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Badal loyalist debarred from voting
Amritsar, November 8
Even as one more SGPC member, Mr Kashmir Singh Gandiwind, loyal to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been restrained from functioning as SGPC member, thereby debarred from casting vote in the ensuing annual poll of the SGPC executive, four more petitions were filed against Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, Mr Joginder Singh Panjrath and Bibi Darshan Kaur Tufan in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission, here today.

Tohra not in SGPC poll fray
Sunam, November 8
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, MP and former President of the SGPC, is not in the race for the post of President of the SGPC as the Centre and the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been interfering in the elections of the SGPC. This was stated today at a press conference here by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD).

SGPC poll: preventive steps ordered
Chandigarh, November 8
It has become clear from the statement issued here today by Mr M.S. Bhullar, DGP, Punjab that no Akali activists other than eligible voters on members of the SGPC would be allowed to enter Amritsar city on the day of the SGPC Presidential election. Even leaders like former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal may also not be allowed to enter the city.

Bhunder not to be held sans notice
Chandigarh, November 8
In less than a week before Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections were scheduled to be held, Punjab MLA Balwinder Singh Bhunder today alleged that the state authorities were bent upon arresting him so that he could not participate in the process.

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SHSAD jatha leaves to ‘free’ SGPC members
November 8, 2002
Core panel plans to meet Badal today
November 7, 2002
SHSAD plans to ‘free’ SGPC members
November 6, 2002
Congress feels the heat, scared of ramifications
November 4, 2002
Young replace old in BJP
November 3, 2002
Centre’s nod to Sikh jathas for Pak sought
November 2, 2002
SGPC poll: Home Ministry keeping watch
November 1, 2002
Farmers allow trains to move
October 31, 2002
BSNL unearths free call racket
October 30, 2002
Badungar files plea in PHRC
October 29, 2002
PPSC gearing up to retest ‘tainted’ men 
October 28, 2002
SHSAD not to field candidates
October 27, 2002
SGPC poll: Centre keeping tabs on situation
October 26, 2002
18 pistols seized near Indo-Pak border
October 25, 2002
Give relief from calamity fund, Centre directs Punjab
October 24, 2002

Extradition of boat tragedy accused sought
Hoshiarpur, November 8
In a letter to Mr L.K. Advani, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission has urged for the extradition of persons who were responsible for the deaths of 170 young men of India, 91 of Sri Lanka and 33 of Pakistan in the Malta-Sicily channel on December 25, 1996.

Arjuna awardee wrestler held
Ropar, November 8
The Morinda police has arrested Jagdish Singh, alias Bhola, an Arjuna awardee wrestler, resident of Bathinda district. He was wanted by the police in three cases and had been declared proclaimed offender.

Bureaucrat posted as DG (school education)
Chandigarh, November 8
Resistance of educationists against the posting of any bureaucrat as head of the Department of School Education notwithstanding, the Punjab Government today posted Mr Alok Shekhar, an IAS officer, as the new Director-General (school education) by creating a new post in the Education Department. He has been designated as DGSE and will be enjoying over-riding powers in the department, which has been restructured recently.


CPI MP Bhora to surrender security
Bathinda, November 8
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, a lone MP of the Communist Party of India (CPI) from Punjab, today said he would surrender his security to the state government in protest against the decision of the state police to enhance the security of ministers.

Panchayat secys threaten stir
Bathinda, November 8
The Nav Niyukt Panchayat Sakatar Union has alleged that the Congress government has initiated the move to terminate their services to settle political scorers with the previous SAD-BJP government and claimed that they were appointed on merit.


MLA helping octroi defaulters?
Rampura Phul, November 8
Mr Charanjit Singh Jatana, president, Municipal Council, in a statement here today, alleged that the local MLA, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, was supporting an electronic goods dealer, who had been evading octroi and was pressurising the police to harass him (Mr Jatana.)

Power plant to part with information to cops
Ropar, November 8
The PSEB authorities have granted permission to the GGSSTP, Ropar to give information sought by the police. With this, decks have been cleared for the plant management give the names of the officials who passed the bills of the labour contractors between 1997 and 1999.

Running from pillar to post for dues
Gurdaspur, November 8
Beant Ram, who was prematurely retired on May 17, 1994 as a Constable here, yet to get his pensionary benefits and other arrears, including provident fund and gratuity. Mr Beant Ram appealed in the court of the Civil Judge here challenging his premature retirement on November 17, 1994. 

Brahmpura seeks bail
Chandigarh, November 8
Taking up another application filed by Punjab MLA Ranjit Singh Brahmpura seeking the grant of anticipatory bail, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the High Court today directed that the petitioner would be given a three-day advance notice for enabling him to avail legal remedy in case he was required in any case.

  • Detained woman set free

Recruitment rally at Phagwara
Phagwara, November 8
The Deputy Director General, Recruiting, Punjab and J&K, Brigadier Ajay Pahwa, today told newsmen here that the recruitment rallies did not attract Punjabi youth of impressive physique.

Km-scheme buses remain off road
Bathinda, November 8
The km-scheme buses of the PRTC remained off the road today as their owners observed strike in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. Office-bearers of the Action Committee of the Km-scheme bus owners claimed that the strike had been successful throughout the state. They said no bus belonging to the category plied in Punjab.

Private bus operators running buses under the kilometre scheme observe a strike in Patiala on Friday



Private bus operators running buses under the kilometre scheme observe a strike in Patiala on Friday. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

Students, BKU men get judicial remand
Bathinda, November 8
The court today sent five persons to judicial remand till November 21 while two others were sent to judicial remand till November 22 in connection with cases registered against them for their alleged participation in agitation against mini-bus operators as part of the bus-pass conflict.

6 units of GNDTP, GHTP trip
Bathinda, November 8
All four units of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) and two units of the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP), Lehra Mohabat, located 25 km from here, tripped this afternoon when a fault developed in the Barnala-Malerkotla main power transmission line.

NZCC folk dance competition
Patiala, November 8
Tiwari Model Senior Secondary School bagged the most number of prizes in the inter-school bhangra and giddha competitions organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre on the occasion of its foundation day here yesterday .

Residents, safai workers enter into scuffle
Bathinda, November 8
The local residents who started cleaning the city and removing garbage as safai karamcharis of the municipal council are on strike these days had to face rough weather when the safai karamcharis allegedly started a scuffle with them today.


Agriculture extension service a shambles
Chandigarh, November 8
The agriculture extension service system merits attention. The earlier focus in extension service was only on Green Revolution technologies. It is no longer that relevant today. A paradigm shift is required from production-oriented extension service to “knowledge/information”-based extension that is relevant to market demand and supply, pricing trends (inputs/outputs), weather forecast and is situation-specific as well as crop-specific.


Work on Ropar bypass to begin before March 31
Ropar, November 8
Construction work on the abandoned Ropar bypass project will be resumed by the PWD before March 31 next. An assurance to this effect was given by Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister for Public Grievances, Punjab, while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of Government Girls Senior Secondary School here today.


Vehicle thieves’ gang busted
Muktsar, November 8
An interstate gang of vehicle thieves was busted with the arrest of Rajinder Singh yesterday. Mr Major Singh Dhillon, SSP, in a press note said Rajinder Singh of Rampuraphul, involved in a number of vehicle lifting cases, was arrested from near Middukhera village in the Labi police station area.


‘Techfair 2002’ inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
Technical education is the need of the hour and to ensure a bright future and safe placement of youths of the state, the government has decided to initiate various steps.

Behl hopes to achieve literacy target
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
With the introduction of the new education policy and restructuring of school education system, there will be a tremendous improvement in the quality of education and the target of imparting compulsory education to children between the age group of six and fourteen in the state will be achieved.


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