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SMO, other doctors found absent
Additional charge withdrawn from officer
Amritsar, November 8
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Yashpal Singla, has prepared a report about the habit of absenteeism among doctors and para-medical staff posted in the border belt. The report would be sent to the higher authorities recommending action against the erring health officials.

14 more SPs transferred
Chandigarh, November 8
The Punjab Government tonight transferred 14 police officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police, an official release said here tonight.
So far 177 officers of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police ranks had been transferred in five lists issued by the state government.

Probe into ‘fake encounter’ case begins
Moga, November 8
Ten years after a militant was killed at the hands of security forces in Punjab, the state police has started a probe into the incident under directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

DYFI convention
Youth urged to resist globalisation
Amritsar, November 8
On the third day of the national convention of Democratic Youth Federation of India called upon the youth to be in the forefront to resist the imperialist globalisation.

Surjeet predicts BJP debacle in poll
Amritsar, November 8
The Bharatiya Janata Party will suffer a serious setback in the Assembly elections in five states next month, claimed CPM General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, here today.

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SAD to field Tohra for SGPC presidentship
Jalandhar, November 8
SAD Secretary General and Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra would be the party’s official candidate for the presidentship of the SGPC during the elections to be held on November 20.

Death penalty for rapists sought
Vairoke (Moga), November 8
The Lok Bhalai Party, at its women’s conference here today, demanded the enactment of a law for awarding the death sentence to rapists, equal status to women in society, stoppage of female foeticide, free education for girls, strict action against NRI bridegrooms for abandoning local girls and dowry-seekers.

Chair set up at Canadian varsity
Amritsar, November 8
An Indo-Canadian research Chair has been established at the University College of Fraser Valley, Canada, to undertake research, promote cooperation between communities and advance international trade and development.

An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Gurpurb, in Amritsar

Lakhs take part in Gurpurb celebrations

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An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Gurpurb. — Photo by Sawinder Singh


Mann apologises to party men, crisis over
Jalandhar, November 8
The organisational crisis in the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) following resignations by a number of senior party office-bearers is finally over with the intervention of the party president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, who also offered an apology to SAD (A) workers for his “rude” behaviour.


Four booked in widow suicide case
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
The local police has booked four persons of Railan village in Ropar district under Section 306 of the IPC for allegedly forcing a widow to commit suicide. The action has been taken on the complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party, who had brought this to the notice of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, after going through the columns of Ludhiana Tribune.

Temple inaugurated amid tight security
Ram Tirath (Amritsar), November 8
Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Minister for Social Welfare, Punjab, today said all Mazhabi and Dalit Sikhs were descendants of Bhagwan Balmiki even though they supported “Sikh outlook”.

No gambling, live dances at Jor Mela this year
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
The district administration will not allow gambling and live dances during the annual Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib, this year.
The mela is held in the memory of younger Sahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh, who were bricked alive here.

Minister, Bhardwaj lock horns over disputed land
Zirakpur, November 8
Controversy over a piece of prime land in Nabha village along the Chandigarh-Patiala highway took a new turn after the Punjab Minister for Public Grievances and the Deputy Chairman of the Punjab State Planing Board exchanged heated arguments.

Punjab Governor opens cancer hospital
Muktsar, November 8
The Governor of Punjab, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today inaugurated Adesh Charitable Cancer Hospital here. The hospital has been set up at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore by the local Adesh Group of Institutions.

The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, has a word with a patient after inaugurating a charitable cancer hospital at Muktsar on Saturday.

The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, has a word with a patient after inaugurating a charitable cancer hospital at Muktsar

Press must be allowed to work freely: Amarinder
Chandigarh, November 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today expressed concern over the events in Chennai wherein the top Editors and journalists of ‘The Hindu’ have been targeted.

Saini  Chairman of Coop bank
Dera Bassi, November 8
Mr Sukhbir Singh Saini, a general secretary of the District Congress Committee, Patiala, was elected the Chairman of the Dera Bassi Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank, here yesterday.


Interim stay plea dismissed
Kharar, November 8
Mr Ranjan Kumar Khullar, Civil Judge Kharar, has dismissed an interim stay application filed by Mr Karnail Singh of Ratwara Sahib regarding the dispute pertaining to two trusts of Ratwara Sahib village here.

Bar association’s plea
Dera Bassi, November 8
Members of the Dera Bassi Bar Association yesterday demanded a camp court within the tehsil complex for the convenience of litigants and general public.


Govt procures 4,56,336 MT paddy
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
The district has not only surpassed the target of procurement of paddy but has purchased 65207 MT of more paddy as compared to last year. The procurement of paddy has been completed in the district and 4,56,336 MT of paddy has been purchased by various government.


Six booked for duping people
Amritsar, November 8
Six persons were today booked for allegedly duping many persons of thousands of rupees.


Govt College wins youth fest trophy
Amritsar, November 8
The Government College of Education, Jalandhar, bagged the overall trophy in the Guru Nanak Dev University youth festival for “education” colleges. The DAV College of Education for Women and Khalsa College of Education, both of Amritsar, stood second.

Reprieve for B.Tech student
Patiala, November 8
Vikas, a student of B.Tech Department of Punjabi University, has alleged that the university authorities had spoiled his professional career due to its long procedure in declaring the revised results of fourth semester conducted in May, 2002.

Khalsa College establishes Centre of Excellence
Patiala, November 8
The local Khalsa College has established a Centre of Excellence in the field of computer education. It is the only institution in the city and surrounding areas which is running three vocational subjects in the field of computer science and applications sponsored by the UGC.

‘Techfair 2003’ concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
The two-day “Techfair 2003”, a national-level technical festival, at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib concluded yesterday.

Privatisation of govt polytechnics opposed
Patiala, November 8
The Punjab Polytechnic Engineers Association yesterday condemned the proposal of the state government to hand over government polytechnics and ITIs to the private sector.

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