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Cong preparing ‘charge sheet’ against Badal government
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, today reiterated that the issue of corruption and property allegedly acquired by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was not dead. A “charge sheet’’, supported by facts and photographs, against the present government was being prepared.

The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, addresses a Press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. To his left is Mr Kulbir Singh Prempuri, president, SAD, New York, who joined the Congress. — A Tribune photograph

Coal stocks down to alarming level
Patiala, November 1
A cash-starved Punjab State Electricity Board, which is already passing through a financial crisis, is now faced with an alarming position vis-a-vis power generation in its thermal plants with coal reserves down to very low levels.

Girls presenting Punjabi folk dance 'giddha'
Girls presenting Punjabi folk dance 'giddha' at a function in Amritsar on Wednesday.
 — PTI photo


2 cops planned robbery, says SSP
Jalandhar, November 1
The Rs 1.22 crore robbery of foreign currency, near the District Courts Complex, on the morning of October 16 was allegedly committed by two Punjab Armed Police constables with the help of their accomplices.

5 of 9 awardees attend Punjabi Week function
Patiala, November 1
The inauguration of the Punjabi week on New Punjab Day saw the State Language Department achieve a dubious distinction. It was able to attract only five writers of the nine, who were awarded on the occasion.

Aided college staff to get ‘all pensionary benefits’
Chandigarh, November 1
Employees of the government-aided private colleges in Punjab, including the teaching as well as non-teaching staff, will get all pensionary benefits. This was stated by the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, here today.

TB drug fails test
Sangrur, November 1
The failure of a batch of an anti-tuberculosis drug, rifampicin (450 mg capsule), in a test conducted recently, has put a question mark on the quality of medicines being supplied to the government hospitals in Punjab and other states in the region.



Sainis deplore Kanshi’s remarks
Nawanshahr, November 1
The Punjab Pradesh Saini Sabha met at Punjab Mata Vidyawati Bhavan here today. Mr Iqbal Singh, state president of the Sabha criticised Mr Kanshi Ram, BSP leader for his remarks against the Sainis. The sabha decided to submit a memorandum to the SSP and the DC tomorrow demanding the registration of case under Sections 153, 153 A,B, 295 A, 298, 500, 504, 120 B of the IPC against Mr Kanshi Ram.

Cong warns CM on SYL issue
Malerkotla, November 1
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee executive member, Mrs Razia Sultana, today warned Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal against compromising the interests of the state.


Jagir Kaur, Vedanti hold meeting
Amritsar, November 1
Bibi Jagir Kaur, a former SGPC President and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, held a marathon meeting at the latter’s residence here today. The meeting lasted more than one and a half hours. Both are considered strong opponents of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC.

Giani Mal Singh to be installed as Granthi
Amritsar, November 1
Even as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has not implemented the directive of Akal Takht for framing rules and regulations for the appointment of Sikh high priests, Giani Mal Singh of Damdami Taksal will be installed as Granthi of the Golden Temple. His installation will take place on November 4.

SHSAD wants scrutiny panel on ’84 riots
Sangrur, November 1
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal today asked the Centre to constitute a scrutiny commission to those behind the killings of Sikhs during the 1984 riots and expedite the process of awarding punishment to the guilty.

Mahila Chetna Rally a big draw
Zirakpur, November 1
A large number of women from 175 villages of Banur Assembly constituency participated in the “Mahila Chetna Rally” organised to educate the women about their rights and their role in society here today.

PM visit to hit functioning of flying clubs
Amritsar, November 1
In wake of the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, who is coming here to participate in the national executive meeting of the BJP to be held from November 2, the functioning of the flying clubs in the state will come to a standstill. Except for scheduled flights there would not be any air traffic within a radius of 300 kilometres from the venue for the meeting.

Vigilance Deptt gave 26 lakh to informants
Ferozepore, November 1
The Vigilance Bureau has given more than 26 lakh as award money to all those who have helped the department in arresting officials indulging in corrupt practices. This was stated by Mr Hardyal Singh Mann, SP (Vigilance), Ferozepore Range, at a seminar on anti-corruption measures held yesterday as part of the ‘anti’ corruption week’ organised in collaboration with the Lions Club.

KRIBHCO’s work lauded
Chandigarh, November 1
The Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited, Punjab, organised a function to mark the “Vigilance Awareness Week” here yesterday. The function was held at KRIBHCO Bhavan which was chaired by Mr J.P. Aswal, IPS, Additional Director General of Police; Punjab (retd), and Mr Harraj Singh Sidhu, Director (KRIBHCO), presided over the function.

Councillor remanded
Mansa, November 1
A municipal, councillor belonging to the SAD (B), and co-accused Jagjit Singh were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days yesterday by Mr Mohinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate.


Railways set up fog signal posts
Phillaur, November 1
Northern Railway has set up “fog signal posts” near all railway stations to ensure the smooth running of trains during fog. Stating this, sources in the Railways told this correspondent yesterday that railway employees would give clearance signals to train drivers by bursting crackers on railway lines during fog.

Pirzada to stay on deputation
Chandigarh, November 1
Mr Gurnihal Singh Pirzada, an IAS officer of the 1982 batch from the Tamil Nadu cadre, has been allowed by the Union Government to stay on deputation in Punjab till the completion of his five-year term.


2 more thieves held
Bathinda, November 1
The police has arrested two members of a gang allegedly involved in stealing vehicles, chain-snatching and smuggling of narcotics. Four other members of the gang had been arrested recently.

Man “sells” land that doesn’t exist
Bathinda, November 1
Rajinder Singh, a resident of the city, has been booked for allegedly cheating Jaswant Kaur of Rampura Phul by “selling” her a non-existent piece of land. As per the FIR, Jaswant Kaur gave Rs 79,000 to Rajinder Singh for purchasing a residential plot in Patti Jhulti area of the city.

Spate of thefts worry residents
Nawanshahr, November 1
Fear stalks residents here following a spate of thefts in New Adarsh Nagar and Nayyar Vihar, two thickly populated colonies, during the intervening nights of Monday-Tuesday and Tuesday-Wednesday.

Bid to escape from police custody
Bathinda, November 1
The police yesterday foiled an undertrial’s attempt to escape from police custody while he was being taken to a cell in the district court for hearing in a criminal case against him.


Scholar who detected error in ‘Ether Theory’ retires
Chandigarh, November 1
Dr Vidwan Singh Soni, the senior-most Principal in Punjab, who retired from Government College, Patiala, today, is credited with having detected and corrected a basic error in the theory of the first Nobel Laureate in Science, when he challenged A.A. Michelson’s historical “M-M experiment” of 1887.

Dev Samaj College steals the show
Abohar, November 1
Jasmeen of Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, received best actress award in one act plays from Mr Virendra Kataria, a former MP, at the concluding session of Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival at DAV College of Education here on Monday. Praneet Kaur of the same college was adjudged runners up for her performance in Punjabi one act play “Is Pind Da Koi Naam Nahin”. Prizes to winners of debate and poem recitation competition were given by DSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan.

Stir by IT students intensifies
Patiala, November 1
The strike by students of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology intensified today with students sitting on a dharna in front of the institute premises on the Punjabi University campus and raising slogans against the management of the university.


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