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CBI’s Interpol unit approached in Daler case
SIT reconstituted
Patiala, November 12
The Patiala police has asked the Interpol Division of the CBI to cross-check the documents submitted by Punjabi pop star Daler Mehndi even as it today reconstituted the special investigation team, which had been set up to investigate the human trafficking case registered against the Mehndi brothers.

Religious board takes up jathedars’ appointment
Amritsar, November 12
The first meeting of the Religious Advisory Board, which met at the SGPC’s Guru Nanak Nivas here yesterday, resolved to give a befitting reply to the “anti-Panthic” forces that “dared to challenge” the authority of Akal Takht on the pretext of gurdwara reforms. The RAB also discussed the framing of rules and regulations for the appointment of Sikh high priests and their removal.

Tohra may not have SGPC Sr Vice-President of his choice
Chandigarh, November 12
Though former SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has been making a strong bid to be the SAD nominee for the post of SGPC President, it is almost certain that Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra will be the party’s candidate. The annual election of the President of the SGPC is scheduled for November 20. All other office-bearers will also be elected on that day.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Chief Khalsa Diwan heads for split
Amritsar, November 12
The Chief Khalsa Diwan, one of the oldest Sikh institutions, today headed towards a spilt with the ruling group invoking Clause 12 of its constitution and terminating the membership of 284 members (nearly 60 per cent of the total members).

One of the oldest Sikh institutions, Chief Khalsa Diwan, Amritsar, is now heading towards split during its centenary celebrations. — A Tribune photo

Chief Khalsa Diwan, Amritsar

Badal would lead even if jailed, says Sukhbir
Jalandhar, November 12
Putting all speculation at rest regarding the leadership issue of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in case Mr Parkash Singh Badal was arrested, Mr Sukhbir Badal, general secretary of the party, said the senior Badal would lead the party even if he was put behind bars by the Congress Government.


Akalis seek probe against Bajwa
Amritsar, November 12
Former Akali ministers Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Nirmal Singh Kahlon and former Chairman of the Forest Department Manjinder Singh Kang today sought a CBI probe into the allegations levelled against the Punjab Public Works Department Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, by Mr Gurmit Singh Matharu, a senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader, at Chandigarh yesterday.

Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, a former Shiromani Akali Dal minister
Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, a former Shiromani Akali Dal minister, at a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Bhattal hits back at Brar
Chandigarh, November 12
Reacting sharply to a statement of senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar, Rural Development Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said that Mr Brar should refrain from giving her advice on political matters.

Dalits ignored in reshuffle, says BSP
Phagwara, November 12
Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, state president of the Bahujan Samaj Party yesterday accused the Punjab Chief Minister of ignoring Dalit officials while making postings of senior civil officials recently.


Army move sparks panic
Takeover of old grant property in Ferozepore cantt
Ferozepore, November 12
The recent move of the Army to take possession of a bungalow in the cantonment area has jolted the inhabitants of other such bungalows, who apprehend that they would soon lose their shelter.

Codify privileges of House, says Singla
Patiala, November 12
Senior Congress leader, the Mandi Board Chairman and others stressed on the need to codify the privileges of Parliament and of her state Assemblies at a seminar organised on “Challenges Before the Press — A Moment of Crisis” here today.

Sangrur police to don new look
Sangrur, November 12
The Sangrur district police plans an economic offences wing, a district traffic unit and a community policing wing to provide a new look to the district police and serve the people in a “transparent” manner.

Amarinder tastes jail food
Patiala, November 12
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Sing today paid a quiet visit to the Central Jail here. He stayed there for around 40 minutes, during which he inspected the “langar” prepared in the jail. He also tasted the food to be served to the inmates tonight.

Front condemns action against Press
Phagwara, November 12
A meeting of the Socialist Front, Punjab, held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Kesar Singh, condemned the Tamil Nadu Government for its attempt to arrest journalists of The Hindu and Murasoli.

Wedding vows across the border
Amritsar, November 12
Even as the marriage of Qadian-based journalist Maqbool Ahmad has been postponed, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Muhammad Rauf, has got married to Karachi-based Malika, Both reached India by the Delhi-Lahore bus today.

MC ignoring some colonies, says  welfare society
Patiala, November 12
The Executive Committee of the Charan Bagh Welfare Society, Patiala has urged the Municipal Corporation to fix the priorities for the development works to be carried out in approved and unapproved colonies instead of the ‘policy of pick and choose’.


High Court
3 indicted for getting emergency parole
Chandigarh, November 12
Incredible, but true. Three prisoners in Punjab managed to obtain emergency parole by preparing, procuring and furnishing false medical certificates. An inquiry held by Patiala Commissioner C.S. Srivastava has indicted them for the offence.

Seminar on free legal aid
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
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 at Chanarthal Kalan village to educate the rural masses regarding “free legal aid” being provided to the weaker sections of the society by the government as well as to popularise the concept of Lok Adalats.

Judicial court still eludes Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, November 12
Even after about six years of the awarding the status of a subdivision, the Punjab Government had hardly considered the public demand for setting up a judicial court at Dera Bassi.


BKU warns against arrest of farmers
Bathinda, November 12
The local unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) yesterday warned the authorities against arresting farmers for defaulting on the payment of loans. In a statement issued here today, the BKU members said that a farmer from Bathinda district had been arrested at the behest of the Housefed for not repaying a loan.

Kang opens turkey farming project
Patiala, November 12
With a view to provide an alternative in lieu of the traditional agriculture practised by the farmers of the state, the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, inaugurated a pilot project for turkey farming at Government Poultry Farm here today.


Panchayats not reporting on funds
Bathinda, November 12
Despite assurances, panchayats of several villages have not yet forwarded reports on the utilisation of development funds to the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee. Stating this here today, the local MP, Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, said several lakh rupees had been released to the panchayat of Harkrishanpura and Raiya villages under the Indira Vikas Yojna last year, but the amount had not been spent on development as required.

Proposal for economic offences wing in Punjab
Chandigarh, November 12
The Centre has agreed to enhance its share in grant for upgradation of police infrastructure in Punjab from 50 per cent to 66 per cent, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, said here today.

Admn gets flak on hygiene
Amritsar, November 12
The BJP has demanded the resignation of Punjab Health Minister R.C. Dogra in view of the spread of dengue. In a press note, the state press secretary, Mr Tarun Chugh, said the government had failed to provide adequate sanitation in the city.

AMIE engineers against revision of service rules
Chandigarh,  November 12
A deputation of the AMIE Engineers Association Irrigation Department today met Mr G.Vajralingam, Secretary, Finance and Expenditure, to inform him that the revision of the service rules regarding Class-1 officers in the Punjab Irrigation Department would put financial burden on the state exchequer.

Punjab commandos for Rajasthan poll
Ludhiana, November 12
The Punjab police will dispatch 15 companies of commandos to augment the state forces during the Rajasthan Assembly elections to be held on December 1. This was disclosed by Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, IG, Commando, during his visit to the city here yesterday.

Phase I of Science City near completion
Kapurthala, November 12
A meeting of the governing body of Science City was held at Yojna Bhavan with Mr Jai Singh Gill, Chief Secretary, Punjab, in the chair today. Mr Gill said civil works of the first phase of the project were almost complete.


DSP, 2 others booked in parole case
Patiala, November 12
Nearly one and a half years after The Tribune exposed the manner in which high- profile convicts and police officials lodged in the Central Jail here were securing emergency medical parole by furnishing forged records, the local police has registered a case of fraud against them.

SMO held on bribe charge
Ferozepore, November 12
Vigilance sleuths led by DSP Vigilance Surinder Singh, today arrested Senior Medical Officer, Dr Pritam Singh Sona. The doctor who is in charge of the local civil hospital, was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Gurdeep Singh, son of Inder Singh, a resident of Dhandian village in lieu of operating upon his cousin Tirlok Singh.

Sarpanch, 14 others booked in group clash case
Sangrur, November 12
Tension prevailed in Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, following yesterday’s stone-throwing incident between, Dalits and the Zamidars over the possession of a disputed piece of Shamlat. However the situation remained under control.

Police remand for photographer
Ludhiana, November 12
The police today booked a photographer working with a vernacular daily in connection with the Canadian marriage racket wherein local girls posed as NRI brides and married youths desirous of going abroad.

Gang of robbers busted
Ropar, November 12
The police has claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of its five members. The SSP, Ropar, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, said today that Ramanand and Shiv Kumar, both residents of Machwara, near Khana, and Chandar Prakash, Mukesh Chander and Manish Kumar, residents of Doraha, in Jalandhar were planning a robbery in the forest area, near Behrampur Bet village.

Girl crushed to death
Patiala, November 12
A drive launched by the local Railway police — wherein two-wheelers trying to cross the level-crossings were to be challaned — fizzled out a tragedy occurred at one of the six level-crossings today.

Three killed in bus mishap
Pathankot, November 12
At least three persons were killed and 30 injured when the driver of a private bus lost control over the vehicle today evening, near the Gharota road, about 15 km from here.

Labourer crushed to death by tipper
Zirakpur, November 12
Sonia Devi (25), a Bihari laborer was allegedly crushed to death by a tipper while working in Gulmohar Colony (Part-II) at Dhakaauli village, near here, this morning. The tipper reportedly run over the woman while its driver was reversing the vehicle.

20 hurt as bus, truck collide
Rampura Phul, November 12
Twenty persons were injured, some of them seriously, when a truck collided with a bus near here today. While one of the injured Jagjit Singh, was referred to DMC, Ludhiana, two were referred to Civil Hospital, Bathinda.


The badly damaged bus and truck which collided near Rampura Phul on Wednesday. — Tribune photo

The badly damaged bus and truck which collided near Rampura Phul


ITI employees lay siege to office
Chandigarh, November 12
The Joint Action Committee of Polytechnic and ITI Employees Association today laid siege to the office of the Department of Technical Education, Sector 36, and did not allow the meeting on the issue of privatisation of ITIs and polytechnics to be held.

Plan to promote English
Phagwara, November 12
Prof Darbari Lal, Minister for Education, Punjab, said yesterday that steps were being taken to improve the standard of education to bring it on a par with advanced countries. Proficiency in English would be promoted by focusing on vocabulary in the first and second classes in schools and then introducing regular textbooks in the third standard, said the minister. 

Protesting students to approach Sonia Gandhi
Jalandhar, November 12
Students of the local Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women continue to tread the path of agitation as their strike against the alleged fee hike entered its third day today. The college management, however, seems to be in no mood to relent and accept their demands

BBSBE college wins overall trophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the overall trophy at Punjab Technical University zonal festival organised at Giani Dit Singh Auditorium of the college. Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori (Mohali), was declared the runners up.

Students demand fee refund
Bathinda, November 12
Members of the local branch of the Punjab Students Union (Randhawa) today said they would be compelled to agitate if the government failed to refund the excess fees charged.

PTU director held on bribe charge
Jalandhar, November 12
The Vigilance Bureau sleuths today caught red-handed Director (Colleges) of Punjab Technical University, Dr Sadhu Singh, while he was accepting Rs 15,000 as bribe from the canteen contractor of the university for the clearance of latter’s dues.

Bhagwant Mann  to perform on  Bal Divas
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
Bhagwant Mann, a renowned comedian, will regale the audience during the district-level Bal Divas celebration on November 14 at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, being organised by the District Red Cross Society, said Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner.


PRTC revenue up, says Chairman
Barnala, November 12
The revenue of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has gone up by Rs 340 crore from April to November 2003, compared to last year, despite having 66 buses less than last year.

Seminar on changing trends in insurance sector
Patiala, November 12
A national seminar on the topic ‘Changing Trends in Insurance Sector’’ was organised by the department of Correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.

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