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PM gave nothing to Punjab: Cong
Chandigarh, November 22
Mounting an attack on the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Punjab Congress said today that he had given nothing to the state during his recent visit to Amritsar.

No differences with Brar: Amarinder

Rajasansi, (Amritsar), November 22
Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today denied any differences with Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, senior vice-president of the PPCC.

Captain Amrinder Singh, President, PPCC, address a rally at Rajasansi on Thursday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Riot victims feel left high and dry
Gurdaspur, November 22
Victims of 1984 riots settled in this district are critical of the Punjab government’s policy of rehabilitation. A riot victim keeping his identity secret, said that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, before coming to power had promised to raise their pension, provide education free of cost, in addition to other facilities. 

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Bhai Ranjit Singh

Gurcharan Singh Tohra

Parkash Singh Badal

Tohra will not join Badal, says Bhai Ranjit Singh
Amritsar, November 22
Bhai Ranjit Singh, former jathedar of Akal Takht, today alleged that Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, an Akali MLA, and Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, a former president of the DSG MC, both confidants of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, had been stabbing in the back of the Panthic Morcha. The former Jathedar claimed that there was not an iota of truth in Mr Tohra joining hands with the ruling Akali Dal as speculated in the media.

Aided polytechnics face closure sans grant
Jalandhar, November 22
Fate of hundreds of students and employees of the government-aided polytechnics in the state continues to be uncertain due to non-compliance with the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, revoking instructions of the Punjab Finance Department on abolition of grant-in-aid scheme in a phased manner.

Flip side to world heritage week
Amritsar, November 22
While the Archaeological Survey of India is celebrating the world heritage week and holding seminars to sensitise people, heritage buildings and sites in Punjab are in utter neglect.

Rural games in memory of Kargil martyrs
Kubahedi (Ropar), November 22
This may not equal the euphoria of the ongoing National Games, but it sure qualifies as a national event of sorts. Dedicated to two indomitable sons of the soil, who gave up their life defending the national security at Kargil, this rural games spectacle at Kubahedi, which was held today, is more than just games. 
A bullock-cart race in progress
A bullock-cart race in progress at a rural sport meet organised in the memory of Kargil martyrs at Kubahedi village in Ropar district on Thursday. — Photo Karam Singh


SAD (A) to field 6 candidates  in Doaba
Phagwara, November 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will field candidates for six Assembly seats of the Doaba area and leave remaining 21 seats for its alliance partners.

CPM’s Sangrur dist unit splits
Dhuri, November 22
The Sangrur district unit of the CPM today split with the formation of a parallel 31-member district executive committee and election of Mr Major Singh Punnawal as district secretary by the dissident group of the party owing allegiance to Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, former state secretary of the CPM’s Punjab unit.

Democratic set-up eroded in state: Jakhar
Ferozepore, November 22
Veteran Congress leader and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Dr Balram Jakhar, lashed out at the ruling SAD-BJP government stating that the democratic set-up in the state had been completely eroded.


MLA slaps cop: plea to withdraw case turned down
Sangrur, November 22
Mr S.K. Singla, Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, Sunam, yesterday dismissed the application of the Assistant Public Prosecutor, Sunam, under Section 321 of the Cr. P.C. seeking the withdrawal of the case registered against Manmohan Singh Sathiala, an MLA of the ruling Akali Dal.

Water tanks dry for 27 years
Hoshiarpur, November 22
Crores of rupees have gone down the drain on account of non-functioning of four huge overhead water tanks after these were set-up by the then municipal committee authorities in 1974 in a bid to ensure uniform water supply to all parts of the city.

Scribe among 8 granted bail
Phagwara, November 22
A scribe of a Hindi daily was among eight persons who were granted bail by Mr Harbhajan Dass, Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, here in a criminal complaint filed against them under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Child Marriage Act, Section 5 (iii) of the Hindu Marriage Act and Section 109 of the IPC, it was learnt yesterday.

Robberies scare residents
A spate of armed robberies in Patiala has brought back the fear of the “Kale Kachchewala” gang which had struck the city about two years ago. The modus operandi of these gangs which operate in areas around the city and Dera Bassi is similar to that of the “Kale Kacchhewala” gang.

‘Collective action must to end terrorism’
Chandigarh, November 22
A meeting of the state executive of the Punjab BJP youth wing was held here today with Mr Avinash Jaiswal, general secretary (organisation), in the chair. He spoke on terrorism and how September 11 had changed the world scene triggering global action against terrorism.

Ultimatum to SSP to vacate building
Hoshiarpur, November 22
Dr Bal Gopal Goyal, president of Model Town Welfare Society, Hoshiarpur and its other members have given an ultimatum to the local SSP either to vacate the community centre of Model Town occupied “illegally by the police” within 15 days or face agitation.

24 cows die in 2 days
Jalandhar, November 22
As many as 24 cows have died since yesterday and another 10 are battling for life at a “gaushala” at Bulandpur village, near here.

Bihar comes alive in Bathinda
Bathinda, November 22
Ten-year-old Pushpesh was unhappy as his family was not going to Bihar this year to celebrate the Chhatt festival. But on participating in the celebrations of the festival in the city, he saw Bihar come alive in Bathinda.
Migrant labourers celebrate the Chhatt festival in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Clash at ‘mazaar’
Noormahl (Jalandhar),  November 22

Tension gripped this sleepy historical township when two groups of people clashed and resorted to stone-throwing following objections by the management of Gurdwara Sri Guru Har Rai over the dancing and beating of “dhol” by followers of a “mazaar” located within the gurdwara premises tonight.

Conference on panchayati raj
Chandigarh, November 22
A one-day state conference of representatives of panchayati raj institutions is being organised at the CRRID here tomorrow.

Help physically challenged: Kanjla
Bathinda, November 22
“The government is making all possible efforts to enable physically challenged persons to lead a normal life, but its efforts cannot succeed without the cooperation of people, said Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, Minister for Social Security and Women and Child Development, while presiding over a function organised in connection with the Children’s Day at the local school for deaf and dumb today.


Photo I-cards made mandatory
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
No one would be allowed to cast vote without photo identity card in the forthcoming state assembly poll as these have been made mandatory by the Election Commission of India, disclosed Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, after presiding over a meeting of district officials, leaders of parties, municipal councillors, prominent citizens and revenue officials here today.


Five thieves held
Jalandhar, November 22
The district police claims to have busted a seven-member gang of thieves with the arrest of its five members and seizure of two pistols from their possession.

Armed gangs loot two ‘deras’
Jalandhar, November 22
Members of two heavily-armed gangs donning “kala patkas” struck at two “deras” at Sangha Jagir and Sharakpur villages in the Nakodar-Noormahal area and forced the inmates to part with cash and other valuables before fleeing under the cover of darkness early today.

Four gangsters arrested
Abohar, November 22
Four gangsters were arrested by the police after an encounter with them, near here, late last night. Under “operation night dominance,” a police party put a naka at the Drain bridge near village Dharampura village. Late last night, the police saw four unidentified persons heading towards the main road. 


Quick raise for awarded GND varsity teachers
Amritsar, November 22
The teachers getting national and international award would be given accelerated increments. This was informed by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, in a press note here today.

Degree issue worries PTU students
Bathinda, November 22
Students of various study centres of Punjabi University Patiala and Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar have been facing uncertainty ever since their courses were started by these universities.

Working of PTU centres to be monitored: VC
Bathinda, November 22
Mr H.S. Gurm, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, said today that various study centres established by the university would be monitored for quality of infrastructure and teaching to maintain the credibility of the university.

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