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Kisan union on warpath against government
Threatens to boycott purchase agencies
Patiala, November 18
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), led by Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal today held out a threat to stop the sale of wheat to government agencies if the authorities concerned failed to increase its minimum support price (MSP) to Rs 1,050 per quintal from Rs 750 per quintal as announced by the Centre.

Bhawanigarh-Gobindgarh road to be widened in 18 months
Nabha, November 18
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, was on a foundation stone laying spree today. He visited the town to lay the foundation stone of a project to widen the Bhawanigarh-Nabha-Gobindgarh road, the newly constructed Rohti Bridge and a railway overbridge at crossing linking Nabha and Dhuri.

Amarinder lays stone for Nawanshahr bypass
Nawanshahr, November 18
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, inaugurated the Rahon-Machhiwara bridge across the Sutlej, near Rahon, today. He also laid the foundation stone of the Nawanshahr bypass to be constructed at a cost of Rs.100.80 crore.



Improvement Trust chief indicted in plot scam
Amritsar, November 18
The Deputy Director, Local Bodies, has indicted Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma, chairman of the Improvement Trust, Amritsar, and several other employees for selling three plots worth crores at throw-away prices to its “blue-eyed employees”, violating all norms.

Wasting water resources may put state in neck-deep crisis
Patiala, November 18
Widely acclaimed for saving water resources, Rajinder Singh, a Magsaysay award winner and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, today warned of an impending water crisis if Punjab did not stop its high-use pattern of consuming the precious natural commodity.

Water likely to become source of tension
Patiala, November 18
Dr Sudhirendra Sharma, former Adviser, World Bank, emphasized the need for cautioning the people that water could likely become a source of tension and fierce competitions between nations.

Punjab’s rich heritage comes alive in exhibition
Chandigarh, November 18
It is not common knowledge that in 1960, UNESCO commissioned the Sahitya Akademi to translate a selection of sacred writings of the Sikhs.

One of the posters which forms part of the “Intangible World Heritage of Punjab” presentation made at UNESCO Forum held in Italy recently. The presentation, in part, is being shown at IndusInd Gallery, Sector 8 in Chandigarh these days. — A Tribune photograph

One of the posters which forms part of the “Intangible World Heritage of Punjab” presentation made at UNESCO Forum held in Italy recently.

3 killed in road mishap
Hoshiarpur, November 18
Three persons were killed on the spot while four others were injured when the Qualis (PB 01 4467) they were travelling in rammed into a tractor-trailer (PB 07 8915) near Garhshankar last evening. The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Garhshankar, from where Sukhwinder Singh of Barnala Kalan (Nawanshahr) was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.



Sudhir Tailang gets DD award
Jalandhar, November 18
Enthusiastic winners won the much-publicised DD Annual Awards-2006 amidst electrifying performances by top Punjabi singers Gurdas Mann and Hans Raj Hans and top literary and media personalities, Mr Leela Dhar Mandloi, Director-General of Doordarshan, and Janapeeth Awardee Gurdial Singh.

Racial attack: SGPC contacts UK Embassy
Patiala, November 18
Taking Mr Manjeet Singh Calcutta, former secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), head on, its president Avtar Singh has said the former should resign from its membership before issuing any white paper on the committee’s functioning.

MCI finds medical college equipment obsolete
Amritsar, November 18
Medical Council of India team headed by Dr Kamlesh Kohli of Lady Harding College, Delhi found several shortcomings and discrepancies in the medical college, here, founded in 1926 by the British government.

Kashyap asks cops to change attitude
Phillaur, November 18
Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Rajan Kashyap has suggested the Chief Secretary Punjab to computerise all departments of the government to increase efficiency and bring transparency in functioning.

Ramdev a big hit at Wagah
Amritsar, November 18
The perceived hatred between people of India and Pakistan was not a natural phenomenon but had been generated by vested interests for their selfish motives, said Swami Ram Dev during his visit to Wagah to witness the Retreat ceremony yesterday.

Employees hold ‘pol khol rally’
Bathinda, November 18
Activists of four employee federations and unions yesterday held a ‘pol khol rally’ in favour of their demands outside the courts complex here.

5,000 ex-servicemen attend rally
Patiala, November 18
At least 5,000 ex-servicemen from Patiala, Sangrur and Fatehgarh Sahib districts attended an ex-servicemen rally organised in Patiala cantonment here today.

Stress laid on customer satisfaction
Patiala, November 18
Mr R.K. Rao, member, Mechanical, Railway Board, today said what was most needed in the present era was that every organisation should keep a focus for making arrangements to work to the satisfaction of their customers.



Court record sought in Bhattal case
Chandigarh, November 18
A local court today summoned the court record pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of Rs 20 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund during Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s brief tenure as the Chief Minister of Punjab. The next date of hearing has been fixed for November 23.


Centres for equipment on rent to small farmers
Chandigarh, November 18
There is a heart-warming development for small and marginal farmers. The Punjab Farmers Commission has come out with an innovative scheme to help such farmers for whom the buying of tractors and implements is non-viable.


Surjit Singh is Barnala DC
Sangrur, November 18
Mr Surjit Singh, Special Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, Punjab, has been posted as the first Deputy Commissioner of the newly created Barnala district.


Top posts vacant in Education Department
80 pc schools sans Principals
Sangrur, November 18
Several top posts and a number of other posts including that of district education officer (DEO) and principals in the school education department of Punjab, studies of thousands of students has been suffering.

MLA condemns closing courses
Patiala, November 18
Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, MLA, Samana, today condemned the Punjabi University authorities for closing M. Phil and Ph.D courses in Gurbani being run by its Guru Granth Sahib Study Department.

Blood donation camp held
Patiala, November 18
The Punjabi University Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair in collaboration with the NSS unit of Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education (JSSCE), Kauli, organised a blood donation camp, poster and paper-reading competition and a seminar to observe national integration day as part of the National Integration and Communal Harmony week being celebrated countrywide.

Meditation camp
Patiala, November 18
The North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, in collaboration with the Sadvipra Samaj Seva, Punjab, organised a meditation camp at the Aggarwal dharamshala at Samana in the district.


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