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European Sikhs approach EU on turban issue
Bhupinder Singh, Chandigarh, November 15
Unhappy over the lukewarm response from the Indian Government and the SGPC to resolve the turban issue, European Sikhs have started building up pressure on the European Union to get the issue resolved in France.

Advani wanted to take Somnath gate: Mann
Phagwara, November 15
Simranjit Singh MannSAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann today alleged that honouring Mr LK Advani, BJP President and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, by the SGPC during his visit to Golden Temple, Amritsar, Yesterday was the biggest shame on the Sikhs as Mr Advani was the flag-bearer of extremist Hindu agenda and one of those responsible for Operation Blue star.

CM releases Punjab’s Human Development Report today
Chandigarh, November 15
The first Human Development Report on Punjab is now available. Brought out under the UNDP project, it is to be released by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here tomorrow.

NRI shot at in California
Hoshiarpur, November 15
Irked over arrest of their accomplices on the basis of complaint of family of Davinder Singh Taank, a US-based NRI originally hailing from Sherpur village near here, four armed assailants shot at and seriously injured Davinder Singh while he was closing his food and liquor shop in Sainhoze city of California in the US on Diwali night.




Rodrigues to be sworn in today
Chandigarh, November 15
Former Chief of the Army Staff General Sunith Francis Rodrigues — appointed as Punjab Governor — is scheduled to land in Chandigarh about 75 minutes before the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held at Punjab Raj Bhavan on Tuesday at 4 pm. His wife Jean Rodrigues, along with his daughter and son-in-law, besides sister and grand children, are expected to be present during the function.

CM’s Id gift to Malerkotla
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, greets people on the occasion of Id in Malerkotla on Monday. Malerkotla, November 15
While offering greetings to Muslims on Id-ul-Fitr, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced a giftpackage for the residents of this Muslim-dominated town. As part of the package he announced the opening of B.Ed classes for women at the local Government College.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, greets people on the occasion of Id in Malerkotla on Monday. 
— PTI photo

Fervour marks Id celebrations
Gurdaspur November 15
Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chairman of the PPCB, greets Ahmadiya Muslims on the occasion of Id in Gurdaspur on Monday. Id-ul-Fitr was today celebrated here in different parts of the district. The festival symbolised solidarity between people of different religions. The most impressive ceremony was organised at Qadian, headquarters of the Ahmadiya Muslims. As part of the celebrations, Maulana Hamid Kausar offered Id Namaz at about 10 am in the Ahmadiya ground. 

Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Chairman of the PPCB, greets Ahmadiya Muslims on the occasion of Id in Gurdaspur on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph

People offer prayers on the occasion of Id in Amritsar on Monday People offer prayers on the occasion of Id in Amritsar on Monday.
— Reuters

Custodial deaths: NHRC to suggest punishment
Wagah, November 15
The National Human Rights Commission will recommend punishment for police officials responsible for custodial deaths in Punjab during militancy days, apart from releasing more lists of persons who had died in similar manner.

Seven nominated to Punjab Wakf Board
Chandigarh, November 15
A year-and-a-half after its establishment as a separate entity, the Punjab Wakf Board has become fully functional with the nomination of seven members by the Punjab Government.

200 fall ill due to contaminated water
Patiala, November 15
Nearly 200 persons are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting after sewerage water got mixed with drinking water due to leakage blocked sewerage in Gurbaksh Nagar area in the city. Some residents of Guru Nanak Nagar and Jujhar Nagar have also been affected.

Buta Singh From pillar to post-in search of justice
Chandigarh, November 15
Buta Singh, a victim of Punjab Police's high handedness for his refusal to pay a bribe of Rs 100 has been running from pillar to post for justice for the past more than six months. In the meanwhile, the Punjab Police has reinstated the three suspended police officers involved in the alleged torture of Buta Singh. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, Mr. Surinderpal Singh, justified the reinstatement of cops citing the reasons that they need the officers on duty.


Badal working for BJP-INLD alliance
Jalandhar, November 15
A former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today disclosed that he was mediating between the BJP and the Indian National Lok Dal for a tie-up to ensure the defeat of the Congress in the coming Assembly elections in Haryana.


Government to probe DAP shortage
Bathinda, November 15
Taking serious note of the shortage of diammonia phosphate (DAP) fertiliser being faced by farmers during the current sowing season of wheat and other crops, the Punjab Government has decided to launch an inquiry into the same.

NRI’s charity walk to Kanyakumari today
Amritsar, November 15
UK-based NRI Balwant Singh Grewal (68), will walk from Amritsar to Kanyakumari for spreading awareness and raising funds for the research on cancer and AIDS. He will start his walk from tomorrow.

Police clueless about yesterday’s blast
Amritsar, November 15
The blast on the third floor of the Nehru Shopping Complex located in the Lawrence Road area, that occurred just above The Tribune office last evening, is still a mystery.

Divali bumper draw results
Ludhiana, November 15
A jackpot of Rs 2 crore of Punjab State Maa Divali Lakshmi Puja Bumper-2004 goes to ticket No. A-675838, the draw of which was held at Nehru Sidhant Kender Auditorium here today.

Protest against seer’s arrest
Jalandhar, November 15
Several Hindu organisations, under the banner of the Hindu Dharam Suraksha Samiti, today held protest demonstrations at several places here and blocked traffic on the G.T. road against the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati in a murder case.

Birth centenary of Lala Ganpat Rai tomorrow
Jalandhar, November 15
To pay homage to Lala Ganpat Rai, on his birth centenary and Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai on his 77th martyrdom day, the National Martyrs Memorial Committee has decided to hold a programme at Lajpat Nagar here on Wednesday.

Parikshat Sahni makes appearance for Free Masons
Patiala, November 15
Film star Parikshat Sahni today took off the grease paint he was using to shoot the film “Choorian” in the city to take on the role of a free mason. Only this was for real. Sahni, who is a free mason himself, presided over the installation of the Master Elect - Dr P K Singla at the Free Mason Hall in the city, yesterday evening.

Stress laid on use of rice bran oil
Patiala, November 15
Use of vegetable oils, rich in poly unsaturated fatty acid such as sunflower oil and safflower, was no longer advised in view of research findings that sole and prolonged use of these oils could reduce good cholesterol besides adversely affecting the over all health, this was stated by Mr A.R.Sharma, Chief Managing Director, A.P.Solvex Ltd.

DC gives Rs 10,000 for theatre’s promotion
Patiala , November 15
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh today gave Rs 10,000 to the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) Patiala in appreciation of the NTAS efforts for the promotion of Patiala Theatre Movement.


Govt plan to make contract farming fool-proof
Bathinda, November 15
The much-publicised function organised today by Markfed on the 51st All-India Cooperative Week, which was held here, proved to be a lacklustre affair as the chief guest of the function, Mr Surinder Singla, Punjab Finance Minister, turned up late and the gathering was less than expected.

Farmers stage dharna outside CCI office
Bathinda, November 15
Some activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, led by their state senior vice-president, today staged a dharna in front of the district office of the Cotton Corporation of India to express their resentment against the falling prices of cotton.


Dairy raided, spurious cheese seized
Sangrur, November 15
On a tip off, the local police has arrested an owner of a dairy, situated outside Sunami Gate here, on the charge of preparing spurious cheese, while his brother has absconded in this case.

Dowry case registered
Hoshiarpur, November 15
A case of compelling a pregnant woman to commit suicide by her husband and mother-in-law for dowry was reported in Garhshankar police station of Hoshiarpur district last evening.

1 killed as train hits autorickshaw
Jalandhar, November 15
An unmanned level crossing on the Jalandhar-Ferozepore track at Nagara village, near here, today took its toll as the DMU rammed into an autorickshaw, resulting in the killing of its driver on the spot.

Convict dies in hospital
Jalandhar, November 15
A convict lodged in the local Central Jail today died in Civil Hospital here where he was admitted on November 13. According to the police, the deceased was identified as Prem Chand, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a dowry case.


4 students of local school to visit UK
Jalandhar, November 15
There is a need to promote youth exchange programmes to ensure the overall personality development of students. This will encourage the youth to understand humanity in a much better perspective.

Fancy dress show by schoolchildren
Patiala, November 15
Students of Bhupindra International Public School lived up to the maxim “variety is the spice of life” by taking on larger than life roles of George Bush, Mahatma Gandhi besides mythological characters as part of the fancy dress competition organised on Children’s Day yesterday evening.

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