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Apologise, Badal tells Sonia
Chandigarh, November 13
While endorsing the resolution passed by the General House of the SGPC urging the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to pronounce “exemplary tankhah” (religious punishment) for Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for sending the police into the Golden Temple Complex, SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today said that Mrs Sonia Gandhi should apologise for this act of the Congress Chief Minister.

SGPC poll: SHSAD to move court
Ludhiana, November 13
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal will move the high court to seek cancellation of the election of the SGPC president held in Amritsar yesterday on the plea of corrupt practices allegedly indulged in by the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Badungar & unimplemented Takht directives
Amritsar, November 13
Will Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC chief, be able to implement the long-pending directives, issued by the Jathedar Akal Takht, from time to time, apart from fulfilling the promises made to the Sikh sangat in his earlier term?

Orders that were not there!
Chandigarh, November 13
Can there be any variance in a certified copy of the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the gist of the order conveyed by the office of the Advocate-General of the state through the Deputy Commissioner concerned ?

SAD activists released
Bathinda, November 13
A former Punjab minister, Mr Chiranjit Lal Garg, today said that the victory of Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar as the SGPC President marked the success of ideas of communal harmony, non-violence and universal brotherhood advocated by the SAD.



Naidu: Is Punjab Capt’s ‘riyasat’?
Amritsar, November 13
The Congress is playing dangerous games for short-term political gains in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, said Mr Venkaiah Naidu, national President of the BJP, while addressing a press conference here today. He said the Congress had tried to meddle in Sikh affairs with disastrous consequences and had propped up Bhindrawale in Punjab.

Mr Venkaiah Naidu coming out after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo Rajeev Sharma

Pakhoke will lead jatha to Pak, says Badungar
Phagwara, November 13
The re-elected SGPC president, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today declared that the newly elected senior vice-president of the SGPC, Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, would lead a 50-member token jatha of Sikhs to Pakistan on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 19. The jatha would leave from Amritsar via road on November 16.

Soldiers from the 15th Panther Battalion wear protective equipment before clearing farmland of landmines in Attari sector near the international border with Pakistan on Wednesday. The battalion has been assigned to rid the area of landmines, which were laid out by the Army to stop infiltration from the Pakistani side after the December 13, 2001 attack on Indian Parliament. — Reuters

Punjab submits Rs108-cr project to WB
ITIs to be strengthened
Chandigarh, November 13
The Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Department has submitted a comprehensive and revised Rs. 108.84-crore project to strengthen Industrial Training Institutes in the state to the World Bank officials.

Punjab proposes toll on certain roads, bridges
Ropar, November 13
The Punjab government has proposed levy toll on certain roads and bridges in the state. In a proposal submitted recently to the World Bank the government has sought Rs 1500 crore soft loan for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in the state.

Capt meets IHRO men on SYL
Ludhiana, November 13
Even as the SGPC elections were under way in Amritsar, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was already focusing on the contentious Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue which threatens to snowball into a major controversy with Haryana sticking to its guns.


Children’s Day means nothing to them
Bathinda, November 13
For 15-year-old Raju, all days, including November 14 (Children’s Day), are alike as he do not get any respite from his work as a domestic help. Ten-year-old Rani, who picks rags, does not count days and it makes no difference for her whether it is November 14 or any other day.
Children's Day or not, the fate of these children remains the same. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

‘Black salt need not be iodised’
Chandigarh, November 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today ruled that the notification prohibiting the sale of salt without Iodine was not applicable to grounded black salt.
  • Suspension challenged
  • Notice of motion
Scam in mid-day meal scheme
Gurdaspur, November 13
The mid-day meal scheme started in primary schools in the state on the directions of the Supreme Court has turned out to be a farce in the district. Under the scheme, each student is supposed to be given a diet of Rs 3 to 3.50 in the form of laddoos, soyabeen, “khhichdi”, halwa, etc. However, in the absence of cooked food, each student is given 100 gm of wheat.

Labour laws to be cut to 15
Jalandhar, November 13
Union Government has been preparing a comprehensive draft of the labour policy. It would be tabled in Parliament for approval in the forthcoming Budget session, Union Minister of State for Labour Ashok Pardhan, stated this to reporters here today.

SAD MLA refused bail in school funds case
Mansa, November 13
Mr Harbans Lal, Special Judge, here today rejected the bail applications of Mr Harbant Singh Datewas, SAD (B) MLA from Budhlada. Dr Lakhwinder Singh Moosa, District President, Youth Akali Dal (B) and Mr Narinder Pal Danewalia, President, the Arhtiya Association Punjab unit in a case registered against them and 10 others under Sections 420 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 for alleged misappropriation of Rs 22 lakh of Khalsa High School here.

Foreign firm may handle garbage in Patiala
Patiala, November 13
The Patiala Municipal Corporation is proposing to go in for global tenders for handling of garbage in the city besides proposing to even privatise door-to-door collection of garbage in the city.

Help check drug menace, NGOs urged
Faridkot, November 13
In view of the increase in the number of drug addicts in the district, Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP, convened a meeting of social organisations to devise ways to check this menace.

Artistes honoured at NZCC concert
Patiala, November 13
At a well-attended concert of classical music and gazals, presented by 14-year-old artist Sumangal Arora and sponsored by NZCC, prominent personalities were honoured for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields.

Programme on drug awareness
Behman Diwana (Bathinda), November 13
Parents and teachers should pay special attention to school students who they feel are taking narcotics.


ST on fertilisers sends farmers to Haryana
Bathinda, November 13
The imposition of 4 per cent sale tax on fertilisers by the Punjab Government seems to have become a blessing in disguise for fertiliser traders of Haryana as farmers of Punjab have started frequenting them to purchase their requirements at cheaper rates due to absence of sales tax on some of the commodities in that state.


Engineers allege ‘mental harassment’
Ropar, November 13
The PSEB Engineers Association of the Ropar Thermal Plant region has expressed resentment over the alleged “mental harassment” to the engineers, of the RTP regarding the registration of FIRs in the EPF scam, against two labour contractors. The contractors had allegedly duped their workers of their EPF contributions between April, 1997 and December, 1999 by allegedly forging bank challans.

Thermal plant units trip
Ropar, November 13
Due to some technical fault the tripping of the unit No 4 of the Ropar Thermal Plant in the early morning today resulted in the tripping of the 220-KV Ropar-Gobindgarh transmission line. This further led to the tripping of the unit No 5 and the unit No 6 of the plant at about 3 a.m.

PPCB closes six brickkilns
Patiala, November 13
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has moved against brick kilns, saila plants and rice shellers which have defaulted on the installation of effluent treatment plants and air pollution control devices, closing down eight units, besides initiating action against 77 others.


In-laws ‘beat up’ woman for dowry
Hoshiarpur, November 13
A case of torture and beating up of a woman by her in-laws at Premgarh Mohalla for dowry was reported at the city police station, Hoshiarpur, yesterday. She reportedly attempted suicide.


Youth fest opens at GND varsity
Amritsar, November 13
The Punjab Government is committed to preserve and promote cultural heritage of the state and has taken a number of steps in this regard, said Choudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister of Local Bodies, Punjab while inaugurating a four-day final youth festival (men and women) of Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Hostel girls allege bias
Patiala, November 13
Resenting Punjabi University administration’s move to fix the entry time to the girls hostels at 6 p.m. girl students of four university hostels claim that they are being subjected to a “step-motherly” treatment by the university authorities and the facilities being provided to them are inadequate compared with those in boys hostels. Even the food being provided to them is inferior in quality, several hostel girls say.


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