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25 Pak prisoners walk free to homeland
Wagah, November 18
It was freedom at last for 25 Pakistanis, including a journalist Sajjid Bashir, who had spent his entire youth in the Jaisalmer Jail of Rajasthan. This is for the first time that Pakistani nationals, who were arrested on the charges of espionage and terrorist activities, were repatriated from this joint check post, here today.

Pakistani prisoners before being repatriated from various Indian jails at the Wagah joint check post on Friday Pakistani prisoners before being repatriated from various Indian jails at the Wagah joint check post on Friday.
— Photo by Rajeev Sharma

Hindu jatha ill-treated in Pak
Wagah (Amritsar), November 18
The Hindu pilgrimage to the holy Katasraj shrine in Pakistan was virtually under the shadow of gun this time.

Pak delegates meet budding journalists
Patiala, November 18
As part of the “Meet the student journalist” programme organised by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, delegates form Pakistan interacted with students today.




M.S. Gill against any modification in marble palki
Chandigarh, November 18
Member of the Rajya Sabha, M.S. Gill here today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that it would not be advisable to fix the golden palki inside the shell of the existing marble palki at Gurdwara Janamasthan at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Shekhawat for more investment in farm sector
Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat along with SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal at the inauguration of the old-age home at Badal village on Friday Badal (Muktsar), November 18
The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, today advocated more investment in agriculture and irrigation sector, besides facilitating basic amenities to rural population of the country. He stated this while inaugurating SAD president Parkash Singh Badal’s old-age home here.

Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat along with SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal at the inauguration of the old-age home at Badal village on Friday. Photo: Kulbir Beera

Fissures in SAD may cost it dear
Elections to local gurdwara parbhandak committees
Ludhiana, November 18

While the heavyweights of the Shiromani Akali Dal are busy in forming permutation and combinations to appear unanimous in the election of the SGPC President, factionalism between the leaders has become too evident in the elections to the 203 local gurdwara parbhandak committees in the state.

Recruitment major problem for govt
Chandigarh, November 18
Recruitment to fill thousands of vacancies in various government departments has become a major problem for the Amarinder Singh government.

CM, Dullo flayed on Jagjit’s issue
Abohar, November 18
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and state president of the BJP, today lambasted the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, for giving a clean chit to the Minister for Local Bodies, Ch Jagjit Singh.


Reorganisation of seats: Cong to file objections
Chandigarh, November 18
The ruling Congress, which is unhappy over the manner in which the National Delimitation Commission has reorganised, reserved and dereserved Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in Punjab, will file its objections before the commission by November 24, the deadline fixed by the commission in this regard.


69,300 hectares of Punjab land no longer in ‘forest areas’ list
Chandigarh, November 18
A ray of hope has emerged for thousands of families in 470 villages, falling in the Shivalik belt of Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Ropar districts in Punjab.

Conversion charges — a windfall for Punjab
Mohali, November 18
The Punjab government is all set to earn millions from the conversion charges for change of land use that have been fixed for private housing, industrial and recreational schemes in the state.

TB also ‘causes infertility’ among women
Sangrur, November 18
A substantial proportion of female infertility is also caused by tuberculosis, besides the TB disease kills more women in India than any other infectious disease and adversely affects childcare.

Dispensary opens in slum area
Abohar, November18
Mr Tara Singh Ahuja, chairman, Homoeopathic Medical College, here today inaugurated a dispensary at Brahmkshtriya Dharamshala located in the slum area of the Nai Abadi locality.


Burail Jail ex-Supdt case: Punjab asked to restrain probe
Chandigarh, November 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has restrained the Punjab Government from continuing with the ongoing departmental inquiry against the former Superintendent of Burail Jail, Mr D.S. Rana.

Lecturer’s suicide: judicial remand for husband
Kharar, November 18
A local court yesterday remanded Ajitpal Singh, the husband of a local lecturer who had committed suicide in Mohali, to 14 days of judicial remand.


Vigilance nabs sales tax inspector
Patiala, November 18
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Sunam-based sales tax inspector for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 1000.


Inter-zonal youth festival opens
Amritsar, November 18
The four-day final inter-zonal (men and women) youth festival of Guru Nanak Dev University commenced on the university campus here today. Dr S.P. Singh,
Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the festival.

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