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House allotment scandal unearthed
Patiala, November 10
Houses meant for the homeless have been allotted to people who already have got one besides migrant labourers and even a public sector employee in Rawas Brahman and Kartar Colonies on the outskirts of the city. Many of the allottees have sold off their houses or given them on rent.

A typical house provided to the poor under the Indira Vikas Yojna at Rawas Brahman village, near Patiala. A typical house provided to the poor under the Indira Vikas Yojna at Rawas Brahman village, near Patiala. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Foreign firm hired to restructure FCI
Chandigarh, November 10
The Ministry for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has hired an international consultancy, McKinsey, to “restructure’’ the Food Corporation of India and suggest, in six months, how it could get rid of “excess baggage’’.

Defrauded by agent, man lands in Pak jail
Amritsar, November 10
“Our government has done nothing for our release. It only issues statements and nothing more”, this was written with heavy heart by Harish Sharma, a resident of Sharma Colony, Tarn Taran Road, in a letter to his family. Harish is now in Quetta jail in Pakistan for illegally crossing the border.

Fatehgarh Sahib



A girl lights a candle at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Vedanti refuses to attend function at Cong Bhavan
Amritsar, November 10
Even as the Congress today claimed that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, would participate in Bandi Chhod Divas to mark the release of 52 kings at the behest of Guru Hargobind, scheduled to be held in the District Congress Committee office here tomorrow, Jathedar Vedanti said he was not taken into confidence before the announcement of his name .

How does the turban threaten the French, asks M.S. Gill
Chandigarh, November 10
Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament M.S. Gill yesterday wondered why France was afraid of “chuni” that the Muslim girls used to cover their heads or how their uncovered heads would make France “safer” in any way.

425 wards of slain cops given jobs
Chandigarh, November 10
Years after their parents or guardians were slain while crusading against militancy in the state or died in harness, 425 youngsters have been recruited by the Punjab police on compassionate grounds.

Tribune Impact
Civil Surgeons asked to identify TB cases in slum areas
Sangrur, November 10
Acting upon the observations of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission with regard to a news item “1 lakh women face divorce due to TB”, published in The Tribune, the Director, Health Services, Punjab, Dr G.L. Goyal, has directed Civil Surgeons of the state to identify the slum areas in their respective districts, besides sending a list of TB cases to him.

Acts being reassessed to protect farmers
Chandigarh, November 10
The Amarinder Singh Government that has been resisting to accept that farmers had committed suicides during its ongoing tenure in Punjab, is busy in dusting the worn-out files to dig out old Acts, most of which have been in disuse, to protect farmers from money lenders and usurious loans.


Leaders want Khanna to quit as BJP chief
Chandigarh, November 10
Certain Hoshiarpur district-based leaders of the BJP have intensified the campaign against the president of the Punjab unit of the party, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna. Informed party sources said that the pressure was being built party President, L.K. Advani to remove Mr Khanna from the presidentship of the state BJP.

Sekhwan demands repoll at 12 places
Gurdaspur, November 10
A former SAD minister and a candidate from the Gurdaspur SGPC constituency, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, yesterday demanded a repoll in booths at 12 places.

State executive of Youth Cong recast
Phillaur, November 10
Punjab Youth Congress president Raminder Singh Awla has reconstituted the state executive of the PYC and appointed 12 vice-presidents, 19 general secretaries and seven secretaries for its smooth functioning.


VB inquiry against Drainage Dept officials
Chandigarh, November 10
State Vigilance Bureau has ordered an inquiry against officials of Sangrur’s drainage department for committing irregularities in a tender floated on January 29 January last year. They allegedly connived with the contractors and caused a huge loss to the state exchequer.

DM imposes restrictions on sale of crackers
Abohar, November 10
Alarmed with the death of three children at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here, late last evening in a fire at roadside stall of crackers, the District Magistrate today imposed some restrictions on the sale of crackers here but the traders flouted the same in a big way.

Firecracker godown in congested market
Kotkapura, November 10
Even as the district administration has warned of strict action against the firecracker sellers storing stocks in densely populated areas, a few traders are openly flouting the norms here.

Traders sell crackers illegally
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 10
Two days prior to Divali, none of the local traders have not applied for permission to sell crackers and fireworks at specified places in the town. Meanwhile, the local police has warned the prospective vendors against unauthorised storage of explosive materials.

Centre to ‘restructure’ procurement credit
Chandigarh, November 10
The Centre has agreed to step in to "restructure" Rs 4,000 crore food credit availed of by Punjab from the banks for foodgrain procurement over the years. This money, however, was "diverted" elsewhere. The banks had also realised that there were "no stocks" with Punjab to back up these loans.

Bibi Amrik Kaur’s arrest sought
Amritsar, November 10
Col G S Sandhu, (retd) president of the Poohla Eviction Committee and chairman, Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front yesterday opened front against Bibi Amrik Kaur, a close associate of controversial Nihang chief, Ajit Singh Poohla who was an undertrial in many criminal cases, including three murder, one attempt to murder in Ludhiana.

Serving for years sans appointment letter
Pathankot, November 10
Lecturers of JRMAB College of Pharmacy here have alleged harassment at the hands of the management. In a complaint to the Punjab Vigilance, a copy of which was provided to The Tribune, all five lecturers of the college have alleged that though they have been serving in the college for years, they have not been issued any appointment letters.

Folk artistes fall on bad days
Patiala, November 10
Dhadhi singer Des Raj Lachkani often has to take up the spade rather than the ‘toomba’ musical instrument to work on agricultural fields at Lachkani village, near here. He is lucky if he gets to distribute marriage cards during festive days.

Cong MP demands relief for Malta victims
Chandigarh, November 10
Not all families of the 200 poor Punjabi boys who froze to death in the icy sea off the Greece coast some years ago have been given adequate relief by the state. Many of them continue to represent but to no avail.

Conference on human rights from Nov 19
Amritsar, November 10
More than 25 delegates from all over the world, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the USA, England, Iran, Nigeria and Ghana, are likely to participate in a three-day international conference on “Human rights in the age of Globalisation” to be held at DAV College of Education for Women here from November 19.

Holy book not kept according to ‘maryada’
Kharar, November 10
During a raid by the police on a disputed house in Ranjit Nagar here it was found that Shri Guru Granth Sahib had not been kept in accordance with the maryada inside the building.

Employees’ rally on December 17
Chandigarh, November 10
Accusing the Central Government of not reversing its “anti-people” and “anti-employee” policies, the All India State Government Employees Coordination Committee today declared that a massive rally would be held in Chandigarh on December 17.

104-yr-old Swami Sarvanand cremated
Pathankot, November 10
Mortal remains of Dayanand Math chief Swami Sarvanand Saraswati were consigned to flames this afternoon at Dinanagar near here, amid chanting of “Vedic Mantras”.

Centenary function by armoured brigade
Pathankot, November 10
The 2 (1) Armoured Brigade today organised its centenary celebrations. To commemorate the raising of the oldest armoured formation of the Indian Army a centenary sainik sammelan was organised here today.

‘Apna Hissa’ adjudged best play
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 10
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, excelled on the second day of the three-day inter-zonal youth festival of Punjab Technical University today.


Kidney case goes to fast-track court
Amritsar, November 10
The District and Sessions Judge has transferred as many as 14 cases, including the infamous kidney case, to the Fast-Track Court.

High Court
Notice Issued
Chandigarh, November 10
A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice SS Nijjar and Mr Justice JS Narang on Tuesday issued notice for December 4 on a petition filed by Dr Avtar Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Sirhind Mandi, challenging the order of Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab to initiate disciplinary action against him.

344 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Patiala, November 10
As many as 344 out of 465 cases were disposed of at a Special Lok Adalat organised in the Patiala Sessions Division today. The adalat also passed awards worth Rs 66 lakh.


Smuggler arrested with smack worth Rs 10 lakh
Gurdaspur, November 10
The Gurdaspur police has arrested Deepak Kumar, a resident of Surajpur Mohtali area of Himachal Pradesh, on the charge of smuggling smack.

Plan to commit dacoity foiled
Kharar, November 10
The police has arrested six persons who were planning to commit a dacoity last night.

Gang of robbers busted, 3 held
Jalandhar, November 10
The district police claims to have busted a seven-member inter-district gang of robbers and chain snatchers with the arrest of its three members and recovery of snatched gold chains.

2 hurt as scooter, truck collide
Lalru, November 10
Jai Kishan, son of a press photographer, sustained injuries when a truck rammed into his scooter on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Dappar village this afternoon.


300 students participate in knitting contest
Sangrur, November 10
Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Limited, Ludhiana, organised a zonal-level “Vardhman aao bune knitting contest” to promote the age-old art of knitting in the complex of Mandir Sri Mansa Devi here today.

Students of Apeejay School take out a rally saying "No To Crackers" in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

PTU youth festival concludes
Jalandhar, November 10
The three-day annual inter-zonal youth festival of Punjab Technical University concluded at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

Pathankot girl to attend US conference
Pathankot, November 10
A local girl, Ms Navdeep Kaur Bajwa, a Senior Search Fellow in the Department of Physics, Panjab University, and now working in collaboration with the Nuclear Sciences Centre, New Delhi, and a laser Physics Division Centre for Advance Technology, Indore, has been invited to the USA to participate in a conference organised by the Malaria Research Society.

Jalandhar college lifts overall trophy
Phagwara, November 10
Government College of Education, Jalandhar, won the overall trophy in the two-day Zonal Youth Festival of Educational Colleges of GNDU which concluded on Monday.

Children’s Day celebrated
Bathinda, November 10
A cultural function was organised at Little Flower Public Senior Secondary Public School here today on the occasion of Divali and Children’s Day.

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