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Core panel plans to meet Badal today
Bid for unanimous SGPC presidential election
Chandigarh, November 6
Another attempt will be made by the seven-member core committee tomorrow to meet SAD President Parkash Singh Badal pertaining to the election of the SGPC President. Mr Hardeep Singh Mohali, spokesman of the committee, said today. A meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Mr Mal Singh Ghuman at Mohali this afternoon.

Govt wants to disrupt SGPC poll: Badungar
Phagwara, November 6
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, alleged today that the Punjab Government had sinister designs to foment violence on November 12. In order to disrupt the SGPC poll for giving its control to the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar. Mr Badungar was talking to newsmen at the residence of Mr H. S. Preet, an Editor of a monthly Punjabi magazine.

Security in Golden Temple beefed up
Amritsar, November 6
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has beefed up security inside the Golden Temple complex here in view of the November 12 elections of the SGPC office-bearers.

Sevadars sent to serve SGPC members
Bathinda, November 6
A section of sevadars (caretakers) of various gurdwaras being managed by the SGPC has been sent to various places in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to look after the members of the SGPC. These members have been staying in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for the past many days.

Leaders of the Sikh Forum present a memorandum to Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti , Jathedar, Akal Takht. — Photo Rajiv Sharma


Arvinder Singh, along with his brother Surinder, has made his mark with the Indi-pop genre as well as classical bhajans, ghazals and shabads
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  Obey SC order on SYL: Chautala
Abohar, November 6
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala said here today that the Punjab Government should show wisdom in completing the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal by January 15, 2003, as directed by the Supreme Court.


Kapurthala MC chief resigns
Kapurthala, November 6
Mr Ashok Kumar Aggarwal, president of the local Municipal Council, today resigned from the post of the council president keeping in view the no-confidence motion moved by 15 municipal Councillors and local MLA Rana Gurjit Singh on October 28 against him.

BJP chief to visit state on Nov 14
Phagwara, November 6
BJP President Venkaiah Naidu will visit Punjab on November 14 to give boost to party’s nationwide “Gaon Chalo Abhiyan” in the state. Party state general secretary (organisation) Avinash Jaiswal today said Mr Naidu, after meeting the media at Amritsar, would address the party rally at Tarn Taran to give an impetus to the party’s campaign.


DD centre to cater to Malwa farmers’ needs
Patiala, November 6
Doordarshan will now target the special requirements of the Malwa belt by going in for “narrow casting” of a special programme which will cater to the agricultural and cultural needs of the people of the area.

A traditional game of girls, "addi tappa," being played at a function, Surtal, in Amritsar on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Cash crunch hits road maintenance
Ropar, November 6
The reported poor financial condition of the Punjab Government is now taking its toll on the planned and link roads in the state. The Chief Engineer, PWD, has written to the subdivisions not to spend any amount on the maintenance of the planned and link roads. In a clear diktat issued by the Chief Engineer, the PWD authorities have been warned against creating any liability under the maintenance of road head No. 3054.

CM flags off relief for Rajasthan
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today flagged off a fleet of 17 trucks carrying rice and flour to draught-hit Rajasthan. As a humanitarian gesture, the relief from Punjab for Rajasthan is the outcome of a recent visit there by Capt Amarinder Singh, who was moved by the plight of the people.

Harbhajan Maan’s date with Tribune readers
Jalandhar, November 6
It was a pleasant surprise for a number of Jalandhar residents to find their young heart-throb and Punjabi Pop singer Harbhajan Maan, coming to them with a whiff of musical air and knocking their doors early in the morning with his broad sunny smile.

Importance of language highlighted
Patiala, November 6
Scholars participating in the two day national seminar on “Recent perspectives in literature” opined that language was the hub of human life. Noted linguist Dr Prem Singh from Delhi said Sanskrit and Greek were closed to each other. He said language and its acquisition were necessary for acquiring knowledge.

400 get Rs 5,000 loan for rickshaws
Bathinda, November 6
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Punjab, said today the NGOs could help the administration for giving financial aid to poor people to help them earn their living.

Cultural function on Vishvakarma Day
Dera Bassi, November 6
A cultural function was organised by the Vishvakarma Educational Society in Ramlila Ground to celebrate Vishvakarma Day here today. Renowned Punjabi folk singers regaled the audience for more than five hours.

Send chimp, hippo to zoo: animal board
Bathinda, November 6
The Animal Board of India has said that the hippopotamus and chimpanzee held by Jumbo Circus, holding shows in the city these days, should be sent to a zoo or rescue centre. Dr Sandeep K Jain executive member of the AWBI, in a letter to the District Magistrate-cum-President of the SPCA, said during his visit to the circus, he had found that a hippopotamus had opacity in both his eyes and needed immediate treatment.

5 injured in road mishaps
Bathinda, November 6
As many as five persons, including four women, were injured in two separate incidents in the district this evening. In the first incident four women were injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling overturned near Bhuchu Mandi, about 15 km from here, this evening.

More leprosy patients in Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur, November 6
The number of leprosy patients in this district is increasing. According to official sources, it has gone up by 40 patients during this year. It has been observed that the leprosy patients previously used to be from other states.

AILU demand on Bar council poll
Ropar, November 6
The All-India Lawyers Union has condemned the election process of the Bar Council. He has demanded the creation of constituencies. The working president of the state unit of AILU, Mr Kushwant Rai Joshi, said this here today. In the present system district or sub-division level advocates do not get true representation.

Sabhas to hold rally today
Bathinda, November 6
The Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, the Sarb Bharat Naujawan Sabha and the Punjab Istri Sabha will hold a rally in the city tomorrow in protest against the anti-people policies of the Punjab Government.

Child labour awareness plan
Pathankot, November 6
Parmodh, 12, washes utensils in a sweet shop here. Santosh, 10, from Madhya Pardesh works at a grocery for six hours and later in the shop owner’s house too.

PAMSA resents move on AMOs
Bathinda, November 6
Dr S.S. Romana, Senior Vice-President of the Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association said today move to terminate the services of Ayurvedic Medical Officers recruited by the previous SAD-BJP government was uncalled for as the appointments had been made per Supreme Court directions.


Suicide cases in rural areas on the rise
Chandigarh, November 6
In a public interest litigation filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a social organisation — Movement Against State Repression — has alleged that governments in the state of Punjab have failed in their constitutional duty to provide adequate loans to the farmers resulting in an alarming increase in the cases of suicides in the rural areas on account of debt trap. The petition is likely to be taken up by the High Court on November 11.

Farmers’ dharna at dist courts
Gurdaspur, November 6
Several hundred farmers under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union held a dharna on the premises of the district courts today to protest against the “anti-farmer” policies of the Central and the state governments.

Animal fair poor draw
Vallah (Amritsar), November 6
Condition of farmers of the border areas in Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir due to land mines in their fields coupled with poor rainfall this year is unenviable forcing them to stay away from the ongoing animal fair at Vallah village held every year on the eve of Divali.


Cantonment Board proposes elections
Ferozepore, November 6
The local Cantonment Board has proposed to conduct general elections of the board on December 29, that are due to be conducted by December 31. However, it is learnt that the Ministry of Defence may further extend the term of the present board by another couple of months.

DC ordered to redress grievances
Ferozepore, November 6
Taking serious note of the district administration’s failure to readers grievances of people regarding the revision of electoral rolls for the local body polls in Fazilka and Abohar subdivisions here the State Election Commissioner, Mr C.L. Bains, today ordered Mr D.K. Tiwari, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, to ensure that the people get justice.

MC directed to utilise solid waste
Ropar, November 6
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Seema Jain, has directed the municipal council, Mohali, to examine the possibility of utilising the solid waste for power generation.

Punjab transfers
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab Government has ordered the following postings and transfers: Mr Sudhir Mittal is now Secretary Tourism and will continue to work as Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala.


Crime in Doaba on decline: DIG
Hoshiarpur, November 6
Mr Rohit Chaudhry, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Jalandhar Range, at a Press conference here today, said during the past four months Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Kapurthala districts of the range had shown all-round efficient and professional policing.

Member of spying racket held
Gurdaspur, November 6
The police today arrested Grephen Masih of Dadwan village under Dhariwal police station for his alleged involvement in espionage activities. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note said the accused was a member of a spying racket.


PCCTU defers education bandh
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union today submitted a memorandum to Capt Amarinder Singh. Pointing to the acute problem of non-payment of salaries in a large number of Colleges, the union demanded the withdrawal of 10 per cent annual cut on salary grants and stressed the need for implementing the pension-cum-gratuity scheme of December, 1996, and the UGC pay-revision package notified in December 1998.


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