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Dullo against job quota for rich among reserved categories
Chandigarh, November 29
Making an important policy statement that may have far-reaching implications, the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, said here today that the prosperous section among the reserved categories should voluntary stop getting the benefit of reservation in government jobs so that the same benefit could be passed on to the deserving persons in that category.

VHP activists block road
Probe into police role ordered
Bathinda, November 29
Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Hindu organisations today blocked traffic on a narrow bridge on the Goniana road for four hours while the administration failed to persuade them to lift the blockade.

Mother of AIDS victim seeks justice
Jalandhar, November 29
Life has been full of odds for 65-year-old Darshan Kaur ever since her son-in-law and daughter died of AIDS leaving behind one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

One-and-a-half-year-old Harpreet Kaur, whose parents died of AIDS, with her maternal grandmother, Darshan Kaur, in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
One-and-a-half-year-old Harpreet Kaur, whose parents died of AIDS, with her maternal grandmother, Darshan Kaur, in Jalandhar on Tuesday.




Hooda orders probe into child’s death in hostel
Ludhiana, November 29
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has ordered a high-level probe into the murder of Neeraj Jain, who belonged to this city and allegedly was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in the hostel of Shree Atam Jain Sharman Upasak Vallabh Gurukul, Ambala, on November 9 night.

File photo of Neeraj Jain

Baba Chicago serves notice to US magazine
Amritsar, November 29
Even as Baba Daljit Singh Chicago, an international Sikh preacher, has served legal notice to the Editor and Publisher of a USA-based monthly Punjabi magazine, ‘Amritsar Times’, for publishing an article levelling charges of moral turpitude against him, the Sikh clergy has maintained a studied silence in this regard.

Pak women no less free: Bushra
Ludhiana, November 29
Bushra Rehman is an angry woman. Angry with the media in general and the Indian media in particular for painting a dismal picture of the way women are treated in Pakistan. She argues that the Pakistani society is as liberal or conservative about its woman as is any other society, including the Indian, in an interview with The Tribune here last night.

Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman

13 months ahead of poll, BJP gears up for battle
Chandigarh, November 29
The leadership of the Punjab unit of the BJP has started mobilising its rank and file to prepare for the Assembly elections in the state. The poll will be held in 13 months from now.

Punjab to become a land of bananas
Chandigarh, November 29
Will Punjab become a land of bananas? Yes, if one is to go by what the Punjab State Farmers Commission authorities say. The Commission has planned to start the cultivation of bananas in 2,000 acres soon.


No need of CID men in SGPC office, says Avtar
Amritsar, November 29
To overhaul the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) administration, its new President, Mr Avtar Singh, has directed that no CID official should be allowed to sit in the SGPC offices as per the previous practice.

Punjab to recruit 1,200 police personnel
Chandigarh, November 29
After allowing the recruitment of teachers, the Punjab Government has cleared the recruitment of 1,000-1,200 police personnel under a new battalion of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to be set up with part funding from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Probe irrigation works on Beas: Mann
Gurdaspur, November 29
The Irrigation Department is neglecting the plight of poor farmers in the Bet area of Gurdaspur whose land is getting eroded into the Beas river.

107-page reply by Bir Devinder
Kharar, November 29
The Kharar MLA Mr Bir Devinder Singh has said that he had filed a 107-page reply to the show-cause notice issued to him by the Congress president in Punjab, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo. Mr Bir Devinder was talking to media-persons following a function held at Gharuan village, near here, today.

Badal’s wife allowed to visit Pak
Ropar, November 29
A local court today allowed Ms Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, to visit holy shrine in Pakistan for 15 days. She was allowed to visit Pakistan from December 12 onwards on furnishing a surety bond of Rs 5 lakh with certain conditions.


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Probe sought into affiliations by Technical Education Dept

Chandigarh, November 29
A PIL has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking inquiry by an independent agency, preferably the CBI, into the large-scale affiliations given by the Technical Education and Industrial Training Department, Punjab, to private institutes to run art and craft teachers training course.

Life term for killing brother
Ropar, November 29
A resident of Rampur Sise village in Chamkaur Sahib, Ram Singh, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his brother following a land dispute by the District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.K Sharma.


Killed youth’s kin allege police inaction
Bathinda, November 29
Mr Ashwani Kumar Garg, whose son was reportedly abducted and killed about four months ago, has been running from pillar to post seeking arrest of those behind his “murder”.

Akali leader booked
Amritsar, November 29
The Beas police has booked an Akali leader and former Chairman of the Forest Corporation, of the Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, allegedly for protesting and threatening to damage the government properties.


School staff not paid salaries since April
Batala, November 29
Teachers and non-teaching staff of private and aided schools of Punjab have not been given salaries for the past many months as the government has not released grants to such schools since April, 2005.

Students block traffic
Barnala, November 29
Students of S.D. College ITI and Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera blocked the traffic for about two hours at the local courts Chowk today in response to a call given by the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) and the Punjab Students Union (PSU) to express resentment against the anti-students and anti-education policies of Punjab Government.

538 get degrees at convocation
Amritsar, November 29
As many as 538 graduates and postgraduates received degrees at the 34th annual convocation of the SR Government College for Women held here today.


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