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SAD complains to EC on yatra expenditure
Chandigarh, November 15
With Punjab getting into the election mode, political parties have started monitoring the situation to ensure that the Congress does not exploit its position in power.

Cong to hold parallel rally with SAD
Chandigarh, November 15
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced a parallel rally of his party to match the one the Shiromani Akali Dal has planned on December 8 at Moga. The Congress will hold its rally at Badal village, the native place of SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Navjot, BJP chief in ‘verbal duel’
Amritsar, November 15
An unsavoury situation arose at the Rajasansi International Airport when Mr Navjot Sidhu, a member of Parliament from Amritsar, and Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, state BJP chief, entered into a verbal duel after seeing off the national party president, Mr Rajnath Singh, here yesterday evening.

Punjab rattan award installed
Vidhu Vinod Chopra first recipient
Amritsar, November 15
The Government of Punjab has installed Sunil Dutt Punjab Rattan Award for Punjabis excelling in different fields. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. The first such award will be given to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, a Hindi feature film, at a function to be organised in Amritsar tomorrow.




SI shoots father-in-law
Malout, November 15
A sub-inspector (SI) posted as additional SHO at the Sadar police station in Abohar reportedly shot his father-in-law Kundan Singh to death and injured two other members of his in-laws’ family in the wee hours here today. Paramjeet Kaur said she got married to SI Ravi Kumar at a gurdwara in Ambala six months back. Though she claimed to possess a CD and photographs of her marriage, she could not produce the same before the media persons.

Muktsar SSP G. Nageshwar Rao and other police officials inspect the crime scene in Malout on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Muktsar SSP G. Nageshwar Rao and other police officials inspect the crime scene in Malout on Wednesday.

New merit list to be prepared for teachers
Mohali, November 15
Thousands of aspirants turned up at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) here today even as the merit list prepared for the selection of teachers went haywire as a letter from Punjab University, Chandigarh, was received for addition of internal assessment marks.

Candidates for the posts of teacher stage a protest at C-DAC Phase-7 Industrial Area, Mohali, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Candidates for the posts of teacher stage a protest at C-DAC Phase-7 Industrial Area, Mohali, on Wednesday.



Hectic activity ahead of SGPC chief’s election
Ludhiana, November 15
Ahead of the election of the SGPC chief scheduled to be held on November 25, hectic activities have started in Akali circles. Supporters of Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, present incumbent, have become very active to ensure his re-election.

BJP rally for Sangrur seat unfortunate: Dhindsa
Sangrur, November 15
The rally to be held on November 18 here by the BJP to show its strength in the Sangrur Assembly constituency at this stage is ”unfortunate” and not a good sign for the SAD-BJP alliance as discussions were going on between the two alliance partners to decide the constituencies and number of seats to be contested by the parties in the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections.


Govt grabs property of religious bodies, says Syed Qadri
Amritsar, November 15
The Pakistan government was out to finish spiritual leadership. Spiritual leaders managing various ‘dargahs’ in Pakistan were being pushed slowly to oblivion. The wakf board was taking over their properties. Syed Chan Pir Qadri levelled these allegations at a press conference here today.

Barnala to be district on Nov 19
Sangrur, November 15
The dream of the residents of Barnala to see the town again as a district headquarters will come true on November 19 (the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) when Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inaugurates the office of the Deputy Commissioner there.

Despite reforms, where is the pension?
Chandigarh, November 15
Reforms introduced by the office of the Accountant-General (AG) Punjab, to enable speedy disposal of pension cases did not come to the rescue of Mr Bikramjit Singh Chhachii, a retired Deputy Commandant, Home Guard, Punjab.

Fishing, tourists pose threat to migratory birds
Ropar, November 15
A large number of migratory birds that have arrived here from the Central Asia in the wetland area are facing constant threat from fisherman and movements of boats of tourists in the Sutlej here. Interference by the locals and tourists doing fishing for fun, besides fisherman in their natural habitant, has forced these birds to look for safer places.



Commercial power tariff, taxes hit diversification
Amritsar, November 15
The Punjab government has been spending crores to motivate farmers of state to change wheat-paddy circle. However, its policies are discouraging the farmers who want to take to fish farming.

Stick to direct payments, farmers tell CM
Chandigarh, November 15
While the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today made it  clear that farmers would get their payment  through commission agents from government procurement agencies, various farmers’ organisations have urged him not to reverse his decision under pressure from  vested interests.



Ms Ravinder Kaur Ravinder sworn in as PPSC member
Chandigarh, November 15
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today administered the oath of office, secrecy and allegiance to the Constitution of India to Ms Ravinder Kaur as a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission at Punjab Raj Bhavan. After being sworn in, Ms Ravinder Kaur signed the oath, which was countersigned by the Governor.


Heroin worth Rs 2 cr seized
Ferozepore, November 15
In less than a week's time, the Ferozepore police today seized a second consignment of heroin, worth Rs 2 crore in the international market, which was being smuggled from across the border. One person has been arrested in this connection. With today's arrest, the police has exposed links between local drug peddlers and those in Pakistan.

Woman raped by husband’s friend
Patiala, November 15
A local woman, mother of two, was allegedly raped by her husband’s friend, identified as Desa Singh, in her house in Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar here today.

4 pistols seized from Samjhauta Express
Amritsar, November 15
The Samjhauta Express between India and Pakistan, again has earned a bad name following the seizure of four German-made pistols by a joint team of the Customs, the BSF, the Government Railway Police and the Railway Protection Police .


BA/BSc (II, III) results today
Amritsar, November 15
The results of supplementary examinations of BA/BSc (parts II and III), conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, would be declared tomorrow.

Rs 150 cr schools project sent to Nabard
Ludhiana, November 15
The state government has submitted Rs 150 crore project to the National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development for improving infrastructure in government schools in the state. The project is likely to be approved early next year.

Best out of waste workshop
Patiala, November 15
The Home Science Department of Government College of Girls organised a 'Best Out Of Waste' workshop from November 7 to 13 in collaboration with a local industry.

Fancy dress, rangoli mark celebrations
Patiala, November 15
The three-day jubilee celebrations of Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Patiala, concluded with inter-house competitions in fancy dress, rangoli and mehndi, thali decorations, face painting, fresh flower arrangements and gift wrapping.


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