competition’
Bathinda, November 27
The local Regional College of Management and Technology organised a district-level “open brain competition” yesterday. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, was the chief guest on the occasion.

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