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Badal ridicules look-out notices
Chandigarh, November 1
Reacting sharply to the issuance of the lookout notices by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal said yesterday that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was behaving like a “cheap stuntman”. The notices had been issued to stall his imagined escape from the country, Mr Badal added.

Political whirlpool in Punjab
Chandigarh, November 1
The political scene in Punjab is in disarray. There is total confusion and disaffection in the principle parties, the Congress and the Akali Dal, as also mutual mistrust, bordering on political confrontation, between them.

PTU cancels MSc paper following leak
Bathinda, November 1
Even as students of different courses being run by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, are yet to forget the painful experience they underwent after the leakage of a section of question papers of MSc (Information Technology) in April this year, the students of the final semester of MSc course got another rude shock today when their paper of Structured Query Language was cancelled by the authorities concerned after getting information about its leakage.




Crowd beats up 2 eve-teasing cops
Jalandhar, November 1
In the second incident within a month, two mobile Police Control Room constables allegedly tried to make advances to Neena (name changed) near her father’s ‘dhobi’ shop on Gulab Devi Road late last night.

UT says no to Anand as counsel in Bhattal case
Chandigarh, November 1
The UT Administration yesterday rejected for the third time the Punjab Government's request to appoint top criminal lawyer and Congress MP R.K. Anand state counsel in a corruption case registered against Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Foreign team visits policing centre
Kapurthala, November 1
With a view to having first-hand knowledge of the public utility services provided at the Community Policing Resource Centre land to apprise themselves of the police-public collaborative efforts, a six-member foreign delegation visited the centre here today.

Two NRIs join Ontario Govt
Chandigarh, November 1
Two non-resident Indians from Punjab, Mr Harinder Takhar and Dr Kuldip Kullar, have joined the Government of Ontario in Canada. Mr Takhar is a Cabinet minister and has been given the portfolio of Transportation. Dr Kullar is a Parliamentary Assistant and has been attached to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. TNS


Cops framing BJP men at Cong’s behest, says panel
Phagwara, November 1
The three-member fact-finding BJP panel headed by Mr Swarna Ram, vice-president of the state unit of the BJP, yesterday indicted the police for framing party activists in cooked-up cases to please their ruling party masters.


1 killed in mine blast
Amritsar, November 1
A mine blast took the life of one farmer while four persons, including two BSF jawans, were injured near Wadhwa post close to the fence on the Indo-Pak border in the Ajnala sector, about 25 km from here today.

NRI Sikh jathas cross over to Pak
Wagah, November 1
Two jathas of NRI Sikhs left for Pakistan to visit Sikh shrines there and to participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev to be held on November 8 at Nankana Sahib. A jatha comprising 52 Sikh devotees from England left in the morning while the second group of over 100 Sikhs from Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Australia etc also crossed over to Pakistan later. The SGPC-sponsored jatha will leave for Pakistan on November 5. OC
A jatha of NRI devotees crosses over to Pakistan at international Wagah joint check post
A jatha of NRI devotees crosses over to Pakistan at international Wagah joint check post on Saturday. The devotees will participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev to be held on November 8 at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Preneet to break relay fast of apprentices
Patiala, November 1
Agitating youths who are awaiting placement in the Punjab State Electricity Board as linemen after having done apprenticeship announced today that Patiala MP Preneet Kaur would formally break their indefinite relay fast following an assurance from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh that they would be given employment in days.

2 deliver test-tube babies
Amritsar, November 1
Two women delivered test-tube babies at Lal Hospital here during this week. The Medical Superintendent and gynaecologist, Dr Neera Kirpal, told mediapersons that both Mrs Binderpal and Mrs Dalbir Kaur, married for the past 14 years, could not bear children due to medical problems.

Folk singers flay human trafficking
Bathinda, November 1
A section of Punjabi folk singers today condemned the human trafficking and use of nudity to “sell” Punjabi songs.

‘Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da’ concludes
Jalandhar, November 1
The 12th ‘Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da’ concluded with a colourful flag-hoisting ceremony at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall complex here today. Saluting the Ghadrites senior Communist leader Satpal Dang unfurled the Ghadar Party flag.

World Bank team inspects projects
Ropar, November 1
A four-member World Bank team comprising Mr Luis Constantino, Mr Vikram Chand, Mr N.C. Saxena and Parwinder Brar today visited and inspected various rural development projects launched in the district. The team along with the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, visited Pipalmajra village where the wetland technology project had been launched and Sandhuwan village where the duckweed technology has been put to use in the village pond.

Give due respect to Punjabi, says minister
Patiala, November 1
Punjab Public Health Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa today claimed that Punjabis belonging to the upper strata felt embarrassed in using Punjabi as a medium of communication which was hampering the growth of the language.

Sarpanch comes to rescue of man in coma
Kharar, November 1
An unidentified man lying in an unconscious state was found at Sawara village, near here, by panchayat members.

Assault on advocate’s kin condemned
Patiala, November 1
The District Bar Association here today condemned the assault on the family of a senior advocate at his residence in the city.


Vigilance Bureau seeks records  from MC
SAS Nagar, November 1
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has asked for certain records from the Municipal Council office here. According to sources, a DSP of the bureau visited the council office yesterday in connection with an inquiry ordered by the bureau ADGP following a complaint by a group of municipal councillors against the functioning of the council.


Farmer killed; farm labourer commits suicide
Bathinda, November 1
Sohan Singh, a farmer of Bager Mohobat village in the district, was murdered by some unidentified persons late last night. His body was found from the bank of the joint pond of Burj Sema and Bager Mohobat villages this morning.

Passport agent held for fraud
Jalandhar, November 1
The district police yesterday arrested Davinder Kumar, a local passport agent, for submitting fake documents to the authorities concerned and for charging Rs 10,000 from an applicant to get his passport renewed.


Suwinderjit group wins varsity poll
Amritsar, November 1
Mr Suwinderjit Singh’s group made a clear sweep in the Guru Nanak Dev University Non-Teaching Employees Association election held here. The group won all office-bearer seats and nine executive member seats.


Programme to promote small enterprises
Patiala, November 1
The valedictory function of five-day entrepreneurs development programme on tailoring and fashion designing organised by the National Small Industries Corporation Limited in collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Design was held here today.


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