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Human trafficking: case study ordered
Chandigarh, November 14
In less than a month after the allegations of human trafficking involving singers and theatre artists rocked the state of Punjab, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that a “case study has to be undertaken by the government to identify the dimensions of the crime”.

Improvement Trust’s wings clipped
Debarred from enhancing price of auctioned plots
Ropar, November 14
In a significant judgement the District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has denied the local Improvement Trust the right to enhance the price of property sold in open auction.

One more statement recorded in Badal case
Kharar, November 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today got one more statement recorded under Section 164 of the Cr PC in disproportionate assets’ case against the Badals. The statement of Ajit Singh (50), a relative of the DIG from Sangrur district, was recorded in-camera in the court of Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia today evening.

Family goes soft on Sodhi’s killer
Balbir Singh SodhiJalandhar, November 14
The family of Balbir Singh Sodhi, an Arizona-based NRI, originally hailing from Passiawal village in Kapurthala district, who was killed by Frank Silva in the aftermath of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre, has demanded the dilution of capital punishment to Frank Silva as they, “the pronouncement of death in itself has served the purpose.”




Contests, rallies mark Children’s Day
Barnala, November 14
Cycle rallies for health and environment and fancy dress contest marked Bal Divas celebrations in Barnala today. The Lions Club Harmony and Lions Club Supreme, Barnala, organised a joint cycle rally which started from NMSD, Girls School, Barnala. The local Lions Club, also organised a cycle rally which began from Baba Gandha Singh Public School, here.

Pak theatre group brings play on Bulle Shah
Wagah, November 14
Theatre artistes from Pakistan cross into India through the Wagah joint check-post A group of 27 theatre artistes from the Lahore-based theatre group ‘Ajoka’ crossed over to India today. The group will give seven performances in Punjab for the first time after Punjab was declared a disturbed state during the days of militancy. Leader of the group Madeeha Gauhar said they were going to perform a play “Bullah” on the life and times of great Sufi poet Baba Bulle Shah who represents the composite Punjabi culture of tolerance and love.

Theatre artistes from Pakistan cross into India through the Wagah joint check-post on Friday.

Lure of money landed him in Malaysian jail
Verka (Amritsar), November 14
Lure of money took Davinder Singh (23) of Verka township to Malaysia. But he returned on November 10 after having nightmarish experiences in Malaysia where he along with some other Punjabis landed in jail and had to live in camps.


Cong unable to help Bhattal: Hanspal
Jalandhar, November 14
Mr H.S. Hanspal, chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today said the party was unable to extend any help to the Punjab Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, in her ongoing case as any such move could provide an opportunity to the Opposition to criticise the Congress government.


Dinesh Kumar, the Pakistani boy who was released from a juvenile jail in Faridkot, bids adieu to his jail-mates, in Faridkot Pakistan boy repatriated
Faridkot, November 14
Seven Pakistani boys all under 16 years of age, who were lodged at the local jurenile jail, have to get repatriation. But Dinesh Kumar, another pakistani Hindu boy was released from the jail today by the district authorities and taken to Wagah border to hand him over to the Pakistani officials. 

Dinesh Kumar, the Pakistani boy who was released from a juvenile jail in Faridkot, bids adieu to his jail-mates, in Faridkot on Friday.— A Tribune photograph

Plea to develop Amritsar as cargo centre
Chandigarh, November 14
“Northern India has tremendous potential for growth in civil aviation and tourism. This can be best achieved by developing Amritsar as a cargo centre, upgrading Chandigarh as an international airport and introducing a regional airline to provide affordable air transport,” says Dr S.S. Sidhu, founder President of the Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism.

She enriched several lives
Mrs Jaswant Kaur Lyallpuri, who died in Ludhiana early this month, belonged to a rare breed of dedicated teachers who remained actively associated with the communist movement in north India.

Dalit-landlord compromise eases tension
Sangrur, November 14
Dalits and landlords of Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, today reached a compromise. This eased the tension that had gripped the village since November 11 following a clash between the Dalits and landlords over a disputed piece of shamlat (common land) in the village. As many as 20 persons from both sides and three policemen were injured in the clash.

Female foeticide
Dogra promises probe
Bathinda, November 14
Punjab Health Minister Ramesh Chander Dogra while claiming that the state government was committed to check the menace of female foeticide, promised that an impartial probe would be conducted into all complaints registered in different courts against private medical practitioners and others by the PNDT Cell, Bathinda, for their alleged involvement in the facilitation of female foeticide.

Trust opens special counter for NRIs
Jalandhar, November 14
Nearly one lakh ex-servicemen and NRIs of Jalandhar district will no longer face the inconvenience of standing in long queues at the Jalandhar Improvement Trust office for getting allotment letters, registration and transfer deeds and no-objection certificates, thanks to a special ex-servicemen and NRIs counter opened in the trust office here today.


Death sentence upheld
Chandigarh, November 14
In just over seven years after a Fathehgarh Sahib resident was accused of being involved in a triple murder case, Mr Justice V.M. Jain and Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today upheld the death sentence awarded to him.

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3 Moga Bar members expelled
Moga, November 14
The executive of the Moga District Bar Association has expelled three members for non-obeyance of a recent resolution of the Bar regarding the boycotting of the president of Moga District Dispute Redressal Forum.

Cops acquitted in minor’s death case
Jalandhar, November 14
District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today acquitted all three police personnel accused in the brutal killing of a minor, Chetan, in police custody early this year in the absence of evidence. Earlier, during the recording of witnesses, Bhola his grandmother Jaswanti who were key witnesses in the case, turned hostile and failed to identify the accused.

Principal gets judicial remand
Talwandi Sabo, November 14
The local police today seized official records of the local Shri Dashmesh Senior Secondary Public School, while its Principal, Mrs Harsimran Kaur Lamba, who was arrested two days ago, was remanded in judicial custody by the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Kurnesh Kumar Kakkar.


Pact on contract farming of brown onions
Jalandhar, November 14
The 50th anniversary of the All-India Cooperative Week was celebrated with the signing of an agreement for contract farming of brown onions between farmers and Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, State Minister for Cooperation, Pension and Transport, at a state-level function organised at the Markfed cannerles here today.

Rs 12-cr dues for cane growers


14 SPs, 59 DSPs transferred
Chandigarh, November14
In yet another reshuffle in the Police Department, the Punjab Government today ordered the transfers of 73 officers, including 14 SPs and 59 DSPs. Mr Harmanbir Singh has been posted as SP (Operations), Ludhiana; Mr Darshanjit Singh Dhindsa as SP (Headquarters), Gurdaspur; Mr Rakesh Aggrawal as SP (Headquarters) Hoshiarpur; Mr Jaskaran Singh as SP/ISTC, Jalandhar; Mr Ashok Bath as SP (Detective), Tarn Taran; Mr Baljit Singh Randhawa as SP (Headquarters), Majitha; Mr Darshan Singh Mann as SP (D) Bathinda.

Reinstated despite indictmemt
Chandigarh, November 14
The Punjab government today reinstated Mr Karnesh Sharma, who was suspended sometime back on charges of alleged corruption. A Deputy Director in the Department of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr Sharma was posted at Jalandhar, when he was suspended and a fact finding enquiry was instituted against him. 


2 prisoners escape from hospital
Amritsar, November 14
Two inmates of Gurdaspur jail who were under treatment at government ENT Hospital here escaped late last night. The police after getting the information about the disappearance of prisoners — Harbhajan Singh of Chavinda village and Sukhdev Singh of Kotla Sarai Amanat Khan, village raided a number of places in the city while the Gurdaspur police, which was alerted to track the criminals, have failed to nab them till the filing of the report.

2 hurt in mishap
Bathinda, November 14
Mr Nitish Setia and Ms Shammi Kapur, both students of the local Regional College of Management and Technology, were seriously injured when their scooter was hit by a private bus on the Bathinda-Malout road near Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here yesterday.


Tech Utsav concludes
Bathinda, November 14
The local DAV College stood first in the competition of logic development while the Regional College of Management and Technology, Bathinda, stood first in the competition of web designing at the Tech Utsav-2003, which concluded at DAV College late last evening.

Lecturers’ interviews from December 8
Chandigarh, November 14
The interviews for the posts of Lecturer ( college cadre) for the 1999 and 2001, batches will be held from December 8 to 12.

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