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Jatha returns, reports theft cases
Wagah (Amritsar), November 23
Mr Wasan Singh, an 80-year-old Sikh pilgrim, heaved a sigh of relief when he crossed over from the Pakistan border in a wheelchair today as his passport was stolen in Pakistan and was provided provisional travel documents to reach his country.

The Indian Sikh pilgrims coming back by Indo-Pak Wagha border post

Index page: Reshuffle in PSGPC likely

Members of the jatha arrive at Wagah from Pakistan. — PTI photo

No praise for CM in Sonia speech
Chandigarh, November 23
Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today emphasised the need to maintain unity, strengthen organisation and create opportunities for “young generation” in the backdrop of the reported differences in the party over the government’s approach to the SGPC elections and an open display of lack of respect among leaders of Chandigarh and Punjab.




Snubbing Sonia style
Chandigarh, November 23
The visit of the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to the city today perhaps did not go the way the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, or the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief , Mr Bhajan Lal, expected it.

Apply same yardstick as Akalis to judge me: Capt
Ludhiana, November 23
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he hoped that same yardstick would be applied for judging his role during the recently held SGPC elections.

SAD men to be lodged in poultry farm
Gurdaspur, November 23
The district administration proposes to lodge SAD workers who will court arrest on November 27 in sheds of a government-owned poultry farm and an empty piggery.

Transfer orders in abeyance
SAS Nagar, November 23
At least four departments of the Punjab Government are in a state of virtual limbo following the partial non-implementation of the last set of transfer orders issued by the government more than a fortnight ago.

Arms supply to ultras: 2 dealers held
Patiala, November 23
The Patiala police today made more recoveries of arms and ammunition in the case involving the supply of guns on fake licences to militant organisations, including the People’s War Group, by seizing 21 firearms and 350 cartridges from a Maruti car today. Both occupants of the car, identified as owners of gun houses in Nabha and Kurukshetra, have been arrested.

Police in bind over a case of rape
Balachaur (Nawanshahr), November 23
A rape case has been baffling the Nawanshahr police, which booked three residents of Kangna Bet village two weeks ago. Now it has decided to go in for DNA profile of all three booked and to send the cervical smear to Hyderabad for tests, after the accused wished to undergo the DNA test or any other test to prove innocence.


SAD takes a U-turn
Jalandhar, November 23
Virtually taking a U-turn, the Shiromani Akali Dal today disassociated itself from the SGPC demand for summoning the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, before Akal Takht for alleged violation of Sikh maryada by allegedly sending the police into the Golden Temple complex during the recent SGPC elections.

Mittal flays govt for ‘failure on all fronts’
Ropar, November 23
Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, former Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, said today that the Amarinder Singh government had failed on all fronts. It had not only stalled development works in the state but also failed to provide good governance.


EPF scam: PSEB fails to punish contractor
Ropar, November 23
Continuing to promote labour contractors allegedly involved in the EPF scam in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, the PSEB authorities have once again decided against blacklisting M/s Sodhi Erectors for future contracts.

Trains to have anti-collision device soon
Patiala, November 23
Railway Board Member, (Mechanical) S. Dhasarathi today asserted that the anti-collision device developed by the board to prevent accidents would be inducted into service after the completion of trials which were currently on the Ludhiana-Amritsar section.

DCW vehicle for faster rescue work
Patiala, November 23
The Diesel Component Work here has developed the country’s first prototype rail cum road vehicle for reaching sites of rail accident faster. It will also be used for rail maintenance.

Living with a stigma
Ferozepore, November 23
This is an unfortunate tale of social disgrace of a woman by the district administration of Ferozepore in which a middle-aged woman was forced to leave her home after an externment notice was served on her under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.

USA blamed for conflicts in world
Ludhiana, November 23
The philosophy of Karl Marx and V I Lenin is still relevant and despite the temporary setback to the Communist order, things will change in the near future, claims Leonid Ivachenco, vice-president of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. He was in the city to address CPI activists this evening.

Recruitment rally from December 2
Jalandhar, November 23
The Sikh Regimental Centre will organise a rally for recruiting soldier (general duty), tradesmen and soldier (clerks) at the Dogra Playgrounds in the cantonment area, near here, from December 2 to 11.

PSEB told to release tubewell connections in 4 months
Chandigarh, November 23
Allowing a petition by the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to give electricity connections for running tubewells within four months to applicants who had submitted their requests in 1987 and had deposited the money, besides submitting the test reports.

  • Notice issued on Sidhu’s plea

  • FIR quashed

Hundreds of students from various schools participate in a rally
Hundreds of students from various schools participate in a rally to highlight the social evils, urging the people to put an end to the same at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Judge: give legible copies to Tota Singh
Ropar, November 23
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today directed the prosecution to supply the remaining and legible copies of challan papers to former Punjab Education Minister, Jathedar Tota Singh.

Scam detected in pension for disabled
Bathinda, November 23
A scam pertaining to the pension, for the handicapped running into lakhs, has come to light in this district after officials of the District Social Security Office conducted a verification of the beneficiaries on the direction of the minister concerned, Mr Santokh Singh.

Hippo, chimp to be moved to Chhat Bir
Patiala, November 23
The issue of animals being kept in small cages and the custody of a near-blind hippopotamus with the Jumbo Circus, currently camping in the city, has taken a new turn. 

Civic body grapples with stray-cow menace
Patiala, November 23
Gaushala managements in Patiala have been accused of running their establishments as business concerns following the failure of a recent drive against stray cows carried out by the Municipal Corporation. 

Bazigars block traffic
Phagwara, November 23
A mob of Bazigar tribe today blocked the vehicular traffic for over three hours on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road, set tyres ablaze and raised slogans against Mr Jagjit Singh, Punjab Local Bodies Minister and chairman of the local Guru Ravi Das Educational Trust, when the Trust authorities started constructing a boundary wall dividing the Trust’s land from the Bazigar’s basti of Dharamkot Mohalla under the police protection.

Dental healthcare conference
Faridkot, November 23
A two-day state-level Dental Health Care Conference organised by the Punjab Unit of the Indian Dental Council started here today with a special note for treating dental healthcare, at par with diseases like polio tuberculosis. Inaugurating the conference Dr S.C. Anand, Principal, Government College, Rohtak, laid stress on organising free dental camps at regular intervals.

Police remand for two Pak infiltrators
Ferozepore, November 23

Two Pakistanis, arrested by the BSF for infiltration near here, were remanded in police custody for seven days by a court here today. Identified as Haroon Rashid (18) and Shahbaz (22), were nabbed by the BSF while trying to infiltrate into India near the Hussainiwala border November 21 night. They were carrying Pakistani currency in small amount.

PPCB simplifies hospital waste management
Barnala, November 23
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to simplify authorisation norms for Punjab state’s private hospitals for the management of the bio-medical waste.

BSNL mobile services from tomorrow
Bathinda, November 23
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will start its mobile services, both post and pre-paid, here on November 25. The General Manager, Bathinda Telecom, Mr Joginder Mohan, said this while addressing a press conference.

6 cancer deaths reported
Rampura Phul, November 23
Even as the authorities concerned have been trying to solve the mystery behind the unusual number of deaths at Giana, Jajjal and Bhallo villages in the district in the past many years, more than six deaths due to cancer in this town in the past one and a half months have sounded alarm bells for residents.

Jhuggi dwellers wail outside their hutmentsEight jhuggis gutted
Bathinda, November 23
As many as eight jhuggis situated in Paras Ram Nagar, a trans-railway colony, were reduced to ashes when these caught fire today. Official sources said as none of the occupant of the jhuggis were present when these caught fire so the cause of fire could not be known.

A wail of anguish. — Photo KB

Ophthalmological conference starts
Bathinda, November 23
The sixth Punjab Ophthalmological Conference started here today evening and the newly-elected president, Dr N.S. Baweja, in his inaugural speech said even as Punjab had no backlog of cataract operations two major diseases which could be eradicated were still causing blindness.

Two succumb to burn injuries
Amritsar, November 23

Two of the four persons, who were injured while assembling firecrackers in a room in Fateh Singh Colony on November 21 succumbed to their burn injuries at Guru Nanak Hospital here last night.


Cane growers stage dharna
Tarn Taran, November 23
Hunderds of farmers today staged a dharna in front of the local cooperative sugar mills against the non-payment of Rs 5.64 crore to the cane growers.


No privatisation of octroi collection: MC
Bathinda, November 23
The Municipal Council, President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuller, categorically stated today that no auction for privatising octroi collection would be held, as reported in a section of the Press. He said though a resolution providing for the collection of octroi on contract had been passed by the Municipal Council, the MC authorities would not take any step in this connection.


Man murdered
Bathinda, November 23
Surjeet Singh, a resident of Dhansingh Khana village of the district, was murdered late last night in his house. Police sources said the assailants tied him to a cot and killed him.


DAV institutions hold chetna rally
Batala, November 23
A chetna rally was organised here today by the local DAV institution. About 3000 students of 10 DAV schools and colleges participated in the rally. The rally was led by Mr Mohan Lal, Secretary, DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi. 

Warrants issued in paper leak case
Kharar, November 23
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today issued non-bailable warrants for November 30 in the case pertaining to the leak of question papers of the Punjab Nursing Council examination against superintendent Gurpal Singh and Charanjeet Singh.

GND varsity to be open today
Amritsar, November 23
Teaching, non-teaching and administrative department and offices of Guru Nanak Dev University will be open tomorrow in connection with the 33rd Foundation Day celebrations of the university.

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