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Captain speaks to Ajit, Dhindsa
Amarinder SinghChandigarh, November 26
Cutting across party lines, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today solicited support from both Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh to get the state its rightful due as far as drought relief was concerned.

Eye camp: probe finds 25 lost sight
Ludhiana, November 26
Probe by a team of doctors from the Civil Surgeon’s office here has confirmed that 25 persons lost sight after undergoing surgery at a camp near Jagraon on October 12.

ZP shops: vigilance probe recommended
Gurdaspur, November 26
The scam involving reduction in rent rates of certain zila parishad shops here and allotment of some shops by the Panchayat Samiti, Pathankot, had taken a new turn with the Punjab Government recommending the Vigilance Bureau to investigate the case.

Animal acts in circus banned
Jalandhar, November 26
Taking a note of the cruelty being inflicted on performing animals, the district administration has banned performance by an animal in Bharat Circus, running in the Pratap Bagh locality here.

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Doctors hail probe into kidney racket
Jalandhar, November, 26
The Punjab Nephrology Society has welcomed the decision of the state government to order a Vigilance probe into the sale and purchase of kidneys. It has demanded that if the government felt that organ donation from unrelated donors was an offence, then it should immediately ban the practice instead of harassing the medical fraternity on the issue.

Akalis go underground
Amritsar, November 26
Elaborate security arrangements had been made to meet any eventuality. Many Akali workers have reportedly gone underground on the eve of ‘Jail Bharo’ andolan tomorrow.


Dal (Amritsar), Muslims decry temple attack
Phagwara, November 26
Mr Jaskaran Singh, general secretary, Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, today criticised the attack on temple in Jammu and described it as an attempt to create communal divide.

Paonta mishap: kin given relief
Lehra Dhurkot, November 26
A large number of local residents today attended the bhog ceremony of eight persons of the village who were killed in an accident, near Paonta Sahib, on November 16.

Tarn Taran bus stand in bad shape
Tarn Taran, November 26
The multi-crore bus stand here is suffering heavy losses even seven years after its completion. The bus stand has multi-facilities like 12 shops, a restaurant, toilet facilities, a PCO, mini post office, two rest rooms etc.

World Bank team lauds SUWIDHA
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 26
“Wonderful, excellent, a very good beginning”. These were the words of Mr Bikram K. Chand, Senior Public Sector Management Specialist of the World Bank team, during his visit last week to study the initiatives taken by the district administration in making use of Information Technology to reach to the doorsteps of the people — specially weak and downtrodden section of society.

Global gurdwara panel in offing
Amritsar, November 26
Foreign-based Sikhs are contemplating forming an international gurdwara parbandhak committee to bring all Sikh shrines in the USA, Canada, UK and other countries under its ambit with regard to their management.

Notice issued
Chandigarh, November 26
Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice to an accountant working with Punwire to explain why his bail, along with that of other accused in the case, should not be cancelled.

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8 rail sections incurring losses
Phillaur, November 26
Eight rail sections of Ferozepore division have been incurring losses this year. Railway sources while confirming this report told this correspondent here today that the Amritsar-Attari, Amritsar-Khemkaran, Pathankot-Jogindernagar, Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur, Amritsar-Dera Baba Nanak, Ludhiana-Lohian, Phagwara-Nawanshahr and Jalandhar-Nakodar rail sections had been incurring losses.

Govt ‘failed’ to fulfil demands
Bathinda, November 26
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has alleged that the government has not implemented the decisions taken in September regarding the demands of the employees.

Funds’ shortage hits veterinary care
Hoshiarpur, November 26
The paucity of funds and shortage of staff has affected the working of the Animal Husbandry Department in the district. There are no funds even for the repair of departmental vehicles.

Ban Ashutosh’s activities: SGPC
Amritsar, November 26
SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar has taken exception to the attack on the historic gurdwara of Baba Lakho in Bharta Ganeshpur village in Hoshiarpur district yesterday.

Boycott Mann: Thakur Singh
Amritsar, November 26
Baba Thakur Singh, acting Jathedar of Damdami Taksal (Jatha Bhinderan) today gave a call to the Sikh sangat to boycott Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), for his alleged propaganda against the taksal.

National award for Faridkot Red Cross
Faridkot, November 26
The Central Government has selected the District Red Cross Society here for a national award for its dedicated services. The award carries Rs 35,000, a citation and a certificate which will be given by Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President, on the International Disabled Day at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on December 3. This was stated Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner and chairman of the society, here today.

Woman, 3 daughters electrocuted
Kot Kapura, November 26
A woman and her three daughters were electrocuted this morning on the Moga road here. The accident was caused by heating rod used to heat water.

Three of family die in mishap
Abohar, November 26
Three members of a family were killed in a road accident on the Abohar-Sri Ganganagar road here yesterday. According to information, Rajesh Rampal, an employee of Marlin Foods, had come here from Sri Ganganagar to attend a marriage. 

Civil Surgeon visits HIV patients
Bathinda, November 26
Dr S.K. Goyal, Civil Surgeon, today visited HIV positive patients at Rampura Phul town. Dr Goyal in a press note issued today, said, Mr Rupan Deol Bajaj, Principal Secretary, and Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, had given instructions to visit HIV positive patients.

Typhoid cases in Amritsar area
Amritsar, November 26
Cases of typhoid have been reported from the Friends Nagar area on the Majitha road here. A local doctor told this correspondent that at least eight or nine typhoid patients had been regularly visiting him for treatment.


Rice millers not to deliver rice to FCI
Patiala, November 26
The Patiala Rice Millers Association today decided not to deliver any milled rice to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) until the body ensured equal distribution of paddy slated for custom milling to the millers.

Lathi charge on farmers decried
Mansa, November 26
Mr Joginder Singh Ugraha, president, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary, Mr Malook Singh Hirke, senior vice president, Mr Inder Singh Bhaini Bhaga, vice-president, of the Punjab state unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), and Mr Ram Singh Bhaini Bhaga, district president, in a joint statement here today condemned the Chautala Government for lathi charge on the agitating farmers of Haryana demanding payment of arrears of sugarcane supplied to sugar mills.


Auction of trees: DC asked to form panel
Bathinda, November 26
The Punjab Government has directed the district administration to form a committee to identify old and withered trees on land meant for drinking water projects so that these can be auctioned to generate funds.

Road berms cleared of encroachments
Bathinda, November 26
Under a special campaign to clear encroachments on roads and streets in the city, the municipal council authorities today took away the items put up by shopkeepers in front of their shops.


Husband, father-in-law held for killing woman
Kapurthala, November 26
Piara Singh and Daljit Singh, father-in-law and husband of Bhupinder Kaur, respectively, were arrested on Monday for killing Bhupinder Kaur. According to a pressnote issued today, Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, Bhupinder Kaur in her dying declaration alleged that her father-in-law Piara Singh raped her. 

Rs 15.29 lakh looted from bank
Jalandhar, November 26
Three armed robbers entered the Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar branch of the Corporation Bank, here and walked away with Rs 15.29 lakh and gun of the security guard without any resistance from the staff and the guard.

DE (Telecom) held for graft
Ropar, November 26
Mr Shashi Bhushan Sharma, Divisional Engineer (DE), Telecom, Ropar, has been arrested by officials of the local Vigilance Bureau while allegedly accepting an illegal gratification of Rs 1,000 from a businessman Kuldip Kumar for the installation of a telephone on priority at his shop at Bela village.


Political use of religion decried
Faridkot, November 26
Celebration of the Communal Harmony Week organised by the University College of Nursing Faridkot with central government’s assistance which concluded here yesterday underlined the need to strengthen secularism.


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