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Kanwal Sidhu keen to join probe
Chandigarh, November 25
“If I get an assurance that my human rights will be protected, I am ready to join investigations in the Parkash Singh Badal disproportionate assets case,” says London-based Kanwal Sidhu. “Investigations in the case so far had shown little or no respect to the rule of law,” he adds.

Badal to give befitting reply
Chandigarh, November 25
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here today that the party would give a befitting reply to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh’s resorting to indiscriminate repression against Akali leaders and workers for organising a peaceful rasta roko programme on November 23.

Tohra not to change status quo on Sikh women issue
Chandigarh, November 25
The newly elected SGPC President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has said he will not change the status quo in order to implement equal rights for Sikh women to do seva at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, said a press note issued by the Voices For Freedom (VFF) News Network.

Three of family murdered
Second incident in two weeks
Patiala, November 25
Three members of a family were brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons here last night. According to the information, a foodgrains commission agent Rimmy Gupta (42), his wife Veena Gupta (40), and his adopted son Jitesh (5), of the local Indirapuri Colony were murdered at around 8 pm last night.

Relatives of the persons who were brutally murdered in Patiala on Monday night. Relatives of the persons who were brutally murdered in Patiala on Monday night.

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IT Dept detects concealed transactions worth 10 cr
Bathinda, November 25
The income tax authorities have detected concealed transactions in real estate worth more than Rs 10 crore after investigating some documents seized during raids of 10 official premises of real estate developers and agents here and surrounding towns yesterday.

329 BSF recruits pass out
Hoshiarpur, November 25
Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, BSF Director-General, today took the salute from 329 passing-out recruits at an impressive parade at the BSF Subsidiary Training Centre in Kharkan, 12 km from here.

BSF Director-General Ajai Raj Sharma inspects parade by passing-out recruits at the Subsidiary Training Centre, Kharkan, near Hoshiarpur, on Tuesday. —  Photo by S.S. Chopra
BSF Director-General Ajai Raj Sharma inspects parade by passing-out recruits at the Subsidiary Training Centre, Kharkan, near Hoshiarpur, on Tuesday

20 old candidates stage comeback in PPSC exam
Patiala, November 25
As many as 20 old candidates out of a total of 91 of the 1998 batch were able to make a comeback in the Punjab Civil Executive and Allied Services (reconducted) examination. The result of which was declared by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) today.

Mehndi’s wife pleads for cancelling proclamation
Patiala, November 25
Ms Balwinder Kaur, wife of Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, today filed an application in a local court, pleading for cancelling of proclamation issued against her in the case of alleged cheating and forgery registered against her and her husband besides others.


CM resorting to divide-and-rule policy, says BJP
Chandigarh, November 25
The President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, said today that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was resorting to a divide-and-rule policy. This policy would not work in the state.

CM leaves for Rajasthan
Chandigarh, November 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today left along with the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr H.S Hanspal, for Rajasthan to campaign for Congress candidates in the ongoing Assembly elections, according to a press note.


Social activists greet Pak juvenile detainees on Id
Faridkot, November 25
Mr P.H. Vaishnav, president of the Aruna Asif Ali Memorial Trust has underlined the need to accept the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir as the border to normalise relationship between India and Pakistan. He charged the Pakistan Army with disturbing the peace on the border and in India to meet its own needs.

Amarinder extends Id greetings
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today extended warm greetings to all Punjabis, especially the Muslims, on the eve of Id-ul-Fitar. He said this festival symbolised love, sacrifice, goodwill and tolerance. He appealed to the people to celebrate the festival collectively.

Pak artiste for promoting cultural ties
Faridkot, November 25
Renowned solo, qawwali and musical artiste of Pakistan Javed Bashir Khan has called upon Indian and Pakistani governments to promote exchange programmes of cultural and musical troupes between the two countries on a regular basis. This will help in maintaining good relations between the two countries, he said.

Anandpur Sahib - Nangal road in bad shape
Nangal (Ropar), November 25
The 20-km stretch of the state highway linking the historic Anandpur Sahib with Nangal has been in a pathetic state. The entire stretch of the said road is dotted with pits posing threat to the life of commuters.

General category staff threaten stir
Bathinda, November 25
Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu, district president, the General Categories Welfare Federation, said yesterday that a section of the employees of the general categories were being discriminated against, as the seniority of the reserved category employees was not being modified in accordance with the Punjab Government guidelines.

No officers, politicians in hawala racket, says ED
Jalandhar, November 25
An interesting situation was created here today when the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Zonal Office here today said that there was no involvement of top bureaucrats and politicians in a multi-crore money-laundering racket based on hawala operations.

Takht panel can be challenged, says Justice Kuldip Singh
Amritsar, November 25
The seven-member committee constituted by Akal Takht to bring about rapprochement between the two warring groups of the Chief Khalsa Diwan seems to be in the doldrums even as one of its members, Justice Kuldip Singh (retd), Chairman of the Delimitation Commission, yesterday said that such an effort on the part of the Sikh clergy could lead to legal complications.

IAF recruitment rally on December 2
Chandigarh, November 25
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will conduct a recruitment rally for the youth of Sangrur, Ropar, Mansa, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Ferozepore, Faridkot, Muktsar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Nawanshahr and Moga districts of Punjab, at Polo Ground, Patiala from December 2 to 6 for selection of candidates in technical and non-technical trades in the IAF.

Ruhani satsang held
Bathinda, November 25
People from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan thronged the town to attend the Ruhani satsang organised by the Dera Sacha Sauda, here today.


SP challenges remarks
Chandigarh, November 25
If allegations in a petition filed before the High Court are to be believed, then adverse remarks were entered in the annual confidential report (ACR) of a Superintendent of Police (SP) after he submitted an affidavit against another officer.

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10 held, remanded in judicial custody
Sangrur, November 25
The Dhuri police today arrested 10 persons in connection with a case registered against them following an alleged clash between the Dalits and zamidars of Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, in the village on November 11 last over a piece of “shamlat” (common land), Twenty persons of both sides were injured in the clash.


Companies refuse to buy basmati
Bathinda, November 25
A section of basmati growers under the contract farming scheme of the state government are not finding any buyers as most of the companies which had entered into a contract with them refused to purchase their produce at the promised prices.


Delimitation work to start after getting census report
Amritsar, November 25
The process of the delimitation of the parliamentary and Assembly constituencies in the country has been held up in the wake of the new guidelines which have asked the Delimitation Commission to conduct the work on the basis of the census report of 2001. This was stated here today by Justice Kuldip Singh, Chairman, Delimitation of Commission India.

4 DIGs, 10 SPs transferred
Chandigarh, November 25
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfers of 14 officers — four DIGs and 10 SPs.


1 killed in road accident
Kharar, November 25
One person was killed when he was run over by a truck near Mundi Kharar here this evening. According to the police, Gurdev Singh, a resident of Majri Jattan village under Sadar police station, Ropar, was going on his scooter from the Mohali area towards Ropar when the accident took place. It is learnt that when he collided with a vehicle he fell down on the road.

4 held on charge of robbery
Ropar, November 25
The police has arrested four persons on the charge of robbing a liquor vend last evening. In a press note issued here today, the police authorities said four persons, who had come in a car, looted two cases of liquor and Rs 2,000 at gunpoint from a liquor vend located near Rasoolpura village near Morinda.

Burglar arrested
Zirakpur, November 25
The police has arrested Vijay Kumar, from his rented accommodation in Burail village in Chandigarh, and seized four gold rings, two colour television sets, a deck and cloth worth Rs 5000, today.


Youth fest at Mata Gujri College
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 25
The state government would recommend to the UGC to give Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib the status of a deemed university on the eve of tricentenary celebration of the supreme sacrifice of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, who were bricked alive and Mata Gujri.

Rajindra College wins quiz contest
Bathinda, November 25
The local Government Rajindra College got the first prize and Government Rajindra College, Faridkot, the second prize in an inter-college quiz competition in chemistry here today.


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