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Badals accused of not accepting summons
Chandigarh, November 28
Parkash Singh Badal
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal will appear before the Special Court in Ropar on December 1 to answer charges levelled against him in a case of disproportionate assets registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on June 25 this year.

Ropar police gears up for Badal’s visit
Ropar, November 28
The Ropar police has made elaborate arrangements to avoid any untoward incident on December 1 when former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has to appear in the special court in Ropar in a corruption case filed against him by the Punjab police.

Police seeks arrest warrant against Nihang chief
Poohla (Tarn Taran), November 28
The Bhikhiwind police has sought arrest warrant against Nihang chief Baba Ajit Singh Poohla against whom a case under Sections 323, 341, 427 and 506 had been registered.

News Analysis
SC ruling on liquor fee cheers up Punjab
Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department could not have asked for more. Upholding of its decision to levy import fee on beer by the Supreme Court on Thursday means a saving of at least Rs 50 crore.




Milk plant staff told to sell products on quota basis
Bathinda November 28
In a significant order Mr Narinder Singh, General Manager, Bathinda District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited, has directed all employees of its local milk plant to sell its milk products on a monthly quota basis.

Voters’ Punjabi kin in demand
Bathinda, November 28
Residents of Punjab, particularly of the Malwa belt, having relatives in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh and Churu districts of Rajasthan and New Delhi are in demand. Candidates of various parties have started talking their services to woo voters.


President A.P.J. KalamKalam to launch entrepreneurs’ school
Jalandhar, November 28
Gyan Jyoti School of Total Quality Management & Entrepreneurship — North India’s first school aimed at sharpening the skills of entrepreneurs and working professionals — would be launched by President A.P.J. Kalam on December 1.

Plan for new water storage tanks approved
Abohar, November 28
The local Municipal Council has resolved to abandon water storage tanks located in the old water works here. The council resolved to purchase 22 acres of land near Malookpura distributary on the bypass for creating new tanks in technical consultation with the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

BSF steps up vigil on border
Rania (Amritsar), November 28
The ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir does not apply to the Punjab border with Pakistan. The BSF jawans will not hesitate in opening fire on those trying to infiltrate into India.


Mr G.S. Gill, IG, BSF, Punjab, addresses mediapersons at the Wagah joint checkpost on Friday. Mr Hemant Prohit, DIG, BSF is also seen in the picture. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr G.S. Gill, IG, BSF, Punjab, addresses mediapersons at the Wagah joint checkpost

SSP to visit Delhi in Daler case
Patiala, November 28
Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police A.S. Rai will go to Delhi next week to check details of persons, if any, taken abroad by Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi under the alleged human-trafficking racket regarding which a case had been registered by the Patiala police.

Hospital gifted eye equipment
Patiala, November 28
Sight Savers International (UK) and British Gas (UK) have gifted eye equipment worth Rs 75 lakh to the Ophthalmology Department of the local Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital. The State Minister for Medical Education and Research, Mr Santokh Singh, inaugurated the equipment here today.

Kharar civic body okays widening of roads
Kharar, November 28
The Municipal Committee at its meeting today decided to widen five roads in the town to help solve the problem of traffic congestion. The general house of the committee, which met here in the morning, also cleared a proposal to construct public toilets in the town.

A road prone to mishaps
Jalandhar, November 28
The Jalandhar-Kartarpur road has virtually turned into a “killer” road, with a large number of accidents taking place on it. During the past few months, this stretch of road has witnessed about 40 accidents, resulting in death of 13 persons and injuries to about 250 persons.

3,000 female dogs to be sterilised
Jalandhar, November 28
In their effort to check the ever-increasing population of stray dogs, the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation and the Punjab Animal Husbandry Department have planned to sterilise about 3,000 female dogs in the city in a phased manner under the Animal Birth Control Programme.


Jasbir murder suspects remanded
Hoshiarpur, November 28
The suspects in Jasbir murder case, who was hacked to death allegedly by four Rajputs of Jahankhelan village on November 25, had been making plans in this regard for the past one month.

Ex-DEO gets judicial custody
Ropar, November 28
The local Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.S. Grewal, has remanded Ms Malti Batra, former District Education Officer, Primary, in judicial custody till December 12. Ms Batra was arrested last evening from her residence here by a Vigilance team from Ludhiana on charges of misappropriating Rs 1.5 lakh from the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan funds placed under her jurisdiction during her stint as DEO.

Five-year jail for tea seller
Moga, November 28
Mr Sukhdev Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Moga has convicted and sentenced Bhushan Kumar, a tea stall owner of Moga to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 50,000.


BKU to launch agitation
Abohar, November 28
The Bharatiya Kisan Union BKU has convened meeting on December 2 at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Morinda, to drawup a strategy for an agitation against the non-payment of dues to farmers for the sale of sugarcane last year.


Vikas Partap shifted again
Chandigarh, November 28
Modifying three earlier orders, the Punjab Chief Secretary, today passed yet another order, whereby, Mr Vikas Partap, now stands shifted as Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore. He has been posted Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA.


2 held for duping migration aspirants
Nawanshahr, November 28
Mr M.H. Farooqi, SSP, in a press meeting said here today that the police had unearthed a case of emigration fraud and arrested Major Singh and his wife Harvinder, residents of Ludhiana.


Their faith saw them through
Patiala, November 28
Faith in God and the support extended by parents and his wife helped Mr Rajesh Tripathi in bouncing back after being sacked following the scrapping of the 1998 PCS examination by the Congress government.

Fresh probe ordered against suspended varsity teacher
Patiala, November 28
Punjabi University, which had recently suspended a senior teacher, Dr K.S. Sidhu, who has worked as its Registrar, has now instituted another inquiry against him by appointing a three-member committee to investigate allegations that he might have wrongly issued a certificate to a former teacher of his department.

DIET students cry foul over results
Bathinda, November 28
A large number of students of the District Institute of Education and Training today expressed surprise and unhappiness over their second semester results. Information gathered by TNS revealed that in the second semester 24 students were passed by giving grace marks, 33 were put in the re-appear category and 31 failed.


Entrepreneurs oppose maintenance charges
Nawanshahr, November 28
Small industrialists here are sore over the decision of the Board of Directors of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation to levy maintenance charges to the tune of Rs 6 per square yard on allottees of industrial plots in Focal Points.

Move to unite Beopar Mandals
Ludhiana, November 28
Efforts have been initiated to unite the different Beopar Mandals in Punjab to protect the interests of the traders. The initiative in this regard has been taken by Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, president of the Punjab Beopar Mandal.

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