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5 killed, 32 hurt in bus-truck collision
Lohtan (Balachaur), November 28
Five persons were killed and 32 injured when a cement-laden truck and a private bus collided head on here this morning. The incident occurred when the Ropar-bound private bus, belonging to Jawala Mukhi Motors, had just crossed Balachaur and the truck coming from Ropar side rammed into it.

The wife of Punjab Police Head Constable Raj Kumar, who died in the bus-truck collision, in an inconsolable condition in Balachaur Civil Hospital The wife of Punjab Police Head Constable Raj Kumar, who died in the bus-truck collision, in an inconsolable condition in Balachaur Civil Hospital on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Pak completes four-laning of
Wagah-Nankana Sahib road

Guard of honour for Guru Granth Sahib at Wagah
Amritsar, November 28
The government of Pakistan has made arrangements to give “Guard of honour” to Guru Granth Sahib when golden palki (palanquin) would cross the Radcliffe line, Earth-filling and stone-work on the four-laning of road from Wagah to Nankana Sahib has been completed on war footing with hundreds of PWD men remaining on work till late evening to facilitate the procession.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Fresh tenders disclaimer to govt claims
Abolition of octroi
Gurdaspur, November 28
Despite statements by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the abolition of octroi in the state seems nowhere in sight. An indication on this issue can be gauged from the tenders being floated by various municipal councils for octroi collection contracts for the next year.

Cong MLA opposes plan of delimitation panel
Chandigarh, November 28
The delimitation of the Assembly constituencies in Punjab has come as a punishment for those who believed in pursuing the national policy of “Hum do, Hamare do”. This is what Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, a senior Congress MLA and Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, says.

Amarinder welcomes Palki Sahib
Shambhu (Patiala), November 28
The “special love” of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and its president Paramjit Singh Sarna seems to have paid him dividend for the time being as Mr Sarna categorically urged the people that his continuation as Chief Minister was for the welfare of Punjab and the Sikh Panth.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh pays obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib kept in a golden palanquin on a specially designed bus at Shambu on the Haryana-Punjab border on early Monday morning
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh pays obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib kept in a golden palanquin on a specially designed bus at Shambu on the Haryana-Punjab border on early Monday morning. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Plane returns after Iran refuses permission
Amritsar, November 28
A lot of inconvenience caused to 131 passengers along with a crew of eight travelling by Air Slovakia flight GM 556 from here to Bergmaos (Milan) when the Civil Aviation Department of Iran refused permission to overfly its territory. The passengers were stranded here for over 12 hours last night.

Police traps blackmailer
Barnala, November 28
The Barnala police under the stewardship of Mr Surinderpal Singh Parmar, SP (Headquarters), has nabbed ransom seeker Sukhdev Singh by laying a trap this morning at a drain near Shehna village, about 15 km from here.


Tension over temple construction
Bathinda, November 28
Tension prevailed in Housefed Colony here today when supporters of two communities clashed over the construction of a temple. However, both the parties reached a compromise in the evening.

Police rounding up miscreants at Housefed Colony after trouble broke out in the area over the construction of a temple in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Police rounding up miscreants at Housefed Colony after trouble broke out in the area over the construction of a temple in Bathinda

Maintain sanctity of profession: docs told
Sangrur, November 28
Doctors should follow the provisions of various Acts and Rules concerning medical profession like PNDT Act and MTP Act etc not only for fear of punishment but taking it as their duty towards the society as the medical profession is considered as noble profession in the world.

Nothing will impede peace process: Azad
Ludhiana, November 28
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is a determined man. Undeterred by the spurt in the terrorist violence immediately after he took over as the Chief Minister, Mr Azad said nothing was going to impede the peace process and it would be taken to its logical conclusion.                                             
Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad

SGPC to discuss fate of daily wage workers
Amritsar, November 28
The newly appointed SGPC chief, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar has convened first executive body and Dharm Parchar Committee meetings on December 5 at Amritsar and December 6 at Gurdwara Alamgir, Ludhiana, respectively. The issue to axe over 1000 daily wage employees, appointed during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur, are likely to be discussed at the meetings.

Mann seeks Bhattal’s ouster
Sangrur, November 28
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), while strongly criticising Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and MLA from Lehragaga, for allegedly spending lavishly and serving liquor on her son’s “shagun” ceremony at Lehragaga recently, demanded her ouster from the Punjab Council of Ministers immediately.

Manpreet Akhtar enthrals audience
Amritsar, November 28
Noted Punjabi singer Manpreet Akhtar reminded the organizers of their heritage what they probably had failed to present to the people during the five-day long Amritsar Heritage Festival which concluded at Khalsa College.

Dogra’s forum to hold seminar
Chandigarh, November 28
The forum on Integrated National Security has planned its fourth seminar here on December 3, Mr P.C. Dogra, a former DGP, Punjab Police, has said. The seminar topics are: “India and Asian challenges”, “Terrorism of Tomorrow”, “The Peace Process: Prospects and Risks” and “India’s Strategic Concerns in the Asian region”.

Indian, Pak artistes to perform at Sai Mian Mir Mela
Amritsar, November 28
The Sai Mian Mir International Foundation will hold its first two-day Sai Mian Mir Mela here from December 3. Addressing media persons, Mr Harbhajan Singh Brar, president of the foundation, here yesterday said the inaugural session would be devoted to Indo-Pak trade that would be presided over by Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, while Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal would be the chief guest.

IT officials raid saree house
Amritsar, November 28
Income tax officials today raided a major group of saree dealers here and likely to unearth major unaccounted cash and stocks. According to the details available from reliable source, the director of investigations on tip-off searched the premises of Kishore Saree House.


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Lady constable’s plea allowed
Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed the petition filed by lady constable Raj Kumari of Punjab Police, challenging the selection of some lady constables by the departmental promotion committee headed by the SSP, Hoshiarpur.


Pistol stolen, thief held
Sangrur, November 28
The local police today arrested Bhola Singh (25), a driver from Tapa Mandi, and recovered a stolen .32 bore pistol from him. The pistol, owned by Mr Vinod Kumar, alias Shammi, a local Municipal Councillor, was allegedly stolen this morning by Bhola Singh from the local Jeji Resorts, being run by Mr Shammi on the Sangrur-Patiala road here.

Gang of kinnow thieves busted, 3 held
Muktsar, November 28
The police has busted a gang of kinnow thieves and arrested three of its members, while their accomplices managed to give them the slip. Police sources said the gang had started operating in the belt known for its good-quality kinnows as soon as the plucking season began.


Dutch students get ayurveda training
Jalandhar, November 28
People of Holland, Belgium and other European countries are looking towards the alternative system of medicine. They feel that a combination of ayurveda and yoga is more closer to needs of the body and mind.

Nostalgia marks Punjabi varsity’s alumni meet
Patiala, November 28
The annual meet of the Alumni Association of Punjabi University, which was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of its chief patron Vice-Chancellor S.S. Boparai, attracted nearly 150 members who have earned a distinct place for themselves in various domains of life after passing out from the institution.

College Principal gets award
Fatehgarh Sahib, Nov 28
The Indian International Friendship Society, Delhi, conferred Vijay Rattan Award on Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal, Mata Gujri College (Fatehgarh Sahib), for meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in the field of education.

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