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New transport system for 5 cities
Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved a new transport system on the Indore pattern for Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda and Patiala cities.

Small Is Big — II
Lending a helping hand to people

Hoshiarpur, November 17
If you thought loan disbursement was its key activity, the Lambra-Kangri Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society is doing much more than that. It has catalysed people into civic initiatives. That is, don’t wait for governments to act. Get down to helping yourself.

Erring poll staff face tough action
Chandigarh, November 17
The Election Commission of India will take serious note of any official or worker deputed for election work who is found guilty of dereliction of duty or negligence during the ongoing revision of the electoral rolls and the making of voter identity cards ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab.

Vigilance unable to move plea
Chandigarh November 17
Even on the second day, the Punjab Vigilance could not file its application for cancellation of the first information report (FIR) against the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, in a local court due to certain legal hitch. By the time the public prosecutor submitted the application in the court of the District and Sessions Judge, it is too late.

Paper mills don’t care two hoots for PPCB
Chaba (Amritsar), November 17
Farmers and residents of villages around Chaba are being denied the basic human right to drinking water. The ground water in the entire area has got contaminated due to untreated industrial waste being released into the Chohal drain by paper mills.






NRI alleges fraud by Ludhiana developers
Jalandhar, November 17
Another case of cheating has surfaced following the publication of a news report in the columns of The Tribune on November 15, "Developers con Manmohan kin".



‘Lavish show’ by SAD ticket aspirant 
Bathinda, November 17
Mr Saroop Chand Singla, an aspirant for SAD ticket for Bathinda Assembly constituency, last night put up a “lavish show of strength”, an instance of how “money power has dominated the Akali politics”.

Activists greet leaders with party flags at a SAD ticket aspirant’s function in Bathinda on Thursday night. Photo: Kulbir Beera

Activists greet leaders with party flags at a SAD ticket aspirant’s function in Bathinda

Preneet douses rebel fire
Patiala, November 17
The ward number 32 poll politics took a dramatic twist when a “rebel” candidate, Mr Ashok Vadera, who was contesting against Mr Anil Kumar Mangla, official nominee of the Congress party, today announced his support for the latter.

BJP postpones rally
Sangrur, November 17
“Succumbing to the pressure” of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the district unit of the BJP yesterday postponed its rally from November 18 to 20 here. It has also turned the show-of-strength rally for the Sangrur Assembly seat into a rally to expose the alleged “anti-people” policies of the Congress and pose a challenge to the Congress in the Malwa belt in the coming Assembly elections.


Farmer held for agitation dies
Patiala, November 17
Mr Jagroop Singh, a farmer, arrested by the police for participating in the agitation launched by nine farmers organisation against acquisition of agriculture land by the government for an industrial house, died in the Rajindra Hospital here today.

Farmers held to maintain law: CM
Chandigarh, November 17
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the police had arrested farmers in Sangrur to maintain law and order. Asked about the land acquired for a private company against which farmers had been agitating for the past few months, Capt Amarinder Singh said the government could not run away from its duty to maintain law and order in that area.

Take up yoga, Ramdev tells jail inmates
Amritsar, November 17
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev who was in his element while interacting with 2000 jail inmates. He exhorted them to do yoga to uplift themselves from present state.

Swami Ramdev talks to women inmates at Central jail, Amritsar, on Friday. — AFP photo

Swami Ramdev talks to women inmates at Central jail, Amritsar

Tributes paid to Sarabha, Lala Lajpat Rai
Abohar, November 17
Mr B.L. Nagpal, president, City Congress Committe led citizens in paying tributes to martyrs Lala Lajpat Rai and Kartar Singh Sarabha at a function organised by the Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch here today. He was jointed by Mr B.L. Sikka, Former SDM, Mr Bhupinder Snehi, former president of the City BJP, Mr Prem Parkash Arya, secretary, Arya Samaj, Mr Ram Avtar, MC, Ms Jamuna Devi Chawla and Ms Sudesh Paruthi president of the Mahila Propkarini Sabha and women’s wing, Vishav Hindu Parishad, Mr Bhupinder Utreja, president, Natrang Theatre Society and many others joined Mr Ajay Gilhotra and Mr Gurcharan Singh Gill, chairman and president, respectively, of the Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch in paying tributes. Havan was also performed.


Farmers’ proposals put into cold storage
Chandigarh, November 17
In the past one year, the Punjab State Farmers Commission has made certain well-meaning recommendations in the interest of farmers to save them from sinking deeper into the debt trap. But politicians always have their own compulsions and preferences- such as the vote bank- which override other important matters.


PMT muddle: senior prof in the dock
Amritsar, November 17
The eyebrows were raised when Guru Nanak Dev University had singled out the paper setters for debarring them from the varsity’s academic work for life while experts of the university were ‘exonerated’ by the Syndicate.

Power(fuel) experiments under way: Scientist
Jalandhar, November 17
While energy resources of all forms are fast depleting, scientists based at the Institute of Plasma Research, Ahmedabad, are busy devising new forms of power. Based on the energy released out of fusion of two hydrogen atoms as in the sun, the scientists are developing an international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) which will be an alternative to coal, petroleum and nuclear fuel after about 40 years, said Dr Ravi A.V. Kumar from the institute, who was at Lyallpur Khalsa College here to attend a two-day seminar on “Physics and modern applications of laser”.

Dr Ravi A.V. Kumar
Dr Ravi A.V. Kumar


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