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PM Vajpayee was in Amritsar today for the BJP executive meeting. Stories on Index page.

SAD-BJP combine may face 2 alliances
Chandigarh, November 2
As the notification for the Assembly elections in Punjab is expected to be issued in the last week of next month, different political parties have become hyperactive to clinch alliances with like-minded parties.

Encroachments mar beauty of Ram Bagh
The Punjab government has undertaken an ambitious Rs 10 crore project to revive the historic glory of Ram Bagh, built by legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh. But it is yet to decide about the three clubs that mar the beauty of the rich heritage.

Chernobyl “cannot happen” in India
Amritsar, November 2
On the 14th National Symposium on Radiation Physics six research papers were presented here at the Guru Nanak Dev University Physics Department. In today’s proceedings a special feature on the safety of nuclear reactors was presented by Prof I.V. Krishnan, former Director Safety Research and Health Physics group, DAE, Kalpakkam. He stated to meet demands of the energy, all sources of energy, including nuclear energy should be tapped.

Gurdwara Harmandar Sahib lit up on the Gurpurb of Guru Ram Das.

Procession marks Gurpurb

Gurdwara Harmandar Sahib lit up on the Gurpurb of Guru Ram Das.
— Tribune photo Karam Singh



  Rs 50 lakh unutilised as MLA bickers with MC chief
Barnala, November 2
Bickering between Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) MLA Malkiat Singh Keetu , Mrs Rajinderpal Kaur Sanghera, president of the Barnala Municipal Council and Mrs Rajinder Kaur SAD activist and member Sangrur district Planning Board over the utilisation of grants has hit development projects of the Municipal Council.


CPI seeks 28 seats from Cong
Sangrur, November 2
The CPI has sought 28 seats from the Congress in the next Assembly elections in Punjab during two rounds of talks between stalwarts of the two parties. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Mr Joginder Dayal, Secretary, Punjab unit of the CPI, said there was no deadlock between the Congress and the CPI over seat sharing. However, he admitted that the Congress was at the moment ready to allot only 10 seats to the CPI.

BSP to be dominant alliance partner: Kanshi
Jalandhar, November 2
Giving a jolt to the Panthik Morcha over proposed electoral alliance in the forthcoming elections in the state, the Bahujan Samaj Party President, Mr Kanshi Ram, asserted that the morcha will have to accept the status of a junior partner if it wants to align with the BSP.

Kanshi Ram for Ravi Inder as CM
Ram Tirath (Amritsar), November 2
The biggest draw in the BSP rally besides the party chief Kanshi Ram and his deputy Mayawati was the helicopter which brought them at the venue. Virtually launching their election campaign the BSP supremo yesterday affirmed that the party in alliance with the Panthic Morcha would romp home in the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections.

SAD leaders serve notice on Prempuri
Chandigarh, November 2
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar and other leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal have served legal notice on Mr Kulbir Singh Prempuri, who levelled allegations against Mr Badal relating to property at a press conference here yesterday.


Akash, an artist from Delhi, decorates a girl's hand with mehndi in preparation for Karva Chauth.

Poets strike varied notes
Phagwara, November 2
Surjit Pattar, a Punjabi poet, and Sardar Panchhi, a Urdu poet, last night stole the show at a trilingual kavi darbar organised by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Palahi, the District Sakhrata Samiti and the local JCT Mill to promote literacy and clean culture.

Country needs POTO, says Shanta
Jalandhar, November 2
Union Food Minister Shanta Kumar has justified the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance by saying that the country needed a legal weapon to combat terrorism in the changed global scenario.

The vanishing road signs
“Dear, I will listen, let us reach home”, a board on the Kharar- Chandigarh stretch of National Highway 21 used to proclaim. It was one of the several boards installed during the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations. This board has disappeared and so have many others that were meant to remind motorists of the need for caution while driving.

Sainis threaten to gherao Kanshi Ram
Dera Bassi, November 2
Saini community in Banur Assembly constituency has threatened to gherao Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram, and burn his effigy to protest against his statement where he reportedly called Saini society a betrayer.

SAD (B) councillor refused bail
Mansa, November 2
Mr Mohinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, here today rejected, the bail application of Mr Harpal Singh Pali, municipal councillor belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).


Farmers say they won’t repay loans
Abohar, November 2
Several hundred farmers, including a large number of SAD workers, today pledged that they would not repay loans to cooperative institutions. At a rally organised by the bhartiya Kisan Union at the local grain market today, the farmers rejected the state government’s offer to defer recovery of loans and recover the same in the three easy instalments.

‘No-tillage’ method has few takers
Ropar, November 2
The ‘no tillage technology’ introduced by the Punjab Agriculture Department has found few takers in the district. Farmers in the district are still sticking to the traditional method of burning the remains of previous crops and tilling the fields, before sowing the next crop. This has failed the objectives of the agriculture department to check the pollution caused by burning of the remains of the previous crop and to help the farmers in early sowing, for better yield.


Candidates await appointment letters
Mansa, November 2
Hundreds of candidates selected by the Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab, for appointment as clerks have still not been issued appointment letters although the selection list was released by the board in newspapers on May 26 last.


1 dead, 3 hurt in clash
Amritsar, November 2
Pappu, a resident of Surmandi, was killed by Nand Kumar, Aman, Mannu, Pappu Bose, Paddu and Ashok Kumar, all residents of Gawal Mandi by crushing him under their jeep here on Wednesday night.

Man murdered; burglar shot
Bathinda, November 2
Man Singh, a resident of Akalian Kalan village, was murdered last night allegedly by Harbans Singh of Bishnandi in the district reportedly due to a land dispute. A case has been registered.


‘Zero-semester’ threat looms over students
Bathinda, November 2
Even as the strike of the first year students of engineering colleges all over the state has entered the fourth week, the authorities of the Punjab Technical University are yet to respond positively to the demands of the students, who have been demanding the continuation of the credit system which was applicable to their seniors. The students now face a “zero-semester” threat.

MRSIIT students’ stir disrupts teaching work
Patiala, November 2
The ongoing agitation by students of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology today took a serious turn with students of the institute of along with representatives of other major student bodies on the campus forcing the closure of all teaching departments.

NZ youth festival at Pbi varsity
Patiala, November 2
Punjabi University in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities and the Ministry of Youth Affairs will organise a five-day North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival (Punz Fest-2001) at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hall of the university on November 6.


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