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No chance of unity with Badal: Tohra
Kotfatha (Bathinda), November 23
In a significant development in the Sikh religio-political scene, the unity move initiated by Sikh clergy and other prominent people among all factions of Akalis today suffered a big jolt when former SGPC chief and President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said there was no “chance” of unity with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister and head of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, addresses a Press conference at Kotfatha village (Bathinda) on Friday. 
—Photo by Kulbir Beera

Akali unity central issue
Chandigarh, November 23
After two setbacks in the recent past, the issue of unity among different Akali factions has again come to centre-stage.  




Parties prepare for SGPC poll
Amritsar, November 23
While the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal had convened a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) here on November 26, the Panthic Morcha has called a separate meeting of SGPC members at Guru Arjun Dev Nivas (SGPC Complex) on the same day to chalk out a strategy for the annual election of the SGPC President and other office-bearers scheduled for November 27.

WTO: Punjab may move SC against Centre
New Delhi, November 23
Though the Punjab Government has expressed satisfaction over the Centre’s stand at the WTO meeting in Doha, it may join some other states in moving the Supreme Court over the way the previous government had signed the WTO accord without consulting the states.


Govt recruiting own men: Cong
Ropar, November 23
If voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly elections to the state, the Congress would review all recruitments made by the SAD-BJP government in the recent months. Apprehending that it will not be voted to power, the government is hurriedly trying to recruit kith and kin of its favourites.

Congress woos employees
Chandigarh, November 23
The Punjab Congress has started an elaborate exercise to woo government and other employees in the state. Senior leaders of the party have been deputed to establish contact with leaders of various organisations of employees to know their demands, grievances and problems.


Panchayats must do own housekeeping: Chief Secy
Chandigarh, November 23
Elected representatives of the panchayati raj institutions have to learn to reduce their dependence on the government and be on their own and improve their housekeeping. This should be ensured without creating a vacuum as the government withdraws after the devolution of powers, as per the 73rd Constitutional amendment.

Too few cops spoil the crime graph
Dera Bassi, November 23
Inadequate police staff, their long duty hours, the VIP security and poor transportation facilities has resulted in a sharp rise in the crime graph here.

Television powerful medium, says Ramanand Sagar
Ludhiana, November 23
Noted film director Ramanand Sagar today said that the television had come to stay as a powerful medium for ‘information and entertainment’. He said, television had certain advantages over other media. At the same time, he said, it was wrong to think that the days of the big screen were over.

Clerical staff strike enters sixth day
Sangrur, November 23
The pen-down strike by the clerical staff of the health department in the state entered the sixth day today. The staff have been protesting against the alleged illegal appointment of two senior assistants by the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab.

Fulfil demands, say medical teachers
Amritsar, November 23
The issue of nominating a professional as a Director was highlighted by the activists of the Medical and Dental Teachers’ Association at a protest rally held today to protest the indifferent attitude of the government towards their demands.

Medical teachers stage dharna
Faridkot, November 23
Medical teachers of Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here staged a dharna in front of the hospital to protest against the failure of the state government to accept their demands.

Complete bandh in Noormahal
Phillaur, November 23
Residents of Noormahal observed a complete bandh in protest against the police lathi charge on the mob indulged in stone throwing incidents at Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, Noormahal, last night.

Court workers booked for misplacing file
Bathinda, November 23
A case under Section 409 of the IPC has been registered against Satpal, record keeper, and Sham Lal, assistant record keeper, of the Judicial Courts here for their alleged involvement in misplacing a file pertaining to a case decided about more than three decades ago.

Forum orders PSEB to pay compensation
Mansa, November 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, while giving its decision on a complaint filed by the gram panchayat of Thuthianwali village of the district, has issued directions to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay compensation of Rs 12,000 to the panchayat for the board’s failure to provide 24-hour power supply.

Jatha to leave for Pak on Nov 27
Amritsar, November 23
Mr Bakshish Singh Dhaowali, member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC), will lead the Sikh jatha to Pakistan on November 27 instead of November 25 on the occasion of the Gurpurb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.


41.22 cr for improving water supply
Bathinda, November 23
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Minister for Science and Technology, said yesterday that Rs 41.22 crore had been sanctioned for the district from the funds announced by the Prime Minister on November 18. He said Rs 25.22 crore would be utilised to improve the water supply system and Rs 16 crore would be spent on improving the drinking water supply in the city.

Barnala to have 7-digit phone nos
Barnala, November 23
An open-house session was held at local telephone exchange yesterday. G.S. Gill, General Manager, Telecom, District Sangrur, was the chief guest. Eminent lawyers, doctors and principals of reputed colleges and schools and many public personalities attended the session.


2 women held in land grab case
Phagwara, November 23
A case of land grab through forgery and impersonation had come to light here and the police yesterday nabbed two women Shakuntala and Harbans Kaur, in this connection while the prime accused Kirpal Singh was on the large.

5 booked for forging papers
Pathankot, November 23
The Dhar Kalan police has booked five persons, including complainant’s sister and her son and a Lambardar, on the charges of impersonation, fraud and cheating under Sections 420/467/468/471 and 120B of the IPC.


Children’s science congress held
Nawanshahr, November 23
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology organised a district-level National Children’s Science Congress on the topic of the “indigenous scientific knowledge for better tomorrow” at Government Co-education Senior Secondary School here yesterday. As many as 14 teams participated.

Puar inaugurates varsity contests
Amritsar, November 23
Guru Nanak Dev University here today organised Punjabi folk art, on the painting and photography competitions at Heritage Centre as a part of its 32nd foundation day celebrations. Prof Joginder Singh Puar, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, inaugurated the competitions.


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