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Congress takes serious view of Brar’s remarks
New Delhi, November 7
Concerned over the emerging tussle between the senior party leaders in Punjab over the issues of leadership and ticket distribution, the Congress high command has decided to ask all its senior leaders not to make public statements over sensitive and controversial issues.

No ticket for relatives: Amarinder
Patiala, November 7
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh’s, statement that party ticket will not be doled out to relatives of senior leaders has spelt doom for his brother Malvinder Singh, who is an aspirant from the Samana Assembly constituency and is also likely to affect the chances of other senior leaders, including his bete noire Jagmeet Brar, who, Congressmen allege, is lobbying for a ticket for his brother.

SGPC to help Afghan Sikhs
Talwandi Sabo, November 7
In a significant statement, the SGPC president, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today said he had no objection to the president of the Sarv Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, supporting him in the election of the SGPC President to be held on November 27.

Power not misused by Badal in ‘sangat darshan’: HC
Chandigarh, November 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has not found any ground to “invalidate’’ the ‘’sangat darshan’’ programme of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. It has also held that the petitioners have failed to bring home the charge of ‘’misuse of power’’ by Mr Badal while distributing public money for political gains at the time of the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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  ASI arrested for beating youth
Ludhiana, November 7
Admitting that a youth belonging to Ludhiana who was allegedly brutally beaten up by the Haadon police, the Khanna police late this evening arrested ASI Sukhminder Pal Singh, In charge of the police force concerned, and booked him on the charges of torturing the youth and negligence of duty. The SSP Khanna, Mr R.N. Dhokey, told the Tribune that an inquiry conducted by the DSP, Mr Sushil Kumar, had held the ASI guilty of torturing the youth, Mr Randhir Singh.


Trying to read people’s minds
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 7
Keeping in view the approaching elections of the State Assembly, different survey agencies have started analysing not only the minds of the voters but also the trends likely to emerge during the elections.

Mann refutes Dhindsa’s stand
Sangrur, November 7
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and senior leader of the Panthic Morcha, today said the SAD (A) would influence the policies of the morcha to a great extent. So, it was wrong of Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa to say that since he (Mann) was not a candidate of the Panthic Morcha for chief ministership, he should not be talking of tax holiday in Punjab or putting Congress and Akali leaders behind bars under corruption charges.

No truck with Badal, says Panthic Morcha
Patiala, November 6
Panthic Morcha convener Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi ruled out any truck with the Shiromani Akali Dal by saying that Mr Parkash Singh Badal had ditched the Punjabi community time and again and he was feeling insecure as the assembly elections were round the corner.

Cong promises probe into corruption cases
Hoshiarpur, November 7
The Congress will constitute a commission to probe into the corruption cases of SAD-BJP ministers, including Mr Parkash Singh Badal, if it came to power after the forthcoming election of the state Assembly. This was stated by Ch. Jagjit Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while talking to mediapersons at the local PWD Rest House here today. He alleged that SAD-BJP ministers had made the state bankrupt.

Bitta differs with party on POTO
Amritsar, November 7
Close on the heels of the outbursts of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, President, Anti-Terrorist Front and former President, Indian Youth Congress, fired a salvo against the party high command on its stand on the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance.


Ranjit Singh dares Vedanti
Amritsar, November 7
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, Akal Takht, has threatened to summon Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, Akal Takht Jathedar, and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Kesgarh Sahib, if he was reinstalled for allegedly violating the Panthic maryada.

Farmer commits suicide
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 7
Indebtedness has claimed another life in the State with the death of Jaswant Singh, a farmer of Bibi Pur village near here. He allegedly committed suicide today as he was trapped in debt. A suicide note was recovered by the police from his pocket.

Her daily fight for survival
This is the story of Nimmo, a desolate woman in her mid-forties who is fighting every moment, every day in abject misery under the sky. Nimmo, along with mother Krishna, were thrown out of their house by her father, a former sarpanch of a neighbouring village about 10 years ago on the excuse of being mentally retarded and an unsound mind.

Cheque comes before mandal
Bathinda, November 7
Even as residents of the district are yet of forget the distribution of cheques for thousands of rupees to bhajan mandlis and bhandara mandlis during the sangat darshan programmes held by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the Bathinda and Rampura assembly segments by violating the norms, another such case has come to light.

BJP to observe Nov 25 as Unity Day
Chandigarh, November 7
In response to a call given by the President of the BJP, Mr K. Jana Krishnamurthy, the Punjab unit of the party has decided to observe November 25 as National Unity Day against terrorism.

Date for instalments extended
Chandigarh, November 7
The Punjab Government has extended the date for depositing instalments for government land till December 31.

Dist Food Controller found dead
Ropar, November 7
District Food and Supplies Controller, Ropar, Hem Raj Mangla (55) was found dead at his residence in the government officers’ colony here yesterday. The body was found lying on the floor of his house by his servant early in the morning.

Jeep driver dies in road mishap
Garhshanker, November 7
Gurdev Singh, the driver of a jeep of the Excise and Taxation Department, was killed when the vehicle, which was on its way to Garhshankar from Mahilpur, collided with a truck near Golian village on the Hoshiarpur Chandigarh road, 5 km from here. Kewal Singh, who was also in the jeep, was seriously injured. He was admitted to the Garhshankar hospital and later referred to the DMC, Ludhiana.


Payments not made, say arhtiyas
Sangrur, November 7
Nearly 100 arhtiyas of the local grain market today sat on a dharna and observed a complete strike in the grain market protesting that no payments had been made for the paddy procured by different agencies.

Border farmers getting power for 3 hrs: Rinwa
Fazilka, November 7
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, member of the election campaign committee of the PPCC and former MLA, Fazilka, talking to mediapersons here today urged the Punjab and Central Governments to pay Rs 10,000 per acre to farmers whose cotton crop had been ruined by American bollworm.


BJP councillor’s election nullified
Kapurthala, November 7
Mr Vivek Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Presiding Officer, District election Tribunal, today declared as null and void the election of Mr Harbans Lal, a BJP municipal councillor, from Ward No. 12 of the local Municipal Council. Mr Rajinder Singh, his opponent, was declared elected as municipal councillor from the ward.


ASI killed in road mishap
Amritsar, November 7
Ajit Singh, an ASI, was killed and two others were injured when the Contessa car in which they were travelling collided with a truck overloaded with bags of husk at Jandiala here last night. The car was coming from Rayya. According to reports, the incident occurred when bags of husk from the truck fell on the car.

Man arrested for killing brother
Bathinda, November 7
The police has arrested Bhagwan Singh for allegedly murdering his brother Gursewak Singh on November 2. The SSP said in a press note issued here today that Bhagwan Singh had killed his brother with a sharp-edged weapon.


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