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Implement oil refinery project, PM urged
Bathinda, November 21
Eminent residents, social activists, and heads of various organisations have urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to implement the Punjab oil refinery project.

Release of Bt cotton varieties sought
Ludhiana, November 21
Punjab Agricultural University scientists have sought early official release of Bt cotton varieties to save farmers of northern region from being fleeced by the seed traders of other states who have been allegedly selling spurious and unauthorised Bt cotton seed at higher rates.

Netaji was not killed in crash, claims his personal secy
Amritsar, November 21
Netaji Subhas Chander Bose was not killed in an aircrash and the British knew about this. They made several attempts to locate him in Thailand and other parts of the world. This claim was made by Seth Trilok Singh Chawla, personal secretary of Netaji in Thailand, while talking to TNS here toady.

Trade pacts to be signed during visit of Elahi
Jalandhar, November 21
Media adviser to Choudhary Parvej Elahi, Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan), Mohabbat Shuja Rana yesterday said that during the proposed visit of the CM some important trade agreements would be signed between the two Punjabs.

Poverty biggest rights violation, says Nayar
Amritsar, November 21
Journalist Kuldip Nayar has said poverty was the biggest violation of human rights. Addressing the valedictory function of the international human rights conference which concluded here today, he said the world was facing a challenge as the poor were suffering.

Aryans steal hearts of faujis
Jalandhar, November 21
Strains of songs wafting through the November nip…faujis jiving away to pulsating music…models sashaying on the stage. The evening was a heady combination of the swinging 70s music, a whiff of patriotic flavour and a scintillating display of attitude-flaunting haute couture.

24 farmers held in pre-dawn raids
Tarn Taran, November 21
The police has resorted to pre-dawn crackdown on farmers yesterday to thwart the agitation call given by farmer organisations of November 22 to organise dharnas and demonstrations at district headquarters in the state.

A model walks the ramp during a fashion show, organised to raise fund for an Army welfare association, in Jalandhar on Saturday. — PTI

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Most bureaucrats welcome PM’s directive on retirement
Chandigarh, November 21
The new directive of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, for no extension to bureaucrats beyond their retirement age of 60 years has mostly been appreciated in bureaucratic circles here.


S.P. Singh National Museum helps Punjab conserve heritage
Amritsar, November 21
Director (Conservation), National Museum, New Delhi, S.P. Singh is at the heart of several prestigious art conservation projects in India. This ace conservationist, who recently supervised restoration work of the famous “Qajar painting” at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is now developing interventions for preservation of art objects peculiar to Punjab.

Abida sings peace
Amritsar, November 21
Like her music, Abida Parveen belongs to everywhere. A natural heir to the throne of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, she stakes no claim in the material world where conflict almost always triumphs over love. Hers is a spiritual mission of Sufism, which is all about planting love in the heart of hatred.

Madhavi Mudgal performs Odissi dance at Khalsa College, Amritsar, on Sunday. Few residents turn up for “Heritage Walk”                    
Amritsar, November 21
Launched amidst much fanfare during the heritage festival last year, the “Heritage Walk” drew a lukewarm response this time. Organised this morning, the one-and-a-half-hour walk through heritage locations of the old walled city witnessed few locals, even as many remained confused over the walk schedule.

Madhavi Mudgal performs Odissi dance at Khalsa College, Amritsar, on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pak women take to Indian fashion
Jalandhar, November 21
Like in India, in Pakistan also television serials at prime time on Star Plus have made women crazy and due to that wearing sarees has become a fashion, resulting in increased demand for sarees there.

Music sans harmony
Jalandhar, November 21
Music and harmony may not always co-exist. This was evident during the second-day of the World Punjabi Festival organised at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here last evening. Some Punjabi artistes from this side of the border took a major chunk of time during the programme, prompting a few other singers to complain that their fellow artistes had “taken over” the show.

Art falling prey to market forces, says Anand Dev
Amritsar, November 21
“Art values are being lost and artists are increasingly giving in to the economics of demand and supply. Art work is thus falling prey to market trends and creative work is suffering”, Anand Dev, a former Vice-Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, said.

Software to ‘convert’ Gurmukhi script into Shahmukhi
Patiala, November 21
It is a "sangam" with a difference. one which is aimed at the Punjabi diaspora in Pakistan Punjab. For the first time Punjabis in Pakistan will be able to read literature in Gurmukhi script in Shahmukhi (Urdu) through the 'Sangam' transliteration software developed by the Advanced Centre for the Technical Development of Punjabi in Punjabi University here.
Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal shows transliteration from Gurmukhi to Shahmukhi
Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal shows transliteration from Gurmukhi to Shahmukhi. Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Pulse Polio campaign launched
Hoshiarpur, November 21
To eradicate polio from Punjab, the Health and Family Welfare Department today formed up 16,000 teams and 1,000 mobile teams to administer polio vaccine to 36.5 lakh children.

36 lakh children given polio drops
Bathinda, November 21
Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Principal Secretary, Health, Punjab, said today that so far no case of polio was reported in the state this year and it had virtually become polio-free region.

WHO observer inspects Pulse Polio camps
Phagwara, November 21
The WHO Observer for Punjab Ms Yuang Chang Dolma, today visited rural and urban areas here and inspected the Pulse polio programme An official pressnote said Ms Dolma visited the local Civil Hosptal and polio camps in villages.

Helping Hands Society reaches out to 70 children
Patiala, November 21
More than 70 needy students received winter uniforms, stationary and fee at a function organised at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) here by the Helping Hands Society.

Unique procession on Nov 27
Bathinda, November 21
To celebrate the “Heritage Festival”, a unique procession would start from the local Gurdwara Hajji Ratan on November 27.

Breach in distributary plugged
Bathinda, November 21
About 20 acres having standing cotton crop and recently sown wheat crop came under knee-deep water following a breach in the Behman distributary, passing near Adarsh Nagar in the town, late last evening.

Decision on Wakf Board hailed
Phillaur, November 21
The Anjuman Islamia Committee, Punjab, chief, Sayeed Nazir Ahmed Nazir, has described the state government decision to form Wakf Board in the state after a period of 20 years as a right step.

Punjabi Lekhak Award for Dr Sirhindi
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 21
Renowned Punjabi writer Dr Harchand Singh Sirhindi, belonging to Sirhind town of the district, has been awarded Shiromani Punjabi Lekhak Award-2002 by the state government.

Rebuild nation, youth urged
Abohar, November 21
A declamation contest was held at the Sardar Patel Medical Institute of Nursing and Hospital here yesterday. Dr Krishan Baveja, head of the intellect cell of the RSS in Punjab, presided over the contest.

Pensioners seek better deal
Patiala, November 21
Pensioners assembled at the Mini-Secretariat here today to celebrate the birthday of three octogenarians and spent more than two hours entertaining the gathering, besides reminding the government that many of their demands were still to be met.


4 booked in dowry case
Moga, November 21
The police has booked four persons in a dowry harassment case in which the accused have also been charged with killing the foetus of the complainant.

Fake degree racket busted, two held
Moga, November 21
The CIA staff busted a fake marksheet and certificate racket and arrested two persons in this connection last night.

Man killed by son
Bathinda, November 21
Magghar Singh, resident of Mehraj village of the district, was allegedly murdered by his son Sewak Singh with the help of his maternal uncle Chamkaur Singh today.


NRI group adopts school
Hoshiarpur, November 21
Motivated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s message for a greater role by NRIs in nation-building, a group of NRIs lead by Mr D.S. Dhillon of Porterville, USA, which includes educationists, doctors, and landlords from Fort Atkinson and Fresno in the USA, Canada and Singapore, has adopted Woodlands Overseas School here for financial support.

Papers on human trafficking read
Amritsar, November 21
A number of papers were presented on human trafficking, rights of HIV/AIDS patients and rights of the mentally challenged on the second day of the three-day international conference on “Human rights in the age of globalisation” being organised by DAV College of Education for women here.

Educational Expo from today
Jalandhar, November 21
In its bid to bridge the communication gap between students and foreign universities and to create awareness about the availability of overseas educational opportunities, the B.N. Overseas Educational Trust has decided to organise a series of seminars under the International Education Expo programme in five cities of Punjab and Chandigarh from November 22 to 27.

Quark shortlists six students
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 21
Six students of the Computer Department of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here have been shortlisted for the final interview by Quark Media House, Mohali.

General category welfare body backs VC
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 21
Mr Parabhjit Singh, senior vice-president of the General Category Welfare Federation and Senate member took a serious note against the allegations being levelled on Mr S.S. Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, of Punjabi University, by the Schedule Caste Welfare Society.

GND varsity degree for Elahi, Capt
Amritsar, November 21
The Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and his counterpart, Capt Amarinder Singh, will be conferred the degree of doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University on December 2.


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