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Govt will not allow Central intervention: Hanspal
Faridkot, November 10
The Punjab Government will not allow the Centre to intervene in its law and order issues in the state. This was stated by Mr H.S. Hanspal, President of the PPCC while talking to mediapersons at the residence of former Education Minister Avtar Singh Brar here today.

SGPC: where politics eclipses religion
Chandigarh, November 10
The SGPC turned 77 on November 1. Though perceived by the Sikhs as a religious repository, signs abound that over the years it has become a haven for political play games of the Akalis, ever divided into factions. What lends credence to this is the power the SGPC President wields.

Tussle over road dividing temple, SGPC complex
Amritsar, November 10
The road dividing the SGPC complex (the venue of the annual election of the SGPC executive) and the Golden Temple has again become a bone of contention between the state government and the SGPC after issuing of orders by the District Magistrate to vacate all serais till November 12. 

Jail overflowing with SAD workers
Bathinda, November 10
With the police arresting an increasing number of Akali Dal workers, the jail authorities here are facing a tough time to accommodate them in the already overcrowded jail. Sources said against the sanctioned capacity of 500 in eight barracks, more than 1,350 inmates had been adjusted in the local central jail.


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Warrant for Bibi’s arrest issued
Kapurthala, November 10
The Bholath police today procured the arrest warrant for a former President of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in a criminal case registered against her under Section 379 of the IPC and Section 39 of the Indian Electricity Act on the charge of stealing power at her Dera Sant Prem Singh Muralewale at Begowal village, 28 km from here, on Friday.

Nine Akali leaders held
Ludhiana, November 10
The crackdown on Akali leaders continued today with the arrest of nine persons, including four councillors, here today. They were later produced before the SDM who remanded them to judicial custody.

Police personnel outside the main gate of Teja Singh Samundari Hall in Amritsar on Sunday, where SGPC elections are scheduled to be held on November 12. — PTI photo

Tohra flays Badal
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 10
“Because of his obstinate attitude, Mr Badal has lost power in the state and is bent upon loosing control over the SGPC also”, alleged Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, while talking to The Tribune here today. He flayed Mr Badal, for seeking help from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Central Government.

Govt ‘out to sabotage’ BJP’s rally
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab BJP today conveyed to the high command that the Amarinder Singh Government was creating hurdles in the party’s proposed rally at Tarn Taran on November 13. The rally is to be addressed by Mr Venkaiah Naidu, President of the BJP. The thrust of the rally will be against the state government.

Now MEA objects to Sikh jatha
Chandigarh, November 10
The visit of Sikh jathas to Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev later this month has been once again caught in bureaucratic red tape. After the Union Home Ministry cleared a “symbolic 51-member Sikh jatha to visit Pakistan”, the Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly raised technical objections while denying “go-ahead” to the jatha.

Review petition against SC order soon
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab Government should challenge the authority of the Supreme Court to listen to the issue of the SYL canal as it has no right to judge a highly polticised issue. It can not settle a issue by just giving directions to the state government. The state government should immediately file a review petition against the judgement of the Divisional Bench of the Supreme Court, which had directed the government to complete the construction of the canal by January 15, 2002.


Weavco’s action in graft case raises eyebrows
Amritsar, November 10
The Managing Director of the Punjab State Handloom Weavers Apex Cooperative Society (Weavco), Ms Suman Rani Bansal’s decision to take a lenient view of the large-scale embezzlement amounting to Rs 16 lakh by Tilak Raj, a weaving technician, as per a re-audit report, has raised eyebrows. Ms Bansal has ordered a small recovery against the huge embezzlement.

Govt pleasing USA: CITU
Gurdaspur, November 10
The 11th state delegate session of CITU concluded today at Shahpur Kandi. At least 400 delegates from all over the state participated. Mr Chander Shekhar, General Secretary, presented a report on the closure of industrial units in Punjab.

Will Domoria project be scrapped?
The ambitious Rs 26.11-crore Domoria overbridge project, aimed at easing out traffic bottle-necks in about 20 major localities which remain virtually cut off due to the submergence of the bridge during rains, has been hanging fire. It is on the verge of being scrapped on account of the nearing of the expiry of the stipulated time-frame fixed for the initiation of work on the project following the alleged failure of the railway authorities to transfer its part of the land to the local municipal corporation.

Army withdrawal gains momentum
Ferozepore, November 10
The withdrawal of the Indian Army deployed on forward locations along the border with Pakistan has gained momentum following availability or additionally railway rakes.

MC chief among 19 booked
Mansa, November 10
On a complaint lodged by Dr Harmanderjit Kaur Joga, daughter-in-law of the late Jangir Singh Joga, CPI leader, the city police has registered a case under Sections 147, 149, 341 and 427 of the IPC against 19 persons, including Mr Pawan Kumar Matti, president of the local municipal council, Mr Harpal Singh Pal, Municipal Councillor, Mr T. R. Sharma, Executive Officer, Mr Suresh Kumar Bansal, Municipal Engineer and Mr Amarjit Singh, junior engineer.

Man crushed under train
Bathinda, November 10
A youth was killed this morning when he accidentally fell before a fast-moving train near Kotfatta village, about 20 km from here.


MC to get tough with shop owners
Patiala, November 10
The Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to take action against shop keepers who have constructed shops in the past few years on the Bhupindra and Sirhind roads without getting any plans for the same sanctioned from the corporation.


PCCTU memoranda to ministers
Phagwara, November 10
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today presented memoranda to Punjab ministers, Congress leaders and MPs for mobilising support for the teachers’ cause in view of the ensuing meeting with the Chief Minister at Chandigarh scheduled for November 12.

Jobless teachers to take legal action
Bathinda, November 10
Unemployed teachers who have been agitating for a long time to pressure the government to give them jobs, today said they would take legal help in the matter.

Fancy dress competition
Patiala, November 10
Tiny tots of the local Mac Donald Farm Play School held their parents spell-bound for nearly two hours at a special fancy dress function organised at the Central Library here today.


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