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Jagmeet Brar meets Vora
Gives clarification on remarks
New Delhi, November 9
Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar, whose remarks over the issues plaguing the Punjab Congress have created a storm in the party, today met the AICC treasurer Motilal Vora to give a clarification. He is also scheduled to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi tomorrow.

3 cousins of Badal join Congress
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Congress today took its political fight to the village of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The Congress leadership succeeded in making three cousins — Mr Maheshinder Singh Dhillon, Mr Hardeep Inder Singh and Mr Sarabjit Singh — of Mr Badal join the Congress here.

Police clueless on 206 missing kids
Amritsar, November 9
The startling 206 cases of missing children, including 139 cases of kidnapped teenagers in four years in the state, especially in the border belt, has put a question mark on the efficiency of the Punjab police.

Bylaws flouted in Ram Bagh
Amritsar, November 9
Even as the notification issued by the state government which declared the historic Ram Bagh as a protected monument (built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh) stands non-implemented, the bylaws too are being violated with impunity.





  Commission agents to go on strike
Non-payment by procurement agencies
Chandigarh, November 9
Good work done by making almost hassle-free procurement of paddy has been washed away by the non-payment of dues by government procurement agencies to farmers and commission agents in various parts of Punjab.

Finance Minister gheraoed
Budhlada, November 9
Dissidence in the Shiromani Akali Dal came to the fore here yesterday when hundreds of supporters of Mr Harbant Singh, Chairman, Market Committee, Budhlada, raised slogans against Mr Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, and gheraoed him in a bid to prevent him from visiting Kalipur village in the district.


Mann clarifies on Morcha-BSP tie-up
Jalandhar, November 9
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and Panthic Morcha leader Simranjit Singh Mann today sought to make it clear that the Morcha would not be a junior partner in case of a poll alliance with the BSP.


Shahpur Kandi Dam promise not fulfilled
Gurdaspur, November 9
Repeated assurances by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, and Mr Sat Pal Saini, Minister of State for Information and Technology, regarding the initiation of construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam Project in October have not been fulfilled. According to official sources, the construction is likely to be deferred till the next government is sworn in after the coming Assembly elections.

Patiala’s first bypass surgery performed
Patiala, November 9
Patiala has achieved a new milestone in healthcare as the city’s first two bypass surgeries were conducted recently at the Patiala Heart and Healthcare Institute, a modern institution with state-of-the-art facilities, which has started these operations recently.

BBMB derecognises Karamchari Sangh
Ropar, November 9
The Bhakra Beas Management Board, on directions from the Union Ministry of Labour has withdrawn the recognition granted to the Bhakra Management Board Karamchari Sangh, union of workers of the organisation affiliated with the BMS.

Terrorist victims face govt apathy
Amritsar, November 9
Five persons were interviewed in the terrorist victim dependent quota on May 11 this year. All of them received selection letters dated May 28 for the Class III posts of senior assistant in the ITI branch of Katra Sher Singh here. Surprisingly, none of them has yet been appointed against the vacancy despite a lapse of more than four months. All of them are running from pillar to post for the promised jobs.

SC admits plea on cess
Chandigarh, November 9
While admitting a special leave petition against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s decision pertaining to the Punjab Social Securities Act, the Supreme Court has issued notice of motion in the case, according to official sources.

Money going to fake pensioners: Dang
Amritsar, November 9
Piari, who was drawing old-age pension via PLA No. 21525 from January 4, 1986, last received her pension on September 11, 1999. Thereafter, her pension was stopped. It was found that the official register of the District Social Securities Department had been “tampered” with, revealed Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, here today.

Seminars mark Legal Services Day
Chandigarh, November 9
Seminars were today held in various districts and subdivisions in the region to celebrate Legal Services Day. The participants, mainly judges, lawyers, judicial officials, panches and other citizens, talked of free legal aid being provided.

Memorial gate inaugurated
Sangrur, November 9
Mr Rajdip Singh Gill, IG Police, Zone-1, Patiala, today inaugurated a shaheed Police Memorial Gate at Gharachon village, about 12 km from here. The gate is built with the joint efforts of the police, village panchayat and other prominent persons in memory of ASI Dalel Singh who was killed in an encounter.

Ahmadiyas criticise Pak ulemas
Qadian (Amritsar), November 9
Leaders of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiya Organisation used the occasion of their 110 jalsa salana (annual celebration) of the Ahmadiya community here today to come down heavily on Pakistan’s religious heads and politicians who were misleading gullible Muslim masses about the Ahmadiya community”.


Arhtiyas stage dharna at DC’s office
Sangrur, November 9
A large number of arhtiyas of the district today sat on dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here and took out a protest march in protest against the non-payment of paddy, procured by different procurement agencies since October 12, so far.


SSP transferred


Firm stealing power worth Rs 4 cr caught
Tarn Taran, November 9
A team of the Punjab State Electricity board led by the Enforcement staff of the local PSEB circle has detected power theft worth Rs 4.14 crore in a raid on Sada Shiv Castings, an induction Furnance at Dera Bassi. This is the biggest ever power theft detected by the PSEB during the past five years period, claim board sources.

Man beats up officials; arrest sought
Sangrur, November 9
The PSEB Engineers Association of the Sangrur region today demanded the arrest of Surinder Singh of Dhuri village and his other accomplices for allegedly “beating up” Mr S.R. Vashist, AEE, City Subdivision, Dhuri, and JEs Surinder Singh and Bhup Singh when they allegedly “caught” Surinder Singh for theft of power during routine checking last evening.


Youth Festival from Nov 16
Amritsar, November 9
Guru Nanak Dev University will be organising a four-day Zone ‘A’ youth festival for women from November 16, while three-day youth festival for men will be held from November 20 to 22.

Talent search competition results
Bathinda, November 9
The MIMIT Institute Malout, organised a talent search competition yesterday. Dr S.P. Singh, regional director AICTE, presided over the function. Dr Gurdeep Singh, Principal of the institute in a press note issued here today said students were given opportunity to show their talent in 16 categories which were judged by various eminent personalities in their respective fields.


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