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Another legal notice slapped on SGPC chief, 2 secys
Charged with favouring contractor
Amritsar, November 1
Another legal notice has been slapped on top functionaries of the SGPC for alleged illegal allotment for the construction of underground parking, residential accommodation besides cycle stand and scooter stand in Gurdwara near Chatiwind gate Baba Deep Singh Shaheed.

Regulate moneylending to farmers, PM tells Punjab
Chandigarh, November 1
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has urged the Punjab Government to regulate the system of moneylending to farmers by private persons and agencies.

Breach in distributary inundates cotton crop
Bathinda, November 1
Cotton crop along with fertile land being readied for the next crop spread on about 70 acre was flooded with water today following a breach in Behman Distributary on Malout road here.

A view of a breach in Behman Distributary on the Bathinda-Malout road on Wednesday. A view of a breach in Behman Distributary on the Bathinda-Malout road on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

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Amarinder orders probe into supply of maize seed
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today ordered an inquiry into the supply of hybrid maize seeds by a company, Dhaanya Seeds Private Limited, Bangalore, through Markfed to farmers in Nangal and Nurpur Bedi blocks of Ropar district, following complaints of poor yields.

Morinda councillor sues SHO
PSHRC seeks report from ADGP
Chandigarh, November 1
A municipal councillor from Morinda, Mr Jagpal Singh, today moved the District Courts against the Station House Officer (SHO), SI Morinda, Balwant Singh Majithia, and an Assistant Sub Inspector, Morinda, Darshan Singh, for allegedly manhandling him and hurting his religious sentiments.

3 killed, 39 injured as bus overturns
Gurdaspur, November 1
Three persons were killed and 39 injured — one of them seriously — as an overcrowded mini bus overturned on the Pandori-Gurdaspur road here today.

Six killed in road mishaps
Abohar, November 1
Porus Syag, a nephew of former BJP MLA, Mr Arjun Syag, and his friend were killed as the car they were travelling in hit a tree near Hakoowala village on the Seetogunno-Dabwali road late last night, family sources confirmed this evening.

3 Nigerians held for fraud
Amritsar, November 1
Two of the three Nigerian arrested by the Rambagh police in a fraud case were reportedly football players who came to India to join leading soccer clubs here.

Police Reforms Act: panels to study SC guidelines
Hoshiarpur, November 1
As per the recommendations of the Supreme Court of India regarding the implementation of the Police Reforms Act, two separate committees of senior officers have been formed to study the guidelines which would submit their report at the earliest. Subsequently, these reports will be tabled before all senior police officers of the state and after considering the facts, gist will be implemented. This was disclosed by Mr S.S. Virk, Director General of Punjab Police, while talking to mediapersons at PWD Rest House here today.



Akalis wreaked havoc during their rule: Raninder
Bathinda, November 1
Kicking off the Congress' Jan Sampark programme in the district today, the PPCC general secretary, Mr Raninder Singh, today said that while the Congress regime had succeeded in ushering in an era of development in the state, the Akalis had only wreaked havoc during their rule thrice.

PPCC general secretary Raninder Singh gives a patient hearing to an elderly man during a public rally in Goniana Mandi on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
PPCC general secretary Raninder Singh gives a patient hearing to an elderly man during a public rally in Goniana Mandi on Wednesday.

BJP unit reconstituted
Sangrur, November 1
In view of the ensuing Assembly elections, the local unit of the BJP was reconstituted today by making several changes. Mr Jatinder Kalra, a local BJP Municipal Councillor, has been appointed vice-president of the district unit while Mr Bhagat Singh (Sangrur), Mr Shankar Bansal (Sunam) and Mr Kulbhushan Goyal (Dirba) have been appointed secretaries of the district unit of the party.

BJP wants Patiala MC bypoll annulled
Chandigarh, November 1
Two days after releasing video CDs showing alleged rigging of the Patiala MC byelections, the Punjab BJP today accused Mr B.I.S Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, of exercising undue pressure on the Patiala district administration by being present at polling stations, which witnessed large-scale rigging on Saturday.


Budha Nullah: panel for health survey of people
Ludhiana, November 1
In its preliminary findings, a committee on the Clean Budha Nullah Project, has suggested conducting a comprehensive ecological survey to ascertain the health effects of the pollution of the nullah besides drawing an intervention plan by water scientists, public health engineers, and soil scientists for a realistic, practical and one time solution to the problem.

Bhog of Orissa DIG performed
Hoshiarpur, November 1
The bhog ceremony of Mr Jaswinder Singh, DIG of Orissa Police, who was shot dead by his security man, was performed at his native Bodal village (Dasuya), 45 km from here, today.

Move on retirement age dropped
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Government has dropped the move to enhance the retirement age of employees from 58 years to 60 because of political considerations.

Pension adalat
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 1
Mr Onkar Nath, Accountant-General, Punjab, yesterday presided over a pension adalat-cum-awareness seminar organised by his office at Sohan Farm House, Sirhind, to hear the grievances of retirees. Mr D.P. Gupta, ADC (G), inaugurated the adalat.



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Pak prisoner
Chandigarh, November 1
Mr Justice T.P.S. Mann of the High Court on Wednesday issued notice of motion for November 9 to the Central Government and others on a PIL seeking release of a Pakistani prisoner who is in Amritsar jail despite the fact that his sentence got over in February.


Farm technocrats plan protest
Chandigarh, November 1
Agriculture technocrats will hold a demonstration in Chandigarh on November 23 if their pay parity with veterinary doctors is not restored and other departmental demands are not fulfilled.


Tenure of medical council chief extended
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Government has issued a notification to extend the tenure of Dr Manmohan Singh as president, of the Punjab Medical Council by three years.


Two buried alive in Dasuya
Hoshiarpur, November 1
Mason Manohar Singh, a son of Hari Singh of Ward No. 5 in Dasuya and a woman labourer, Poonam, wife of Ram Kumar of Semra village (Chattisgarh), were buried alive under the debris of a wall and five other labourers were injured when the boundary wall at a military depot fell on them while they were plastering it at Uchi Bassi, about 45 km from here, near Dasuya, last evening.

Cutting hair of Sikh: barber held
Nakodar, November 1
The Nakodar police today arrested a barber, Sukhwinderpal, involved in cutting the hair and beard of a baptised Sikh Ajit Singh, who allegedly attempted to rape a one-and-a-half-year-old girl in nearby Bir village on October 23.

Travel agent held for duping youth
Barnala, November 1
The Dhanaula police has arrested, Harpreet Singh, a Malaysia- based travel agent, for duping Ravinder Singh.


Medical teachers hail raise in retirement age
Amritsar, November 1
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA) has welcomed the reported move of the state government to raise the retirement age of medical teachers to 62 years.


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