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Govt owes Rs 1,000 cr for procured paddy
Ludhiana, November 12
After smooth procurement of paddy in the state this season, the delay in the payment has brought discredit to the state agencies. The RBI sanctioned a cash credit limit (CCL) of Rs 6,300 crore to the state agencies for the purchase of paddy.

SAD-BJP draw up poll strategy
Chandigarh, November 12
The Presidents of the SAD and the BJP in Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, respectively, at a meeting in New Delhi last week reportedly drew up a strategy to launch a joint political offensive in the state in the run-up to the coming Assembly elections.

Nirankaris kept out of celebrations
Ludhiana, November 12
The state government has excluded the Nirankari sect from the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who established an egalitarian and secular regime 200 years ago across undivided Punjab.

Brar meets Sonia, gives clarification to Vora
New Delhi, November 12
Senior Punjab Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the clarification the party had sought from him over his public references to certain sensitive and controversial subjects.

Fatehgarh Sahib



This white mare, from the bloodline of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's favourite Lily, would lead a 2 km procession beginning at the Golden Temple on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Pak national held, revolver seized
Amritsar, November 12
Mohammed Kamran, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, was arrested by the police from the area falling under Dera Baba Nanak police station early today. The police seized a .38-bore revolver, five rounds of ammunition and 390 gm of opium from him. The accused did not have the visa.

Cricket betting up in Patiala
Patiala, November 12
With the festival of lights, Divali, is just a couple of days away, cricket betting has reached a new high with lakhs of rupees exchanging hands almost everyday, particularly in areas falling within the precincts of the walled city.


Former MLA quits Congress
Amritsar, November 12
Dr Dalbir Singh former MLA from Verka and senior leader of the Congress, has announced his resignation from the party due to its alleged anti-people, anti-Punjab and anti-worker policies.

Amarinder ‘not fit’ to lead
Chandigarh, November 12
A member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Tara Singh Sandhu, a close associate of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, today urged the party high command to take over control of the party till the Assembly elections in Punjab as the president of the state unit, Capt Amarinder Singh, was not capable of leading the party in the poll.

Dhindsa clarifies stand on POTO
Ludhiana, November 12
The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today clarified that his party was not blindly opposed to the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO). He also denied reports that SAD was not consulted on the issue.


Children of a lesser god
Bathinda, November 12
Seven-year-old Sivjit does not know that November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day. He washes utensils at a tea-stall for 13 hours everyday. He is among two crore children working at hazardous industries, brickkilns and dhabas who are not even aware that a day in the year is dedicated to them.

Revision of electoral rolls begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
On the directions of the Election Commission of India, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer has initiated the special revision of electoral rolls for the 78-Amloh and 79-Sirhind Assembly constituencies of the district.

Creative ideas gather dust in PSEB
Ropar, November 12
The PSEB has been facing financial crises, however, creative ideas submitted by some of its officers which could generate extra finances have been gathering dust. Three such ideas were given by officers posted here. These could have helped the board in generating 16 MW to 33 MW of extra hydel power at a relatively meagere investment.

Ban on bursting firecrackers
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
As per the directions of the Supreme Court regarding discouraging the use of noise-producing crackers and restricting the cracker bursting timing, Mr Vikas Paratap, District Magistrate, has imposed ban on the bursting of firecrackers from 10PM to 6AM in the district with immediate effect.

Baba Bhaniara’s dera razed to ground
Ropar, November 12
The dera of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara in Dhamana village on the Nurpur Bedi-Ropar road was razed to the ground by district administration officials last evening.

Toy shop gutted
Jalandhar November 12
A toy shop was gutted in a devastating fire which broke out in busy Attari Bazaar here this morning.


Jakhar supports cotton growers’ demand
Abohar, November 12
The PPCC will hold a political conference at Ferozepore city on November 25. Stating this, Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, president of the District Congress Committee, told newspersons today that a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the campaign committee of the PPCC. The DCC held a meeting yesterday at the district headquarters in this regard.

Cane underweighed, says BKU (Rajewal)
Chandigarh, November 12
Earlier reports had come regarding large-scale “corruption” in the procurement of paddy. Now it is the turn of sugarcane, the crushing of which has started in at least seven cooperative and five private sugarmills out of a total of 21.


Development plan for city
Bathinda, November 12
The municipal authorities announced yet another development plan for the city today. Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said the Bathinda-Kot Kapura highway would be four-laned from the Bathinda canal to the gate of the NFL township at a cost of Rs 60 lakh.

Committee meeting against illegal constructions held
Bathinda, November 12
The Punjab Government has decided to deal firmly with the problem of illegal construction on the roadsides in the state. A comprehensive plan has been formed and committees at the state and district level have been constituted for the purpose.


Man posing as doctor held
Bathinda, November 12
The police has arrested 20 persons for different offences and seized 10 kg of poppy husk, 502 capsules of narcotic drugs, 23 litres of illicit liquor a mobile phone and cash.

In-laws booked for woman’s death
Tarn Taran, November 12
Jasbir Kaur (19), who got married eight months back in Chola Sahib village, was allegedly poisoned to death by her in-laws last night.


Students oppose admission norms
Nawanshahr, November 12
Students seeking admission to B.Sc (Nursing) and physiotherapy in colleges of nursing affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences; Faridkot, face an uncertain future.

Techfair 2001 concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
A two-day national-level technical competition for students Techfair-2001 organised by the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College concluded here today. More than 500 students from various engineering colleges from all over the country participated in the fair.

College defies admn to hold show
Jalalabad, November 12
A fund-raising show was held at DAV College here yesterday, despite the fact that the district administration had rejected the request of the college to hold it. Noted Punjabi singer Harbhajan Maan and comedian Bhagwant Maan enthralled the audience.


Verka to wear new look
Jalandhar, November 12
Punjab Milkfed has decided to change the design of its milk pouches from November 14. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr S.K. Gupta, Managing Director of the milk plant at Jalandhar, said a large number of companies were selling milk in packets resembling those sold under the Verka brand.


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