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JAC member alleges harassment by police
Probe initiated into complaints against VC
Ludhiana, November 18
Just a few days after the formation of a joint action committee against the functioning of the authorities of Punjab Agricultural University, a member of the committee was today allegedly harassed by the police on the pretext of questioning him in connection with a complaint filed by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor.

DC orders inquiry into road construction
Places teacher under suspension
Bathinda, November 18
Making a departure from the traditional style of administration, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr K. A. P. Sinha, while admitting that substandard material was being used in the premix paving of the Talwandi Sabo-Teona Pujarian road at a public grievances removal function organised at Teona Pujarian village today, announced that the SDM, Talwandi Sabo, Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, would conduct an inquiry into the same.

Resolve differences, Governor tells

Amritsar, November 18
“Ex-servicemen should come under a single umbrella to chart out a new course. For this they should meet me. But first they must resolve differences and come on a single platform to address their issues,” insisted newly appointed Governor Gen SF Rodrigues (retd).

Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor, Punjab, along with his wife, Jean Rodrigues, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor, Punjab, along with his wife, Jean Rodrigues, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph



  Imbroglio at Raj Bhavan
Chandigarh, November 18
Punjab Raj Bhavan has arm-twisted the Department of Information and Public Relations to submit a panel of names rather than implementing the transfer orders of the incumbent Information Officer, Mr Surinder Malik, who was replaced by Mr Jarnail Singh. The orders to post Joint Director Jarnail Singh in place of Mr Malik were passed on November 4. He was, however, not allowed to join.

Heritage fest opens amidst colour and chaos
Amritsar, November 18
The Amritsar Heritage Festival was thrown open this afternoon with a 3 km long traditional procession that went past the historical landmarks of the Holy City. The procession featuring nearly all forms of Punjabi folk dance was structured round familiar themes.
Girls wearing traditional Punjabi costumes take part in procession carried out on the commencement of the second Amritsar heritage festival on Thursday
Girls wearing traditional Punjabi costumes take part in procession carried out on the commencement of the second Amritsar heritage festival on Thursday.Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Exploit trade ties to resolve turban row: Ravi Inder
Moga, November 18
The Centre should exploit its trade relations with France to resolve the turban issue which has affected thousands of Sikhs staying there.

Jagtar Sidhu, Sham Singh get Punjabi Patarkar Award
Chandigarh, November 18
Clearing the four-year-old backlog, the Punjab Government today announced Shiromani Puraskars, the most prestigious state awards for 52 Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit writers and journalists, besides ragis and dhadis.


Ajay does not rule out truck with BJP
Ludhiana, November 18
Senior INLD leader and Rajya Sabha member Ajay Singh Chautala today did not rule out a possible alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Party for the forthcoming assembly elections in Haryana.

I have been framed, says Padiala
Kharar, November 18
Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, vice-president of the state unit of SAD, who had been booked by the police in connection with an incident of shootout at an SGPC rally here, said that he was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case.


Housefed to build 632 flats in Mohali
Sangrur, November 18
The Punjab State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies Limited (Housefed) has fixed a target to disburse loans worth Rs 125 crore to members of cooperative house building societies for constructing/repairing about 6200 houses in the state in the current financial year, while it had already disbursed loans worth Rs 66 crore among the members till October 31 in this financial year.

Prices of industrial plots getting out of reach
Chandigarh, November 18
Doubling of the prices of industrial plots in Punjab in general and Mohali in particular may benefit the present owners but is a serious setback to plans to further industrialise the economically-wrecked state.

Liquor contractor missing: counsel
Chandigarh, November 18
Advocate Mohan Jain, counsel for liquor contractor Sanjeev Bhandari, today created a flutter in the Punjab and Haryana High Court when he alleged that his client had been missing since November 3, two days before the re-auction of liquor vends of Jalandhar.

Vigilance probe against Xen
Moga, November 18
Taking serious notice of misappropriation of funds to the tune of lakhs by an Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department, the Vigilance Bureau has started a probe into the matter.

Crime against women on rise in Bathinda dist
Bathinda, November 18
Even as the district police authorities have been leaving no stone unturned to curb criminal activities in the district, crime against women, including rape, kidnapping and abduction and murder for inadequate dowry has witnessed an unprecedented rise in this year.

Employees resent Singla’s remarks
Abohar, November 18
The Technical Services Union has lambasted Finance Minister Surender Singla for creating unrest among different sections of the society by issuing dictatorial, irresponsible and inflammatory statements.

Migrants perform Chhath puja
Phagwara, November 18
About 20,000 migrants, mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh performed Chhath puja this evening by offering ‘ark’ to the setting sun along the waters of Chachoki distributary. The water was streamed in specially for the occasion as the canal otherwise had been dry for the past several years with shrubs, filth, and litter strewn in and around.

Kashmiri Pandits demand special package
Ludhiana, November 18
The Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, Ludhiana and Chandigarh today regretted that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his yesterday’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir did not make any mention of them.

Jatha for Pakistan on Nov 21
Amritsar November 18
To mark the 536th “Parkash Utsav” of Guru Nanak Dev, a 3000-strong Sikh jatha would leave for Pakistan on November 21. Devotees would pay obeisance at gurdwara Nankana Sahib and other historical gurdwaras on the occasion.

Jammu-Srinagar railway line by 2008
Amritsar, November 18
The Jammu-Srinagar railway line will be completed by early 2008. This was stated by Mr R.R. Jaruhar, General Manager, Northern Railway, during his brief stay here today. He was here for annual inspection of Jammu, Pathankot, and Batala railway stations falling under Ferozepore division.


Woman paid Rs 50,000 for unsuccessful tubectomy
Pathankot, November 18
Owing to an “unsuccessful tubectomy operation”, Mr Jora Singh, District Judge, Gurdaspur, has directed the Punjab State to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the complainant, Ms Chanchila, a resident of Doong village, near here.

Man sentenced to RI for murder
Ropar, November 18
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K Goel, today sentenced to Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Mohali to rigorous imprisonment for four and a half year in a murder case.

Smugglers sentenced to 12-yr RI
Bathinda, November 18
Mr Raj Shekhar Attri, Additional Sessions Judge, Bathinda, today sentenced four international smugglers to 12-year rigorous imprisonment in a case registered against them at the Sangat police station about four years ago.


Nephew arrested for murder
Jalandhar, November 18
The district police today solved a case of murder with the arrest of the accused. According to the police, Malkiat Singh of Bidhipur village, near here, in a complaint today said that the body of his uncle Lashkar Singh was found in the fields where the latter used to sleep.


19 Pbi varsity students refuse to secure bail
Student body gives strike call
Patiala, November 18
Nineteen students, who were arrested yesterday after they raised slogans outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor despite a court stay on demonstrations on the campus in view of World Punjabi Conference, refused to secure bail for the second time today.

Punjabi varsity observes International Philosophy Day
Patiala, November 18
Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies of Punjabi University today observed International Philosophy Day by organising a lecture delivered by a noted scholar of Buddhist philosophy, Prof Sanghasen Singh, Professor and former Head, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi.

Biotechnology answer to sustainable growth: expert
Patiala, November 18
Biotechnology is the answer to sustainable development with the post-Green Revolution era almost going for a gene revolution for improving crop productivity and quality.

Holiday in primary schools today
Ropar, November 18
The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today declared holiday tomorrow in all the primary schools in the district on the concluding day of a three-days sports meet of the primary schools here today.

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