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Agitated scribes burn Jaya’s effigies
Jalandhar, November 10
In order to express solidarity with six journalists of Tamil Nadu, who were subjected to “dictatorial” arrest orders issued by the TN Assembly, a large number of Jalandhar-based journalists took out a protest rally from Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall to the BMC chowk today.

Journalists burn an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa, during a demonstration in Amritsar on Monday. — Reuters photo
Journalists burn an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa

CM convenes meeting of administrative secretaries
Chandigarh, November 10
Hardpressed by his own party to rein in the bureaucracy, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has convened a meeting of the administrative secretaries here on November 12.

Badal dares CM to arrest him
Jalandhar, November 10
Challenging the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh’ to “dare” and arrest him, the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today asserted that the Chief Minister had ‘no courage” to arrest him and fulfil promise made to the people of Punjab that he would arrest him (Badal) within a week of his party’s coming to power.

Fatehgarh Sahib



28 dengue cases confirmed in city
Amritsar, November 10
Even as various government departments pass the buck on each other, five new suspected dengue cases were reported from Dr Bhimsen Hospital here. The official count on the number of suspected dengue cases in the city has risen to 68.

Engineering colleges get placement onus
Ropar, November 10
The Punjab Government is framing a new policy to improve the standard of technical education in the state. Under the policy, all new engineering colleges coming up in the state would have to obtain a no-objection certificate from the state government for a period of five years.

Akal Takht advisory board meeting today
Amritsar, November 10
The first meeting of the 21-member religious advisory board, constituted by the SGPC to advise the Sikh clergy, will meet here tomorrow.

Dance girls pose as NRI brides; 10 youths duped of lakhs
Jagraon, November 10
Married to an NRI girl, Gurpreet Singh of Mullanpur Dakha village near here was virtually on cloud nine five months ago. His search for greener pastures in a foreign country was about to end. The girl had left for Canada after the marriage and had promised to call him there.

Siddiqui refuses to comment on controversy
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr A.A Siddiqui, today preferred not to comment on the ongoing controversy regarding police transfers.


Kanwaljit warns of bankruptcy
Ludhiana, November 10
The Punjab Government is on the edge of bankruptcy, according to a former Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. The Akali leader, while criticising the economic policies of the Congress government, accused it of laundering money at a time when there was an urgent need for austerity.

Mann favours poll pact  with SAD
Sangrur, November 10
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today called upon Shiromani Akali Dal to take the initiative for having an electoral alliance with it for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections to give a crushing defeat to the Congress. He said the Panthic unity was the need of the hour.

Lok Bhalai Party to launch stir
Jalandhar, November 10
The Lok Bhalai Party headed by former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia will launch an agitation to save three “crumbling” pillars of Punjab’s economy — agriculture, transport and recruitment in the Army.

VHP’s terms for backing Cong
Phagwara, November 10
The organisational secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Mr Kailash Joshi, last night said VHP activists would keep themselves aloof of the December elections in five states.


Pro-Khalistan slogans raised at Nankana Sahib
Wagah, November 10
After a long gap the Government of Pakistan allowed NRI radical Sikhs to raise the demand of a separate Sikh homeland at a religious function held at Nankana Sahib to mark the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.
Models present costumes designed by students of the Department of Design of BBK DAV College, Amritsar
Models present costumes designed by students of the Department of Design of BBK DAV College at the Noor-e-Nazar fashion show organised at the college in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SGPC members in dock on jobs for kin
Amritsar, November 10
Cases against seven SGPC members have been filed with the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission for getting their near ones jobs in SGPC-run institutions in violation of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925.

Dilgir refuses to accept post
Amritsar, November 10
Mr Harjinder Singh Dilgir, a noted Sikh scholar, has refused to accept the post of Director of the Sikh Itihaas Research Board in protest against the alleged “humiliation by some senior functionaries, including personal assistant to the SGPC chief.

Cultural centre celebrates foundation day
Patiala, November 10
The local North Zone Cultural Centre celebrated its 18th foundation day here recently. The centre has contributed a lot for the promotion and preservation of art and culture of the region.

Pooja Batra
Actress Pooja Batra while interacting with mediapersons at the launch of VLCC's local centre in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo Kulbir Beera.

Pooja Batra keen to work in Hollywood    Bathinda, November 10
Model-turned-actor Pooja Batra has expressed desire to work in Hollywood. She is now residing in the USA after her marriage to a surgeon eight months ago. Speaking to mediapersons during the launch of a slimming centre in Bathinda, she said working in Hollywood was “a far-fetched dream”.

Develop border areas, say ex-servicemen
Gurdaspur, November 10
More than 1,000 ex-servicemen, including sarpanches and panches, from border areas attended a rally organised by the district unit of the Rashtriya Raksha Dal at Gahlari village, 13 km from here, today to highlight the problems of residents of the border areas.

Lala Lajpat Rai martyrdom day
Moga, November 10
The 75th martyrdom day of Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai will be observed at his birthplace, Dhudike, in this district on November 17.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh interacts with villagers during his visit to Dera Roomewala at Bhucho Khurd, near Bathinda
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh interacts with villagers during his visit to Dera Roomewala at Bhucho Khurd, near Bathinda, on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

CM visits Dera Roomewala                
Bathinda, November 10
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today visited Dera Roomewala at Bhuccho Khurd, near here, today. It was said to be a personal visit.

Personality development seminar for CAs
Bathinda, November 10
A seminar on personality and professional development for chartered accountants (CAs), titled “the Ultimate Secret to Absolute Success” was organised by the Chartered Accountants NIRC, Bathinda, here.

Heritage festival from Dec 3
Amritsar, November 10
Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Industry, had said that a heritage festival will be held at Khalsa College here from December 3 to 10.

Special Olympics at Faridkot
Faridkot, November 10
The two day state-level Special Olympics to be organised by the District Red Cross Society Faridkot will start here on November 15. More than 350 mentally challenged children from 18 special schools in Punjab in different age groups will take part in various events.

Junior docs hold protest
Amritsar, November 10
The Junior Doctors Association held a demonstration in front of the office of the Principal, medical college, condemning the working of the Accounts. Department.

Pritam Saini cremated
Sangrur, November 10
Dr Pritam Saini (77), a noted Punjabi author and critic, who died yesterday, was cremated here today. Mr Prabhat Saini, his son, lit the pyre.


Daler Mehndi case
Chandigarh, November 10
The High Court on Monday asked Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi to place on record the copy of orders pronounced in his case by the Delhi High Court.


BKU threatens stir on arrears’ issue
Moga, November 10

The Bharatiya Kisan Union today threatened to launch an agitation in the form of blockade of traffic or gherao of Punjab ministers if the state government failed to release a sum of Rs 101 crore as arrears to sugarcane growers.


PUDA relief for violations of building rules
SAS Nagar, November 10
Granting much awaited relief to its allottees, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here has allowed compounding of violations of building rules in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings constructed in various urban estates in Punjab.

Urban estate in Pathankot soon
Sujanpur, November 10
An urban estate will soon be a reality in Pathankot town where PUDA has cleared the hurdles for its establishment. Urban estates are being finalised for Amritsar, Khanna, Nabha, Batala and Sujanpur with sites having been identified for the same.

SSP to give new look to police
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 10
The priority of the district police will be to make the force more people-friendly and introduce greater transparency in the working of the police, said Mr Shiv Kumar, newly appointed SSP, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Mayor complains against MC Commissioner
Patiala, November 10
Mayor Vishnu Sharma had taken umbrage to the transfer of municipal corporation officials by its Commissioner without consulting him and has complained to the State Chief Secretary as well as the Secretary, Local Bodies, in this regard.

Welfare officer suspended
Phagwara, November 10
Punjab Social Welfare and Social Security Minister Joginder Singh Mann last night told mediapersons that the District Welfare Officer, Gurdaspur, had been placed under suspension due to various irregularities related to pensions.

4 cops suspended for negligence
Amritsar, November 10
Four policemen of the Gurdaspur police have been suspended for negligence. Gobind Ram, a prisoner in the Gurdaspur central jail, escaped from the custody of the four constables from the bus-stand area here.

Birth certificate issuance drive
Patiala, November 10
With a view to strictly implement the Birth and Death Act, 1969, the district administration has decided to launch an extensive exercise for issuing birth certificates from November 14 to November 20.


Six youths rape minor twice
Tarn Taran, November 10
A minor girl was allegedly gang-raped twice by six youths on October 6 and November 2 in Khemkaran, about 40 km from here. A case was registered against the accused at Khemkaran police station late last evening when the parents of the girl came to know of the assaults.

JE caught taking bribe
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 10
The local Vigilance Department has caught Kulwant Singh, Junior Engineer, PSEB, posted at Grid 66 KV Sub-Station, Tohra, while taking a bribe of Rs 2500 from Malkiat Singh of Chanarthal Kalan for shifting electricity poles near his house. The department has taken him in custody.


Pro-VC asked to leave meeting
Patiala, November 10
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai today directed Pro-Vice-Chancellor R.N. Pal to withdraw from a meeting of the syndicate on the grounds that he was obstructing the proceedings.

Navtej wins all classical contests
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 10

Punjab Technical University zonal cultural festival was inaugurated today by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, at Giani Dit Singh Auditorium of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here.

PPS celebrates founder’s day
Nabha, November 10
The local Punjab Public School celebrated founder’s day today. Justice O.P. Verma, Governor of Punjab, was the chief guest. The function started with the school anthem. The school headmaster, Mr M.S. Bedi, highlighted the achievements of the school.

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