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Cong to prove charges if CBI probe ordered
Properties owned by Badal
Chandigarh, November 3
The Congress said today that it was ready to prove the allegations about the huge wealth and immovable property owned by Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal provided the latter ordered a probe.

Meeting gives headstart to alliance
Amritsar, November 3
The two-day national executive meeting in the border district, especially at a crucial time when Assembly elections are round the corner, has given a headstart to the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.

Time to halt Punjab’s downslide
Chandigarh, November 3
Punjab is beset with problems having roots in distortions in the politico-economic set-up. These can be rectified only through a comprehensive restructuring of the political, economic and constitutional structures.

Dhindsa’s no to scrutiny panel
Sangrur, November 3
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Secretary-General of the Shiromani-Akali Dal today said “there is no need to set up a scrutiny commission with regard to probing anti-Sikh riots in 1984, as the newly appointed commission by the Vajpayee government was already functioning.




‘Living gurus’ biggest threat to Sikhism: Kewal Singh
Chandigarh, November 3
An intense debate has begun among the Sikh intelligentsia to stem the rot in various Sikh institutions and to revive their past glory and strength. Several questions with regard to the continuous decay of Sikh institutions came up on the first day of a two-day seminar organised by the Institute of Sikh Studies on the “Institutional Failure in Punjab with respect to Sikhism” here today. 

No takers at Punjabi book fair
Patiala, November 3
Punjabi fiction and non-fiction is destined for dark days if one goes by the response of the general public to the state level Book Fair organised by the State Language Department during the ongoing ‘Punjabi Week’. 


‘Cong to give 15 pc seats to BCs’
Ropar, November 3
To give due representation to the backward classes, the Congress will allot 15 per cent seats to candidates belonging to backward classes in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

Paddy purchase to be poll plank: SAD
Bathinda, November 3
Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal, talking to reporters at Killianwala village, 40 km from here last evening, said that smooth procurement of paddy would be a major poll issue in the Assembly elections.

CPM-led front ruled out in Punjab
Chandigarh, November 3
While the 15-member Pasla group stayed away from the meeting of the state committee of the Punjab unit of the CPM, the party appears to have ruled out the possibility of forming a CPM-led people’s front to contest the coming Assembly elections in the state.


A rail station sans waiting room
Malerkotla is an industrial belt of Sangrur district which can boast of more than 2,000 small, medium and large industrial units producing iron, steel and textiles, providing employment to over one lakh persons.

Action against Shahi Imam as per law: CM
Jalandhar, November 3
“The Union Government has taken cognizance of recent utterances of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in support of Taliban regime and Osama bin Laden and his subsequent call for Jehad. A suitable action will be taken against him according to the law of the country.”

Two heads of account attached
Mansa, November 3
Ms Poonam Ratti, Civil Judge, Junior Division, Bathinda, has issued two warrants of attachment. In one warrant issued for Rs 76,134 it has been ordered to attach the head of account relating to pay and allowances of the office of District Education Officer, Secondary Mansa, Ms Bhupinder Kaur and her official vehicle number and through another warrant for Rs 32,635.50 it has been ordered to attach the head of account relating to pay and allowances of the office of Headmaster, Government High School, Dalel Singh Wala and his office furniture, besides the photostat, duplicating, machines and other office material of the office of DEO (S) Mansa.

‘Cut in allowance to hit power generation’
Bathinda, November 3
Mr V.K. Sharma, regional secretary, PSEB Engineers Association, in a press note issued here today, said any move of the PSEB authorities to stop or curtail the engineers’ allowances would reflect badly on the power generation of the three thermal plants of the state.

PSEB resumes checking
Patiala, November 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday claimed that it had “revived” vigorous efforts to plug theft of energy throughout the state under which surprise checks were being conducted on industrial, commercial and domestic connections.

Pharmacists to gherao minister
Barnala, November 3
The Punjab Health Minister, Mr Baldev Raj Chawla will be gheraoed in Punjab by the activists of the Punjab State Pharmacist’s Association. Besides this, pharmacists from all parts of Punjab will organise a massive protest rally and demonstration on November 18 in Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Assembly constituency Lambi.

Women throng bazars on karva chauth
Bathinda, November 3
As market here is decorated for the karva chauth celebrations with bangles, beautiful sarees, embroided suits, stalls of sweets and eatables, a number of artistes have come to the city from Jaipur, Agra and Delhi with their special mehndis to decorate hands of women.

SC, ST rally today
Bathinda, November 3
Members of the Punjab Gazetted and Non-gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation will participate in a social transformation rally being organised by the All-India SC/ST Confederation on November 4 in Delhi.

Propagating tradition
Patiala, November 3
The Punjab Heritage Foundation is engaged in propagating traditional folk forms in the state. Today the foundation held a cultural mela at the Baradari Gardens here. The main attractions included performance by Baba Pokhar Singh’s jhumar team.


Special ID cards for ‘sangat darshan’
Ropar, November 3
Due to perceived threat to the security of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, due to Afghan crisis and stepped up terrorist activities of Punjab Government officials approaching his inner security ring would now be issued special identity cards.


Five held, foreign currency seized
Jalandhar, November 3
The district police has arrested five more accused in the Rs 1.22 crore foreign exchange robbery case and recovered foreign currency worth Rs 8.5 lakh from their possession.

Judicial remand for 10 in betting racket
Abohar, November 3
All 10 persons arrested by the police under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC, and various sections of the Gambling Prevention Act were remanded in judicial custody till November 13 by the Judicial Magistrate Mr L.K. Singla, yesterday. They were produced before Mr Singla after interrogation in police custody.


Dr Sukhmandar SinghA forgotten educationist
Mohali November 3
Has Dr Sukhmandar Singh, been forgotten by the Punjabis? This question was asked at a literary gathering at Mohali yesterday by Mr N.S. Tasneem, former Professor of English at Government College, Ludhiana, about the great educationist of undivided Punjab. The answer, collectively, was in the negative.

Students hold ‘chetna yatra’
Bathinda, November 3
To educate people regarding the social evils prevailing in society, students of the local DAV College and Arya Samaj institutions in the city organised a “chetna yatra” here today.

Students take part in “Jan Chetna” rally
Jalandhar, November 3
Hundreds of students and teachers of DAV educational institutions of the district took part in the “Jan Chetna rally,” organised by the DAV Managing Committee, to create awareness about female foeticide and other social evils here today.

Degrees conferred on 500 students
Phagwara, November 3
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has exhorted graduates to accept the degree as a challenge. Addressing the 26th convocation-cum-annual prize distribution function at the local Kamla Nehru College for Women here today, Dr S.P. Singh underlined the importance of the multidimensional role that a woman played as a mother, sister, daughter and wife.

Cultural show with a difference
Patiala, November 3
Students and staff of St Peter’s Academy celebrated the school’s annual day function by organising a colourful cultural show symbolising love, peace and harmony.

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