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Rodriguez removes Legal Adviser
Chandigarh, November 22
The Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator of Chandigarh, General S.F. Rodriguez (retd), has decided to dispense with the services of his Legal Adviser, sources in Raj Bhavan said yesterday.

’84 riot victim awaits cheque for 18 yrs
Ranshinh Khurd (Moga), November 22
An octogenarian, Gehal Singh, is running from pillar to post for the past 18 years to get a cheque for Rs 1 lakh reissued, which was dispatched to him on February 8, 1986, as compensation for injuries he suffered in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in New Delhi, but did not reach him till date.

Speak in Punjabi, Bhattal asks CM
Patiala, November 22
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal releases a book at the inaugural function of “Punjabi Saptah” in Patiala on Monday. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today urged the state Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, to speak Punjabi so that others could follow suit.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal releases a book at the inaugural function of “Punjabi Saptah” in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar




Pak poets touched by “Veer-Zaara”
Amritsar, November 22
Yash Chopra’s cinematic narration of a love-struck couple’s journey across barbed wires in “Veer-Zaara” has positively impacted the visiting Pakistani poets. Watching the film was a top priority for Afzaal Shahid and Aizaz Ahmad Azer who are here to participate in the poetic symposium being organised during the heritage festival.

SGPC honours London top cop
Amritsar, November 22
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, London, Sir John Stevens, was honoured by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee here today. Mr Dalmegh Singh, secretary SGPC, presented him with a siropa and a momento of the Golden Temple. The Commissioner was accompanied by his wife.

IGP (retd.)S.S. Bhullar welcoming Sir John Stevens, commissioner of metropolitan police service ,London, on his one day visit to Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Police foils farmers plan to court arrest
Moga, November 22
Raids at Bharatiya Kisan Union eaders’ homes and heavy police presence foiled union activists plan to court arrest in front of the SDM office at Nihalsinghwala.

BKU(U) activists court arrest
Bathinda, November 22
Nearly 230 activists of the BKU courted arrest in Bathinda and Mansa districts today in connection with the “jail bharo” movement in protest against the fall in the cotton prices and alleged “negligible” purchase of the crop by the Cotton Corporation of India.

Pbi varsity lecturer booked for fraud
Chandigarh, November 22
A lecturer in the Department of Correspondence Studies Punjabi University, Patiala has been booked after his wife complained that he was trying to flee the country on a ‘new’ passport in which his marital status was mentioned as 'unmarried'.


MC dumping waste near hospital
A view of the waste dumped at the back of the Pathankot Civil Hospital.  Pathankot: The hospitals are supposed to be set in clean and hygienic surroundings. However, the Civil Hospital, Pathankot, is surrounded by unhygienic conditions as the entire solid waste of Pathankot is being dumped by the Municipal Council at the back of the hospital on a “kutcha” bundh developed on a natural drain. 

A view of the waste dumped at the back of the Pathankot Civil Hospital. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Govt yet to take over Circuit House building
The Circuit House at Gurdaspur which is yet to be inaugurated. Gurdaspur, November 22
The Circuit House here awaits takeover by the hospitality department of Punjab. It has 18 rooms, out of which 10 were furnished more than a year ago. However, nobody has been able to occupy the furnished rooms because the hospitality department has not yet taken over the building.

The Circuit House at Gurdaspur which is yet to be inaugurated. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Camps to solve problems on the spot
Jalandhar, November 22
To ensure speedy redressal of grievances of people on the doorstep, the state government has decided to launch series of “Lok Suvidha Camps” in Jalandhar as a pilot project from November 24.

Nagar kirtan taken out
Phagwara, November 22
Even though the Avtar Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev falls on November 26, a nagar kirtan in this regard was taken out here this afternoon.

Jail reforms needed, says ADGP
Phillaur, November 22
Punjab Chief Minister Adviser for jails reforms and former Additional Director-General of Police A.P. Bhatnagar has admitted that infrastructure in jails is poor and there is a need for jail reforms.

Health officials raid clinic
Hoshiarpur, November 22
Dr Y.C. Markan, Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, said here yesterday that on a tip-off a team of doctors of the Health Department raided Ashok Hospital at Garhshankar. 

Bank staff warn Centre against retrenchment
Chandigarh, November 22
The All India Bank Employees Congress has warned the UPA Government at the Centre against any retrenchment of employees in the wake of government’s proposal for merger of banks.

Mixed response to bandh call
Amritsar, November 22
It was mixed response to the bandh call given by the BJP and various Hindu organisations, including Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, in protest against the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati in an alleged murder case.

Dalits hold dharna
Nawanshahr, November 22
The district unit of the Dalit Zabar Virodhi Front, Punjab organised a protest dharna here in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner today to register protest against the alleged caste-based discrimination by certain religious deras and “dilly-dallying” by the state government to implement the Mandal Commission report.

Female foeticide alarming: Aparna Basu
Bathinda, November 22
Ms Aparna Basu, president, All-India Women Conference, said here yesterday that need of the hour was to fight the evil of female foeticide and dowry, which had been acquiring alarming dimensions for the past many years.

Drinking water for all villages by 2006: Henry
Moga, November 22
Punjab Food and Civil Supplies and Public Health Minister, Avtar Henry, today said that under a World Bank project worth Rs 1,800 crore, drinking water would be provided to each and every village of the state in the next two years.

Rs 6 crore road project sanctioned
Rangilpur (Ropar), November 22
The Punjab Government today gave the green light to Rs 6.67 crore project for the completion and maintenance of the Rangilpur-Mianpur-Purkhali-Barda road on the Ropar-Chandigarh highway. The completion of the project will help the residents of 50 villages.

CT scan helps treat pancreas diseases, says PGI doctor
Patiala, November 22
Ultrasound and CT scan guidance can help in percutaneous drainage of pus in non-responding or complicated cases of pancreas malfunction, said Dr J .D. Wig, Head of the Department of Surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, while delivering the Dr K.C. Saronwala Memorial Oration here last evening.

Raids on chemist shops
Bathinda, November 22
As many as three teams led by five Drug Inspectors raided chemist shops and hospitals being run by quacks at seven places of the district.


Nominations to 36 market committees completed
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
The first phase of nominations to 36 market committees in the state has been completed by the Punjab Mandi Board. It has sent the related file to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for approval.


3 jail staff suspended
Jalandhar, November 22
The Central jail authorities here today suspended three members of the jail staff for allowing inmate, who was admitted to the local Civil Hospital after complaints of illness on Saturday, to move in the bazaars on the city.


Councillor, son held for beating up SHO
Amritsar, November 22
Mr Surinder Choudhry, councillor and his son Pawan Kumar, alias Pamma, were arrested from their shop situated at the Putlighar-Islamabad road here today by a large police contingent.

Man crushed to death
Lalru, November 22
A Mohali resident Gurvinder Singh was crushed to death by a Tata Sumo on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Dappar village, late last night.

Thieves break into Markfed shop
Kharar, November 22
Thieves decamped with tins of refined oil, bags of rice and other items from a Markfed store located on the Kharar-Ropar road here. The theft was brought to the notice of the Markfed authorities by the owner of an adjoining shop yesterday.


No student on rolls of DIET
Four families make it their home
Deon (Bathinda), November 22
The District Institute of Education and Training, which was built to cater to the needs of the district for training students in elementary teachers training, has become a residential place for four families of the village.

School boundary wall issue gets murkier
Bathinda, November 22
The incident pertaining to the demolition of a boundary wall of the local SSD Mangat Ram School on Saturday evening has snowballed into a major controversy, with the Shree SSD Sabha, which manages the school, asking the police to register a criminal case against Mr Baldev Singh, who, along with others, demolished the wall, claiming that he was the real owner of that piece of land, which was in the illegal possession of the school.

Spirited show by tiny tots
Patiala, November 22
Tiny tots of Stepping Stones School put up a spirited show at the annual function here today. The highlight of the show was a fancy dress competition.

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