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Akali Dal, INLD to have poll alliance in Rajasthan
Chandigarh, November 5
Failure of the Bharatiya Janta Party to adjust the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the Sikh-dominated Karanpur Assembly seat has forced the former to shake hands with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the coming Assembly elections in Rajasthan.

Noose around Daler slackens
Patiala, November 5
The noose around Punjabi pop star Daler Mehndi seems to have slackened, with the Patiala police Special Investigation Team (SIT) awaiting reconstitution and the new district police chief indicating today that the case against Daler would be thoroughly investigated before making any arrest.

Parallel jathas by SGPC, Delhi panel leave for Pak

Wagah, November 5
Even as Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, Senior vice-president, SGPC, who was nominated to lead a jatha to Pakistan could not go, Dr Balkar Singh, a former head, Department of Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Patiala University, replaced him at an eleventh hour.

A Sikh jatha at the Wagah joint checkpost before crossing over to Pakistan
A Sikh jatha at the Wagah joint checkpost before crossing over to Pakistan on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SGPC seeks bus service for pilgrims to Pak
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FCI giving poor quality wheat as wages, allege sarpanches
Hoshiarpur, November 5
Sarpanches of the district have protested against the sub-standard quality of wheat, being provided by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) under its ‘Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Yojna’, being provided to labourers in lieu of cash against the wages for rural development works in Punjab.

Revoke suspension of MC official, Mayor asks minister
Patiala, November 5
High drama was witnessed at the municipal corporation office here today with Mayor Vishnu Sharma appealing to the Local Bodies Minister, Choudhary Jagjit Singh to stay the suspension of a Sanitary Inspector effected yesterday by the corporation Commissioner Sanjay Kumar.


Sales Tax officials up in arms against transporters
Ropar, November 5
The Excise and Sales Tax Department of the state has decided to tighten noose around the transporters of the state. The move has been initiated due to an incident that took place near Kathgarh village about 20 km from here.

60 buildings near Golden Temple face demolition
Amritsar, November 5
The Amritsar Improvement Trust is waiting for the government approval to undertake a major road-widening project from the GT Road to the Golden Temple, said the chairperson of the trust, Ms Ratna. The 40-feet widening of the road would require the demolition of 60 buildings situated in the Ghee Mandi area till the Golden Temple.

British Columbia Premier to visit Golden Temple
Amritsar, November 5
The British Columbia Premier, Mr Gordon Campbell, will visit Amritsar on November 9 to offer obeisance at the Golden Temple. Mr Campbell will be accompanied by a 15-member delegation to explore the possibility of starting joint ventures with local businessmen.

Bengal Govt against ban on cow slaughter
Jalandhar, November 5
Mr Mohammad Saleem, West Bengal Minister for Technical Education, Minority Development and Welfare, said today that the state government would oppose any move of the Central Government to ban cow slaughter.

Bus stand chowk cries for attention
Kharar, November 5
The bus stand chowk, here, located on the National Highway-21 is in a state of neglect.

Call facility withdrawn despite payment of bills
Ratwara Sahib (Kharar), November 5
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Punjab circle, has withdrawn outgoing call facility from a large number of telephones of Ratwara Sahib telephone exchange, Kharar, despite reported payments of the due outstanding amounts by the subscribers.

Posting ban relaxed for doctors
Chandigarh, November 5
In respect of the Departments of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education and Research. The Punjab Government has relaxed its February order.

Civil Surgeon recommends action against SMO
Amritsar, November 5
The Civil Surgeon Dr Yashpal Singla, today asked the Secretary Health to take strict action against Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Kasel, Dr Ramesh Chaudhary, who has been evading arrest following registration of an FIR.

Free dentures, treatment
Jalandhar, November 5
Dental treatment free of cost, including affixation of dentures on poor and needy persons, would be provided to people during the 12th dental fortnight, which is scheduled to be observed at different places in the district from November 10.

Key posts in Health Dept lying vacant
Mansa, November 5
Key posts in the District Health Department are lying vacant. The post of Civil Surgeon has fallen vacant following the retirement of Dr P.D. Sharma. The post of Deputy Medical Commissioner is also lying vacant as Dr Hardev Singh has been promoted as Civil Surgeon at Patiala. Dr K.K. Singla, who was the District Family Planning and Welfare Officer, has taken voluntary retirement and gone abroad.

2 cops suspended for keeping man in illegal custody
Anandpur Sahib, November 5
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Bharat Bhushan, and a constable, Vachitar Singh, both posted at the Kiratpur Sahib chowki, have been suspended for keeping Vijay Kumar, a resident of Nakian village in illegal custody.

Play dedicated to Norah Richards
Patiala, November 5
As many as 30 artistes of the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) presented two-hour “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang”, a monthly programme of humour, music, dance and drama to mark the conclusion of birth anniversary of artiste late Norah Richards here, yesterday.


Summons issued against Jagir Kaur
Chandigarh, November 5
A local court has issued fresh summons against a former President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Bibi Jagir Kaur, acting in a defamation case filed against her by Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, Director of the Gur Ashra Trust, SAS Nagar for January 14, 2004.

2 food inspectors sentenced
Patiala, November 5
Two food inspectors were sentenced to one and a half years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2000 for being allegedly involved in a corruption case here today.


New Patiala SSP takes over
Patiala, November 5
Newly appointed Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police A S Rai, who took charge of his office today, claimed that his priority would be to provide a people-friendly police which would function in a transparent manner. Talking to mediapersons here after taking over, Mr Rai said besides addressing grievancess of the people, he would also try to ensure that the police behaved in a better manner with the people.

Punjab electoral rolls to be revised
Chandigarh, November 5
Mr Gurjeet Singh Cheema, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, today announced the revision of electoral rolls in the state.

Shiv Kumar is Fatehgarh SSP
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 5
Mr Shiv Kumar today took charge as the new SSP of Fatehgarh Sahib. He has replaced Mr B. Chandra Sekhar. Mr Shiv Kumar had earlier been SSP of Moga and Muktsar districts. Presently, he was SP Special Investigation crime branch. He was presented a guard of honour on his arrival to the SSP office.


Gang busted, two held
Tarn, Taran, November 5
With the arrest of two persons, the police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of looters.

Six truck union members held
Mansa, November 5
The Bareta police has registered a case of robbery under Section 392 of the IPC against eight members of the Bareta Truck Union. The case has been registered against Prithipal Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Tara Singh, Lakha Singh, Bira Singh, Avinash Kumar, Baldev Singh and Mohan Pandit. The police has arrested six suspects while two of them are at large.

Six arrested for cheating
Abohar, November 5
Six persons, including a former head constable of the Rajasthan police, were arrested yesterday from Rani Jhansi Market here on charges of cheating people by running fake lottery business. They have been identified as Jagdev Singh, Karamjit, Pawan Kumar, Pankaj, Anil Kumar and Sunil Kumar.


VC inaugurates cultural festival
Jalandhar, November 5
Punjab Technical University (PTU) has set up nine regional centres in the state to promote research work and impart training to faculty of its affiliated colleges.

Students urged to call off stir
Sangrur, November 5
Though the authorities of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, was closed down sine die from October 31 for students of Bachelor of Engineering degree courses and ordered them to vacate hostels in view of their agitation, the stir entered its eighth day today.

Sunam students hold protest
Sangrur, November 5
Students of the Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam, under the leadership of Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU), today took out a march through the Sunam town in protest against the non-refunding of the amount of the hiked fee which was later rolled back to the students of the BA (I) so far by the Punjab Government.

Language Dept to hold drama competition
Patiala, November 5
A state-level drama competition is being organised by the Punjab Language Department as a part of the series of programme being conducted during ‘Punjabi Saptah’ at Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, on November 6.

Student’s death: CBI probe sought
Amritsar, November 5
Mr Vijay Mahajan, father of Sourav Mahajan, a final year student of the Law Department, who died on October 17 at Kathunangal, today sought a CBI probe.


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