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Services of 200 teachers terminated
Gurdaspur, November 23
Finally, the Punjab Government has dispensed with the services of nearly 200 teachers working in various government schools across the state, who had obtained jobs on the basis of fake degrees. The orders have been issued to the teachers through the District Education Officers.

Setback to Jathedar Patna Sahib
SGPC resolution says no alteration in ardas acceptable
Amritsar, November 23
In a major setback to Jathedar Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today unanimously resolved that the Sikh Panth won't accept any alteration in the daily 'ardas' at any cost.

Makkar’s appointment as SGPC President surprises everyone
Ludhiana, November 23
The newly appointed president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, must not have believed his ears that he had been elevated to the highest post of the organisation.

CM’s ‘relative’ parks car on road, traffic disrupted
Bathinda/Muktsar, November 23
Chaos prevailed in front of the bus stand here today evening when a person terming himself a relative of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh parked his vehicle in the middle of the road causing inconvenience to commuters.

A Mercedes car parked in the middle of a road near the Bathinda bus stand A Mercedes car parked in the middle of a road near the Bathinda bus stand on Wednesday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

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Employees to protest today against 85th Amendment
Hoshiarpur, November 23
Angry over the Punjab Government's move to implement the 85th Constitutional Amendment, members of different government employees associations of general categories will hold a protest here tomorrow when Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, PPCC chief, arrives. Mr Dullo will be in town tomorrow on his two-day visit.

Vigilance nabs Excise Inspector
Patiala, November 23
Mr Ranjit Singh, an inspector of the Department of Excise and Taxation, who was posted at Information Collection Centre at Khanauri in Sangrur district was arrested today by the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab for possessing assets disproportionate to his sources of income.

ISI trying to revive terrorism: Virk
Ferozepore, November 23
The ISI of Pakistan is trying to foment trouble and revive terrorism in the state but the police is vigilant enough to defeat their sinister designs, stated Punjab Police chief, Mr S.S. Virk, while talking to mediapersons at Police Lines Recreation Centre here today.


BJP backs Bir Devinder
Mohali, November 23
The local unit of the BJP has come to the support of the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, demanding a CBI probe into his allegations of financial bungling by the Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhry Jagjit Singh.


Sukhbir for probe into Punjab land scam
Chandigarh, November 23
Former Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary, Sukhbir Singh Badal, yesterday alleged that there was a nexus between the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Dubai-based EMAAR MGF real estate and infrastructure development company.

Special remission to prisoners
Chandigarh, November 23
The Punjab Government has granted one-year special remission to those prisoners who had been convicted and confined in jails till November 15, the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev.

Heritage fest begins on lukewarm note
Amritsar, November 23
The inaugural function of the Punjab Government-sponsored five-day third Amritsar Heritage Festival, today proved to be a damp squib for want of people participation. Mr Sardool Singh Bandala, Excise and Taxation Minister, was scheduled to be the chief guest during the inauguration of procession from Town Hall.

Sarus sighted in Punjab
Chandigarh, November 23
Here is good news for crane lovers. Agricultural fields and marshy areas on the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh are home to the Sarus crane. The Sarus, revered as a symbol of fidelity, is the only resident breeding crane in India.

Sarus cranes sauntering in the Nangal area.

Sarus cranes sauntering in the Nangal area

‘Pak offensive, India defensive on peace front’
Jalandhar, November 23
Pakistan is more offensive and India is bit defensive on the peace front, even as the governments of both countries are busy making their efforts to improve bilateral relations in the light of aspirations of people on both sides of the international border.

Ariana Afghan temporarily suspends operations
Rajasansi (Amritsar), November 23
Afghanistan airlines Ariana Afghan, the first to start international flight between Amritsar and Kabul, has temporarily suspended its operations due to the non-feasibility of cargo and flight passengers.

PUDA employees hold protest rally
Mohali, November 23
A protest rally was organised outside the office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here today by the Punjab Field and Workshop Workers Union against anti-employee policies of PUDA. The protesters said some employees yesterday resorted to a 24-hour hunger strike in support of their demands but this action had failed to move the authorities concerned.

PUDA workers on hunger strike at Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
PUDA workers on hunger strike at Mohali

Council warns Kharar octroi contractor
Kharar, November 23
The local Municipal Council today warned the octroi contractor to abide by the rules laid down by the civic body failing which his contract would be cancelled after one month. A decision to this effect was unanimously taken at the monthly meeting of the council held here.

Councillor not administered oath
Kharar, November 23
The SDM, Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, could not administer oath today to a municipal councillor who was declared elected through a notification issued on September 22. Mr Sandhu said that the Ropar Deputy Commissioner had appointed him a convener for administering oath to Mrs Anju who was declared elected from ward no. 4.

Action against sarpanch, panchayat secy recommended
Bathinda, November 23
The Deputy Commissioner has asked the SSP to register a police case against a sarpanch and a panchayat secretary for misappropriating Rs 2.44 lakh from their panchayat funds.

Khalra’s wife seeks DGP Virk’s dismissal
Tarn Taran, November 23
Ms Paramjit Kaur, wife of the slain human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra and other members of the Khalra Mission Committee called for immediate dismissal of Mr S.S. Virk, Director-General of Police, Punjab, for his statement extending support to the police officials indicted by the CBI court recently in the sensational Khalra murder case.


Notice to Hawara on his wife’s petition
Sangrur, November 23
Mr Jaspal Singh Chugh, Additional District Judge (Ad Hoc), Fast Track Court, Sangrur, today issued a notice for January 3, next year, to Jagtar Singh Hawara on a petition filed by his wife, Balwinder Kaur, under Section 12 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, for the annulment of her marriage with Hawara.


Switch over to dairy farming, Kang tells farmers
Kharar, November 23
Camps will be organised for creating awareness among the public about the welfare and development schemes launched by the government so that people can avail benefits.


Khalsa College collaborates with Oxford college
Amritsar, November 23
The local Khalsa College has entered into an agreement with Oxford Business College, UK, to offer joint enrolment to the students of BBA, B.Sc (computer science) and MBA courses.

Pbi varsity introduces new subject
Patiala, November 23
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, inaugurated “re-birth an exhibition of miniature painting” by students of the Department of Fine Arts in the Fine Arts Gallery, Kala Bhavan, here today.

Students discuss Right to Information Act
Patiala, November 23
Mr Lalit Bhatia, DGP, Vigilance and Security, PSEB, interacted with the students of the Department of journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, here as part of an informative session being held for students of the journalism Department here today.

2 modern labs opened at engg college
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 23
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, S.K. Salwan inaugurated the flexible manufacturing systems and communication skill labs of the local Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College. These have been set up at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.

Folklore exhibition today
Amritsar, November 23
A folklore exhibition-cum-competition will be the highlight of the 36th foundation day celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev University to be held on November 24. Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, will inaugurate the competition.

Details of student strength sought
Ropar, November 23
The DEO (secondary schools), Mr Piara Singh, today directed all the Principal of the senior secondary, high and middle schools to submit details about strength of the students.

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