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SAD to oppose POTO if Press freedom hit
Jalandhar, November 4
Breaking silence over the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO), the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today declared that it would study all provisions of POTO, particularly freedom of the Press, before taking the final decision.

Congress to oppose POTO: Amarinder

Amritsar, November 4
The PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, today expressed apprehensions about the new ordinance issued by the government for the prevention of terrorist activities.

Capt. Amarinder Singh, PPCC president, addresses a Press conference in Amritsar on Sunday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Apex body for Sikhs sought
Chandigarh, November 4
The Institute of Sikh Studies’ seminar today unanimously voted for setting up an apex body to meet new challenges and tide over the critical times through which the Khalsa Panth is passing.

Drivers face humiliation at hands of pvt octroi staff
Jalandhar, November 4
Truckers and vehicle owners are at the receiving end at the hands of groups of musclemen of private octroi contractors and employees of different civic bodies of the state who employ various methods for collection of octroi at octroi posts throughout the state.




Fire renders 135 families homeless
Hoshiarpur, November 4
As many as 135 families of labour class were rendered homeless, when a fire broke out in the slum area of the local Mohalla Sunder Nagar on the Phagwara Road, at about 4 am this morning.

A view of houses destroyed by the fire that broke out in a slum area of Mohalla Sunder Nagar in Hoshiarpur on Sunday. — photo Harpreet Kaur

Rs 40-cr housing scheme for Dalits
Ludhiana, November 4
Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal today announced a special grant of Rs 40 crore for a housing scheme exclusively for Dalits. Under this scheme, plots will be provided to all those Dalits who do not have their own houses. Besides, each family will be provided with an instant cash assistance of Rs 40,000. Out of this, only Rs 20,000 will have to be returned through easy installments.

Drive against ‘dera system’ launched
Nawanshahr, November 4
Taking cognisance of the heightened public sensitivity towards acts of sacrilege activists of Dal Khalsa along with the support of other Sikh religious groups, which included Nirvair Seva Society, Sukhmani Seva Society, Sikh Students Federation, Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee and Singh Sabha etc, today launched a drive against the “dera system” at a convention held here at Gurdwara Singh Sabha.

Pak visas of rly staff expire
Amritsar, November 4
Even as the visas of Indian Railway crew men expired today, the inter-change of the goods train between Attari (India) and Wagha (Pakistan) may not take place in the coming days.

Pak rangers open fire near Dhusi bandh
Gurdaspur, November 4
Uneasy calm prevailed in border village around Kamaalpur in this district due to unprovoked intermittent firing from across the border yesterday by Pakistan Rangers on those engaged in the construction of Dhusi bandh, stretching 5 km from Kamaalpur to Aadian.


Sehajdhari Akali Dal formed
Amritsar, November 4
A new political party, the Sehajdhari Akali Dal was floated in wake of the forthcoming Assembly and SGPC elections.

Cong activist decides to contest poll
Sangrur, November 4
Mr Arvind Khanna, Chairman of the Umeed Khanna Foundation, and the PPCC Treasurer, will contest from the Sangrur Assembly constituency. This was stated by Mr G.S. Dhaliwal, public relations officer of the foundation, in a press note issued here today.

Nabha BJP rift comes to fore
Nabha, November 4
The rift within the local unit of the BJP came to light yesterday, when two trustees of the Improvement Trust, Nabha, Mr Bhushan Lal Bansal and Mr Adarsh Bansal, both belonging to the RSS, at a press conference held here, levelled allegations against the Chairman, Mr Madan lal Dudeja, accusing him of infringing trust rules.

PM committed a blunder: morcha


Family loses daughter on Karva Chauth
Ludhiana, November 4
Karva Chauth celebrations for a local family turned into tragedy when their only daughter married in Faridkot became a dowry victim.

Women listen to the Karva Chauth legend in Bathinda on Sunday.
— photo Kulbir Beera.

Women listen to the legendary tale on the occasion of Karva Chauth celebrations in Bathinda on Sunday.

NGOs asked to form corruption indices
Ropar, November 4
In order to check corruption, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), has requested the NGOs to join corruption perception indices of various government departments.

Fireworks at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, mark the birthday of Guru Ram Dass.
Fireworks at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, mark the birthday of Guru Ram Dass.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

All set for ‘dhadi darbar’ on Nov 11
Sangrur, November 4
Mr Natha Singh Dalam, Public Relations Minister, Punjab, today presided over a high-level meeting here where arrangements were chalked out to organise a “dhadi darbar” on November 11 at Badrukhan village, near here, in connection with the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Sonia visits dera of Radhasoamis
Beas, November 4
Congress President Sonia Gandhi inaugurate the free eye camp at the Radhasoami dera here today.

Gidderbaha gets major facelift
Gidderbaha, November 4
Even as the next Assembly elections are approaching near, this hometown of Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal is getting a facelift.

Gurdial Singh: give Punjabi its due
Amritsar, November 4
The Act passed 35 years ago providing Punjabi as the official language of Punjab should be implemented otherwise the future of Punjabi would not be bright. Prof. Gurdial Singh, Jnanpith award winner and noted Punjabi novelist stated this here yesterday at a one-day seminar on “Present status of Punjabi language and its future” organised as part of “Punjabi Week celebrations” at Guru Nanak Dev University.

Our N-reactors safe, say scientists
Amritsar, November 4
India’s reactors are safe from the radiation point of view. The scientists participating in the three-day national symposium on radiation physics, agreed here yesterday. This 14th national symposium was organised by the department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, in collaboration with the Indian Society for Radiation Physics.

Health workers raise demands
Bathinda, November 4
Mr Prem Kumar, co-ordinator of the Punjab State Health Employees Action Committee, in a press note issued here today said that the state government was not serious about the welfare of health workers.

Forum: parking lots inadequate
Bathinda, November 4
Mr D.L. Jindal, president, Vigilant Citizens Forum (VCF), in a press note issued here yesterday, said parking lots in the city were inadequate and most of these had been reduced in the area due to encroachments.

Ahmadiyas’ convention from November 8
Batala, November 4
The International Ahmadiya Muslim Community will organise its 110th annual convention from November 8 to 10 at Qadian in Gurdaspur district, Mr Saadat Ahmad Jawed, press secretary of the community, said here yesterday.

Chambers issue: lawyers to meet on Nov 9
Mansa, November 4
A state-level conference of the Punjab Lawyers Association held here yesterday decided to convene a meeting of the executive committee of the association in Chandigarh on November 9 to chalk out its further line of action in consultation with the Bar Council and the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

11 girls married off
Barnala, November 4
The Jai Durga Langar (community meal) Committee, Barnala, solemnised the mass marriages of 11 poor girls from eight villages of the district at the Aggarwal dharamshala yesterday.

Cadet cremated with honours
Pathankot, November 4
The mortal remains of Cadet Rajesh Lalotra, Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun who died on the last day of his training in an explosion accident, were consigned to the flames at his native Dalla Balim, village in Dinanagar yesterday with state honours.


Minister: use less fertilisers
Patiala, November 4
A grant of Rs 200 crore has been earmarked by the state government to enable the farming community to modernise methods to enhance the output of agricultural products.


Youth shot dead
Moga, November 4
Six armed assailants shot dead a youth in Charik village in this district and injured at least four others.


CM lays stone for medical institute
Jalandhar, November 4
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of the prestigious Rs 300 crore Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences here today.


Beopar bhavan planned
Bathinda, November 4
During the festival season no government official will harass traders in the city. This was stated by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, while presiding over a meeting of office-bearers of various organisations of traders and the police and the civil administration here yesterday.

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