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Punjab should play proactive role: Gill
Pak proposal for Lahore-Amritsar bus
 M.S. GillChandigarh, November 15
Former Chief Election Commissioner M.S. Gill is surprised that there has been no response from Punjab to the Pakistan offer to start Lahore-Amritsar bus service. Dr Gill wondered why no one in Punjab had responded to Pakistan’s offer, such an arrangement would make visits across the border easy rather than SGPC seeking permission for jathas to visit historic gurdwaras in Pakistan.

HC wants drug seizures recorded on camera
Chandigarh, November 15
Stressing upon the need for safeguards to prevent the implication of innocents in cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that the heads of investigating agencies should "bestow their attention" on the feasibility of capturing the scene of drugs recovery with the "help of digital cameras or some other electronic device".

NRI Fraud
Father seeks justice for daughter
Vairoke (Moga), November 15
Marriage frauds committed by NRIs across Punjab have now made forays into Himachal Pradesh also. A young Lecturer in English from Kangra has been duped by an Australia based NRI. 

PSEB realises 19 cr as penalties
Patiala, November 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board has realised Rs 19 crore in penalties after conducting raids to check power theft during the current financial year.




PPCC demands parliamentary probe
Chandigarh, November 15
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into allegations that some ministers from the ruling coalition at the Centre have been demanding money from public sector undertakings for party funds.

Pension officers to face action
Faridkot, November 15
The Punjab Government is planning to take disciplinary action against those officers, including SDMs, who were responsible for the distribution of pensions to different categories during the SAD-BJP rule about two years back in the state. A high-powered committee will shortly be constituted to identify the erring officials in this regard. 

Sikh jatha returns from Pakistan
Wagah, November 15

A jatha of Sikh pilgrims returned from Pakistan here today after observing the 534th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.


Bhattal to campaign in  Delhi, Rajasthan
Patiala, November 15
Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has been chosen by the Congress high command to assist in the first round of the campaign in Delhi and Rajasthan. Mr Bhattal would campaign in Delhi and Rajasthan from November 18 to 22. 


Pakistani theatre group Ajoka performs a play, “Bullah”Sufi play from Pak
Amritsar, November 15
Artistes from Pakistan staged “Bullha”, a play here today. The play, written by Shaid Nadeem , is based on the life and teachings of the 16th century poet saint, Baba Bulle Shah. The promoter of Ajoka-theatre group for social change of Lahore and the director of the play Gauhar and the cast got a standing ovation by 1000-odd spectators.

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Pakistani theatre group Ajoka performs a play, “Bullah”, in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajeev Sharma 

‘Dulari Bai’, a delectable comedy
Patiala, November 15
There is something endearing about plays based on old themes involving human weaknesses and foibles. However, such plays run the risk of being relegated to a cliched slot if the director fails to infuse a fresh lease of life into the production by constant adaptation and innovation. “Dulari Bai”, staged on Thursday by the Theatre and Television Department of Punjabi University has , however, nothing to be anxious on this score.

Waste treatment facility for Dera Bassi on cards
Patiala, November 15
An attempt to safeguard the state from the ill effects of hazardous waste, generated by its industrial units, will soon result in the setting up of a central waste treatment and disposal facility by the Punjab Pollution Control Board at Dera Bassi in the district.

Arhtiya panel asks CM to get their payments released
Patiala, November 15
The Federation of Arhtiya Associations of Punjab today appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene and ensure that payments due to them were released immediately.

Centre to train youth for Army opened
Ropar, November 15
The Punjab Government has started a permanent C-PYTE centre in the Khizrabad village of the district to train the youth of the Kandi area for recruitment in armed forces.

2nd battalion is guard mounting champ
Patiala, November 15
The 2nd India Reserve Battalion today won the Running Trophy of the Second Inter-Battalion Guard Mounting competition here today. The competition, which was organised on the premises of the office of the IRB Inspector-General of Police, saw six battalions vying for the top honour.

Mediapersons abused
Amritsar, November 15
Rajinder Kumar ‘Toka’, a suspended court nazir, today misbehaved with some mediapersons in the court complex. He indulged in verbal abuse and threatened to kill a reporter. ‘Toka’ was here along with a former Sessions Judge, Mr V.B. Handa, in connection with a case regarding corruption charges against them.


Bimal Khalsa’s guard acquitted in TADA case
Patiala, November 15
The designated TADA court at the Nabha Jail today acquitted Balwinder Singh, who was the Special Police Officer associated with former leader Bimal Khalsa during the militancy period in the state.

Anuradha Paudwal summoned for copyright violation
Amritsar, November 15

A local court today provided one more opportunity to singer Anuradha Paudwal, Tips Music Company owner Ramesh Torani and Super Cassettes’ Bhushan Kumar for personal appearance on December 17 in a copyrights violation case.

SI’s bail plea rejected


21 lakh collected as ST during raids
Patiala, November 15
The Excise and Taxation Department has detected unaccounted sales worth Rs 6 crore during raids conducted in Faridkot, Moga and Muktsar districts. Four teams of officers of Ferozepur and Faridkot divisions conducted the raids under the supervision of Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kuldeep Singh, according to a press note issued here today.

Notices to councillors on hired sweepers
Jalandhar, November 15
The Vigilance Bureau here today issued notices to all councillors of the local Municipal Corporation, including Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. They were asked to submit relevant records regarding the disbursement of salaries to sweepers hired on monthly basis by mohalla sanitation committees.

Singla made Observer
Patiala, November 15
Former MP and Punjab Mandi Board President Sant Ram Singla has been nominated observer for the Rajasthan Assembly elections by the Congress high command.


SSP plans to cut supply line of narcotics
Abohar, November 15
Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP, said here yesterday that the police was formulating a strategy to cut the supply line of narcotics from other states to the region. Mr Chahal, talking to mediapersons on his first visit to the subdivision after taking over charge of Ferozepore district, said as the first step to check smuggling of opium and puppy husk and other contraband goods from neighbouring Rajasthan, the police had decided to deploy sniffer dogs and specially trained cops on each road linking Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts.

Chowkidar, 2 others held for robbery
Moga, November 15

The police has solved a robbery committed in the Village Cooperative Society of Madheke, under Nihalsingh Wala police station about a year back, by arresting two robbers and chowkidar of the society, besides recovering Rs 79,000 of total robbed money of Rs 90,000.

Vehicle thieves’ gang busted, 9 held
Jalandhar, November 15
The district police has busted a nine-member inter-district gang of vehicle thieves and recovered eight vehicles from their possession. Addressing a press conference here today, district police chief Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said acting on a tip-off, a special police party laid a naka near local Sports college on the Kapurthala road on Friday afternoon. 


ITI-trained to be employed as tubewell operators
Patiala, November 15
The tussle between city Mayor Vishnu Sharma and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sanjay Kumar has worsened with the Commissioner today passing a direction that the institution should recruit only ITI trained candidates as tubewell operators.

Punjabi University Round-up
Bonhomie on campus despite impasse
PATIALA: This is the silly season on the Punjabi University campus if one could use a P G Wodehouse phrase. Though the varsity Vice-Chancellor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor continue to slug it out with no end to the impasse in sight, the weather has definitely created a spirit on bonhomie on the campus.

Ex-Registrar’s plea to Chancellor
Patiala, November 15
Senior Punjabi University teacher and former Registrar K.S. Sidhu today requested the University Chancellor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), to order an inquiry into the “anti-academic and vindictive” attitude of Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai for not issuing him a no-objection certificate to attend a seminar in Sri Lanka.

Dr Ganda Singh memorial lecture organised
Patiala, November 15
The Department of Punjab Historical Studies of Punjabi University, Patiala, organised the first Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture on the topic — Making of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, here yesterday.

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