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SGPC task force roughs up SAD (A) activists
Amritsar, November 25
The SGPC task force today roughed up some activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) while they were distributing “balance sheet of the SGPC”, here today. Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), was delivering a speech in front of Akal Takht at that time.

SGPC poll: sidelights
Shampura removed from SAD

Farmers’ suicides
A wait too long for relief
Chandigarh, November 25
Widows of farmers who committed suicide attending a daylong consultation on this issue in Chandigarh on Saturday. Four years ago as Manjit Kaur and her family lay sleeping at night, her farmer- husband was picked up by “the bank” and taken away to an unknown spot and threatened.

Widows of farmers who committed suicide attending a daylong consultation on this issue in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Village shows the way to beat AIDS
Manuke (Jagraon) November 25
This village, situated in the deep interiors of Ludhiana district, has taught the world the way to fight the AIDS menace.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Tribune Exclusive
Tribunal: OTS scheme encourages loan default
Chandigarh, November 25
In a significant decision that could spell trouble for big industrial houses and their politician accomplices’ efforts to be excused from paying back huge loans taken from banks and financial institutions for their industries, the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Chandigarh, has come down heavily on such intents.

Rip-off — II
Industry owes Rs 1,780 cr to PSIDC
Chandigarh, November 25
Companies owned by who’s who of the region are on the list of defaulters, owing crores of rupees to the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, industry-aiding arm of the Punjab Government.

Earlier Story: PSIDC generosity fattens 43 units

PSEB’s 2,380-cr plan to cut losses
Patiala, November 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board management has sanctioned a high voltage distribution scheme worth Rs 2,380 crore to minimise technical and commercial losses, which has been causing huge financial loss to it. The PSEB will take a loan of Rs 2,380 crore from Rural Electrification Corporation for implementing the same.


Vinash, not Vikas Yatra: Mittal
Abohar, November 25
Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, former state president of the BJP, has said that the crowd that “greeted” the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during “Vinash Yatra”, as he puts it, were managed by patwaris and other officials of the Revenue Department.

Speculation rife over Garg’s candidature
Bathinda, November 25
The SAD high command's move to postpone a rally being held by ex-Akali minister and party ticket aspirant from Bathinda, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, has fuelled speculation on the SAD nominee from the Assembly constituency of Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla.

Zila panel’s drive against Cong
Ropar, November 25
The Zila Bachao Sangharsh Committee has decided to campaign against the Congress for the coming Assembly elections in the state claiming that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has failed to fulfil his promise of compensating the Ropar district for carving out Mohali as a separate district from it.


Govt handicraft centre to come up near Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur, November 25
The Government of India has approved the Handicraft Development Centre at Boothgarh village, about 7 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road under the United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India’s Rural Tourism Scheme.

Renowned Pakistani singer Shafaqat Ali Khan performs at the third day of Heritage Festival in Amritsar on Friday evening.
Renowned Pakistani singer Shafaqat Ali Khan performs at the third day of Heritage Festival in Amritsar on Friday evening. — PTI

Memorial to students’ uprising in shambles
Moga, November 25
The silently decaying building of the Regal cinema here which stood witness to students’ uprising of Punjab in 1972, that virtually had brought the state to a halt, is in shambles

Scooter rally against drugs
Sangrur, November 25
Local chemists, under the banner of Chemists and Druggists Association, Sangrur, took out a rally on scooters against drugs yesterday. Led by Mr Narinder Gupta, president of the association, the rally was organised to spread awareness among the people, especially youths, against adverse effects of drugs.

DIG’s death: Probe sought 
Chandigarh, November 25
Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, state BJP president and MP, has demanded a CBI probe into the death of Jaswinder Singh, DIG, Orissa, who was posted as the head of anti-Naxalite operations in the trouble-torn state.

Harmony Week concludes
Chandigarh, November 25
About 400 athletes in three categories - boys, girls and sub-junior section, participated in the 3 km races organised by the District Sports Office, Patiala, in connection with the National Communal Harmony Week which ended at Patiala today.


Unions restrained from holding dharna
Patiala, November 25
The court of Additional Session Judge (Senior Division) has restrained employees’ federations affiliated to the Punjab State Electricity Board trade unions from holding strikes, demonstrations, meetings, dharnas and gheraos within 300 meters radius from the wall of the Board.


Arhtiyas vow to support cause of farmers
Chandigarh, November 25
Efforts have begun to bring about a positive turnaround in what is described as “not-so-happy” relations between arhtiyas (commission agents) and farmers in Punjab.


Land encroachment to be probed
Barnala, November 25
Mr Surjit Singh, DC, Barnala, has ordered a probe into the alleged encroachments on the land of Government Girls School here. The DC has marked the inquiry to Mr Harcharan Singh Sandhu, SDM, Barnala.


5 of gang arrested; smack seized
Abohar, November 25
Four persons who were narcotics smugglers, including a resident of Amritsar district at Hanumangarh, 60 km from here, were arrested by the district police, sources said today. The kingpin of the gang had also been arrested at Sriganganagar, 40 km from here. The police seized 1.42 kg smack during the raid having a value of Rs 1.42 crore in the international market.


Arya College bus students’ nightmare
Ludhiana, November 25
Injuries of girl students of Arya College, Noormahal received in last week’s accident of the college bus had not healed when a new bus bought by the management on the request of the students rammed into a train near Gumtala on Thursday morning.

Inter-school contest
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 25
“Expressions - 06” an “inter state school competition cultural extravaganza”, was organised on the campus of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management & Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh today.


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