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Barnala becomes 20th district
Barnala, November 19
Barnala became the 20th district of Punjab with the establishment of the Deputy Commissioner's office here today. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, along with the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, and the Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Sardool Singh, were present on the occasion and attended a function organised at New Grain Market.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a rally in Barnala Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a rally in Barnala on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Govt ads banned by Punjab CS
Chandigarh, November 19
Within days of the Punjab and Haryana High Court taking strong note of its actions of allowing government advertisements to be misused for extracting political mileage for the ruling Congress Party, the Punjab Government has decided to end the practice.

Sangrur scribes kidnapped in Kolkata, freed
Chandigarh, November 19
Two Sangrur-based journalists of a Patiala newspaper, published both in Hindi and Punjab, were reportedly kidnapped from Kolkata on their arrival there on November 12. Reports from Kolkata said the kidnapping came to light last evening when the police called the newspaper editor at Patiala and verified the antecedents of the journalists.

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Government wants PPS officers as district chiefs
Chandigarh, November 19
With just about a month left before the election code of conduct comes into force in Punjab, the Congress government in the state is desperate to post Punjab Police Service officers on the crucial posts of Senior Superintendent of Police in various districts.

Disappearance case cracked after 11 years
Hoshiarpur, November 19
The police has solved the case of disappearance of Raman Kumar son of Avinash Chander of Kanungo mohalla of Hariana town of Hoshiarpur district after about 11 years. Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, said last evening on June 8, 1995, Munish Kumar informed the police his brother Raman Kumar (26) who was working as laboratory assistant in the GGDSD College, Hariana and also running scooter repair shop, went from house at 6 a.m. on June 5, 1995, but did not return home till date.

NRI groom takes bride home in style
Jalandhar, November 19
Punjabis love style and Mr Parvinder Singh, young NRI from Biharipur (Tarn Taran) village and settled in the UK, prove it by taking his bride home in a hired helicopter. The marriage was, solmenised in a resort today, and he made his bride Anureet Kaur sit in a four-seater chopper and set-off on new journey of life with his wife amidst pomp and show.


Congress rally ‘rattled’ Akalis
Hoshiarpur, November 19
Recent rally of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has boosted not only morale of the Congress workers but also rattled SAD leaders especially, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his son Mr Sukhbir Singh. This was stated by Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Public Works and Education Departments Punjab.

BJP sure of good show at rallies
Chandigarh, November 19
The Punjab unit of the BJP is all geared up for a show of strength at two rallies being organised tomorrow at Mansa and Sangrur, respectively. Crucially, the second rally is in Sangrur and senior Akali leader Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has already expressed his displeasure at the BJP for showing interest in that constituency.

CPM rally on Nov 26
Amritsar, November 19
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) Punjab will hold a rally here on November 26 to unite Leftist forces in to defeat the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine in the Assembly elections of the state.

Cong candidate wins MC ward byelection
Patiala, November 19
Congress candidate Anil Kumar Mangla today scored an impressive victory over his nearest rival Mr Anil Bajaj of the BJP, who was supported by the SAD (Badal), in the byelection to ward number 32 of the local Municipal Corporation.


Boxer-turned-criminal vows to fight social evils
Amritsar, November 19
Just an incident pushed Jagtar Singh Boxer , international boxing champion into the world of crime when a rival boxer threw red chilies into his eyes spoiling his sports career in early nineties. Revenge made him form his gang, ‘Boxer Gang’. However, after acquittal from different cases which he described as ‘false’, he decided to launch a drive against drug abuse.

Jagtar Singh Boxer honours Mr Kartar Singh, former Director, Sports, at a rally organised in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Jagtar Singh Boxer honours Mr Kartar Singh, former Director, Sports, at a rally organised in Amritsar

Land acquisition policy: govt ‘befooling voters’
Chandigarh, November 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, yesterday described the Punjab Government’s new land acquisition policy as a “mere exercise in befooling the electorate as all provisions of payment at the market rates were already in place along with the mandatory payment of displacement allowance to the farmers concerned.

RSS holds social unity meet
Amritsar, November 19
The RSS today organised a 'Samajik Ekta Meet' (Social Unity Meet) here today to mark the first birth centenary of Sarsanghchalak Madhavrao Sadashivrao Gowalkar reverentially known as 'guru ji'.

Ramdev on ‘mission healthy Punjab’
Amritsar, November 19
Baba Ramdev has taken up a unique mission to make Punjabis live a healthier life. Addressing gatherings, he said Punjabis consume the highest quantity of butter and ghee and lives a sedentary life.

Singla lays stones of 2 bridges
Bathinda, November 19
Finance Minister Surinder Singla today alleged that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal never worked for Punjab’s well-being and always promoted his family’s interests.


Judge stresses on quality legal aid
Sangrur, November 19
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, a Judge of Supreme Court, yesterday emphasised on the need for meaningful access to justice to the downtrodden. He also sought changes in the attitude of the people to provide access to justice to the poor in a big way.


8 police officials shifted
Moga, November 19
Following the failure on the part of Moga, Baghapurana and Nihalsingh Wala police to trace the recent bank and other robberies and other crimes, the DIG Police Ferozepore Range today shifted eight sub-inspectors from Moga to other districts of the range.


5.60 quintal antlers seized
Hoshiarpur, November 19
Joint team of forest officials and the police had two godowns of Mr Pankaj alias Panku son of Ram Dev alias Ghuggi opened and seized antlers (horns) of deer packed in 20 gunny bags at the Nai Abadi Mohalla, here this afternoon.


Staff of aided schools feel let down by govt
Chandigarh, November 19
Nearly 8,000 employees of the Punjab Government recognised aided schools are a dejected lot. Reason: the indifferent attitude of the state government with regard to their two major demands.

Applicants for PTI job cry foul
Chandigarh, November 19
Several youths who had applied for jobs as physical training instructors in government schools of Punjab have been left out of the merit list though they have scored a higher percentage than those who have been selected.

Experts highlight modern uses of laser
Jalandhar, November 19
A two-day conference on “Physics and Modern Applications of Laser” organised by the Postgraduate Department of Physics, Lyallpur Khalsa College, concluded here yesterday.


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