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PM, Sonia not to attend Punjabi Conference, festival
Chandigarh, November 23
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have expressed their inability to attend any of the programmes of the Punjabi Conference and the sports festival, which are to be held at Patiala from December 1 to 11.

Shiromani award presentation at Punjabi Conference: Bhattal
Arjun Singh to open Punjabi Conference
Little being done to promote Punjabi, lament writers

Heritage fest no draw with locals
Amritsar, November 23
Despite a schedule laced with celebrity performances, the second Amritsar Heritage festival failed to find much favour with local residents.

In pursuit of realistic cinema

Nethra Raghuraman on the ramp in the fashion show organised on the penultimate day of the Amritsar Heritage Festival, in Amritsar.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Nethra Raghuraman on the ramp in the fashion show organised on the penultimate day of the Amritsar Heritage Festival, in Amritsar.




Aman Mela leaves residents high and dry
Jalandhar, November 23
The ongoing joint cultural programmes and peace fair to further strengthen Indo-Pak friendship here have proved to be a bitter experience for residents.

Bajwa feels slighted

Justice Sekhon sends reminder to govt
Chandigarh, November 23
Even after the conclusion of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee polls, Punjab Government continues to lend little support to the Gurdwara Election Commission.

Sikhs may establish school in France
Amritsar, November 23
A delegation of French Sikhs here to mobilise support against the turban ban by the French government in schools, has decided to establish a Sikh school, should the ban continue. Talking to the Press here yesterday, the delegation stated that Sikhs were perturbed over the ban.

Punjab farmers go on fast in Amritsar jail
Chandigarh, November 23
Resentful of government apathy towards their long-standing genuine demands, five farmers today started fast unto death inside Central Jail, Amritsar, as the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU-Ekta) and the Kisan Sangarsh Committee decided to intensify their ongoing agitation.

Finance Dept projects a frightening scenario
Chandigarh, November 23
On a normal working day, Punjab spends approximately Rs 28 crore on pay and salaries and about Rs 5 crore on office expenses — stationery, entertainment, electricity, telephone, petrol, diesel and lubricants, rent on hired accommodation etc.

Punjab wasting resources: CPI

Residents block traffic over dumping site
Pathankot, November 23
Numerous residents of Khanpur and Manwal villages, irate over the dumping of waste near the Civil Hospital here, blocked traffic for more than an hour in front of the office of the local municipal council.

Residents scuffle with the police during the blockade on the Dalhousie road in protest against the dumping of waste near the Civil Hospital, Pathankot, on Tuesday. — Photo by Jangi 
Residents scuffle with the police during the blockade on the Dalhousie road in protest against the dumping of waste near the Civil Hospital, Pathankot, on Tuesday.

Rs 9.32 lakh looted from bank
Moga, November 23
In a daylight robbery, four armed men looted over Rs 9 lakh from the Punjab National Bank branch situated at Buttar village, near here, today.


360 Cong men to be adjusted in market panels
Chandigarh, November 23
As many as 360 congress leaders and activists are expected to be accommodated in the market committees, the process to constitute which has almost been completed.

CPM severs links with ex-MLA Chopra
Sangrur, November 23
Mr Chand Singh Chopra, a three-time former CPM MLA from Sherpur, has no links with the CPM, as he has been found indulging in “anti-party” activities.


Step to trifurcate PSEB dangerous, says union
Jalandhar, November 23
The Technical Services Union of Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday termed the attempts of the state government to trifurcate the PSEB as a dangerous move, which would result in unprecedented hike in tariff rates even as the consumers interests would surely be taking a back seat in the proposed privately managed undertaking.

Deteriorating law and order causes panic
Ludhiana, November 23
The deteriorating law and order situation in this industrial capital of Punjab has caused panic among residents here. There has been spurt in robberies and burglaries in the town in the past one week.

MC told to expedite sewerage work
Moga, November 23
With the Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Avtar Henry, directing the local municipal council to expedite the work on laying sewerage lines, the city residents may now look forward to have clean surroundings.

ABVP plans dharna over road condition
Abohar, November 23
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Saturday decided to hold a demonstration and stage a dharna in front of the municipal council office here on November 25 to express its resentment over the bad condition of the college road.

SGPC chief’s appeal to ‘sangat’
Amritsar, November 23
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur today made an appeal to Sikh masses residing near Fatehgarh Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib to accommodate visiting devotees during the tercentenary of the martyrdom of four sons and mother of Guru Gobind Singh in December this year.

284 divan members reinstated

PSEB erects 45 grid substations
Patiala, November 23
The Punjab State Electricity Board has erected 45 grid substations of 434 mega ampere capacity till now this year as compared to 26 substations of 467 mega ampere which were erected during the same period last year.

Villagers protest against plying of tractor-trailers
Dera Bassi, November 23
Residents of Sundran village, located on the Mubarkpur-Neembuan link road, about 10 km from here, today protested against the plying of tractor-trailers and trucks on the internal road and the phirni (ring road) of the village.

Telegrams by post!
Phagwara, November 23
Believe it or not, in this hi-tech age, telegrams here are being sent by post these days ! This is because the sophisticated telegram machine installed at the Head Post Office has been out of order for last several weeks.

Ways to check female foeticide discussed
Kharar, November 23
A meeting of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test committee was held under the chairmanship of the Senior Medical Officer at the local Civil Hospital here today.

Conference on ultrasound held
Bathinda, November 23
More than 300 doctors of the district and surrounding areas attended a conference on ultrasound organised by the Malwa Sonologists Association here.

Cultural exchange programme ends
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 23
On the concluding day of the week-long Inter-State Cultural Group Exchange Camp organised by the District Cultural Society to commemorate tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas, more than 300 students from different states presented a cultural programme at Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Senior Secondary School here this evening.

Power cuts back in Kharar
Kharar, November 23
Unannounced power cuts in the town have adversely affected the life of residents here. The situation has become particularly bad since the past four days, when the Punjab State Electricity Board started imposing long cuts in the town.

Vacant posts of doctor to be filled
Barnala, November 23
Mr Darbara Singh Guru, Secretary, Health, Punjab, said here yesterday that all vacant posts in the Health Department would be filled shortly.

Pound to check cattle menace
Bathinda, November 23
Mr K. A. P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the construction of a cattle pound at a local gaushala. He said funds would be arranged by the municipal corporation and the cattle would be looked after by the gaushala management.

Honour for two disabled kids
Bathinda, November 23
Two children of the local Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb were honoured yesterday by Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, for their performance at a cultural function in Ludhiana on Children’s Day.

Elahi’s ‘gift’ gets clearance
Chandigarh, November 23
Sultan, a thoroughbred Arabian horse, that was gifted by the Chief Minister of West Punjab, Mr Parvez Elahi to his counterpart, Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of East Punjab, can land in India on any day.

Mothers’ committee
Chandigarh, November 23
Mothers will be given training to keep their kids mentally and physically healthy. The Punjab Government would constitute a mothers’ committees where special training would be imparted to them in this regard.

Nagar kirtan
Amritsar, November 23
On the occasion of martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur, a ‘nagar kirtan’ was taken out from Akal Takht which passed through various bazars of the holy city.


No re-auction of liquor vends in Ludhiana
Chandigarh, November 23
Liquor baron Ponty Chadha today got a major breather from the Punjab and Haryana High Court as it recalled its earlier order setting aside auction of liquor vends of Ludhiana district.

HC closed, Punjab dist courts open today
Chandigarh, November 23
While the Punjab Government offices as also the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be on holiday tomorrow to observe the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, all courts in the districts of Punjab will remain open.


Sangrur tops in paddy procurement
Sangrur, November 23
The procurement of paddy during this season is almost over. Sangrur district seems to have topped having procured 25,88,473 tonnes of paddy till November 21, while Ludhiana with 17,72,492 tonnes and Patiala district with 15,16,652 tonnes are number two and three, respectively.

Plea to waive loans of farmers
Bathinda, November 23
The district unit of the Punjab Kisan Sabha has demanded that all government loans due towards the farmers should be waived off and those of the moneylenders should be converted into institutional loans.

Fast unto death by farmers
Tarn Taran, November 23
Agitating farmers lodged in Central Jail, Amritsar, have started a fast unto death against police repression and to press for their unconditional release.

Farmers protest against ‘police torture’
Moga, November 23
Protesting against the "police torture" of farmers putting forth their demands in a peaceful manner, Kirti Kisan Union activists today staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here.


12 chemists may lose licences
Bathinda, November 23
The three state-level teams constituted by the Director, Health Services and State Drug Controller, Punjab, have recommended the suspension and cancellation of licences of 12 chemist shops after their owners were found violating the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.


Lineman held for taking bribe
Bathinda, November 23
Ashok Kumar, assistant lineman, Punjab State Electricity Board, Bathinda subdivision, was caught by a Vigilance Bureau team, led by DSP, Ashutosh Kaushal, while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from Ms Jaswinder Kaur in lieu of not checking the theft of electricity in her house.

Driver goes berserk, kills 2 students
Muktsar, November 23
Two students of Adesh Polytechnic College at Marhmallu village in the district were killed and one was severely injured when the driver of a bus owned by a political family of Punjab deliberably hit the bus against tree branches on the Ferozepore-Abohar road late last night.


Senate ratifies D-Litt for Sonia
Patiala, November 23
The Punjabi University Senate today ratified its decision of awarding Congress President Sonia Gandhi the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honaris Causa) in recognition of her role in strengthening the moral fibre of Indian society.

GND varsity’s founder’s day today
Amritsar, November 23
Mr Buta Singh, Governor of Bihar, will preside over the 35th founder’s day celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev University to be held tomorrow on university campus here.

Education system to be restructured
Sangrur, November 23
Reiterating that education was in bad shape in government schools of the state, Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla, today said the state government was worried over the issue.

A school surrounded by dung and garbage
Barnala, November 23
Thanks to the indifferent attitude of the municipal committee, as many as 1000-odd students and its faculty of the only Government Girls Senior Secondary School here are facing threat to their mental and physical well being.

Teachers not paid salary for a year
Barnala, November 23
Teachers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera, have not been paid salaries for the past one year but even then they have been teaching classes wearing black badges in protest for the past one month.

8 students hurt in attack
Ferozepore, November 23
Eight students of the local SBS Engineering College were injured, three of them seriously, when a mob of around 40 to 50 students allegedly attacked them in front of the college campus this afternoon.

Teachers hold rally
Amritsar, November 23
The district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union led by Prof H.S. Walia, state vice-president and the district president, Prof R.K. Kaushal, today organised a rally-cum-protest march at DAV college here.

Lecture on creative writing
Patiala, November 23
The Punjabi department of the local Multani Mal Modi College today organised a lecture on “Creative writing process” Fiction writer and Sahitya Academy Award winner Prem Parkash was the chief speaker.


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