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Allahi’s assurance on Sikh shrines
Amritsar, November 11
Even as west Punjab Chief Minister, Chaudhry Parvez Ellahi today assured the SGPC that all religious places of minorities, including gurdwaras would be protected at all costs, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, has said that Indian and Pakistan governments should immediately release all the detainees, who have been languishing in various jails of both the countries, to mark the ‘Bandi Chhor Divas’ (Divali) tomorrow.

Need for Sikh calendar stressed
Patiala, November 11
Prof Harbans Singh, Department of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, Punjabi University, today organised the Sardarni Kailash Kaur Memorial Lecture in the Senate Hall of the university. Mr Pal Singh Purewal from Canada presented his lecture on the topic of Guru Granth Sahib and Nanakshahi calendar. Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, presided over the seminar.

Rababis give proof of performance at Darbar Sahib
Amritsar, November 11
Buttressing claim of having performed kirtan at sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib even after Partition, the 17th generation descendants of Bhai Mardana — a Muslim who accompanied the founder Guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, throughout his journeys — Ashik Ali Bhai Lal and his elder brother Bhai Irshad from Pakistan today presented documentary proof of record of their performance at the Golden Temple.

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Shah Mohammad born in Amritsar, not Batala: experts
Amritsar, November 11
Punjabi intellectuals are unanimous that legendary Punjabi poet, Shah Mohammad, who was witness to the Anglo-Sikh war and author of “Jang Hind-Punjab” was born in Wadali Veeram Bhoma village in the district and not in Batala, as believed by early historians.

Relief too little, too late, says SAD
Chandigarh, November 11
Too little, too late that is how political parties in the state, and relatives of the victims, have described the order of the National Human Rights Commission. The order may have ended struggle for monetary relief spread over a period of two decades, but the affected say the amount of compensation should have been “more”.

PHSC asks VB to take action against doctor
Mohali, November 11
The Chairman, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, today asked the Punjab Vigilance Bureau to investigate and take necessary action on a patient's complaint against a government doctor who allegedly demanded money for conducting her operation in a private clinic.


Langah, Sekhwan win SGPC seats
Gurdaspur, November 11
The SAD won both the SGPC seats for which the elections were held on November 7. Both SAD candidates, former minister Sucha Singh Langah and Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, defeated their nearest rivals of the Panthic Morcha, Mr Sucha Singh Chottepur and Mr Amrik Singh.

Advani coming on Nov 14
Amritsar, November 11
Mr L.K. Advani, BJP President, would visit Amritsar to address workers' meet on November 14. This was informed by Mr Anil Sareen, state secretary, BJP, in a press release issued here today.


Army chief presides over centenary celebrations
Some where in Northern sector, November 11
The Chief of Army Staff, Gen N.C. Vij, presided over a function organised here today to mark the centenary celebrations of the 2 (independent) Armoured Brigade. The general took salute from the glittering mounted tank parade commanded by Brig A.K. Pathak, Commander of the Brigade.

Breeding magur fish may invite stern action
Moga, November 11
The district administration would take strict action against those breeding magur fish, said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh, during the monthly meeting of the District Grievances Committee here.

Chief of Army Staff Gen N.C. Vij supervises tank formations somewhere in the northern sector on Thursday. — Photo by Jangi
Chief of Army Staff Gen N.C. Vij supervises tank formations somewhere in the northern sector on Thursday.

CM to clear mill workers’ salary dues soon
Chandigarh, November 11
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today assured employees of the Cooperative Sugarmill, Rakhra (Patiala), that their salary dues will be cleared soon. Employees have not got their salaries for the past four months.

Henry seeks kiln owners’ cooperation on fly ash
Chandigarh, November 11
Urging brick kiln owners to call off their strike, the Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Avtar Henry, has assured them that the PSEB would help them to lift fly ash from its thermal plant complexes.

Form military courts, says Bitta
Patiala, November 11
All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman Maninderjit Singh Bitta today called for formation of anti-terrorist military courts, saying establishment of such courts was the only way to deal with terrorism following the withdrawal of POTA.

Website on Sahibzadas soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 11
A website will be launched on the martyrdom of Sahibzadas, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of the District Sukhmani E-Governance Society here today.

BKU activists court arrest
Moga, November 11
Protesting against the lathicharge on farmers participating in rail roko stir, activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) took out a protest march here yesterday.

Technical Services Union backs farmers
Bathinda, November 11
Members of the TSU held a rally here today to lodge their protest against the state government’s move to crush the movement of the farmers with the use of firearms and lathis.


‘Black Divali’ for cotton growers
Bathinda, November 11
Cotton growers will be observing a “black” Divali tomorrow. What has been causing a huge financial loss to the cotton growers is that the prices of raw cotton have come down by Rs 600 to Rs 700 in the past two months.


Woman raped in front of hapless husband
Talwandi Sabo, November 11
A woman, who came to Takht Damdama Sahib here for paying obeisance to get rid of ailment from which she had been suffering, was allegedly raped by three persons in front of her husband late last night.

Woman sold for Rs 20,000 and raped
Hoshiarpur, November 11
A case of selling and raping of a young married woman of Harjiana village by her husband has been reported at Mahilpur police station of the district yesterday.

2 elderly women murdered
Kotkapura, November 11
Unidentified assailants today killed two elderly women, Ghona Devi and her sister-in-law Lakshmi Devi, at the densely populated Old Grain Market area of the town. The incident has triggered a wave of panic among the residents here.

Burglary case solved, 4 held
Jalandhar, November 11
The district police today claimed to have solved a case of burglary within three days with the arrest of four persons and recovery of cash and gold ornaments from them.

160 bags of poppy husk seized
Abohar, November 11
Another attempt to smuggle poppy husk on the eve of Divali was foiled by the Rajasthan police.


Students stage lahgoor
Patiala, November 11
Students of the Our Lady of Fathima Convent presented Haryanvi dance lahgoor, besides a sports choreography featuring popular sports figures at the annual function of the school yesterday.

Youth fest finals from Nov 14
Amritsar, November 11
The inter-zonal youth festival finals will be held from November 14 to 17 at Guru Nanak Dev University.

Principals to join PCCTU stir
Phagwara, November 11
A general body meeting of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges, affiliated with the GND varsity, today extended support to the agitating college teachers and declared to join the state-level rally of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union being held on November 17 at Chandigarh as well as the subsequent district-level rallies.

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