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CPI to decide on UPA at national convention
Jalandhar, November 4
The Communist Party of India (CPI) will take a decision on its future approach towards the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre at its three-day National Congress scheduled to be held in Chandigarh from March 29 next year.

Cotton growers being repressed: CPI

Canada to back India on terrorism

Amritsar, November 4
The Canadian High Commissioner, Ms Lucie Edwards, today assured the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, that she would take up the issue of Sikh religious symbols with her government.

Canadian High Commissioner Lucie Edwards with SGPC President Jagir Kaur in front of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Canadian High Commissioner Lucie Edwards with SGPC President Jagir Kaur in front of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.

SGPC poll: No response from Centre on paramilitary forces
Chandigarh, November 4
The action has commenced. Less than 72 hours before the SGPC poll in three constituencies, a cop has been transferred and probe into the arrest of a sarpanch has been ordered.




Akali factions to join hands against Badal
Amritsar, November 4
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) would strive to unite all rival Akali factions into a single entity with a view to oust Badal and his coterie from the Akali Dal and the SGPC.

SGPC trunks may open Pandora’s box
Amritsar, November 4
The two trunks containing belongings of the SGPC, including a revolver and burnt Indian and foreign currency, which remained in the Deputy Commissioner’s Treasury since Operation Bluestar, are likely to open Pandora’s box , with its chief Bibi Jagir Kaur saying that she would ask the Prime Minister to help in recovering the rest of the 148 trunks during her proposed meeting with him in Delhi.
One of the trunks of the SGPC while was opened in the presence of media in Amritsar.
One of the trunks of the SGPC while was opened in the presence of media in Amritsar.

Curfew-like situation in hospital
Relatives not allowed to meet BKU activists
Mansa, November 4
Curfew-like situation prevailed outside the male surgical ward of the Mansa Civil Hospital where 12 BKU (Ekta-Ugrahhan) activists, who were injured in lathi charge at Ralle village yesterday, were admitted.

Cops guard the male surgical ward of the Mansa Civil Hospital, where BKU 
(Ekta-Ugrahhan) activists were admitted, on Thursday. — Photo by Sonu 
Cops guard the male surgical ward of the Mansa Civil Hospital, where BKU

‘Hardip Singh wanted to surrender before police’
Amritsar, November 4
The sensational suicide case, in which five members of a family, including two minor children, had committed suicide, took a fresh turn today when it came to light that Hardip Singh, head of the family, wanted to surrender before the police.

Warrant officer finds man chained in lock-up
Bathinda, November 4
A warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court has found Mr Rajeev Kumar, a local resident, lodged in the lock-up of local police station with his hands chained.

Mr Rajeev Kumar, a resident of Bathinda, in the lock-up of the local thermal police station with his hands tied with iron chains. — A Tribune photo
Mr Rajeev Kumar, a resident of Bathinda, in the lock-up of the local thermal police station with his hands tied with iron chains.

Semester exams of varsities postponed
World Punjabi Conference, Indo-Pak games cited as reason
Amritsar, November 4
In a strange move , the state government has decided to postpone semester/mid-term examinations of Punjabi University, Punjab Technical University , Baba Farid Health University , Guru Nanak Dev University and the Punjab School Education Board and directed these educational institutes to hold the examinations after December 15.


Streamline sale of DAP fertiliser, demands SAD (A)
Phagwara, November 4
SAD(A) General Secretary Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singhwala today demanded streamlining the supply, sale and price of DAP fertiliser, failing which the party would launch a district-level peaceful protest against its blackmarketing and stage-managed shortage.


Vegetation, flower vases, gardens mosquito breeding grounds
Chandigarh, November 4
Did you know the potential breeding grounds for the larvae of mosquitoes? Read on. Paddy fields, plush gardens with thick vegetation, water plants in flat earthen pots and water-filled flower vases, little cups filled with water placed under the legs of tables to prevent their being overrun by ants etc.

3-year-old girl dies in fire
Abohar, November 4
A three-year-old girl was burnt alive as a fire broke out in a cotton-ginning factory here today.

1,200 ex-servicemen take part in rally
Abohar, November 4
About 1,200 ex-servicemen attended an ex-servicemen rally organised at the Military Station, Abohar, today.

Sustained campaign against corruption
Chandigarh, November 4
A systematic campaign would be launched against corruption by involving all sections of society during ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ which will continue till November 6. This was today disclosed by Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Chief Director of Vigilance Bureau A.P. Pandey.

Price fixation panel meeting postponed
Mohali, November 4
Following a demand made by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, the Punjab government has decided to postpone indefinitely the meeting of the price fixation committee scheduled to be held tomorrow under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, at Kharar.

Gill writes to PM on bus service to Nankana Sahib
Chandigarh, November 4
Dr M.S Gill, MP, has once again written to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to take action with regard to starting the bus service from Amritsar to Nankana Sahib.

Anti-rabies vaccine in short supply
Chandigarh, November 4
Even as the incidence of dog bites continues to be on the rise in the states of Punjab and Haryana, the non-availability and shortage of cheap anti-rabies vaccine, Sample, in government hospitals and dispensaries across the region is forcing the victims to turn to expensive alternates available in the market or knock the doors of private hospitals.

Himachal page: Anti-rabies vaccine likely to cost more

Lawyers allege use of stale khoya
Patiala, November 4
At least 91 lawyers of the District Bar Association today announced a boycott of mithai during the festive season charging sweet shops of using substandard and stale khoya brought from Uttar Pradesh to prepare sweetmeats during the Divali festival.

Zira road turns into a garbage dump
Moga, November 4
It seems that the municipal council has closed its eyes to the garbage dumps mushrooming in the town. Its height of indifference can be gauged from the fact that about a 100-metre stretch on the Zira road has virtually turned into a garbage dump.

A view of the garbage strewn on the Zira road in Moga. — Photo by Iqbal Singh
A view of the garbage strewn on the Zira road in Moga.

Municipal employees go without pension
Bathinda, November 4
About 200 former employees of the Local Bodies Department, who retired from services after attaining the age of superannuation before April, 1990, have been running from pillar to post to get pension but without any success so far.

PF not paid for 6 months
Fazilka, November 4
Most of the teachers and other employees of the Education Department who retired during the past six months have not received the contribution made by them to the General Provident Fund (GPF).

No income limit for prisoners to get free legal aid
Bathinda, November 4
At a function organised in the local Central Jail, Mr K.C. Puri, District and Sessions Judge, said that there would be no income limit for prisoners to get free legal aid, while in other cases the annual income limit was Rs 30,000 to get the same facility.


Notice issued on PIL seeking independent probe
Chandigarh, November 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for January 7 on a public interest litigation seeking an independent probe into the FIR registered By Sangrur Sadar police against a family for allegedly demanding dowry.

Youth gets life term for raping sister
Sangrur, November 4
Mr Jagroop Singh, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, today awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) along with a fine of Rs 2,000 to Lakhwinder Singh, a youth from Jagowal village, near Malerkotla, for raping his unmarried sister Rajwinder Kaur and murdering her.


2 nurseries on govt land demolished
Jalandhar, November 4
Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, local Improvement Trust authorities today demolished two big nurseries, allegedly set up on the government land near the Guru Nanak Mission chowk here.


Minor girl dies during abortion; 2 booked
Moga, November 4
A youth has been booked for physically exploiting a 14-year-old Dalit girl of Butar Kalan village who died here yesterday after she made an unsuccessful attempt to abort her foetus.

Unit raided; 20 quintals of substandard gachak destroyed
Patiala, November 4
A person making jaggery sweet (gachak) by spreading the jaggery and groundnut mixture on a dirty floor and then cutting it and packing it under the name of a popular sweet brand in the city was today made to pay for his unhygienic production.

Blind murder case solved, two held
Jalandhar, November 4
The district police today claimed to have solved an old case of a blind murder with the arrest of two persons and recovery of weapons used in the crime.

Labourer killed
Kharar, November 4
A migrant labourer was killed when he was hit by a motor cycle near Desumajra village late last night.


Class XII humanities results today
Mohali, November 4
The Punjab School Education Board here would declare tomorrow the results of the class XII humanities and vocational supplementary examination held in September 2004.

NIT imbroglio: Centre urged to intervene
Jalandhar, November 4
Demanding intervention of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Department of Technical Education, Punjab, in the ongoing deadlock between the administration and faculty of Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, the teaching staff of the institute has sent a written complaint to both the authorities.

Rajindra College wins zonal youth fest trophy
Bathinda, November 4
The local Government Rajindra College won the overall trophy in the three-day zonal youth festival of Punjabi University, Patiala, which concluded on its premises late last night.

Education boards’ council meeting today
Mohali, November 4
The zonal meeting of the Council of Boards of School Education in India, (COBSE), would be hosted by the Punjab State Education Board here on November 5 and 6.


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