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PPCC executive list released
Chandigarh, November 28
PPCC chief H.S. Hanspal has tried to bring about political equilibrium in the organisational wing by giving representation to different factions. This is in tune with the broad directions given by the party Chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, that the organisational wing, which is usually ignored by Congressmen when in power, should be given due importance as this plays a pivotal role in enabling the party to form a Government.

SAD men block traffic
Seek CBI probe into Ashutosh acts
Hoshiarpur, November 28
Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal including, women led by Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, General Secretary SHSAD, Mr Ravi-Inder Singh, Sant Paramjit Singh, Baba Nihal Singh held dharna for hours three and blocked traffic to protest against the attack by followers of Baba Ashutosh of Noor Mahal on Mr Jarnail Singh, a member of the Khalsa Panchayat, his two sons, and Sevadars of Baba Lakho Gurdwara on November 25 at Bharta Baneshpur, at the main chowk of Mahilpur Town 24 km from here on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road today.

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Badal was arrested at Muktsar
Muktsar, November 28
Despite claims by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the police authorities concerned that none was arrested during the jail bharo agitation of the SAD yesterday, the former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was “formally” arrested.

No minister to be dropped: CM
Chandigarh, November 28
Denying the reports that certain ministers will be dropped from the Punjab Council of Ministers Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. However, did not rule out reshuffling of the portfolios. Reports had appeared in the recent past speculating about the dropping of certain ministers.

6 dead in train-truck collision
Ludhiana, November 28
At least six persons, including three women and a child, were killed and at least 12 were wounded, some of them seriously, in a collision between a train and a minitruck at an unmanned railway crossing on the Thrike-Ludhiana road, near Rajguru Nagar, on the outskirts of the city late this evening.


PAC to decide on action against Talwandi
Bathinda, November 28
Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal has decided to tackle dissidence in the party. Mr Badal today indicated that a decision on former SGPC chief and senior party leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi who was also Chairman, Disciplinary Action Committee of the party, would be taken at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee to be held shortly.

Congress plans awareness drive
Patiala, November 28
The District Congress Committee will organise a mass contact awareness campaign here next month to acquaint the people with the development work undertaken by the state government and to introduce the masses to the designs of Mr Badal and his party to disturb the peaceful atmosphere by launching unwanted political movements.


70 pc farm power bills paid up
Patiala, November 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board has reported 70 per cent receipt of payment of power bills from farmers after free of cost power supply to agriculture sector was withdrawn. This has emboldened the Board to appeal to non-paying farmers to deposit the dues or face disconnection of power to tubewells.

ASI serves notices on 10
Illegal constructions around Gobindgarh Fort
Bathinda, November 28
The debate regarding the alleged unauthorised constructions around the historical Gobindgarh Fort could snowball into a major controversy. The sources in the Archaeological Survey of India said here today that 10 persons had been served with notices asking them to stop construction activities around the fort till November 30, else these would be demolished.

Buildings built in violation of Architects Act
Ferozepore, November 28
Residential or commercial buildings constructed in the city and cantonment areas here since 1972 are unauthorised. All building plans or designs submitted to the local municipal committee and the Cantonment Board by the so-called architects during the past three decades had violated provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, that prohibits those persons not registered with the Council of Architecture to use the title and style themselves as architects with any prefix or suffix to their designation and practice thereof.

Jor mela arrangements
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 28
The annual Shaeedi Jor mela to commemorate the martyrdom of two younger Sahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh, who were buried alive at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib would be held from December 25 to December 28 at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Orders on Sidhu’s bail plea today
Chandigarh, November 28
Orders on a petition filed by Punjab Public Service Commission’s former Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu — seeking the grant of bail in a cheating and forgery case registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau — will be pronounced tomorrow by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Ophthalmic officers flay resolution
Bathinda, November 28
The Punjab Ophthalmic Officers Association has condemned a resolution adopted at the state-level conference of Punjab Ophthalmological Society, while concluded on November 24 here. The resolution has criticised the government for changing the designation of ophthalmic assistant to ophthalmic officer.

Engineers threaten stir on incentive
Bathinda, November 28
The Bathinda zone unit of the Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association said today that incentive of Generation Allowance given to the employees and the engineers was responsible for Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant’s best performance in the 110 megawatts units of the country and added that if the GI was curtailed or stopped, it would affect efficiency of the plant.

Driver behind child’s death suspended
Amritsar, November 28
Mr Amar Iqbal Singh, paralytic father of two-year-old Kiratdeep Singh, and his wife were inconsolable with grief today at the bhog ceremony of their only son, who was killed due to negligent driving by a school bus driver. The driver fled after the incident.


2 killed in car-truck collision
Amritsar, November 28
At least two persons were crushed to death while three persons including, former SGPC member, Mr Puran Singh Josh, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal Badal were seriously injured, when their Indica car collided with a truck near Mallian village here today. They were coming to Amritsar from Ludhiana.

1 lakh in fake currency seized
Jalandhar, November 28
Rajinder Kumar of Hoshiarpur district was arrested with a bag of Rs 1 lakh in fake currency by the Nakodar police in the district today. Officials here said today the currency was seized on a search of his car which was stopped at a police chek post near Noormahal.

2 convicted in poppy husk smuggling case
Mansa, November 28
Mr Dharam Singh, Special Judge here, has convicted Darshan Singh (34) and Prem Singh (69), residents of Reond Kalan village in the district, for smuggling of poppy husk and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for 14 years under Section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.


285 students take part in knitting contest
Bathinda, November 28
Over 285 students from 19 schools of Bathinda, Mansa and Goniana Mandi participated in the zonal round of “Aao Bune” knitting contest organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Limited at the local Dhanna Mal Trust, Nai Basti today.

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