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SHSAD plans to ‘free’ SGPC members
Sema (Bathinda), November 5
The General Secretary of the SHSAD, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, said here today that party would send jathas to Nada Sahib and Balasar in Haryana to free members of the SGPC “kept in captivity” by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He was addressing members of his party.

Congress interests in SGPC poll
Amritsar, November 5
The Congress has always criticised the Akalis for their religio-political policies, in the past, there have been ample instances wherein the Congress influenced the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) annual poll.

Elect ‘clean’ persons to lead Panth: Vedanti
Amritsar, November 5
In his message, on the occasion of “Bandi Chhor Divas” (Divali) from Akal Takht, rostrum Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti called upon Sikhs to elect “clean Panthic leaders” to manage Sikh shrines.

PGPC appoints new Chairman
Amritsar, November 5
In view of the efforts to motivate Sikhs to visit Pakistan by the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PGPC) and placate hurt Sikh feelings over the embezzlement of gurdwara funds and pilferage of offerings besides gurdwara land frauds committed allegedly by two former chairmen of the PGPC, the Auqf Board and PGPC has appointed Lt-Gen Mohammed Naim Akbar Khan as the Sikh body’s new Chairman in Pakistan.

Army man held for helping ultras
Batala, November 5
The local police has arrested Avtar Singh, an Army official and a resident of Bhattian village, for supplying government ammunition to extremists of the Khalisatan Liberation Force during the heyday of terrorism.




Gurdwara Katana Sahib, at a picturesque canal-side location near Ludhiana, offers social service and spiritual calm.
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Akali morcha will flop: Hanspal
Phagwara, November 5
The PPCC president, Mr Hanspal today said the Punjab Government would fulfil in letter and spirit all promises made in the Congress poll manifesto, including declaration of assets by party MLA’s. Talking to the media here, Mr Hanspal said that whosoever was found corrupt, should be booked. He was replying to a question as to whether Akalis alone were corrupt.

BJP to support SAD agitation: Rinwa
Ludhiana, November 5
The BJP will wholeheartedly support the agitational programme launched by SAD but the form of participation will be decided in a day or two, says state BJP chief Brij Lal Rinwa. He was in the city today to announce the new office-bearers of the unit.

Akali PAC meeting tomorrow
Jalandhar, November 5
The SAD will convene an emergency meeting of its political affairs committee (PAC) at Gurdwara Alamgir in Ludhiana for Novemeber 7. In a press statement issued here today, the press secretary of the SAD, Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, said the meeting would be presided over by the former Chief Minister and SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

BSP threatens stir for ‘ignoring’ Dalits
Jalandhar, November 5
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has threatened stir against the Punjab government for its failure to implement schemes for the welfare of the Dalits.


Minor incidents of fire on Divali
Amritsar, November 5
The festival of lights Divali was celebrated in the holy city with traditional fervour and joy. Devotees from far-flung areas visited the Golden Temple and took a dip in the sarovar. The Durgiana temple was also beautifully decorated on the occasion.

Display of fireworks at the Golden Temple on the night of Divali. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
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Display of fireworks at the Golden Temple on the night of Divali.

CPM to identify illegal property
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab CPM will launch a mass movement on November 18 to “forcibly occupy illegal and benami landed property” of big landlords in the state, Prof Balwant Singh, secretary of the State CPM, said here today. The CPM would simultaneously start a “ jail bharo” agitation to press the government to concede the demands mentioned in the memorandum submitted last month.

A Sikh on horseback takes part in a traditional combat exercise during a Divali fair in Amritsar on Monday. — Reuters

Drug-addiction: focus ‘beyond camps’ needed
Ferozepore, November 5
The local district administration has been finding it difficult to tackle drug-addiction which has became wide spread. In the past few years, consumption of drugs has gone up in urban and rural areas of Ferozepore district, leading to socio-economic strains in society. The youth of the region has been the most affected.

Artisans worship tools
Chandigarh, November 5
The Vishvakarma Day was celebrated with religious fervour in Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh today. Artisans and industrial workers performed puja at their establishments and worshipped their tools to mark the day of Lord Vishvakarma.

PWD draughtsmen unhappy lot
Ropar, November 5
The Punjab Draughtsmen Association has rued the delay in promotion of its cadre in the Irrigation Works Department.

BSF offers sweets to Pak Rangers
Wagah (Amritsar), November 5
The BSF here presented sweets to their Pakistani counterparts on the occasion of Divali. The DIG, Mr Hemant Prohit, said “special traditional sweets wrapped in a colourful pack were given to Pakistani Rangers.”

5,000 boxes perish in fire
Bathinda, November 5
A fire incident was reported from the grain market here today when some wooden boxes being used for storage of fruits caught fire accidentally. Sources said the wooden boxes were stored in the open near the grain market branch of the State Bank of Patiala. 

3 die as car rams into truck
Bathinda, November 5
As many as three persons died and two others were severely injured when their car rammed into a stationary truck on the Bathinda-Rampura Phul road late last night. Police sources said the accident took place as the truck was parked wrongly and the rear lights were off.

Mann has people running to their doorstep
Patiala, November 5
Harbhajan Mann may be a Patialvi but his commitments keep him out of the town for most of the year. So it was a pleasure for people of as many as six colonies, specially The Tribune readers, when Mann came to their doorstep, courtesy their favourite paper to sign autographs and to give away prizes.

Restore welfare pensions: sabha
Bathinda, November 5
The decision to withdraw the “shagun” scheme, increase in electricity bills and withdrawal of welfare scheme pensions had exposed the Amarinder Singh government. This was stated by Mr Darbara Singh Chopra, secretary of the Barnala unit of the Dihati Mazdoor Sabha, in a press note today.

New technique for fracture repair in dogs
Moga, November 5
The Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has introduced a technique of interlocking intramedullary pinning for fracture repair in dogs.


Killed by father, brothers
Amritsar, November 5
Tirath Singh of the Gumtala locality here was allegedly killed by his father and brothers over a property dispute here late last evening.

Sadhu murders 60-yr-old man
Talwandi Sabo, November 5
Hem Raj, a 60-year-old man was murdered last night by Sain Dass, a sadhu. Police sources said Hem Raj had been reportedly hit on his head with a log of wood by the accused. Sources said Hem Raj died on the spot.


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