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Amarinder hints at bureaucratic reshuffle
Patiala, November 9
The Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, today announced that in a major reshuffle various civil servants of the state will be transferred within a week. He further announced that from November 14 to 16 he will be away to Madhya Pradesh for an election campaign and would visit Rajasthan afterwards.

Vehicles in state to pay toll
Kapurthala, November 9
The Punjab Government has decided to impose toll on vehicles which ply on state highways. The rate of the toll will be decided at a meeting of the Cabinet to be held within a few days.

Youth exhorted to fight exploitation
Amritsar, November 9
Mr HD Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister, gave a call to youth to be prepared for a long drawn battle against anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-employees policies of the government.
Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda, CPM secretary- general Harkrishan Singh Surjeet and Mr Sita Ram Yechury on the concluding day of the seventh all-India conference of the DYFI at Amritsar Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda (centre), CPM secretary- general Harkrishan Singh Surjeet (right) and Mr Sita Ram Yechury on the concluding day of the seventh all-India conference of the DYFI at Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Alka Rani, a student from Ludhiana, hopes to make it to the Guinness Book of World records, and the asset that will take her to the record books is her unusually long hair. (28k, 56k)

Pak gurdwara panel to implement maryada
Amritsar, November 9
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today accepted the long-standing demand of the SGPC to implement maryada (Sikh code of conduct) as recognised by the SGPC and Akal Takht at all 174 Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

Badal should prove his innocence, says Congress
Faridkot, November 9
Mr Surinder Iqbal Singh Brar, president, District Congress Committee, Faridkot, has criticised the Shiromani Akali Dal’s plan to adopt agitational approach in Punjab if Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is arrested by the state government.

Campbell pays obeisance at Golden Temple
Amritsar, November 9
Close on the heels of the visit of the Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Jean Chritien, on Divali, the Premier of British Columbia (Canada), Mr Gordon Campbell along with his health minister Mr Gulzar Cheema and five MLAs — Patty Sahota, Rob Nijjer, Branda Lock, John Ismail and John Nuran — paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here today.

Mr Gorden Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, comes out of the Golden Temple after paying obeisance on Sunday. — PTI photo

Mr Gorden Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, comes out of the Golden Temple after paying obeisance

Five doctors booked for conducting pre-natal tests
Bathinda, November 9
In its effort to combat female foeticide the district administration has lodged a complaint against 11 persons at a local court for misuse of pre-natal diagnostic techniques. The persons against whom cases have been registered include five doctors and three women.


Probe report on missing fishplates by next week
Phagwara, November 9
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore Division, Northern Railways, Mr Hukam Chand Punia, today said the three-member probe panel investigating the incident involving 3074 up Jammu-bound Himgiri Express, would submit its report to him early next week.

Two boys light candles outside the Golden Temple on the eve of Gurpurb
Two boys light candles outside the Golden Temple on the eve of Gurpurb, in Amritsar on Saturday. — Reuters

10 injured in mishap
Hoshiarpur, November 9
Ten pilgrims, including three children and two women, were injured when their mini bus coming from Vaishno Devi to Delhi rammed into a tractor near Bhunga, about 20 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Dasuya road yesterday.

Journalists to wear black badges
Jalandhar, November 9
Condemning the “dictatorial” attitude of the Tamil Nadu Government towards mediapersons, Jalandhar-based journalists have decided to wear black badges to lodge their protests against the attack on the freedom of the Press.

Bachhi is PSEB member sans work
Patiala, November 9
More than a fortnight after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the PSEB to reinstate Akali leader Gurbachan Singh Bachhi as member of the board, the board has neither given him his former portfolio of administration nor assigned him any other duty.

Seminar on diseases among children
Kapurthala, November 9
The Paediatric Forum today organised a seminar in the local marriage palace today on various diseases affecting the children. Dr Abha Mudgil Sharma, organising secretary, said that 200 delegates from Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Sultanpur Lodhi, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Patiala, Faridkot, Moga, Banga, Nawanshahr, Garhshankar, Nakodar and Bhogpur participated in the seminar.

Stray dogs devour two-yr-old
Kapurthala, November 9
Two stray dogs reportedly mauled a 2-year-old boy, Harshdeep, on Saturday in Taraf Hazi village near Sultanpur Lodhi. Parents of the child had gone to Gurdwara Ber Sahib to pay obeisance leaving him alone in the house.


Lok Adalats mark Legal Services Day
Amritsar, November 9
As many as 2495 cases were settled amicably at a special state-level Lok Adalat held at the sessions court complex here today. Stating this in a press note, Mr M.R. Batra, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, stated that in Lok Adalat 17 Benches were constituted which handled nearly 2,479 cases.

Educating rural masses on free legal aid
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 9
It was for the first time that all judicial officials of the district, led by Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, organised a seminar in a remote Chanarthal Kalan village to educate the rural masses regarding free legal aid being provided to the weaker sections of society by the government and to popularise the concept of Lok Adalats.

94 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Bathinda, November 9
At least 94 cases, involving Rs 74 lakh, out of 268 were settled at a Lok Adalat here today. The adalat was organised by Mr Lakhbir Singh, District and Sessions Judge.

Mr Rajiv Malhotra, Civil Judge (right), makes a point during a Lok Adalat organised in Bathinda on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Mr Rajiv Malhotra, Civil Judge, makes a point during a Lok Adalat organised in Bathinda


6 held for duping people
Amritsar, November 9
The district police today claimed to have busted a six-member gang which used to dupe people by promising to triple their money. Mr Kultar Singh, district police chief, while giving details, said the accused led by Karam Singh, a resident of Jagdev Kalan village, used to lure ‘victims’ by telling them that they had a special fake currency which looked like real currency.

2 held for selling tranquillisers
Bathinda, November 9
The district police arrested two persons on the charge of selling tranquillisers from Maur Mandi, near here today. The accused have been identified as Rinku Singla, a resident of Sangrur and Umesh Aggrawal, a local of Maur Mandi.


PTU to introduce new exam schedule
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 9
Mr Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, said PTU had decided a new examination schedule of a short span for forthcoming B.Tech examinations. Speaking to mediapersons at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, here before its prize distribution function, the VC said PTU was highly concerned about the teaching hours of students.


Industry shifting due to Centre’s policies, says minister
Jalandhar, November 9
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, Punjab, has alleged that the NDA government’s policies had forced most of the Punjab Industries to shift to neighbouring states.


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