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Octroi: Cabinet meeting on
November 28
Phillaur, November 25
Facilitated by the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order of vacating the stay on the octroi abolition in the state, the Punjab Cabinet will take a final decision on the issue at its meeting scheduled for November 28. The meeting will be held at Chandigarh and is most likely to the presided over by Mr Balramji Dass Tandon in the absence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who is under treatment at a hospital in New Delhi.

PAC meeting today
Amritsar, November 25
Even as the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has convened a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee and SGPC members here tomorrow, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, met Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister in New Delhi to discuss the Panthic scenario. The annual election of the SGPC chief is scheduled for November 27 and Bibi Jagir Kaur is in the race for the coveted post.

Badal recovering fast: Dr Maini
New Delhi, November 25
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who underwent corrective surgery here on Monday for upper femur bone fracture on the leftside, is reported to be recovering fast.

‘Only 41 pc of power produced is billed’
Bathinda, November 25
Nearly 59 per cent of the power produced in the country goes unmetered due to transmission losses and theft. The Union Ministry of Power has launched a campaign to create awareness among people. Mr Kirpal Singh, Senior Manager, National Thermal Corporation, stated this at a press conference here on Wednesday.




Panchayats identify problems
Chandigarh, November 25
Even as the effective devolution of powers to panchayats is still awaited, a training programme to create awareness among elected representatives, particularly women, has revealed the issues that concern sarpanches and panches. These have been brought to the notice of the Punjab Government and also Unicef.


SAD rejects Tohra’s terms for compromise
Ludhiana, November 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal today rejected Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s conditions for a compromise ahead of the Punjab assembly elections due next year. “We are ready for a compromise, but talks for it should begin without any pre-condition,” SAD Secretary-General and Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said here.

Probe sought into Kanjhla’s assets
Sangrur, November 25
The “Kanjhla Bhajao Halka Bachao” Front, yesterday demanded from the Punjab government a CBI probe into the moveable and immoveable property of Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Minister for Social Security and Development of Women and Children, Punjab, which he allegedly has “amassed” by adopting “corrupt” measures. The front demanded probe into “misuse” of grants, released to the “unregistered” clubs by Mr Kanjhla.

Joginder may join politics
Pathankot, November 25
To clean a drain, one has to get unclean. This was the reply of a former CBI Director, Mr Joginder Singh, to the question whether he would join politics. He stressed on the need for speedy justice, pointing out that at present 3.25 crore cases were pending in courts with only about 12,000 judges to decide them.


Price of acting according to conscience
Ludhiana, November 25
Bashir Malik is an alien among his own people. Rather he is an outcaste. He has been disowned by his brothers and sisters. So much so, he could not attend the funeral of his mother, who passed away in 1993. Nor could he perform the last rites of his uncle, who had adopted him as his son and bequeathed his property in his (Malik’s) name. Yet Malik stands firm in his resolve not to compromise.

24 more cows die, raising toll to 49
Jalandhar, November 25
With 24 more cows dying yesterday, the toll has risen to 49 at the “Gaushala” run by the Sri Devi Talaab Mandir Committee at Bulandpur village near here where 55 more animals are battling for life after having “poisonous” feed since Thursday.

Dermatologists’ conference concludes
Faridkot, November 25
The two-day 27th North zone conference of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists organised by the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital which concluded here today underlined the need for more counselling centres to control the spread of HIV/AIDS. For this programme full-time medical social workers should be trained for counselling adults and other persons.

Dharnas against supply of contaminated water
Bhuchu Mandi (Bathinda), November 25
Residents of the township held a march on Friday night to protest against the supply of contaminated water and raised slogans against the President of the Municipal Committee and the district administration. They also staged dharnas in front of the residence of the Executive Engineer of the council.

God’s chosen Ragi
Patiala, November 25
Preparations are being made here to observe the 11th death anniversary of Bhai Bakhshish Singh, the renowned Hazoori Ragi, kirtaniya of divine hymns of Guru Granth Sahib composed in different ragas and singer of other forms of spiritual music, in a befitting manner on Tuesday (Nov 27). God had bestowed on Bhai Bakhshish Singh a vibrant, captivating and golden voice most appropriate for singing Gurbani according to the classical specifications laid down for different shabads.

Railways promotee officers threaten stir
Patiala, November 25
More than 8,000 members of the Indian Railways Promotee Officers Federation have threatened to resort to direct action in case their issues are not resolved at the earliest.

Minister for check on infanticide
Bathinda, November 25
Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, the Punjab Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Welfare, said here on Friday that though the state government was trying to enforce various laws enacted to curb child labour and female infanticide, the help of social service organisations and various self-help clubs was needed to eradicate these social evils.

Lawyers to strike work today
Bathinda, November 25
The District Bar Association at an emergency meeting here yesterday decided to strike work and march in the markets of city tomorrow to protest against the apathetic attitude of authorities concerned towards improvement of the approach roads to the judicial complex here. A day-long dharna would also be staged in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.


“Issue identity cards by Dec 31”
Amritsar, November 25
Mr Sajan Chatterjee, Deputy Election Commissioner, Government of India ordered Jalandhar Division officials to issue photo identity cards to new voters after the publication of the voters lists.

Date extended for photo I-cards
Faridkot, November 25
Mr A. Venu Prasad, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has extended the date for preparing photo identity cards for those who could not avail this opportunity in Panjgrain and Faridkot Assembly constituencies till now.


Gang forcing kids into begging busted
Bathinda, November 25
The police today busted a gang, which forced kids into begging and arrested Gurjant Singh, resident of Raghu Bangi village and Chhinder Singh of Ablu Khurana village cases under Sections 363-A, and 370, IPC, have been registered. A teenaged boy, Sonu, was also freed from their captivity.

FIR in land grab case eyewash?
Amritsar, November 25
Following a public hue and cry over case of land grab reportedly by a powerful political family, a case under Sections 379, 448, 427 and 34 IPC has been registered against Puran Chand and others. Puran Chand is an employee of Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a close kin of the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The event was reported in the Tribune columns on November 21.

Quack arrested
Bathinda, November 25
The local police has arrested Amar Chand of Teona village, for allegedly selling drugs. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here today said the accused posing as a qualified doctor was running a dispensary and selling medicines at rates higher than prescribed. At least 300 tablets were seized from him. A case under Section 420, IPC, has been registered against him at the Sadar police station.

65 containers of tar seized, 3 held
Sangrur, November 25
On a tip off, the Barnala police yesterday seized 65 containers of tar and arrested three contractors of government works under Sections 420, 409, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC.


Redesignate posts, say non-medical teachers
Patiala, November 25
The Punjab State Non-Medical Teachers Association has alleged that it is being given step motherly treatment by the Medical Teachers Association and urged the government to undo the injustice done to them by redesignating their posts on the lines of medical teachers, besides accepting their other demands.

Kamla Nehru College wins trophy
Amritsar, November 25
Kamla Nehru College, Phagwara won trophy at the folk art competition held here to mark the 32nd foundation day celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev University. Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, Himachal Chief Minister awarded the trophy to the winners.

Interview for JBT course on November 27
Bathinda, November 25
Mr Jaswant Singh Dani, District Education Officer, in a press note issued here today said the applicants for junior basic teacher and elementary teacher training courses who were not called for the interview earlier were now being invited for the same.


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