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Govt can’t crush our agitation, says BKU
Chandigarh, November 20
“No amount of threats from government can prevent us from going ahead with our plans of peaceful dharnas and demonstrations outside district headquarters on November 22,” declares Mr Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu, Convener of Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), holding that coercive methods cannot take away the democratic rights of oppressed farmers.

Experts see threat to traditional farming
Ludhiana, November 20
Apprehending threat to traditional farming practices, particularly pertaining to rice, in the International Year of Rice — 2004, organisations working for sustained agriculture have got together to prevent this “destruction”.

Miscreants storm school complex, loot
fee money

Abohar, November 20
More than six persons, including, a woman, allegedly stormed a school complex here last evening and tried to assault the Chairman of the school’s managing committee and his son with sharp-edged weapons.

Ensure work for Punjab labour, Mann
asks CM

Sangrur, November 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today asked the Punjab Government to enact a law for ensuring 100 per cent employment to Punjabi labourers in the industry and agriculture sectors of the state.

A millionaire with a mission
Chandigarh, November 20
If you have surplus money, be a Nanak Kohli. He is a millionaire NRI Sikh, known in Washington as a Rolls-Royce Sikh, the tag attached to him by eminent writer, Khushwant Singh, when he bought the " best car of the world", spending $1.10 lakh.                                    Nanak Kohli
Nanak Kohli

Heritage festival kicks off in Amritsar.
(28k, 56k)

Fatehgarh Sahib



Harappan period artifacts lying unnoticed
Ropar, November 20
Valuable artifacts belonging to the Harappan period are lying unnoticed in the Archaeological Museum in Ropar district due to lack of publicity. Stone implements, ornaments and arrow-heads excavated after Independence are displayed in the museum.


Water harvesting systems in new houses planned
Gurdaspur, November 20
Water harvesting systems will be made compulsory in new houses being constructed in Punjab. The Department of Soil Conservation has decided to write to PUDA, municipal councils and corporations against approving maps of houses that do not have any provision for rain water harvesting.

Swimmers need good infrastructure, says assn chief
Ropar, November 20
“Most of our sportspersons do not perform at international events as they lack proper training and infrastructure. My first preference is to create appropriate infrastructure for swimming in the state and generate funds for sportspersons to get them best training,” said, Dr R.S. Parmar, newly elected president of the Punjab Swimming Association.

Fake passes scam to be taken up at MC meet
Kharar, November 20
The culprits allegedly involved in the fake state transit passes scam two years ago are yet to be booked. The matter is again being put up for discussion at the Municipal Council meeting which is to be held later this month.

Girija Devi perturbed by ‘sorry’ state of classical arts
Amritsar, November 20
Almost all of Dr Girija Devi's concerns stem from the sorry state of classical arts in India. Perturbed by the callous indifference that describes the establishment's attitude towards the Indian classical artistes, the vocalist even questions the sincerity behind the institution of awards like the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.

Doctors on more than one faculty face action
Ludhiana, November 20
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken a serious view of the teaching doctors getting themselves enrolled on the faculty of more than one medical college at the same time and has taken action against as many as 65 such medical teachers in the country. Action against more than 30 such teachers is contemplated.

Refraining from remixes, Aryans out to charm
Jalandhar, November 20
They sing for the sheer joy of it. And their style is the “garage style” — an uninhibited expression of music, sans any affectedness or elaborate stage props. The pop music group, Aryans, that was in the city today to perform at Jalandhar Cantonment started off as a “dream strung in melody and friendship”. A chance meeting of D.J. Narayan from Lucknow and Sadu from Kerala had both these singers “dreaming together”, and in 1994, the five-member “Aryans” group of “Hai Dil” fame was formed.

Members of the Aryan music band who are in Jalandhar to perform are all smiles on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Members of the Aryan music band who are in Jalandhar to perform are all smiles

‘Music is divinity’                                     
Jalandhar, November 20
Music is divinity for noted Pakistani Sufi singer Surriya Khanum, who is in the city. “It’s not a mirror to the truth; it’s truth itself. It is passion for the ultimate reality. What can give more happiness than an ode to Him? I can’t think of music as anything else,” she says.
                                     Surriya Khanum

Punjabi artistes enthral
Sangrur, November 20
Sarbjit Cheema, a noted Punjabi singer, and Balwinder Singh Bicky, alias Chacha Raunki Ram, a noted comedian, regaled the audience at a musical programme, Rangla Punjab, at the Ranbir Club here last night.

Surriya Khanum

Theatre activist honoured
Patiala, November 20
The National Theatre Arts Society Patiala honoured Mr Babu Singh Brar, president, Lok Bhalai Sanstha, Patiala, for his contribution towards the promotion of theatre and social service at a function organised by the Lok Bhalai Sanstha at Government Elementary School in Bajwa Colony.

Migratory birds’ population decreases
Ropar, November 20
For want of a proper policy to protect international wetland in the district, there is decline in the population of migratory birds, which arrive here from the Central Asia and other parts of the country.

PSEB employees plan protests
Patiala, November 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board’s Employees Joint Forum yesterday announced its decision to hold demonstrations outside the offices of Deputy Commissioners in the state on November 29 and march to Delhi on December 10 to protest against the Punjab Government’s proposal to dismantle the board.

Photo-exhibition inaugurated
Patiala, November 20
Lensman Rajesh Sachar is as much as a painter as a photographer. His photo-exhibition “True Life” showcased at the Art Gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts in Punjabi University vibrates with life in all its myraid hues — in study of peacocks, giddha girls, milk vendors and even photographs of dusk.

‘Oversight’ resulted in award to dead dhadi
Patiala, November 20
The Punjab Language Department today said sheer “oversight” had resulted in grant of a Shiromani Award to a dhadi who had died in 1996. The department had written to Education Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on the issue.

Seer’s arrest: BJP asks Kalam to intervene
Bathinda, November 20
The district unit of the BJP, in their memorandum to the President of India, have condemned the arrest of Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Mutt, in a murder case.

Govt restructuring cooperatives: minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
On the concluding day of the week-long celebrations of 100th anniversary of cooperatives and 51st All-India Cooperative Week celebrations, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister for Cooperation, said the government had started restructuring the cooperatives.


Order stayed
Chandigarh, November 20
A Bench of the High Court on Saturday stayed the order of the Punjab Police for withdrawal of security provided to former Akali Dal Minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon.


Teacher commits suicide
Jalandhar, November 20
A woman teacher committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her Mohalla Chah-e-Aam residence here late on Thursday night. According to the police, the deceased was identified as Shublata, who was putting up at the residence of her mother along with her three daughters and one son.

Man, four of family booked for rape of minor girl
Patiala, November 20
The Civil Lines police today registered a case of rape against a man and four members of his family on a complaint of a 14-year old girl who is pregnant with a six month foetus.

Man held with 250 gm of charas
Bathinda, November 20
The district police today arrested Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Dyalpura Bhaika village of this district. Mr Kapil Dev, SSP, in a press note issued here today, said the police had laid a naka at Bhagta Bhaika village and stopped the accused for a search operation.

Spurious mobil oil seized
Phagwara, November 20
The police has unearthed a store of spurious mobil oil at the nearby Sapror village. It was learnt today that during a raid, the police seized a drum of spurious mobil oil, fake seals and trademarks of known oil companies.


Students burn VC’s effigies

Bathinda, November 20
On a call given by the Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa group), students of the local Government Rajindra College, local DAV College, Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo and TPD College, Rampura Phul today observed a strike.

College students burn an effigy of the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Swaran Singh Boparai, at Rampura Phul, Bathinda, on Saturday.

College students burn an effigy of the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Swaran Singh Boparai, at Rampura Phul, Bathinda

Students lock school gate
Barnala, November 20
At least 50 students of Class IX and X locked the main gate of the Government High School, Roode ke Kalan, in protest against the transfer of three teachers from the school, here today.

Grant autonomous status to colleges, says Pathak
Patiala, November 20
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak today called for the grant of autonomous status to colleges to free universities to enable them to pursue research work and act as monitoring and guiding bodies.

Panjab University VC K.N. Pathak speaks at the NAAC-sponsored seminar in the Government Mohindra College Patiala on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Panjab University VC K.N. Pathak speaks at the NAAC-sponsored seminar in the Government Mohindra College Patiala

Boparai opens seminar on radiation measurements
Patiala, November 20
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai inaugurated a national symposium on ‘Radiation Measurements and Applications’ being organised by the Department of Physics in collaboration with the Patiala Chapter of the Indian Society for Radiation Physics.

300 students arrive to attend cultural fest
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
More than 300 students from 15 states have arrived here to attend the week-long inter-state cultural exchange programme being organised by District Cultural Society. The exchange programme is dedicated to the tricentenary of the martyrdom of younger sahibjadas.

SGPC to set up world Sikh varsity
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will open public schools and set up a world Sikh university to commemorate the tercentenary of the martyrdom of the four Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and Mata Gujri, said SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, while laying down the foundation stone of the guest house of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.

Computer centre for girls opened in village
Kharar, November 20
The Sunder Amar Sheel Trust opened a computer centre for providing training to girls from rural areas at Landran village yesterday. The centre, which was set up in the library in the area, was inaugurated by the founder of the Trust, Mr Nanak Kohli.

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