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CM opposes IT on farm income
Hoshiarpur, November 19
Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of “ignoring” the interests of farmers, particularly of Punjab, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today alleged that the Central Government was “just taking care of the trading community and its interests”.

SAD MLA alleges victimisation
Chandigarh, November 19
“The Vigilance Bureau is vindicative. Its one-point agenda is to arrest anyone from the Opposition even before holding preliminary investigation,” alleges Mr Harbant Singh Datewas, SAD MLA from Mansa, maintaining that he was being harassed at the instance of a former Akali MLA owing allegiance to the SHSAD.

Jails being readied for Akalis
Ludhiana, November 19
The otherwise non-descript jails in the state are witnessing intense activity these days thanks to the forthcoming ‘jail bharo andolan’ of the Shiromani Akali Dal. The jails are being readied for Akali activists. The problem of space is proving to be a stumbling block.

Badal denies report on police entry
Chandigarh, November 19
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today described as “totally incorrect” reports in a section of the Press ascribing to him a statement that he too had ordered the police into the Golden Temple during his tenure as Chief Minister.



Gurpurb celebrated with fervour
Amritsar, November 19
The 533rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm here today. Lakhs of devotees took a dip in the holy sarovar on the occasion. As many as 30 schools and colleges participated in various competitions like debate, declamation, painting and kirtan and were given prizes.

Devotees partake of langar on Gurpurb at a gurdwara in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Devotees partake of langar

PTU VC’s aide Dhaliwal in Vigilance Bureau net
Jalandhar, November 19
Though the Vigilance Bureau is yet to arrest two prime accused — former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University H.S. Gurm and Parminder Singh, son of former Technical Education minister Jagdish Singh Garcha- in the multi-crore PTU scam, it has arrested J.S. Dhaliwal, a close associate of Dr Gurm, for flouting norms to obtain no-objection certificates to get PTU affiliation for various colleges.

Shahnawaz justifies VHP leaders’ arrest
Jalandhar, November 19
Justifying the arrest of senior VHP leaders for defying the ban imposed by the Election Commission of India on carrying out the Godhra yatra, the lone BJP Muslim MP and Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Shahnawaz Hussain, today asserted that no political or religious organisation would be allowed to disturb the law and order during Gujarat elections.


Amarinder devout Sikh: Madhoke
Moga, November 19
Sant Vir Singh Madhoke, who lost last week’s SGPC presidential poll to Mr Badal’s nominee Kirpal Singh Badungar, today lauded the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, by describing him a “devout Sikh”.


‘Probe role of EPF authorities’
Ropar, November 19
The police has moved to probe into the alleged connivance of officials of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant in the EPF scam. However, the dereliction in duty on the part of the EPF authorities, which led to the scam, has yet not been probed by the investigating agencies.

The victorious GCG team
The victorious GCG team with the overall trophy of the Patiala Zone Youth Festival. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

Show-cause notice to former Sena chief
Phagwara, November 19
A show-cause notice would be issued to Mr Pawan Gupta, former President of the state Shiv Sena, for violating clause 6 of the party constitution by going to the media on controversial matters.

Britannia told to pay compensation
Bathinda, November 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Britannia Industries to pay Rs 2,000 as compensation and Rs 1,000 as costs to Mr Gurpiar Singh Bhatti of Talwandi Sabo, as a biscuit manufactured by the company and purchased by Mr Bhatti contained an insect.

Lift irrigation schemes not operational
Gurdaspur, November 19
Resentment prevails among residents of villages surrounding the lift irrigation schemes at Madhopur and Bhimpur villages around the distributaries, including Nanonangal and Fatehnangal.

10 water connections snapped
Amritsar, November 19
Even as at least two deaths have been reported in localities situated on the Tarn Taran road due to jaundice in the past 10 days, the local Municipal Corporation has disconnected 10 water connections allegedly responsible for contaminating the water supply.

Indira Gandhi remembered
Faridkot, November 19
A district-level National Integration Day function in connection with the birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was organised by the District Congress Committee here today. A large number of people, including representatives of various social organisations and senior Congress leaders and workers participated in it.

CPM demands free power
Bathinda, November 19
The district unit of the CPM has urged the state government to provide power free of cost to the small and marginal farmers. In a memorandum submitted to the state Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner here, the party demanded that an attempt should be made to bring the sick industrial units back in profit.

Liquor being sold at Ramtirath despite ban
Ramtirath (Amritsar), November 19
Notwithstanding the ban by the district authorities on the sale of liquor in the 500-meter area surrounding the historic Ramtirath till November 26 to maintain the sanctity of the Ramtirath Mela, free flow of liquor continues.

Singla says none will be displaced
Bathinda, November 19
Residents of Shant Nagar and Bhagu Road area who feared that their dwellings would be demolished by PUDA were today told by the local MLA and Chairman, Finance Committee, Mr Surinder Singla, that they would not be displaced.


WB may fund diversification
Bathinda, November 19
Efforts being made by the Punjab Government to carry out diversification of agriculture in the state without disturbing the economy of farmers during the transition period may bear fruit as a World Bank team which visited the state last week, has hinted at funding the same by adopting this border state as pilot project for all nations.


Two held with fake currency
Gurdaspur, November 19
The police has arrested two members of a gang involved in the theft of cars and preparation of counterfeit notes of the denomination of Rs 500, Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here today said.


No takers for Punjabi books
Patiala, November 19
Butter chicken may be in, but books definitely are not. Punjabi books are a strict no for the youth of the state if the response to a book fair, organised by the State Language Department at its headquarters, here, to mark the Punjabi Week celebrations is any indication.

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