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Pbi varsity pleasing govt?
Youth festival dedicated to Maharaja
Patiala, November 6
Punjabi University has dedicated the North Zone Inter University Zonal Youth Festival to the memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, despite the fact that it is being sponsored by the Association of Indian Universities and the Ministry of Youth Welfare and no such announcement has been made by both institutions.

Badal harps on Panthic unity
Mullanpur (Ludhiana), November 6
Mr Parkash Singh Badal today seemed to harp on the theme of unity among various Panthic groups, wishing that in case all Akali factions joined together then, all Congress candidates would have to forfeit their security deposits in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Four killed in Ludhiana fire
Ludhiana, November 6
At least three persons (four, according to UNI) were killed and several others injured in a major fire that broke out at the Jawahar Nagar main market here this evening. The fire which started in an illegal cracker shop soon spread to adjacent shops and houses. The flames kept on raging for a few hours, despite a number of fire tenders trying to extinguish it.

Riar faction challenges Dhindsa; friction comes to fore
Chandigarh, November 6
The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by its President, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, today challenged the authority of the SAD national secretary general and Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.




No package sought from PM: SAD
Sangrur, November 6
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Secretary-General of SAD, said today that SAD had not asked Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to announce any package for Punjab during his visit to Amritsar on November 18 as he was visiting the state to participate in the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Two little hands effortful for earning as Divali is arriving.
Two little hands effortful for earning as Divali is arriving. —  Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sikh High Priests to meet today
Amritsar, November 6
At least seven persons found guilty for having direct links with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara will appear before the five Sikh Priests who will hold a crucial meeting at Akal Takht tomorrow. Other cases relating to the Sikh religion may also come up for discussion during the meeting.

Cong urged to review stand on POTO
Ludhiana, November 6
The Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today criticised the Congress for taking a partisan stand on the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance, saying that the party was doing it in view of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where it wanted to appease the Muslim electorate. He asked party leaders not to compromise the interests of the nation.


Show of strength at Cong ‘chetna rally’
Kapurthala, November 6
The District Congress Committee today organised a massive chetna rally at the local Shalimar Garden, which actually turned out to be an election campaign.
Capt Amarinder Singh, President, PPCC, who was to address the rally did not reach Kapurthala as he was summoned by Ms Sonia Gandhi and in his absence Mr Avtar Henri, Vice-President of the PPCC, presided over the rally.

Sidhwan re-elected district CPM secretary
Gurdaspur, November 6
Mr Ajit Singh Sidhwan was re-elected district secretary in the delegate session of the CPM held here today.

BJP denies infighting
Amritsar, November 6
Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, senior BJP leader and Health Minister, today claimed there was no differences in the party rank and file as reported in a section of the press.


Public help sought to weed out corruption
Bathinda, November 6
Various distinguished speakers, while addressing the audience at a seminar on the concluding day of the ‘vigilance awareness week’ here today, stressed on the need for public cooperation to weed out corruption from society.

Male literacy lowest in Punjab
Amritsar, November 6
Social activists at the fifth North-West Indian Sociological Association conference expressed their concern over the imbalanced sex ratio in Punjab and concluded that male literacy rate was also the lowest in the state. According to Ms Jasmeet Sandhu from Guru Nanak Dev University, in comparison, female literacy rate was much higher in the state.

Hindi can break barriers, says Dhindsa
Patiala, November 6
Union Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said efforts should be made to make Hindi the country’s national language in the real sense of the word and urged youngsters to learn it along with the language of their province.

Panel to tackle anthrax threat
Phillaur, November 6
The Punjab Government will soon set up a high-level committee headed by the Principal Secretary, Health, Punjab, to tackle the anthrax threat.
Talking to this correspondent here today, Punjab Health Minister Baldev Raj Chawla alleged that Pakistan’s ISI was involved in creating the anthrax scare.

Addicts frequent Dabwali
Anti-drug addiction drive
Bathinda, November 6
Finding difficulty in getting intoxicants, particularly cough syrups, in this district due to stringent measures taken by the police, drug addicts of this area have now started visiting neighbouring districts and Haryana to secure their dose.

Seven convicted of stripping women
Abohar, November 6
Seven persons have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for allegedly stripping a disabled Dalit woman and her daughter. The prosecution alleged that both of them were paraded naked in the street, their faces blackened, at Bhangerkhera village here.

Phone directory released
Bathinda, November 6
The pre-paid telephone card facility of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited BSNL has also been introduced in Bathinda.
Mr Joginder Mohan, General Manager, Telecom, BSNL, Bathinda while releasing the new telephone directory here yesterday said the pre-paid cards which had been given the name India Telephone Card would be available at customer service centres situated at Gole Diggi and the Bhagu road areas of the city.

250 rare works to be displayed
Amritsar, November 6
As many as 250 rare exhibits and reproductions of priceless works from France and Pakistan on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be on display here during the bicentenary celebrations of his coronation. This was stated by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman of the Minorities Commission.

Youth’s torture: PHRC orders probe
Chandigarh, November 6

Taking cognizance of a complaint filed by the Lawyers for Human Rights in which a resident of Samrala was alleged to have been brutally tortured by the Punjab police recently, a Full Bench of the Punjab Human Rights Commission today directed its Principal Secretary to inquire into the incident and file his report to it at the earliest.

Ropar plant of PSEB sets record
Patiala, November 6
The PSEB today claimed that Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Power Plant in Ropar had achieved an all-time generation record by producing 751 million units of electricity in October against a target of 625 million units.

Health Dept men hold protest
Sangrur, November 6
Under the banner of the district unit of the Punjab Health Department Employees Action Committee health employees today took out a protest march through the town and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Civil Surgeon here to protest against the alleged anti-employees policies of the state government.


BKU seeks MSP for sugarcane
Faridkot, November 6
The Bharti Kisan Union has stressed upon the Punjab Government to announce the minimum support price of Rs 143 per quintal for sugarcane keeping in view the high cost of production in the state. In press note issued here yesterday, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, state President of the union, demanded immediate commissioning of all sugarcane mills in the cooperative sector to protect the interests of the farmers.

Farmers forced into distress sale of paddy
Pathankot, November 6
A large number of farmers taking their produce to mandis for sale are being forced to sell the same at throwaway prices.
According to sources, the bulk of the paddy is being purchased by private traders at prices ranging between Rs 540-Rs 545 per quintal on the plea that official agencies have stopped buying the paddy at the minimum support price of Rs 560 per quintal.


Punjab Science Secy
Chandigarh, November 6
Mr J.R. Kundal, Secretary, Science, Technology and Environment, and Mrs Ronik Dubey, Secretary Social Security, Women and Child Development, will swap places, according to a Punjab Government press release.


Schoolgirl crushed to death
Bathinda, November 6
Sandeep Kaur, a class VI student, was crushed to death and a woman injured, when they were hit by a speeding truck while crossing road on a canal bridge on the outskirts of the city this morning.


Entrance tests for PAU courses soon
Ludhiana, November 6
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to introduce entrance tests for admission to various post graduate courses from the next academic session.
With this decision PAU has joined other universities in introducing such a practice. Earlier, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala and Panjab University, Chandigarh, had adopted the entrance test system.

VCs to discuss rescheduling of academic session 
Chandigarh, November 6
Preparation of a document — Vision 2020 — introduction of new subjects in the curricula and rescheduling of academic calendars in view of the coming National Games are among the major items to be discussed when the Vice-Chancellors of Panjab, Punjabi and Guru Nanak Dev University meet here on November 12.

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