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Badal writes to Verma, Speaker
Apprises them of Vigilance Bureau case
Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, November 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has sought to educate the Governor as well as the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha about his “side of the case of disproportionate assets registered against him and his family members” so that sanctions to launch prosecution against him are given only after proper scrutiny.

SGPC, Head Granthi cross swords
Distilled water for Golden Temple sarovar
Amritsar, November 21
The Head Granthi, Golden Temple, Giani Puran Singh and the SGPC today crossed swords over the installation of Rs five crore water treatment plant for supplying distilled water to the ‘sarovar’ (holy tank) of Darbar Sahib.

Shun ‘maryada’ violators in SGPC poll: Giani Nandgarh
Talwandi Sabo, November 21
Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, today raised the demand that those members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, who had been violating the “maryada” (religious code of conduct), should not be backed by any party in the SGPC general elections slated for May 23 next year.

Demand to appoint Sikh as head of PSGPC
Jalandhar, November 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) has urged Pakistan’s President General Pervez Musharraf to nominate a prominent Sikh of Pakistan as president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.



Husband drives in reverse gear, wife writes in reverse order!
(28k, 56k)

High Court tells Punjab to compensate paddy farmers
Chandigarh, November 21
Coming down heavily on the state of Punjab for adopting an arbitrary and inhumane approach towards farmers by not compensating them for losses suffered due to sale of paddy below minimum support price in 2000, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the disbursement of amount.

Meeting skirts wild animal menace issue
Chandigarh, November 21
The high profile Punjab Wildlife Board, which met here this evening under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Mr J.S. Gill, failed to take any significant decision to tackle the growing menace of wild boars and blue bulls in the various parts of the state.

Police helps German girl trace father
Kapurthala, November 21
The Community Policing Resource Centre, which has been set up at the Sadar police station, here, has helped a German girl trace her father, who was deported from Germany to India in 1988. The girl was born after his deportation.


ED unearths Rs 50-cr scam
Jalandhar, November 21
The Enforcement Directorate has unearthed a Rs 50-crore money-laundering scam following a series of searches conducted by ED officials in Jalandhar last week. In a statement issued here today, Mr B.C. Mahey, Assistant Director of the ED here, said during investigation, the ED had identified Ravi Sharma, hailing from Jalandhar and now possibly based in Canada, as the kingpin of the racket.

Devotees pray on the last Friday of Ramzan in Amritsar
Devotees pray on the last Friday of Ramzan in Amritsar. — PTI

EPF scam: challan against contractor
Ropar, November 21
After four years of an FIR in the EPF scam the police has finally filed challan in a court. The scam had surfaced in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant Ropar.

Probe sought in posting of engineer
Chandigarh, November 21
Seeking a vigilance probe into the posting of Mr Navdeep Singh as Sub-Divisional Engineer in Punjabi University, the President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, said today that this posting had been made “illegally” on the recommendation made by Mr Gurmel Singh, a political secretary of Mrs Parneet Kaur, member of Parliament from Patiala.

SC-dominated villages  not to pay fee
24-hour power supply
Patiala, November 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board has exempted villages dominated by Scheduled Castes from paying registration fee for 24 hour supply from the Board.
Sources said a decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the board recently.

Punjab Police on high alert
Chandigarh, November 21
The Punjab Police has been put on a high alert in view of the speculations about the filing of challan in a day or two, and subsequent protests by the Akali Dal workers and leaders against the same.

Youth demands money back from Kimti Lal
Jagraon, November 21
Close on the heels of allegations levelled against a prime accused, Kimti Lal Jain, in the infamous “desi-kabootari” case, a 22-year-old polio afflicted youth has alleged that Kimti Lal Jain borrowed money to the tune of Rs 2 lakh from his father on interest but never paid it back.

IPS officers to take up transfer issue with govt
Chandigarh, November 21
The IPS Officers Association at its meeting held here today has decided to take up the issue regarding the postings of IPS officers in field and the state headquarters with the Punjab.

21 policemen reinstated
Tarn Taran, November 21
One sub-inspector and 20 other suspended policemen were reinstated today by Mr Gurkirpal Singh, SSP of the local district police.

Takht intervenes to resolve Chief Khalsa Diwan row
Amritsar, November 21
Akal Takht today intervened, to resolve the controversy between the two warring groups of the chief Khalsa Diwan which arose after the termination of membership of 284 members by the ruling group.

Khalra’s portrait in Sikh Museum
Amritsar, November 21
Jaswant Singh Khalra who was allegedly kidnapped and later killed by the Punjab Police on September 6, 1995 from his residence here became the first Human Rights activist whose portrait adorned the Central Sikh Museum of the Golden Temple, here today.

Misbehaviour by airline staff alleged
Amritsar, November 21
Mother of an NRI Ms Reshma Puri in letters to the President, the Prime Minister and the Delhi headquarters of Turkmenistan Airlines have alleged ‘misbehaviour’ by the Deputy Station Manager of Turkmenistan Airlines Mr Dinesh Kurl towards her son.

Traders’ rally on December 7
Faridkot, November 21
The Punjab Beopar Mandal will organize a state-level conference of traders at M.S.D. Public school at Bathinda on December 7 to protest against the Congress government for not giving relief in the working conditions in the state. More than 10,000 traders of Punjab will attend it.

60 persons trained in industrial safety
Bathinda, November 21
As many as 60 persons were trained in various aspects of Industrial safety at the two-day training programme in the Industrial Safety for Chemical and other general industries organised in the premises of local National Fertilizer Limited factory by Director of Factories, Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Industrial Safety Council, Chandigarh.


High Court
Order reserved on Manpreet’s bail
Chandigarh, November 21
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s nephew Manpreet Badal for the grant of anticipatory bail in an alleged corruption and cheating case, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the High Court today reserved orders.


DC inspects development projects
Ropar, November 21
The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, along with the officials concerned inspected various development works in the district. In a press statement issued here today, she said the inspection of the sub-jail, Ropar, under construction bridges over Budki, Sirsa rivers Lohand Khad was carried out and the progress of the work was found satisfactory.


Inter-state gang of robbers busted
Kapurthala, November 21
The police has busted an inter-state gang of kala kachhewale with the arrest of two of its members. In a press note issued here today, Mr S.K. Asthana, Senior Superintendent of Police said the police raided the hideout of the gang at an abandoned brick kiln at Alludinpur village where eight members of the gang were planning to commit dacoity.

3 held on charge of fraud
Jalandhar, November 21
The Vigilance Bureau here has arrested a Patwari, a field officer of the Punjab State Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Balachaur and a retired field officer of the bank for a scam, of lakhs, unearthed by the bureau in the bank.


Don suspended for ‘lapse’ during registrarship
Patiala, November 21
Punjabi University today suspended a senior teacher who had earlier served in the capacity of Registrar on charges of having “disobeyed the orders of the Vice-Chancellor” in the matter of confirming an Assistant Public Relations Officer during his stint as Registrar.

Services of 100 lecturers to be regularised
Chandigarh, November 21
The Punjab Government has decided to regularise the services of 100 odd lecturers working in three colleges of the state. According to information, these lecturers are posted in three Malwa-based colleges, including Government College, Kotkapura, Naya Nangal and Sardargarh (Gidderbaha).

Students protest against fee hike
Bathinda, November 21
Students of Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo, today held a rally under the banner of the Punjab Students Union to press for their demand of paying back of the fee that was charged earlier after the hike.

Engg institute holds cultural programme
Sangrur, November 21
A cultural programme was organised at the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology at Longowal on Wednesday. Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director of the institute, inaugurated the programme.

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