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Disinvestment not on govt agenda
Jalvera (Fatehgarh Sahib), October 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today categorically denied reports that the state government was planning to disinvest some of the public sector undertakings, given the fact that this was causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.
Badal govt directionless, says Bhattal
Sangrur, October 29
Terming the SAD-BJP government in Punjab as directionless, president of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that the SAD-BJP government was functioning without any planning and coordination.

Information on Doorstep
SAD moots e-clusters  in villages 

Chandigarh, October 29
Taking its cue from successfully run information-technology-backed “e-governance” models in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the SAD has suggested to the Punjab government to introduce similar models for providing information to people on the doorstep.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Despite board steps, Sutlej  gets more polluted
Patiala, October 29
Industrial units continue to discharge fly ash into the Sutlej at Nangal Data collected by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Sutlej Monitoring Project has put a question mark on the working of the Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Industrial units continue to discharge fly ash into the Sutlej at Nangal. — A Tribune photograph



Instructions for babus from CM
Respect SAD workers
Hoshiarpur, October 29
Addressing a rally at Dhuga Kalan village, 35 km from here, today Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has instructed all officers of the state government to listen to the grievances of the persons visiting their offices patiently and try to solve them at the earliest.

Sena for CBI probe into kidney case
Amritsar, October 29
The All-India Hindu Shiv Sena here today demanded a CBI inquiry into the kidney case, leading to death of a three-year-old girl last month. Her kidney was allegedly removed during treatment in the local Government Medical College.


Karva Chauth spirit pervades state jails 
A woman, along with her child, during a special meeting with her husband on the occasion of Karva Chauth at the Central Jail in AmritsarAmritsar, October 29
It was a rare feast to the eyes for undertrials and convicts from Pakistan and Bangladesh to see Hindu and Sikh women undertrials or convicts celebrating Karva  Chauth in the Central Jail here today.

A woman, along with her child, during a special meeting with her husband on the occasion of Karva Chauth at the Central Jail in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Another term for Avtar Singh may suit Badal

Ludhiana, October 29
The last meeting of the executive committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for 2007 is being held on November 1 and the meeting for the election of office-bearers, including the president, has been fixed for November 28. The election of the office-bearers is to be held before November 30. Rumours and conjectures regarding who will be elected to head the parliament of the Sikhs are afloat.

Baba Sheikh Farid Award for VC
Amritsar, October 29
The Sufi Samvad Sanstha and Cultural Club will honour Dr Harjinder Singh Dhillon, a noted scholar of Sufism and former dean (student welfare) with the Baba Sheikh Farid Award-2007 during its second annual congregation “Ek Sham Sufian De Naam” at Punjab Naatshala here on October 31.

VC lays stress on e-journals
Amritsar, October 29
e-journals have achieved a greater importance at the global level. This was stated by Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, after inaugurating “One-day User Awareness Programme on e-resources” organised by the Bhai Gurdas Library of the University in collaboration with the Information and Library Network of the University Grants Commission, Ahmedabad.

Security gets media wary
Jalvera (Fatehgarh Sahib), October 29
The security agencies deputed for the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today remained wary of mediapersons following intelligence reports that terrorists could attack posing as media men.

2 killed, 3 injured in accident 
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
Two persons were killed and three injured when the vehicle they were traveling in, collided with an unidentified vehicle near Pohlamajra village.

Scribe dead
Patiala, October 29
Rakesh Rishi (29), reporter with Dainik Bhaskar, died here today after suffering an epileptic attack.


Lawyers opposed to shifting of courts
Kapurthala, October 29
The District Bar Association is opposed to the proposal of shifting judicial courts from the local courts complex, which also houses executive courts, to Nurpur Dona village on the Jalandhar road. Both places are situated at a distance of 7 km from each other.

Lawyers urged to fight Amitoz’s case for free
Patiala, October 29
Lok Bhalai Party president Balwant Singh Ramoowalia called upon the Patiala District Bar Association here today to fight the case of Dr Amitoz Kaur free of cost.


Man booked for possessing explosives
Beas, October 29
A day after the recovery of huge quantity of explosives from Jodh village, near Beas, the police here today confirmed that the entire lot had Army marking and been smuggled out of the Army destruction ground in the area.

Woman loses jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh
Kharar, October 29
Carrying valuables on her, lest they should be stolen if she left them at home, proved costly for a woman today after she lost her gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 15,800 in cash from her bag.


Trade licence: Four firms get notice 
Commission agents protest
Kharar, October 29
The Kharar Market Committee today conducted surprise raids on four firms for trading in paddy, wheat and cottonseed without requisite licences and slapped notices on them.


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