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‘PM, Sonia, Chautala helped’ Badungar win
Phagwara, November 17
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, at a press conference today, said instead of asking Jathedar Tohra to take “sanyas” from politics, Mr Parkash Singh Badal should take “sanyas” as Akalis and SGPC members were parting company with him as witnessed in the November 12 SGPC poll.

BJP not party to SAD’s game
Abohar, November 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (B) was at liberty to topple the Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab by engineering defections but the BJP was not a party to any such game.

12 Indians in Quetta jail
Gurdaspur, November 17
More than 12 youths from Punjab and Haryana, who were allured by travel agents on the pretext of sending them abroad are languishing in a Quetta jail in Baluchistan in Pakistan.

Punjabi youth in Italy up in arms
Chandigarh, November 17
Hundreds of Punjabi youth, waiting to become “legal residents” of Italy, are up in arms against certain members of the diplomatic staff of the Indian Embassy in Rome alleging that they have prepared a “video film” to show how they are being forced to shell out “large amounts of money to get documents, including passports, in time”.

Bodies yet to reach Lehra Dhurkot
Lehra Dhurkot (Bathinda), November 17
“Jaggi promised to bring parsad from Paonta Sahib. How could he go without fulfilling his promise?” This was all that the mother of Jaggi, a widow, could say before she fainted, when she was told that her only son was among those killed in an accident near Paonta Sahib yesterday.

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12 Panchayati Raj Dept men suspended
Bathinda, November 17
As many as 12 senior officials of the Panchayati Raj Department of the Punjab Government, including Additional Director, Deputy Directors and Block Development and Panchayat Officers have been placed under suspension by the Secretary, Rural Development, Punjab, Mr J.R. Kundal, last evening for allegedly committing irregularities in the selection of panchayat secretaries about a year ago.


Army division’s liquor licence cancelled
Ferozepore, November 17
The Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab has cancelled the licence of the Army division here to sell liquor at subsidised rates to the Army personnel with immediate effect. It has sealed the stock available in the liquor shop and godown of the division for violation of the rules and regulations of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914.

Umeed brings heart camp to Sangrur
Chandigarh, November 17
Umeed, with the support of Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, today organised a one-day heart camp in Sangrur where over 300 patients were examined and referred for specialised treatment.

His addiction led to father’s death
Bathinda, November 17
When Parveen (name changed), a truck driver, started taking drug injections four years ago, he never imagined that these would ruin his life. He is HIV positive now. His addiction resulted in the death of his father due to depression.

Experts discuss infant mortality
Patiala, November 17
A Continual Medical Education Programme of the National Neonatology Forum was held in Government Medical College here today. It was organised by the Department of Paediatrics, the head of which is Dr K.K. Locham.

Dalits’ body to gherao ministers
Nawanshahr, November 17
Mr Jasbir Singh Pal, state president of the All-India Confederation of SC, BC and ST Organisations, addressed a “protest rally” organised by the Confederation’s district unit here yesterday. He criticised the state government for not keeping its pre-election promises regarding the welfare of Dalits.

SDM seeks action against BDPO
Kharar, November 17
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, Kharar, has written to the District Development and Panchayat Officer, Ropar, that disciplinary action should be taken against the BDPO, Majri, as he had failed in his duty to remove encroachments on the village land in Bhajoli village of Kharar tehsil.

Khanna: bridge over Beas by Feb
Gurdaspur, November 17
Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, who was here today to mourn the death of Dr Kamal Jyoti, said the conduct of Congress during the SGPC elections was clearly an attempt to help Mr Tohra win the elections.


Six-man gang of robbers busted
Amritsar, November 17
On a tip off the district police yesterday busted a six-member gang of robbers including two migrant labourers, and seized two rifles and sharp-edged weapons from them. One person managed to escape.

Former Congress councillor booked
Amritsar, November 17
The district police has booked Mr Arun Kumar Pappal, a former Congress councillor for allegedly assaulting Sub-Divisional Officer of the Punjab State Electricity Board.

6 held under SITA
Hoshiarpur, November 17
The Model Town police raided a house in the local Puran Nagar Mohalla on the Tanda road here last evening and arrested Sonia, Nisha and Seema, two sisters from New Delhi, along with Sanjiv Kumar of Puran Nagar, Rajesh Kumar of Khanpuri Gate and Sarabjit Singh of Bassi Gulam Husain, under Sections 3, 4, 5 of the Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act, 1956.


Girls college to be shifted to new building
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
With the efforts of the district administration, the Jawahar Lal Nehru Girls College, Mandi Gobindgarh, will be shifted in new building on Amloh-Gobindgarh road near Tooran village from January next year.


Cell-One coming to Jalandhar today
Jalandhar, November 17
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will launch Cellular Mobile-Services in Jalandhar from tomorrow. Mr K.C. Jindal, General Manager, BSNL, told reporters here today that while the services were being lunched in Jalandhar, subsequently these would be extended to the parts of the Doaba Region and townships like Kapurthala, Nawanshahr.

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