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School Principal suspended
He had harassed girl to kill herself
Khadoor Sahib, November 2
Baba Sewa Singh kar seva wale today suspended Mr Sukhwinder Singh Saini, Principal of ‘Baba Gurmukh Singh Baba Uttam Singh’ (BGSBUS) Senior Secondary School allegedly for creating circumstances which forced student of IX standard to commit suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan on Sunday.

Medical college vice-principal chargesheeted
Amritsar, November 2
The Punjab government has chargesheeted Dr Jaswinder Kaur Shergil, Vice Principal and Head of the Department Surgery of Government Medical College following a high-level inquiry conducted by a retired IAS officer, into charges of preparing ‘fake files’ of patients there and causing loss to the state exchequer.

Mob backing ‘missing boy’ lathicharged

Amritsar, November 2
Family members of a missing child and their supporters were today lathicharged by the police when they were demanding action against certain religious persons, allegedly responsible for “kidnapping” of a three-year-old child.

Police personnel push back the protesting relatives of a missing boy outside the division police station in Amritsar on Thursday.
Police personnel push back the protesting relatives of a missing boy outside the division police station in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma



CPCSEA issues notices to medical and educational institutes
Use of animals for research
Ludhiana, November 2
The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals, (CPCSEA), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, has issued notices to a number of educational and medical institutes of the state for not convening a meeting of the Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) that monitors the use of animals for experiments.


AISAD (T) to contest poll from all segments
Hoshiarpur, November 2
All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (Tohra group) will field candidates of public choice in all 117 segments of state Assembly in the forthcoming election in Punjab. This was disclosed by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, President of the AISAD (T), here today.

2-term bar on contesting cooperative poll to go
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), November 2
The Punjab government has decided to do away with the two-term bar on contesting cooperative elections. Earlier, any elected director of the cooperative body had to abstain from election after two consecutive terms as director.

Badal for Rs 1,000 as MSP of wheat
Chandigarh, November 2
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today demanded that the minimum support price of wheat should be Rs 1,000 per quintal as the cost of agricultural inputs had increased manifold. Already, in the open market, wheat was selling at a price higher than the just announced MSP of Rs 750 per quintal.

Special Braille machine for blind voters
Amritsar, November 2
The Braille voting machines would be installed for use by blind and physically challenged near for blind institutes in Punjab in the Assembly elections.

Mr Naveen Chawla, Election Commissioner of India, takes salute at a passing-out parade in Amritsar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Naveen Chawla, Election Commissioner of India, takes salute at a passing-out parade in Amritsar on Thursday.

Rajewal, Bhupinder Mann part ways
Chandigarh, November 2
The farmers’ movement in Punjab got a setback as two senior leaders of the Bharti Kisan Union, Mr Bhupinder Singh Mann, and Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal formally parted ways today. At a meeting held here Mr Rajewal, was elected president of the Punjab unit of the BKU, which is separate from the BKU headed by Mr Mann.

Dullo to accompany CM on ‘yatra’
Chandigarh, November 2
The president of the PPCC, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo,will accompany the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during the first phase of the Punjab “vikas yatra” that will start from Nangal on November 8.


4,000-member jatha leaves for Pakistan
Amritsar, November 2
A 4000-member jatha of Sikh devotees in four special trains today left for Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan to participate in the 538th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Ferozepore does not have infrastructure of divisional headquarters
Ferozepore, November 2
Abysmal is the word that can describe the status of infrastructure in Ferozepore. Things are so bad that this border city can hardly even be compared to any small town in the state what to equate it with other major cities. Even though this city enjoys the status of divisional and a district headquarters it does not even have an administrative complex — the most basic infrastructure in any district of Punjab.

Thind’s addresses fictitious: Civil Surgeon
Hoshiarpur, November 2
Keeping in view the ongoing controversy over the identification of Dr Ravinder Singh Thind, a surgeon with Government Rural Hospital, Phuglana, who disappeared from duty on October 10 following the arrest of a doctor of the same name of a private hospital at Doraha in a murder case on October 9, Dr Kamaljeet Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, has instructed all Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) of the government health institutions in the district to ascertain the genuineness of their respective staff, especially doctors, and paste their photographs in the office record.

Truckers depose against DTO
Hoshiarpur, November 2
The transporters, who had caught the Hoshiarpur DTO, Mr Chander Gaind, on tape demanding money from them today recorded their statements before the SP (headquarters), Mr Kalia, who had been appointed investigating officer in the case.

Punjab’s power allocation slashed to zero
Chandigarh, November 2
Modifying an earlier order on the allocation of power from its 15 per cent discretionary quota, the Union Government now has completely ignored Punjab. Sources said under the amended order, which is to become effective from tonight, the Centre has made zero per cent allocation of power from the Central pool for the winter season to Punjab.

SAD for CBI probe into shamlat, coal scams
Chandigarh, November 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal today demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged division and allotment of 2,870 acres of shamlat land (common village land) among private persons and also the scandal relating to the purchase of substandard imported coal by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

‘Fateh march’ now ‘vikas yatra’
Chandigarh, November 2
Following criticism from both within and outside the ruling Congress, the Punjab Government has finally relented and decided to rename the “fateh march” by the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, as “vikas yatra”.

IT raid on premises of BJP district chief
Gurdaspur, November 2
Income tax officials today raided the business premises of the district president of the BJP, Mr Bal Krishan Mittal, and the Nangli Flour Mills.

Major tragedy averted
Bathinda, November 2
A major tragedy was today averted near the Gole Diggi market where a person reportedly set a CD shop, adjacent to a petrol station, afire due to a dispute over its possession.


high court
Time for order

Chandigarh, November 2
Mr Justice Surya Kant on Thursday gave time till December 11 to respondents, including the Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, to implement the February 22 order of a Division Bench of the High Court.


Half-day closure of govt offices today
Chandigarh, November 2
All offices of the Punjab Government, boards, corporations and educational institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab will remain closed for the second half tomorrow to enable employees to take part in the nagar kirtan procession on the Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev, a press note of the state government said tonight.


Gunman of IG assaults youth
Amritsar, November 2
The police today arrested Pargat Singh, a close relative of Avtar Singh , a constable in the security of the Inspector-General, PAP, Jalandhar, for attacking Sahib Singh following a scuffle, a couple of days ago .

Two arrested for betting
Abohar, November 2
The city police has arrested two persons for allegedly betting on the Mohali cricket semi-finals, SSP Arpit Shukla said here this evening.


College students, staff gherao PRTC buses
Bathinda, November 2
Students and staff of various Talwandi Sabo colleges today gheraoed PRTC buses and blocked their entry and exit points for about an hour in support of their demands. The blockade caused incovenience to the commuters, who had boarded buses to their destinations.

AMIE engineers threaten stir
Gurdaspur, November 2
AMIE engineers of the Irrigation Department of the state have threatened to start an agitation in case they are ignored in departmental promotions.


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