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Surveyor leaves work midway
Evaluation of Badal’s properties
Chandigarh, November 7
One of the private surveyors engaged by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to assess the value of main properties of former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal has left the assignment incomplete.

Industrial leakage may have killed fish
Nangal (Ropar), November 7
Ammonia caused the death of fish in the Sutlej, according to preliminary study of the affected portion of the river by scientists of the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Experts from the Punjab Pollution Control Board take samples from the affected portion Experts from the Punjab Pollution Control Board take samples from the affected portion of the Sutlej. — Photo Subhash Sharma

New look at cost of heritage
Qadian, November 7
The face-lifting of monuments here has destroyed the heritage of this historic town — the permanent centre of Ahmadiyya Muslims. The marble and coloured plaster has replaced the ‘nanakshahi bricks’ at almost all the sacred places related to the founder of the faith and his successors.

Police transfers my prerogative, says CM
Patiala, November 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today made it clear that making transfers in the Police Department was his prerogative even as he said Director-General of Police A.A. Siddiqui would remain in his post.

Daler case not special, says SSP Rai
Patiala, November 7
The Special Investigation Team formed by the Patiala police to investigate the human trafficking case involving Punjabi pop star Daler Mehndi is slated for a quiet burial with its head being transferred out from the post of Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) by virtue of which he was heading the team.

A Sikh girl prays near the Golden Temple
A Sikh girl prays near the Golden Temple during a religious procession taken out on the eve of the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar on Thursday. — Reuters



  Daler moves HC, seeks pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, November 7
Describing Senior Superintendent of Punjab Police Paramraj Singh Umranangal’s transfer from Patiala as an indicator of “something being wrong” with the investigation of the cases registered against him, Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the grant of anticipatory bail. The petition is likely to be taken up on Monday.


Kali Bein to have clean water from today
Sultanpur Lodhi, November 7
The highly polluted Kali Bein river will have a pure stream of water once again with the formal commissioning of the first of its kind Rs 170-crore sewage treatment plant which would treat the water released into the river.

Nagar kirtan on Gurpurb eve
Amritsar, November 7
An impressive nagar kirtan was taken out on the eve of Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev here today. Guru Granth Sahib was carried on a flower-bedecked golden palanquin in the procession.

National fund for youth mooted
Amritsar, November 7
The All-India Youth Federation today said that a national youth fund should be set up to provide economic assistance for self-employment. It also demanded a lift on the ban on recruitment.

Sanitation drive in view of dengue threat
Amritsar, November 7
A sanitation and cleanliness drive began here today in view of the dengue threat. Five teams have been constituted for the purpose.

Farm labourers hold protest rally
Jalandhar, November 7
On a call given by the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Punjab, hundreds of agricultural labourers today participated in a rally at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here in protest against the alleged anti-poor policies of the state government.

Tension over temple stone laying
Amritsar, November 7
Anticipating trouble over the laying of the foundation stone of a new Valmiki temple at the historical sarovar of Sri Ram Tirath temple tomorrow, the district administration has made elaborate security arrangements at the site.

Sacked Panchayat Secretaries to stage dharna
Chandigarh, November 7
A deputation of Panchayat Secretaries, who were removed from service by the Badal Government, met Mrs Mohsina Kidwai, General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee, in Delhi today.

Aggarwal sammelan on November 16
Bathinda, November 7
The Punjab Aggarwal Sabha will organise an Aggarwal sammelan on November 16 at Goniana Mandi, about 12 km from here, to discuss social evils among the Aggarwals.

3 drowned in canal
Sangrur, November 7
Three persons, including a woman, drowned in a canal when the vehicle in which they were travelling fell into the canal near Nadampur village on the Sangrur-Patiala road, the police said today.


Notice to Pinky
Chandigarh, November 7
Issuing notice of motion to Punjab Police official Gurmit Singh alias Pinky, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill asked him to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for concealing facts.


ASI suspended for dereliction of duty
Amritsar, November 7
Mr Kultar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, today suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector, Baldev Raj, chowki in charge of Mahal village for allegedly failing to keep the body of a nurse in the possession of police. The body was found abandoned on a bypass near Kale village a day after the police had taken it in its possession.


SI, ASI booked for helping accused
Amritsar, November 7
The Majitha district police today booked a sub-inspector and an assistant sub-inspector for allegedly releasing accused persons, mentally harassing a widow complainant and trying to dispose of recoveries made in a case.

Couple, son assault 2 cops
Phagwara, Nov 7
Two personnel of the police control room cells were assaulted last evening by three members of a family in the local New Model Town area. The police has registered a case under Sections 353, 186 and 332 of the IPC against Paramjit Singh, his wife, Kamla, and his son, Amarjit Singh.

Murder suspect arrested
Hoshiarpur, November 7
The local police arrested a suspected murderer at a naka in Nangal Shahidan village last night. Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police, said in a press note here today that CIA staff intercepted a Sumo and arrested its occupant Daljit Singh, alias Sodhi, of the local Mohalla New Fatehgarh.

Minors abducted on pretext of marriage
Amritsar, November 7
Three minor girls were reportedly abducted in two separate incidents of the pretext of marriage yesterday. The police has arrested two persons in this regard.


Science exhibition concludes
Nawanshahr, November 7
The State Institute of Science Education organised a two-day district-level science exhibition at Government Secondary School for Boys, Rahon, about 7 km from here.

Jalandhar college wins overall trophy
Jalandhar, November 7
The Punjab Technical University zonal cultural festival at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology concluded here last night amid bhangra and giddha by teams from four colleges.

Students enthrall audience at the Regional Youth Festival of the Patiala and Kurukshetra Zone
Students enthrall audience at the Regional Youth Festival of the Patiala and Kurukshetra Zone of DAV schools in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Subhash Patialavi

DAV students enthral audience     
Patiala, November 7
The students of the local DAV Public School enthralled the audience with their mind-blowing performance at the Regional Youth Festival of Patiala and Kurukshetra Zone of DAV schools here today.

‘Ambience 2003’ concludes
Patiala, November 7
A colourful programme was presented by students on the second day of the annual function ‘Ambience 2003’ organised by St Peter’s Academy School here today.

ABVP convention begins
Jalandhar, November 7
The 33rd state-level convention of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad began on the premises of Baba Balak Nath Mandir here today.


Punjab Mandi Board to set up 5 cotton yards
Bathinda, November 7
The Punjab Mandi Board will set up five ultra-modern cotton yards in the cotton markets at Mansa, Abohar, Kotkapura, Maur and Rampura Phul. The first such cotton yard is being set up at Mansa at a cost of Rs 1.69 crore, of which Rs 90 lakh have been provided to the board by the Union Textile Ministry.Top

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