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HC quashes reauction of liquor shops
Major setback to govt, Ponty Chadha
Chandigarh, November 10
In a major setback to the Punjab Government and liquor baron Ponty Chadha, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the re-auction of liquor vends of Jalandhar-I, Jalandhar-II, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur held on November 5 last year.

Amarinder plans to storm Badal’s bastion
Chandigarh, November 10
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has started marshalling the political force at his command to storm the citadel of the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in the Malwa belt next week.

Dullo rules out poll pact
Sangrur, November 10
The Congress party in Punjab will not enter into an alliance with any political party for Assembly elections. Powerful as it is, it does not need any type of support from anyone to win elections.

Father Mark case: Sinha ready to face
any probe

Chandigarh, November 10
Responding to a writ petition filed with regard to a widely-reported Father Mark Barnes case, a former Principal Secretary (Home), Punjab, Mr S.K. Sinha, yesterday submitted an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, stating that he would accept investigation by any agency appointed by the court.




Boys dress up as girls to warn against declining sex ratio.
(28k, 56k)

Two Pakistani nationals held
Important documents seized
Jalandhar, November 10
The police has claimed to arrest two Pakistani nationals from the city. The arrests were made in joint operation of the city police and the Military Intelligence. The persons are accused of not only illegally staying in the country but also for espionage by collecting vital information relating to military and other institutions of strategic importance.

Bikaner-Bathinda train derails, close shave for passengers
Bathinda, November 10
Scores of passengers of the 340 Down Bikaner-Bathinda train had a miraculous escape in the wee hours today when seven of its coaches derailed near Mandi Dabwali.

Petrol stations eating into forest cover
Jalandhar, November 10
The mushrooming of petrol stations along national and state highways and other roads has not only resulted in loss of hundreds of full-grown trees, but the ongoing felling for providing access to petrol outlets poses a serious threat to green belts along the roads of Punjab.

Juice processing plants to give boost to horticulture in Punjab
Chandigarh, November 10
The ball for setting up state-of-the-art juice extraction plants with foreign collaboration was set rolling today. The Italian major, Rossi and Catelli, have today agreed upon two sites Hoshiarpur and Abohar in Punjab - where they will instal their hi-tech equipment for production of preserved juices and fruit and vegetable concentrates.


To hang or not to hang
Ludhiana, November 10
To hang or not to hang is the burning topic among the legal fraternity and politicians alike. The Sarbjit Singh story has yet to reach its logical conclusion and the euphoria it generated has died down. But Sarbjit, like many others, continues to be on the death row in Pakistan, as are many others in India.

Rajni’s death — accident or murder?
Barnala, November 10
Was Rajni’s death on November 1, 2005 morning in Kuttiwal village near Ramnagar on the Maur-Rampura Phool road in Bathinda district a murder or an accident. Mr Rameshwar Dass — a resident of Barnala and father of Rajni, alleged his daughter had been murdered by his son-in-law Krishan Kumar in collusion with car driver Kaala.

NHRC blames cops for inaction in dowry case
Abohar, November 10
The National Human Rights Council has alleged that Jagwinder Kaur (name changed) was raped repeatedly by her father-in-law for not having arranged for cash and car from her parents.

Bank employees observe strike
Patiala, November 10
Hundreds of employees of the State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) observed a day’s strike by sitting in a protest dharna outside the bank complex, near the Mall road, here today.

Ex-servicemen, widows honoured at rally
Ferozepore, November 10
Golden Arrow Division of the Indian Army organised an ex-servicemen’s rally at Jyoti Stadium here today under the aegis of Vajra Corps.

Youths queue up for jobs in Army at rally
Bathinda, November 10
The recruitment rally of the Army is in progress here for the past 3 days. Harvinder Singh, who hails from Ghunas village of Sangrur, is one of the hundreds youths queuing up to try their luck at the Army’s rally being held at Rajindra College.

Plea to launch campaign against quacks
Phillaur, November 10
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Parminder Mehta has urged Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to launch a statewide campaign against quacks, who are playing with the lives of innocent people, especially in slum areas and rural localities.

Cyclist feared drowned
Abohar, November 10
A young cyclist was feared drowned in the Bikaner canal while two children were rescued, witnesses said. According to sources Kaka Singh (22) son of Mr Gurdas Singh resident of Islamewala village was going to fields to pick cotton along with his nephew Akashdeep (4) and niece Rani (9) on the banks of Bikaner Canal (Gang Canal) early in the morning.

SGPC jatha leaves for Pak
Attari, November 10
A 3000 strong ‘jatha’ of Sikh pilgrims sponsored by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today left for Pakistan by three special trains from here. The ‘jatha’ will take part in the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib on November 15.
Sikh pilgrims wave from train to Pakistan at Amritsar Railway Station on Thursday.
— Reuters photo
Sikh pilgrims wave from train to Pakistan at Amritsar Railway Station

Razia Sultana nominated to Wakf Board
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab Government today reconstituted the Punjab Wakf Board by nominating its five members. Ms Razia Sultana, MLA from Malerkotla, is one of the nominated members.


Traders fleecing cotton growers
Abohar, November 10
The Bharatiya Kisan Union has threatened to jam traffic on the National Highway No. 10 if the authorities failed to check alleged fleecing of cotton growers by traders in 48 hours.


2 vets occupy one post
Moga, November 10
While government hospitals across the state are crying for medical staff, two doctors are working on a single post of Senior Veterinary Officer for the past over three months at Civil Veterinary Hospital here.


Boy killed, 5 hurt in mishap
Sangrur, November 10
A 10-year-old boy, Hardip Singh (Rinku), of Uppli village near here was killed while five others were injured when a car and a bus met with an accident near Mehlan village, about 10 km from here today.

Ex-Army officer murdered
Batala, November 10
Former Army Captain Ranjit Singh (85) of Chon village on the Batala-Jalandhar road was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons. He was alone in the home when the incident took place as his wife was away for the past two days.

Woman commits suicide; in-laws held
Kharar, November 10
A 31-year-old married woman, resident of Shingariwala village, near here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the hook of a ceiling fan at her house yesterday afternoon.

Woman abducted, let off on seeing police barrier
Sangrur, November 10
An unmarried woman teacher was today allegedly kidnapped in a Maruti car by three persons from Mastuana Sahib. Mr Kuldip Sharma, DSP, Sangrur, said this evening that as information of kidnapping of the girl reached, we set up nakas in the area.

Silver ornaments worth Rs 6.5 lakh seized
Khanna, November 10
The police here has seized 58.6 kg of silver ornaments worth Rs 6.5 lakh near the Novelty Cinema in the wee hours today. The police has detained two persons in this connection who were released on bail later on.


Badal lays stone of Tohra institute of advanced studies
Mohali, November 10
SGPC members will hold a meeting under the chairmanship of the SAD chief, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, on November 22 in Amritsar to finalise the name of the SGPC presidential candidate. The election will be held on November 23.

The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, with the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, at Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Mohali on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, with the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, at Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Mohali

Planning Board allocates Rs 20 cr to PAU
Ludhiana, November 10
The Punjab State Planning Board has allocated a sum of Rs 20 crore for the year 2005-06 to Punjab Agricultural University to strengthen agricultural research in the state. The overriding objective of the Punjab government is to devise technologies that boost the agricultural diversification programme.

Tiny tots of Guru Nanak Foundation Public School perform during the school’s annual function in Patiala
Tiny tots of Guru Nanak Foundation Public School perform during the school’s annual function in Patiala on Thursday.

Youth festival results
Patiala, November 10
On the second day of the three-day Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of Punjabi University being conducted by the Department of Youth Welfare on the campus here today competitions in various items were held in Guru Teg Bahadur Hall, Kala Bhavan and Punjabi Bhavan.

2 students to be reinstated
Bathinda, November 10
Two students of the total six students, who were suspended from DAV College here few days back, will be reinstated.


Insurance company’s office inaugurated
Moga, November 10
Mr Deepak Raj Garg, ADC, Moga, and Mr Joginder Pal Jain, president, Municipal Committee, today inaugurated HDFC Standard Life Insurance branch here. With this launch the company will operate in eight locations in Punjab.

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