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CM launches 2nd phase of yatra
Dullo, Bhattal decide to stay away
Attari/Chogawan, November 22
Blowing the trumpet for the upcoming battle of the ballot here, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today sought the blessings of the Almighty for achieving victory. He mingled with the people and ate in the houses of Dalits.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at the launch of the second phase of ‘Vikas Yatra’ at Attari village on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at the launch of the second phase of ‘Vikas Yatra’ at Attari village on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Lecturers in 41 Sangrur schools after 54 years’ wait
Sangrur, November 22
Fortyone senior secondary schools, upgraded in 2001-02 in this district, got 145 posts of lecturer in the first week of this month. Thirty senior secondary schools got 90 posts (three posts in each school) as these schools were upgraded with only three posts of lecturer and a post of principal while the remaining 11 schools were given 55 posts (five posts in each school) as these schools were upgraded at that time without giving any post of a lecturer.

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PU marks ignored, claim applicants
Chandigarh, November 22
After a protest by physical training instructors, it is candidates who applied for jobs as English or Punjabi teachers in government schools of Punjab who have protested against the selection procedure.

From Ludhiana to HP Hall of Fame
Chandigarh, November 22
He has done every Indian proud. After all having a Punjabi name inscribed onto the Hewlett Packard certified professional hall of fame as its inaugural member is no ordinary task. Previously ranked among the world’s too “much sought after system architect specialising in HP SAN (storage area network) Solutions”, Kit (Umar) Somal has helped information technology companies boost performance at a reduced cost using SAN scripting and SQL.

Kit (Umar) Somal
Kit (Umar) Somal

Hailstorm ruins cotton crop
Bathinda, November 22
Strong winds and hailstorm last night ruined cotton and newly sown wheat in some pockets of Bathinda and Muktsar districts. There wasn't much crop loss in Mansa and Faridkot districts.

AIDS & Punjab — III
Harnam knows the scourge

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
Life has not been very kind to Harnam Kaur. She became a widow at an young age. Raising two daughters on her own has not been easy, especially after she was thrown out of her husband’s joint family house along with her children. She resolved to live with dignity and bring up Sapna (2) and Anjali (6) as she would have if her husband was alive. But fate had something else in store for her. Three months ago, she was persuaded by an NGO to get herself tested at a voluntary counselling and testing centre near her village to find whether her husband - a truck driver - had infected her before he succumbed to AIDS.


Mann’s party to contest all 117 seats
Barnala, November 22
China is main danger to India not Pakistan. All Prime Ministers since Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru made mistakes by conceding Tibet as part of China. This was stated by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) here at Dera Baba Gandha Singh gurdwara. Mr Mann was here to mobilise people for December 6 rally of his party here.

BSP to contest all 117 seats
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 22
The state unit of the BSP will contest all 117 Assembly seats in the coming Punjab Assembly elections and the first list of 50 candidates has been released and the second list of 10 candidates has been sent to the National President Mayawati. The candidates for the remaining seats will be finalised up to November 30.


Blood donation camp at Bhaddal institute
Ropar, November 22
A total 270 units of blood were donated by students and staff of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, in a blood donation camp held to mark the foundation day of the institute here today. The camp was also organised with support of the Department of Transfusion medicine, PGI, Chandigarh.

Spy eagle shot on Indo-Pak border
Ferozepore, November 22
BSF jawans on the international border with Pakistan have been put on alert following shooting down of an eagle on an espionage mission with spying equipment hidden in its body.

Mansur is council member
Chandigarh, November 22
Mr Mansur Ali, an advocate, has been made a member of the five-member executive council of the Punjab Urdu Academy that has been set up at Malerkotla.


Court reserves order in Navjot Sidhu case
Chandigarh, November 22
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its order on the appeal filed by the Punjab Government and another against an order of a Patiala court acquitting former cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a murder case.

Chauhan files case against Badal
Chandigarh, November 22
A protagonist of Khalistan, Mr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, has filed a case of defamation against the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for allegedly referring him as supporter of terrorists.


Schools raided, nine teachers found absent
Sangrur, November 22
As many as nine teachers were found absent from duty and 11 others were marked as late comers during raids conducted on elementary, high and senior secondary schools of the district.

Resume pension, aided school staff warn govt
Chandigarh, November 22
Serving an ultimatum on the Punjab Government, the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union today said if the pension benefits were not resumed by November 25, teachers and other staff of all aided 484 schools would proceed on casual leave en masse on November 27.


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