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Bibi asks Patil to extend SGPC chief’s term
Amritsar, November 8
In a significant development, Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, has sought appointment with Union Home Minister Shiv raj Patil for issuance of an ordinance to amend the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925.

SGPC poll: order on counting likely today
Gurdaspur, November 8
A decision on counting of ballots for the Dhariwal and Gurdaspur SGPC constituencies is likely to be taken tomorrow. Yesterday, the Chief Commissioner of Gurdwara Elections, Mr Jai Singh Sekhon, had stayed the counting.

A surprise, says Gen Rodrigues
Chandigarh, November 8
I was surprised at my appointment but I am looking forward to work in Punjab and Chandigarh, said the Governor designate Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) while talking to the Tribune from his home in Goa.

General Rodrigues — a profile

Technical courses to be reviewed,
says Bhattal

Jalandhar, November 8
The state government has decided to review the status of technical education programmes in various Industrial Training Institutes, polytechnics and engineering colleges.

Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal talks to mediapersons before the inauguration of the third annual PTU-Inter Zonal Youth Festival in Jalandhar on Monday.
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal talks to mediapersons before the inauguration of the third annual PTU-Inter Zonal Youth Festival in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph




Inside Babudom
Sandhawalia back as Kapurthala SDM
Chandigarh, November 8
Shifted at the instance of the Election Commission before November 13 by-election, Mr Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, is back as Subdivisional Magistrate of Kapurthala as the Punjab Government ordered transfer and posting orders of eight IAS and 11 PCS officers today.

Plea to introduce freedom of information Bill
Chandigarh, November 8
Akali MLA, Manpreet Singh Badal has written to Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh to introduce freedom of information Bill in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha, following the example of the Centre, which had enacted the Bill-2002.


Empowered, yet without work
Bathinda, November 8
Sardul Kaur, sarpanch, Chak Ruldu Singhwala village, gets up at 5 am, performs household chores, takes some rest and goes to bed at 10 pm unmindful of happenings and developments in the village.

Women prisoners kept out of legal aid seminar
Gurdaspur, November 8
In what could be termed as gender bias, the female prisoners were not allowed to participate in a seminar on free legal aid organised on the premises of Central Jail Gurdaspur, today.

Pledge to provide value-based service to EPF members
Chandigarh, November 8
Vigilance Awareness Week, being observed by the regional office of the Punjab Region Employees' Provident Fund Organisation in Chandigarh, concluded on November 6.

Stray cattle menace curbed
Faridkot, November 8
The district administration’s drive to curb the stray cattle menace here has given respite to the residents. While the number of stray cattle on city roads has come down, the farmers of nearby areas are happy as cattle used to ruin their crops.

25 Pak prisoners to be released today
Wagah, November 8
As many as 25 Pakistani prisoners, languishing in various Indian jails, will be released for their return to their country tomorrow.

Engine derailed, rail traffic disrupted
Phillaur, November 8
Down line traffic on the Goraya-Ludhiana rail section remained disrupted for more than four hours following the derailment of a bogie and the engine of the Mumbai-bound 1058 DN Amritsar-Dadar Express near the Goraya railway station in this sub division this morning.

Kala Bhavan inaugurated
Patiala, November 8
The Kala Bhavan, which will house the four departments of performing arts of music, dance, fine arts and theatre and television, was inaugurated by Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai here today.

Medical staff observe strike
Jalandhar, November 8
Demanding arrest of the miscreants who indulged in a clash with a senior doctor last night, the entire medical staff of the Civil Hospital observed a two-hour strike here today.

21 BKU (Ekta) activists court arrest
Bathinda, November 8
As many as 21 activists of the BKU (Ekta) courted arrest here today in connection with their “jail bharo” movement to lodge their protest against the alleged atrocities being committed on its members by the police.


Police remand of Darbara extended
Jalandhar, November 8
The police remand of serial baby killer Darbara Singh was extended by four days here today. The accused, who had been in police remand for 10 days, was presented in the court of Mr K.K. Kareer, who further ordered the extension of his remand by another four days


Computerised RCs in Kapurthala
Kapurthala, November 8
Computerised registration certificates of vehicles has finally become a reality for vehicle owners of Kapurthala, which has become the first district of Punjab to offer the convenient computerised registration certificates for vehicles with the help of an existing ‘Sarathi’ software.


Four arrested for raping, killing girl
Phagwara, November 8
The police today claimed to have solved the murder of Champa (19), whose body was found from the water tank of a tubewell of Piara Singh of Narur village on October 30, by arresting four persons.

Woman killed, 5 lakh looted
Amritsar, November 8
Nirmala Devi (60), a moneylender and resident of Ram Nagar Colony in the Islamabad locality, was murdered by some unidentified persons here late last night. The miscreants decamped with cash and jewellery worth about Rs 5 lakh.

Truck rams into transformer, driver booked
Bathinda, November 8
One person was injured and an electricity transformer was damaged here after the driver of a truck loaded with LPG cylinders lost control of the vehicle near Hanuman chowk late last night.

One killed in road mishap
Moga, November 8
One person was killed and two others were injured in a road accident near Mehna village yesterday. The injured included a Canada-based girl.

2 held for selling fake gold coins
Barnala, November 8
The Barnala police has arrested two persons, including a woman, for duping people by selling fake gold coins.


Pvt college teachers boycott classes
Sangrur, November 8
College teachers working in private colleges of this district today stayed away from their classes in protest against the Punjab Government’s alleged “indifferent attitude” towards the demands of about 6,000 teachers, serving in about 170 privately-managed colleges of the state.

Folk dances mark PTU fest
Jalandhar, November 8

Folk dance competitions of girls marked the beginning of third annual inter-zonal cultural festival of Punjab Technical University at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

The team of the host college performs “giddha” at the inter-college folk dance competition held on the occasion of the third annual PTU-Inter Zonal Youth Festival at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
The team of the host college performs “giddha” at the inter-college folk dance competition held on the occasion of the third annual PTU-Inter Zonal Youth Festival at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology in Jalandhar on Monday.

Boparai for transparency in youth festival
Patiala, November 8
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai said today that he was committed to curb wrong practises being adopted to judge talent and excellence in the field of cultural activities.

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