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Akalis must reconcile to facts: Cong leader
Chandigarh, November 24
Driven out of power by the people of Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, refuses to reconcile itself to the fact that it has been rejected by the electorate on account of the then Badal Government’s rampant corruption and failure to address the people’s problems, says Mr Kuldip Singh, General Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.

Punjab, Uttaranchal hydel project likely
Bathinda, November 24
Punjab and Uttaranchal are likely to go for a joint hydel power project. Mr Surjeet Singh Barnala, Governor, Uttaranchal, told TNS today that talks between Punjab and Uttaranchal on the project had resumed.

Guru Nanak’s teachings ‘still relevant’
Amritsar, November 24
Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, partakes in a ‘‘langar’’ The coexistence of science and religion is essential for the progress of a country. 
Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, partakes in a ‘‘langar’’ on the occasion of 33rd foundation day of Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar on Sunday. — photo by Rajiv Sharma




Allow Hindu pilgrims to visit Katas Raj: VHP
Phagwara, November 24
The All-India Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Mr Mohan Joshi, today demanded that Hindu pilgrims should be allowed to visit Katas Raj in Pakistan in the same way as their Sikh brethren were allowed to visit Nankana Sahib.


Circus maltreating animals: PFA
Jalandhar, November 24
Colourful Australian macaw and cocatto parrots operating a toy cannon and beautiful spitz dogs and pups passing through a ring of fire might be a source of amusement for spectators, particularly children, but the audience as well as the management of a circus running at the local Pratap Bagh park might not be aware that making birds and animals perform these acts amounts to cruelty as per various sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Blind hippo performs as admn sleeps
Patiala, November 24
Despite opacity in both eyes which has rendered its lone hippopotamus blind and an undertaking to the district administration not to take any performance from the animal, the Jumbo Circus, which is stationed here presently, today made the hippo perform before thousands of people.

Harminder is acting Khalsa Diwan head
Amritsar, November 24
Mr Harminder Singh, vice-president, Chief Khalsa Diwan, today took over as the officiating president. Kirpal Singh, who was the Chief Khalsa Diwan president, died in September this year. 

Pro-azadi body’s drive against graft
Jalandhar, November 24

The Azadi Bachaon Anadolan, a Maharashtra-based organisation, which is against the concept of globalisation, has claimed that they had a list of 419 political leaders (dead and alive) who had accounts in Swiss Banks where they stashed their black money.

No Punjab initiative on scavengers
Amritsar, November 24
While the Central Government has taken many steps for the uplift of scavengers, sweepers, cleaners and their dependents, Punjab has failed to take any such initiative owing to lack of “proper definition” of safai karamcharis. This was stated by Ms Manju Chandra, vice-chairperson of the National Safai Karamchari Commission at a press conference here yesterday.

Paper leak: houses of accused raided
SAS Nagar, November 24
The houses of the two officials of the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, charged with leaking B.Sc (nursing) question papers, were raided by sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau here today. The two accused, Gurpal Singh Kang and Charanjit Singh, are at large.

Contract appointments ‘improved’ healthcare
Bathinda, November 24
Dr DPS Sandhu, Director, Health Services, Punjab, claimed that some appointments on contract had improved medical care. Dr Sandhu, was here to attend a meeting of the Punjab Ophthalmological society.

‘Sensible’ eating for healthy heart stressed
Bathinda, November 24
Dr Ravinder V Karan jekar, Medical Director, Fortis Heart Institute, Mohali, said cases of heart disease were increasing alarmingly and Punjabis faced greater risk of it. Talking to reporters at the 27th camp here today he said that world incidence of heart diseases was 1.5 per cent.

Retina surgery method discussed
Bathinda, November 24
Chairman High Powered Committee on Finance, Punjab, Surinder Singla called upon medical practitioners to provide best medicare to the patients. He assured all help to the Punjab Ophthalmological Society from the government for research and development.

Dental health conference concludes
Faridkot, November 24
Dr S. Balagopal, Principal Sri Rama Chandra Dental College, Chennai, has stressed gradation of the dentists to provide better dental health services in the country. Syllabus should also be reviewed regularly for keeping abreast of technological advancement in this connection. 

Policy on organ donation sought
Jalandhar, November 24
The Punjab Nephrology Society has hailed the government’s decision of a Vigilance probe into the sale of kidneys. The society demanded if the government felt that donation of organs from unrelated donors was an offence then it should be banned.

Kidney sale: probe goes to crime branch
Amritsar, November 24
Probe into the kidney sale case has been transferred to the crime branch of the police.

‘Ex-servicemen getting raw deal’
Amritsar, November 24
Describing the alleged rejection of the demand of “one rank, one pension” as a betrayal with ex-servicemen, the state president of the Indian Ex-Services League (IESL), Lt-Col. J.S. Mand (retd), highlighted the discriminatory treatment meted out to them by successive governments since 1947.

Lahore court convicts Indian
Ferozepore, November 24
The District and Sessions Judge of Lahore, on Saturday sentenced an Indian national to five years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on him for drug trafficking, sources in the intelligence revealed here today.

129 ‘empowered’ at Sai camp
Gurdaspur, November 24
Mohan Singh 60 after years signed with his right hand. He was among 129 handicapped persons who got artificial limbs at a camp organised by the local Satya Sai Samiti at Golden Public School here on Sunday.

Fire in bank
Kapurthala, November 24
Five ACs and furniture were burnt in a fire in the local branch of Bank of Punjab on the Mall on Sunday.

Bogus claims detected
Kaputhala, November 24
Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Verma has said 1,280 cases of old age pension out of total 4199 (since March, 2000) have been found bogus and their names have been deleted from the list.

NCC day celebrated
Bathinda, November 24
The 54th NCC day was celebrated here today by the 20th Punjab Battalion. A memento of the unit was released by the Commanding officer.


Body found
Bathinda, November 24
The Kotpfatta police has registered a case under Section 174 CrPC after they found a body of the 27 year-old-male in a minor. 


GND varsity signs MoU
Amritsar, November 24
Guru Nanak Dev University yesterday entered into an agreement with the University of Venda for Science and Technology (Univen), Limpopo Province, South Africa, for educational exchange programmes. The MoU was signed between Vice-Chancellor of GND University, Dr S.P. Singh and Prof Gessler Muxe Nkodo, Vice-Chancellor of Univen. 

Varsity identified for networking
Patiala, November 24
The University Grants Commission has identified Punjabi University, Patiala, for providing networking in the first phase of its national-level programme. Stating this here today, Dr G S Arshi, Director, Planning and Monitoring of the university, said that the Union Government had set up a UGC network for integration and virtual enhancement of academic infrastructure at educational and research institutions in the country. 

MGN School goes for grading
Jalandhar, November 24
The Montgomery Guru Nanak Educational Trust has decided to abolish traditional annual examination system by introducing grading system from nursery class to sixth standard in its public schools from the next academic session.

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