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Punjab’s cotton being sold in Haryana
Bid to evade market fee, sales tax
Bathinda, November 17

A section of cotton traders from Punjab is selling the cotton in the markets of Haryana after making direct purchase from villages in a clandestine manner. Experts say the trend is causing huge losses to the state’s exchequer as these traders were indulging in evasion of market fee as well as sales tax.

Child’s death: parents write to Hooda
Master Neeraj Jain Ludhiana, November 17
The parents of Master Neeraj Jain, a student of Shree Atam Jain Sharman Upasak Vallabh Gurukul, Ambala, who was found dead in his hostel room on the night of November 9 and 10, have written to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, seeking their intervention in bringing the accused to the book.

Decision unacceptable to Panth: Vedanti
Wagah, November 17
Even as Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Patna Sahib, and Giani Rattan Singh, Deputy Jathedar, Takht Hazoor Sahib, who returned from Pakistan after attending the first meeting of ‘International Advisory Committee’ of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee from Wagah land route, announced that the word ‘easy access’ to the Sikh shrines from daily ‘ardas’ stand deleted, while Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, who stayed away from the meeting, said such ‘unilateral’ decision was unacceptable to the Panth.

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CM attacks Bir Devinder, tough action likely
Chandigarh, November 17
Challenging times seem to be ahead for the firebrand Congress MLA from Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, as the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is annoyed with him over his statements against the Local Bodies Minister, Chowdhary Jagjit Singh.

CM: Nankana Sahib palki to be kept intact

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, releases a book on G. S. Tohra by Prof Balkar Singh in Chandigarh on ThursdayBook on Tohra released
Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab Chief Minster, Capt Amarinder Singh, today released the biography of the late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who remained President of the SGPC for 27 years. A large number of camp followers of the deceased leader were present on this occasion.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, releases a book on G. S. Tohra by Prof Balkar Singh in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

PSSSB about to complete term without any recruitment
Chandigarh, November 17
Repeated announcements by the Punjab Government to lift the ban on recruitment notwithstanding, the 11-member Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board will complete its three-year term next month without making even a single new appointment.

IT raids on builders, colonisers
Hoshiarpur, November 17
In income tax raids on seven builders and colonizers, namely Mr Sunder Sharma Arora, Mr Shadi Lal, Mr Tilak Raj Gupta, Mr Ravi Kumar, Mr Deepak Bagga, Mr Ashok Bagga and Mr Rajiv Sud — the department recovered unaccounted money of more than Rs 60 lakh here today.


House to meet on Dec 20, 21 for debate on development
Chandigarh, November 17
The winter session of the Punjab Assembly will be held on December 20 and 21. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state Council of Ministers today. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who presided over the meeting, said the session had been convened in response to a demand made by the Opposition leader, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for a debate on the issues of development, law and order and corruption in the state.

All set for opening of old-age home today
A view from the top of the newly built old-age home, which will be inaugurated on Friday by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at Badal villageBadal (Muktsar), November 17
The native village of former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal has come alive after a long gap, as the stage is set for opening of a newly built old-age home here tomorrow. With the Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, slated to inaugurate the
old-age home, the village will witness a large number of vehicles with red beacon atop probably for the first time after SAD was voted out of power four years back.

A view from the top of the newly built old-age home, which will be inaugurated on Friday by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at Badal village. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

26 Pak nationals to be repatriated today
Amritsar, November 17
India will release 26 Pakistani prisoners at the Wagah border post as part of efforts by the two countries to speed up the repatriation of people languishing in jails on both sides tomorrow.

Cheema flays delimitation proposals
Gurdaspur, November 17
The delimitation of Parliament and Assembly constituencies has come in for a sharp criticism from the ruling party leaders in the state. Mr M.M. Singh Cheema, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, while criticising the proposals, has alleged that the Delimitation Commission of India has violated its own guidelines.

Stone crushers, hot-mixing plants pollute region
Kiratpur, November 17
The release of ash from the stone crushers and hot mixing plant along the Lohand seasonal rivulet passing through Kiratpur Sahib has been posing a threat to environment and health in the surrounding villages. In addition, illegal sand mining in the rivulet has been causing a risk to the forest area along the rivulet.

400 examined at medical camp
Sangrur, November 17
A free chest diseases and dental check-up camp was organised by the Nishkam Sewa Sabha, Dhuri, in the Bazigar basti at Dhuri, 14 km from here, today. Dr Nirpal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, inaugurated the camp.

Reward for nabbing robbers
Phagwara, November 17
The Inspector General Police, Punjab, Jalandhar Zone, Mr Hardip Singh Dhillon, today announced a award of Rs 2 lakh to anybody who gave information about the two robbers who had snatched foreign exchange worth Rs 33,35,705 from two bank employees, Jai Parkash and Amandip of a private bank, UAE Exchange and Finance Services Ltd, here last night.

State govt to upgrade medical colleges, hospitals
Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab Government has decided to up-grade infrastructure of the government medical colleges and hospitals attached with them in the state to improve the quality of medical education. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Lok Suvidha Camp evokes good response
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
Grievances of several persons were redressed at a Lok Suvidha Camp organised by the District Administration at Khera village in the district.

Members of co-op societies exhorted to join health scheme
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
The district Co-operative Department organised a seminar at Bachat Bhavan today. Members and employees of all co-operative societies in the district participated in the seminar.

6-day eye camp
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
A six-day free eye check-up-cum-operation camp was organised on Tuesday at Guru Hargobind Sahib Sant Nirmal Dera by followers of Hansali Dera. Sant Ajit Singh Hansali wale inaugurated the camp.

CM to open new judicial complex
Patiala, November 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, will inaugurate the newly constructed lawyers chambers complex at the district courts here on November 19.


Murder accused acquitted
Batala, November 17
The Gurdaspur Sessions Court had acquitted a murder accused, Sukhwinder Kaur, because of the lack of evidence. She was arrested on the charge of causing death of her two minor daughters in 2003.


It’s a local problem, says PTDC
Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation Limited has claimed that its management could not be blamed for non-payment of salaries to the staff of some tourist complexes.

2 HCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, November 17
The Haryana Government has transferred two HCS officers with immediate effect. Mr Lajvir Singh, awaiting posting orders, has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Industries and Commerce and Mines and Geology Departments, against a vacant post.


Jammu girl dies at CMC
Ludhiana, November 17
A woman, who was allegedly pushed into fire by the Jammu police in that city on November 5, succumbed to burn injuries at CMC hospital here this afternoon. She was oscillating between life and death for over 10 days after being admitted here.

Gang of car thieves busted; 3 held
Rajpura, November 17
The police has arrested three persons — Harpreet Singh, Narinder Kumar and Sanjay Singh — on charges of stealing two Zen cars and driving them by using fake documents. An official press note said that the cars bearing registration numbers (PB-11AA-4445) and (PB-11AB-7677) were stopped at a naka.

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