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Celebrations a poll ploy: Tohra
Bicentenary of Maharaja’s coronation
Badrukhan (Sangrur), November 10
Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and senior leader of the Panthic Morcha, said today, “Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, is exploiting the name of Maharaja Ranjit Singh under the garb of bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of the Maharaja to woo voters for the Punjab Assembly elections.”

Badal violates Sikh code of conduct?
Jalandhar, November 10
Has Mr Parkash Singh Badal violated the Sikh code of conduct by performing “bhoomi pujan” of the four-laning of the Jalandhar-Pathankot bypass project here today?

Rs 17,000 cr to better Rly safety
Patiala, November 10
Indian Railways is set to introduce a micro processor assisted anti - collision device in all trains to rule out collision related accidents besides taking other safety measures following one time Rs 17,000 crore grant to improve its safety network.

DFSCs asked to ensure full payment to farmers
Chandigarh, November 10
Upset over the reports pertaining to the alleged “cut” made from the money paid to farmers for their paddy by commission agents in connivance with officials of government procurement agencies at various places in the state, the Punjab Government has ordered action against such elements.




Milk bars for jobless youth
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab State Co-operative Development Federation proposes to open a job window to the unemployed youth during the 48th All-India Co-operative Week beginning November 14.

Illegal tree felling: kin of minister fined
Fazilka, November 10
The office of the Forest Department here has recovered a fine of Rs 55,000 from relatives of Mr Surjeet Kumar, MLA, Fazilka and Forest Minister, Punjab on the charge of selling sheesham wood after allegedly illegally felling three sheesham trees.

Harpreet case shifted to Sessions Court
Patiala, November 10
The Sessions Court today assigned the Harpreet murder case, in which former Shiromani Committee President Jagir Kaur is accused along with six others, to Additional District and Sessions Judge Sabina.


Cong prepares agenda for Punjab poll
New Delhi, November 10
It is not only Congress President Sonia Gandhi or the Congress Working Committee members who would be campaigning in Punjab for the forthcoming assembly poll. Among the invitees are several Congress Chief Ministers, besides senior leaders from the neighbouring states.

Cong leaders to meet Returning Officers
Hoshiarpur, November 10
On the suggestion of Dr Kewal Krishan, former Finance Minister of Punjab, the local District Congress Committee at its meeting has decided that a deputation of Congress leaders would meet the Returning Officers of all segments of the district to oppose the removal of names of pro-Congress persons from the voter lists on the recommendations of SAD-BJP leaders.


Prisoners to get LPG, toothpaste, brushes
Ludhiana, November 10
Following the discovery of the prevalence of various diseases in the 26 jails in the state, the State Prisons Department has decided to provide LPG for cooking and toothbrush and toothpaste to the jail inmates. It is for the first time that the jail inmates have been provided with such facilities.

Pollution causing diseases
Bathinda, November 10
Mr Kulbir Singh had to rush to the hospital yesterday when a foreign particle fell in his eyes while he was riding his motorcycle and he skidded off the road, causing serious injuries. Mr Bhagwan Dass, another resident of the city, has also been told by his doctor that inflammation of the eye which he was suffering from, was due to the constant falling of dust particles in his eyes. He has been advised to take safeguards.

Need for cheaper medicines: VC
Amritsar, November 10
The need for low cost medicines is being felt desperately to successfully propel health programmes, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, made these observations while inaugurating the seventh national symposium on bio-organic here yesterday.

Rs 30 lakh for old age, widows’ pension
Tarn Taran, November 10
A function for the pensioners of the area was organised at township Chohla Sahib yesterday. It was presided over by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, minister for Cooperation, Punjab and Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, Punjab Minister for Social Security Women and Child Development was the chief guest at the function.

Badal distributes Rs 7 lakh
Phagwara, November 10
During a sangat darshan here today, Mr Badal distributed Rs 7 lakh for the development of Phagwara. He said that the much awaited road overbridge at the local Satnampura railway crossing would be constructed soon.

Woman’s fall on track proves fatal
Bathinda, November 10
Ms Sheela Devi, 50-year-old resident of Sirsa, Haryana was travelling in the train from Muktsar to Sirsa. When the train reached Bathinda railway station she got from the train for drinking water. In the meantime, the train started moving. Sheela ran after the train to catch it but fell on the railway track and seriously injured.

SGPC voters’ enrolment date extended
Gurdaspur, November 10
Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note issued here today said the date for the enrolment of voters for SGPC elections in Punjab had been extended to December 12. Filled forms can be submitted to patwaris of the areas in case of rural voters and executive officers in urban areas.


PPCC warns Centre on procurement
New Delhi, November 10
The Punjab Congress today warned that Centre’s withdrawal from the procurement process of wheat and paddy could lead to law and order problems in the state.
Reacting to Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Shanta Kumar’s statement about Centre’s intention to move out of the current process of procurement, Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh said in case the Centre withdrew from procurement, prices would crash and the farmers would be in a state of distress.


Curbs on sale of crackers
Bathinda, November 10
Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Magistrate has imposed Section 144 in the district and directed dealers and shopkeepers selling firecrackers to adopt safety measures to tackle any untoward incident.


District Science Fair concludes
Bathinda, November 10
The District Science Fair concluded at Khalsa Senior Secondary School here today. Students from more than 67 schools participated in the fair.

‘Need to introduce technical education’
Dera Bassi, November 10
Besides teaching students with dedication, the teachers should also inculcate moral values in them. Moreover, there is a need to provide them with better education so that the students of our country may compete with the students of developed countries.

Painting competition held
Amritsar, November 10
An on-the-spot painting competition was held to commemorate Children Day in the art gallery of the Indian Academy of Fine Arts here yesterday.

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