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Vedanti in fix over mediation in US gurdwara dispute
Amritsar, November 20
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti is in the fix following ‘mediation’ between two warring groups of a gurdwara in Los Angeles as some members have written to the SGPC to take up the matter at the forthcoming general body meeting of the Shiromani Committee, to be held here on November 23.

Three Pak-trained BKI ultras nabbed with RDX
Jagraon, November 20
Contrary to the popular belief that the chief of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Wadhawa Singh, was lying low, the Jagraon police today claimed to have arrested three alleged terrorists, one of whom had taken a week-long training from him in Pakistan in May this year to revive terrorism in the state. Three alleged terrorists, with muffled faces, who were nabbed with a rich haul of RDX, detonators and pencil bombs. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Three alleged terrorists, with muffled faces, who were nabbed with a rich haul of RDX, detonators and pencil bombs. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

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  Jail warden, aides had links with Babbar Khalsa
Bathinda, November 20
The police today claimed that the three persons arrested yesterday, including a jail warden, on the charge of sedition had links with the Babbar Khalsa International chief Wadhawa Singh and they were planning to revive terrorism through their disruptive activities in Punjab and other states.

JE’s 28-year ordeal continues
Barnala, November 20
Twentyeight-year struggle has not deterred Mr Jagtar Singh, a Junior Engineer of Punjab State Electricity Board, at Piareana of Ferozeshah in Ferozepur district and he is still grappling with injustice.

Air Force officer challenges GCM order
Chandigarh, November 20
An Air Force Wing Commander who was cashiered from service and awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) for allegedly misbehaving with his maid servant has challenged the court’s verdict on the grounds that action was initiated without any complaint against him.


Bir Devinder Singh Bir Devinder iterates his known stand
Mohali, November 20
If there is anything Kharar MLA Bir Devinder Singh is not known for, it is the restrained effort of looking the other way. Or choosing to remain silent when a spade has to be called a spade, even if it means falling behind in the political race. “No one likes a whistle blower and I am no different. Instead of being given a pat on my back for having brought a wrong before the public, I am being slotted as a dissenter,” said the suave politician during an interview to The Tribune today.

Bibi Jagir Kaur slammed as worst-ever SGPC president
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
SGPC members, belonging to the Panthic Morcha, and some SGPC members from Haryana on Thursday held a meeting at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to chalk out a strategy for the coming SGPC election to the post of president.


Lab technicians hold rally
Hoshiarpur, November 20
Keeping in view the proposed protest march towards the residence of Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab, by members of the Medical Laboratory Technicians Association Punjab (MLTAP), the district administration deployed heavy police force around the house of the minister in the Nai Abadi locality and at Shaheed Udham Singh Park in the Model Town area early this morning.

World Sikh Council invites nominations
Amritsar, November 20
The World Sikh Council America Region (WSC-AR), a representative and elected body of Sikh gurdwaras and institutions in the USA has invited nominations from member organisations to fill five open positions on its regional committee.

CM inaugurates Kikar Lodge
Nurpur Bedi (Ropar), November 20
Even before clearance from the forest department, Kikar Lodge built on private forest Reserve at Kangar village in Nurpur Bedi sub Tehsil was today inaugurated by Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh. Giving a clean chit to the lodge, Mr Amarinder Singh, said that it was private land, legally occupied by the owners after seeking clearances and approvals, when he was asked about inquiry pending against the lodge.

Fulfil demands, say pharmacists
Fazilka, November 20
Mr Ravinder Luthra and Mr Gurinder Singh Sodhi, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab State Pharmacists Association, Punjab unit, and Mr Shashi Kant, president, Ferozepore unit, in a joint statement here today alleged that there “is a rampant corruption in the office of Director, Health Services”.

Not same DSP, clarifies police
Chandigarh, November 20
Apropos the news item headlined “In another case, Governor had pardoned DSP who killed Khalra”, in these columns on November 20, a senior Punjab Police officer has clarified that though the officer who was pardoned by the Governor sometime back is also a DSP named Jaspal Singh, he is not the same officer, who has been convicted in the Jaswant Singh Khalra case.

AIDS awareness rally
Amritsar, November 20
Boys and girls will participate in a rally and seminar on Drugs and AIDS on November 28 to spread awareness, on HIV/AIDS among students and people.

Rotary Club distributes artificial limbs
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
The Rotary Club, Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a camp for physically challenged persons at Sirhind town today. The camp was organised in collaboration with the Manglam, a social organisation of Delhi.


Thief escapes from police custody
Abohar, November 20
Sonu, one of the suspects nabbed by the police for his alleged involvement in cases of theft, today escaped from the old city police station, sources said.

Witness in Reema murder case shot at
Ludhiana, November 20
Even as Avtar Singh Taari, main accused in the Reema Jain murder case eludes arrest, a former member of his gang-cum-important witness in the case was shot at and hurt by four unidentified assailants near Ayali village chowk on the Ludhiana-Hambran road last evening.


Fashion show at Techfest
Railmajra, November 20
The second day of Techfest witnessed a bout of activities. The major attraction remained to be fashion show organised by students of Rayat. The show was choreographed by IIFT Delhi.


Companies too to blame for gas pilferage
Chandigarh, November 20
The president of Ludhiana Cooking Gas Consumers Association, Mr C.S. Ahuja, has asserted that the delivery boys could not be solely blamed for gas pilferage.


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