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Punjab to release 3 pc DA soon
Ropar, November 20
What could come as a major reprieve for about seven lakh employees of the state, the Finance Minister, Punjab, Mr Lal Singh, today announced to release another instalment of dearness allowance (DA) for its employees on the pattern of the Central Government very soon with effect from July 1, 2002.

SGPC continues work on controversial land
Amritsar, November 20
Even as the municipal corporation has written to the SP and the District Magistrate to provide it force to stall construction work on a “deori” (main entrance gate) on land near Santokhsar gurdwara, ownership of which continues to be a bone of contention between the corporation and the SGPC, the SGPC is trying to complete the work on a war footing.

3 ministers fail to attend co-op function
Jalandhar, November 20
Three ministers and two members of Parliament did not turn up at the state-level function held to mark the 49th Cooperative Week celebrations here today.

300 Punjab schools may be downgraded
Chandigarh, November 20
As many as 300 schools, which were upgraded by the SAD-BJP Government in the last years of its rule, are likely to be downgraded by the present government.

NRI, sons booked for cheating
Gurdaspur, November 20
The police has registered a case against an NRI and his two sons for cheating people on the pretext of getting them jobs in Canada.

Fatehgarh Sahib



PRTC seeks hike in fares
Patiala, November 20
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), which is already recommended for disinvestment, has urged the state government to allow it a hike of six paise per kilometre so that it can meet its raised expenditure levels which, it claims, is due to lack of any regular fare revision since July, 1998.


Issuance of notices
Chandigarh, November 20
Acting on a petition filed by Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission member Dara Singh challenging the orders of his suspension, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday ruled that the issuance of notices to the other respondents at the present stage was not considered necessary by them.

World Bank team visits Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
A World Bank team visited the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to get first-hand information regarding the initiative taken by the District Administration to implement various e-governance projects which have been introduced here.

Drivers block traffic
Ropar, November 20
Drivers and other supporters of a local transporter Satish Kumar, known as Satish Aarewala, blocked traffic on the Ropar-Nangal highway near the octroi post for about half an hour here this evening, following the alleged beating up of a driver of the transporter by employees of contractors of “khuds” over the issue of royalty. Later, the blockade was cleared by the police.

CM promises medical college
Hoshiarpur, November 20
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced the Indira Gandhi Kandi Vikas Yojana Scheme to ensure potable water in all villages of the Kandi area of Punjab. He was addressing a big state-level rally organised by the District Congress Committee, Hoshiarpur, in connection with the celebration of 85th birth anniversary of late Indira Gandhi at Roshan Ground here yesterday.

An ITBP recruit demonstrates skillsPassing out parade of ITBP men 
Bathinda, November 20
The passing out parade was held today at the rear headquarters of 12th Battalion of the ITBP in the city on the completion of basic training which the 217 recruits of the 244th and 245th batches underwent.

An ITBP recruit demonstrates skills during the passing out parade at Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

534 NCC cadets undergo training
Bathinda, November 20
As many as 534 NCC cadets from 24 educational institutes are undergoing training at an annual training camp conducted by the 20 Punjab Battalion of the NCC. Col A.V.S. Andrews, Commanding Officer of the camp, said here today that the NCC was a platform to create a sense of responsibility and discipline among the cadets, some of whom might join the armed forces.

Farmers gherao PSEB office
Tarn Taran, November 20
Hundreds of farmers on a call given by the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, gheraoed the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Fatehabad subdivision, today in protest against the “anti-farmer policies of the government.

Plan to promote Punjabi culture
Faridkot, November 20
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Punjabi Overseas Cultural Association, Canada, has envisaged a plan to promote the Punjabi culture, including folk dances, music, art, craft and painting in the state.

Promote vanishing art forms: VC
Patiala, November 20
Calling upon various Punjabi satellite channels to help promote various art forms of Punjab, particularly those passing into oblivion, the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr S.S. Boparai, said such programmes should be given special time slots.

Declare 2004 year of ecology: ex-VC
Chandigarh, November 20
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, has urged Parliament to pass a resolution in the current session for observing 2004 as the year of ecology and spirituality.

Subedar cremated
Amritsar, November 20
Subedar Amrik Singh of 51 Field Regiment Artillery, who sacrificed his life while fighting ULFA terrorists in Assam on November 16, was cremated today with military honours at Nathupur village in Patti subdivision here.

Villagers seek water supply


Student dies in road mishap
Hoshiarpur, November 20
Aman Deep, a student of class VI, was killed when he was hit by a tractor near DAV Senior Secondary School on the Hariana-Shaamchaurasi road in the district last evening.

4 cops booked for taking Rs 10 from driver
Tarn Taran, November 20
Four policemen, including an ASI and a head constable posted at Harike police station, have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the police for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10 from a truck driver.

JE held on charge of taking bribe
Bathinda, November 20
Sohan Lal, Junior Engineer (Suburban), Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), posted at Kotkapura, was arrested today by a Vigilance Bureau team on the charge of taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Hakam Singh, a resident of Nangal village in Faridkot district, to release a power connection for his tubewell for setting up drip irrigation in his fields.


The students of Kids Care, a playway and preparatory school, perform during their annual function
The students of Kids Care, a playway and preparatory school, perform during their annual function in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo KB

PTU to build ‘knowledge reservoir’
Chandigarh, November 20
A ‘’knowledge reservoir’’ is to be built up for Punjab Technical University (PTU) to give it a highly professional touch, besides reviewing its distance education programme and restructuring the academic and administrative systems.

Varsity results today


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