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No police entry in my tenure: Badal
Amritsar, November 16
Refuting the allegations of police entry into the Golden Temple complex during the tenure of his government, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, said the police had never entered the complex during his time. 

Punjab on slippery wicket
Chandigarh, November 16
The Punjab Government today found itself on a slippery wicket when Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mr B.K. Roy asked the Advocate-General to explain how Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission member Dara Singh was released on bail if he was not arrested for committing a cognizable offence?

Accused drags ex-minister in case
SAS Nagar, November 16
Charanjit Singh, one of the two main accused in the paper leakage case of the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, has alleged the complicity of former Minister of Health Inderjit Singh Zira and president of the Nursing Training Institutes Association, Punjab, Mr Charanjit Singh Walia in the case. The two have, however, denied any involvement in the case.




Motor repair scam unearthed
Ropar, November 16
Even as an inquiry into the contract labour scam that surfaced in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant is still pending, another scam in the repair of high-tension motors has come to the fore.

Consulate-General to function from November next
Chandigarh, November 16
Mr Herb Dhaliwal, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, is yet to make up his mind on “joining the leadership race” that could anoint him as Prime Minister.

Advocate files affidavit
Probe in PPSC recruitment scam
Chandigarh, November 16
Expressing dissatisfaction with the probe being conducted in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam, Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Rupinder Khosla today claimed that the excellent job done by the intelligence wing of the Punjab Police had been nullified. 


Civic poll early next year
Phillaur, November 16
The elections to Nagar Council and Nagar Panchayats will be held as per schedule in the beginning of the next year. This was stated by the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, here today.

Sonia to arrive in Chandigarh on Nov 23
Chandigarh, November 16
As the political scene in Punjab is hotting up, Ms Sonia Gandhi, President of the All India Congress Committee, will arrive here on November 23. 


Pre-arrest bail plea rejected
Chandigarh, November 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by an Amritsar resident accused of possessing CDs with “inflammatory speeches of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala and of Operation Bluestar showing the damaged Akal Takht”.

Grievance panels’ notification by Dec
Ropar, November 16
The Punjab Government has completed the process relating to constitution of the District Public Grievances Removal Committee and these will be notified by the government by December 10.

Nagar kirtan held
Tarn Taran, November 16
A nagar kirtan in respect of Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was taken out today here in which thousands of school-children alongwith gatka and band parties participated. The town was decorated by putting up arches.

Bid to save Punjab Tourism
Chandigarh, November 16
The Public Sector Disinvestment Commission, headed by Mr P.H. Vaishnav, a former Chief Secretary, Punjab, may have pronounced its writ to close down the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, besides four other units, but the employees and management are still hopeful to save the corporation. 

Villagers threaten agitation
Sunam, November 16
Residents of Lehal Khurd, Khai, Khandewad, Akarwas, Gaga and Changaliwala villages are up in arms over the inclusion of the villages in the Lehragaga Municipal Committee limits, stating that it would hit development works in the villages.

CPI’s charge against govt
Bathinda, November 16
The CPI has condemned the state government for not electing chairmen and vice-chairmen of block samitis and zila parishads, although the election to members of these bodies were held about six months ago.

Irrational use of drugs ‘may be fatal’
Amritsar, November 16
Illiteracy, self-medication and prevalence of quackery, in addition to the sale of drugs without valid prescriptions, are responsible for the irrational use of drugs. This was stated by Dr Sangeeta Sharma, Technical Coordinator of the India-WHO Essential Drugs Programme, and Dr Geeta Sharma, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College here yesterday.

2 injured in accidents
Bathinda, November 16
One person was injured when a vehicle hit him near Talwandi Sabo about 30 km from here. today. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital at Talwandi Sabo but was later referred to the local Civil Hospital. He has not been identified as he is mentally unsound.

36 cases settled
Talwandi Sabo, November 16
A Lok Adalat was held at the local courts complex today which was chaired by the Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Karunesh Kumar Kakkar.


Man gets 10-yr RI for rape
Mansa, November 16
Mr Harbans Lal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, here today sentenced Harinder Singh to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 2000 and in default of payment of fine he would undergo further imprisonment for six months under Sections 376 (2) (g) of the IPC.

Woman abducted, gangraped
Hoshiarpur, November 16
A woman of the Islamabad Shanti Nagar area was allegedly gang-raped by four youths. The police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 366, IPC, against the four Gujjar youths.

3kg RDX, ammo found buried
Fazilka, November 16
The Sadar police found RDX and other arms and ammunition buried in a field at Lalowali village, 7 km from here, yesterday.

Police remand for junior engineer
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), November 16
A court here today remanded Ashok Kumar, a junior engineer of the Panchayat Department in police remand for two days’ in a case registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

2 vehicle thieves arrested
Gurdaspur, November 16
The police has arrested two persons involved in theft of brand new two-wheelers. The SSP in a press note here today said Harbhajan Singh of Hoshiarpur and Sudhir Kumar of Ludhiana were arrested in this connection.


Apeejay College wins youth fest trophy
Amritsar, November 16
The Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, lifted the overall trophy at the Guru Nanak Dev University Youth Festival, which concluded here today at the Dashmesh auditorium of the university. The local BBK DAV College for Women won the runners-up trophy while DAV College, Jalandhar, stood third.

Fraud alleged in midday meal scheme
Bathinda, November 16
Mr Ravinder Kumar Mittal, a teacher at Government Primary School, Varkandi, has alleged that certain teachers in connivance with a contractor had committed fraud in the students’ mid-day meal scheme.

Rajan pins hopes on Punjab
Chandigarh, November 16
Meet Professor Yagnaswami Sundra Rajan. His appointment, as Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, a month ago, went almost unnoticed. Punjab is yet to know him. He is not new to Punjab. As founder of the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council, he has closely seen and studied Punjab over a period of time.

Women’s harassment: panel, a house divided
Patiala, November 16
Constituted on the guidelines of the National Commission for Women, Punjabi University’s Violence and Sexual Harassment of Women at Campus Committee, established by the then acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr N.S. Rattan, after the Saru Rana case, has seemed to have yielded nothing.

Dead yet suspended
Chandigarh, November 16
Suspension of a dead employee along with 13 other employees by the authorities concerned has caused a flutter in the Punjab Education Department. The suspended employees include 10 senior assistants, three superintendents and one Assistant Director.

Theatre dedicated to students
Amritsar, November 16
Mr R.L. Bhatia, MP, dedicated a newly constructed open air theatre at Botanical Garden of Guru Nanak Dev University to student-artistes here yesterday. The theatre has been built at a cost of Rs 70,000.

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