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PAC asks Badal to seek bail
Chandigarh, November 26
Expressing solidarity with its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD Political Affairs Committee (PAC) today directed him and his family to seek bail on December 1, the day they have been summoned to appear in the court of the Special Judge at Ropar.

SGPC member complains to Akal Takht
Amritsar, November 26
Mr Hrinderpal Singh, an SGPC member from New Delhi yesterday sought intervention of Jathedar Akal Takht to end the practice of taking the holy Guru Granth Sahib to “political functions”.

PUDA owes crores to allottees
SC holds revised fee illegal
Mohali, November 26
Dismissing a Special Leave Petition filed by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) the Supreme Court has upheld a significant decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that had declared as illegal the revision and consequent collection of extension fee by PUDA from its allottees.

No notice from EC yet, says Amarinder
Abohar, November 26
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh said he had not received any notice from the Election Commission on the alleged violation of code of conduct during his visit to Madhya Pradesh.

Amit wipes stain, emerges topper
Chandigarh/Ludhiana, November 26
It is rightly said that the value of a thing is realised only when it is lost. And when the thing is hard-earned, it is more precious. Probably nobody could feel it more than Amit Talwar, who had made it to the Punjab Civil Services in 1998.



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Sacked officer tops PCS (Judicial) exam
Chandigarh, November 26
Mr Shatin Goyal, one of the sacked PCS judicial officers, is back again, this time with flying colours. He has topped the list of 48 successful candidates in the examination of four combined batches of 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 conducted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the result of which was declared yesterday.

PCS re-exam shuffles hierarchy

IAS failure coaches others to success

Mr Sandeep Rishi and Mr Dinesh Singh, who were ranked third and fifth in the PCS, respectively. Earlier, they were serving as Tehsildar and Assistant Registrar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma.

Mr Sandeep Rishi and Mr Dinesh Singh, who were ranked third and fifth in the PCS, respectively. Earlier, they were serving as Tehsildar and Assistant Registrar.
Hope to bear child after 32 years of marriage
Jalandhar, November 26
Ms Savinder Kaur is aged 54 and has been married for 32 years, but it is only now that her desire to be a mother seems to be bearing fruit. This, after she had lost all hope of ever giving birth to a child.

BSF acquiring thermal imagers
Jalandhar, November 26
With a view to check infiltration more effectively, the Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to acquire about 400 thermal imagers — a sensitive electronic device which has already proved to be a potent weapon for the Indian Army in its drive against militancy in Jammu and Kashmir — under the BSF’s ongoing Rs 2,300 crore modernisation programme.

Id celebrated with fervour
Malerkotla, November 26
Large groups of people offered Id-ul-Fitr prayers in several mosques here today. The biggest congregation was witnessed at the local Idgah, where about 1 lakh people offered “namaz” and greeted each other on the occasion.

Trust to be set up in memory of Bindrakhia
Bindrakh (Ropar) November 26
The Punjab Government has decided to set up a trust named after famous Punjabi singer from Ropar Surjeet Bindrakhia.


Revitalise advisory body: ex-soldiers
Chandigarh, November 26
Retired soldiers in Punjab have sought the revitalisation of the state’s Ex-servicemen’s Advisory Committee to sale guard the interests of ex-servicemen.

Pak hurdles leave 35 trucks stranded
Wagah (Amritsar), November 26
Pakistani continues to create technical hurdles in getting clearance to 35 Tata trucks donated by the Government of India to Afghanistan in spite of a thaw in Indo-Pak relations.

Censor Board certificates found forged
Bathinda, November 26
The issue pertaining to the cancellation of licences of two cinema houses here by the district magistrate, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, few months ago for allegedly screening X-rated films, took a new turn when it was found that certificates of the Censor Board to screen the films produced by the cinema operators before the Principal Secretary (Home), Punjab, Mr S.K. Sinha, had been forged.

Tractor-trailers’ parking near village resented
Phagwara, November 26
Annoyed with the parking of sugarcane carrying tractor-trailers, residents of Palahi village today threatened direct action if it was not ended forthwith. Former Sarpanch of the village Jagat Singh Palahi today alleged that the cane-loaded trailers bound for Phagwara Sugar Mill line up to two kilometres from local Hoshiarpur road bypass to Palahi village at night for their turn of supplying cane to the Mill.

Misbehaviour by Civil Surgeon: threat to move court
Amritsar, November 26
The issue of alleged ‘misbehaviour’ by the Civil Surgeon (CS) took a new turn with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) threatening to take legal action against Dr Yashpal Singla for using ‘derogatory’ words against a Dalit driver of the Health Department if the latter did not tender an apology.

Girl escapes from flesh traders
Amritsar, November 26
A girl of Modhe village who was allegedly sold in the flesh trade escaped after many months and lodged an FIR against five persons.

PRTC to get 100 more buses
Patiala, November 26
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has been given clearance for adding another 100 buses to its fleet even as its Chairman has advocated taking the corporation out of the list of organisations slated to be put up for disinvestment by the state government.

Bus from Samana to Delhi  flagged off
Patiala, November 26
The PRTC Chairman, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, flagged off the first bus carrying passengers for Delhi via Pehowa and Kurukshetra here today. Speaking on the occasion Mr Gupta said the people of Samana had been demanding a bus service from Samana to Delhi via Pehowa and Kurukshetra.

Encroachments removed from trust land
Pathankot, November 26
Officials of the Pathankot Improvement Trust and the local police demolished more than 100 unauthorised huts built on land belonging to the trust at the CIA Chowk here today.

Probe sought into allegations against Nihang chief
Amritsar, November 26
Coming in favour of Nihang chief Ajit Singh, Puhala, Bibi Amrik Kaur Bhullar, recipient of the President’s Shaurya Chakra, along with five panches of Puhala village in Tarn Taran yesterday alleged that some family members of terrorists were conspiring against the Nihang chief.

H.S. Sohal for Philippines
Chandigarh, November 26
Mr H.S. Sohal, a former Chief Wildlife Warden of Chandigarh, and at present an Associate Professor at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehra Dun, has been selected to represent India in a six-week programme on trainer’s training on gender issues in forestry and participatory forest management.


Seminar on cotton cultivation
Bathinda, November 26
The Punjab Mandi Board yesterday organised a seminar on cotton cultivation and marketing (Technology Mission on Cotton) where experts spoke on the latest in the cotton cultivation, marketing and worldwide situations.


Drive against speeding vehicles
Lalru, November 26
Alarmed at the high rate of accidents on the Kalka-Ambala National Highway No. 22, the police today started a challaning drive against speeding vehicles. The challaning drive was launched to minimise the death rate and make driving on the congested Zirakpur-Jharmari stretch of the highway smooth. Violations have resulted in number of accidents for the past couple of years.

MC Commissioner shifted
Patiala, November 26
The Punjab Government has dealt with the intense wrangling between Municipal Corporation Mayor Vishnu Sharma and its Commissioner Sanjay Kumar by transferring the latter out of the city and posting a PCS officer in his place.


Dacoits confess to murdering 6
Kapurthala, November 26
Two members of a “Kale Kachhenwala” gang, arrested by the city police a few days ago, have confessed to having committed six murders and more than 24 robberies and dacoities in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Cops suspect relatives behind triple murder 
Patiala, November 26
The local police has decided to focus on close relatives and associates of commission agent Rimmi Gupta who was murdered alongwith his wife and five-year-old son on November 24. This is being done because the killers did not take away any valuables and it seemed to a case of professional killing.

Police looking for Siti Cable MD
Jalandhar, November 26
The police is looking for the Siti Cable managing director and his associates, who have been booked by the police for allegedly beating up and injuring two workers of the rival Win Cable with sharpedged weapons when they were laying cables in Shiv Nagar area yesterday.

Three arrested for stealing vehicles
Bathinda, November 26
The district police has arrested three persons allegedly involved in stealing vehicles in the district. Two motor cycles and one double-barrelled gun were seized from the accused.

7 held under Immoral Trafficking Act
Amritsar, November 26
Four women and three men were arrested from Partap Nagar area under the Immoral Trafficking Act late last night.


Another recruitment scam alleged in college
Bathinda, November 26
Even as the district administration has been conducting a probe into the alleged senior technician recruitment scam in the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology, the recruitment of seven employees by the college authorities in the recent past without following proper procedure has also raised many eyebrows.

Mata Gujri College wins overall trophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 26
The three-day Youth Festival of the Ropar Zone of Punjabi University, Patiala, being held at local Mata Gujri College concluded here today. Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib, won the overall trophy, while Government College, Mohali, will the runners up.

Organisation formed to teach for slum children
Patiala, November 26
A group of spirited individuals have joined hands to form a voluntary organisation named the Kalyan Sewa Samiti which will impart education to children living in slums.


Bank to offer loan for purchasing tractors
Patiala, November 26
In order to provide credit to farmers for purchasing tractors and equipment, the State Bank of Patiala has tied up with Eicher Tractors to offer a concessional rate of interest of 11 per cent with 12 months gestation period under the scheme.


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