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28 cops reverted, 66 get notice
Chandigarh, November 19
As many as 28 police officials, whose out-of-turn promotion in sports quota had generated a lot of controversy in the state, have been reverted to their original ranks. And show causes have been served upon 66 other such police officials for reversion.

SGPC general election in May, 2004
Chandigarh, November 19
The long due elections to the general house of the SGPC are now scheduled for May 23, 2004, it is reliably learnt. These elections were actually due in October 2001.

Former SGPC secretary declared tankhaiya
Badal may be in the dock
Amritsar, November 19
Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal may be in dock as the Sikh clergy today directed former SGPC secretary Kulwant Singh Randhawa to undergo ‘tankhah’ for any religious misconduct committed wittingly or unwittingly in the past.

Capt fails to attend Congress function
Chandigarh, November 19
For several Punjab ministers, party workers and mediapersons it was a wait in vain as the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, failed to turn up for the birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Govt curtails number of juvenile boards
Ropar, November 19
The Punjab Government has reconstituted the Juvenile Justice Boards in the state. Earlier one Juvenile Justice Board used to function for two districts. However, now only two Juvenile Justice Boards have been formed for the entire state.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Noted music composer Uttam Singh performs at the Gurmat Sangeet Utsav organised on the Punjabi University campus
Noted music composer Uttam Singh performs at the Gurmat Sangeet Utsav organised on the Punjabi University campus on Wednesday.
— Photo by Subhash Patialavi

DIG to take ex-parte decision on Daler’s charge
Patiala, November 19
Patiala Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota said today he would take an ex-parte decision on the complaint of Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi against former officers of the Patiala police, one of whom had been accused of demanding bribe of Rs 1.50 crore from him.

Commission takes notice of report on Punjabi youths
Chandigarh, November 19
In less than 72 hours after a report was carried in these columns about 36 Punjabi youngsters languishing in Pakistani jails despite the completion of sentence, the Punjab State Women’s Commission today took suo motu cognizance of the report and asked the Punjab Chief Secretary to give details about the steps being taken to get them released from the prisons.


Youth Akali Dal seeks CM’s resignation
Bathinda, November 19
Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, President, All-India Youth Akali Dal (Badal) said today that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should either get charges of disproportionate assets owned by former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal and his family members probed or quit as Chief Minister.


Village given facelift for marriage of MLA’s daughter
Jassi Baghwali (Bathinda), November 19
This “not so developed” village of the Chairman of Markfed Punjab, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi in Bathinda district today wore a new look with clean and freshly carpeted roads and painted buildings which a few days ago were not so.

Chunni Kalan to be made model village
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
Residents of Chunni Kalan and Chunni Khurd in the district have come farward for the development of their villages as the owners of 44 kiosks set up on the panchayat land have given their consent to remove the kiosks for constructing shops.

Punjab Cooperative Act to be amended, says minister
Chandigarh, November 19
Cooperative banks that played a crucial role in the green and white revolutions, are today passing through a critical phase. Though they have cut down the interest rate from 14.5 per cent to 13 per cent for farmers, they are unable to match the interest rate of commercial banks, Mr Lal Singh, Finance and Cooperation Minister Punjab, said here today.

Pak quawwals take Patiala by storm
Patiala, November 19
Whenever Sufi mysticism combines with soul-stirring music, the end result is always the same — sheer divine magic. Javed Bashir Khan, noted Pakistani quawwal, and his troupe recreated this magic at a quawwali night organised in the State languages Department before a jam-packed hall yesterday.

Demolition drive abandoned
Phagwara, November 19
The local municipal council today abandoned midway an anti-encroachment action after pulling down part of a lintel of a structure which was coming up on municipal land along the Old Railway Road.

Rally to create awareness about pollution
Patiala, November 19
MP Parneet Kaur today flagged off a rally from the Baradari Gardens, organised to mark the National Environment Awareness Month being organised by the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Panel inspects facilities at dairy complex
Jalandhar, November 19
A five member committee headed by Principal Secretary, PWD (B&R) R.S. Sandhu today inspected facilities at dairy complex, set up by the Municipal Corporation at Jamsher village near here six years back.

Molestation case: doctor writes to CJ
Amritsar, November 19
A woman dental surgeon of Primary Health Centre Kasel village, who was allegedly molested by a Senior Medical Officer, Dr Ramesh Choudhry of same centre along with Kulwant Singh on October 30, has written to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court to take an ‘appropriate’ against the accused doctor.

Driving in reverse for 12,000 km
Bathinda, November 19
Mr Harpreet Pappu, a resident of the city, today enthralled the crowd by driving a car in reverse gear at considerable speed. While talking to the mediapersons after his demonstration, Mr Pappu said that he had started driving the car in reverse as a hobby and had covered more than 12,000 km.

Mr Harpreet Pappu drives a car in reverse gear at Bathinda on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Harpreet Pappu drives a car in reverse gear at Bathinda

Punjab gears up for pulse polio drive
Chandigarh, November 19
The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, today reiterated the stand of the government in eradicating polio from the state, which is also the target for this year’s pulse polio campaign. He was addressing a state-level workshop, organised to evolve a strategy for the forthcoming pulse polio campaigns to be held on January 4 and February 22.

Clergy objects to Collector’s action
Amritsar, November 19
The Sikh clergy today took serious view of the expulsion of the SGPC-nominated superintendent, Mr Gurbachan Singh Chand, from an administrative committee of Takht Hazoor Sahib by the District Collector concerned.


High Court
Sehajdhari Sikhs challenge notification
Chandigarh, November 19
Acting on a petition filed in public interest by the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation challenging a notification issued by the Union of India whereby the voting rights of the Sehajdhari Sikhs had been taken away, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab, the Chief Commissioner of Gurdwara Elections, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and other respondents for December 10.

PUDA ordered to pay interest on earnest money
Ropar, November 19
The Ropar district consumer forum has directed PUDA to pay interest on the amount the client deposited in case of non allotment of plot. In a complaint to the forum Mrs Asha Rani Bansal, Chandigarh alleged that PUDA invited applications in January 2002 for the allotment of 318 residential plots in SAS Nagar.

Former SHO jailed for 4 years
Moga (Punjab), November 19
A court here has sentenced a former Station House Officer to four years rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case. Additional Sessions Judge J.S. Chawla also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Rashpal Singh, former SHO Nihal Singhwala, while sentencing him on Monday for misappropriating money confiscated in a raid.


3 youths held on kidnap charge
Moga, November 19
The Punjab police today arrested three youths allegedly for kidnapping, confining and threatening a travel agent. Amit Mittal, a travel agent, alleged that on November 16 and 17 night six persons entered his house and forced him into a waiting vehicle along with his bag containing his passport and cheque book.

Fake currency racket busted
Ferozepore, November 19
The police has busted a gang involved in printing of fake currency. According to Mr H.S. Chahal, SSP, five persons have been arrested and fake currency worth Rs 47,200 has been seized along with a computer and other peripherals used in the racket.


DAV Institute of Engg wins trophy
Jalandhar, November 19
The DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here won trophy after winning the over-all championship during the PTU Inter-zonal cultural festival held and concluded at the BBSCET, Fatehgarh Sahib on Tuesday.

Students damage bus
Malerkotla, November 19
Protesting against the death of a Jagraon student by a bus, students of the local Government College today damaged a private bus by throwing stones at it near Gurdwara Haa Da Naarah here.


Industrialists organise dharna on house tax issue
Patiala, November 19
Industrialists of the Focal Point Industries Association, Patiala, organised a dharna in protest against the “nonchalant attitude” of the PSIEC towards the needs of factory owners here today.

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