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CM working on 11-point action plan
Capt Amarinder SinghChandigarh, November 25
It will be a while before the Punjab Government emerges from the shadows of SGPC poll. Even as an echo of that event will take time to fade into silence, one can hear faint whispers of political and administrative disquiet.

53 Ashutosh followers arrested
Khalsa panchayat member attacked
Hoshiarpur, November 25
Tension gripped Bharta Ganeshpur village near Mahilpur when 60 armed persons allegedly belonging to the Noormahalia sect, attacked a cassette seller and a member of the Khalsa Panchayat who had put up his stall at a religious fair in the village, beat him up and “sevadars” of gurdwara, before to fleeing the village in trucks.

Bhattal to appear in court today
Plea filed on prosecution’s double standards
Bathinda, November 25
Even as former Chief Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, facing trials in the case pertaining to corruption and embezzlement, appears in the special court here tomorrow in connection with the framing of charges, the defence counsel have moved an application in the court today to place those documents on record which allegedly exposed the double standards of the prosecution agency.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Serais part of Darbar Sahib complex, says historian McLeod
W.H. McLeodChandigarh, November 25
“Serais are very much part of the Darbar Sahib complex,” avers Prof W.H. McLeod, a renowned Sikh historian, suggesting that the sanctum sanctorum should be addressed as “Golden Gurdwara” and not “Golden Temple”. “Temple” has a different connotation and those who know only English tend to get confused between a “gurdwara” and a “temple”.

BBMB abolishes 500 posts
Ropar, November 25
The Bhakra Beas Management Board has abolished over 500 posts of various categories. This would reduce the posts to which the Punjab government could shift its employees in the BBMB.

Rs 16.39 cr plan for technical education
Chandigarh, November 25
The Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Department has proposed a quantum increase in its annual plan for the year 2003-2004 to Rs16.39 crore from the current year allocation of Rs 3.88 crore. 

Gurdev Badal’s remand extended
Gurdev Singh Badal Ludhiana, November 25

The police remand of former Akali minister Gurdev Singh Badal, who was arrested by the Ludhiana vigilance on Saturday night, was extended by four days by a local court here today. Chief Judicial Magistrate Arunvir Vashisth extended the remand. Mr Badal was sent in police custody for a day by Duty Magistrate D.P. Singla yesterday.


Jail bharo: 5,000 to take part
Bathinda, November 25
At least 5,000 activists of the SAD (B) will participate in the “jail bharo” agitation on November 27 as part of the statewide agitation of the party. This was stated here in a press note by Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, president of the local Municipal Council. 


Residents allege threat by DSP
Jalandhar, November 25
The case pertaining to a Punjab police DSP, who, along with a woman was “gheraoed” by residents of Rasila Nagar three days ago for patronising a pimp, has taken a new turn with residents of the area alleging that the DSP Gurmukh Singh Cheema was threatening them with dire consequences in case they failed to “strike” a compromise with him.
Yashpal and his wife Balwinder Kaur narrate the incident in Jalandhar on Monday. — photo Pardeep Pandit. 

PPCB move to curb pollution by tanneries
Patiala, November 25
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to ask all tanneries working in the Punjab Leather Complex to run units to capacity only even as the tannery owners have claimed that a severe decrease in exports has severely affected business and that most of the units were working below their stated capacities.

Govindgarh Fort row
DC blames it on ASI
Bathinda, November 25
Even as the controversy regarding the alleged unauthorised construction around the 1800-year-old Govindgarh Fort refuses to die, the local Deputy Commissioner has pointed out that the authorities of the Archaeological Survey of India, under whose jurisdiction this monument of national importance falls, has failed to take necessary steps.

DC bypassed protocol: MLA
Malout, November 25
Mr Nathu Ram, MLA from the Malout Assembly segment, who alleged maltreatment at the inauguration of new Municipal office complex here by Deputy Commissioner Ms Usha R. Sharma, today said he, with other party MLAs, would approach the Speaker in the same connection.

Punjab MPs to raise drought relief issue
Chandigarh, November 25
Upset over the rejection of Punjab’s case for drought relief to the tune of Rs 3100 crore by the Central Government, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to activate his party MPs to raise the issue in Parliament.

Move to regularise encroachments
Ferozepore, November 25
The Ferozepore Cantonment Board is considering a proposal to earn profits by giving provisional relief to people who have built unauthorised constructions by charging certain amount from them.

Hippo finally dropped from circus
Patiala, November 25
Jumbo Circus today dropped its blind hippopotamus, who has opacity in both eyes, from its routine performances. The circus is being held at the Atma Ram Kumar Sabha Grounds here.

Kahlon seeks challan copies
Ropar, November 25
Former Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon today submitted an application in the court of Special Judge here seeking copies of the remaining documents of the challan papers in a case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on June 14 at SAS Nagar under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Jawan cremated
Nawanshahr, November 25
Paramjit Singh (31) of 6 RR Sikh Regiment, who attained martydom in Kupwara sector on November 21 was cremated with full military honours at his native village Dhaulan falling under Balachaur subdivision of the district, here today. 

Subscribers cry foul over telephone bills
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 25
Telephone subscribers of Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib town and the surrounding area have alleged that the BSNL was over charging them. A large number of subscribers gave photocopies of their bills to The Tribune in which the opening meter-reading had been shown as 0 and the closing meter-reading much less than the number of gross calls mentioned in the bills.

Hoshiarpur roads in deplorable condition
Hoshiarpur, November 25
Despite tall claims by leaders of the previous SAD-BHP government regarding the construction and repair of roads in the state, the condition of plan and link roads in the district is most deplorable causing great inconvenience to passers-by and the smooth flow of vehicular traffic.

Define publicity norms, MCI urged
Bathinda, November 25
At least 300 eminent eye surgeons and specialists, who participated in the three-day sixth annual conference of the Punjab Ophthalmological Society while condemning the publicity measures adopted by medical professionals have decided to approach the Medical Council of India to take corrective measures.

Winged visitors at Ropar wetland
Ropar, November 25
More than 1,000 migratory birds from Central Asia and Siberia have arrived at the wetland, near here. A function was organised today under the “Environment education in school system” programme on the bank of Sutlej. 

Villagers block traffic against ‘police excesses’
Amritsar, November 25
Hundreds of villagers today blocked traffic on the main Attari-Wagah GT Road at Attari bus stand and gheraoed the Kahangarh police post at Attari. Main bazaar of the Attari remained closed for over six hours.

Pak flag burnt
Amritsar, November 25
The Anti-Terrorist front workers here today burnt the Pakistan national flag and raised slogans against Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir Government. They were protesting against the terrorist attack on Raghunath Temple at Jammu.

4 BKU leaders jailed in Jethuke incident case
Bathinda, November 25
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate today sentenced four BKU (E) leaders Jhanda Singh Jethuke, District president, Natha Singh, Chak Fatehsingwala, Shingara Singh and Buta Singh Burjgill to one-year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of 1,000 each in a case registered against them in January, 2000.

De-addiction camp today
Talwandi Sabo, November 25
A de-addiction camp will be held tomorrow to educate the local residents against the menace of drug addiction.

Labourer buried alive
Moga, November 25
One labourer was buried alive and another extricated alive from a mound of earth which fell on them while they were engaged in digging a tubewell at Kotha Mehar Singhwala village under the Baghapurana police station in the district yesterday.


Thermal plant staff hold rally
Bathinda, November 25
Activists of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Employees Federation held a rally on call given by the GNDTP Employees Coordination Committee here today.


2 get life term for murder
Moga, November 25
The District and Sessions Court here has sentenced two brothers to life imprisonment on charges of murder. According to the details available from the court, Gurbachan Singh, Thana Singh and Bhajan Singh, all brothers were booked on charges of murdering Jagseer Singh, a resident of Dala village. 

Two arrested for robbery bid
Bathinda, November 25
Dhanna Singh and Gurbhajan Singh have been arrested for robbery bid in Burj Gill village on the night of November 13.

Cash, jewellery stolen
Kapurthala, November 25
Gold ornaments and cash worth Rs 1 lakh was stolen this afternoon from the house of Mr Bal Kishan Sharma, a cloth merchant at Model Town here.


Students hold protest rally
Malerkotla, November 25
More than 2,000 students of the local Government College held a rally at Government College here today in protest against the death of a student in the college campus due to wall collapse.

Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob lights the inaugural lamp of the National Yoga Championship at Patiala on Monday. 
— photo Subhash Patialavi

Governor Jacob interacts with residents of Dherari Jatan village while going to Patiala on Monday 

Jacob’s surprise visit to school   
Patiala, November 25
Lt-Gen (retd) JFR Jacob’s surprise visit to Dherari Jatan village, near here, today caught the district administration totally off-guard when the Governor decided to visit the small village to listen to the woes of the village enroute to inaugurate the 27th National Yoga Championship being organised here.

Need for quality education stressed
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 25
It is the need of the hour that teachers should own the moral responsibility of imparting quality, value-based and spiritual education to students so that they may serve society and the nation in real sense, said Mr Bhagat Singh, Financial Commissioner (R), while addressing the annual function “Vibration 2002” of Divine Light International School here today. Mr Bhagat Singh said teachers were the backbone of society. 

Symposium at Punjabi University
Patiala, November 25
A national symposium on “Fungal Diversity: Present status and future challenges", organised by the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, will commence at the university’s Senate hall tomorrow. 


Traders get octroi auction put off
Bathinda, November 25
Local traders held a demonstration today in front of the office of the Deputy Director, Local Bodies here. Because of the demonstration, the auction for the octroi collection for Rampura Phul to private contractors had to be postponed.

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