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SGPC executive rejects PSGPC
Seeks control of Pak, Afghan gurdwaras
Amritsar, November 30
The executive meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today unanimously resolved that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) had no locus standi to manage the Sikh shrines and hence their control should be handed over to it (SPGC) as per the Nehru-Liakat Ali pact.

Khalsa’s statement may put police in spot
Amritsar, November 30
Mr Pritpal Singh Khalsa, a Switzerland-based human rights activist who had harboured Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, self-styled chief of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), during his political asylum in Switzerland has spilled the beans about his stage-managed arrest by the Punjab police on April 11, last year.

DGP’s no to IAS officers writing ACRs
Phagwara, November 30
Director-General of Police Punjab M.S. Bhullar today told reporters that the proposal of introducing Police Commissionerate System in Punjab was with the Punjab Chief Minister. To begin with the system will be introduced in corporation cities of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala, said the DGP.

‘Ban on Ashutosh’s activities being delayed’
Jalandhar, November 30
Former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today accused the Punjab government of delay in banning activities of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan of Ashutosh Maharaj by referring the issue to the Centre.




A CRPF jawan holds a test-tube babyTest-tube babies do parents proud at show
Jalandhar, November 30
In a unique event, as many as 100 “once infertile” couples and their test-tube babies participated in North India’s first test-tube baby show organised by the Bombay Infertility Research Centre (BIRC) at the local Routnda-Virk Centre for Human Reproduction today.

A CRPF jawan holds a test-tube baby during North India's first test-tube baby show held in Jalandhar on Saturday. — Photo Pardeep Pandit

Ex-militant, aide arrested
Ropar, November 30
The Ropar police today arrested a former member of the Khalistan commando force, Baljit Singh Baba, and his accomplice Sarbjit Singh, and seized two pistols and five cartridges from them at Dusarana village, near Kurali.


Seniority as per court decision, employees told
Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab Government has assured the general category employees that a decision pertaining to the seniority of employees will be taken only as per the decision of the court with regard to seniority and reservation in promotions of employees.

Indian soldiers make their way back to their base
Indian soldiers make their way back to their base after patrolling the border area with Pakistan on the outskirts of Amritsar on Friday.  — Reuters

Driver let off
Chandigarh, November 30
Nearly 14 years after a truck driver was convicted by a Judicial Magistrate for crushing a child to death, Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has acquitted the accused of the charges framed against him.

DE (Telecom) granted bail
Ropar, November 30
Mr L.R. Roojam, Sessions Judge here today granted bail to Mr Shashi Bhushan Sharma, Divisional Engineer, Telecom, Ropar, who had been arrested on November 25 by a team 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 near Chamkaur Sahib.

Kohar’s bail plea rejected
Jalandhar, November 30
The bail application of former minister and SAD MLA Ajit Singh Kohar was today rejected by the Sessions court here after hearing arguments of both sides.

326 BSF recruits pass out
Hoshiarpur, November 30
Mr S.N. Jain, Inspector-General, Border Security Force, took salute from 326 recruits in a passing out parade at Subsidiary Training Centre of BSF in Kharkan, 12 km from here, today.

Farmers seek special relief
Saidpur Kalan (Amritsar), November 30
Even as de-mining by the Army is going on in the border belt of the state precious time for sowing of rabi crop has been lost. Farmers are forced to demand special compensation for losing another crop due to mines in fields.

MC turns a blind eye to encroachments
Patiala, November 30
Even though the Municipal Corporation has announced umpteen times that it would remove encroachments from the railway crossing No. 22 to the Lower Mall and even fined some shopkeepers, including take-away joints and dhaba owners, no step has been taken to ensure government land is not encroached upon by the establishments.

Award for social worker from Ropar
Chandigarh, November 30
Mr Prem Singh, a resident of Ropar district has been selected for an award in the individual category by the Union Government for his work in the field of leprosy. The award will be conferred on him by the President on December 3 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

US Fellowship for Punjab doc
Chandigarh, November 30
Dr Kanan Gupta, MD has been conferred the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians (FACP). The Fellowship is an honour achieved by those who are recognised for personal integrity, superior competence in the field of medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

Lukewarm response to Raja Poras fair
Amritsar, November 30
The Raja Poras Punjabi Mitarta Mela which is organised every year at the Wagah border to promote friendship between India and Pakistan today evoked a lukewarm response on the second consecutive day as neither the chief guest, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, state Minister for Culture, nor Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, reached the venue.

5 dairies removed in 4-hr operation
Amritsar, November 30
Non-committal attitude of the insufficient police force led to a delay and thereafter limited operation in the clearing of dairies in the city’s vicinity which were ordered to be shifted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Harbhajan Mann with his young fans at a function at Harchand cinema house in Bathinda on Friday.Need to revive Punjabi cinema: Harbhajan
Bathinda, November 30
Satisfied with the response his debut Punjabi film “Je Ayan Nu” has received, actor and singer Harbhajan Mann said the Punjabi cinema could be revived if such movies were made regularly.

Harbhajan Mann with his young fans at a function at Harchand cinema house in Bathinda on Friday.

Panel to consider ‘crippled’ kid case
Bathinda, November 30
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken cognisance of the complaint filed by Mr Pajinder Kumar, a resident of Maur Mandi town of this district where in he had alleged that his two-year-old daughter, Jivika, had been rendered handicapped due to the negligence of the doctors.


Five travel agents booked
Kapurthala, November 30
The police has registered cases under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code against five travel agents for duping and taking Rs 11.50 lakh from six persons on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Gang of thieves busted
Hoshiarpur, November 30
The police has achieved a success in its campaign against anti-social elements when Mr Lakhbir Singh, Station House Officer, Mehtiana, under the supervision of Mr Randhir Singh Uppal, DSP (Rural) arrested Sanjiv Kumar alias Sanjay of Ludhiana a member of a thieves’ gang, according to press note issued by Mrs Gurpreet Deo, SSP, here today.

Car thieves arrested
Bathinda, November 30
The police has claimed to have arrested three persons who allegedly took away a car after putting red chilli powder in the eyes of the driver. The car had been hired from Moga. The accused were arrested within half an hour of the crime.

Railway official held on bribe charge
Bathinda, November 30
Mr S.U. Siddqui, a CMI, with the Indian Railways posted at the local railway station was arrested by Vigilance bureau sleuths while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a vendor.

Suicide bid by drug addict
Bathinda, November 30
An old destitute suffering from paralysis died at the local railway station this morning. The deceased could not be identified. The police handed over the body to a local NGO the Sahara Jan Seva, which cremated the body as there was no claimant for it.Top

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