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UK gurdwaras to form council
Amritsar, November 3
In a significant development the Sikh community in England has decided to nominate to Akal Takht and the SGPC all gurdwara properties worth over £ 25 million in case the Sikhs are ousted from that country.

CM takes DGP to task
Tells bureaucrats to obey or go to Centre
Chandigarh, November 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today warned the bureaucrats to either obey or proceed on deputation to the Centre.

Distorted history product of Aryans, says Viyogi
Ludhiana, November 3
Prominent historian and scholar Dr Naval Viyogi, who is working on a research project entitled ‘History of the Indigenous People of India’, is being conferred with Dr Ambedkar International Literary Award, 2002, for his book ‘Nagas — the Ancient Rules of India, their Origin and History’.

Poor girls await Punjab “ashirwad”
Chandigarh, November 3
How long does the Punjab Government’s “ashirwad” (blessings) take to reach the newly wed poor girls? No answer is available to this query in official circles yet.

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I am not evading arrest, says Lopoke
Amritsar, November 3
Mr Vir Singh Lopoke, Akali MLA and six members of his family named in a dowry case by his daughter-in-law Navjot Kaur, have reportedly gone to Delhi after the dismissal of their anticipatory bail on October 30.


Expel rebels, demand SAD(A) office-bearers
Jalandhar, November 3
Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, is maintaining silence over recent spurt in rebel activities in the party, senior party leaders of Doaba region have demanded that the office-bearers, who had resigned from the posts, should be expelled from the party for indiscipline.


SSP to submit report in kidney case
Chandigarh, November 3
Following investigations into allegations that a Haryana Police inspector had forcibly got the kidney of a minor removed to meet his own medical needs, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission here has directed SSP Amritsar to submit an action taken report before November 7 against doctors and officials of a private medical institute located at Jalandhar.

Rail mishap averted near Phagwara
Jalandhar, November 3
A rail mishap was averted today near Phagwara due to the alertness of the driver of the Jammu-bound 3074 Himgiri-Jammu Express, who after noticing the missing fish plates on the tracks applied emergency brakes.

Relatives’ plea for orphaned kids
Patiala, November 3
Manjit Kaur led too much faith in humanity. A widow who could not even look after her three children, Manjit expected the state and its people to provide medication to her and ensure a kidney transplant to replace her damaged kidney.

Denial of visa to Sikhs resented
Amritsar, November 3
The SGPC has lodged a protest with the Central and the state governments for denying visa to 24 Sikh pilgrims to participate in the birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.

Three dengue cases in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, November 3
Three cases of dengue fever have been reported in this borer district. This has prompted the district authorities to initiate steps to prevent this fever from spreading further in this area.

ADC to probe dengue death
Jalandhar, November 3
Even as family members of Tarun (20), who died on Saturday due to dengue fever, accused the local health authorities of not providing timely medicare to him, the state government has entrusted the probe into the case to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Parveen Kumar.

Detecting diseases ultrasonic way
Amritsar, November 3
The ultrasound has made an outstanding contribution as an imaging modality in the medical field and has become an indispensable tool in various specialities such as obstetrics, cardiology and medicine, said Dr R.S. Khandpur, Director-General of Pushpa Gujral Science City and formerly Director-General CEDTI, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, while inaugurating the 12th national three-day seminar on ultrasonics at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Keep a check on unaccounted money, says Buta Singh
Phagwara, November 3
Mr Buta Singh, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee of India, met the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, two days ago and asked him to check as to where the unaccounted money worth Rs 1.91 crore of the country had gone.

Dairy owners hurl stones at MC team
Amritsar, November 3
About 70 persons, including dairy owners and their supporters, threatened a joint team of the Municipal Corporation and the police, with sharp edged weapons when they arrived at dairies located at the Chhabbal road at 11.30 am yesterday.

Writer Shad honoured
Phagwara, November 3
Writer and filmmaker Buta Singh Shad today maintained that Punjabi was our identity. He was speaking at a “sahitak goshti” organised here in his honour by poet Gurnam Gill with the cooperation of the International Punjabi Sahit Sabha and the Navchetna Sahit Manch, Phagwara.

Use of Punjabi language stressed
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, releases a CD
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
A state-level quiz, poetic recitation, declamation and debate competition was organised by the State Languages Department as part of “Punjabi Week” celebrations at Mata Gujri College here today. Teams from all districts of the state participated in the contest.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, releases a CD during a state-level function at Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday.

Folk dancers enthral audience
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, inaugurates the all-India folk dances competitionFatehgarh Sahib, November 3
The Punjab Folk Dances Federation in association with at All-India Folk Dances Federation organised an all-India folk dances competition at Aam Khas Bagh today. Teams from 16 states participated in the competition. Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, inaugurated and presided over the concluding ceremony and gave away the prizes to the winners.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, inaugurates the all-India folk dances competition at Sirhind on Monday.

Police shielding murder accused, allege kin
Rajpura, November 3
Even after a month, the police has failed to arrest the main accused in the Narinder Kapur murder case. Family members of the deceased alleged that the police has been shielding the accused after registering a criminal case against two brothers and ignoring the role of their father in the murder.

Plots with underground LPG fittings soon
Phagwara, November 3
A multiple complex to be called Jalandhar Mall would come up on the Jalandhar-Pathankot road on the outskirts of Jalandhar with first-ever underground LPG fittings in the plots to be carved out of 170 acre of land under the scheme of Jalandhar Improvement Trust.

Seven injured in bus mishap
Kharar, November 3
Passengers of a Punjab Roadways bus had a narrow escape after the bus turned turtle today near Khanpur bridge on the Kharar-Kurali road. Seven passengers were injured when the bus (PB-12 B-9809), coming from Ludhiana, turned turtle after the bus driver lost control because of failure of brakes.


Tota Singh case
Chandigarh, November 3
Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court directed the issuance of seven-day notice in case Punjab’s former Education Minister — now MLA — Tota Singh was required either by the Punjab Police or the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

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All-India lawyers’ conference in April
Kharar, November 3
The All-India Lawyers Union would organise its 8th All-India Conference in April, 2004, at Jalandhar in which the issues of alleged corruption in judicial system, reforms and judicial accountability would be discussed. The delegates from all over the states would participate in it.

Defamation case against CM adjourned
Chandigarh, November 3
A defamation suit filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab by the former CM, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, accusing him of spreading and publishing false reports about his assets and properties, was today adjourned for December 16 by a local court. Mr Badal had sought damages of Rs 5 crore.


6 panchayat members suspended
Mansa, November 3
Mr Kuldeep Singh Chandi, Joint Director, Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, exercising the power of the Director, Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, has placed under suspension six panchayat members, Mr Niranjan Singh, Mr Nikka Singh, Mr Hardev Singh, Mr Jangir Singh, Ms Karamjit Kaur and Ms Jasmail Kaur of Ralla Gram Panchayat of Bhiki block in the district.


Rs 20,000 looted from milk plant
Ludhiana, November 3
Within 24 hours of busting of an inter-state gang of dacoits, members of another gang struck at a Milk Bottling unit, Wonder Milk, in Mundian Kalan village on the outskirts of the city tonight. They looted about Rs 20,000 and left one person seriously injured.

Three die as car collides with truck
Nawanshahr, November 3
Three persons, Sunil Sehgal of Ambala Cantt, Bharat Bhushan and Som Dutt, residents of Pinjore, died on the spot, while Vikas Gupta of Ambala Cantt was injured seriously when their car (Esteem CH-03D-0567) collided with a military truck coming from opposite direction near Chankoya village on Garhshanker-Balachaur-Chandigarh road, about 20 km from here today evening.

Armed men loot Rs 9 lakh
Ferozepore, November 3
Four armed men today robbed a person of Rs 9 lakh. Avtar Singh a resident of Kuhala village of Zira sub-division got a cheque of Rs 9 lakh encashed from the local branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce.


YPS Juniors enthral
Students of Yadavindra Public School present the sailor drillPatiala, November 3
The Junior School students of Yadavindra Public School here captivated many a heart with their splendid performance on the occasion of the annual function of the school here yesterday.

Students of Yadavindra Public School present the sailor drill at the Junior School annual function held on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Bank launches vigilance week
Bathinda, November 3
Mr D.J. Mankad, Deputy General Manger, State Bank of Patiala, formally launched vigilance week celebrations here today. In a press note issued here today Mr Mankad said the the vigilance week had been started under the directions of the central vigilance commissioner.

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