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Badal calls party leaders to Delhi
Special ‘rath’ for CM’s canvassing?
Chandigarh, November 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who underwent surgery this morning in Delhi, has directed his party’s top brass to continue political activities with full vigour.

Priests call for Panthic unity
Talwandi’s remarks shameful: clergy
Amritsar, November 20
Close on the heels of a closed-door meeting between Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, the Sikh high priests today called for complete Panthic unity after a marathon meeting held at the Akal Takht Secretariat here today.

Badal’s kin grab land?
Amritsar, November 20
Gunmen of a powerful, political family and kin of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, allegedly demolished an office and a hall reportedly belonging to Manjot Singh Kahlon and his mother, Mrs G.K. Kahlon, Principal, Khalsa College for Women, last night and forcibly occupied the premises.



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EARLIER STORIES

  Pak national among 2 held
Pathankot, November 20
The police has arrested a Pakistan national Haidar Ali of Landa Bazar, Lahore, and Mussatqeen of Kiratpur in Bijnour district of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly committing espionage and seized handmade maps of Indian defence installations and other documents from their possession.

POLITICS

Lok Bhalai Party to contest 90 seats
Mansa, November 20
“The Congress has used Punjab as a political laboratory. It may be secular in other parts of the country but in Punjab it has always encouraged communalism to derive political gains”, said Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party while addressing mediapersons here today.

MLAs boycott meetings
Mansa, November 20
None of the four MLAs, including Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, MLA of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, attended the meetings of the District Planning Board and District Grievances Committee held at Mansa yesterday.

COMMUNITY

Punjabis more prone to heart diseases
Fatehgarh Sahib
“Prevention is better than cure. If we do not change our lifestyle and eating habits, there is a real danger of an epidemic-like situation being created in the next 20 to 25 years pertaining to cardio-vascular ailments. And most of the deaths in the country, particularly in northern belt, will be due to ‘Syndrome X’ diseases”.

Cancer death rate  high in village
Giana (Bathinda), November 20
Even as deaths due to cancer have been taking place continuously in this small village bordering Haryana, residents have reportedly stopped disclosing the reason of the death of their kin to people because of the social stigma.

54 AIDS cases detected
Hoshiarpur, November 20
As many as 54 cases of AIDS have been detected in Hoshiarpur district during the past four years. This was disclosed by Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, in a press note issued by the District Public Relations Office here today.

Drug de-addiction camp organised
Bathinda, November 20
Dr Mehboob Singh Sran, project-in-charge of the Red Cross de-addiction hospital here today said sports and cultural activities helped the youth to use their energy in constructive areas and divert attention from drugs.

100 unauthorised taxis plying: union
Gurdaspur, November 20
Resentment prevails among taxi owners with authorised licences in the district. Mr Promod Kumar, Mr Ravel Singh and Mr Tilak Raj, representatives of the permit holders’ taxi union, while talking this correspondent today, said about 100 unauthorised taxis were plying in the district and evading tax, thus causing loss to the government.

Training camp for unemployed women
Bathinda, November 20
A training camp for unemployed women, being organised by the Punjab Energy Development Agency, began at the local Zila Parishad yesterday. Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), inaugurated the camp “Women Energy Renewable Energy Employment Programme”.

Jasbir JassiJassi blames vulgarity on audio companies
Bathinda, November 20
Jasbir Jassi, Punjabi pop singer, who was here on Sunday to perform at a programme, denied charges that his songs were promoting vulgarity and instead accused various audio companies for the same.

Sena chief gets threats from Pak fundamentalists
Amritsar, November 20
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, president, All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, has alleged that he has been receiving threatening letters from Pakistani fundamentalists.

Pensioners await dues
Amritsar, November 20
Even as a pension scam of Rs 23 crore has been unearthed, the government is allegedly not paying any heed towards hundreds of such persons who have been running from pillar to post to get their dues.

Rally by nurses
Patiala, November 20
The Punjab Nurses Association today took out a rally in the Banur constituency and disrupted traffic on the Patiala-Chandigarh road in support of its demands.

Medical camps for tooth diseases
Bathinda, November 20
The Health Department, Punjab, in cooperation with the local Rotary Club is organising medical camps for tooth diseases.

Cultural festival organised
Bathinda, November 20
The State Bank of Patiala, Bathinda zone, organised its seventh cultural festival here recently in which bank employees and their kin participated. Mr Mahadev Balani, Deputy General Manager, SBOP, Bathinda zone, was the chief guest. Addressing the participants and guests, he stressed the need for cultural festivals.

Health staff extend strike
Sangrur, November 20
The pen-down strike by members of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association has been extended till November 22.

AGRICULTURE


An old farmer raising slogans at a rally
An old farmer raising slogans at a rally organised by the Punjab Kisan Sabha at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Paddy sold, payment eludes farmers
Ludhiana, November 20
Thousands of farmers are making daily rounds of the shops of commission agents here and in other parts of the state to get the payments of paddy sold about a month ago. 

Cotton growers want loans waived
Bathinda, November 20
The Punjab Kisan Sabha in a resolution today demanded that the government should pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre to those farmers whose cotton crop was damaged this year, besides waiving their loans.

ADMINISTRATION

HUDCO to make Preetnagar a model village
Amritsar, November 20
The Housing and Urban Develop-ment Corporation has accepted in principle the proposal put up by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University to adopt ‘Preetnagar’ village to develop it as a model village.

23,000 EVMs to be used in poll
Ferozepore, November 20
Around 23,000 electronic voting machines will be used in the Assembly elections in Punjab scheduled to be held early next year and only those possessing the voter identity card will be allowed to exercise their franchise. 

CRIME

SHO accused of misbehaviour
Gurdaspur, November 20
More than 500 persons, led by Mr Narinder Kumar Sharma, president, Block Congress Committee, Dhariwal, Mr Vinod Sharma, president, SAD, Dhariwal unit, Mr Satish Sharma, president, Municipal Committee, Dhariwal, and Mr Rajneesh Sood, president, Beopar Mandal, Dhariwal, sat on dharna in front of the Dhariwal police station and blocked traffic yesterday in protest against the alleged misbehaviour of the Station House Officer with a woman councillor.

4 held in plot to free undertrial
Bathinda, November 20
The police has arrested four persons who had reportedly made a plan to get an undertrial freed, while he was to be produced at a court at Talwandi Sabo.

Poppy husk, illicit liquor seized
Bathinda, November 20
The police seized 102 kg of poppy husk, 13 litres of illicit liquor, 10 litres of country liquor and 24 litres of lahan in different cases registered in the district.

EDUCATION

BBK DAV College wins youth fest trophy
Amritsar, November 20
The local BBK DAV College for Women bagged Guru Nanak Dev University’s ‘A’ zone women’s youth festival trophy. R.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls, Batala, stood second while Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar, remained third.

Minister’s gesture
Moga, November 20
The Education Minister, Punjab Mr Tota Singh, has donated a sum of Rs 50,000 for the construction of houses of the five sons of a labourer, whose eyes were got transplanted earlier by the Moga Seva Bharti.

Students hold exhibition
Amritsar, November 20
Students of different departments of BBK DAV College for Women organised an exhibition and sale of articles.
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