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Fresh warrants against Daler Mehndi
Patiala, November 17
A local court today issued fresh warrants against Punjabi pop star Daler Mehndi and five others after all of them failed to present themselves before the court in the human trafficking case registered by the police against them.

CM insulted Punjabis, says Sukhbir Badal
Bathinda, November 17
A former union minister and SAD general secretary, Mr Suhkbir Badal, while accusing the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of ruling the state with anti-Punjabi mindset today alleged that he had insulted the state and Punjabis while campaigning for the Congress in the Assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh.

Remand of 5 in Badal case extended
Ropar, November 17
A local court today extended till December 1 the judicial remand of five accused held in a case of corruption and disproportionate assets against former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and an accused in a similar case against SAD MLA from Joga and former Punjab Milkfed Chairman Jagdeep Singh Nakai.

PUDA to allow compoundable violations
Mohali, November 17
The recent announcement by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to allow compoundable violations in its building rules framed under the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act 1995 is bound to bring relief to thousands of residents across Punjab.

Nabha area high on AIDS hit list
Nabha, November 17
Many laboratories in the town have tested scores of residents of adjoining villages positive for the HIV virus recently.


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  Bobby Jindal Bobby Jindal down but not out, say kin
Ludhiana, November 17
“Bobby Jindal may be down, but he is certainly not out. Barely 32, he is a man to watch in the US politics who will be going places. Soon you will see him playing an important role as a Republican leader”.

Govt to celebrate festivals to attract foreigners, NRIs
Amritsar, November 17
The state government has chalked out an ambitious programme to celebrate major religious festivals, including Divali, Dasehra, Maghi, Baisakhi, Jor Mela and the Mela of Ram Tirath, at an international level to ensure the participation of NRIs and foreigners. This is likely to be finalised before the Golden Temple is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

Govt, Punjabi varsity fail to keep word on fee hike, say students
Patiala, November 17
The Punjabi University Students Confederation, which was earlier responsible for an agitation on the university campus to demand a rollback in the fee hike, today claimed that the state government as well as the university administration was not fulfilling the terms of the agreement with the students, following which (the agreement) they had called off their agitation.


CM’s anti-graft drive exposed: BJP
Chandigarh, November 17
The state BJP said today that with the revocation of the suspension orders of Mr Karnesh Sharma, a Deputy Director in the Food and Supplies Department, the entire campaign of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh against corruption stood exposed.

Youth Akali Dal threatens stir
Bathinda, November 17
At a meeting of the youth Akali Dal held here today, Mr Rajan Garg, all-India general secretary, said they would launch a chakka jam agitation in case former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was arrested under a false corruption case.

SAD (women) threatens stir
Amritsar, November 17
Bibi Vajinder Kaur Verka, general secretary of the SAD (women wing), threatened to resort to large-scale protest if the Congress government arrested Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD.


Mr K.S. Bains, Chairman of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Trust.Maharaja Ranjit Singh heritage centre on anvil
Jalandhar, November 17
To expand the scope of research on the eventful era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Delhi-based Maharaja Ranjit Singh Trust is in the process of setting up the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Heritage International Centre at its newly acquired piece of land on New Delhi’s posh Deen Dyal Upadhya Marg.

Release youths from Pak jails, say families
Amritsar, November 17
Jeet Ram, an old farmer is helpless and tired. His son Surajbhan could be enduring the extreme cold weather in a Baluchistan jail in Pakistan. He had sent his son to make a fortune in foreign lands and recently came to know that prisoners lodged in this jail “fight like dogs” to keep themselves warm.

Six mini mobile hospitals launched
Patiala, November 17
In an attempt to provide better health facilities to the people of the state, the Punjab Health Corporation today launched mini mobile hospitals which will operate in the rural areas adjoining six cities of the state. Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, inaugurated the mobile health service at a function held at Shatrana here today.

Medical Registration Act to be amended
Hoshiarpur, November 17
To increase efficiency of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) to ensure quality medical care to the people the Punjab Medical Registration Act 1916 would be amended soon. This was disclosed by Dr Manmohan Singh, President, PMC, at a function organised by the Indian Medical Association Punjab (IMA), to honour all newly elected members and president of the council here yesterday.

Youth federation demands jobs for all
Bathinda, November 17
Members of the All India Youth Federation (AIYF), Punjab unit, and senior activists of the CPI, today demanded that the state and the Central government, should make laws to ensure employment to those youths who have attained the age of 18 and have got the right to vote.

Lala Lajpat Rai remembered
Moga, November 17
The seventyfifth martyrdom day of Punjab Kesari Lala Rajpat Rai was observed at his native village, Dhudike, near here, today. People from Dhudike and neighbouring villages turned in good numbers to pay homage to the martyr.

Chiranji Lal Garg elected chief of Aggarwal Sabha
Bathinda, November 17
More than 700 delegates attended the state-level sammelan of the Punjab Aggarwal Sabha, which was held at Mandi Goniana, here yesterday.

Young couples told to plan families
Jalandhar, November 17
Young couples were educated about family planning at a family planning camp organised by the National Integrated Medical Association in a Basti Bawa Khel hospital yesterday.

Eye camp concludes
Bathinda, November 17
The 13th free eye check-up-cum-operation camp, organised by the Goodwill Society, concluded here on Saturday. It was organised with the help of CMC eye mobile team.

Tributes paid to Sarabha
Barnala, November 17
Glowing tributes were paid to Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha on his martyrdom day at Sanghera village by members of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Sports Club.


MLA gets bail in corruption case
Chandigarh, November 17
Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to Punjab MLA Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala in an alleged corruption case. According to the prosecution, the MLA had accumulated assets disproportionate to his known sources of income by misusing his official position.

Bank ordered to pay Rs 4.75 lakh compensation
Faridkot, November 17
The Faridkot district Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab and Sind Bank Kotkapura branch to pay Rs 4.75 lakh compensation to Shakti Sales Corporation, an electrical concern of Kotkapura following the alleged negligence of the bank in getting their business premises insured in 2000.


Mandi board to set up new cotton markets
Moga, November 17
The Punjab Mandi Board will set up new cotton markets in the state with the assistance from the Union Government.


FCI officials inspect rice godowns
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
A high-powered team of FCI officials, led by Mr Gurmail Singh, DM(QC), and Mr Gurbachan Dass, DM(D), inspected the rice stored at FCI and Warehousing Corporation godowns at Bassi Pathana delivered by rice millers to the FCI. The FCI team took the samples of the rice from all stags and did their analysis to check the quality.


Six killed in collision
Ludhiana, November 17
Six persons, including three of a Ludhiana-based family, died and two others were seriously injured in a collision between car and a tractor-trailer at a crossing near Kauri village, Khanna, today. The dead included two children.

Man held for killing wife
Amritsar, November 17
The police here arrested Gurdev Singh Randhawa, a resident of Green Avenue here yesterday allegedly for poisoning her wife Hargurjinder Pal Kaur to death.

Four Amritsar youths die in mishap
Gurdaspur, November 17
Four youths of Amritsar died and other four were injured seriously in a road accident near Sohal village on the Gurdaspur-Dhariwal road around midnight last night, the police said. The mishap took place when the Maruti van in which they were returning from Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu rammed into a truck parked on the roadside, the police added.


PRSU, ABVP hold rallies
Sangrur, November 17
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today held parallel rallies in front of Government Shaheed Udham Singh College at Sunam demanding action against each other in connection with a recent incident in which some students were injured.

APJ college gets youth festival trophy
Amritsar, November 17
The APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, bagged the overall trophy of the Guru Nanak Dev University youth festival, concluded on the varsity campus here today.


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