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Arrests of SAD workers condemned
Tohra seeks Akal Takht’s intervention
Ludhiana, November 9
Concerned over the situation developing in the state in the run up to the SGPC elections, the President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has sought the intervention of the Akal Takht to diffuse the crisis. In a statement released here today, Mr Tohra said interference by some non-Panthic forces in the Sikh religious affairs had led to the situation.

SAD plans show of strength
Jalandhar, November 9
In a bid to ward off any possibility of “adverse interference” by the state government and to show its “real strength” just before the SGPC polls at Amritsar on November 12, the Shiromani Akali Dal is planning to parade all SGPC members who owe allegiance to the Badal group before the press.

Much to the inconvenience of devotees and general public, all main bazaars around the Golden Temple have been sealed with barricades. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




SAD (A) men to vote against SHSAD
Amritsar, November 9
Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) which has six members in the SGPC house has convened a meeting of its political affairs committee meeting on November 12 here to take a final decision, the party leaders have given clear indication that the members would definitely vote against candidates of the SHSAD, led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra due to its alleged proximity with the Congress.

Langah, 4 others seek permission to vote
Chandigarh, November 9
In less than two days before the SGPC elections, five members, including Sucha Singh Langah, today filed different applications before the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking permission to vote.


NDA team welcome to visit Punjab: CM
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he would welcome it if any ruling National Democratic Alliance team from the Centre wanted to visit Punjab to have a first-hand report with regard to the prevailing situation in the state.


Kidney ‘donors’ left high and dry
Amritsar, November 9
Suffering from multiple complications after donating his kidney besides serving two and a half years in jail for becoming a ‘donor’, Raj Kumar (26), who has lost four precious years of his life and his health, has nothing to show in terms of earnings which he promised his family in Kolkata after leaving it following a major tiff.

Legal Services Day observed
Hoshiarpur, November 9
On the occasion of Legal Services Day, a seminar was organised today in the Sessions Court Complex here. Mr Maghar Khan, District and Sessions Judge, who is also the Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, presided over the seminar. Judicials and executive officers, members of the Bar Association and District Legal Services Authority, litigants of the surrounding areas and panches and sarpanches of nearby villages participated in the seminar.

Animals not taken away despite orders
Bathinda, November 9
Mr Shekhar Garg, a resident of the city, has alleged that despite the order of the Animal Welfare Board of India a hippopotamus and a chimpanzee belonging to the Jumbo Circus were not taken away by the district administration. The circus concluded its shows in the city on November 6.

Lawyers stay away from courts
Faridkot, November 9
More than 200 lawyers in the district stayed away from judicial courts here today in protest against the Legal Service Authority Amendment Act 2002 passed by Parliament recently. Meanwhile, to celebrate the Legal Service Day the district legal services authorities organised a seminar at the Baba Farid Sabhyacharak Kendra to educate people about the benefits of lok adalats.

Funds for border area bungled, says INLD
Abohar, November 9
The Indian National Lok Dal has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to get an inquiry instituted through the CBI into the alleged misappropriation of Rs 1 crore grant reportedly received by the district administration during the SAD-BJP govt from the Centre.

Bhuller opposes ‘jatha’ to Pak
Ferozepore, November 9
Perturbed over the decision of the Union Government to allow only a limited number of Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan to take part in the functions organised at various gurdwaras in Nankana Sahib, Panja Sahib and other gurdwaras on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Mr Harpal Singh Bhuller, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, has today faxed a letter to Mr L.K. Advani, Deputy Prime Minister, strongly opposing the government’s “half-hearted decision” saying, “token jatha has no place in the Sikh Panth”.

Punjabi week from Nov 14
Patiala, November 9
The annual “Punjabi Saptah” celebrations will be organised from November 14 to 21 all over the state. Disclosing this here today, the State Language Department Director, Dr M.L. Hasija, said the inaugural function of the week would be presided over by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the headquarters of the department here. He said the function would also be attended by State Education Minister Khushal Behl and Gyanpith awardee Gurdial Singh Jaito.

Pherurai’s remand extended
Ferozepore, November 9
Judicial remand of former district SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai in cases of corruption and fake arms licences was extended by two different courts till November 23. Pherurai, who had allegedly paid for the selection of his son and daughter as DSP and PCS officers through the PPSC, had been booked for issuing fake arms licences to his relatives during his four-year tenure as SSP of this border district from 1997 to 2001.

99 cases settled at lok adalat
Bathinda, November 9
Mr Lakhvir Singh, District and Sessions Judge, today chaired a district-level lok adalat here today in which as many as 99 cases were settled. In a press note issued here, the district legal services authority said eight lok adalats were held in which case of motor accidents claims, family disputes, civil suits and rent cases were taken up. 99 out of 300 cases involving Rs 77 lakh were settled.

CITU conference starts
Pathankot, November 9
The 11th conference of the state unit of the CITU started here today after a flay was hoisted by All-India CITU Working Committee member Mangat Ram Pasla. Mr Pasla, while inaugurating the conference, condemned the high-handedness of the USA in treating the Third World countries, including India, thereby threatening the sovereignty of these countries.

Commission agent granted bail
Moga, November 9
Additional District and Sessions Judge G.S. Chawala today granted bail to three persons, including commission agent Gurdev Singh, his accountant Vikas Kumar and PUNSUP Inspector Vivek Kumar, who were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, Moga, under the Prevention of Corruption Act last month.

Warrants issued for US citizen
Kharar, November 9
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate here, has issued non-bailable warrants for November 13 for Sarabjit Singh, an alleged member of an international gang of smugglers.


High milk yield cows to be registered
Muktsar, November 9
The Animal Husbandry Department will soon prepare a list of the farmers who own more than five dairy animals, besides registration of buffaloes which yield more than 18 litres of milk everyday and cows which yield more than 15 litres of milk.

Farmers’ for non-political agitation
Bathinda, November 9
Even as various kisan unions are making efforts to forge a front to launch an agitation in support of their demands, the Ugrahan group of the BKU (E) said today that it would join the front only on an assurance that no help of any political party would be taken for the agitation.


Drive to remove encroachments on MC land soon
Phillaur, November 9
The Punjab Government will soon start a state-level campaign to remove encroachments on municipal lands in the state and instructions in this regard have been issued to all Deputy Director and Additional Directors of the Local Bodies Department, besides all Executive Officers of municipal committees.

Judge inspects courts incognito
Gurdaspur, November 9
Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in the guise of a commoner, visited judicial courts here yesterday to assess their working. His visit came to light after he found a judicial employee taking bribe.

Plan to upgrade 6 railway stations
Phagwara, November 9
Mr H. C. Punia, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore division of Northern Railway, today said the upgradation of six railway stations of Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Jammu and Ferozepore was on the anvil. Computerisation of Moga, Kathua, Faridkot, Jammu city and Kapurthala railway stations would be done by March next year, he told newspersons here.

Authorisation checks for colonies
Kharar, November 9
Ms Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Ropar, has ordered that all residential colonies, coming up in and around the town should be checked for authorisation by PUDA, she also instructed the local SDM Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill and the Executive Officer of the MC to check if the promoters of these colonies had complied with the rules regarding the construction of sewage-treatment plants and if these colonies had been illegally linked to the sewerage system of the MC.

Security cover of political leaders under review
Chandigarh, November 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today ordered the reviewing of the security cover of political leaders in the state. He has given directions to the IG (Security) in this connection. He said the security personnel provided to political leaders should remain with them for a limited period.


Woman ‘strangled’ by in-laws
Amritsar, November 9
Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Sundernagar, was allegedly strangled yesterday by her-in-laws for bringing inadequate dowry. A case has been registered against four members of the family. Rashpal Singh, brother of the deceased, said when the family members and the police reached the spot, they found Balwinder’s body lying in the corridor bearing strangulation marks.


Mahindra College to be assessed by NAAC
Patiala, November 9
Government Mahindra College, which was started by Maharaja Mohinder Singh before Independence, has become the first government college in the state to be selected by the Punjab Government for assessment and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

Stir threat by students
Bathinda, November 9
Members of the Bus Pass Struggle Committee today alleged that the authorities were not finding a solution to the tussle between students and mini bus operators regarding bus passes as the government did not want rural students to get education.

GND varsity youth festival concludes
Amritsar, November 9
APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, lifted the Guru Nanak Dev University women’s zonal overall ‘A’ division youth festival trophy. H.M.V., Jalandhar, stood runners-up in the festival. The festival concluded here today at the university Dasmesh Auditorium.

School holds annual function
Patiala, November 9
National High School organised its annual prize distribution function in the auditorium of the State College of Education here today. About 600 students of the school participated in the function which was presided over by Patiala Mayor Vishnu Sharma.


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