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CM says no to nuclear power plant, snubs Dullo
Patiala, November 3
In a significant development that could have far-reaching political consequences, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said no nuclear power plant would be set up in the state. He also snubbed the state Congress chief, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, by saying that he (Mr Dullo) was not in the government and hence he was not supposed to take interest in such issues.

Major development projects cleared
Chandigarh, November 3
A day after the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced his intention to hold a special debate on development in the state, the government today got into an overdrive and announced a slew of major development projects.

PUDA plans to offer better deal to farmers
Mohali, November 3
In order to offer a better deal to farmers whose land is acquired by the government for development, a
sub-committee constituted by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to suggest an alternative compensation scheme has finalised its recommendations.

Tactical battle on between Cong, SAD
Chandigarh, November 3
To attract public attention to issues which are likely to be in the limelight during the Punjab Assembly elections to be held in 60 weeks from now, the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal, the main Opposition party in the state, have started a tactical political battle.

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  Virasat mela to showcase Malwa’s rich culture
Bathinda, November 3
The three-day Virasat mela beginning today at the sports stadium here will showcase rich cultural heritage of the Malwa region presenting a rare chance for city people and young generation to get familiar with their rich traditions and typical rural lifestyle.

Labourers give finishing touches to Jaipal Garh, a village depicting cultural heritage of the Malwa region, on the eve of Virasat mela in Bathinda. Photo: Kulbir Beera.

Labourers give finishing touches to Jaipal Garh, a village depicting cultural heritage of the Malwa region, on the eve of Virasat mela in Bathinda.


Pathankot civil airport a victim of political rivalry
Gurdaspur, November 3
The civil airport of Pathankot is ready for inauguration. However, the flights are not being started much to the chagrin of the people of Kangra, Gurdaspur and Jammu, who are likely to benefit the most from it.

Bathinda Cong for leaders’ expulsion
Bathinda, November 3
Taking a serious note of the voices of dissent emanating from within the party, the city Congress held a meeting last evening and recommended expulsion of the District Youth Congress chief Mr Paramjit Singh Kotfatta, District INTUC president Mr Preetam Singh Brar, and Mr Satpal Bhateja and Mr Tehal Singh Sandhu from the party for six years.


Church of North India denies conversion through coercion
Ludhiana, November 3
Criticism of the church notwithstanding, Mr Joel V. Mal, newly elected moderator of the Church of North India asserts that the conversion would continue. He added, there was no coercion or allurement used for the conversion. He asserted, “I believe in conversion and not coercion”.

Mr Joel V. Mal, newly elected Moerator of the Church of North India, talks to The Tribune in Ludhiana on Thursday.
 — Photo: I.V.

Mr Joel V. Mal, newly elected Moerator of the Church of North India, talks to The Tribune in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Protest against ‘destruction’ of crop by police
Pathankot, November 3
In yet another incident, the crop of a Dalit farmer, Sumitra Devi, of Soly Bholi village, near Sujjanpur, has been destroyed allegedly by the police at the behest of a minister.

NMC chief comes to Reddy’s defence
Amritsar, November 3
Mr Tirlochan Singh, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, has spoken in favour of Mr Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, who was criticised by SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur for not getting up on his feet to accept the German translation of Guru Granth Sahib recently.

Revoke disturbed area tag on Punjab, says M. S. Gill
Chandigarh, November 3
Dr M.S. Gill, member of the Rajya Sabha, here today said that he had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to revoke the order through which the Punjab was declared disturbed area years ago.

Photo exhibition on birds
Ropar, November 3
With a view to spread awareness about more than 150 species of birds, including migratory birds, in the wetland area in Ropar district and Himachal Pardesh, a Nangal-based NGO, Jagriti, organised a photo exhibition at government college here today.

Schemes for girl child highlighted
Nabha, November 3
In order to check increasing gender bias and encourage couples to go for girl child, the Family Planning Department of the state has announced various lucrative schemes.

Protest against publication of article
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
Activists of the Brahmin Sabha, Sirhind, led by Mr Devi Dayal Parashar, state president of the sabha, organised a protest march in front of Deputy Commissioner and SSP’s office in protest against the derogatory language used by a reporter of a newspaper in an article against the Brahmins.

120 delegates to deliberate on global peace
Amritsar, November 3
A seven-day meet on creating international partnership for building global peace started at the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society here today.

Fire breaks out in shop
Kharar, November 3
Goods worth about Rs 20,000 were destroyed in a fire that broke out in a kiryana shop in Desumajra village late last night.

Cong leader dead
Hoshiarpur, November 3
After a brief illness, Mr Jai Singh, secretary, District Congress Committee, Hoshiarpur, died at the DMC, Ludhiana, early this morning. His body was brought to his house today.

Brahmkumaris celebrate Bhaiya Dooj with BSF men
On The Zero Line, November 3
More than 50 jawans and officers of the Border Security Force today felt at home as members of the Brahmakumaris organisation celebrated bhaiya dooj with them at Sulemanki sector.


Shortage of bags hits procurement
Chandigarh, November 3
Farmers are facing problems in the lifting of their paddy at a grain market in Payal, near Khanna, because of shortage of gunny bags. Certain farmers told The Tribune on the phone the Punjab Agro had neither made the payment of the paddy procured by it after October 20 nor was it providing adequate stock of gunny bags for stacking paddy.


4 labourers held for murder
Nawanshahr, November 3
The police has arrested four migratory labourers Yousuf, Sunil, Munna and Ram (all residents of Ranchi district in Jharkhand) for murdering another migratory labourer Raju from Jharkhand, residing at Karyam village. According to information, the victim Raju went to meet the accused at Hiala village on Tuesday.

Two killed in mishap
Ropar, November 3
Two persons were killed and five others were injured, one of them seriously when a private bus in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a deep field on the Morinda-Kurali road here this evening.

One killed in accident
Tarn Taran, November 3
Bhupinder Singh (20), a resident of Kallaha village, was killed and three others were injured when the three-wheeler in which they were going overturned near Mughalchack village.

One held for abducting girl
Kharar, November 3
The local police today booked a Nawanshahr resident on charges of abducting a minor girl in order to marry her.


Empowered panel on medical colleges to be set up
Patiala, November 3
The Punjab Government has decided to set up an empowered committee headed by the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to work out modalities to upgrade and modernise all three medical colleges of the state.

25,000 teachers to be recruited
Chandigarh, November 3
As many as 25,000 teachers will be recruited soon to fill vacant posts in government schools in the state. Informed sources said a meeting was held in this connection between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the School Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, here today.

Non-academic duties ‘hit’ teaching
Barnala, November 3
Leaders of Barnala region of Government Teachers Union, Punjab, have demanded that the Punjab government should immediately do away with the system of assigning non-academic duties to government school teachers in Punjab as it was adversely affecting the teaching work and the standard of education in the state.


Cold storage to come up at Rajasansi
Amritsar, November 3
The Union Government has decided to construct an ultramodern cold storage at an expenditure of Rs 18 crore at the Rajasansi International Airport for perishable goods meant for exporting to various countries.

Draw for Divali bumper held
Ludhiana, November 3
The draw of lots for the Divali bumper prize of Rs 2 crore of Punjab Lotteries was held at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra here today in the presence of a large gathering.


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