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SGPC chief drops suffix ‘Makkar’ from name
Avtar SinghAmritsar, November 27
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh has stopped caste ‘Makkar’ as suffix. All advertisements, inserted in different newspapers by the SGPC thanking well-wishers for congratulating him on his appointment wrote his name ‘Avtar Singh’.

Plea to wipe out terror
Jalandhar, November 27
Dubbing the monster of terrorism as a global phenomenon and a threat to the democratic system and freedom of expression, Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune has exhorted the countrymen to fight the menace unitedly.
Justice N.K. Sud hands over a packet of relief material to families of militancy victims in Jalandhar on Sunday. Also seen in the picture are Vijay Chopra, Editor, Punjab Kesari group of publications, a Pakistani novelist and member of the National Assembly, Begum Bushra Rehman, and Sardar Anjum.
Justice N.K. Sud hands over a packet of relief material to families of militancy victims in Jalandhar on Sunday. Also seen in the picture are Vijay Chopra, Editor, Punjab Kesari group of publications, a Pakistani novelist and member of the National Assembly, Begum Bushra Rehman, and Sardar Anjum. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Amarinder praises PGPC for upkeep of gurdwaras
Shambhu (Patiala), November 27
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh while accusing SGPC of destroying heritage aspects of almost all important and historical Sikh shrines, dotting Punjab and its neighbouring states, showered praises on the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for keeping most of the gurdwaras in that nation in a good condition with their heritage aspects intact.



  SAD stays away from ‘palki’ procession

Sharmila Tagore‘Censorship needed to check aberrations’
Ludhiana, November 27
Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Sharmila Tagore believes that ideally there should be no censorship on expression. “But we don’t live in an ideal world. Do there is a need for some restraint and regulation. A fine balance is needed between freedom of expression and censorship”, she said.

Relocation of dairy farmers a failure: PU study
Chandigarh, November 27
A study conducted by Panjab University has stated that the Punjab Government should “re-examine” its policy of relocating dairy farmers outside city limits. The study noted that the “relocation experiment” done by the government at Jalandhar had been a total disaster and had not able to achieve the desired results.

NRI fears police wrath
Balwant Singh BassiChandigarh, November 27
For Britain-based Balwant Singh Bassi and his family, a relationship that went-sour with a senior Punjab Police cop’s family is proving to be
-threatening experience. The marriage of a son of Mr Bassi to a daughter of a former SSP, Mr Swaran Singh, ended in a divorce after almost 15 years. Having settled in Britain with her husband after the marriage, the former SSP’s daughter obtained divorce from her husband in November 2004.

All set for Indo-Pak trade fair
Chandigarh, November 27
The first-ever Indo-Pak International being held at Amritsar, will showcase the industrial products of both India and Pakistan. Pavillions are being given finishing touches, the area around the Gandhi Ground and Guru Nanak Stadium is being illuminated and banners welcoming the visitors are being put on all important chowks and landmarks in the city.


SAD for ‘tie-up with like-minded parties’
Ghagga (Patiala), November 27
The SAD general secretary and former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has said that SAD is ready to tie up with like-minded parties in an attempt to defeat the Congress in the ensuing Assembly elections.


BKU to prepare White Paper on Cong ‘misrule’
Abohar, November 27
The Bhartiya Kisan Union yesterday resolved to present a unique birthday gift to the UPA Convener, Ms Sonia Gandhi. The BKU said that a White Paper on the “misrule and anti-people policies” of the Congress-led government in Punjab would be faxed to Ms Gandhi. The BKU has also given a call for a three-day bandh here beginning December 9.

A crumbling heritage of Thakurdwara temple in Amritsar.Call to save heritage buildings
Amritsar November 27
The decaying heritage buildings virtually served as a wake-up call for all to save the rich architecture of the historic city as the “Heritage Walk” proceeded to unfold the past as part of the Heritage Festival here this morning. The virtual history has brought one in close contact with the beautiful but crumbling facades, paintings, grills and beautifully carved jharokas that dot the walled city of Mughal, Gothic and English art that has influenced the city for centuries.

A crumbling heritage of Thakurdwara temple in Amritsar. — Photo by writer

Kavi Darbar provides some solace for heritage lovers
Amritsar, November 27
Contrary to the earlier programmes, there was some solace for the heritage lovers of the holy city when noted Punjabi poets recited their Punjabi poems and ghazels here late last evening in the “kavi darbar” held in the Central Hall of Khalsa College. The hall was full to its capacity as the audience, which remained indifferent to earlier programmes of the Amritsar Heritage Festival, descended on the Central Hall to listen to their favorite poets.

Felicitation function
Patiala, November 27
Punjabi singers enthralled the audience at the third annual cultural and felicitation function organised by the Ramgarhia Cultural Council in collaboration with City Cable Opera at the central state library here today.


Sarpanch’s house attacked, 10 injured
Abohar, November 27
Ten persons were injured, two of them seriously, when more than 20 miscreants, armed with rifles and sharp-edged weapons, attacked the house of sarpanch of Ratnewala village in Sriganganagar yesterday.

Two Dalit women ‘beaten up’ by farmer
Sangrur, November 27
Two Dalit women, belonging to the Valmiki community, were allegedly beaten up by a farmer of Kammo Majra village, near here, today when they had reportedly gone to answer the call of nature in a vacant piece of land near the farmer’s fields.

One killed, two injured in road accident
Malerkotla, November 27
Two persons were injured and one was killed in a road accident on the Malerkotla-Raikot road here this morning.


V-C showers praise on NRI donors
Talwandi Sabo, November 27
Lauding the contribution of NRI philanthropists, the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, yesterday stated that if they continued to extend aid to Yadvindra Engineering College raised at Guru Kashi University Campus for facilitating quality education to poor and students from rural areas the college would soon carve out a niche for itself.

57th anniversary of NCC celebrated
Amritsar, November 27
The local NCC Group Headquarters in collaboration with the NCC unit of Guru Nanak Dev University organised a state-level function to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the NCC on the university campus here today.

Varsity revokes student leader’s suspension
Patiala, November 27
The Punjabi University authorities have decided to revoke the suspension of Sandeep Berwal, a student leader who allegedly spearheaded an agitation against the management.


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