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French Sikhs in India to mobilise support on turban issue
Chandigarh, November 5
He left his nationality for changing name to that of a Sikh. Now Darshan Singh was in India, all the way from France, along with other Sikhs, for creating awareness and mobilising support on the turban issue.

Ponty Chadha maintains supremacy in
liquor trade
Govt loses Rs 17.80 cr in re-auction
Jalandhar, November 5
On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the liquor vends falling in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts were auctioned again here today.

Eight farmers being treated for fractures
Mansa, November 5
While the district police chief, Ms V. Neerja, has claimed that BKU (Ekta-Ugrahhan) activists arrested in connection with the November 3 attack on the police at Ralle village suffered minor injuries in the lathi charge, eight activists have suffered fractures.

DC orders probe into Sanghera
college affairs

Sangrur, November 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Husan Lal, has ordered an inquiry into the alleged mismanagement and financial affairs of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera, near Barnala.




Onkar Nath BudhwarEx-Indian spy fights legal battle for justice
Faridkot, November 5
He was an avid reader of detective novels and the world of spies fascinated him. He started spying for India in Pakistan at an early age of 18, but his career was cut short owing to his arrest in Pakistan within three months of its launch. Today, he is fighting a legal battle for compensation from the Union Government.


SAD (A) workers show black flags to Bibi
Muktsar, November 5
A minor scuffle took place between members of the SAD (Badal) and the SAD (Amritsar) in front of Guru Nanak College for Girls when the latter tried to gherao SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and the former tried to prevent them from doing so.

Deploy CRPF for SGPC poll: SAD
Kharar, November 5
The Punjab Chief Minister is using the police to stop voters from casting their votes in favour of the SAD candidates in the SGPC elections in three constituencies. The allegation was levelled by, Mr Sharanjit Singh, president of the All India Youth Akali Dal (Badal) and an MP while talking to mediapersons here.


Supply clean water, DC tells officials
Bathinda, November 5
Taking note of plight of rural waterworks, dirty inlet channels and supply of contaminated water to rural and urban consumers, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K.A.P. Sinha, today gave an ultimatum to the officials of the Public Health Department and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to set the things right within seven days or face the music.

Plea on Vatican-like status for Amritsar
Patiala, November 5
The Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO) has decided to file a petition with the President of India to demand granting of Vatican-like status to Amritsar and also take up the issue of granting of the same status to Nankana Sahib with the Pakistan  Government.

BSNL vehicle ‘misused’ by employee’s son
Jalandhar, November 5
In an alleged gross misuse of official vehicle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the son of an accounts official in the public sector telecom giant has been using the official Gypsy along with the driver for commuting from his home to the office of a private firm, where he had been employed.

Amrit Lal Nagar Translated novel not published for 30 years
Barnala, November 5
Sahitya Akadmi awardee Ram Sarup Ankhi has been waiting for the past 30 years for the publication of the Punjabi version of “Manas Ka Hans” novel translated by him in 1974. The translation work of the novel, penned by Hindi writer Amrit Lal Nagar, was assigned to Ankhi by the Languages Department, Punjab.

Rights panel takes notice of stone crushers near school
Dera Bassi, November 5
Acting on a news item ‘Stone Crushers Stifle Tiny Tots’ published in Chandigarh Tribune on Thursday, the human rights body today wrote to the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh, demanding necessary action against the violators of the Human Rights.

Ex-MP to head Safai Karamchari Commission
Chandigarh, November 5
Ms Santosh Chawdhary, former Member of Parliament, has been appointed Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamchari by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Protest against show-cause notices
Ropar, November 5
The district administration yesterday faced an unusual situation when about 15 of employees of the DRDO met the chairman of Zila Parishad to protest against the ADC (Development). The employees gathered in the Zila Parishad office in the morning protesting against the ADC who had issued show cause notices to some of the employees to explain why they were absent without taking leave.

PSEB holds vigilance week function
Patiala, November 5
The Vigilance wing of the PSEB yesterday held a Vigilance Week function with Additional Director General of Police Lalit Bhatia directing PSEB vigilance staff to give technical and legal inputs within 15 days of receipt of query.

DA enhanced for pensioners
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab Government today enhanced the dearness allowance of all pensioners from the existing rate of 11 per cent to 14 per cent, effective from July 1, 2004, to compensate for the rise in the cost of living.

Seminar on female foeticide at Bathinda
Barnala , November 5
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to organise a state-level convention-cum- seminar entitled “ Female foeticide-a national shame “at Bathinda on November 14.

First Osho meditation camp in town
Bathinda, November 5
Ma Yoga Neelam, Osho’s former secretary, conducted the first Osho meditation camp at the Osho Prem Dhyan Kendra here today. The first day of a three- day event, Ma Yoga Neelam shared her magical moments and mystical experiences of the days spent by her with Osho. 

PRTC staff threaten stir
Patiala, November 5
The worker unions of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) today threatened a one-day strike in case the corporation management gave reemployment to recently retired Automobile Engineer-cum-Technical Adviser P.S. Sodhi.

Seminar on free legal aid
Barnala, November 5
A seminar on providing awareness about the free legal aid to the poor and needy was organised at sub-jail here today. It was presided over by Mr Fatehdeep Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge.

Protesters loot, damage property
Amritsar, November 5
The district police today remained a mute spectator even as a group of protesters, belonging to Valmiki Samaj, went to rampage at a protest rally outside Hall Gate here. According to eyewitnesses and owners of newspapers and lottery stalls, the unruly mob indulged in looting and burnt newspaper bundles despite the presence of an ASP and other police officials.

Seminar in jail on free legal aid
Patiala, November 5
A seminar was organised yesterday at maximum security jail, Nabha, under the directions of the Punjab Legal Services Authority which was presided over by District and Sessions Judge M.S. Mahil.

Two killed as motorcycle falls into canal
Faridkot, November 5
Two persons, including a teenager, were killed last night when their motorcycle, fell into a canal, while a boy had a narrow escape as he managed to jump in time.

Two hurt in mishap
Lalru, November 5
Two persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a Maruti car collided with the cycles they were riding on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Dappar village this morning.

Two Punjabi movies on anvil
Patiala, November 5
Producer Director Baldev Deep, who belongs to the city, announced that Deep Movie International was coming out with two Punjabi films ‘ O Jind Mahi Baajh Tere’ and ‘Jodhay Putt Punjab De’.

Villagers block traffic
Ropar, November 5
Hundreds of villagers today blocked the Nurpur Bedi-Ropar road at Bains village for more than two hours in protest against the non-completion of the Saran-Patan bridge in the Nurpur Bedi block.


IT clerks sent to judicial custody
Phagwara, November 5
Two IT clerks, who were caught on October 30 while accepting Rs 4,000 from Mr Jagdish Lal Bhatia, have been sent to judicial custody till November 16.Posted at Ludhiana, these clerks have also been placed under suspension.

National conference of lawyers begins
Jalandhar, November 5
A three-day national conference of the All-India Lawyers Union (AILU) began at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today. More than 600 delegates from nearly 20 states of India had assembled to deliberate on the issues concerning the judicial system.


SHO assaulted by relative of IPS officer
Amritsar, November 5
In a sensational case, Mr Pyare Lal, SHO, Islamabad police station, was injured when he was attacked by a group of armed persons led by constable Nirwair Singh, a close relative of Chandigarh-based senior IPS officer, here today.

Marriage party member hit by bus
Bathinda, November 5
Mr Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Mansa, who had come here to attend a wedding at a marriage palace on Bathinda-Barnala bypass road was hit by a bus yesterday. His legs were crushed in the accident.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Dera Bassi, November 5
The police arrested Sadhu Deen, a resident of Sultanpur village near Raipur Rani. He was declared a proclaimed offender by a Rajpura Court.

7 industrial employees arrested
Lalru, November 5
The police arrested seven workers of Anand Nishikava, an industrial unit, for assaulting driver of a bus carrying some employees near here today. Mr Vikramjit Singh, driver of the bus, alleged that some factory workers who were protesting outside the main gate of the unit assaulted him.


3 teachers sacked for violating dress code
Kotkapura, November 5
The Gandhi Memorial Girls College has sacked three teachers for violating the dress code. The college management had implemented a dress code for teachers in September under which women employees had to wear sarees on Saturdays.

Students block Punjabi University gate
Members of the Punjabi University Students Confedration block gate of the university in Patiala on Friday. Patiala, November 5
The Punjabi University Students Confederation, comprising most of the student bodies of the university, today blocked the main gate of the university for several hours, disrupting teaching work. The students also held a rally in front of the gate and urged the Punjab Government to intervene and prevent Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai from pursuing “dictatorial” policies.

Members of the Punjabi University Students Confedration block gate of the university in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Pbi varsity Professors deliver lectures
Patiala, November 5
Government Mohindra College hosted lectures by Dr Jodh Singh and Prof G.R. Kataria, both of Punjabi University, on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib at Harmandir Sahib.

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