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Amarinder fabricating evidence,
says Badal
Chandigarh, November 18
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today released to the Press what he claimed was the “fabricated” report of the DIG deputed to scout for the properties owned by the Badals abroad. This is believed to form part of the challan against the Badals the Vigilance Bureau is preparing.

SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal underscores a point at a Press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
 Parkash Singh Badal

Five Congress ministers ridicule SAD stir threat
Chandigarh, November 18
Five Punjab ministers today lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for its decision to launch an agitation if the SAD President and former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was arrested.

Not much done for empowerment of panchayats
Chandigarh, November 18
After dilly-dallying for long on the issue of empowering panchayats, block samitis and Zila Parishads, the Punjab Government has set the ball rolling in this direction. What is being offered to these institutions for their empowerment is however, tokenism compared to the states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kerala.

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Panchayat Secretaries get appointment letters
Chandigarh, November 18
Panchayat Secretaries today distributed “ladoos” and raised slogans in support of Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats minister, who had played a crucial role in their reinstatement, after they received the appointment letters.

Mann meets Governor on SGPC election
Chandigarh, November 18
A memorandum was submitted to the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), by the President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, here today to apprise the Governor about the prevailing situation in Sikh politics and point out the delay in the SGPC general election.

‘Desi kabootri’ racket suspects arrested
Jagraon, November 18
The Jagraon police today arrested Raikot-based cloth merchant Kimti Lal Jain and his wife Renu Jain were in the multi-crore “desi-kabootri” racket in which 11 youths were duped of Rs 15-20 lakh each. 

Kimti Lal Jain and Renu Jain, both wanted in the “desi kabootri” case in Jagraon on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Kimti Lal Jain and Renu Jain, both wanted in the desi kabootri case in Jagraon on Tuesday

HIV patients turn to ‘babas’ for treatment
Nabha, November 18
For many of the AIDS victims of this subdivision, which has reported a high incidence of HIV positive cases recently, “babas”, ‘sants’ and ‘sant’ have become the only ray of hope with conventional medicines failing to cure them.

Surjeet BindrakhiaFolk singer who mesmerised
ORN at Bindrakh village in Ropar on April 15, 1962, Surjit Bindrakhia was a folk singer with a mesmerising voice. He not only blended folk with pop admirably well to emerge among top performers in contemporary Punjabi music industry but also made a mark in the international market. The only brother of four sisters, he initially trained to be a wrestler like his father Sucha Singh.


CPI to launch stir
Phagwara, November 18
Punjab CPI secretary Joginder Dyal today said at a press conference here that the party would launch a protest programme in all blocks of the state from November 20 to 26 and gherao DCs’ offices at all district headquarters on November 27 against state government’s policies.


Pak envoy assures Ramoowalia on Punjabi youths
Bathinda, November 18
The families of the state, whose kin have been detained in Pakistan’s jail for several years, may feel relieved as Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India, Aziz Ahmed Khan, has decided to take up the release of Punjabi youths with his government shortly.

The crew of the Punjabi film Aasa Nu Maan Watnaa Da pose after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Road in Pak named after Lala Lajpat Rai
Moga (Punjab), November 18

Floral tributes were paid to Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai on the occasion of 75th martyrdom day at various places in Pakistan yesterday, a South Asia Fraternity member said today.

Bhakra village sans water
Bhakra (Nangal), November 18
Bhakra Dam, the first and the biggest hydel project in the country, ushered in the green and industrial revolutions in North India. However, the village after which the dam is named is still bereft of basic amenities.

Government staff rally against privatisation
Ludhiana, November 18
On the call of the Punjab Mulajam Sangarsh Committee, employees of several departments, boards and corporations from all parts of the state, held a rally in new Grain Market here today to protest against the ‘‘anti-employee decision of Punjab and Central Government’’ on privatisation, handing over six departments to panchayats and remaining 23 departments from April 2004.

Baba achieves what administration could not
Khadoor Sahib, November 18
Bazaar of this historical town, visited by eight out of 10 Sikh Gurus, has been widened by demolishing 50 shops. The shopkeepers have been given shops with modern amenities.

A view of main bazaar of ancient town ‘khadoor sahib’ which has been widened on the persuasion of Baba Sewa Singh in wake of the 500th anniversary of the second Sikh master, Guru Angad Dev, which falls next year. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
A view of main bazaar of ancient town ‘khadoor sahib’ which has been widened on the persuasion of Baba Sewa Singh in wake of the 500th anniversary of the second Sikh master

Kar seva for school buildings mooted
Tarn Taran, November 18
In an unusual proposal the Punjab Government has mooted a plan to get school buildings constructed through kar seva. A special meeting in this regard will be convened by the state government soon.

Kar seva at Ram Tirath sarovar
Ram Tirath (Amritsar), November 18
Kar seva of a sarovar (holy tank) at ancient Sri Ram Tirath Temple started amidst tight security here today.

Narrow escape for train passengers
Jalandhar, November 18
Panic gripped passengers of the Amritsar-Darbhanga Jan Nayak Express following sparking in junction box of one of bogies of the train as it neared the Jandiala railway station at around 8.17 a.m.

Thousands throng Army recruitment rally
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 18
Over enthusiasm was witnessed among rural youths for recruitment in the Army during a recruitment rally organised by the Army authorities at ITI grounds, Bassi Pathana town of the district, for recruiting candidates from six districts of the state.

Pact with Reliance to recruit  ex-servicemen
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 18
A Sainik Information Gallery, first of its kind in the state, was inaugurated by Brig Joginder Singh Jaswal, Director, Sainik Welfare department, here today. Addressing the function Brigadier Jaswal said an agreement had been signed with the Reliance group for the recruitment of ex-servicemen in the private sector so that they could earn their livelihood after retirement.

9-yr-old Isha is an all-rounder
Patiala, November 18
With over hundred stage performances and nearly 60 national and state-level awards to her name, nine-year-old, Isha Dang, has come a long way ever since she gave her first solo dance performance at the tender age of three. Dubbed the ‘wonder girl’ by her fans, little Isha has captivated many hearts by her scintillating dance shows.

Government misusing funds, says Mann
Sangrur, November 18
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, Sangrur, has accused the Punjab Government of ‘diverting’ and ‘misutilising’ Central funds for rural development and poverty alleviation. He said he had been receiving complaints from MPs of the state in this regard.


Rajasansi MLA accused of concealing facts
Chandigarh, November 18
If allegations in a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High are to be believed, MLA from Rajasansi constituency in Amritsar district Vir Singh Lopoke concealed facts from the court for relief.

  • Termination case

  • Case transferred

  • Orders on November 20

Eight get life term for murder
Hoshiarpur, November 18

A fast track court here has sentenced to life imprisonment eight persons in a murder case. Out of 10 accused in the murder of Jagjit Singh, the Additional Judge of the court, Mr Surjit Singh, has sentenced eight of them under various Sections of the IPC.


Farmers stage dharna over cotton
Bathinda, November 18
Hundreds of activists of eight farmers’ organisations today staged a dharna in front of the local office of the Cotton Corporation of India in protest against the “indifferent attitude” of state and Central agencies in the purchase of cotton and in ensuring them supply of certified seeds and pesticides.


Medical staff pulled up for playing truant
Chandigarh, November 18
The Chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Lieut Col C.D. Singh Kamboj, today lashed out at the doctors and other para-medical staff who absent themselves from duties or come late for work.

Work allocated to Parliamentary Secretaries
Chandigarh, November 18
Mr Ravinder Singh Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary, NRI, has been given charge of the Department of Home (attached with the Chief Minister), says an official press note issued here today.


Inebriated youths try to abduct girls
Patiala, November 18
Inebriated youngsters tried to abduct dance girls of a local musical group after they were not allowed to dance with them on stage during celebrations held to mark a marriage ceremony at Kohinoor Palace in the city last evening.


Mohindra students shine at  youth festival
Patiala, November 18
Government Mohindra College teams today bagged the lion’s share of honours in the Punjabi University Youth Festival organised on the college premises, coming first in group shabad, group song, folk song, vaar gayan and classical music (percussion). The college team was followed by the Government Girls College teams who came up tops in geet ghazal and classical music (non-percussion).

Singh Bandhus regale audience
Patiala, November 18
The Gurmat Sangeet Utsav organised by Punjabi University today saw eminent artistes, including the Singh Bandhus and Uttam Singh, regale the audience by reciting choicest shabads at a function organised on the campus.


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