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Taking a U-turn, Forest Dept now opposes NAC
Chandigarh, November 6
On October 31, at a meeting held in the office of Punjab Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal to discuss the issue of alleged violation of various forest laws in the constitution of a Notified Area Committee for Nayagaon and surrounding areas, Financial Commissioner (Forests) D.S. Jaspal reiterated his department's stand on the issue.

Polio case reported from Rajpura
Rajpura, November 5
Barely week ahead of the annual pulse polio campaign, Punjab’s dream of becoming polio-free state has suffered another setback with a five-month-old child from Jansui village, about 10 km from here, testing positive for the disease, giving sleepless nights to the Health Department.

9 sim cards seized from high-security jail inmates
Three booked under NDPS Act
Nabha, November 5
Nine sim cards and currency notes were recovered from certain inmates of the high-security jail here in a surprise check by Mr Nilabh Kishore, Commandant, Patiala Jail, yesterday. This is second such incident, in the high security jail, where militants are lodged, in the past two months.



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Farmer cremated; PSEB staff still at large
Bathinda, November 5
The body of Buta Singh, the farmer who died yesterday after the alleged manhandling by the PSEB staff, was consigned to the flames at Jangirana village today.

Family members of farmer Buta Singh mourn his death after his post-mortem examination at the Bathinda Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Family members of farmer Buta Singh mourn his death after his post-mortem examination at the Bathinda Civil Hospital in Bathinda

Company allays fears of poultry farmers
Chandigarh, November 5
Putting record straight on mega projects in the poultry industry in Punjab, Suguna Poultry Farm Limited, which was in the line of fire of the yesterday's protest by the poultry farmers, today allayed fears of farmers, claiming that the company wanted to be a "partner in prosperity" of the people in the state. The propaganda against us is motivated and launched by the vested interests, who have traditionally been exploiting the poultry farmers.                                                       K. Gangatharan

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ASI accused of allowing smugglers to escape
Gurdaspur, November 5
The police authorities in this district are in a shock as Assistant Sub-Inspector Manjit Singh, posted at Nangal Bhoor chowki, let two smugglers escape allegedly at the behest of a local minister yesterday evening. Sources said the police got the information that narcotics were being smuggled on the Mukerian-Pathankot road.





POLITICS

PPCC united, says AICC member
Abohar, November 5
AICC member Bal Mukand Sharma said here today that he would request the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at the November 7 meeting of MLAs and former MLAs of the Congress to lay the foundation stone for a Rs 15 crore overbridge to replace the existing railway bridge at Ferozepore.

With eye on poll, Bhattal lays stones, gives grants
Sangrur, November 5
In view of the ensuing Assembly elections, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and MLA from Lehragaga, has increased her activities, related to laying of foundations stones and distribution of grants, in her assembly constituency.

Impose poll code: BJP leaders
Phillaur, November 5
BJP leaders Madan Mohan Mittal and Manoranjan Kalia have urged the Election Commission to impose election code immediately on Punjab to prevent the ruling Congress to attract people with so many grants, being distributed by Congress MLAs just four months before the assembly elections in the state.

COMMUNITY

Sikh holy book removed from temple forcibly
Amritsar, November 5
A piquant situation arose when the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee today forcibly removed the holy book amid recitation from a temple at Dhal village in this border district and placed it in a gurdwara at Daleri village.

Thermal plant staff strike tomorrow
Bathinda, November 5
The Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Employees Federation has decided to resort to a strike on Tuesday in support of its demands. At a meeting held here today, federation general secretary Gursewak Singh demanded that the government should do away with its plan to privatise the electricity board.

 
CRIME

Five killed in road accidents
Hoshiarpur, November 5
Five persons were killed in separate road accidents in the district. Three persons died and one was injured when a Maruti car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a truck near Kotli village on the Mukerian-Naushera road, about 65 Km from here, last night.

Youth shot dead
Amritsar, November 5
The police was clueless about the sensational murder of Jagdish Singh (22), alias Happy, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, who was allegedly shot dead by three unidentified persons late last evening.

1 booked for rape bid on 3-yr-old
Rajpura, November 5
The police has booked Janku, a migrant labourer, on the charge of attempt to rape a three-year-old girl in the Old Rajpura area. According to sources, the girl went missing from her house last evening and the worried family launched a search operation for her.

EDUCATION

Jobless BEd teachers, pharmacists protest
Bathinda, November 5
Activists of Unemployed BEd Teachers Front protested against the state government and burnt a "bundle of false promises" of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today.


Unemployed BEd teachers burn 'bundle of false promises' of CM Amarinder Singh in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera


Unemployed BEd teachers burn 'bundle of false promises' of CM Amarinder Singh in Bathinda

24 Sikh students quit federation
Amritsar, November 5
The dispute among the Sikh Students Federation today took a critical turn when more than 24 of its activists led by Mr Gurminder Singh Chawla and Mr Gagandeep Singh, general secretary and secretary, respectively, resigned from their posts.





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