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Congress feels the heat, scared of ramifications
Chandigarh, November 3
All capital investments and plan development works seem to have reached a dead end in Punjab. Where is it headed for? And how seriously the development works have been affected can be seen from the following fact: the annual salary bill of construction divisions of all the departments/agencies concerned is Rs 200 crore.

Sikh jatha to Pak: Mann in touch with Advani
Phagwara, November 3
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (A) and member of Parliament, today again took up with Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani the issue of sending Sikh jathas to Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev — founder of Sikh faith on November 19.

A view of the Golden Temple
A view of the Golden Temple illuminated on the eve of Divali. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma



  Stop harassing kin of SGPC members: Badal
Chandigarh, November 3
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Punjab Chief Minister to stop alleged persecution of the families of members of the SGPC belonging to the SAD.

Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, executive member of the SGPC, addresses a press conferenceGhuman committee biased: Romana
Bathinda, November 3
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, executive member of the SGPC, said here today that the actions and statements of the committee led by Mr Mal Singh Ghuman and having seven members of the SGPC could not be termed as neutral as they showed a bias towards a particular Akali Dal. Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr Romana said the president of the SGPC should be a Sikh scholar and have a clean image.

Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, executive member of the SGPC, addresses a press conference at Bathinda on Sunday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

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Gurdwara Judicial Commission and the claim to perpetuity
EW “courts” in the history of the court system in India have been used as an instrument of politics and factional warfare more openly, and by all sides, than the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission set up under the Sikh Gurdwaras Act of 1925.

Migrants ‘influencing’ Punjabi culture
Jalandhar, November 3

There is a strong need to take effective steps to insulate Punjabi culture and tradition from the influence of migrant labour. Expressing these views at a seminar entitled “Punjab and Migrants”, organised by the Punjabi Jagrati Manch here today, the speakers stressed that migrant labour, particularly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, had now become an integral part of Punjab’s economic system.


Army personnel purchase fire crackers
Army personnel purchase fire crackers at Bathinda on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Tight security on Divali eve
Amritsar, November 3
Unprecedented security marks the eve of Divali celebrations in the city. There are reports of apprehension of terrorist violence. 

Prawns in Doaba ponds
Jalandhar, November 3
Badshahpur, Kahlwan, Bara Pind and Koopar are four villages in the Doaba region which have started prawn culture with the help of Agriculture Technology Management Agency and the Department of Fisheries.

Woman complains against cop
Bathinda, November 3
Mrs Bimla, a resident of the P&T Colony here, has complained to the Punjab Human Rights Commission about the harassment and tension created in her family life allegedly by her neighbours.

Suggestion to close down PFC decried
Chandigarh, November 3
The Punjab Financial Corporation Employees’ Joint Action Forum has said the recommendation of the Disinvestment Commission to wind up the corporation has shocked the employees.

Curbs imposed on Jumbo Circus
Bathinda, November 3
The Animal Welfare Board of India has banned performances by certain animals at the Jumbo Circus which has been holding shows in the city for the past few days after it received complaints from an animal rights activists.

Dirba-Patran road repair on cards
Barnala, November 3
Maj-Gen B.C. Khanduri (retd), Union Minister of State, Road Transport and highways, has informed Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and as President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), that an estimate of around Rs 424 lakh is under consideration of the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry for the improvement of a stretch of National Highway No 71 measuring about 11 km from Dirba to Patran.

Acting SDO’s house raided
Sangrur, November 3

The Punjab police today raided the residence of acting SDO-cum-junior engineer, Mandi Board Ram Dev Sharma, and allegedly seized cash and jewellery.

Cops attacked
Moga, November 3

A Punjab police personnel was injured after a police team was allegedly attacked by the family of a person against whom a case had been registered, the police said today.

Five die as car, truck collide
Tarn Taran, November 3
Five persons, including three, women, all residents of Partap Nagar, Amritsar, died in a road accident near Naushehra Pannuan yesterday when their car collided with a struck coming from the opposite direction.

Dera Sacha Sauda function concludes
Bathinda, November 3
A function organised by the Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa (Haryana), at Mehta village, about 13 km from here, ended peacefully under tight security by the police and civil authorities.


Frame accounting rules to help farmers: BKU(E)
Bathinda, November 3
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), led by Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan, has urged the authorities concerned that rules should be framed so that the accounts of farmers with arhtiyas be maintained as per the standard banking norms and passbooks should be issued to the farmer.


Punjab pensioners submit memo to CM
Chandigarh, November 3
The Government Pensioners’ Association has submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office, seeking a better deal. The association’s additional general secretary, Mr Yash Pal Ghai, said today all that the pensioners sought was that the Congress implement its promise made in the election manifesto. 


Travel agent booked for fraud
Kapurthala, November 3
The police has booked a travel agent Devinder Partap alias Bittu of Dhilwan village for defrauding Nishan Singh of Bhatnura village in Jalandhar of Rs 4.50 lakh.

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