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Defence varsity: High-level committee inspects site
Ropar, November 20
The high-level committee of the Defence Ministry accompanied by Punjab Government officials today visited the Birla farm, 4 km from here, to inspect the site for India’s first national defence university (NDU) for higher military studies.
Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar with Defence Ministry officials at Birla farm in Ropar, on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekhar (right) with Defence Ministry officials at Birla farm in Ropar, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of 154-year-old government school shift equipment from the building. Heritage building set to be demolished
School shifted to ‘dangerous’ building in Amritsar
Amritsar, November 20
Heritage lovers on Saturday received a rude shock to see the shifting of the 155-year-old Saragarhi Memorial Government School to a new building on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road.

Students of 154-year-old government school shift equipment from the building. The state government has decided to demolish the heritage building for constructing a parking lot. — Photo by Rajiv

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Members of the PWD and B and R Employees Union block traffic at Thikkerewala Statue in support of their demands in Patiala, on Monday.
Members of the PWD and B and R Employees Union block traffic at Thikkerewala Statue in support of their demands in Patiala, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

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Punjab gets 4 more DGPs 
Chandigarh, November 20
The bloated bureaucracy of Punjab got a boost today with the state government deciding to add four DGPs to the existing list of four.

Dangerous track: more guns seized from Samjhauta
Amritsar, November 20
In less than a week, the Intelligence Bureau today seized four more German-made revolvers from the Samjhauta Express.

Thousands of fish die in Ravi
Narot, November 20
Thousands of fish perished in the Ravi in Narot Jaimal Singh allegedly due to pesticide poisoning by poachers. Dead fish could be seen floating on the entire stretch of the Ravi near the dhussi bandh.



BJP names candidate for Mansa seat
Mansa, November 20
While there was already a buzz about differences between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over seat-sharing for the Assembly elections, Punjab BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna said today his party was keen on contesting from Mansa and it would put forth claim on the seat before its ally the SAD.

Punjab BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna (second from left) and other party leaders at a rally in Mansa on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Punjab BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna and other party leaders at a rally in Mansa on Monday.

BJP rally ends up as show of strength
Sangrur, November 20
The district unit of the BJP here today virtually turned its anti-Congress rally into a show of strength for staking claim to the Sangrur Assembly seat for the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections. Some speakers not only demanded the Sangrur seat for the BJP but added that the gathering proved their claim.

Moga rally will dampen Cong euphoria: SAD
Chandigarh, November 20
"The Congress will have to face Parkash Singh Badal in all 117 Assembly constituencies of Punjab and not in Lambi alone." This was stated here today by the SAD secretary, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.

Calcutta for conscious vote in SGPC poll
Amritsar, November 20
The SGPC member and convener of the Gurdwara Sudhar Lehar, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, in a letter to all the Shiromani Committee members has urged them to cast their votes in favour of a “true Panthic persons” at the time of annual elections on November 25, rising above petty political considerations and party affiliations.

BJP hits back at B.I.S. Chahal
Chandigarh, November 20
Hitting back at the Punjab Chief Minister's Media Adviser, Mr B.I.S. Chahal, the Punjab BJP today said the demand for resignation of BJP leaders made by Mr Chahal was unjustified.


Vigilance probe against brother of Trust chief
Amritsar, November 20
The state Vigilance Bureau has ordered an inquiry against Mr Kewal Krishan Sharma, brother of Mr Jugal Kishor Sharma, Chairman of the Improvement Trust, for allegedly constructing a multistorey building on prime government land in violation of bylaws.

SGPC gets notice from Secy over funds misuse
Amritsar, November 20
Mr Raghbir Singh, secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), through his lawyer issued yet another notice to officer-bearers of the SGPC and the Dharam Parchar Committee (DPC) here today.

Doctors resent transfers
Nabha, November 20
Recent transfers of doctors working in government hospitals and dispensaries have doctors fearful of being shifted. These transfers, made in the name of rationalisation have failed to deliver desired results as the exercise was carried out without taking all aspects of affected hospitals into account. Wrong timing of these transfers left majority of the doctors of no option but to go on leave or make arrangements with higher-ups because it is mid-term of academic session of their children.

Farmers beaten up in jail: BKU
Sangrur, November 20
Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the BKU (Ugrahan), today alleged that five farmers, who were nowadays in the Barnala sub-jail in connection with the farmers' agitation against acquisition of land in three Barnala villages, were “beaten up” today by the jail authorities to compel them to break their fast. On the other hand, Mr Joga Singh, Deputy Superintendent of the Barnala sub-jail, denied the charge, regarding beating up of farmers in jail.

Union alleges unfair recruitment
Bathinda, November 20
The Punjab Government has "ignored" national medalist players and candidates with better qualification in the recruitment of physical education teachers and "none of them figures in its merit list", alleged National Medal Holders and Unemployed Physical Education Teachers Union here today.

Experts dwell on modern applications 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.

Rally against female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
Students of the local Mata Gujri College today carried out a candlelight procession from the college campus to Jallowal village against female foeticide. Jallowal had taken the lead in the district against female foeticide. Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the SGPC, flagged of the rally from the college complex.


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Government defends reservation policy
Chandigarh, November 20
The Punjab Government today defended its decision to provide for reservation of 50 per cent posts for the Scheduled Castes for the benefit of two categories of SCs, namely Balmikis and Mazhbi Sikhs.



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3 booked for youth’s murder
Bathinda, November 20
The mystery shrouding the death of a city-based youth has been solved, with the police registering a case of murder against three persons in this regard.

Robbers target Moga arhtiyas
Moga, November 20
A string of daylight robberies here has not only raised concerns but also placed the police department on its toes which is trying to track the robbers.


CM urged to withdraw road tax on school buses
Ropar, November 20
A number of private educational institutions of the district today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to withdraw the road tax on school buses on the pattern of Haryana and Chandigarh. Heads of various academics and schools also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, and local MLA, Mr K.P.S. Rana, here this morning.

Pbi varsity don attends Rotary Institute
Patiala, November 20
Prof (Dr) Harbans Pathak, governor (2005-06) of Rotary International District 3090, comprising the territories of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, attended the Rotary Zone Institute held at a hotel in Chandigarh, from November 15-19. Professor Pathak is the first governor of his area who has acted as faculty member for the training of district governor’s nominees of South-East Asian countries.

School kids donate Rs 1.25 lakh for SOS village children
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 20
Students of Om Parkash Bansal Modern School, Mandi Gobindgarh, collected Rs 1.25 lakh for extending help to the SOS children’s village of India, Rajpura.


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