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Sonia okays poll front
Chandigarh, November 21
The Congress high command has approved the proposal of the Punjab unit of the party to form a front of secular, democratic and progressive forces to defeat the alleged communal SAD-BJP alliance in the coming state Assembly elections.

Bathinda oil refinery to go on stream by December, 2005
Chandigarh, November 21
A prestigious project of the Badal government, the Bathinda oil refinery will go on stream as scheduled in December, 2005. This was announced here today at a press conference by Mr H. L. Zutshi, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation.

Guidelines for safety of US Sikhs
Ludhiana, November 21
The Federal Aviation Administration of the USA has issued fresh guidelines to employees of aircraft operators and other security personnel who conduct the screening of passengers following reports of harassment of Sikhs and other Asians at airports after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


Seat sharing: Kanshi wants lion’s share
Sangrur, November 21
If an electoral alliance with the Panthic Morcha was formed in Punjab, the Bahujan Samaj Party will contest nearly 100 seats while it will allot only 15 to 20 seats to the Panthic Morcha.

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Discrepancies in voters’ lists alleged
Pathankot, November 21
Former Punjab Minister and Congress leader, Mr Raman Bhalla, today alleged that there were large-scale discrepancies in the electoral rolls and sought a strict action against the officials who were fiddling with the voters’ lists at the behest of the SAD-BJP government.

Morcha to launch campaign on November 24
Mansa, November 21
The Panthic Morcha will launch election campaign for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections from Mansa on November 24 by holding a conference here on that day.

Dalits to weigh Sonia against blood
Hoshiarpur, November 21
The Dalits International Welfare Society Birmingham, UK, and its branch office at Nangal Maroof, Hoshiarpur, will weight Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Parliament, with blood of Dalit youths at a blood donation camp here on the eve of Christmas or New Year Day.


Arrest killers of Dhuri boy: panel
Sangrur, November 21
More than 100 persons under the banner of the Ravi Kant Murder Action Committee today took out a protest march on scooters and a tempo from Dhuri to Sangrur. They alleged that the district police had failed to nab the murderers of Ravi Kant, a teenaged boy from Dhuri, as it was hand in glove with them.

Witness claims to have acted as courier for Kandahar hijacker
Patiala, November 21
An hotel waiter from Mumbai today claimed that he had met one of the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane which was hijacked in December, 1999, and even acted as a courier to get two of his accomplices to Mumbai from West Bengal.

Choked sewers fray tempers
Abohar, November 21
An executive engineer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and president of the Municipal Council here on a visit to Sidhu Nagri and Thakur Abadi yesterday faced angry residents as sewage had collected in streets and on roads due to blockage in sewers since Saturday and authorities did not do anything to rectify it.

IMA Punjab Ratan for doctor
Barnala, November 21
Dr R.C. Garg, a Barnala-based doctor as well as Honorary Secretary of the Punjab Indian Medical Association, has been honoured with the IMA Punjab Ratan Award for his remarkable services towards the cause of the IMA.

People deprived of benefits under Antyodaya Scheme
Amritsar, November 21
Due to a delay in the issuance of yellow cards and non-identification of families covered under the Antyodaya Scheme for urban population, these persons have been deprived of the benefits under the government scheme.

Akhand path not allowed
Kapurthala, November 21
The police today did not allow akhand path at Saidowal village near the town at the dera of Sant Baba Amrik Dass in the village. The dera is situated adjacent to the village gurdwara. The dera and gurdwara have a common courtyard. Residents of the area pay obeisance at the dera there. The trouble arose when a village non-resident Indian Darbara Singh expressed desire to hold akhand path at the dera today.

Punsup staff go on leave en masse
Phillaur, November 21
Punsup employees today went on casual leave en masse and held rallies before Punsup offices throughout the state in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government towards them.

Punsup staff hold rally
Bathinda, November 21
Members of the district unit of the Punsup Employees Union Punjab, today held a protest rally on a call given by the state unit of the PEUP. The rally was held in front of the office of Punsup.

Lance Naik Gurmeet Singh cremated with honours
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 21
The mortal remains of martyr Lance Naik Gurmeet Singh, who lost his life while fighting terrorism in were consigned to flames today at his native village Sampla. Earlier his body was brought from J&K by the jawans of Rashtariya Rifles.

Relief announced
Chandigarh, November 21
The Punjab Government has decided to provide ex gratia relief and also jobs to next of kin of persons who had been shot dead or critically injured by unidentified criminals in the state.


Farmers seek compensation
Bathinda, November 21
Farmers of the state held dharna in front of the office of the Cotton Corporation of India and later the before Deputy Commissioner’s office under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) to press for the acceptance of demands of cotton growers of the region.


Race for top BBMB finance post hots up
Ropar, November 21
With the tenure of the current Financial Adviser to the BBMB, Mr Satish Loomba, coming to an end on November 30, the race for the top finance post in the organisation has gained momentum. Highly placed sources said the Union Ministry for Power had recommended to the BBMB two names —Mr P.S. Purthi from the Indian Revenue Services who is presently posted as Commissioner, Central Excise and Taxation, Punjab, and Mr Jagbans Singh from the Indian Audit and Accounts Service who has recently returned from a posting in Washington DC as Director of Indian accounts in North and South America — for the post.

Engineers’ body opposes officer’s transfer
Ropar, November 21
The PSEB Engineers’ Association, Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant region, has alleged malafide intention behind the transfer of the Additional Superintendent Engineer, Mr H.S. Hira.


Two killed in road mishaps
Amritsar, November 21
Two persons were killed and one was injured in separate incidents here last evening. Thura Ram of Alawalpur was killed and Mr Satnam Singh of Kotlachal was critically injured when a bus collided with their scooter at Batala. The driver of the bus reportedly fled from the spot.


PCCTU members to court arrest
Jalandhar, November 21
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has decided that its executive members will court arrest at Chandigarh on December 3 against the failure of the state government to implement pension and gratuity scheme for employees of privately managed non-government affiliated colleges.

Posts lying vacant in schools
Tarn Taran, November 21
Government Girls Senior Secondary School and Government Senior Secondary School here lack adequate staff. The posts of the Principal have also been lying vacant in the schools. As a result, teaching work has been badly affected.


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