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Centre’s nod to Sikh jathas for Pak sought
Chandigarh, November 1
The International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society has urged the Union Government to grant permission to Sikh pilgrims to visit shrines in Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

World Bank mission to visit Punjab
Chandigarh, November 1
The fiscal reforms initiated in the Punjab Budget have opened a window to the World Bank. While some of the reform measures have been taken, others are proposed to be taken in the current year.

Power tariff hike no answer: expert
Bathinda, November 1
While the state government has shown its sincerity towards the economic revival of the cash-starved PSEB by taking hard steps, including imposing tariff on farmers and increasing the per unit cost for industrial and domestic consumers, experts associate with the board for years seem to disagree with these decisions.

Pre-poll drama: Vedanti urged to intervene
Amritsar, November 1
The Jathedar, Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vendanti, may intervene to stop “drama” being enacted in connection with the election of the SGPC scheduled for November 12.

SHSAD’s ‘bandi chhor’ drive from Nov 4
Ludhiana, November 1
Taking a tough stand against the allegedly sustained vilification campaign against the SHSAD, the party will launch a ‘bandi chhor’ campaign on November 4 to “free the SGPC members held captive by the SAD in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.”



State to furnish Dara’s suspension orders
Chandigarh, November 1
In a petition filed before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission member Dara Singh today challenged the orders of his suspension. Taking up his application, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked counsel for the state of Punjab to provide him with a copy of the order.

Punjab shuffles 21 IAS officers
Chandigarh, November 1
In yet another administrative reshuffle in Punjab today, 21 IAS officers have got new postings. Mr P. Ram, who was Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchyats, goes as Secretary, Department of Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, while the Director, Mr C.S. Talwar, has already been transferred and replaced by Mr S.R. Ladhar. Mr J R Kundal replaces Mr P. Ram.


SHSAD ultimatum to Badal
Faridkot, November 1
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, will launch a statewide stir after November 4 if Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former state Chief Minister and president of Shiromani Akali Dal, failed to “release’ all SGPC members from his farmhouse at Balasar in Haryana by then.


Kidney scam: minister pulls up police
Amritsar, November 1
Punjab Minister for Medical Education and Research Ramesh Chander Dogra today came down heavily on the alleged biased approach adopted by the Amritsar police in its crusade against the kidney racket by allegedly confining kidney donors and harassing the members of Kidney Transplant Authorisation Committee.

Labour EPF scam: stir threat engineers
Ropar, November 1
Fearing action against their colleagues, in the contract labour scam in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board have closed ranks. In a press note issued here yesterday, the regional secretary of the PSEB Engineers Association said that the move of police action against engineers of the plant was illegal.

Show-cause notice to cinema owner
Kapurthala, November 1
District Magistrate R.K. Verma has issued a show-cause notice under section 7(2) of the Punjab Cinema (Regulation) Act, 1952, to the local Jagatjit cinema as to why its licence should not be suspended or cancelled after a number of deficiencies were noticed in a surprise inspection.

He chose to serve Army, excelled
Lieut-Gen Harcharan SinghChandigarh, November 1
While doing his graduation from Medical College, Patiala, in 1958 to1962, young Harcharan Singh had a feeling that he was cut out for bigger role in life. The skirmish on India’s border with China on October 21, 1959, during which Mr Karam Singh, Harcharan’s father, led the Indian Police patrol, had upset the family of the doctor as well as the nation.

Demand to scrap caste-based quota
Bathinda, November 1
Activists of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, today marched in protest against the caste-based reservation system in the country. The march started from the local ITI chowk in the form of a caravan of scooters, motorcycles and cars.

‘More addicts’ in nuclear families
Gurdaspur, November 1
As many as 80 per cent of drug addicts between the age group of 15-24 years belong to nuclear families and out of those majority are those whose both parents are working. It was revealed by a survey conducted by the Red Cross Drug Deaddiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre located here.

Sale, display of crackers banned
Bathinda, November 1
District Magistrate, Anurag Verma has banned the manufacture, display and sale of fire crackers in the district till November 30 starting today. The District Magistrate in his orders issued under Section 144, Cr PC, said the storage and display of fire crackers in lanes and bylanes of the city could cause serious damage.


2 held in fake currency case
Pathankot, November 1
The Sujanpur police has booked five persons and arrested two on charge of circulating fake currency notes to public against genuine ones.


Computer education blanked out
Bathinda, November 1
Curtain has rung on the computer education in the state-run schools in Punjab. The government and NIIT, a computer company, have annulled the agreement under which they were to create infrastructure and impart the computer education to students.

2,200 seats vacant in engg colleges
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association has urged the state government not to issue a no objection certificate for opening a new engineering college in private sector.

PU zonal youth fest concludes
Ferozepore, November 1
The Panjab University zonal youth festival concluded here at Dev Samaj College of Education. Students from various colleges presented a musical extravaganza. Mr Praveen Sinha, SSP, presided over the first day while Mr G.S. Bal, ADC, presided over the valedictory day function and gave away the prizes.

PCCTU rally in Patiala on Nov 8
Barnala, November 1
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will stage a massive rally in Capt Amarinder Singh’s Assembly constituency, Patiala, on November 8 in protest against the government’s indifferent attitude towards demands of around 5,000 private college teachers.

No salaries for months
Gurdaspur, November 1
More than 2000 teachers who were being paid monthly salaries under “operation black board” have not been paid their salaries for the past seven months. In a press note here yesterday, Mr Amarjit Shastri, district president of the Democratic Teachers Front, said these teachers were regular employees in government schools and had to be paid salaries for this scheme which was Centrally sponsored.

Schools without buildings
Gurdaspur, November 1
Government Primary School located in the heart of the city on the Jail road on the premises of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha has been functioning without any building. Official sources confirmed that there were 19 more such schools in the district the buildings of which did not seem to be on the agenda of the Congress government.

Students allege police harassment
Rampura Phul, November 1
Mr Rajwinder Singh, an activist of the committee formed by the students to resist the alleged manhandling and harassment by the mini bus operators, in a written statement issued here today alleged that the police authorities had gheraoed some mini-buses a few days ago.

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