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Waiving farm loans not possible, says Dullo
Jalandhar, November 6
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Shamsher Singh Dullo has made it clear it was impossible for the state government to waive loans of farmers in Punjab.

Stir: arrests to hit sowing operations
Sangrur, November 6
With a view to failing nine farmer organisations' plan to sow wheat on the acquired 376 acres at Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sangherra villages (near Barnala) on November 8, 130 leaders of the organisations were arrested in Sangrur, Barnala and Mansa districts in the past 24 hours in raids on their houses.

Telemedicine project for state cleared
Mohali, November 6
There is good news for the poor, especially those living in villages of Punjab. The Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has cleared an ambitious telemedicine project for the state under which 17 district hospitals and three tertiary–level medical institutes would be interlinked to provide multispeciality healthcare at an affordable cost to all.

Badal calls meetings on SGPC chief poll
Chohla Sahib (Tarn Taran), November 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal has convened a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and the SGPC members of his party for November 23 and 24, respectively, to decide on the next President of the SGPC.






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Jaspal Singh, who has been appointed senior vice-president of the Patiala (City) unit of the SAD.
Jaspal Singh, who has been appointed senior vice-president of the Patiala (City) unit of the SAD.

Girl gangraped in Anandpur Sahib, 3 held
Anandpur Sahib, November 6
Six youths two of them sons of Punjab Police personnel allegedly gang-raped a 19-year-old girl of Talwara by posing as police persons in the forest near Dashmesh academy here. The police today arrested three accused Amrik Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Baljinder Singh, who later were remanded in police custody till November 9 by a court here. Three accused Mintu, Sukhminder Singh, Naresh Kumar are at large.

Government gives details on career assurance scheme
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab Government today issued detailed instructions on the new assured career progression scheme for its employees on completion of four, nine and 14 years of service.

Jobless BEd teachers head for showdown with govt
Chandigarh, November 6
Unemployed BEd teachers are preparing for a showdown with the Punjab Government during its Punjab Vikas Yatra starting on November 8. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will lead the yatra.

Punjab may have more HIV cases than estimated
Chandigarh, November 6
The first meeting of project managers from the Punjab implementing Targeted Intervention (TI) for high-risk behaviour group on HIV has indicated alarming trends in the state where the number of persons with high-risk behaviour has surpassed the expected numbers. Though the exact picture will become clear towards the end of the year when all data is tabulated by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), the more than expected number of “risky” people has sounded the alarm bells.

 

 
POLITICS

Cong leaders battle own men in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, November 6
The Congress seems to be fighting a different battle in this border district, ironically not against the Opposition but its own cadre. In most of the Assembly segments here, there is almost a vertical divide amid Congressmen.

SAD devoid of issues: Cong
Nabha, November 6
Excise and Taxation Minister Sardool Singh has said the Congress is set to face the challenge of the SAD in the coming Assembly elections. He said on November 14 a rally would be held in Chandigarh to show the popularity of the Congress regime. He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the finals of 31st Gurdarshan Singh Memorial Tournament.

COMMUNITY

200 passengers stranded as flight cancelled
Amritsar, November 6
About 200 passengers were stranded here today as the Air India flight No 187 was cancelled as it was grounded in Delhi for technical reasons.

Pensioners flay govt attitude
Patiala, November 6
Mr Sat Pal Rahi, Senior Vice-President, Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association, said today that all pensioners criticised the attitude of the Punjab Government for not allowing 5 per cent additional pension at the age of 80 to the pensioners, who had served for 30-40 years, as the same was being given to MLAs for remaining in the Vidhan Sabha for five years only.

No headway in murder probe
Anandpur Sahib, November 6
The inquiry ordered by the DIG, Punjab, into the murder of a woman, Prema, has not yielded any result. The body of Prema, mother of three children, was found in the local canal three months ago here.

Police magazine released by Virk
Chandigarh, November 6
The Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, today released the first issue of a monthly magazine, Punjab Police Darpan, that is produced, edited and published by the state police.

JEs protest in a novel way
Patiala, November 6
The Junior Engineers and Additional Assistant Engineers (AAE) of the PSEB today switched off their official mobile phones in protest against the non-settlement of their demands by the management. The engineers will also switch off their mobile phones tomorrow.

PSEB staff strike today
Abohar, November 6
The Joint Struggle Committee of the employees of Punjab State Electricity Board has given a call for strike all over Punjab on November 7. The Technical Services Union (TSU) at a meeting presided over by Mr Ved Parkash here yesterday resolved to organize gate rallies at the sub divisional offices in Abohar circle while ensuring complete strike on Tuesday.

West Bengal ‘yet to rehabilitate sweepers’
Hoshiarpur, November 6
Ms Santosh Chaudhry, Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), has condemned the West Bengal Government for its failure to remove the legacy of sweepers and scavengers who are still leading miserable life and carrying human excreta on their heads.

First aid training camp concludes
Patiala, November 6
As many as 65 employees of DMW attended the six-day first aid training camp organised by the District Red Cross Society, which concluded here today. All participants were given certificates by the society.

 


COURTS

Bail pleas withdrawn in cop-residents clash
Barnala, November 6
The bail applications of about 152 persons in the police-residents clash over a gurdwara land demarcation on October 11 at Bhadaur, about 25 km from here, were withdrawn today.

CRIME

Another bride falls victim to greed
Amritsar, November 6
Traffic was blocked here today by parents and relatives of a woman who was allegedly poisoned to death by her in-laws. They also forced the police to arrest the victim’s husband and mother-in-law, both residents of Tarn Taran.

Bank theft or embezzlement?
Sangrur, November 6
Though the Bhawanigarh police had initially registered a case of theft that took place at the Kalajhar village branch of the Sangrur Central Cooperative Bank, it has now started investigating from the angle of embezzlement or fraud.

Intoxicating drugs seized during raid
Bathinda, November 6
Intoxicating drugs in large quantities have been seized from some medical stores in Rampura Phul and Maur Mandi during raids conducted by the Drug Inspector and health officials.

Four booked in murder case
Amritsar, November 6
Ramdas police has booked four persons, including a member panchayat of Gagomahal village for allegedly killing Gurmail Singh of the same village.

EDUCATION

PCCTU rally tomorrow
Amritsar, November 6
The Punjab and College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to organise a rally and court arrest in Chandigarh on November 8 and to cease work for three days from November 9.

Youth festival begins today
Patiala, November 6
More than 1500 students from 136 colleges affiliated to Punjabi University will participate in the three-day Punjabi University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival that will start tomorrow at Guru Tegh Bahadur hall.

BUSINESS

New CGM of SBoP
Patiala, November 6
Mr Diwakar Gupta has joined as the new Chief General Manager (CGM) of the State Bank of Patiala at its head office at Patiala.


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