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Money exchanged hands in police transfers: Badal
Ludhiana, November 16
The political affairs committee (PAC) of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has accused the Punjab Congress of accumulating large sums of money for giving prized postings to police officers. Demanding a probe into the recent transfers, the PAC that met here today said the money had been collected for use in the elections being held in five state assemblies.

SAD workers told to gear up for ‘jail bharo’
Amargarh (Sangrur), November 16
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, secretary general of the SAD and Union Cabinet Minister and Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Punjab Finance Minister, yesterday called upon the activists of the SAD to be ready for participating in a mass struggle and jail-bharo andolan in a big way if Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, is arrested by the Congress government.

Intelligence officials shadowing me: Matharu
Chandigarh, November 16
Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, who has caused a flutter in the ruling Congress party in Punjab by targeting two senior ministers, said yesterday that intelligence agencies had been constantly shadowing him for the past few days.

Allegations on ‘benami’ assets baseless, says Bajwa
Jalandhar, November 16
The Punjab PWD (B&R) Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, yesterday said that opposition parties were trying to tarnish his image by levelling baseless allegations regarding “benami” assets to counter the anti-corruption campaign launched by the state government.

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  Move afoot for NRI Lambardars
Jalandhar, November 16
The NRI Sabha, Punjab, has hailed the decision of the Punjab Government to appoint NRI lambardars in villages where 20 or more families have migrated to foreign countries.

Pak play ‘Bullah’ kicks up controversy
Amritsar, November 16
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the great Sikh warrior who, on a divine command of the Guru, shook the foundations of the Mughal rule and took revenge of the martyrdom of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh in the early 17the century, was re-christened as Joginder Singh Jogi by a 27-member Pakistani troupe which had crossed the Radcliff Line.


Bhattal to campaign in Delhi, Rajasthan
Patiala, November 16
Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has been chosen by the Congress high command to assist in the first round of the Congress campaign in Delhi and Rajasthan.


Khalsa awards given to Sikh jatha members in Pak
Amritsar, November 16
After exchanging siropas with office-bearers of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC), the jatha leaders of the SGPC and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) accepted the “Khalsa awards” from the UK-based Dal Khalsa leader, Mr Manmohan Singh, who is also the chief of the World Sikh Muslim Federation (WSMF) in Lahore’s five-star Holiday Inn.

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, in Bhopal
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, attends a prayer session at the Punjabi Bagh gurdwara during his election campaign in Bhopal on Sunday. — PTI photo

SGPC not averse to apex body for Sikhs, says Tohra
Chandigarh, November 16
The SGPC is not averse to the proposal of forming an apex body for Sikhs provided it is not hijacked by so-called intellectuals, said the SGPC President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Sikh scholars for sovereign state
Chandigarh, November 16
Sikh scholars while addressing a seminar on “Khalistan-Past, Present and Future” yesterday said that the “Panth needed to produce such leaders who understood the Khalsa Raj and were committed to struggle for establishing a sovereign state.”

Traffic mismanagement leads to chaos
Amritsar, November 16
Mismanagement of traffic in the city has choked roads, endangering lives of commuters.

Memorial gate to martyr inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 16
Those who sacrifice their lives for the nation are remembered and become immortal. They are a source of inspiration for the coming generations.


Bimal Khalsa’s guard acquitted
Patiala, November 16
The designated TADA court at the Maximum Security Jail in Nabha yesterday acquitted Balwinder Singh, who was the Special Police Officer associated with former leader Bimal Khalsa during the period of militancy in the state.

Bank told to pay compensation
Ropar, November 16
The local district consumer forum has directed the local branch of Punjab National Bank to pay compensation to Baldev Singh, a resident of Shampura, village near Ropar.


CM urged to ensure paddy payments
Patiala, November 16
The Federation of Arhtiya Association of Punjab yesterday appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene and ensure that the payments due to them are released immediately.

Seminar on horticulture held
Patiala, November 16
The National Horticulture Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, in association with the Progressive Youth Forum, Ghagga, organised a seminar on horticulture here today.


AIDS awareness drive okayed
Patiala, November 16
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has approved the proposal of the National Service Scheme (NSS) Department to launch an AIDS awareness campaign under the countrywide "University Talk AIDS programme" (UTAP) in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).

15,000 kids attend Bal Divas
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 16
The two-day Bal Divas organised by the hospital welfare section in collaboration with the District Red Cross Society concluded here today.

College teachers to hold protest
Phagwara, November 16
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will hold a demonstration in front of the house of Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, in Ludhiana on November 19 in protest against the government’s failure to ensure regular salaries and its failure to implement the pension-gratuity scheme.

Students enthral at annual function
Patiala, November 16
Guru Nanak Foundation Public School celebrated its annual function here today. The Director of Thapar (R&D), Dr M.P. Kapoor, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Study centre to be set up at varsity
Amritsar, November 16
The Centre for South Central Asian Studies will be established at Guru Nanak Dev University to undertake socio-economic study and research of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan and Bangladesh. They will provide feedback to various governments and non-governments agencies for formulating scio-economic policies.


Insurance plan for poor soon
Hoshiarpur, November 16
With the help from the Central Government, the Punjab Government will soon introduce Janshri Insurance Scheme for the upliftment of families living below the poverty line. All earning members of these families in the age group of 18 to 60 years will be covered under the scheme.


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