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Red tape holds back relief to quake-hit
Rs 4 crore from Canadian Sikhs lying unused
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 9
Rules and regulations have come in the way of Canadian Sikhs, who have collected Rs 4 crore to provide relief to quake-affected people before winter sets in.

Next SGPC chief after consulting PAC: Badal
Bibi on foundation stone-laying spree
Amritsar, November 9
Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Parkash Singh Badal said today that decision to nominate next SGPC chief would be taken after taking the Political Affairs Committee and Shiromani Committee members into  confidence.

Cotton purchase resumes in Mansa
Bathinda, November 9
With the cotton prices hovering around Rs 1,900 for the last about one week, smiles are back on the faces of cotton growers in the region.
Cotton farmers in jovial mood at the grain market in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Cotton farmers in jovial mood at the grain market in Bathinda on Wednesday.

PM clears nanotechnology institute for Punjab
Chandigarh, November 9
Utilising the few minutes he got to interact with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, projected the pressing needs of the state to him here today.

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Punjab Lok Pal soon, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that the appointment of the new Lok Pal would be made soon.

Drug abuse in institutes exaggerated: survey
Bathinda, November 9
Contrary to the notion of rising drug abuse among school and college students, a survey conducted by the Ferozepore police reveals that very few students consume alcohol or other psychotropic substances.

Punjab shifts 26 PCS officers
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Government ordered the transfer of one IAS officer and 26 PCS officials here tonight. Mr Ranjit Singh will be Special Secretary, Revenue. Mr Jaipal Singh will be Assistant Commissioner ( Grievances), Ferozepore, against a vacant post.


Cong, Akalis out to humble each other
Ludhiana, November 9
The Akalis as well as the Congress are trying to humble each other with an eye on the 2007 Vidhan Sabha elections. In this direction, the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, took a calculated risk by calling a special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to discuss the origin and rise of the extremist movement in Punjab.

BSP leader joins Congress
Chandigarh, November 9
The candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party from Payal in the 2002 Assembly election today joined the Congress. Mrs Nirmaljit Kaur Sekha had polled nearly 15,000 votes against the winning Congress candidate, Mr Tej Parkash Singh.


Close circuit camera in disuse at rly station
Pathankot November 9
The close circuit camera system at the Pathankot railway station is lying unused. The system was installed here about three year ago. The rationale for installing the system was need for 24 hour surveillance due to the sensitive nature of the railway station.

Ailing Patiala woman seeks justice
Patiala, November 9
Life has been tough for ailing Paramjeet Kaur. Persons entrusted with the protection of people are simply making it worse for her. It may be the Chief Minister’s home town and his constituency, but the police has a field day here, says Paramjeet.

Paramjeet Kaur with her daughter Garry Sidhu at their home in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Paramjeet Kaur with her daughter Garry Sidhu at their home in Patiala on Monday.

Needle threading record
Moga, November 9
A youth from Moga on Monday claimed to have broken a world record by inserting 8,800 threads in a needle in one hour, surpassing the previous record of 7,040 threads created eight years ago by another Indian.

Kidnapped woman rescued
Hoshiarpur, November 9
The Hoshiarpur police achieved a major success last night when it rescued Ms Sudha Rani, wife of Mr Puran Parkash of Ahiyapur, from her kidnappers. She was kidnapped on Monday morning when she was returning from a dargah of the village.

Serial on Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Chandigarh, November 9
MP Raj Babbar idiolises Maharaja Ranjit Singh as no one else does. He feels that the policies and administrative acumen shown by him are still relevant today and can be adopted and learnt from. “Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a dynamic King. He had a persona that was unbelievable and in this age of globalisation a lot can be learnt from his administrative skills and the power he weilded,” stated the actor turned politician Raj Babbar.
Film star Raj Babbar with director Chitrarth Singh at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Film star Raj Babbar with director Chitrarth Singh at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Try Natwar for waging war against India: Mann
Ludhiana, November 9
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded that Mr Natwar Singh, Minister without Portfolio, should be tried for waging a war against India as the Sikhs were being charged for demanding a Sikh homeland.

Stress laid on regional reconciliation
Amritsar, November 9
The week-long international conference on “Reconciliation: creating partnerships for building peace” concluded here on Monday in which delegates from 25 countries pledged to work for regional reconciliation in the world to foster peace and harmony.

Silver jubilee of eco-protection drive celebrated
Abohar, November 9
The Infantry and the Air Force celebrated silver jubilee of their coordinated efforts in environment beautification of Suratgarh cantonment and surrounding areas. The weeklong celebrations concluded on Monday with exchange of mementos by the Station Commander Brig. Naveen Modi and Group Captain P N R Govind of the Air Force.

Relief to kin of Hindus killed by militants sought
Ferozepore, November 9
The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Shiv Sena has urged the Union and the state government to grant compensation to the Hindus who died during insurgency in Punjab on the similar lines it was being extended to the 1984 riot victims.

SAD protest against police inaction
Phillaur, November 9
Shiromani Akali Dal activists today, protested here against police failure to arrest sarpanch Kulwant Rai of nearby Haripur Khalsa village in Phillaur subdivison, and action against Phillaur SHO Jaskaran Singh allegedly for helping the Sarpanch evade arrest as three criminal cases are said to be registered against the Sarpanch.

Ban on 4-wheelers on Golden Temple road flayed
Amritsar, November 9
The decision of the traffic police not to allow entry to four-wheelers inside Gandhi Gate with a view to easing traffic on the road leading to Golden Temple did not find favour with Baba Amrik Singh and SGPC employees.

Vedanti leaves for Pak today
Amritsar, November 9
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Giani Tarlochan Singh, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh — Jathedar of Akal Takht, Kesgarh Sahib and Damdama Sahib respectively will go to Pakistan tomorrow. Giani Gurbachan Singh, head granthi Harmandar Sahib, and 20 more Sikhs would cross into Pakistan through Wagah land route.

Conference on manual therapy
Chandigarh, November 9
Sardar Bhagwan Singh (PG) Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Research, along with Capri Institute of Manual Therapy is organising an international conference on manual therapy on November 10 and 11 at Dehra Dun.

Transport workers withdraw strike
Amritsar, November 9
The Transport Workers Union here today withdrew indefinite strike after they were assured by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Parveen Kumar, and the District Transport Officer to look into their grievances.

Baalu visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, November 9
The four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar road is likely to commence from next year. This was revealed by Mr T R Baalu, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways who visited the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh here today. He was here for a high-level consultative committee on four-laning of the Amritsar-Jalandhar road.

Petrol crisis: Punjab gets credit extension
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Government has been given 15 days’ extension in credit to get fuel from the petrol station of the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Corporation.


High Court
Punjab ordered to take back Panchayat Officers

Chandigarh, November 9
In a major setback to the Punjab Government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has set aside the controversial order by which it had terminated the services of three Block Development and Panchayat Officers (BDPOs) appointed by the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government.

Free Legal Services Day celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 9
A seminar was organised by the District Legal Services Authority at District Bar Room today to celebrate Free Legal Services Day as “National Legal Literacy Day”.

121 provided free legal aid
Ropar, November 9
As many as 121 persons of the district have been provided free legal aid till now this year while Rs 4.51 lakh compensation has been granted to litigants in accident claim cases while 861 cases of various nature have been solved in 41 Lok Adalats held here, said the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K Goel, while addressing gathering in a seminar organised to commemorate Free Legal Awareness Day in the district court here.

Literacy Day celebrated
Hoshiarpur, November 9
As many as 16731 cases have been settled at 113 Lok Adalats, organised in the district so far and compensation of more than Rs 38 crore released to aggrieved parties. Mr G. K. Rai, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Hoshiarpur stated this at a seminar organised in connection with National Literacy Day celebration here today. 

Ravi Sidhu was paid Rs 12.27 lakh as salary
Ropar, November 9
Former PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu was paid Rs 12.27 lakh as salary during his tenure deposed one of the witnesses a clerk with the PPSC, Patiala, today before Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, S.K Goel, in a case of disproportionate assets registered against Sidhu.


Plan on rainwater harvesting in new houses
Dharowali (Gurdaspur), November 9
Rainwater harvesting will be made compulsory in news houses throughout the state. The Department of Soil Conservation has made a draft in this regard. The draft has been enacted in consultation with PUDA, municipal councils and corporations. It will be passed by the Cabinet.

Toll-free phone numbers for farmers’ queries
Ludhiana, November 9
Farmers across the country can call a toll free Kisan Call Centre number of the BSNL to ask agricultural experts about their problems, said Dr G.K. Chaudhary, Director, Wheat Research Centre, Ministry of Agriculture


SHO shifted to police lines
Abohar, November 9
Mr Veer Chand, SHO, city police station, has been shifted to the District Police Lines.


4 cops arrested for graft
Gurdaspur, November 9
The Punjab Vigilance bureau has arrested four policemen, including Sub-Inspector (SI) on the charge of corruption. DSP Viglance, Gurdaspur, Bakshish Singh told The Tribune told that they had been receiving complaints from pilgrims going to Mata Vashino Devi on corruption by the cops deputed at nakas.

IT raids: 19 lockers sealed
Amritsar, November 9
The income tax sleuths, who raided M/s Gopi Krishan Processors and its sister concerns yesterday, prepared a detailed report of the seizures, which included FDRs, KVPs, property deeds and 'stock differences' and sealed as many as 19 lockers opened in different banks in the name of family members today.

4 booked in cheating case
Barnala, November 9
The Mehal Kalan police in Barnala police district booked four persons in a case of cheating.

Principal, clerk held for adopting unfair means
Bathinda, November 9
A principal and a clerk of a government senior secondary school have been arrested for adopting unfair means to help out some students in Class X exam. A government school teacher has also been booked in the matter.

Complaint against octroi contractors
Abohar, November 9
With the Chief Minister announcing March 31 as the date for abolishing octroi, some contractors have reportedly become defiant.

SP shielding ‘accused’
Amritsar, November 9
Mr Narinder Singh, father of Harkirat Singh, a student of Amritsar College of Engineering, Manawala, who was wounded when he was shot at by his seniors, including Kantmani, has complained to DIG border range, that Mr Kewal Krishan, SP (HQ) was shielding the accused.

5 booked for demanding dowry
Tarn Taran, November 9
The Goindwal police has booked five persons, including three women members of a family for demanding dowry.

Gang of cheats busted
Amritsar, November 9
With the arrest of four persons, including a government employee of the Education Department, the district police today claimed to have busted a gang of cheats, which used to finance the vehicles by furnishing fake documents and then selling them at lower rates in other districts.

Police applies for discharge of two
Kharar, November 9
The Kharar police today applied for the discharge of two persons arrested in the Chajjumajra triple murder case. The two — Ravinder, a resident of Khooni Majra village near here, and Chajju — were arrested following the incident on August 7. The two were reportedly giving threatening calls to the family of the deceased for a month before the incident.

Thief held with 1kg gold, cash
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 9
The police has arrested a thief with more than 1kg of gold and Rs 65,000, which he stole from the residence of his employer in Delhi.


Unemployed teachers protest
Faridkot, November 9
Unemployed ETT teachers from Faridkot, Moga, Bathinda and Muktsar districts and members of various teachers organisations took out a march through the main streets of the town here today against the arrest of 40 jobless ETT teachers here on November 7.


Punjab to set up four industrial units
Ferozepore, November 9
The state government has given nod for setting up four industrial units here which would be established at an estimated cost of Rs 160.20 crores.

Markfed registered as supplier
Chandigarh, November 9
The Government of Algeria has registered Markfed as a prospective supplier of wheat, cereals and pulses to Algeria.


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