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Takht will keep away from politics: Badungar
Amritsar, November 30
Describing Akal Takht and the Sikh clergy supreme, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, said today he would ensure the autonomy of the great Sikh institutions so that they could not be used to meet political ends.

Newly appointed SGPC chief, Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar delivers his message on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Golden Temple (Amritsar) on Friday. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Thousands throng gurdwaras
Jalandhar, November 30
The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at gurdwaras and religious places with traditional fervour here today. Hundreds of devotees thronged gurdwaras to listen to shabad Gurbani. 

Amarinder slams govt  for corruption
Ludhiana, November 30
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today promised that if his party came to power in Punjab, it would usher in a new epoch of economic and industrial progress, besides a corruption-free governance. 


Fatehgarh Sahib



Canada’s first woman Sikh minister
Sindi Hawkins
It was indeed a red-letter day for the Ahluwalias settled in Canada to see their daughter, Ms Sindi Hawkins, being sworn in as the First Minister of Health Planning in British Columbia. Sindi Hawkins alias Satinder Kaur became the first Canadian Punjabi woman to be elected in the Government of British Columbia from the constituency of Kelowna Mission, a resort, in elections held this year. 


BJP discusses poll strategy
Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab BJP today discussed the strategy for the coming Assembly elections at a joint meeting of the legislative group and the election committee. The meeting was attended by the BJP national general secretary, Mr P.L. Khandelwal, and the national secretary, Mr O.P. Kohli, besides the state president, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, the state general-secretary, (organisation), Mr Avinash Jaiswal, ministers, including Mr Balramji Das Tandon and Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, MPs and MLAs.


Estate dedicated to Atma Singh
Kapurthala, November 30
The vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mr Tarlochan Singh, today dedicated the ultra modern Urban Estate built by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road here in memory of the late Jathedar Atma Singh.

Another case of polio suspected
Bathinda, November 30
Even as the state health authorities are trying to assess the reasons behind the two cases of polio in Faridkot district, detected in August and September, another suspected case of polio in this district has put them on alert.

Rotary Club organises polio awareness rally
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
The Rotary Club, Sirhind, organised a polio awareness rally today. Students of Sirhind Public School and Rana Munshi Ram Sarav Hitkari Vidya Mandir took out the rally from GT road, Sirhind, and passed through the main bazar. 

Copies of The Hindu burnt
Phagwara, November 30
Irate Muslims, led by Syed Nazir Ahmed, president, Anjumane Dawtey Islamia Committee, today made a bonfire of the copies of the English daily The Hindu, for committing sacrilege by publishing sketches of Prophet Mohammad and Khalifa Abu Baqr . 

Nurses urge govt to fill posts
Patiala, November 30
The Punjab Nurses Association today appealed to the government to immediately fill posts of nursing staff as per norms of the Indian Nursing Council and accept its demands.

State-level science exhibition concludes
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
The State Government has decided to validate the list of recruitment of teachers for one year. A selected teacher would be immediately sent to fill any vacancy caused due to retirement of any teacher, according to Mr S.S. Johal, Additional Secretary Education. 

Poor response to Indo-Pak mela
Amritsar, November 30
The sixth Raja Poras Hind-Pak Punjabi Friendship Mela held at the Wagha point checkpost today received lukewarm response from the local public. However, the organisers received a shot in the arm as 38 delegates from Pakistan participated.

Residents not to pay octroi for power used
Bathinda, November 30
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while giving its verdict on a writ petition filed by the Public Grievances Association, a social organisation, said as the power supplied to the residents of the city was produced by Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant which was located in the municipal limits of the city, therefore the authorities could not charge octroi for the electricity used by residents. 

Ownership rights order gets go-by


BKU ends stir after officers’ transfer
Abohar, November 30
The Bhartiya Kisan Union today ended its 57-day-old agitation following the transfer of four officers of the plant protection wing of the Agriculture Department. Dr Gurdial Singh Phul, Joint Director, Agriculture, announced at a meeting of farmers that APPO Hans Raj Jagga had been transferred from Abohar to Bathinda, ADOs Sandeep Bhateja and Ramswarup to Jalandhar district and Sukhdev Singh to Ludhiana district.


KCF man arrested, claims police
Jalandhar, November 30
The district police today claimed to have arrested a former terrorist of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF-Panjwar) identified as Harpal Singh, alias Happy a resident of Bhana village under Ghardiwal police station of Hoshiarpur district.


Don’t derecognise colleges, MCI urged
Patiala, November 30
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association yesterday appealed to the Medical Council of India not to derecognise the three government medical colleges in the state.Top


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