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MC postpones auction following
SGPC opposition

Amritsar, November 19
The local municipal corporation had to postpone the auction of land adjoining the deorhi of Gurdwara Santokhsar Sahib opposite the corporation office today, due to strong opposition from the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

4 absentee lecturers suspended
Chandigarh, November 19
Playing tough with absentee teachers, the Punjab Government today ordered the suspension four school lecturers posted in Moga district.

Bhattal launches self-help group
schemes for women

Morinda, November 19
The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today called upon women of the state to form self-help groups for self-reliance. She said, the present environment women could become self-reliant through the process of
earning-saving reinvestment by forming self-help group in each village.

Women entrepreneurs honoured

A sea of women from Punjab at the launch of a statewide campaign for women’s empowerment in Morinda on Friday.
A sea of women from Punjab at the launch of a statewide campaign for women’s empowerment in Morinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Fatehgarh Sahib



Empowering women is her aim
NGO plans to cover 400 Punjab villages
Morinda, November 19
Her determined voice booming from overhead speakers inspires you to “take the future in your own hands” as Ms Nandita Bakshi addresses a massive gathering of 2,000 women in Dusherra ground here.

Warm welcome to Pak delegates
Jalandhar, November 19
Distances ceased to matter for once. At least this is what most of the delegates from Pakistan, who have come to attend the two-day World Punjabi Cultural Festival “Mitti Dee Khushboo” here, seemed to be bent on stressing.

42 Indian journalists cross over to Pak
Wagah, November 19
A delegation of 42 Indian journalists and members of the South-Asia Free Media Association today crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah border.

Experts for changes in building bylaws to save city heritage
Amritsar, November 19
As you walk past the old walled city of Amritsar, a crumbling heritage stares you in the face. The meandering streets that once housed traditional structures built on intimate scales are now homes to all forms of encroachments leaving little or no space for pedestrians.

Govt to act tough with farmers’ stir
Chandigarh, November 19
Unable to contain the growing unrest among farmers owing allegiance to the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU-Ekta), the Punjab Government has decided to deal firmly with any law and order problems arising out of their November 22 dharnas and rallies.


SAD to hold rallies in state
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
The political affairs committee of SAD at its meeting held at Mata Gujri Bhavan here today decide to hold rallies and dharnas in the state in protest against alleged corruption in government offices, DSP recruitment scandal, increase in prices of essential commodities, including diesel and petrol, privatisation proposal of the PSEB, lathicharge on agitating farmers and failures of the government.


Flutist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia performs at Khalsa College in Amritsar during the second heritage festival on Thursday. Defying age for passion
Amritsar, November 19
Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia continues to reinvent himself as a musician. Notwithstanding the hazards of sunset years, the master flutist ensures his frequent appearance in the concert circuit besides composing melodies that literally defy his age. Those who saw him in concert against the magnificent backdrop of Khalsa College in the Holy City last night would know exactly what masterful handling of the North Indian bamboo flute is all about.

Flutist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia performs at Khalsa College in Amritsar during the second heritage festival on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Chaos at World Punjabi Cultural Festival
Jalandhar, November 19
The opening of the much publicized “World Punjabi Cultural Festival” turned out to be a chaotic affair. It was total mismanagement on the part of the organizers, the police and traffic officials deployed for management of the function.

‘Suicides’ turn out to be murders
Bathinda, November 19
The deaths of two residents of Bhucho Mandi area under mysterious circumstances about one-and-half year ago which were taken to be cases of suicide by the police at that time, turned out to be murders as it was found that both were done to death after being administered poison.

Armed forces must be alert, says GOC-in-C
Ferozepore, November 19
Notwithstanding the thaw in Indo-Pakistan relations, the armed forces cannot afford to let their guard down. This was stated by the Army Commander, Lt-General J J Singh PVSM AVSM GOC-in-C Western Command during his visit to the forward areas of Vajra Corps in the western sector to review the operational preparedness, and interact with unit and formation commanders.
Lt-General J J Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, addresses the unit and formation commanders during his visit to the forward areas of Vajra Corps in the western sector.
Lt-General J J Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, addresses the unit and formation commanders during his visit to the forward areas of Vajra Corps in the western sector.  — Photo by writer

Gurdwara Guptsar Sahib at Himmatpura village (left) and Bhai Nirmal Singh shows burnt "rumalas" and "manji sahib".Bid to burn ‘birs’ foiled
Himmatpura (Moga), November 19
An effort by "mischievous elements" to burn 'birs' at Gurdwara Guptsar Sahib of this village was foiled yesterday. The incident took place merely four days after someone stole cash from the gurdwara's 'golak'.

Gurdwara Guptsar Sahib at Himmatpura village (left) and Bhai Nirmal Singh shows burnt “rumalas” and “manji sahib”. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

International conference on human rights starts
Amritsar, November 19
A three-day international conference on “human rights in the age of globalisation” was inaugurated by Justice Rajindra Nath Mittal, vice-president, DAV College Managing Committee, at the DAV College of Education for Women here today.

Stranded bullock owners on verge of bankruptcy
Dera Bassi, November 19
The health of over 455 bullocks has deteriorated during the past two and a half months. And with that, the value of the animals has gone down, putting the transporters on the verge of bankruptcy.

Plea to install Ambedkar’s statue
Sangrur, November 19
Members of the district unit of the Gazetted and Non-Gazetted SC/BC Employees Welfare Federation, Punjab, led by Mr Pargat Singh, district president of the federation, today staged a dharna in the district administrative complex here against the alleged “anti-Dalit” attitude of the Punjab Government.

LIC staff hold protest
Amritsar, November 19
Under the banner of the National Federation of Insurance Field Workers of India, development officers of the LIC today held a protest on the court road here.

1904 booths for pulse polio drive
Amritsar, November 19
As many as 1904 booths have been set up for the fifth round of the pulse polio immunisation campaign which is to start on November 21.

Striding for a cause
Jalandhar, November 19
Blisters in his feet have failed to dampen the spirits of Balwant Singh Grewal, 68-year-old UK-based philanthropist, who is undertaking 4,000 km walk from Amritsar to Kanyakumari to raise money for cancer and AIDS research.

Railways urged to reconsider catering policy
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 19
The Ambala Division Vending and Catering Contractors Association has condemned the new catering policy of the Railways implemented from November.


High Court
Liquor contractor’s petition allowed
Chandigarh, November 19
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a petition filed by liquor contractor R.S. Randhawa. Mr Randhawa had bid the highest Rs 5.5 crore for the Jalandhar-I (group I) liquor vends in the auctions held some months back.

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Punjab to have cold storage chain
Patiala, November 19
The Punjab Government has conceived a plan to start a cold storage chain in the state at a cost of Rs 27 crore to facilitate export of vegetables and fruits from the state.


HP employee held for posting obscene photos
Gurdaspur, November 19
Just a few days after three politically influential persons were arrested for disseminating obscene photographs of a local girl on mobile phones, the Gurdaspur police has managed to crack another such case.

3 hurt seriously as CTU bus hits car
Ropar, November 19
Atinder Singh, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh, and two girls were seriously injured today when a CTU bus collided with a car on the Ropar-Chandigarh National Highway-21 near Behrampur, about 8 km from the town.

2 killed in road mishap
Pathankot, November 19
Two persons were killed and two others injured today at Mukerian, 44 km from here when a truck collided with a Tata Safari going from Pathankot side.

Proclaimed offender held
Gurdaspur, November 19
The district police has managed to arrest Pralhad Kumar, an inter-state narcotics smuggler and proclaimed offender.


MBBS exam papers arrive late
Vallah (Amritsar), November 19
The examination paper of medicine, MBBS, final year, held at SGPC-run Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences, was delayed by nearly 45 minutes as the question papers could not arrive on time.

Varsity given free hand to deal with student unrest
Patiala, November 19
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced that his government would give a free hand to the Punjabi University in dealing with student unrest on the campus, even as he entertained a delegation of students at his residence this morning.

Children’s Science Congress on Nov 30
Chandigarh, November 19
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology will organise the 12th state level Children’s Science Congress-2004 on November 30 at Indira Holiday Home, Chandigarh.

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