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Sikh leadership complicated turban issue: Dr Rai
Amritsar, November 7
Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, International Adviser to Jathedar Akal Takht, has given firsthand information about the series of meetings he had with the Government of France to resolve the turban issue.

PM urged to take up turban issue

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Gurdwara poll panel stays counting of votes
Chandigarh, November 7
Amidst allegations of booth capturing by cops in Gurdaspur and Dhariwal constituencies, the Gurdwara Election Commission today stayed the counting of votes in these places till further orders.

Govt failed to back SGPC poll: Sekhon
Chandigarh, November 7
The Gurdwara Election Commission’s observations in its order staying the counting of votes in two constituencies has only confirmed the allegations that the Congress governments — both at the Centre and in Punjab — provided little support to it for conducting “free and fair” poll.

International airport proposed near Ludhiana
Ludhiana, November 7
The Punjab Government has proposed the establishment of the greenfield international airport at Ladowal near here. The Airport Authority of India is understood to have approved the site.




Has Punjab the will to accelerate decelerated growth?
Chandigarh, November 7
In Punjab, downward fall of economy continues. In fact, the state is burdened with ‘’stagnant’’ economy. There does not seem to be any discernible measures on the drawing boards to reverse the deceleration of the economy and to accelerate it.

UN job most challenging, says Kiran Bedi
Amritsar, November 7
Super cop Kiran Bedi has termed her present job as the UN Police Adviser as the most challenging in the present scenario with more than 14 countries facing internal strife.

Number of students declining in primary schools
Chandigarh, November 7
The number of students in government primary schools has gone down drastically in Punjab. This phenomenon is being attributed to falling standards of education in the countryside.

A view of Government Primary School, near Moga, where classes are being held under a tree. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh
A view of Government Primary School, near Moga, where classes are being held under a tree.

Beggars’ village takes to education
Theri (Patiala), November 7
Sajan and his friends Sonu and Deepak no longer don their customary saffron ‘kurtas’. They have exchanged them for school uniforms of a nearby school.

Seven water samples fail purity test
Sangrur, November 7
Out of 11 water samples, collected by district health authorities on October 25 and October 26 from the local jaundice-affected Adarsh Mohalla and Nabha Gate Phirni Road area, seven failed the purity test.


Fuel price hike a "crude" Divali gift
Chandigarh, November 7
BJP Youth Wing National Executive member, Mr Vineet Joshi, today termed the hike in fuel and cooking gas prices as a "crude" Divali gift from the Congress-led UPA government, proving its election slogan "Congress ka haath, aam admi ke saath".

PUDA cocks a snook at pollution board
Patiala, November 7
The multi-crore Integrated Township Project on the Patiala- Sirhind road has come under the scanner with the Punjab Pollution Control Board refusing to give a no-objection certificate to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to release potential effluents from the township into the Badi Nadi.

No poor family at Jaito: survey
Jaito, November 7
Jaito has become the only town in Punjab that has no below poverty line family. This has been revealed in a survey conducted by the local Municipal Council.

Unions for full power to panchayats on pension
Jaito, November 7
Leaders of the Progressive Panchayat Union, Jaito-Kotkapura block, have termed the role of government officials in giving old age, widow, and disability pensions needless and demanded that all rights relating to these pensions be given to panchayats.

Pensioners thank govt
Chandigarh, November 7
The Punjab Government has accepted several long pending demands of its 10,000-odd pensioners and ordered grant of financial benefits to them.

Medical conference ends
Jalandhar, November 7
A two-day multi-speciality medical conference, part of the continuing medical education programme, concluded at Military Hospital in the cantonment here today.

Stress on child care to prevent blindness
Faridkot, November 7
The district unit of the Punjab Ophthalmological Society, Punjab, organised the 4th symposium on “Contact Lens and Low Vision Aids Practice” here today.

Joint effort needed to check graft: DC
Moga, November 7
In a function organised by the Vigilance Department as part of the awareness week, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, administered the pledge of weeding out corruption to the government officials.

Pankaj Udhas regales audience
Barnala, November 7
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas and his troupe got an enthusiastic response from the audience here last evening.


High Court
Order reserved
Chandigarh, November 7
A Special Bench of Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court on Thursday reserved his order on a petition in the Bhikhiwind firing case.


Farmers’ fast from Nov 8
Amritsar, November 7
The farmers lodged in various jails all over the state would go on relay fast from November 8 over the alleged provision of sub-standard meals to farmers in Amritsar Central Jail and in protest against the non-release of farmer activists who were taken into preventive custody before the November 3 protest.

Farmers’ jail-bharo movement from today
Bathinda, November 7
Activists of the BKU (Ugrahan) have decided to start a “jail-bharo” movement from tomorrow to lodge their protest against the atrocities being committed on its members by the police, and the alleged failure of the authorities to ensure remunerative prices of cotton.


10 student leaders booked for protest at university
Patiala, November 7
The Punjabi University authorities, which had earlier suspended four student leaders for fighting and consuming liquor on the campus, has now got a case registered against 10 more student leaders who were at the forefront during the blockade at the main gate of the university on November 5.

Man held for ‘raping’ daughter
Nawanshahr, November 7
Mr M.F. Farooqui, SSP, while talking to mediapersons here on Sunday said the police had arrested Surinder Pal (52) a resident of Mehatpur Ulladhani village for allegedly raping his daughter when she was minor and continuing the illicit relationship for the past 10 years.

Dowry death alleged
Bathinda, November 7
Mr Pargat Singh, father of Nasib Kaur, a resident of this city, today alleged in a signed affidavit that his daughter was strangulated to death by her in-laws after his family failed to fulfil their lust for dowry.

One arrested for smuggling narcotics
Bathinda (Maur), November 7
In its campaign launched against the smuggling of narcotics, the district police has recovered 140 kg of poppy husk which was loaded in a Tracks jeep today.

Officer booked for temple demolition
Hoshiarpur, November 7
The Model Town Police, registered a case under Section 295-A IPC against Mr Vinod Parkash, General Manager Bharat Sanchar Nigam yesterday for hurting religious sentiments by allegedly demolishing a temple of Lord Bhavneshwar Mahadev located in his office complex at Railway Mandi here.


Officials told to open more EGS centres
Faridkot, November 7
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, has asked the district administration officials to restrain from opening EGS centres under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in the areas where elementary schools are functioning.

Principals’ body to discuss demands
Jalandhar, November 7
To discuss the deteriorating financial condition of private colleges in the state, the Association of Principals of Non-government Affiliated Colleges will hold a meeting at Guru Nanak College, Phagwara, on November 11.

Inter-Zonal Youth Festival begins tomorrow
Jalandhar, November 7
The third annual Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) scheduled to be held on November 9 and 10 will now be spread over three days from November 8 to 10 at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Lecturers’ dismissal over dress code to probed
Kotkapura, November 7
Taking note of the dismissal of three women lecturers by the management of Gandhi Memorial College for Girls for violating dress code, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Alok Shekhar, has asked the SDM, Mr Mohan Lal, to probe into the matter.

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