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SGPC poll: SAD to discuss cross-voting
Lehragaga (Sangrur), November 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal will convene a meeting of top leaders and office-bearers of the party soon to discuss the incidents of cross-voting and tearing of ballot papers by the party’s SGPC members. These incidents occurred at the SGPC meeting held at Amritsar yesterday in connection with the elections.

Edit: SGPC & Punjab poll

Sacked SGPC staff to be reinstated
Amritsar, November 28
The 489 SGPC employees who were removed from service on December 12 last year are likely to be reinstated as the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission has dismissed the main petition in default today.  These employees were appointed between March 16, 1999, and October 31, 1999, without inserting any advertisement in newspapers, during the tenure of Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Badal has ‘closed door to unity’
Chandigarh, November 28
The Panthic Morcha convener, Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, today said Mr Parkash Singh Badal had lost the last chance for forging unity by making Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Tuesday.

CM secured clean chit for Badungar: Bhaur
Ludhiana, November 28
The SHSAD headed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra today charged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, with “governmentising” Panthic institutions like Akal Takht and the SGPC.
SHSAD Secretary-General Sukhdev Singh Bhaur
SHSAD Secretary-General Sukhdev Singh Bhaur at Gurudwara Akalgarh in Ludhiana on Wednesday. 
— Photo Inderjit Verma

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SGPC Secy complains against Talwandi
Amritsar, November 28
Even as the Jathedar of Akal Takht is likely to convene a meeting of the Sikh clergy shortly, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary, SGPC, has reportedly lodged a complaint against Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, a former SGPC President.

Deletion of Sikh movement questioned
Patiala, November 28
The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation today claimed that the NCERT had hastily deleted references of the Sikh movement towards “regional independence” from its history books being taught at the school level.

Members surprised at PPSC chief’s “inaction”
Patiala, November 28
Three members of the Punjab Public Service Commission have indirectly questioned the credentials of the Chairman of the commission, Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, by saying that they were surprised why he was not initiating any action against PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh and others who had accused the commission of indulging in rampant corrupt practices to fill up various posts.

24-hr power supply by 2012
Faridkot, November 28
The Central Government has formulated an integrated action plan to generate 1 lakh MW more electricity daily to provide an uninterrupted power supply in the country by 2012.


Badal favouring constituency farmers: Rinwa
Fazilka, November 28
The PPCC election campaign committee member, Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, former MLA and Secretary, PPCC, talking to mediapersons here, criticised Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for putting off recovery of loans of farmers in his home constituency.

Minister flays Cong, BSP on EVMs
Phagwara, November 28
State Tourism Minister Chowdhary Swarna Ram today criticised PPCC President Capt Amarinder Singh and BSP supremo Kanshi Ram for opposing the use of electronic voting machines in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. The minister said, It was the privilege of the Chief Election Commissioner to use or not to use these machines.


Newborn dead: case of negligence against docs
Bathinda, November 28
A criminal case has been registered against Dr T. Bhatti and Dr Inderjit Kaur Khurana here for allegedly causing the death of a newborn within three days of his birth in September last year due to negligence.

Birs, gutkas burnt in accidental fire
Muktsar, November 28
Two “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib and five “gutkas” were reduced to ashes when a gurdwara in Surewala village of this district caught fire accidentally last night. Mr Kultar Singh, district police chief, said that a 90-year-old man of the village used to hold daily prayers in the morning and evening at the gurdwara as there was no permanent granthi.

Rs 2.6 cr grant for Mahavira samiti
Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held here today, under the chairmanship of Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Local Bodies Minister, decided to release a grant of Rs 2.60 crore to the Bhagwan Mahavira 2600th Janam Kalyanak Samiti for the purchase of land and construction of a memorial.

‘Strengthen cooperative movement’
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 28
The Cooperative Department has to play a vital role to fight the onslaught of the WTO on agriculture and milk sector, firstly by creating capital and then economising on the cost of production, said Mr Suresh Kumar, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, while addressing a gathering at Nabipur village, 10 km from here, after inaugurating the 24th branch of Fatehgarh Sahib Central Co-Operative bank today.

Army man’s body sent to native village
Chandigarh, November 28
The mortal remains of gunner (GD) Bikramjit Singh of 92 Medium Regiment, who died on the Indo-Pakistan border during Operation Meghdoot because of excessive cold on Sunday, was sent to his native village in Gurdaspur district today.

Women ‘can’ help contain foeticide
Jalandhar, November 28
Women can play a great role in containing female foeticide which is registering an upward trend. This was stated by Mr J.R. Kaundal, Secretary, Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab, who was addressing a seminar on women empowerment organised at the local Red Cross Bhavan today.

Recruitment rally for Sikhs, Dogras
Ferozepore, November 28
A team from the Punjab Regimental Centre will conduct a recruitment rally for Sikhs (other than Mazhabi and Ramdasia) and Dogras for recruitment in Punjab Regiment. According to an Army press note, desirous candidates who are at least Matriculate should report at the recruitment office from December 3 onwards.

Raising Day celebrated
Fazilka, November 28
The 28th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment celebrated its 14th Raising Day in this sector. Sports and cultural activities were the highlights of this day. Col Rakeshwar Singh, Battalion Commandant, said the Punjab Regiment was one of the oldest of the Army. As many as 15 dependents of the soldiers of this regiment, who had laid down their lives in 1962, were honoured on the occasion.

‘The Hindu’ invites Muslim ire
Phagwara, November 28
The Anjumane Dawtey Islamia Committee, Punjab, today flayed the English daily, “The Hindu”, for publishing photo sketches of Hazrat Mohammed Sahib and Khalifa Abu Baqr.

A scene of palki sahib
A scene of palki sahib during a nagar kirtan held in Ludhiana on Wednesday to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev . — Photo Parmjit Singh Happy

Nagar kirtan held
Jalandhar, November 28
Thousands of devotees participated in the “nagar kirtan” which was taken out by several Sikh organisations here today to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The procession started from Gurdwara Devan Asthan, Central Town, and passed through main bazars. Huge welcome gates were erected in the main markets, while many social organisations put up stalls for providing “langar”.


Kisan morcha
Ludhiana, November 28
A batch of 500 farmers would leave Ludhiana on December 2 to join the Kisan morcha at Abohar demanding compensation for the loss of cotton crop due to sale and use of spurious insecticides in the cotton belt of Punjab.


Bathinda octroi revenue up
Bathinda, November 28
The daily revenue earned through the octroi in the city has shown an upward trend ever since it is being collected by employees of the municipal council. The contract for the collection of octroi by private parties ended on November 15 and was not extended further reportedly in view of the proposed octroi abolition in the state.

DC orders inquiry
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 28
Taking suo motu notice of the news item published in The Tribune, Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, has ordered an inquiry into the alleged allegations against certain officials of the Rural Development Department for demanding a commission from the funds released by the CM for the development works at a sangat darshan programme.


More women taking to crime
Bathinda, November 28
The police has arrested 11 persons for their involvement in various crimes, including two women for smuggling of narcotics. As much as 80 kg of poppy husk, one .12 bore pistol, two cartridges and 5 lt of illicit liquor has been seized from their possession.

Couple held with fake passports
Amritsar, November 28
A couple was booked by the Immigration Department at Wagha last evening for allegedly carrying fake passports. The accused, Sudhir and his wife Harisha, both residents of Malka Gaj, Delhi, were caught at the immigration office during checking.

Two convicted in forgery case
Pathankot, November 28
Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) today convicted Jaswant Singh and Jagir Singh of Jamalpur village for mis-appropriation of funds and forging a cheque belonging to the complainant.


Science exhibition
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 28
In the present age of competition only those could survive, who had complete knowledge of information technology, said Mr M.P. Arora, Additional Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the functions on the second day of the state-level science exhibition-cum-competition being organised by the District Education Department here today.

Medical teachers put off mass CL protest
Patiala, November 28
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association today decided not to go ahead with its mass casual leave agitation on December 1 following a meeting with the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, yesterday in which he assured the association that its demands were under consideration by the government.



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