Friday, November 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Enthusiastic response to Congress rally
Patiala, November 29
If the enthusiastic response to the Congress rally held here today is any indication, it seems Congressmen are already smelling power. Congress aspirants from all assembly seats in the district thronged the Rajpura Colony grounds to impress the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was in an upbeat mood.

SGPC chief meets Badal
Sikh clergy to hold meeting on Dec 7
Amritsar, November 29
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, newly appointed SGPC chief, today held a closed-door meeting with Mr Parkash Singh Badal at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, and briefed him about the ‘misconduct’ of his predecessor, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi.

BJP poll panel to meet today
Chandigarh, November 29
The legislative group of the Punjab BJP and the state election committee of the party will meet here tomorrow.

Punjab okays leave for self-employment
Chandigarh, November 29
Punjab has offered its employees sabbatical leave up to a period of five years enabling them to seek self-employment. If successful, an employee may either resign or seek premature retirement; if not, he/she may rejoin to complete the remaining term of service.

Cops get taste of their medicine
Ludhiana, November 29
Forty policemen of the Punjab police, sent as complainants to various police stations in the state recently by the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, to study the police working and behaviour, had a first-hand experience of how difficult it was for the common man to get a case registered.



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Lok Bhalai Party to contest 90 seats
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 29
The Lok Bhalai Party will contest 90 Assembly seats in the coming elections. The names of 20 candidates have been announced and they have started campaigning. This was stated by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party, while addressing a party conference at Shamsher Nagar village today.

Unity only if Badal steps down: Baba Bedi
Ludhiana, November 29
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, convener , Panthic Morcha, said here yesterday day that doors for the likes of Bhaniaras had been opened in Punjab by Mr Parkash Singh Badal with the election of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar as the president of the SGPC.

S. Asian Friendship camp concludes
Moga, November 29
The week-long 11th South Asian Friendship camp, organised by the South Asia Fraternity Chapter of India, concluded today with the declaration for strengthening ties and bringing awareness among the people of the countries to shun hatred.

Parties on toes to check bogus voters
Talwandi Sabo, November 29
Members of various political parties and prospective candidates for the coming assembly elections today remained on their toes in the tehsil offices of the district to thwart any attempt, particularly belonging to the ruling alliance of Punjab, to register bogus voters.


50 yrs gone, she still waits for spouse
Hoshiarpur, November 29
After she was dumped by her drunkard husband 50 years ago, 75-year-old blind Sarla Devi, resolved not to live under a roof till her husband came back and took her home. She has been keeping her promise for five decades by living in the open near Town Hall here.

Bungling in fish supply by contractors
Ropar, November 29
The case of death of fish in the Sutlej took a new turn today, with the district administration admitting that the fish which perished on November 17, allegedly due to toxic effluents in the river, were supplied by contractors in the market. 

PCI panel meets Chief Secretary
Chandigarh, November 29
A three-member fact-finding committee, constituted by the Press Council of India, on the alleged attack on the Editor of a Hindi daily of Bathinda, today met the Punjab Chief Secretary, the Information Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Director-General of Police and others.

Processions taken out on Gurpurab eve
Amritsar, November 29
A “nagar kirtan” procession led by the Guru Granth Sahib and the “panj piaras” started from Akal Takht and passed through various parts of the city today. The entire route of the procession was decorated on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The Panj Piaras stand in front of Akal Takht before the start of nagar kirtan on Thursday . — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Sobha Singh Art Gallery to get facelift
Amritsar, November 29
Mr Swarna Ram, Minister for Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Archives, today announced that the state government would renovate the Sobha Singh Art Gallery at Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur) — the birth place of the artist, which is in a state of utter neglect.

ASI slaps ‘munshi’, both suspended
Jalandhar, November 29
An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at the Police Division No. 3 here allegedly slapped the “munshi” of the police station this morning.


Rs 643 lakh for Ferozepore villages
Ferozepore, November 29
The Punjab Government proposes to give greater administrative and financial rights to all the district-level planning and development boards in order to ensure all-round development of the villages and to implement various development schemes at the grass-roots level.

PUDA policy on plots for staff
Chandigarh, November 29
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has approved a policy on the allotment of residential plots to its employees. The decision was taken at a Finance and Accounts Committee meeting of the authority held last evening.

MC violating Local Bodies Dept norms
Jalandhar, November 29
Has the local municipal corporation violated prescribed norms by undertaking development works in unapproved private colonies on the outskirts of the city in the past one decade at the expense of the state exchequer? It seems so, if laying of water supply and sewerage lines worth crores of rupees by the civic body in these colonies is any indication.

District admn complex plan hangs fire
Gurdaspur, November 29
The plan to construct a district administrative complex by PUDA here to house all offices under one roof has virtually been abandoned.

All octroi employees to be absorbed
Amritsar, November 29
All 4,000 employees, who had been working at various octroi posts, would be absorbed in different government departments after the abolition of octroi.


Robbers’ gang busted
Jalandhar, November 29
The Jalandhar police has busted a two-member gang of robbers by arresting its kingpin today and seized an imported revolver robbed by the gang from a house in the Urban Estate here recently.

65 drums of bitumen seized
Barnala, November 29
The local police has seized 24,810 intoxicant pills, 832 capsules, 230 injections and 54 kg of poppy husk from different parts of the city.


PCCTU’s week-long stir from Dec 4
Ludhiana, November 29
Academic work in 172 private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh is likely to be disrupted for a week beginning from December 4 in the wake of a ‘‘cease work’’ call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) here today. While the colleges will remain open, no classes would be conducted during the week.


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