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Chohan overcomes detractors
Lays foundation of hall
Jalandhar, November 17
Overcoming hurdles put in his way by a group of middle-level leaders of a faction of the Shiv Sena, the Punjab Youth Congress and a few other detractors, Mr Jagjit Singh Chohan, the Khalistan idealogue and President of the Khalsa Raj Party, and the Panj Piaras went ahead today to lay the foundation of Shahid Darshan Singh Pheruman Memorial Hall inside Gurdwara Shahidan here.

Ultimatum to Amarinder, Brar
Budhlada (Mansa), November 17
The ongoing cold war between PPCC President Amarinder Singh and the convener, Congress Parliamentary Party (Punjab), Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, and their respective supporters for the past two weeks took a new turn today when senior Congress leaders, including former organisational secretary (PPCC) Megh Raj Goyal and vice president of DCC Bhog Singh Datewas, said if both leaders did not resolve their differences, they would observe an indefinite fast in front of the PPCC office in Chandigarh from December 1.

Govt on verge of bankruptcy: MLA
Mansa, November 17
“The Punjab Government is facing the worst financial crunch and is on the verge of bankruptcy. The next government in the state will not be able to pay even interest, what to talk of paying the principal amount.”






  Industrialists prefer imported cotton
Deep in debt, cotton growers of Punjab had never faced such a bad time. First, they suffered huge losses due to damage caused by American bollworm to cotton crop and now they were suffering further losses due to low prices of their produce in markets as industrialists all over the country were preferring imported cotton.

Buses “impounded” for PM’s rally
Pathankot, November 17
Local transporters have alleged that the administration was using coercive measures to organise transport for the Prime Minster’s rally at Amritsar. According to sources, a large number of transporters have taken their vehicles to Himachal Pradesh to park them in a “safer” place.

300 PRTC buses requisitioned to ferry people to Amritsar
Patiala, November 17
The cash-starved Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), which is in the red, reportedly because the Punjab Government has been refusing to compensate it for the concessional travel facility extended by it to various sections of society, has put nearly 300 buses out of its fleet of 850 buses in the service of Akali workers to ferry people to attend a function being organised at Amritsar tomorrow to mark the 200th anniversary of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.


Row over CPM secy’s expulsion hots up
Jalandhar, November 17
The row over the recent expulsion of the secretary of the district unit of the CPM, Mr Kulwant Singh Sandhu, from the primary membership of the party by its state secretary, Mr Balwant Singh, intensified today when office-bearers of its Gurdaspur and Jalandhar` units challenged the authority of the latter and termed the decision as “unconstitutional”.

Requests for action against Talwandi
Amritsar, November 17
Akal Takht secretariat is flooded with requests for initiating immediate action against Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC President for allegedly using objectionable language against the High Priests. The Sikh clergy may take action as per maryada during a meeting on November 20. 

Mann not invited to celebrations
Amritsar, November 17
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), today said he had not received any invitation from Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for participating in the concluding functions of the bicentenary celebrations of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation, scheduled for tomorrow as claimed by Mr Badal.

Kin must not get ticket: Birdevinder
Patiala, November 17
PPCC general secretary Birdevinder Singh today said Congressmen were getting frustrated due to the attempts by some leaders to ensure party ticket for their relatives.

Morcha to enter into ‘poll alliance’
Mansa, November 17
The Panthic Morcha will contest the forthcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections in alliance with the like-minded parties. This was stated by Mr Dhian Singh Mand, former MP and Vice-President of the SAD (A) while talking to mediapersons today at Gurthari village of the district.


Reshma breaks barriers between ‘two Punjabs’

Amritsar, November 17
Reshma, an internationally renowned folk singer of Pakistan, has said that there should not be any barriers between the “two Punjabs” across India and Pakistan.

Pakistani singer Reshma (right) with former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral (both belong to Gujrat in Pakistan) and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (centre) at Ram Bagh in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Pakistani singer Reshma with former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral

Calendar to mark bicentenary released
Amritsar, November 17
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Mr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Managing Editor of the Ajit, here today released the wall calendar-2002 of Guru Nanak Dev University brought out to mark the bicentenary of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Memorial to Rani Jindan
Amritsar, November 17
After a long wait of 138 years, a memorial will be raised on the banks of the Godavari near Nasik in Maharashtra where Maharani Jind Kaur (Jindan), the last queen of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was cremated.

PSEB told to refund money to complainant
Bathinda, November 17
The District Consumer forum while imposing a fine of Rs 1,000 on the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in an alleged power theft case, directed the PSEB authorities to refund Rs 9, 351 to Mr Rajinder Singh, a resident of the city.

‘Dhanis’ cry for development
Even though the number of “dhanis” (cluster of houses on the outskirts of a village) has been increasing due to the rise in the rural population, the authorities have been ignoring most of these areas in the matter of development.

Doctors protest neglect of health sector
Patiala, November 17
A massive gathering of medical teachers, resident doctors, PCMS and junior doctors in support of their demands, including filling of vacant posts, redesignation and general uplift of college and hospital facilities, was held today in the Out Patient Department of Rajindra Hospital. The Resident Doctors Association and the medical college unit of the PCMS Association supported the demonstration.

‘Conspiracy’ to privatise medical care
Patiala, November 17
Agitating Government Medical College doctors of the state today received support from senior Congress leader and Pradesh Congress General Secretary Birdevinder Singh, who claimed the Akali government was engaged in a deep-rooted conspiracy to privatise medical care in the state.

Nurses’ rally on Nov 20
Patiala, November 17
The Punjab Nurses Association will hold a protest rally in the constituency of the Punjab Finance Minister, Captain Kanwaljit Singh, on November 20.

‘Punjab to send 1 m tonnes wheat to Afghanistan’
Tarn Taran, November 17
The Punjab Government is going to send 1 million tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan. The Ministry of External Affairs has offered the wheat as food aid to the war-ravaged country.

NTAS theatre campaign ends
Patiala, November 17
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala concluded its “Punjabi Language and Theatre Campaign”, by giving cash rewards to its 20 artists on the occasion of Divali at NTAS mandir, here.


Plea to increase sugarcane MSP
Jalandhar, November 17
The state government’s failure to hike the minimum support price (MSP) of sugarcane during past three years was decried by sugarcane growers at a state-level convention at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today.


4-laning of Amritsar-Jalandhar road likely
Amritsar, November 17
Amritsar district is all set to witness a massive road construction and upgradation activity. Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and Secretary, Public Works (Buildings and Roads), said the Chief Minister had taken up the proposal to extend the four-laning of the national highway from Jalandhar to Amritsar with the Centre for its early clearance.

Hydel project to help ease power shortage
Jalandhar, November 17
The prevailing power shortage scenario in the northern region will ease after work on the 660 MW hydel power project, which is being set up in Bhutan, is completed.

Rs 15-cr PUDA project for Sultanpur Lodhi
Chandigarh, November 17
A Rs 15 crore project to beautify Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) is being executed by PUDA. Housing and Urban Development Minister Upinderjit Kaur revealed today. The project would be completed within the next four months. The town, which is connected with Guru Nanak Dev, is a revered place for the Sikhs.


Two Pakistani women held
Amritsar, November 17
Two Pakistani women, who were going to Pakistan by Samjhauta Express, were held by personnel of the intelligence wing late last night.


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