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Badal seeks sack of Amarinder
Alamgir, November 22
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today stepped up the attack on the Congress by demanding the sack of Capt Amarinder Singh for reneging on poll promises and for allegedly violating the sanctity of the Golden Temple complex.

SAD distributes ‘pledge forms’
Former MLA Dalbir Singh shows a pledge formAmritsar, November 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has got printed a “pledge form” to be got filled in by all workers declaring allegiance to the party’s programme of “Jail Bharo Andolan” on November 27.

Former MLA Dalbir Singh shows a pledge form on Thursday. —
hoto Rajiv Sharma

Cong men ‘feeling demoralised’
Bathinda, November 22
Congress workers belonging to Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot, Mansa, Moga, Ferozepore and certain parts of the Majha and Doaba belts of Punjab are sore over the shabby treatment meted out to them by government functionaries. The workers are also feeling disappointed over the fact that eversince the Congress came to power in Punjab, the state leadership has started snapping links with the grassroot workers.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Nagar Council poll put off
Cong councillors fail to reach consensus
Phagwara, November 22
The alleged failure of two factions of the Congress headed by Mr Joginder Singh Maan, MLA, and PPCC member Balbir Raja Sodhi to find a consensus candidate led to the postponement of elections to the post of the local Nagar Council chief and the deputy amid protests by SAD-BJP councillors and their supporters, who resorted to slogan shouting against the Congress government.

2 cops held for doing pvt work
Gurdaspur, November 22
The police has arrested two police constables for indulging in private business in violation of service rules. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, identified the constables as Rajesh Kumar of Gurdaspur and Jaimal Singh of Tibber village near here.

Polio case: SMO, DIO blamed
Bathinda, November 22
Mr Anurag Verma, District Magistrate, has written to the Principal Secretary (Health), Punjab, to take action against the Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Maur Mandi, and the District Immunisation Officer, Civil Hospital, Bathinda, for negligence in treating a suspected polio patient a few months ago.


Verbal duel over berths delays train
Bathinda, November 22
Members of a marriage party going to Ahmedabad were in for a surprise as they boarded a train at the local railway station last night when they saw personnel of the BSF occupying seats reserved for them. Heated exchanges took place when they asked the personnel to vacate the seats.

BBMB projects await govt nod
Ropar, November 22
Delay in permission from the states is hampering work on the new hydel power projects planned by the BBMB. After obtaining permission from the Union Government to bring up new hydel power projects within its own system, the BBMB had prepared project reports of two new ventures.

A police station in Jalandhar, which has been running from encroached shops
A police station in Jalandhar, which has been running from encroached shops of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust for the past about one decade.

The rail-cum-road vehicle
The rail-cum-road vehicle, which has been developed by Diesel Components Works, Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialavi

Recruitment banned, despite 47,000 vacancies
Bathinda, November 22
Mr Yadvinder Singh, state general secretary, Berojgar Adhayapak Front (registered), said here today that even as 47,000 vacant posts of teacher were lying in the government schools of Punjab, the ban on recruitment had not been lifted.

Call for ‘struggle’ to end poverty
Nawanshahr, November 22
Dr Jatinder Kumar, general secretary of the All-India CPI (ML-New Democracy) addressing a conference organised by the party at Shahabpur village near here on Wednesday on the death anniversary of Shaheed Master Gian Singh Sangha, who was gunned down by terrorists 10 years ago called upon the people to join hands to thwart the nefarious designs of the USA to forcibly grab” the natural sources of all countries of the world.

Top cardiologists for Bathinda camp
Chandigarh, November 22
Fortis Heart Institute and Multi Speciality Hospital will hold a free cardiac check-up camp in MSD Senior Secondary Public School, Hanuman Chowk, Bathinda, on November 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Immolation threat by AIDS patient
Rampura Phul, November 22
A resident of Bhucho Mandi area, whose husband died of AIDS about a year ago and who herself is an AIDS patient, here today staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office in protest against the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned and threatened to immolate herself.

Scribes ‘not treated well’, decide boycott
Ferozepore, November 22
“Remarks against the media” by Director-General of Police Punjab, Mahal Singh Bhullar here yesterday sparked resentment among the mediapersons here. A section of media persons gathered around Mr Bhullar last evening when he was about to leave after presiding over the closing ceremony of Punjab State Hockey (under-17) championship and wanted him to answer a few questions.

Approver in PPSC scam
Chandigarh, November 22
In a statement before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, counsel for the state government today said approver in Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh would be examined as the first prosecution witness after the framing of charges.

6 of marriage party dead
Amritsar, November 22
Six persons of a marriage party were killed and eight persons seriously injured when a Tata Sumo collided with an auto near Baba Bakala in Majitha police district here this evening.

Voters list: Dang for probe
Amritsar, November 22
Veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang has asked the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to prove his commitment for free and fair elections by ordering an impartial inquiry into the scandal in the voters list for the elections to the Jalalabad Municipal Council in which 89 per cent of the total population has been shown voters.

Ms Samriti IraniNegative roles inspire me, says Samriti Irani
Jalandhar, November 22
The negative role played by women characters in television serials virtually inspire the lead characters to establish themselves in the industry. This was stated by Ms Samriti Irani, who plays the role of Tulsi in the popular family drama “Sas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, which has wide viewership in the country.


Distt admn launches website
Jalandhar, November 22
For information on music, sports, hotels, landmarks of Jalandhar and digitalised map of the state the Jalandhar district administration has developed its website— Public utility forms like birth and death certificates, arms and driving licences or the SC and BC certificates, can also be down- loaded besides information on census, Vidhan Sabha elections, industries and print and electronic media.

Admn cautious over ‘deori’ construction
Amritsar, November 22
In an apparent bid to soft-pedal and avoid a direct confrontation on an issue of a religious nature, the administration is making allout efforts to resolve the controversy over the construction of a ‘deori’ (main entrance gate) on the alleged encroached land at Santokhsar gurdwara, by holding talks.

Encroachments removal within 2 months planned
Faridkot, November 22
The district administration has chalked out a plan to remove all temporary and permanent encroachments during the next two months in the district. To launch the scheme on a war footing, a meeting of senior officers of various departments like the National Highway and the Nagar Council, besides members of non-government organisations, representatives of various political organisations and leading citizens was held at Kotkapura yesterday.

Home for women, kids on anvil
Ropar, November 22
The district administration is open to setting up a home for a short stay of abandoned children and women of the district. This assurance was given by Deputy Commissioner Seema Jain to a delegation of the Indian Council for Social Welfare, Punjab, at a meeting held here with leaders of various NGOs.


Truck union leaders booked in assault case
Mansa, November 22
The city police has registered a case under Sections 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Mr Gurdev Singh Mansahia,president, Mansa Truck Operators Union, Mr Jagpal Singh Aulakh, vice-president, Mr Gurdeep Singh Chakerian, Mr Mohinder Singh Bhame, Mr Bhola Singh Aulakh and Mr Gurcharan Singh Lalianwali, all members of the union, Mr Amrik Singh and Mr Gora Lal, both employees of the union, on the complaint of Mr Raj Kumar Danewalia, president, Mansa Rice Millers Association. No arrests have been made so far.

10-yr RI for raping minor
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
Mr Justice G.S. Gill, Additional District Sessions Judge, has given 10-year rigorous imprisonment to a man called Kuldip Singh and imposed a Rs 10,000 fine on him for raping a minor in 1999, who was a Class VI student of Government Middle School at Barwali Khurd then.

One held for sale of spurious kerosene
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
Officials of the district Food and Civil Supply department along with the police, yesterday unearthed a racket of alleged sale of spurious kerosene after changing its colour at Mandi Gobindgarh.


Thapar to start BE (correspondence)
Patiala, November 22
The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology has decided to start the Bachelor of Engineering course through correspondence. The institute has also been selected for computer networking in the first phase of the national-level computer networking programme.

Dental students want better trained teachers
Faridkot, November 22
A two-day state-level conference of students of the dental colleges of Punjab on group study exchange programme, concluded here today. It laid stress on following multimedia teaching, updating the syllabus according to clinical requirements and training the trainers.

Paper leak: bail plea refused
SAS Nagar, November 22
An anticipatory bail plea moved by two main accused in the Punjab Nurses Registration Council paper leak case was today dismissed by a Ropar court. According to sources, the accused — Gurpal Singh Kang and Charanjit Singh — are at large.

Honour bus passes, urge students
Bathinda, November 22
Students of the region, who have been demanding concessional bus passes for the past few weeks today staged a dharna-cum-rally here. The students have been demanding that the bus passes should be honoured in the mini-buses plying in the state.


Traders flay govt on octroi
Bathinda, November 22
Mr Ashok Garg, president, Punjab Yuva Beopar Mandal, in a written statement issued here today, said the Congress government had backtracked on all its poll promises and the demand of the traders to abolish the octroi had not been fulfilled by it.

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