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Amarinder shows empty pockets to Punjab staff
Patiala, November 1
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had nothing to give to the employees at a state-level function organised by the Punjab State Services Federation, headed by new Congress inductee Charanjit Singh Walia.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab State Services Federation president Charanjit Singh Walia at a function organised by the federation in Patiala on Monday.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab State Services Federation president Charanjit Singh Walia at a function organised by the federation in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

No reason to celebrate Punjab Day: Amarinder
Plans fizzle out in Bhattal’s absence
Patiala, November 1
The absence of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has had its effect on the Punjab Day celebrations with the State Languages Department officials here claiming that the absence of “Madam”, who is out of the country, was mainly responsible for not holding the celebrations today.

Police arrests 450 farmers; stir tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 1
Resolving to deal firmly with the farmers’ agitation, the Punjab Police has arrested nearly 450 farmers in various parts of the state. Besides, police teams continue to conduct raids in villages to arrest more farmer leaders and activists.

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Rail roko stir: BKU leaders arrested
Moga, November 1
About 450 workers, including a couple of top leaders, of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) have been arrested, while some others have gone underground in the wake of a “rail roko” agitation on Wednesday, state general secretary of the union, Sukhdev Singh Kokri told The Tribune here today.

Assamese girls strike a pose during the first All India Dance and Drama festival in Patiala on Monday
Assamese girls strike a pose during the first All India Dance and Drama festival in Patiala on Monday. — PTI

Opening of Hussainiwala border sought
FEROZEPORE: In a memorandum sent to both Indian and Pakistani Governments, residents of this border town have once again appealed for opening the Hussainiwala-Kasur border for trade and transit in the next round of bilateral talks to be held between the two nations next month. The Hussainiwala border was closed in the aftermath of 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Earlier, the former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee’s bus journey to Lahore and Agra Summit had raised some hopes but subsequent Kargil conflict and attack on Parliament dashed their hopes.

Malta tragedy mission meets PM
Hoshiarpur, November 1
A five-member delegation of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission — Mr Ranjit Singh, former MP, Mr Gurmail Singh (Ropar), Mr Sukhdev Singh (Bathinda), and Mr Chuhar Singh (Kapurthala) and Mr Balwant Singh Khera, its chairman — met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at his residence yesterday.

Two PhD degrees for one thesis
Amritsar, November 1
Guru Nanak Dev University seems to have set a new precedent by ‘awarding’ two degrees on one thesis. While Mr Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi, a lecturer in pharmaceutical sciences had already been awarded degree in the Department of Applied Chemistry during the previous convocation, he was ‘given’ another degree in the Pharmacy Department in alleged violation of university rules.

Food processing must for reviving farm income
Chandigarh, November 1
Punjab can ill-afford wanton wastage of food items, grains or pulses, fruits and vegetables. But this is happening due to the absence of adequate post-harvest technology and lack of processing industry.

East Africa too served as base for Ghadar movement
JALANDHAR: Contrary to the common perception that it was South Africa which was one of the important bases of Indian freedom fighters, East Africa had also made tremendous contribution towards the Indian freedom struggle and had also served as a vital platform for Ghadri freedom fighters to enable them to wage a war against the British.

Ghadri mela concludes
Jalandhar, November 1
“Aje na aya raj ve loka, Ghadri Bhagat Sarabhian da, Jago jago deve hoka, mela Ghadri Babean Da”. With the enchanting of these lines penned down by playwright Amolak Singh, as part of flag song in his play staged on the last day of the “Ghadri Babean Da Mela”, the five-day festival organised in memory of the Ghadar martyrs came to an end.

Members of the Navchintan Kala Manch perform on the tunes of flag song as part of a play staged by them on the last day of the Ghadri Babean Da Mela at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Members of the Navchintan Kala Manch perform on the tunes of flag song as part of a play staged by them on the last day of the Ghadri Babean Da Mela at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Monday.

Governors should be neutral in functioning: Badal
Chandigarh, November 1
SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Congress was back to its old game of using the office of Governor to serve its vested political interests.


Action against 1984 riots guilty demanded
Moga, November 1
Demanding strict action against those behind the "massacre" of Sikhs in the 1984 riots, the Akali Dal (Ravi Inder) activists blocked traffic at Joginder Singh Chowk here today.

Akali Dal (Ravi Inder) activists block traffic in Moga on Monday demanding action against the perpetrators of the 1984 riots. — Photo by Iqbal Singh
Akali Dal (Ravi Inder) activists block traffic in Moga on Monday demanding action against the perpetrators of the 1984 riots.

More cases of jaundice in Sangrur
Sangrur, November 1
With the detection of nearly 10 more cases of jaundice in different parts of Sangrur town in the past two days, it seems the disease has been spreading in a number of localities as per the reports collected from the health authorities.

Signature campaign by Akal Purkh Ki Fauj
Amritsar, November 1
The Akal Purkh Ki Fauj (APKF) launched a signature campaign here yesterday to appeal for justice for victims of the 1984 anti- Sikh riots and early indictment of the perpetrators.

Mela Phagware Da organised
Phagwara, November 1
Punjabi singers Sarabjit Cheema, Satwinder Bugga and Pammi Bai stole the show at the first “Mela Phagware Da” organised jointly by a monthly Punjabi magazine and the Punjabi Kala and Sahit Kendar last night.

Lok Chetna Lehar’s appeal to CRPF authorities
Amritsar, November 1
Mrs Gurmit Kaur, a resident of Gallab village near Ajnala is helpless. Her son, Manjit Singh, laid down his life while serving the Central Reserve Police Force at Guwahati. Her daughter-in-law, Mrs Rajwant Kaur, latter availed all the benefits and remarried leaving behind two minor daughters.

17 pilgrims injured as vehicle overturns
Phagwara, November 1
Seventeen pilgrims, including 12 women, were injured near Chak Hakim village on the GT Road last night after their Tata-407 vehicle overturned while trying to save a scooterist.

Gurpurb celebrated
Amritsar, November 1
The local Shahid Sikh Missionary College celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das at Lopoke village on Saturday. A gurmat programme was organised in which different jathas performed kirtan on the occasion.


150 farmers remanded in judicial custody
Sangrur, November 1
As many as 150 farmers, including 32 women, protesting in the villages of Sunam subdivision against the rounding up of leaders of farmers in the state in view of “Rail roko” agitation were arrested by the police under Sections 107/151 yesterday.

Court orders Punjab to reinstate Class IV employee
Chandigarh, November 1
A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice J.S. Narang has allowed the petition of a former class IV official of the Department of Agriculture, Punjab.


Cowshed mishap report submitted to DC
Barnala, November 1
The probe report pertaining to the cowshed roof collapse at Sanghera which took place on August 3 this year following heavy downpour has revealed that the roof and walls collapsed due to pressure of fodder stored there.


Woman duped by travel agent
Mohali, November 1
Manjit Kaur, a 31-year-old widow from Nawanshahr, wanted to go to the UK. Instead she was made to spend two months in virtual starvation in Ethiopia, where she was arrested by the immigration authorities and almost deported to Pakistan.

NRI, Sarpanch booked for cheating
Moga, November 1
Two persons, an NRI and a village Sarpanch, have been booked for cheating in verification of the address at the time of the former's marriage with a girl hailing from Muktsar district.

Lovers commit suicide
Kotkapura, November 1
Two lovers died here today after they consumed some poisonous substance under a suicide pact. The deceased, Veerpal Kaur and Sansar Singh, were the residents of Kothehawana village.

International gang of smugglers busted
Amritsar, November 1
Acting on a tip-off, the district police today busted a 16-member international gang of smugglers and arrested its seven members.

Transporter shot at by unidentified gunmen
Jalandhar, November 1
Two unidentified persons allegedly shot at and injured Mr Satpal, owner of an AC bus company, while he was out on his morning walk in front of his office in Mota Singh Nagar Market here today.

Farmer shot over trivial issue
Moga, November 1
A farmer was shot dead over a trivial matter at Burj Dunna village here today.


Budget released, but salary eludes teachers
Bathinda, November 1
First it was the Punjab Government which forced a section of its teachers to face humiliation for months together by denying their monthly salaries.

Aided-school teachers’ ultimatum to government
Bathinda, November 1
The Punjab Government aided school teachers and other employees' union, while serving an ultimatum on the government for accepting the genuine demands of retired and serving teachers by November 15, threatened to launch an agitation after the deadline if nothing was done in that connection.

YPS juniors dazzle with scintillating show
Patiala, November 1
Junior wings of Yadvindra Public School put up a show which surprised their seniors and peers. The students gave scintillating performance after another at the annual function of the junior wing which saw the students singing, playing traditional and modern musical instruments and enacting skits on the environment and other issues.

School kids collect Rs 1.56 lakh for SOS village
Sangrur, November 1
Students of classes IV to X of the local General Gurnam Singh Public School have collected a sum of Rs 1,56,628 through voluntary donations recently for the SOS Children's Villages of India, Rajpura. The SOS CVI is a non-profit, non-government and voluntary organisation, with branches all over India. It is committed to the cause of taking care of orphaned or homeless children. The Rajpura branch of the SOS village is the only branch in Punjab.

3 colleges sans regular principals
Barnala, November 1
Three colleges in Barnala — Guru Gobind Singh College, SD College and Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College — have been working without regular principals for the past many months.

Women Youth Fest marks Punjab Day
Amritsar, November 1
The four-day Zonal Youth Festival for Women of ‘A-Zone’, organised by Guru Nanak Dev University today, marked the Punjab Day.

BBSBEC wins overall Youth Festival Trophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 1
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering, College (BBSBEC) here won overall trophy of Zonal Youth Festival of Punjab Technical University held at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology Ludhiana.

Training course for rural youth at Thapar
Patiala, November 1
State Bank of Patiala Chief General Manager P.K. Panda today inaugurated a training programme started at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) for training youth in machine and sheet metal work.

PRSU’s 3-day meet ends
Sangrur, November 1
The three-day second state-level conference of the Punjab Radical Students Union concluded here last evening with the passage of its constitution and declaration for building the nation through neo-democratic revolution under the revolutionary political ideology.


Dairy products from other states hit Punjab
Lalru, November 1
The Punjab dairy sector is facing a serious threat due to unbridled sale of dairy products transported from other states.


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